Hi and welcome to another This Week in Music on the MartyToons Newsletter. It's a mixed bag this week, spanning a wide musical spectrum, from The Chairman of the Board to a Queen of the Blues, and all the way back to one of the longest living rock and roll bands, so let's get started.
July 23, 1966 saw Frank Sinatra's classic "Strangers in the Night" hit number one.
and what a difference three years make...
July 23, 1969, The Rolling Stones hit number one with Honky Tonk Woman.
July 25, 1969, Neil Young joins Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time.
July 25, 1980, AC DC releases BACK IN BLACK, five months after the death of lead singer Bon Scott, and the first featuring Brian Johnston as new lead singe, a position he holds for the next 36 years.
July 25 1984, legendary blues vocalist Big Mama Thornton passes away.
July 26 1943 Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger
July 27 2001, original and long time bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leon Wilkinson is found dead in a Florida hotel room.
July 28, 1973, the Watkins Glenn Outdoor Summer Jam takes place in New York. The concert features The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band. Tickets sold for $10.00 each.
July 29, 1965, the Beatles second film, HELP premieres in London
July 29, 1968, Bob Dylan suffers his famous and even sometimes debated, motorcycle accident in upstate New York, leading into a lengthy period of convalescence, including an 8 year absence from touring.(https://www.thoughtco.com/bob-dylans-motorcycle-accident-1322021)
July 29 1974, former vocalist for The Mamas and Papas, Cass Elliott dies of a heart attack while sleeping in a London flat owned by singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson. Four years later, The Who's drummer Keith Moon died in the same room, also aged 32 years. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_Elliot}
That's it for this week. Thanks for taking the time to read.
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.