The Martian, a space survival thriller starring Matt Damon, opens Friday, October 2nd so I thought blog readers might enjoy seeing some of Doug's single-panel news cartoons focusing on space exploration during the early 1970s.
For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-1960s, Doug's SCOOPS and Doug Sneyd news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers throughout North America.
After leaving the convention center and walking back to our hotel in the Gaslamp District, Doug decided to check out the Insurgent-themed porta potty, complete with hanging wires and Miles Teller magazines.
ABC premiers The Muppets Tuesday evening, September 22nd; the series opens with "Pig Girls Don't Cry."
Miss Piggy "stars" in this ABC pilot episode so I thought blog readers might enjoy the humor of Doug's 1979 news cartoon pondering if Jim Henson's prima donna pig could be the "new face" of the CBS Evening News, made popular by news anchor Walter Cronkite, who was called the "most trusted man in America."
Cronkite helped launch the CBS Evening News in 1962 and was its news anchor until he retired in 1981.
Doug's full-page color cartoon - caption: "Having my own phone is no big deal, Daddy --- all the other girls have their own beepers." - was also reproduced on p. 157 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.
The original is among the 30 full-page Playboy cartoons held in the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.
Doug has been a cartoonist for Playboy magazine since 1964.
For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60's, his "Doug Sneyd" and "Scoops" news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America. Sneyd's talent has also led him into cinema: in 1993, he wrote, produced and directed "Black-eyed Susan," an educational movie-drama about spousal abuse, for the Ontario government. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Book Illustrators and has been a member of the National Cartoonists' Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Thirty of his full-page color Playboy cartoons are among the 235 Sneyd works included in the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.
Sneyd was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, but spent much of his professional career in Toronto. In 1969 he moved his family north to Orillia made famous as the mythical "Mariposa" by humorist Stephen Leacock. He works on the third floor of his home-studio overlooking beautiful Lake Couchiching and spends his winters on the Gulf Coast in Orange Beach, Alabama.