Using Judgement with Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffee

Cartoonist Al Jaffe talks with Plazm’s OnCreativity about integrity, creative problem solving, and hanging stuff on the fridge.

At 96 years old, Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffee is the oldest working cartoonist. He even has the certificate from Guinness World Records to prove it.

He’s written and illustrated over 500 Mad Fold-in‘s – the magazine’s trademark feature, which he is most famous for. He still makes them by hand. After sixty years, he remains a regular contributor to Mad. In a 2010 interview, Jaffee said, “Serious people my age are dead.”

About ten years ago Al did a T-shirt for Plazm Thread, the limited edition T-shirt project we did with BuyOlympia. He is working on new special stamp for The Portland Stamp Company, more to be revealed next year. We enjoyed visiting his Manhattan studio to learn about creativity from a master.

His social commentary remains pointed and potent. Below is a fold-in he did this summer on the benefits of TrumpCare.

With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like creativity itself, their differing points of view inspire, provoke, confuse, and delight.

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