Cartoon Stories: More from the Idea File

Cartoon Stories More from the Idea File       Cartoons are sight gags, basically (unless they’re walk-and-talk strips, as much of Calvin and Hobbes). Below, like last week, whimsy, with a mini-sitcom, and a touch of existentialism.     Lobbying for a Special Interest. Who wouldn’t cheer the fighting spirit of the poor lobster […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part eight)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part eight)           Now as with many walled cities…as with Monsecchers, I had once mentioned…here were tunnels having secret openings, passages where a single body might squeeze between jagged rocks, or wriggle free among tangled roots. And watches would not be set over these […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part two)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part two)                             These passes worried Lydie, for his fingers with each gesture threatened her eyes. She closed her lids and did not open them again. “Do you sleep?” he asked, thrilled by such great success. “Lydie sleeps.” […]

Cartoon Stories: Whims Brought to Life

Cartoon Stories Whims Brought to Life         One category of humor cartoons are especially adapted to; and that, outside of skit comedy, can’t well be communicated to an audience (skits, requiring some minimum length, may also labor the joke), is this sort of idea we all have, little whimsies that take off […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part one)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part one)                     “Gilberte, I’m bothering you, you were going out.” “You could never bother me, you know that very well, my little Lydie. But, it’s my husband’s consultation day, and I make the best of it. I have my shopping, what […]

Cartoon Stories: Historical Hijinks

Cartoon Stories Historical Hijinks         This week, some riffs on topics drawn from history.       Buzz Word. “Hello” is an evolved word, from hola (to fetch), more or less its Germanic origin. Of course, hello is basically an Americanism, but anything (and everything) goes in cartoons. New slang is forever […]

The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part seven)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Seven The Recalcitrant One (part seven)           The cave road carried to the foot of a hill, down to the sea-plain of Balbaec proper. I saw travelers now, far away, a small company. If they had dogs, Cuerpha’s scent (my own, for all I knew) would carry a […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Fortuneteller (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Fortuneteller (conclusion)                       The voracious Guland had swallowed a rabbit bone sideways and nearly made an end of himself. It was tragic. Mme Lazzarra, a hand in the suffocating pug’s gullet, fished for the bone. Gloria was hysterical. Guland at last […]

Cartoon Stories: Lightly Macabre

Cartoon Stories Lightly Macabre                           Your challenge, in creating scenarios and casting characters to act them out, is how to portray both the person as his/her individual self, and that self reacting to…a circumstance. Above, one in my cartooning style, but done for […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Fortuneteller (part one)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Fortuneteller (part one)                       Mme Lazzarra, the famous sorceress, the incomparable seer, was that morning at home, quite tranquil. As by habit, she was on the verge of taking her little cup of café au lait. At her side, lapping daintily […]