Fast on the Draw – School Cartoon

Today I’m launching another new feature called Fast on the Draw where you get to see me draw a cartoon from beginning to end in about 2 minutes.

I’ve been trying to figure out a way for years to share video of me drawing my cartoons, and I’ve had some limited success, but the process was complicated and unwieldy and the resulting video was subpar. But after a recent switch over to working purely digitally, I’ve come up with a way to share the process that’s easy for me to make, and much better for you to watch.

So, here’s the first one. Enjoy:

Cartoon Close-Up – Worducate SAT

Cartoon Close-Up is a recurring feature where I highlight Andertoons cartoon subscribers, custom cartoon clients, and customers who just buy the occasional cartoon.

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This edition’s answers come from subscriber Jodi at Worducate.com.

1) Tell me a little about yourself and your job.

Jodi has a background in psychology and marketing while Jim has a background in programming and entrepreneurship. We are both currently in the process of developing several educational and gaming iPhone apps. We find it interesting and challenging to keep abreast of new technology.

2) How do you use the cartoons from your Andertoons subscription?

The cartoons from our Andertoons subscription are a great fit for Worducate SAT, our iPhone SAT study app that utilizes synonyms to help students improve their SAT and ACT scores. After studying our synonym cards of SAT vocabulary words, students are directed to a practice section. They have been hard at work learning new vocabulary words, and then they see a fun Andertoons cartoon that lightens the mood.

The Andertoons cartoons add an element of humor and irreverence to our study app, to keep students engaged while they use Worducate SAT to raise their SAT and ACT scores!

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 3) Please give me an example of how someone has responded to a cartoon.

Prior to using your cartoons we tried using motivational stock images, but our test audience described these with comments such as “cheesy” and “not my thing.” As soon as we switched to Andertoon cartoons, we got a much more positive response–and a few laughs! They are a much better fit for our audience of students because they show the humor in the mundane. Studying for the SATs and applying to college can be challenging and stressful. It’s important to take a moment to laugh and enjoy the process.

 4) Which cartoon is your personal favorite?

I love this one! It is so funny and relatable! It also speaks to our desire to be recognized.

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 5) Where online can people find out more about you?

People can download Worducate SAT on the Apple iTunes store (our anticipated launch date is September 2015). We are also planning versions of Worducate to help people study for the GREs as well as to expand everyday vocabulary and aid ESL learners. You can contact us through our website, Worducate.com.

 6) Do you have any questions for me?

How does it feel to know that your work puts a smile on people’s faces? 

Aw shucks…

Long answer:

One of the weird things about being a cartoonist is the disconnect between you and the reader. A comedian gets an immediate reaction from an audience, but cartoonists mostly never get to see their work being enjoyed. You just send your cartoons out into the world to fend for themselves and hope for the best.

Occasionally, however, you get to watch someone read a cartoon of yours and it’s both terrifying (during the read) and exhilarating (when they laugh).

Short answer:

Awesome.

Thanks so much to Jodi for her time and terrific answers!

If you use Andertoons cartoons and would like to be featured here on the blog and in our monthly newsletter, drop me a line!

Time to Change Your 1981/2015 Marvel Wallpaper

Happy August!

Just a reminder that if you’re using my 1981/2015 Marvel calendar for your desktop wallpaper, it’s time to update.

Click on the image below for August’s 2560 x 1200 image:

1981 Marvel Comics Calendar - August

Wanna grab the other months? Here’s all 12 for you!

Enjoy!

Chon Day’s Misguided Missiles – 1955

Chon Day's 1955 Misguided Missiles Cover

Chon Day is one of my favorite cartoonists. His seemingly effortless line, his economic composition, and his gently funny writing are things I aspire to every time I sit down at my desk. So when I ran across this odd little Travelers Insurance booklet with his cartoons peppered throughout, I knew it was something I had to get and share.

While the tables of data opposite each cartoon (types of accidents, weather conditions, sex of driver) are interesting in a historically kitschy way, the cartoon genius of Chon Day is timeless. Enjoy:

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That’s not an easy scene to compose or draw, but Day pulls it off with ease.

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I love how blasé the passengers are. So much funnier than a wild reaction.

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Look at how little of the car is drawn. Look at the pose on the guy on the hood. Good heavens!

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A really nice visual gag, and I love the building in the background.

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Love that motorcycle. Wow!

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Cows and cars are both on my list of things I’d rather not draw, but Day makes it look easy.

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A nice quiet gag, and a beautiful wash.

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The expressions on everyone’s faces are just right. And the sense of action!

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That’s a great joke.

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Not a gag you could do today.

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I think this is my favorite cartoon in the book. Amazing art and such a terrific gag!

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This one takes a minute to get, but it’s worth it. And, again, look at the city implied by just a few lines.

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Look at her shoes – that’s not an easy angle to get right. And the way the cars contours are shown with wash. And the beautifully quiet gag. Wow. Just wow.

I hope you enjoyed those as much as I do. If you want to see some more, check out my appreciation of Chon Day here.

Cartoon Close-up – Leadership+

Cartoon Close-Up is a recurring feature where I highlight Andertoons cartoon subscribers, custom cartoon clients, and customers who just buy the occasional cartoon.

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This edition’s answers come from subscriber, Geraldine D’Arcy.

1) Tell me a little about yourself and your job.

I manage the research and publications side of things for the Irish Primary Principals’ Network – a professional body for Irish primary school leaders – and have been editing our member magazine Leadership+ for nearly 10 years now.  

2) How do you use the cartoons from your Andertoons subscription?

We use Andertoons on our ‘And Finally!’ page – to introduce some light-heartedness into what can be a very serious publication. It highlights the everyday humour in our primary schools in a lovely tongue-in-cheek way that reflects IPPN’s in-house ‘style.’

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 3) Please give me an example of how someone has responded to a cartoon.

Members tell us they love a quiet chuckle over a quick cuppa and that the cartoons resonate with them – all principals have stories like those reflected in the cartoons. Perhaps it’s because they are so true but also a little on the edge of what people might be comfortable admitting…

 4) Which cartoon is your personal favorite?

Cartoon #6883 – 

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Also #7012 – 

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 5) Where online can people find out more about you?

www.ippn.ie. Most content is restricted to members but all our publications, submissions and press releases are open to the public.

 6) Do you have any questions for me?

How do you decide what to feature, and what to leave out? What inspires the stories you tell in your cartoons – were you/your parents in the teaching profession?

Cartoons actually go through a lot of editing. I try to boil the art and captions down as much as possible to use only what’s absolutely necessary to get the idea across. That being said, I do get a little wordy and draw meaningless but fun details occasionally.

As for teaching, my wife is a teacher (1st/2nd dual-language), so I get plenty of inspiration and material from her.  My mom also taught piano lessons for more than 30 years.

Thanks so much to Geraldine for her time and terrific answers!

If you use Andertoons cartoons and would like to be featured here on the blog and in our monthly newsletter, drop me a line!