Editor’s note: Ever since nerd icon William Gaines (of “Tales from the Crypt” fame) founded Mad magazine nearly 50 years ago, it has inspired the likes of Terry Gilliam with its absurdist humor, eye-catching art, and geeky jokes – after all, it was one of the first publications to parody comic book heroes. Its mascot, Alfred E. Neuman has been a symbol of geekdom for nearly as long.
Todd Leopold recently caught up with one of the most beloved MAD cartoonists, Al Jaffee, and shares more about his experience with CNN Geek Out!
As Mad magazine art director Sam Viviano observed, generations of Mad readers have looked at the magazine’s contributors as “gods on Olympus.” But it’s not just the readers who admire the Mad Men – they also have a healthy respect for one another.
What do you get when you put together robots, zombies and comic books?
How about a film festival?
The Graphation Film Festival showcased a selection of short films about zombies, robots, robot-like humans, zombie-like mummies and other life-forms on the fringes of society last month.
Thanks to Carnegie Mellon grad and former Pittsburgh resident George A. Romero, zombies are closely identified with Steeltown, so close-by suburban Oakmont’s Oaks Theater was the perfect venue to celebrate the not-quite-alive. FULL POST