Friday, 28 March 2008
Monday, 24 March 2008
Lots of my friends are off on holidays this easter, and one trip in particular gave me the inspiration for this cartoon: where would Godzilla (or, to sidestep any tricksy copyright issues), a Godzilla-esque creature, go on his holidays? So here we have him sitting at home, reading holiday brochures (really he should be looking online for the cheapest deals - the fool!), and wondering which city he should visit. I love the idea of a big ol' creature lumbering around a city on his vacation and everyone thinking he's there to attack it.
Oh, and devotees might notice that the monster's pciture on his wall bears a striking resemblance to an earlier cartoon (its on the blog so check it out). Perhaps its a relative?
Anyway, this cartoon doesn't have a punch-line cos I don't think it needs one. It would be over-telling the joke to add anything else. But what do you think of it? As ever, let me know.
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Oh but the mammoths have been patient...
I first drew this about a year and a half ago, and the cartoon hasn't changed - it's still the same one - but the punch-line was a different matter. At first it was "Is it me, or did this whole 'Ice Age' thing sneak up on us?", but that's only funny if you lived a couple of million years ago and had to run from the glacier that was s-l-o-w-l-y swamping your home. And I couldn't think of anything better, so I put it on ice (haha) until I could. But then, when I dragged it out of the drawer a couple of days ago, it suddenly hit me that I should maybe make it more topical to make it funny. So the mammoths stuck in the glacier now have a more contemporary feel to them by mentioning Global Warming. I must admit, I'm generally wary of topical gags as they date REALLY quickly, making a cartoon, at best, a humorous historical footnote. That's why I base my stuff on phrases and cliches and idioms and general truths of life.
As an aside, I think this is one of the prettiest cartoons I've drawn. This was the first time I'd ever drawn a mammoth, (and a glacier for that matter) so I was pleased with the result; especially how cute they look. I'd love to be able to drawn woolly mammoths more often, but they're not the best of creatures to squeeze into jokes. Still, if you can think of one, let me know in the comments below and I'll see what I can do...
And, as ever, I want to know what YOU think. Find it (or any of the others) funny/unfunny? Don't just sit there, speak up!
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Before I had the general idea for 'Too Close For Comfort' as a cartoon series, I just drew random sketches that made me (and on a good day other people) smile. This was the first one I ever did, literally, THIS is it. You're looking at a piece of the past here people. I've never re-drawn it or altered it since because to me its perfect: the dopey look on that diplodocus, the cynical stare of the T-Rex, the fact they're both wearing space helmets, heck I even love the moon craters.
And the joke?
Well if you've never heard of the film (or indeed the slogan) 'When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth', leave now and go and look at some other pretty cartoons I've drawn. Anyway, I took that slogan, changed the Earth to the Moon, and put the dinos in space helmets. Funny? Well it tends to split people down the middle - like Marmite they either love it or just don't get it (Hate is a very strong word).
Anyway, let me know what you think? Find it funny? Or not? As ever, stick your comments in the box below...