Star-Bulletin Features

By Gary Kubota, Star-Bulletin
Scott Shaw! comics.


Cartoonist Scott Shaw! sheds light
on the uniquely American
art form


It's probably a good thing artist Scott Shaw! never married entertainer Rose Marie Barbee! - their kids would have been named !! and ??.

Exclamations aside, Scott Shaw! is one of the premier cartoonists and cartoon chroniclers in the United States, and he's holding an "Oddball Comics" lecture and workshop Sunday at the University of Hawaii. He performed a similar ritual on Maui last weekend.

Although Shaw!'s pen-work is widely respected, he is also known as a historian and commentator on this uniquely American art form.

"Oddball Comics" is drawn from his own collection of bizarre titles, and include samples of legendary works such as "Calling All Boys" with J. Edgar Hoover; "All-Negro Comics" featuring Lion Man, Bubba, Sugarfoot and Snakeoil; "Forward with Eisenhower-Nixon" (not a horror title); "Muggy-Doo, Boy Cat"; "Teen-Age Temptations," which has stories like "The Price of Sinful Dates"; and "The Adventures of Manuel Pacifico, Tuna Fisherman."

"Scott's collection is incredible - he has everything and anything about comics," said Dave Thorne, Hawaii's own Jedi Master of comic art.

By Gary Kubota, Star-Bulletin
Scott Shaw! takes pen in hand at his
comics lecture and workshop on Maui.

"Scott's had to hire his own curator. Besides, he's a real sweet man and a wonderful artist. What makes Scott unique among all cartoonists is his willingness to share his knowledge."

Thorne added that Shaw! wears aloha shirts every day of the year.

Following the lecture, Shaw! will critique amateur portfolios.

Shaw! grew up in San Diego, where he helped create the Comic-Con, and currently works as a Senior Art Director at Ogilvy-Mather. Shaw!'s animation work includes "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley" and his comic-book work includes "The Simpsons" and "Sonic The Hedgehog."

Shaw! is recipient of the Shazam Award for Best Humor Artist in Comic Books and the Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievements in Comic Art, and past president of the Comic Art Professional Society.

Oddball Comics

Lecture and workshop: 3 p.m. Sunday.
Place:Room 132, Art Auditorium, University of Hawaii.
Call: 956-8244.

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