Thursday, 31 January 2008
Posted by Rob Smedley at 22:12
This is one where my reach exceeded my grasp. I like to try and keep my cartoons simple: partly because it's easier to colour, partly because it looks better when shrunk down to its published size. The punch-line to this one isn't bad, but nor is it spectacular. It's the little details that make me like this cartoon (note the Ward names and the name of the robot surgeon), but in the end they don't save it from being so-so. If I ever start publishing in a bigger format then it'll make it back in, but as it is, it stays firmly in the drawer.
Okay, this one was going to be in the roster for publication, but the knowledge it would take so bloody long to colour, coupled with the fact that it's only funny in my head, meant that it was soon dropped. I think I drew this at a phase when I found penguins trying to take over the world/and dressing in coats to try and look like people funny. In the cold light of day its really not a good stand-alone cartoon. But I thought I'd give it its chance here before it went into 'The Draw from which no Cartoons return...' (aka, the bin).
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Friday, 25 January 2008
Steroid abusing reindeer! Books on a date! Sharks getting ready for dinner! Son of a Gun! And more...!
Posted by Rob Smedley at 22:09
This one is pretty self-explanatory, though the idea didn't come from a girl but from me. I was about to go into a Starbucks when I noticed that the guy standing at the back of the queue was wearing the exact same shirt as me. I wasn't about to look like one half of a double act so needless to say I decided to miss my coffee...
I have to apologise for this one: it had been a busy week, I wasn't feeling in the right mood to be funny, and I didn't have time to submit anything else. The result is something that's not really funny and is a little obscure. It's not terrible, but it's probably - no, it is - the least amusing cartoon I've ever drawn. Let me know if you disagree, but I doubt there'll be many. On the plus side, I do think it looks quite pretty. And that muffin looks genuinely terrified.
I have to admit, I'm very proud of this one, partly because (as with economics) it's not easy to fit philosophy into a joke that everyone's going to get (look out for an economics joke soon by the way, all you Adam Smith/David Ricardo fans). I know nothing about philosophy, so I took a phrase from it that even non-philosophy fans would know. As I often do, I tested it out on a couple of people before submission and the response was good enough to warrant its release. It's also the only cartoon not to have come from my back-catalogue and to have been drawn in the week before submission instead, which puts a lot more pressure on.
The first of the cartoons to be published in 'The Courier' and it's one of my favourites. I've never been on a date in which I've been set on fire, but there have been one's where I wished I had been, just so I could get out of there...
As you might notice, I'm not actually that good at drawing people, so I tend to stick to animals and animate objects. Plus, Gary Larson has done pretty much all the good human jokes...
And if you're looking for all my non-cartoonatic ramblings, they're currently regenerating into a new blog that'll be appearing soon...
Posted by Rob Smedley at 21:13
Welcome to the Too Close for Comfort Archive, where all the cartoons that have featured in Newcastle University's Courier Newspaper - and a lot of ones that haven't - are stored for the amusement of the general public. I'm going to put other random stuff that I draw, so that y'all can have a gander at it. Feel free to let me know what you find funny and what you don't, and hopefully at least one'll tickle the ol' funny bone. As you can see I've just started the blog, so there's not a lot at the minute, but that'll soon change when I've got stuff uploaded. And after that there'll be at least one a week for your delectation.
Posted by Rob Smedley at 21:04