Saturday, September 29, 2007

Big Thoughts About Little Drawings: Ew.

So, long ago there was a whole lot more oxygen in the atmosphere, and this enabled the Earth to support Very Very Large Bugs.
We had not come along and invented windshields yet, but wow, just imagine if we had.
Bug guts are nasty enough in the little tiny quantities that we have currently. But back then, a bug mishap would have required a cleanup crew.
And, I imagine that Pterodactyls learned really quickly not to fly with their mouths open. Unless they were really hungry. But even then colliding with a several-foot-wingspan dragonfly would be sort of like being whacked in the face with a London Broil.
So, I did this one while considering how those on the ground might cope with so many bug guts in the air over their heads.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Big Thoughts About Little Drawings 1

Note: I'm going to use this blog to go into more detail about how my cartoons came to be... and how much goes into one little panel. Single panels are challenging because they are essentially a one-frame movie; they have to have a setup, a payoff, a main character, and sometimes a villain.


This cartoon is about scanning the newspaper before we pick it up - a trick I think we use in a lot of situations, not necessarily just with the news -- like, how often do you turn on a sporting event and figure out what is going on just by the crowd noise? I bet you can tell who's winning and losing without seeing the score.

With this one I needed to show how this harmless little thing lying on the ground can have such a huge effect on us. So she's sneaking up on it like it's got teeth or something.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Howdy! Arrrrgh!

Hi there, and welcome!
If you used to be on the mailing list for The Weekly Brainwave, double welcome!
See, I kind of killed off that mailing list. I didn't do it on purpose (involuntary manslaughter). But I deleted things that I shouldn't have and, well, the mailing list went with it.
Which meant one thing: it was time to start this blog.
See? It worked out.

This will be the new home of my random comments and links to new (and not-so-new) cartoons.

PS The Arrrgh is in honor of today being "Talk Like a Pirate Day." Scurvy Dog!!

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