Saturday, May 31, 2008

SCOOPS Syndication

Doug developed a self-syndicated satirical strip, titled SCOOPS, in 1978. Unlike other strips with political orientation, such as Li'l Abner or Doonesbury, SCOOPS was not tied to a central character, story line or location so Doug could cast his satirist's eye wherever he chose - one day it focused on the Canadian Prime Minister, the next day it zeroed in on the U.S. Senate, famine in Africa or the oil-rich Middle East.

SCOOPS combined the best elements of the editorial cartoon with those of the comic strip and appeared on editorial and op-ed pages throughout Canada and the U.S. for nearly a decade.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"Erotic Comics" Chronicles Adult Humor

Six cartoon gag roughs from Doug's 52-page book, Unpublished Sneyd, are included in the recently published Erotic Comics: A Graphic History from Tijuana Bibles to Zap Comix by British writer-editor-designer Tim Pilcher, foreward by Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

The hardcover 192-page book (ISBN: 0810995158) was published March 2008; publisher comments describe the work - "This international survey of erotic comics chronicles a groundbreaking form of sexual expression up to 1970."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Comic-Con 2007-2008

MAD Magazine legend Sergio Aragones stopped by to visit with Doug at the Big Wow Art booth at last year's Comic-Con.

Doug will again attend North America's largest comic-cartoon convention, July 23-27 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Favorite "Unpublished Sneyd" Gag Roughs

A cartoon gag rough is just what the name implies: a rough drawing that must, within seconds, convey the humor of the gag line.

In Doug's 52-page book, Unpublished Sneyd, he's selected 100 of his favorite rejects from the thousands of B & W and color cartoon gag roughs that he has submitted to Playboy since 1963.

(This "favorite" is from pg. 10.) Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Winter Home-Away-from-Home

It's time to pack up for the return drive to Doug's home/studio in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, where he's lived since 1969.

Doug and Heidi spend nearly six months at her condo in Orange Beach, Alabama - enjoying a wonderful view from her balcony each and every day.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Away from the Drawing Board

During Doug's 5-month stay in Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast, he plays golf at a number of local courses. (left) Golf partner Mack Frey and (center) instructor Harry Dwyer from Gulf State Park join Doug for his final round of golf before heading back to Canada.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thank You, Orange Beach Librarians

Doug and Heidi visit the Orange Beach Public Library several times throughout the week; the friendly, knowledgeable staff - (seated) Alisa/(back, l-r) Sherry, Angela, Andie and Seth - typically help Doug find cartoon reference and interesting audiobooks, which he listens to while working on Playboy finishes.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Working in Watercolor

Fans of Doug's Playboy artwork frequently ask, "What medium do you work in when rendering finishes?"

Watercolor, using Dr. Ph. Martin's Synchromatic Transparent Watercolor on Peterboro HI-ART board; Doug is working on a Playboy finish prior to leaving Orange Beach to return to his home/studio in Canada.

Comic-Con 2007-2008

Indiana Jones' look-alike stops by the Big Wow Art booth at Comic-Con 2007 to talk with Doug about his 52-page book, Unpublished Sneyd.

Doug will again exhibit at Comic-Con, July 23-27, 2008, in San Diego.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Favorite "Unpublished Sneyd" Gag Roughs

A cartoon gag rough is just what the name implies: a rough drawing that must, within seconds, convey the humor of the gag line.
In Doug's 52-page book, Unpublished Sneyd, he's selected 100 of his favorite rejects from the thousands of color and B & W cartoon gag roughs that he has submitted to Playboy since 1963.
(This "favorite" is from pg. 41.) Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Authors Meet at Orange Beach Library

You never know who you'll run into at the Orange Beach Library! The computer lab has had a lot of business this week because students are coming in to finish up projects, to write papers or just to study. We also had some celebrities in the library. Playboy cartoonist Doug Sneyd and his cohort, Heidi, came in to update Doug's blog when they ran into author Theodore Pitsios, who was checking on his web site. Doug and Heidi are great friends of the library and Theodore is a former member of the Orange Beach Library Writers' Group. Watch for news on future book signings with these authors.
(a recent posting from the Orange Beach Library)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Dancing the Night Away

One of our favorite pastimes is dancing to Jim & John, performing 4 nights a week at Perdido Beach Resort on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The popular local duo helps make the beach "cool" - whether one's in the mood for swing, rock 'n roll, a cha-cha or waltz.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

RadioLive in Pensacola

A favorite evening for Doug and me when we're back at my Gulf Coast condo is attending RadioLive performances in Historic Pensacola, Florida. WUWF Public Media, 88.1 FM, hosts the monthly 90-minute programs, which feature three individual performers or musical groups, each playing 2 alternating sets of about 15 minutes. The broadcast then ends with all the performers assembling for a final jam session. Mary-Lou (pictured) from Brittany, France, along with singer-guitarist Patricia Musgrove and singer-songwriters Tammerlin gave outstanding performances this month.

New Technology

On our last evening in New York, Doug, Stephen Silver and Alberto Ruiz discuss WACOM's Cintiq interactive pen display products with (right) Anthony Coffey -

Thursday, May 1, 2008

New York Comic-Con Photos

After visiting the Animazing Gallery in Soho, Stephen Silver (l) and Alberto Ruiz (r) treated Doug and me to dinner at a wonderful Turkish restaurant around the corner from the gallery. Stephen and Alberto will exhibit at Super-Con in San Jose May 17-18.

New York Comic-Con Photos

On our last day in New York, Doug and I visited - along with (l-r) Nate, Stephen Silver and Alberto Ruiz - Animazing Gallery, 461 Broome Street, and talked with Jeanette Iannaccone, Assistant Gallery Director (second from right). Ralph Bakshi's work will be featured through May 25 at the popular Soho gallery.

New York Comic-Con Photos

After the convention closed Sunday night, it was time to relax. Several exhibitors - Alberto Ruiz, Stephen Silver, Jose Lopez, Bobby Chui, Kei Acedera and Thierry Lafontaine -had dinner at The New Yorker Hotel before going up to Doug's suite to wrap-up the weekend and talk about meeting up again at Super-Con (May 17-18 in San Jose) and Comic-Con (July 23-27 in San Diego).

New York Comic-Con Photos

Doug's assistant Heidi discusses Unpublished Sneyd with a fan of Playboy artwork. She tells him that gag rough originals published in the 52-page book are available for purchase - $150.00 for B & W, $250.00 for color. Published Playboy finishes are also available for sale.

New York Comic-Con Photos

Doug enjoyed meeting with Ashley, a stunning Bettie Page look-alike who attended Comic-Con with Joe Wos, Executive Director of the Toonseum in Pittsburgh.