In 1947, Life magazine had some famous cartoonists of the time draw their main character while they were blindfolded. The cartoonist was blindfolded, not the character. Here are some results.
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Here are a few more of my favorite comics. I read all three of these on Facebook, they pop up in my feed.
This first one, Billy and the Giant Frog is a bit weird because there is a giant frog in the background of each strip. In one of these first strips, the frog is mentioned, but in most of the strips, he is just there and not mentioned and I like the way the strip doesn’t have a punchline all the time, it’s just a slice of life. I like the drawings, too. And the frog, meh, I can do without him, but I won’t stop reading the strip just because he is there.
You can see the comic at Man Martin’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/InkwellForest
I like the Crowden Satz comics (above), too. Very funny and I like the drawing style. They can be seen on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/crowden.satz
Joel Wilhelm’s The Sheltered Life, reminds me a lot of my own work, so I’m drawn to it (no pun intended). Joel’s tablet died recently and he has not been able to produce comics, but he set up a Go Fund Me page and he raised the money and in a week or so, he’ll be producing more comics, so I look forward to that. His Facebook page for the comics is here: https://www.facebook.com/joel.dacaveman. You’ll notice he has some rough comics that he has done in his tablet’s absence.
These are the Miami Herald comics today. Look at the size of them, smaller than my postage stamps! I’m sure this isn’t just the Herald, these comics are microscopic all over the country in different newspapers.
I often wonder why the comics are treated with so little respect. Why print them at all if this is the result?
To be honest, I don’t read newspaper comics and I really haven’t for years because it’s so easy to read them online at so many comics sites now, and I follow many on social media, so they just pop up in my timeline and they are large or can be enlarged and they are colorful and pop out at you.
I finally reconciled with myself that I won’t have my comics in a daily newspaper in this lifetime. That was my goal since I’ve been a child, but I really didn’t keep up with the effort to get them published, so I have no one to blame but myself and when I am ready to start publishing daily, which I hope will be soon, I am now pleased to be part of the 21st Century by publishing online, where I believe there can be more readers and younger readers and they are shared more easily. And they are large, colorful and respected.
One of my favorite comics, Out Our Way by J.R. Williams is on GoComics, but they never update the page. Not sure why, but if you go into the archives, which are listed below the comic, you can see about a month’s worth from December 1930 and a handful from November of that year.
Not sure why they stopped publishing the reruns.
I’ve always liked this comic panel, I’m not sure where I read it because it’s way before my time, but I guess over the years it popped up in places. I like all the action in one single panel and all the dialog that fits.
Years ago, I got a rejection from one of the big syndicates, I had sent in a batch of samples for syndication. There was a note with the rejection slip and I don’t know if I was supposed to see it or not, but it said, “Too much like The Far Side!” Which was a negative thing to them cine I guess it was around the time that The Far Side ended publication. To me it was the highest compliment, even though I didn’t get a cartooning contract.
I was enthralled by this article in the Stamford Advocate called, “Cartoonist sketches new life as Stamford financial firm’s artist.” And that’s because I had the same idea for years. I tried to implement it, but it went nowhere.
Bob Rich, the Stamford cartoonist who worked as a newspaper cartoonist for years and lost his last job at the Connecticut Post, Bridgeport’s daily newspaper. Hedgeye, the CEO of the financial firm, created the position of staff cartoonist and that job became a reality for Bob. Here is where is published on their website daily.
My idea works like this – a cartoonist has his/her work published on business websites, rather than newspapers and that is the new paradigm for cartooning in the 21st century. By business, I don’t just mean only financial, I mean money-making websites and companies; companies that can afford to pay the cartoonist.
For instance take Macy’s, the department store. What if they ran a comic daily or two or three daily? Wouldn’t people go to the site to see the comic and then hopefully stick around to shop? What if a bank had a banking related comic and ESPN for instance, had a sports comic and so on.
I had approached Bravo, the tv network a few years back only after a producer from one of their shows contacted me. He loved my work because I had done a few reality tv comics and one happened to be one of the shows he produced, he got in touch with me and had all these plans. I sent them samples and went crazy trying to make this work and in the interim between Thanksgiving and New Years, his show was cancelled and I never heard from him again. I suppose when the show was over, so was our connection. He has other shows on tv on other networks, so I don’t know why he just ghosted me, but he did.
I never did hear personally from Bravo or any of the people I contacted a directly, not even, “no thank you.” So I’ve been sour on them ever since and really haven’t watched their network much because of it.
Wouldn’t it be great if websites and companies all over the world ran comics, even one? They could support a cartoonist, have their work on their website daily and that will bring readers and hopefully customers and clients.
I’m always fascinated with Australia and New Zealand, I don’t know why but I enjoy a lot of tv based there. I am currently watching the new series, The Real Housewives of Aukland. No, don’t laugh, it’s a real show. And I enjoy The Real Housewives of Melbourne, too. I love how they talk.
I also like Doctor Blake Mysteries, which was recently canceled, not sure why, it’s an excellent show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and A Place to Call Home. These shows are period pieces that take place in Australia, Dr. Blake and A Place to Call Home take place around 1954 and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries takes place in the 1920s, she’s a rich flapper who solves murders with the police. Sort of a younger Murder She Wrote in a different era.
And I came upon a funny comic strip called Bushscrubs by cartoonist Vince Steele, who lives in Tasmania of all places. Tasmania!
The strip is hilarious. Vince describes the strip as “An Australian comic strip. Meet the Bushscrubs as Gazza and his dog, Benny, live the dream by running a camping ground out in the middle of nowhere.”
Vince posts the strips on Facebook here, where I usually see them.
The top sample here is really funny, it’s been a continuation of Trevor, this bird, who somehow managed to get into ladies clothing and ended up on a tour bus. The tour guide keeps calling him Doris. The credit card went through because they needed voice recognition and for some reason, Trevor’s squawk into the phone did the trick and he has full access to everything on the tour.
There is this cool article in Vanity Fair about so many cartoonists who lived in Fairfield County, CT, for a period of time, from the 1950s through the ’90s.
When I was a kid and read books on cartooning, it would always mention places in Connecticut where the cartoonists lived. We once went to the Museum of Cartoon art in Greenwich, CT when I was a kid and that was really the closest I ever got to all those cartoonists.
Ironically, over the years, I always pictured myself living in a glass house in the woods in CT. I saw an image in a book once, maybe it was about architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this was when I was about 14 years old and that always stuck with me and I thought it would be perfect to live that way in CT – all glass, surrounded by trees.
Ironically, I live up high in an all glass condo now, on Biscyane Bay in Miami, and if it was on the ground, it sort of would be the glass house of my imagination, only its not in CT and not surrounded by forest.
Anyway, the Vanity Fair article brought back so many memories of Mort Walker and Bug Sagendorf and Jack Tippet and so many more during the hey day of comic strips. I wanted to be like them, still do.