I’ll be doing an extensive introduction for the new Johnny Gruelle collection. Raggedy Ann ROOLZ OK

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  1. TonyMillion says:

    This is a comment left by my mother in an obscure part of the WordPress:

    Mother Hodge

    I am a very proud mother and I can see much of the influence I have had on you. I never knew before that you read all those Raggedy Ann books that were mine as a little girl. Glad you did! They are full of good morals!! Winnie ther Pooh was a pretty good one, too.


    • TonyMillion says:

      Dear Mom,
      I’ve been asked to do an introduction to the new Johnny Gruelle collection for Fantagraphics books. I’m really nervous. Will you help me? Maybe we should do an interview. The morals of Raggedy Anne were wonderful, but the drawings of Johnny Gruelle were superb. I think Jack Davis must have learned how to put good solid shoes on his characters after seeing some Johnny Gruelle drawings.
      Some of my characters, Rupert Punch, the Trumbernick, and the Universal Moon Genius are directly influenced by JG.

  2. Mother Hodge says:

    I will be glad to help! I believe I am a very good writer and certainly a good interview. As you can see I passed on my humility to you, too.

    Indeed, the drawings of Johnny Gruelle were wonderful as were the drawings of A. A. Milne. At the time, I was more concerned with your morals, but now I am extremely proud of your drawing. You would make Grandpop proud, too. I used to love reading those books to you because I liked them, too. I wouldn’t read a book to you that bored me. Remember Little Black Sambo? I didn’t read them for very long to you because you were reading them on your own by first grade.


    • TonyMillion says:

      A. A. Milne couldn’t draw a stick figure, Ernest Shepard was the illustrator. When they first got Shepard to do the drawings for the first book, Milne called him “hopeless.” Just goes to show you.
      Ernest Shepard is my favorite pen and inker, I love him even more than John Tenniel.

  3. Gil Smith says:

    This is some really incredible stuff, even by the impossibly high standards your previous literary illustration work has set (the Moby Dick cover in particular gives me shivers).

  4. Ian says:

    That right-hand frame is one of the saddest things ever, and it induces melancholia every time I see it.

  5. Jwbalsley says:

    This is some new great work, I love your stuff in color (but still in black and white) do you have even bigger versions?


  6. Pandy says:

    can you upload this larger? I cant read it.

    Did you see the new Winnie the Pooh movie? It is very funny.

    • TonyMillion says:

      Yes, Pandy, I will put up a larger version tomorrow. It is a very sad true story of Johnny Gruelle and his daughter.
      You can put a gun to my head, pull the trigger and watch me become a dead person, but you still won’t be able to drag my corpse to see any animated version of Winnie the Pooh. When Ernest Shepard saw the first animated Pooh he called it a “travesty.” Disney does some really good things and some really bad, this was their biggest crime.

      • Jwbalsley says:

        I always enjoyed that strip where the Disney Pooh encounters the E. H. Shepard Pooh, then Drinky and the real Pooh join forces and destroy it with a gun.

      • Pandy says:

        Shepard didn’t even much like Pooh to begin with.

        Of all the atrocious things that Disney has put out over the years (The Little Mermaid, Cars 2), to say that Winnie the Pooh is their biggest crime is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        You should do a short pen and ink animation of a Pooh story one day. Make E.H.’s corpse proud.

  7. Darren says:

    Curious about the wordless creature rising out of the ground with his hands steadfastly held behind its back.
    The “skin” reminds me of my grammar school years and those old novelty woven “Chinese finger handcuffs”… or whatever they were called.

    • TonyMillion says:

      That creature is in one of Gruelle’s most famous Twee Deedle Sunday strips. I think it’s in the Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics.

      • Cole Closser says:

        The King of the Mirage Moodles! There are a couple of (Moodle-less) Twee Deedle Sundays in the new Sunday Press book, too — printed super big. It’s nice to have ‘em at that size.

  8. Ricky says:

    This piece (it’s a piece, right?) is one of my favorites! I really need to save my pennies and buy an original some time…

  9. Nic Farra says:

    Where would we be without a good tantrum? My wife and I have some rip-snorters and I think they are great for purging Pity and Terror. Where Donald Duck be without a tantrum? Scrooge McDuck? Uncle Gabby?

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