The American Bystander is a new quarterly humor magazine being launched on Kickstarter. (If you don’t know what Kickstarter is, it’s a way for people, like maybe you, to help back new creative ventures. It’s sort of like public tv for artists, writers, and other creative types.) Many of the folks behind The American Bystander
You can watch his acceptance speech here. The award presentation, by Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters, starts about 24 minutes in.
The documentary film about the National Lampoon, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, was released today. I haven’t seen it yet, but, judging from the trailer and other clips they’ve released, it looks awesome. Update: It is awesome.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, the new documentary film about the National Lampoon, is making the festival circuits right now. At some point, you will be able to see it, but in the mean time you can download the poster, featuring Rick Meyerowitz’s iconic Mona Gorilla. (Side note: Rick wrote a large-format book with the same
A Conversation with Michael Gross is up on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/112924190 . In case you don’t already know, Michael was art director for National Lampoon when it was at its peak (1970-74) and designed the Ghostbusters logo (he was associate producer of the movie, too).
A new documentary about National Lampoon will be out in the near future. It’s called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon and just got picked up for distribution. You can read about it on the Variety website. And, oh, just noticed, there’s even a review here. Sounds pretty great.
Terrific interview with Michael Gross, former NatLamp art director, at The Comics Journal. Michael went to Hollywood after his Lampoon days and was one of the producers of “Ghostbusters”, “Heavy Metal: The Movie”, and many others. Highly recommended for fans of the golden age of the National Lampoon.
How did I miss this? Almost two years ago, Mike Sacks interviewed National Lampoon cofounder Henry Beard for the website Splitsider.com (link). It’s the interview I’ve always hoped he would give. A lot has been written about National Lampoon over the years, and all of the major players have told their stories, except Beard. Until
Randall Enos has revived Chicken Gutz, the monthly strip he did in National Lampoon back in the seventies, as a daily web comic. It was a favorite of mine way back when, so this is pretty cool. The new strips look and feel just like the classic ones. I hope he keeps it up. Check
Well, I guess that’s a pretty good reason to curtail the hiatus briefly. There have been more than a few books written about National Lampoon and the people who worked there, but none of them puts the history of the magazine and its spin-offs in context the way Ellin Stein’s That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick: