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Here’s a story that demonstrates the kind of ambiguous rules that the newspaper comics business operate under.
Back in October of 2012, one year ago, the vampire cartoon below was rejected as being too suggestive to run in newspapers, purely because it contains the word, “suck,” which newspaper comics editors dislike because it can be interpreted to allude to fellatio. (As though a vampire would be referring to homosexual prostitution as opposed to good-old-fashioned murder of a mortal.) So, I changed the comic to the second version, “Why lie? Need blood.” It’s okay but not as funny as the original, in my opinion. But that brings us to today’s cartoon, a mere year later, which raised no eyebrows at all. Huh? (more…)
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Okay, I’m still behind so the time has come to post multiple cartoons in a single post. Get ready for a wild ride.
I’ve done tons of Grim Reaper gags (as has every other cartoonist, except Jeff Keane in Family Circus) but this one really gives me a kick. I just love the deadpan nature of it. I’m guessing my pal, Cliff Harris the King of Wordplay got a kick out of it, too. It’s down his alley. (more…)
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I’m still behind on blog posts as you will note from the date of this cartoon and the fact that it is now four days later. But I shall persist and hopefully catch up sometime before the end of this week. Definitely before the end of this year, however. (more…)
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I love this gag but it presented some problems when illustrating it. I wanted it to look like a booth at a street fair or whatever, but drawing a street fair behind a scene that is already a little bit visually complex is a big pain in the duel-orb area below my tramp stamp and likely would complicate the image unnecessarily. So I left the background blank on the vertical version and just suggested the framework with the sign posts. But in the strip version, there seemed to be too much blank space so I decided to add some half-walls to close it in. It’s still weird to have the empty booths next to Jiffy Artist’s booth but it will have to do. I don’t mind drawing complex cartoons if there is some fun to be had in the details but this one didn’t seem worth it. I didn’t want to distract from the main gag. Do you care? Likely not and I don’t blame you. (more…)