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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cartoon Stories: Grabbed from the Headlines

Posted by ractrose on 9 Mar 2020 in Cartoons

Cartoon Stories Grabbed from the Headlines       Everyone does topical humor. But some cultural influences are more middle-ground than others. Political criticism might need to be veiled for safety; while making fun of advertising, movies, fashion, is fairly safe across the board (although we’ve heard of militant superfans). For a cartoonist, or comedian, […]

Cartoon Stories: The Dynamo Brothers

Posted by ractrose on 4 Mar 2020 in Cartoons

Cartoon Stories: The Dynamo Brothers   A good while ago, I was making up a story in which a character had a favorite pair of comic book heroes from childhood, who were called The Dynamo Brothers. The gag being their superpower was an electric bolt, but to activate this, they needed to go everywhere with […]

Cartoon Stories: Riffing

Posted by ractrose on 24 Feb 2020 in Art, Cartoons

Cartoon Stories Riffing       So, when you run out of early ideas (one of which I’ll introduce in next’s weeks Stories, mapping out the peripatetic plot of my first cartoon saga, The Dynamo Brothers), you start keeping funny thoughts jotted in a notebook, or planning to jot them and forgetting what they were. […]

Cartoon Stories: Depends on the Drawing

Posted by ractrose on 18 Feb 2020 in Cartoons

Cartoon Stories Depends on the Drawing         The artistic style of cartoons can be very simple. In a lot of cases the success of the panel depends on the joke. I’ve read that some professionals draw their art and hire writers for the punchlines. But here are a few, two matured in […]

Cartoon Stories: Horse Opera

Posted by ractrose on 10 Feb 2020 in Art, Cartoons

Cartoon Stories Horse Opera             At One with the Sagebrush. I’d been reading some critical treatments of Literature, books that feature cowboys monumentalized, as tends to be the output of one or two well-known prize winners…¬†         Billionaires in Hell. This one comes from the Mars Colony […]

Cartoon Stories: Ocean Going

Posted by ractrose on 3 Feb 2020 in Cartoons

Cartoon Stories Ocean Going       I started making cartoons in 2017, through this chain of events: Reading my Twitter feed one evening, I saw someone’s offensive remark, in support of a certain president I’m thoroughly against. The comment was underneath a retweet; for curiosity I moused over the original. I don’t recall what […]