comic from the National Lampoon‘s Funny Pages is coming out soon in a hard cover “graphic novel” edition from Fantagraphics Books. If you don’t remember it, it was all about being a kid, not Wilson’s usual ghoulish and sci-fi themes. It includes a substantial amount of never-published material as well. A “must” for fans of the Lampoon‘s golden age. (Thanks to Robert for reminding me about it.)
Not sure what to make of this, but National Lampoon has been selected for The American Project with a one-page write up. Judging by the photos, it’s all about the movies, but the magazine, radio show and stage shows are mentioned as well.
Best known to NatLamp fans from her performances in the off-Broadway show Lemmings (“mega-groupie” and “Pizza Man”), Alice Playten has died at age 63. I saw her at the Rick Meyerowitz book event in NYC last December, but didn’t get a chance to talk to her. I never would have guessed that something like this was only six months away for her. She performed at the event with Paul Jacobs, Sarah Durkee, and Christopher Cerf in one of the highlights of the show—“Papa Was A Running Dog Lackey of the Bourgeoisie” (from Lemmings). (Obit here.) (Thanks to Michael Simmons for the link.)
Jeff Jones, the artist who drew the comic strip Idyl and numerous illustrations in National Lampoon during the early years, passed away today at the age of 67. Info about Jones here.
Mark Leffler interviews Peter Kleinman, art director of National Lampoon from 1974-79 and from 1984-87, on RadioExiles.com. The interview is excellent, and covers a lot of Lampoon history that doesn’t get the attention it deserves on this site.
Ellis Weiner has written a parody of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged—a supposedly suppressed sequel. You can get more info and/or purchase it at Smashwords.com. (Thanks to Mark Leffler for the tip.)
Former NatLamp art director Michael Gross—the guy who gave the magazine its brilliant visual style and attitude—will be presenting a talk Wednesday May 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hill Street Cafe / Fish Joint in Oceanside, California. Tickets are $75 per person (seating limited to 35 people). RSVP at 760-721-3411 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Click on the picture to see the poster with all the details.)
Just got a tip that tonight’s episode of The Simpsons will have a brief reference to National Lampoon in it. I don’t want to spoil the joke and say exactly what it is, but it’s in the scene where Lisa is looking through old comedy albums looking for a Cheech & Chong record.