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Tack’s Cartoon Tips

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Daily Show associate producer Dave Blog posted a flickr set scanned from an old cartooning manual he picked up at an estate sale.

Tack’s Cartoon Tips for the Aspiring Cartoonist (Devoe & Reynolds, 1923). If anyone has any further information on B. “Tack” Knight, please fill us in.

  • Roberto

    I found a link with some info about this “Tack” Knight. Interestingly enough, he worked at Disney and Fleischer.

    http://lambiek.net/artists/k/knight_tack.htm

  • uffler mustek

    So did Walt Disney rip off Tack for his business cards? Or was it the other way around?

  • Andy

    Check out the Michigan State University Libraries Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection at http://www.lib.msu.edu/comics/rri/krri/knack.htm for their entries on Knight, Tack (Benjamin Thackston)

  • Rogelio T.

    Benjamin Thackston Knight
    Born: Dillsboro, NC. Apr. 4, 1895
    Died: San Francisco, Ca. 1977
    “Tack” Knight drew the “My Big Brudder”, “Baby Sister” and “Little Folks” comic strips.
    He was an assistant on Gene Byrnes’ Reg’lar Fellers from 1924-29.
    He also worked at the Disney and Fleischer Studios.
    Search this page for “Knight”.

  • Benjamin Thackston “Tack”Knight was born April 4, 1895 in Dillsboro, North Carolina. By his early 20s he was a cartoonist living in San Francisco. He was working on animated cartoons in the late teens — and likely knew Pinto Colvig who was also animating in town at the time. Tack was honored with The Nation Cartoonists Society’s “Silver T-Square Award” in 1974. He passed away on December 5, 1976 in San Francisco.

  • Wow, that is old… the plate on “types” would have the ‘politically correct’ crowd all in a tither (Scotchman? Darktown Celebrity?)

  • Didn’t he work on the first Donald Duck short The Wise Little Hen? A friend has a hand colored model sheet initialled by him.

  • Because Tack Knight already used the name “Little Folks” in his strip, Charles Schulz had to change the name of his strip to “Peanuts” when it became syndicated.

  • Paul N

    I got a reproduction copy of this book as a door prize years ago at a cartoonist association meeting I went to. I’ve used bits and pieces of it when I taught cartooning to kids – the style is simple and accessible.

  • Barbara in BC

    Loved it! Even the politically incorrect stuff tickled me because Tack seems to have been such a good natured guy. A real gem.

  • Billy Batz

    I have an original copy given to be by my Grandfather! Thanks Pop.

  • Billy Batz

    Actually, a sixth printing from 1923 distributed by Devoe&Raynlds Co.Inc. NY Chicago

  • I was flipping through Hank Ketcham’s autobiography the other day and he mentions using “Tack” Knight’s Cartoon Tips early on in his career.

  • Homer J. Simpson

    I want to download these images in their original size and make them into a PDF, but when I try to download them, I just get a little dot instead of the actual image. This is weird. I can download other images from Flickr with no problem, why can’t I download images from this set?

  • MAXNE HALL

    “TACK”KNIGHT WAS MARRIED TO MY HUSBAND’S AUNT, BERTHA MACDONALD. THEY HAD A DAUGHTER, MARY, WHO DIED AT A YOUNG AGE. AFTER HER DEATH, BERTHA AND “TACK” DIVORCED. WE HAVE SOME OF ORIGINAL HIS ORIGINAL DRAWINGS

  • Tack was a partner with Pinto Colvig in the Animated Films Corporation in San Francisco. In 1915 they animated the world’s first feature-length cartoon:
    http://id.mind.net/~truwe/tina/pintocolvig.html
    The film is now lost, but five frames survive in the collection of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Medford, Oregon.

  • Kristine

    Tack was a good friend of my grandfather and grand mother in San Francisco. I knew him well when I was a little girl and teenager. He was a kind, extremely funny man. He told me he based the little girl in “Little Folks” on my mother. He was married at the time to Lorrane. They were both delightful. I have the cartoon tips book and a Christmas characterization, Tack did of himself in a Santa hat. Great man.