Monday, June 30, 2008

Comic-Con 2007; Big Wow Art Booth

A number of artists, including Doug, Travis Charest and Greg Horn - called Big Wow Art booth-space "home" during Comic-Con 2007.

Steve Morger, who Doug calls "a cartoonist's best friend," greets fans at the booth; Doug and Heidi return to Comic-Con 2008 with the Big Wow Art group along with Ted McKeever, Joe Jusko, Ernie Chan and Travis Charest.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Friday, June 27, 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Favorite "Unpublished Sneyd" Gag Roughs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In Doug's 52-page book, Unpublished Sneyd, he's selected 100 of his favorite rejects from the thousands of B & W and color gag roughs that he has submitted to Playboy since 1963.

(This "favorite" is from pg. 31.) Enjoy!

Fans of Doug's work often ask, "Do you think up the gag lines?"

He admits, "At one time I did, but I don't anymore because gag writers are more accomplished at this type of creativity. My time is better spent on the drawing board."

Doug will attend Comic-Con - exhibiting with Big Wow Art, in San Diego July 23-27, and signing copies of Unpublished Sneyd.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Doug's Illustrations Compliment Poetry Book About Toronto

In addition to being a regular contributor to major Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers, Doug's artwork has appeared in over 60 children's books, including four poetry books by Lola Sneyd - no relation to Doug.

Doug's ink drawing, pictured here, accompanied the opening poem, titled "Toronto - 3,000,000 and Growing," in The Concrete Giraffe, a 64-page book published in 1984.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Editor Calls SCOOPS "On Target"

For nearly 10 years, starting in 1978, Doug combined the best elements of the editorial cartoon with those of the comic strip. To keep on top of the news, SCOOPS was mailed - six strips a week - from the Sneyd studio in Orillia, Ontario to subscribing newspapers throughout Canada and the U.S.

James Bellows, Editor, Washington STAR commented on the subject-matter, "Sneyd's on very good target with these." His satirical side is "sharp, witty, sometimes devastating, always deft."

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Personalizing Copies of "Unpublished Sneyd" at Comic-Con 2007

Doug was happy to sign and do a quick profile sketch with the purchase of "Unpublished Sneyd" at Comic-Con 2007.

Look for Doug at the Big Wow Art booth at this year's Comic-Con, July 23-27, at the San Diego Convention Center.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Doug's Gag Writers

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 roughs that he has submitted to Playboy since 1963.

(This "favorite" is from pg. 1.) Enjoy!

Who writes the gag lines for you? Doug responds, "I have had a number of writers over the years. Currently there are five: Jim Foster, newspaper humor columnist; Chris Kemp, music instructor; Pudge McDivitt, carpenter; Paul Marshman, freelance writer; and Rex May, comic strip writer.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Music Textbook Features Doug's Illustrations

The 200-page Music for Young Canada 6, published by W.J. Gage Limited, Toronto, in 1969 featured Doug's artwork; this illustration accompanied "The Herdsman," a Swiss folk melody.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Doug Illustrates Humorous Book on Driving

You: the Road Warrior, published in 1990 by Challex Books, was described as "simply a humorous book designed to poke fun at one of our greatest obsessions . . . driving!"

The 124-page book, written by Dan Hales and illustrated by Doug, featured over three dozen gags by Rex May, one of Doug's long-time gag writers for Playboy cartoons.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Free-lance Artwork for Great Stories of Canada Series

While living and working as a free-lance artist in Toronto, Doug was hired by Macmillan to illustrate the Man from St. Malo: The Story of Jacques Cartier, who dreamed as a youngster to explore the land that lay beyond the Newfoundland Banks. As an adult, he turned this dream into reality and became the true discoverer of Canada.

The 1959 book was the twentieth publication in the Great Stories of Canada series.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Studio View

After spending five months in Orange Beach, Alabama, Doug is back home again and resumed work on Playboy finishes.

His studio is on the third floor of his home on beautiful Lake Couchiching in Orillia, which is approximately 80 miles north of Toronto. Doug and his family moved from Toronto to Orillia in 1969.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)