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Posted in 1950s, 1960s, B-Movies, British Pulp, Cartoon Pulp, Cartoons, Comics, Crime/Suspense, Film Noir, Illustration, tagged Cartoon Pulp, comics, film noir, pulp on July 25, 2013| Leave a Comment »
For some time the idea of creating a way to indulge my fascination for all things pulp has been sitting in the back of my mind. Maybe more like lying in wait. Yes, that sounds more pulpy. Well, finally, I’ve decided it is time to explore this particular diversion with a place that catalogues these dark detours and more: Cartoon Pulp. Cartoon Pulp will feature online comics and other narrative experiments, all with the notion of blending, in some form or another, pulp, film noir and cartoons. There might be print editions in the future, although that will not be the focus initially.
The first ongoing comic released by Cartoon Pulp will be the mod noir, Ginger North.
Here’s the press release:
The First On-Going Comic Under the Cartoon Pulp Imprint Launches This Fall!
Ginger North will be the first on-going comic released under the Cartoon Pulp imprint, the online publishing site of cartoonist, illustrator Scott Brothers. It’s the mid 1960s ,and Ginger North is an ex-Scotland Yard detective, hired by a Hollywood studio to keep tabs on their stars and directors. It’s a strange gig to be sure, one that this British detective is not exactly prepared for. But when the studio’s biggest star, Charles Mannning, is found murdered in a seedy motel room, things become even more complicated. On the trail of Manning’s killer, Ginger North descends into the bizarre world of B-Movies, mod biker gangs and hand and foot models.
From the promo:
“Hey cats and kittens, it’s Hollywood,1965, the merging of glitz and glamour with menace and mayhem. This is the L.A. of dreams and nightmares, a city on the make, and private detective Ginger North is caught in the middle. Meet a gaggle of mods, beats, hoods, junkies and grifters, all occupying a luridly dangerous world of make-believe.”
Cartoon Pulp will publish digital comics, narrative experiments, and any other interesting storytelling device that involves comics, pulp and possibly, but not exclusively, dames with attitudes.
This post comes via Mark Christiansen’s blog as well as Yowp (both blogs are inexhaustible resources of 50s-60s era Hanna-Barbera). Apparently a mysterious stranger has recently posted black and white Hanna-Barbera show bumpers on You Tube. With layouts and animation by studio stalwarts like Ed Benedict, Art Lozzi and Ed Love, these bumpers are quick, funny scenarios, highlighting various characters in the Hanna-Barbera stable and packed full of great gags and wonderful compositions. Another highlight of these bumpers: the voice acting of Daws Butler, as everyone from Snagglepuss to Huckleberry Hound and Rojay North as the voice of Mr. Jinks*. Hilarity does indeed ensue.
*UPDATE!: The good folks at YOWP have informed me that it wasn’t Rojay North who did Jinks, but actually Daws Butler. What an amazing range! In fact, YOWP just posted an interesting article on some of the mysteries of who voiced who at Hanna-Barbera.
As a sidenote, I recently ran across the following model sheets that artist Bill Wray had posted, all of which were drawn by the incomparable Ed Benedict. I’m always astounded by Ed’s mastery of shape and design; everything is so thoughtful and pleasing to look at. Plus he indicates the thick/thin lines of the characters even at the pencil stage. The finished versions of the pencils are so clean; they could very well have been final inks.