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    Warner Club Newsletter "Termite Terrace" Staffers Caricature Art by Jean Blanchard and Others Group of 24 (Warner Brothers, 1947-48). Jean Blanchard was an animator in the Robert McKimson unit at Termite Terrace and one of the first female animators in the business. She drew the famous Bugs Bunny expressions model sheet in 1948 that is widely published. In 1947, she wrote the "What's Cookin' Doc?" column in the Warner Club News in-house newsletter, adding neat caricatures of the staffers she wrote about. Jean was apparently the first (of several) Warner animation staffers to add these humorous caricatures; other artists pitched in from time to time, so in addition to artwork by Jean, there are drawings by Sam Nicholson (signing as NIC) and George Grandpré. One drawing of Chuck Jones looks very much like something from his own hand (we'll let you be the judge). There are 24 sheets of art in all, most with multiple caricatures. All are signed by the staffers depicted, although a few are difficult to make out. Several sheets include a clipped copy of Jean's article about the specific artists. Unless noted, the drawings are believed to be by Jean Blanchard. Drawings are in all sizes, from small to large. All art is in ink, some with added color pencil highlights, on light brown paper. Mat openings are 9.5" x 13". Frames range from 17" x 19" to 17" x 21". All frames are sold as-is. Art is in overall Very Good condition. (See complete list of art at

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    Included on sheet #1: Chuck Jones (with clipped article; framed). Sheet #2: Mike Maltese, who wrote the scripts for many of the shorts Chuck directed; page includes the clipped article on him (framed). Sheet #3: three drawings, of Hawley Pratt, Tedd Pierce, and Gerry Chiniquy (it's signed as "Chin"). A photocopy of the column with Hawley Pratt's caricature is on back (framed). Sheet #4: storyboard artist Tedd Pierce (with clipped article; framed). Sheet #5: writer Jack Miller (matted only). Sheet #6: animator Virgil Ross, Peggi Moran, background artist Don Smith, and supervisor Lew Irwin (all are by Sam Nicholson, framed). Sheet #7: animator Ken Harris, animator Emery Hawkins, and one gent smoking a cigarette we can't identify, due to faded signature (framed). Sheet #8: animator Don Williams and Chuck Meakins (matted only). Sheet #9: animators Ray Laufenburger, Fred Hellmich, art director Joe Creaturo, and writer Wes Bennett (matted only). Sheet #10: production manager John Burton (with clipped article; framed, sheet slightly slipped in mat). Sheet #11: director Art Davis (with clipped article; framed). Sheet #12: Ken Wong, background artist Dick Thomas, and animator Paul Julian (art by Sam Nicholson; matted only). Sheet #13: animators Warren Batchelder and Bob Matz, Mary Alice Nadeau (art by Sam Nicholson; matted only). Sheet #14: legendary animation director Friz Freleng, with a clipped copy of Jean's column (framed). Sheet #15: Bill Melendez, the director associated with so many Charlie Brown Peanuts specials; he worked on quite a number of Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies cartoons in the 1940s. Also on this sheet: effects animator Harry Love (matted only). Sheet #16: someone signing as "Buzz Bacon" (art by Sam Nicholson; matted only). Sheet #17: Seymour Schlosberg (signed to Jean by assistant animator Sid Farren, who may have drawn the piece for her; matted only). Sheet #18: animator Abe Levitow, drawn as a stuffed and mounted moose head, with the caption "Dah-moose" (may be a self-portrait; framed). Sheet #19: animator Basil Davidovich and head of the Ink and Paint Department, Florence Finkelhor. Sheet #20: drawing by animator George Grandpré of an unidentified female staffer (who did sign the drawing, but we cannot make it out; matted only). Sheet #21: animator Pete Burness, Helen Miller, George Grandpré, and one more lady we can't identify (matted only). Sheet #22: scene checker Steve Millman (with clipped article; matted only). Sheet #22: Jean's drawing of her boss Robert McKimson, along with a clipped copy of her column (framed). Sheet #24: Jean's own caricature with a large signed image, and a clipped version of the art as seen on all her columns (framed).

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