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My life as a cartoonist

Author: Harvey Kurtzman; Howard Zimmerman; Byron Preiss
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From his high school days as an up-and-coming cartoonist to his first job through the creation of MAD magazine, Kurtzman tells the story of his career and creations.
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kurtzman, Harvey.
My life as a cartoonist.
New York : Pocket Books, 1988
(OCoLC)891447890
Named Person: Harvey Kurtzman; Harvey Kurtzman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey Kurtzman; Howard Zimmerman; Byron Preiss
ISBN: 0671634534 9780671634537
OCLC Number: 19461901
Notes: "Interviews for this book were conducted by Byron Preiss and Howard Zimmerman"--Title page verso.
"A Byron Preiss book."
"A Minstrel book."
"A Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc. book"--Page 4 cover.
Description: 101 pages, [7] pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Responsibility: by Harvey Kurtzman, with Howard Zimmerman.

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From his high school days as an up-and-coming cartoonist to his first job through the creation of MAD magazine, Kurtzman tells the story of his career and creations.

From School Library Journal: Grade 4 Up-- Kurtzman, one of the founders of MAD magazine, tells the story of his life and his life-long desire to be a cartoonist. He tells about the different jobs that he found working for others and his own exploits into editing and publishing several comic book series and then several "humor" magazines, one of which was MAD . Throughout are illustrations of Kurtzman's work as well as samples of collaborations with other artists. Finally he takes readers step-by-step through the creative process of a "one page joke" from conceptualization to the final inking of the last frame. He includes descriptions of some of the tools of the trade as well as an overview of skills needed: story ideas, pacing, lettering, and figure drawing. This autobiography provides an honest picture of life working in the cartoon/comic business. While some of the reproductions are of poor quality, this book will be popular where readers have enjoyed such books as Syd Hoff's The Young Cartoonist: the ABC's of Cartooning (Stravon, 1983) or Lee J. Ames' Draw 50 Famous Cartoons (Doubleday, 1979).

--Patricia Homer, Lowville Academy, N.Y.

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