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Son of a Gun!

At a rummage sale recently, I smiled happily to myself at the sight of a familiar-looking bright red blow dryer for sale, a ClairolĀ© Son of a Gun, one of which I previously owned. Apparently they are now “vintage.” I drew a picture of it in a college art class.
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When I was a teenager still living with my parents and enough of our older siblings had moved (and stayed) out, my sister (who was two years older) and I finally got to have separate bedrooms. Yet my sister would arrive at my door pleading for help because her hair dryer, a different brand, had once again sucked her long blonde hair into the back air vents and entrapped it. There she’d be with her head bent at an odd angle, hair dryer dangling and effectively stuck to her head till I’d help her get untangled. She called her blow dryer Son of a Bitch.

Now for your viewing pleasure: My MADĀ© Magazine cover rejection

In a recent post I shared an old cartoon I’d done years ago as part of a submission to MADĀ© magazine which ultimately went nowhere. This got me to thinking about MADĀ© which I haven’t even looked at in ages. I never subscribed but the library used to have it. (Maybe 10 years ago I asked a librarian about the possibility of the branch carrying it again and was more or less blown off, so I dropped it.)

My former brother-in-law introduced me and my closest-in-age siblings to the magazine when we were in grade school. A bright, observant man, he must have noticed that his wife’s youngest siblings were kind of sheltered and was good enough to hand us a small supply of MADĀ© back issues and another similar (knock-off?) magazine. We were thrilled! They were just our kind of humor. We had no idea such a wondrous magazine existed.

One of the submissions I sent to MADĀ© was a cover idea. I didn’t think I could share it here because of potential copyright infringement, but it occurred to me it’ll be okay if I don’t show their mascot or logo. As was true of cartoons, they weren’t interested in the art so much as seeing the concept.

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Signs that your neighbors may be a problem

Back in the day, I used to send out writing to magazines, trying to get pieces published. Mostly it was prose, either essays or humor, but at least once I tried to do something with funny little drawings I made. I even got an encouraging letter from MADĀ© Magazine, along the lines of “send us more stuff to look at,” which of course I did. If I recall correctly, they weren’t interested in the art so much as the ideas (it’s fuzzy to me now but I think their artists would have done the actual drawing if they’d been interested – which they, ultimately, sadly, were not). At any rate, I sent them a few things, and I think this was one. I still think it’s funny.

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