Washington State Magazine

Summer 2011 - Field and Stream

Summer 2011

Field and Stream

In This Issue...


The Storyteller—Patrick McManus ’56, ’59 MA :: Patrick McManus’s comic formula depends on his creation of a world of oddly named characters with generous and adventurous souls. And a markedly different perspective. “As far back as I can remember,” he writes, “I have seen funny. What may horrify normal people may strike me as hilarious.” by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: The Lady Who Kept Things by Patrick McManus, 1957 }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: About the editorial illustration: The Storyteller—A triple portrait by Derek Mueller with Daniel Vasconcellos (Mouse over the illustration to reveal more about McManus and the artists) }

What’s the Catch? :: The rainbow trout has evolved over millions of years to survive in varied but particular circumstances in the wild. The hatchery rainbow flourishes in its relatively new, artificial surroundings, but its acquired skill set compromises its evolution. The rainbow has so straddled the worlds of nature and nurture, says biologist Gary Thorgaard, that it has become “a world fish.” by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Trout fishing in Washington :: 2011 rainbow trout stocks in Washington lakes by the Department of Fish and Wildlife }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Rainbow trout :: Illustrations by Joseph Tomelleri }

The Things We Do for Our Dogs—and what they do for us :: In 1974 between 15 and 18 million dogs and cats were killed in animal control centers. To address what he perceived as “wide-spread irresponsible animal ownership,” Leo Bustad ’49 DVM created the People-Pet Partnership and promoted research into the human-animal bond. Although it is impossible to assess the total impact of his work, the number of animals killed today is down to four million. And the pet-people bond manifests itself in ways beyond his comprehension. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Cougs and their dogs WSU alums, faculty, staff, and family with their dogs...send in your own}


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Vintage clothes :: Apparel from WSU's collection }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Interview with Al Jazeera English correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin :: With Lawrence Pintak on Northwest Public Television's The Murrow Interview }


:: FIRST WORDS: Somewhere in France

:: SHORT SUBJECT: Business is blooming

:: SPORTS: From Burma to the Blazers


:: IN SEASON: Carrots

:: LAST WORDS, ER...LAUGH: The Perfect Hunt

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Build a bouquet of local flowers }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Food and drink pairings with fudge :: by Kristine Vannoy ’87 }

New media

:: Fishes of the Columbia Basin: A guide to their natural history and identification by Dennis Dauble ’78

:: A Home for Every Child by Patricia Susan Hart ’91 MA, ’97 PhD

:: Murder at Foxbluff Lake by Jesse E. Freels ’99

:: Hard Water by Massy Ferguson

Summer 2011
Web Exclusives

About The Storyteller—A triple portrait
by Derek Mueller with Daniel Vasconcellos

by John Paxson | © Washington State University


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The editorial illustration for The STORYTELLER: Patrick McManus ’56, ’59 MA by Tim Steury in Washington State Magazine’s Summer 2011 issue required the collaboration of two well respected artists: Derek Mueller—an illustrator who works in the style of Norman Rockwell—and caricaturist Daniel Vasconcellos.

The Storyteller: A triple portrait is a spoof on Norman Rockwell’s famous Triple Self-Portrait that appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, February 12, 1960. (It is in the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.) The choice of it is appropriate: Patrick McManus had enrolled at WSU (WSC) because of its fine arts department with the intention of becoming an illustrator, possibly the next Norman Rockwell whose style he admired. Those who cherish his stories, though, are certainly glad that did not happen…but within this composition, Patrick finally reaches the canvas.

Norman Rockwell, Triple Self-Portrait, 1960, oil on canvas

Rockwell’s paintings were famous for their clever visual references (note the smoldering bucket—pipe ashes ignited his used oil rags and burned down his studio in 1943; or the helmet at the top of the easel—one of the few of his many props saved from the fire). The Storyteller likewise has many allusions which relate to artifacts of McManus’ life (just mouse over objects in the top illustration to reveal information about them).

We just all hope this proves as good of a sight gag as Patrick McManus deserves.

About the artists:

Derek Mueller was inspired at age 12 by a traveling exhibit of Norman Rockwell’s work—he decided then and there that he wanted to be an illustrator. After studing art, film, and French cultural studies at Stanford University, he attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He began his professional career as a storyboard artist for many of the Bay Area advertising agencies, and later concentrated on “finished” illustration in his familiar Rockwell style. His oil painting “Farm Family” was recognized by the Society of Illustrators in NYC.

His corporate clients are innumerable (one of his favorite projects was for the California Raisin Advisory Board). Additionally, his work has appeared in many publications including Scholastic Books and Reader’s Digest; a Rockwell-style illustration of his recently appeared on the cover of The American Legion Magazine.

Derek Mueller has been a long time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Daniel Vasconcellos is almost synonymous with McManus, given he was an illustrator for Patrick’s Outdoor Life “Last Laugh” series and many of his books. (Several of these illustrations appear around the canvas in The Storyteller, as well as a newly rendered portrait in the middle.)

Daniel Vasconcellos has been creating humorous drawings for as long as he can remember. His clients including the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Simon & Schuster, Microsoft, Time, Disney, The Christian Science Monitor, and, of course, Outdoor Life.

Dan lives on the south shore of Massachusetts with his wife, Joan, and their children, Nora and Davis.

A postscript:

It would be remiss to not mention another artist associated with Patrick McManus’ work. Al Hirschfeld’s caricature of Patrick and his iconic illustrations accompanied each of the Outdoor Life columns starting with the very first one (December 1981 issue). They continued their professional relationship for many years until Daniel Vasconcellos eventually assumed that role.

Patrick McManus by Al Hirschfeld caricature

Categories: Washington State Magazine | Tags: Authors, Humor, Artists