Today’s cartoon over at TomFalco.com is of the Addams Family. I drew this a few years ago, but I keep seeing them in the new Progressive Insurance commercials, so I thought I would dust it off and bring it out. There’s a new Addams Family movie coming out October 1. The cartoon originally had Lurch saying, “You Tweeted?” but I thought texted sounded more personal for the Addams household.
Anyway, notice the walls in the living room? Pink. Why? Because that’s what color they were!
I’ve been seeing this photo below, around the internet for years – it’s by Richard Fish, a well-known photographer at the time. It’s not colorized, this is the original color photo.
I never did find out why the walls were pink and green, but maybe that showed up better on black and white tv at the time and perhaps they thought the tv show would eventually be done in color.
Swipe back and forth and see the difference between color and black and white.
I didn’t think people would get today’s cartoon, but I’ve been living by Jason Chatfield‘s credo – “Don’t curate your art to what gets likes. Curate it to what you like.” So I did and people do get it. At last count, there were over 2200 shares on Facebook!
Originally I did this cartoon years ago and it was Watson handing Sherlock a dress, which is called a “shift,” which I remember from my grandmother for some reason, she must have used that word. And he says, “No shift Sherlock,” handing the shift back to Sherlock, and the explanation is, “Watson does not like this week’s disguise.”
But I didn’t think people would understand that “shift” is a dress. According to a blog called Who, What Wear, “A shift dress refers to a short dress that hangs straight down from the shoulders with clean, simple lines.” But who knew except my grandma and me.
There is always one comment left on my cartoons that bothers me. I could have thousands of people like a cartoon, but the one person who makes a negative comment gets to me. But haters gonna hate.
I try not to leave negative comments on any social media posts. I don’t see the need for it. I have a friend who had a friend who used to do food reviews for the NY Times and she told my friend that if she went to a restaurant that she didn’t like, she did nothing. She just didn’t write about them. She felt that there was no point giving press to a place she didn’t like and what was the point of writing that she didn’t like the place.
I tried to live by that. What is the point of ruining someone’s day, usually a total stranger, for no reason at all.
But again, I get tons of nice comments and accolades, but the one person who probably isn’t intelligent enough to get the joke ruins my day.
I am trying to get a thicker skin. I guess any attention is good attention. I noticed years ago when I was written up in a publication during my daily news days, even if the write up was negative, my numbers would go up in readership and social media followers. As the saying goes, “Any news is good news,” or even better, “Say what you want about me, just spell my name right!”
There’s a new thing where people are keeping their phone ring tones off permanently. They would rather get texts than talk to people on the phone.
I have a weird thing where I don’t answer my business phone line, I do answer my private line. My business line has a message that says text or email me and it seems to work. Although I remember years ago my accountant was doing my taxes and he said that my business was down a lot in the last quarter. He asked me why. I told him it could be because I removed the phone number from my website. And his response was, “Well, you better put it back on there.”
I don’t like speaking to strangers. I cringe at the thought. I have lost many large orders due to that, but that’s they way it is. I’ll go broke before I speak to a stranger, I guess.
I like texts. But there are a couple of texts I have the ringer off for. There is my building text – my condo – where we’re all one long string. That can be very annoying when everyone has to chime in on a text. Like someone will ask, “Did someone see my Amazon delivery?” and rather than just ignore it if you know nothing about it, everyone has to respond, “Not me,” Not me,” Not me,” Not me.” And it goes on. So I leave the ringer off for that. But it is odd when you look down at your phone and see “45 text messages” came in. Then you look and see it’s that nonsense.
Not long ago someone asked via text, “Who called the cops on the car that had the alarm going off?” I didn’t answer, so they assumed it was me. But for the record, I have never in my life called the cops on a neighbor, or on anyone for that matter.
With my family, the texts aren’t that bad, But one friend who we have all known since we are kids is on one of our family texts and when it is someone’s birthday (including Paul McCartney or any of the Beatles), he will send about 20 texts in a row, so fast, I don’t know how he does it. All saying “Happy Birthday” or “Happy Anniversary” or something, with pictures and texts and so many things. For about 10 seconds, the beeping goes on and on with texts coming in from him – so those texts are silenced, too.
But anyway, I remember when we all thought cell phones were so cool, and now we find them annoying. There’s an interesting article from a couple of years ago called, “The hidden stress of cell phones,” and it explains a lot.
I’m getting excited about New York ComicCon in October. As far as I know, it’s still on. I saw an ad on Instagram yesterday for ticket sales, so I assume since they are selling tickets, it is still on.
I lost my Batman/Van Gogh shirt. I like to wear it at ComicCon one of the days. I also have a Spider-man shirt and a Captain America shield shirt that I wear. That’s as far as I go with costumes.
Anyway, I ordered a new Batman/Van Gogh shirt and it arrived yesterday. I think I probably left the old one in New York a couple of Octobers ago, because I think that is the last time I wore it. It must have fallen off a chair or something and I didn’t pack it when I was heading home.
It’s just September 1 today, so I’m not trying to rush the month away. But I am getting excited for October.
Speaking of September 1, for some reason, as I get older, things move in slow motion, rather than fast motion, which you would think. For instance in the past, on September 1, I used to tell friends, remember this date, because before you know it, it will be January 1! And that was always the case.
But the past few years, maybe five, six or seven years, life has moved in slow motion and of course I love that. So September 1 to October 1 will hopefully take awhile to happen. I know Ferris Bueller says life moves too fast and you have to slow down and take a look around, but in many cases, it moves slow, and I like it that way.
I was holding off on posting this Doctor Who cartoon until there was a male Doctor Who again because I didn’t want to redraw it with the female Doctor Who. I felt it suited a male Doctor Who better for the gag. This is a cartoon I created in 2014.
When I first published it, it was shared a lot online. George Takei shared it on his Facebook page and at the time it got thousands of likes and shares; that was April 1, 2014. He called it “Just what the doctor ordered.” Here is the post and the comments from that day.
Anyway, I am publishing it today because I notice the other day that another cartoonist posted something similar and I didn’t want to publish it in the future and make it seem as if I took his idea. And therein lies the rub of cartooning. There are so many similarities and so many minds think alike that there always looks as if someone is copying someone else.
In the past could swear that people were stealing my work. How could they not I thought. But in reality, I guess there are only so many ideas. Many people feel, “It’s all been done” regarding so many things in life. I see it happen so often with cartoons and comics. I’ll create something and then see it has been done or someone does something and I think they took it from me.
For years, one of my cartoons, “When the milk goes bad,” has been compared to a Far Side cartoon. I think there may be two of them. One is “The chicken went bad” and he’s holding a gun from inside the fridge, you don’t see him, but his hand/wing is sticking out holding a gun.
I had never seen the cartoon when I created this one. Mine was created in the mid 1990s and I had not seen the Far Side chicken one until a year or two ago! But it always gets compared. It bothered me for a long time because I like mine and I use it on my business card, I feel it sets the tone for my humor and people can “get me” by just looking at this one cartoon.
But after years of hearing “it’s been done” or seeing “my work” in others’ work, I’m over it all and I grew a thicker skin.
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but in 1899, Charles H. Deull, the commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” In other words, we don’t need to patent anything else. It’s all been invented. In 1899. Can you imagine if all inventions had stopped then?
I get pictures of my mail early in the morning so that I know what’s coming in the mail that day. I did this awhile back so when I’m traveling I can see if something important arrived and needs my attention. I have one of my neighbors take my mail in when I’m out of town, so I can easily ask her to open a particular piece if need be and I’m up to date with whatever it is.
Of course, that has never happened yet, but never-the-less, I have pictures of my mail come about 9 am each day. You can get this service, too, if you want, it’s called Informed Delivery, a service of the US Postal Service.
The issue with my mail is that it arrives about 6 pm, which sucks. The day is over by the time the mail arrives, but even worse, when you see something in the Informed Delivery email – good or bad – you have to wait for it to arrive all day.
The other morning, I saw that the IRS sent me a letter. What was it? Did I owe them money? Was I in trouble? It didn’t appear to be a check, so all day I worried about it.
At about 5:30 pm (the delivery was early that day), I ran out and got the mail. The letter from the IRS was informing me that my refund, which should have arrived months ago, is going to have interest added to it, since the IRS is late with it. I can relax now after worrying all day.
A friend suggested I design a character or something that could be sold on items or as posters, etc. I came up with this design. I’ll do more.
This is the first design, but I’ll get into it more when I get a chance and do themes. For instance, say NYC, I’ll do a piece with all NYC images or Paris with Paris images and so on. This one is a mishmash of different happy images and I like it.
Saw this old tv guide page on Facebook. It’s from December 1962, a Monday night. Looks like a NYC edition by the channel lineup.
I think I would watch CBS, channel 2 all night. Maybe up till 10 pm and then change to ABC Channel 7 for Ben Casey.
When we were kids my father was supposed to be on To Tell the Truth. It was live I think, because he was coming home late from work and my mother told me that the reason was he was going to be on To Tell the Truth, so we put it on and waited, but he never came on the show. I forgot the reasoning, maybe a technical issue or something and they showed a rerun.
He was going to be one of the liars/false people, making believe they were the person who was supposed to be the subject. I have to ask him about that, see if he remembers all these years later.
I came up with yesterday’s cartoon simply because I watch all three shows. And all three shows are on opposite each other on Sunday nights, so I was thinking, they need to be combined.
I know, trash tv, you say. But not really.
I’ve been watching Big Brother since the first episode 20 something years ago. I think in all these years, I’ve only missed two episodes. When I’m traveling, I watch it on the CBS app the next morning if I miss it at night. It’s on every summer – throughout the whole summer – it’s my summer comfort food.
Naked and Afraid is an amazing study in human nature. There is also Naked and Afraid XL, which I like even more. No, you really don’t see the people naked, just some bits. I like it so much that I did a 10 With Tom interview with one of the naked guys, Ryan Holt. Naked and Afraid is about a man and woman, sometimes three people, who spend 21 days in some godforsaken place with nothing – they need to build shelter, find water, food, etc. It’s a different couple or triple every week.
Naked and Afraid XL is 12 past players, usually all well-known to viewers who have to survive for 40 days – the last one was 60 days – and people drop along the way. It’s interesting to see the interactions and how they survive with each other. They start off in four groups of three and eventually find each other in the jungles somewhere. Personalities clash and it is interesting to follow the dynamic each week. No one is voted off like Survivor (another favorite show of mine), but people drop out due to injury, fatigue, etc. There is not just one person standing at the end, there is usually a small group left who make it to the end.
Now 90 Day Fiancé, which is it’s own juggernaut with 90 Day Fiancé, 90 Fay Fiancé Before the 90 Days, 90 Days Happily Ever After, 90 Day Fiancé, The Other Way and so on. It’s crazy. It’s about people who give up their whole lives to move to a foreign country. It almost seems as if it is scripted because you can’t believe this is real – people will leave their rich, cushy lives to move to a third world country and live in a shack.
My friend who worked on reality tv has worked on 90 Day Fiancé and his brother still does. He tells me it is all real, not scripted and that’s what got me so into it. I stared watching during long dark days of covid lockdown and just got addicted from there.