Sunday, October 8, 2017

Playboy Cartoon: October 2006 Issue

Approved - "OK color H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original; full-page color cartoon published in the October 2006 issue (p. 106), also reproduced on p. 208 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  

The 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.

preliminary pencil rough

caption:  "I hope you're not one of those vampires who just sucks blood."

To see more available approved loose-style gag roughs, pencil and color prelims and Playboy cartoon originals, visit and the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at 

October 2006 Playboy cover

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Playboy October 1997 Issue: Doug's Cartoon, Approved Gag Rough

caption:  "I thought maybe if I ended up on the cutting room floor, I could avoid ending up on the cutting room floor."

approved gag rough

The full-page color cartoon, published on p. 113 of the October 1997 issue, was also reproduced on p. 129 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.

While looking through the October 1997 issue, I also noticed 20 Questions:  Tea Leoni.  At the time, she was the star of the NBC sitcom The Naked Truth; today she stars as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in the CBS drama Madame Secretary, which debuted in September 2014.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

1989 Cartoon Commission for Canon Mini Copier Advertising Campaign

In 1989, Hakuhodo Incorporated/Tokyo contacted Doug to work on a magazine advertising campaign in Japan to launch the Canon FC-311 photocopier.

After contacting his writers, Doug reviewed dozens of gag lines for submission to Tsunefumi Shibata, copy director at The Fifth Creative Division/Hakuhodo Incorporated.

"Here, take care of this - I'm going back in for my wife!" was approved for Doug to render as a full-color cartoon illustration (37 cm. x 49 cm.) for the campaign.

final pencil rough

final color rough

Doug also did preliminary work for a back-up gag line:

"Very good, Jeeves.   Put it over there between the Van Gogh and the Michelangelo."

first color rough

final color rough (notice placement of Sneyd and addition of small dog at butler's feet)

Additional loose-style gag lines initially submitted to the Tokyo advertising agency for the magazine launch of the Canon FC-311 photocopier in Japan.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

1980 Cartoon Album 7: Doug's Cartoons

The 128-page Cartoon Album 7, published in 1980 by Playboy Press, featured 6 of Doug's full-page color cartoons; his first Playboy cartoon was published in the September 1964 issue on p. 205.

• (p. 81) "How far did I go in school?  Well . . . occasionally, all the way."

published in the July 1967 issue on p. 151 and reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd on p. 139

(The 248-page hardcover book, also available now in a softcover edition, was published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011 and nominated for an Eisner Award in the Best Humor Publication category in 2012.)

• (p. 21) "This bed cost me $63 in 1964.  So far I've made $78,432 profit on it."

published in the August 1967 issue on p. 114 and reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd on p. 91/upper right

• (p. 36) "Well, I won't be bothering you and Pop with any more embarrassing questions!"

published in the February 1965 issue on p. 105 and reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd on p. 156

• (p. 63) "No need to be embarrassed; being a doctor . . ."

published in the April 1970 issue on p. 131

• (p. 89) "These are our loving cups."

published in the March 1966 issue on p. 100

• (p. 98) "So you're not Amelia Earhart.  We'd still like to take you back with us."

published in the June 1967 issue on p. 138 and reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd on p. 179

To see more available original artwork, Playboy cartoons and pencil and color preliminary roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Framed Loose-Style Gag Rough Originals

Doug's hand-drawn loose-style gag roughs (8 1/2 x 11) are rendered in pencil/ultra fine point Sharpie permanent marker or color using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes. 

Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd  features 250 of his favorite loose-style gag roughs (8 1/2 x 11) from the thousands he's submitted to Playboy since the early 1960s.

Originals from the 280-page hardcover book published by Dark Horse Books in April 2017 are now available for purchase.

If you have a copy of Secret Sneyd and find a favorite loose-style gag rough, please inquire about availability through or the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at CAF - 

The 250 loose-style gag roughs are published in 10 chapters:  Conversations, Hookers, Just Sex, Fun and Games, Relationships, Once Upon a Time, Inappropriate Behavior, Happy Holidays, Santa Baby and Potpourri.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Press 1973 Paperback: Doug's Cartoons

In 1973, Playboy Press reproduced 3 of Doug's published cartoons in the 136-page paperback, No, I'm Not Tired--

"Which way is what water, honey?!" was first published on p. 143 in the July 1965 issue and then reproduced (black and white) on p. 22 in the 1973 Playboy Press paperback.

Also reproduced in the 1973 Playboy Press paperback:

•  (p. 10) "Adultery!  My Gawd, Milicent--surely you don't think this young thing is an adult!!"

was published on p. 181 in the January 1966 issue and then featured on p. 107 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book, featuring 270 of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons, was also a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.

•  (p. 131) "Well, now he knows what a nice girl like me is doing in a place like this."

was published on p. 169 in the August 1968 issue.

To see available original art, loose-style cartoon roughs, Playboy cartoons and preliminary pencil/color roughs, check out the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:

(blog entries by Hutson)

Doug Illustrates Escape From Kingston, Ontario Maximum Security Penitentiary

In addition to doing illustration work, starting in the late 1950s, for major textbook publishers in Canada, Doug also did freelance work for a number of magazines, including The Star Weekly Magazine.  

No one had ever escaped from the main cell block at the Kington, Ontario Maximum Security Penitentiary so when inmates Nick Minnelli, Ulysses Lauzon and Mickey McDonald successfully broke out on August 17, 1947, it made headlines across Canada.  

Minnelli was eventually arrested in May 1948, deported back to Canada and returned to the Kingston facility.  He was finally released in 1959 and sold his story of the 1947 escape to newspapers.  Hence, Doug was hired by The Star Weekly Magazine to illustrate Minnelli's account of the "sensational break" in the October 24, 1959 issue.

Lauzon was found dead in Mississippi in July 1948; McDonald was never recaptured and his whereabouts remain unknown.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)