I got an email today from Charles Wiley, a friend that I went to school with. He sent me this cartoon that was drawn back in our high school days, and he wondered who drew it and asked if I did.
Yep, it was me.
Back in elementary school I spent a lot of time reading Mad Magazine, and I especially admired one of their cartoonists--Don Martin. I spent lots of hours copying the way that he drew his characters. The “Don Martin” influence (particularly the face and shoes) are pretty obvious on the cartoon above. Now that I think about it, maybe the flies are his too, but I don’t remember. Little did I know that that my youthful copying of his cartoon characters would have any impact on my later life.
Whenever I am introduced to anyone in our town, I am usually introduced as, “the person who draws the cartoons in the newspaper.” Actually a few months ago, my cartooning workload doubled when I began to do cartoons for both of our local papers. I have been doing the cartoons in the weekly paper regularly since the early 1980’s, That is a lot of cartoons! I also make a calendar every year that features my cartoons.
Because I have been drawing cartoons for 45 years, the actual drawing doesn’t take me very long, its the coming up with ideas, that is the hard part. I mostly do cartoons about things that local people can relate to--mosquitoes, weather, mice, etc., but every so often I get so mad at what is going on politically that I do a political cartoon.
I now draw the cartoon using a thin line marker, I scan the drawing into the computer where I put a box around it, write out the caption, and shade it. I used have to submit the cartoon on paper, then later on a floppy disk, now I just send it as an attachment on an email. Technology had made it all a lot simpler.
It was nice to be reminded of my early attempts at cartooning. Now it is a nice way to earn a bit of extra money. Below is one of my present day cartoons.
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