Tuesday, February 26, 2008

B.K. Taylor

(Image copyright B.K. Taylor)

Whatever happened to B.K. Taylor?

When I was a teenager, I loved reading his contributions to the humor magazine, National Lampoon, which appealed to my brutish and primitive sense of what was funny. I have to say that I still have a brutish and primitive sense of what is funny, and I was curious about Mr. Taylor’s work.

Apparently, from what I’ve been able to glean from the internet, none of his particularly funny strips from Lampoon are available in book form. Which is a shame, because the material is truly good. I especially recall being amused by his “Timberland Tales”, and would love to read them again without having to dig up back issues of National Lampoon.

I did find one website with which he seems to be involved, but no other details. Someone told me that they think he does material for Mad Magazine and that he wrote, at least for a while, for some TV sitcoms.

When I was about nineteen, I met BK Taylor at the great old OrlandoCon run by Jim Ivey in the day. It was a really friendly comic convention packed into a small dealer’s room and accompanying panel rooms at the International Inn not far from the airport in Orlando, Florida. He’s one of the few artists/writers I ever approached to tell him how much I enjoyed his work. He thanked me and then told me that he was one of two BK Taylors who worked as a cartoonist, but that he was the funnier (and more talented) of the two. Whatever.

Innyway, I was just thinking of the dude and wondering about his past, present, and future projects. His work made me laugh.

(Image copyright B.K. Taylor)


B.K. said...

I came across your email wondering where Cartoonist B.K.Taylor is...
Here I am, and you can reach me at the attached email.
Thank for your interest.


David said...

I loved Maurice, the little Indian boy, in particular when he had the rabid dog:

"Maurice, we need to have a talk about your dog."

"You mean 'bout Foamy?"

They just don't write 'em like that anymore.

HemlockMan said...

You've got that right! Timberland Tales was one of my favorites when I was in my youth. I'd love to see them reprinted!

Paul said...

I always particularly favored "The Appletons". As said in an earlier post, it sure would be nice to have those collections available in book form - I DID save all my '70s Lampoons, but it's a pain to dig the articles out.

HemlockMan said...

I wish they would collect that stuff in a paperback format. I suppose much of it must be tied up in some kind of National Lampoon legal limbo. Who knows?

waksel said...

There has been some talk about getting his Nat Lamp strips printed in a book form. Hope it works out.

James Robert Smith said...

I would buy it SO fast! I have been hoping for years to see those in print again.

waksel said...

FYI, Bob was on the writing staff for Tim Allen's sitcom, Home Improvement.

James Robert Smith said...

Cool! I didn't know that.