It’s Day 362 and I was super excited and a little nervous about doing a piece for today’s artist. He’s one of my comic heroes and also a friend. He’s accomplished so much the past years and I’m honored to honor him today.
I discovered his comic book, Snake N’ Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret years ago and since then it’s changed my life and I can safely say a few people I know as well.
When I first read his comics I couldn’t believe that I had found something that embodied my sense of humor and absurdity so well. I mentioned it and included a link to buy his book on my website years ago and shortly received an email from him.
At first I didn’t believe it was really him and he told me to check for his comic in The New Yorker in two weeks time. I did and boy was my face red. We kept in touch via email and phone calls for quite a while and became friends. To this day I’ve never met him in person and I don’t keep in touch with him as much, but I still consider him one of my favorite illustrators and authors. I highly recommend everything he does to anyone who likes to laugh. Please join me in honoring Michael Kupperman today!
My name is Michael Kupperman. I’m a comic artist, illustrator, and writer who lives in New York City. I’m the
author of three books of comics: Snake’N’Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret, Tales Designed to Thrizzle Volume 1, and Tales Designed to Thrizzle Volume 2.
I also wrote and illustrated the humorous book Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010. Some of my work has been translated into animation, and I sometimes perform, occasionally dressed as Mark Twain. I also enjoy reading my work in front of audiences. I also collect old books and magazines, and visit flea markets whenever possible. I hope you enjoy looking around my website.
Above is from his website.
Michael Kupperman, also known by the pseudonym P. Revess, is an American cartoonist and illustrator.
He created the comic strips Up All Night and Found in the Street, and has written scripts for DC Comics. His work often dwells in surrealism and absurdity “played as seriously as possible.”
His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, LA Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Screw, Fortune, The Independent on Sunday, Libération, Nickelodeon Magazine, The Believer, and Heavy Metal, as well as in comics anthologiessuch as Hotwire, Snake Eyes, Zero Zero, Hyena, Hodags and Hodaddies, Blood Orange, Rosetta, 106U, and Legal Action Comics. He has also worked on many books and projects for McSweeney’s.
Kupperman spent part of his childhood in England. Later on, back in the United States, his parents became professors at the University of Connecticut. His father is Joel J. Kupperman, the most famous of the original 1940s Quiz Kids. When Michael was young, between ages ten and twelve, he was fascinated with editorial cartoons, particularly the work of Pat Oliphant. As a young man, Kupperman did a political strip for the Washington City Paper.
HarperCollins published Kupperman’s book, Snake ‘n’ Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret, in 2000. Parts of his work
were animated later that year for the Comedy Central show TV Funhouse, produced by Robert Smigel and Dino Stamatopoulos. In 2005, he started a comic book series called Tales Designed To Thrizzle, published by Fantagraphics. Currently Kupperman is writing sketches for a new comedy series starring Peter Serafinowicz, and he created a one-off pilot called Snake ‘N’ Bacon for the Adult Swim Network.
Biography above is from wikipedia.
I hope you enjoy my tribute today. Twain and Einstein are some of my favorite characters…it was VERY difficult to choose what I wanted to do. Honestly, I think that’s why I put this tribute off for so long. At this point, I can’t really put off the last of the artists, so while I was researching his art and reading his comics last night I fell upon a drawing of Twain that he did and had the idea for this piece. I pretty much recreated that drawing and was going to just have me kissing Twain when I pictured Einstein in the background…then all the pieces fell together. I really wanted to capture his artistic style and humor. Although I’m sure I couldn’t completely capture his humor. He is a genius. Enjoy and I’ll see you tomorrow on Day 363…only 3 left! Eek.