Shop Talk: Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens

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I’ve been using a pen this last year that I have to share with my fellow cartoonists and illustrators… the Soft and Hard Tip Fudenosuke Brush Pens for Calligraphy and Art Drawings. (The Amazon code is 62038.)

I always loved the idea of brush pens and had been using the Tombow N15 (black) for such a long time. The problem was twofold; they’re water-based and smudge under my palms, and they fray too quickly. Within an hour of drawing, that nice, firm tip becomes soft and begins to become shaggy, not to mention lose its deep black. The N35 (Process black) is a nice alternative, too for deep blacks… just don’t get them wet, or you’ll have a purple mess on your hands.

The Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen maintains that consistently firm brush tip, so if you’re working on several pages over time, you don’t have to worry about the line fattening out or trying to manage line-widths. It also seems to last a lot longer than other pocket brush pens like the double-tipped Kuretake pocket pens.

Oh, and yes! They are, mercifully, waterproof. I’ve been using them for New Yorker cartoons lately and they’ve been holding up nicely with a wash.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Talking MAD on NPR

Click above to listen to the interview on NPR on “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” from today, Monday July 8 2019.
I was interviewed along with Tom Richmond, Marty Dundics, Kit Lively and a slew of other artists, writers and call-ins.
Southern California Public Radio  (NPR Los Angeles)

The End of an Era

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The contributors of MAD received an email yesterday detailing the plan for the 67 year-old iconic MAD Magazine’s wind-down. After issue #10 (the numbers were set to 0 after the reboot in California) the magazine will no longer publish any new content from contributors. It will run old content with new covers, publish collections and special collections only.

I can’t say it was a big surprise, but it’s a devastating blow in a year that has already seen a morbid downturn in opportunities for cartoonists.

I’m still gathering my thoughts on this, so stay tuned. Dropping the news the day before July 4th seems like a very deliberate move on DC Entertainment’s part in a hope to bury the story.

I sincerely hope that is not the case.

Shop Talk: On Trying to Please the Crowd with Your Art

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One big lesson I learned as an artist in the past year is this:

Create for yourself. The people who like it will find you. Those who don’t will fall away. But, you’ll be left with a loyal core of people who like what you’re doing. 

Don’t curate your art to what gets likes. Curate it to what you like.

The National Cartoonists Society Responds to New York Times Decision to Cease Running Daily Editorial Cartoons

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June 12th, 2019

Re: Response to Editorial Page Editor, James Bennet’s statement: June 10th, 2019.

On behalf of the membership of the National Cartoonists Society, the NCS Board of Directors express our great dismay at the decision announced to cease running daily editorial cartoons in all international editions of the New York Times as of July 1st, 2019 as they have already done for the domestic edition.

Editorial cartooning is an invaluable form of pointed critique in American newspapers that dates back to the 19th-century work of the legendary Thomas Nast, as well as to pamphlet images published by Benjamin Franklin. The history of our great nation can be read through the pens of our editorial artists and cartoonists. Journals of record are the conduits to this history.

The cartoonists that contribute to your publication are not mere hobbyists, but deeply committed life-long devotees to the art of political commentary. It is not a job that is taken lightly, nor done with ease. It is a passion that not only feeds the national and international conversation, but just as importantly, feeds their families.

The contribution of cartoonists to your publication are as important and viable as those of op-ed contributors, and yet you would never consider dropping the op-eds.

We find ourselves in a critical time in history when political insight is needed more than ever, yet we see more and more cartoonists vanishing from the pages of our publications. If we are to dull the voices of our most valued critics, satirists, and artists, we stand to lose much more than the ability to debate and converse; We lose our ability to grow as a society. We rob future generations of their opportunity to learn from our mistakes.

We would implore the management of the New York Times to reconsider their decision, and reinstate daily editorial cartoons to both the domestic and international editions of The New York Times in print and online.


Jason Chatfield,

National Cartoonist Society


A Chatfield/Hunt Full-pager in MAD #8, flying off your local newsstand now!

A Chatfield/Hunt Full-pager in MAD #8, flying off your local newsstand now!

Keep a less-than-keen eye out in the next issue of MAD magazine for a jolly old cartoon by yours truly and the very funny Ian Hunt.

Ian and I met doing stand-up in New York and he’s been writing for MAD for just over a year now. It was a lot of fun collaborating with him and the team at MAD on this crazy one-pager.

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Episode #45: Live from NCSFest with Bob Mankoff

Please forgive the sound quality!

Today's episode features special guest, New Yorker Cartoon Editor emeritus, Current Cartoon & Humor Editor of Esquire Magazine and Creator of the Cartoon Collections, Bob Mankoff.

Thank you for your support and to those who came out to the show, recorded live on stage at NCSFest 2019 in Huntington Beach, California.

Stay tuned to the YouTube channel for the video version of this episode.