Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
This Week's Troubletown: Dissing the Base
If you were one of the hundreds of viewers of my show, Dangle on Deadline, this morning at five am, you know how far behind the eight ball I was trying to get this cartoon done in time. By seven-thirty I was sweating bullets, feeling the heat, staring into the void with the very real fear that I was going to fail. The drama was overwhelming. The anguish was palpable. This is what the people tune in for.
I had another cartoon going, but at the last possible moment I made a switch to this idea, which was burning a hole in the back of my brain. I knew I had to somehow work Obama's dissing of his base into a story but it just wasn't coming, so I went at it straight on, which is sometimes the best. Then of course it took me about eight tries to nail the caricature of our president. One came out looking like a werewolf, one he looked like a dog, finally I got one that I could live with. It's not the best Obama but believe me I was up against it. I colored the cartoon and posted it to my ftp site at exactly ten am. Another deadline met without a second to spare!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Oak Brook, IL
September 10, 2010
I am a professional artist who makes charts for Fortune 500 companies throughout North America and have been a frequent purchaser of Mr. Sketch chisel tipped unscented markers in the blue box for over twenty years. I’ve had many lovely days using the wonderful product and I’ve praised the Sanford Corporation for its quality at every opportunity.
I was recently at a professional conference where I was approached by a colleague with a recently bought set of Mr. Sketch markers in a clear plastic carrying case. She and I agreed that while Mr. Sketch markers were never as good as El Markos, which are now available only as a private label product, they were the best markers in a pinch. You could always count on Mr. Sketch and you could find them even at the shadiest art stores in the worst parts of town.
She pointed out that there was a new nipple-tipped design and that the nipple-tips were so bad they were unusable. I thought, she must be hysterical, they couldn’t be that bad. As it turned out she was not exaggerating at all.
It is impossible to express how much the new nipple-tipped markers in the pink boxes suck. They are the worst implements of drawing I have ever tried. Not only is the tip lacking of the flexibility of a chisel tip, but it’s also dry as hell right out of the box. What were you thinking? The new tips, combined with the utter lack of juice have rendered your product worthless.
I am writing to urge you to go back to the tried and true Mr. Sketch markers. Chisel tips. Blue box. I just threw three pink box sets in the trash.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Doc Ellis on LSD
I love this little animation by James Blagden. I don't know what No Mas is but go and give him some money.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Troubletown TV: Drinking and Inking Today at 3pm