Winter 2018

The draughtsman’s characters

D. B. Dowd
R. O. Blechman

Blechman’s Ink Tank made animations that were subtle, literate and humane

In an era of flat, cheap TV cartoons, R. O. Blechman offered the subtlety and humanity of an earlier era – films that were genuinely animated whose library at Washington University in St. Louis holds Blechman’s Ink Tank archive.


Right and top: When you and your stomach don’t agree, a 60-second animated spot for Alka-Seltzer, 1967. Drawn and animated by R. O. Blechman. Produced by Jack Tinker & Partners Advertising. A man and his stomach visit a therapist to settle their differences. Voice-over by Gene Wilder.


D. B. Dowd, Professor of Art and American Culture Studies at Washington University, St. Louis

Read the full version in Eye no. 95 vol. 24, 2018


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