Sunday, July 27, 2008
I was searching for some animation graphics the other day and found these instead and instantly became nostalgic for UMass, which I attended from 1972 to 1976. The first is an original from Danny Guidera's comic strip that appeared in the "Daily Collegian' called "Nuke the Whales. Guidera was a very talented artist – I'm sure he still is; here is his Web site, I think – and his strips and political cartoons were a cut above the usual level that one found in a college newspaper.
This panel cartoon was done by a guy named McGilvray whose first name escapes me now. Again I always thought his work was superior to most student cartoonists, but he proved to be very controversial when he did a cartoon of Chancellor Randolph Bromery that some thought – including Bromery – was racist.
During my four years at UMass there were a number of cartoonist whose work appeared in the paper including Kris Jackson and Steve Lafler. The most famous cartoonist to come out of UMass is Peter Laird, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.