This is the first of several posts featuring photographs I took on my visit to the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum in Pontiac, Illinois. This is a relatively new museum and its collection is still small, but it is already full of weird little gems. The arts of mural and sign painting and cartooning are related in a lot of obvious ways, and some subtle ones too. One of these is the obvious commercial nature of the enterprise. Like sign painters, cartoonists want people to pay for our work. So proofreading never goes out of style:And we can all relate to the rules on this great little poster (click for detail, and just look at those fonts!), which encourages the customers to patronize home enterprise,and gives them reasons to do so:That is the best spelling of the world “spelt” I have ever seen, there in rule one, although it was probably correct at the time and saved the sign painter/typesetter three whole characters over the modern “spelled”. Rule three is pretty easy for us cartoonists: my minicomics are 4 and a quarter by five and half, just like I told you.
But rule two is my favorite. In fact, rule two is my new favorite thing in the whole world, and will be appearing in all my comics from now on. Or at least all the color ones. “Kekionga: Color guaranteed to be pretty close.”
(Just found out that the Durham poster is a pastiche, created by Tom Durham. Read Kathy Durham’s post below to get the whole story. It’s nice to have someone specific to thank for a clever bit of writing that sure fooled me! Thanks, Tom.)
(more from the Walldog Museum tomorrow. Another thing that’s guaranteed to be be pretty close is the focus on the Pentax 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited lens through which I took these images. It, and the already-faithful K-30, are providing “better equipment than I am a photographer” right now, and doing a darn fine job of it. Guaranteed.)