Mad About Cartoons

Bill Wray is trying to make the transition fine art but is known as a cartoonist, a background painter/ Art director and sometimes animation director. This will be the place he post his ocasional animation and cartooning work and also be a place to bitch or wax sentimentally about cartoons in general. It’s been a love and hate relationship for many years and the long journey may not be quite over.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Fan Commission Mad cover

This is a spot for me to talk about cartoons and post my occasional cartoon work that is now done less out of love that the need to finance my foray into fine art painting. Love for cartooning is still strong, it's just that I can't take working for demanding art directors so I do less of it. Here is a commission I just did for a Mad fan. I never got to do a cover when I was at Mad, not even for the one-hundredth episode of the strip, but I'm not bitter. ;-) The client is a family man who deals in fireworks so I had to keep the image/theam family friendly or I certainly would have had the bully sticking the firecracker in Monroe's ass with him losing a few feet of colon.


Blogger David DeGrand said...

As much as I've been enjoying your fine art paintings on your other blog, it's great to see that you still dabble in cartooning now and then. You backgrounds from Ren and Stimpy were a huge influence on me as well as your other cartoon paintings, can't wait to see more artwork!

11:05 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dave,

This is my secret little site... I won't put stuff up as often, but will put stuff up...

12:06 AM  
Blogger Kali Fontecchio said...

I like this secret place! A balance of cartoon fun and fine art!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Ryan G. said...

Hey Bill. I check your painting blog from time to time and I always enjoy your paintings. It is good to see some cartoony stuff too. I love the background on the MAD cover!

11:23 PM  
Blogger David Germain said...

Yeah, I was just today wondering what happened with you and MAD. I just bought issue #470. Munroe is being drawn by someone else, Tom Fowler specifically.

Was Munroe your own creation that you lost to these guys? If so, that sucks. It would certainly make me think twice about doing anything for MAD.

12:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Kali,

No fine art here that's my other blog, this is just cartoon crap. This site will not be promoted , you must find it.

12:38 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ryan,

God knows I got a tons of it. Maybe I'll post someting now... I paintied the background first, It got all my love.

12:48 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey David,

I can't talk about it, but you certainly are free to let Mad know how your feel.

12:50 AM  
Blogger roque said...

Yea! More Bill Wray blogs! I think you should start a new one every month. Just for the heck of it...

10:19 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I wish I could , Its tough to keep up.

7:15 PM  
Blogger david gemmill said...


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Blogger Michael said...

This looks like a whole lot of fun, Bill!

2:59 AM  
Blogger michael said...

MAD magazine - over here in Austria MAD magazine was bought by some private television broadcaster trust who's "gag" authors are now (re-)writing the jokes and bring in own jokes. It is a very very dead magazine with very badly done art.

Hilarious cover, by the way !

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