Friday, November 28, 2008

Great Minds...

Allen's Brain has inspired me of late. I can't stop doing brain-in-a-jar gags. Maybe there's a new feature here...?

Question: Why does the brain look different in every gag? Why can't I draw a consistent brain? It's obviously the same brain, but you wouldn't know from looking at these cartoons.

Which version does everyone like best? I admit I'm still trying to find the best way to draw a cartoon brain. Don't think I'm there yet.
p.s. My son (16) voted for the Thanksgiving brain.

One Tough Cookie

Here's a design for Christmas 2009.
The gag's been floating around for a couple of years; finally got purchased for a card.
Submit, submit, submit...the freelancer's mantra.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

EEK! of the Week

Plus some random news. Sold another cartoon to MAD magazine recently. Should be in issue #500.

New NICKELODEON mag features one of my cartoons.

Doing lots of stuff for READERS DIGEST. None of it gets purchased, however.

I've been doing a good amount of greeting card work lately, too (which DOES get purchased).

Do people like to see the cards or just the comics? Are we cartoon snobs here?

Friday, November 7, 2008

And the Winner is...

Caption #4 --
"Nice try, Butch, but you're still coming with me."

submitted by Denese Young.

Congratulations, Denese! Are you quivering with delight? The strip will run next week on GoComics and Denese will receive the original art.

Now here's where it gets complicated, and this is completely my fault. Another entrant, Steve Merchant, submitted a caption that was similar to Denese's (the main difference was the character's name, Rocco instead of Butch). I liked the Butch version a bit better, so I made it a finalist. To be fair, both entrants should be winners, and that's what I've done.

I'm going to redraw the strip using Steve's caption and send him the art. Who says the Nickel administration lacks transparency?
Thanks again to all who entered! I'll have to think of something cool to send you all.
Maybe a full-color hi-res EEK! print of some kind?
Comments welcome.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Caption Contest -- VOTE!

I was very pleased with the response I got to the EEK! caption contest.

Thanks to all who participated.

Here are some stats:

65 terrifically twisted individuals submitted captions (I didn’t even know 65 people read EEK!)

94 total captions were submitted.

Lots of good stuff. Made picking the top 5 very tough.

But I put on my cruel editor’s cap and slashed the 94 down to 5.

Here they are, in no particular order:

1. "Wait wait wait wait. YOU'RE giving me crap about MY fashion sense?!"

2. "Let me guess, you're from Transylvania."

3. "I think we'll just stick to the Handshake of Death."

4. "Nice try, Butch, but you're still coming with me."

5. "What would you suggest for someone with my complexion?"

What you need to do:

Please vote for your favorite caption – only ONE!—by leaving a comment with the caption number. The caption with the most comments wins! (Strictly popular vote. No bogus Electoral College here!)

You can vote till Midnight Thursday November 6. I’ll tabulate the votes and announce the winner on Friday November 7.

As mentioned earlier, the winner will receive the original art and their strip will be published next week at GoComics.

A parting shot: Please vote only once. Voter fraud is so 2004.

Have at it!