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Monday, August 29, 2011

Archive Dive: TV Guide

I chose this cartoon for my archive dive because it was the first drawing I did after an eight year hiatus. It was inspired by New Yorker cartoonist George Booth. 

While I was quite pleased with myself at the time, I'd do this differently today. The gag line is too long. Anytime I type out the joke and it's longer than three lines, I try to rethink it. A single panel works best when the whole image snaps in place immediately, rather than having to jump from the image to the text and back again, but we all have to live with our mistakes. See you Wednesday.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Train Of Thought

I started this cartoon several months ago, but was too lazy to finish it.  When the idea well ran dry, I dragged it out and put the pen to paper.

Typically, I'm an optimist, but something must have been weighing on my mind at the time.  Most of my cartoons focus on human condition and emotion.  Whatever it was bothering me has long since faded into the ether. 

I have a road trip next week, so updates may be sporadic.  I'm going to pull old cartoons from my archive and discuss what I can remember about them.  Thanks for indulging me.  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Home Schooling

Money can be very intimidating.  When I first started working in the financial area of our company, I had to take a class in basic book keeping to decipher the vocabulary for simple conversations with our CPA. 

I'm not sure if it helped me become a better money manager, but at least I don't feel as foolish as I did when I started.

I hit the road on Sunday, so the next few weeks will be cartoons from my archive.   Also, I'm wrapping up the second part of my video interview, so that should be on line in the next week or so.  You can see the first part here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bout Face

This was an older idea I had based on a riddle about lepers playing hockey.  I wasn't keen on the original as the pose showed both figures standing at a bar and the view was a bit distant to fully grasp the image at a glance (similar to this).

I came up with the composition based on this cartoon from a few weeks back and 'Voila!'

I'm traveling for business next week, so updates will be sporadic.  I'll post from my archive and be back with new material after Labor Day.  Have a fun day!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Find Print

I was asked once, what was the greatest gift my parents ever gave  me.  Since I'm a perpetual crybaby and prone to bitter and angry resentment over not being born ridiculously wealthy, I really had to think hard about this.

Upon reflection, I think my parents' greatest gift was my love of reading.  Everyone in my family is a voracious reader and we love trading books when we get together.  I've always had a love/hate relationship with TV because of the time it takes to watch a show.  A one hour broadcast actually takes a full hour to watch!  I mean - who knew?!!

For the record, I love reading and love books.  I recently purchased a kindle and love the fact I can take my entire library anywhere I go.  The drawback is, I can't give books to my friends.  Both of them haven't forgiven me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Splash In The Talent Pool

This is one of my personal favorites I've done lately, although to didn't seem to resonate with my readers so much.  I've always loved British humor and the way everyone acts completely normal in an absurd premiss. At least my wife laughed.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Smells Like Mean Spirit

When I was gathering up some old art to include in my video interview, I came across some rather bizarre stuff I think was inspired by Basil Wolverton.  I was never entirely knocked out with his stuff, even as a kid, but his pen & ink was pretty astounding.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Money Too Burned

This is a cartoon I created to go with an email blast and blog post for a local CPA.  Making sure the face was visible in the tape was tricky and this took longer than usual.  Most cartoons, I can crank out in one day.  The real key to this was keeping the entire image simple enough to be a quick read.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Two Disagree

Folks always ask cartoonists where they get their ideas, so when I can remember where something came from I'll tell you.  This was from an exchange I saw in the news feed on Face Book.  Something in the wording made this image pop into my head and I sat down and sketched it out.

Most of my ideas come from conversations, either one's I'm involved in, or I overhear.  The tricky part of this particular cartoon was the notes on the fridge.  Those puns can take longer to write than inking the entire image.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Another Fund Day

This idea was from an old strip I did that was very much in the Far Side vein and came from the old riddle about the boy who threw the clock out the window because he wanted to see time fly.  The blog post referred to time management and this popped in my head.

This was actually the client's second choice.  The first one can be viewed here.