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”.

  • http://animationwhoandwhere.blogspot.com/ Joe Campana

    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.

  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

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

  • http://www.toonsatwar.blogspot.com disneydave

    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.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com Charles Brubaker

    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

  • http://blog.marcdeckter.com/ Marc Deckter

    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

  • http://medfordhistory.com Ben Truwe

    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.