Monday, July 28, 2014

Stuffed


After weeks of comic strips and birthday cards I'm finally back to my roots with a single panel gag this week, especially as it's also a remake of a really old cartoon. I mentioned a few months back that I have a stack of old cartoons that I like the joke for but hate the art now, so I want to redo them and this is one such cartoon. Here's the original cartoon from over 10 years ago:
So you can see that the joke is exactly the same, but wow so much has changed in the last 10 years! God I hated how I did my signature back then....So instead of a generic hand puppet I replaced her with Miss Piggy and I made the finger puppets look more like basic finger puppets and not women shoved on a hand. I didn't feel the need for a bartender any more, I think about the only thing I liked in this old one was Sweep (from Sooty and Sweep a kids show I used to watch when I was a kid) downing a beer in the background, but in the new version it's Sooty this time downing a beer. I liked that idea so much I threw in 3 more famous puppets in the background with him, do you know who they all are? You know what's weird? The fact that some of the colours kind of stayed the same without meaning too! Like the finger puppets the one with her arms crossed is in green and they both have black and red hair, just swapped now. And the prominence of purple, but that's just me anyway..it's interesting as I didn't reference the old cartoon at all when I did the new one, I started from scratch and it's amazing the similarities they both have. I think it's a really good indication on how my art has progressed, involved and improved over all these years, it's cool.

I also was trying something new with this one, I've been toying around with the idea of doing monochromatically coloured backgrounds, just to make this more be more in the background and to help get more focus of the foreground. I also want to start experimenting with coloured linework on the background as well, like I used to back when I started this blog. What do you think?

Hope you like it, until next time!

Mike


Monday, July 21, 2014

It's My Birthday!


Yep, today it my birthday, so instead of a regular cartoon, I pretty much just drew myself a birthday card! Featuring my psychotic clown character, Engelbert wearing the very New York Knicks jersey that I got myself for my birthday today....kind of. I won some vouchers at a sports store that was the exact amount of an NBA jersey and I've been meaning to get a Knicks one for ages now, so I got it and gave it to myself for my birthday. That's not weird is it? And it's even sweeter that it's Patrick Ewing's jersey as well, the man is a Knicks legend. So Happy Birthday to me! I think I've going to try and sneak some Knicks jersey's into my regular cartoons now, why the hell not?


See ya,

Mike (AKA: Birthday Boy) 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dangerously Large


One of the things I often worry about when I do cartoons is sometimes some people won't get a joke as they don't know who or what I'm making fun of in the first place. Last weeks was a good example of this, I'm sure quite a few people don't know who LeBron James is, especially if you don't follow basketball, but I did it anyway. Because, well I love basketball. Now this week's cartoon on the other hand, surely everyone, whether they want to admit it or not, knows who Ron Jeremy is right? If you don't know the name than I'm sure you know his face...and his junk. Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Jeremy, I'm certain every man alive has seen at least one porno with Ron in it, women, I don't know, maybe, maybe not. In conducting my 'research' on this cartoon (seriously not as seedy as it sounds, I pretty much just Googled his name) I found out that Ron has his own rum! http://www.rondejeremy.com/ Wow, didn't see that one coming...which is a change as it usually is comon to see when Ron is coming......sorry, couldn't help myself on that one.

The title of this cartoon came from a line in last weeks cartoon (the new Starbucks coffee size being referred to as "dangerously large" http://brinkscartoons.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/egolatte.html), I did want to call it "This is the reason why it doesn't exist" but that was way too long, and I kind of liked the connection to last weeks cartoon as well. These 2 cartoons are similar format comic strips, and the joke makes fun of something of a famous person being large, so why not connect them in another way as well. 

Anyway so this idea was a kind of mash-up of 2 other ideas, one about just how painful it is to stand on Lego pieces, (which if you haven't before, trust me it hurts like hell) and another random idea I had about having a porn star Lego Playset. I've often talked about this, that I sometimes get seemingly unrelated half ideas at different times and at a later date I just happen to think about both and combine them to make a good, usable idea. So never dismiss or throw away ideas people, you never know when they may come in handy.....wait, is there another bad Ron Jeremy pun I can use there as well???

Anyway, hope you all like it, see you next....oh and that reminds me, next Monday is my birthday! So I expect lots of gifts and messages. See ya!

Mike

Monday, July 7, 2014

EgoLatte


Well look at that, a cartoon about Starbucks and I didn't make fun of them! Well, kind of, I did kind of make fun of their cup sizes and the stupid, pretentious names they give them. But the main 'punchline' is a LeBron joke! If you didn't already guess, I'm an NBA fan and not a fan of LeBron James....he's a douche and he has a massive ego. When I came up with this idea, his ego was always the punchline, I did try and think of someone else with a bigger ego....hell I even tried thinking of anything bigger and I couldn't. So I just stuck with this one, which kind of sucks if you don't know anything about NBA...it sucks because you obviously don't know what you're missing. Get onto that shit! 
Me personally, I've been a New York Knicks fan since the mid 90's and I've stuck with them through all the years of them sucking. But now we're finally getting better! Now to all those in the know, yes I know we have Carmelo Anthony who also has a massive ego and is a massive douche as....but dammit he's our douche! And he's nowhere near as bad as LeBron and LeBron just plain old shits me off.

I'm planning on doing some more strips likes this instead of single panels as I've been coming up with ideas that can't fit in one panel. It's taken me some time to get used to not restricting my ideas to one panel like I've done for so long. Sometimes I like restrictions though, it forces you to be more creative, but of late I'm trying to 'free my mind' and open up to just coming up with a useable idea and working the art around that idea and not the other way round. In the past I've come up with an idea and then brainstormed how to make it into a single panel gag. I've got heaps of different ideas in different formats that I'm working on as well, it's just my time constraints that's holding me back at this stage, a single panel cartoon is quite easy and quick to do. That and I'm also planning on doing a lot of new stuff when my new website finally gets finished....it is happening trust me, some day soon......in fact let me just send and email off....

Alrighty, hope you like it, see ya next time,

Mike