Funnyworld began its life as mimeographed contribution to
CAPA-alpha, an amateur press association devoted to the comics.
With the twelfth issue, in 1970, I converted it to a professionally
typeset and printed magazine. It lasted for eleven issues in that
format under my editorship, appearing on average about once a year.
Reading Funnyworld now, I'm gratified by how well many of
the articles and reviews and interviews, by me and by contributors
like John Canemaker, Joe Adamson, Mark Kausler, Milton Gray, and
Bill Blackbeard, have held up over the years. I'm reprinting (somehow
that term doesn't sound quite right when applied to the Web!) some
of those articles and reviews and interviews here.
of Fritz the Cat" from Funnyworld No. 14
(1972) and No. 15 (1973) was the longest and most
thoroughly researched and reported piece I ever published in the
magazine. It's divided here into two parts, five long Web pages,
matching the two parts and five chapters of the printed version.
Click here to go to Chapter
I, "Bucking the Tide," Chapter
II, "Up from Brownsville," Chapter
III, "Crumb, His Cat, and the Dotted Line," Chapter
IV, "Coast to Coast Animation," or Chapter
V, "A Strange Breed of Cat." Or click here to go to
page with some thoughts on Ralph Bakshi's strange post-Fritz career. You can also read what R.
Crumb thought about the first half of the article.
The unique and historic interview with Carl Stalling, Walt Disney's first composer and the composer of the scores for well over half the Warner Bros. cartoons, is at this link. It originally appeared in Funnyworld No. 13 (1971). The Stalling interview is also in print in the
Cartoon Music Book, edited by Daniel Goldmark and Yuval
Taylor (a cappella, paper, $18.95).
Two of Dick Huemer's "Huemeresque" columns are available, one about the great Disney story man Ted Sears, from Funnyworld No. 18 (1978), the other on "The Battle of Washington," Huemer's account of the selling of the idea for The New Spirit to the U.S. government, from Funnyworld No. 22 (1980).
Funnyworld No. 18 (1978) included a major feature on cartoon voices, "The Moving Drawing Speaks," with interviews of a half dozen important voice artists. I've posted three of those interviews, with the Disney voice artists Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher, and Jim Macdonald.
Also available: an interview
with Bob Clampett, the great director of Warner Bros. cartoons
and creator of TV's Beany and Cecil, from Funnyworld No.
12 (1970), and from Funnyworld No. 13 (1971): a 1969 interview
with Chuck Jones, another great director of Warner Bros.
cartoons, and a brief essay
on Robert Crumb by the late Harvey Pekar, best known now as the creator
of the American Splendor comic books.
I've posted scans of a few complete pages from Funnyworld: my reviews of Wizards and Raggedy Ann and Andy from No. 17 (1978) and my essay "Jones: From 'Night Watchman' to 'Phantom Tollbooth'" from No. 13 (1971).
Other reprints from Funnyworld are available elsewhere
on the Web:
¶ John Canemaker's "Elfriede! On the Road with Mrs. Oskar Fischinger,"
from Funnyworld No. 18 (1978), is on the Web at
¶ Joe Adamson's interview with Dick Huemer, "Working for the
Fleischers," from Funnyworld No. 16 (1975), is
on the Web at the Huemer family Web site, www.huemer.com,
along with articles by and about Dick Huemer.