Saturday, January 07, 2012

Happy Birthday, Charles Addams!

Charles Addams, one of the all-time greatest American cartoonists—and one of my all-time favorite American cartoonists, and an incredible influence on me (though it hardly shows in my own poor work)—was born 100 years ago today.

Just in case you didn't Google anything at all today before stopping here, above is a screen-capture of Google's doodle honoring the occasion. Here's the LA Times story on Addams, which offers a nice overview of his life and career (and a few examples of his work). Here is Torsten Adair's post about Addams at The Beat, which includes a nice selection of New Yorker covers and cartoons. Here's Michael Cavna's piece for The Washington Post, which is full of videos to watch. Here's the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation website. Here is Charles Addams' baby picture. Here is a 2009 post I wrote kinda sorta reviewing Linda H. Davis' biography of Addams, Charles Addams: A Cartoonist's Lie, which I'd highly recommend (Davis' book, not my post about it). And here's a review of The Charles Addams Mother Goose.

And here is one of his earlier, more famous cartoons:

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