As with the comics you see in any daily newspaper, a webcomic is usually completed ahead of a deadline.
Dad’s Day is no exception.
I use ComicPress software to load and schedule my cartoons days and weeks ahead of time.
This is called a “buffer” in the biz.
It comes in handy when life’s unexpected surprises pop up!
But, occasionally an idea for a cartoon comes to mind that you feel is soooo cool that you can’t wait to draw and show it to the world!
Today’s is just such a ‘toon!
I had a “Halloween” themed cartoon in the “can” and scheduled for today, but while glancing over my Facebook newsfeed yesterday, I saw a picture of a young lady and her Halloween costume and suddenly I had a new idea for today’s comic!
So I quickly began the process of replacing today’s scheduled cartoon, with this new idea!
I wrote it…
Sketched it out…
Used a little Photoshop magic…
New ‘toon done & loaded!
For the record…
The girl, named Grace, is the daughter of a former high school classmate of mine, who is also a Facebook Friend.
The picture was of my friend’s daughter in her Halloween costume.
You guessed it…
She is going as a pilot of a hot air balloon!
It is one of the best costumes that I have seen and of course it immediately provided the “inspiration” for today’s cartoon!
So a big thank you goes out to my classmate, Lindy and her daughter, Grace for today’s ‘toon!
I know what you’re thinking…
What about the cartoon that was suppose to run today?
Check back on October 31, 2015!
Today’s ‘toon celebrates the 5th Anniversary of our little webcomic!
Wellll…technically 5 years & 1 day!
Dad’s Day Comics launched way back on September 14th, 2009…that’s 769 cartoons ago!
As always a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all of our loyal followers for making this possible!
Here’s to the next 5 years!
Everyone has idols.
One of mine is Bill Amend, the creator of the comic strip, Fox Trot.
I have been a fan of his work for more years than I can remember.
I can honestly say that Bill’s work has had the biggest influence on my own writing and drawing style.
So when someone of his stature throws out a challenge… you respond!
Today’s ‘toon is my response to Bill’s “Ice Bucket Challenge” nomination of cartoonists everywhere to help raise awareness of ALS. It was my pleasure not only to write and draw this cartoon, but more importantly, to donate to the cause.
At last check, over 93 million dollars has been raised since people began pouring buckets of ice cold water over their heads!
Now that’s impressive!
But, it’s not too late…
If you haven’t already done so, please consider helping fight this horrible disease by donating.
It is fast and easy!
For more information go to www.alsa.org
In case you didn’t notice, today’s ‘toon was a nod to one of my all time favorite comic strips, Calvin And Hobbes. It was brilliantly written and drawn by Bill Watterson from 1985 to 1995. The strip was distributed by Universal Press Syndicate and appeared in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide. In my opinion, the artwork and writing are second to none. Watterson, Charles Schulz (Peanuts) and Bill Amend (Fox Trot) are the three cartoon strips that have influenced my cartooning style the most.
So last week, while on vacation by a lake in northern Minnesota I had the time and opportunity to finally read a book that has been collecting dust on my nightstand.
The book, “Looking For Calvin And Hobbes” is written by Nevin Martell and is about his quest to secure an interview with the man behind Calvin And Hobbes, Bill Watterson.
As it turns out, Watterson has basically been in hiding since his strip ended on December 31, 1995.
He has only granted a few interviews during his career, mostly in the 1980′s and is very reluctant to do so now.
To say he doesn’t seek the spotlight and fame is an understatement.
So Martell, having been a huge fan of Calvin, Hobbes & Watterson during his childhood, sets out to secure what he views as the interview of a lifetime! Along the way we hear from friends and colleagues about their experiences with Watterson.
Martell does a good job of chronicling Watterson’s life and career and his love of the strip is clearly evident throughout the book.
If you are a fan of the strip or cartoons in general, I would recommend reading the book!
Some of the things I learned…
He was a struggling editorial cartoonist before hitting it big with Calvin And Hobbes.
United Features Syndicate rejected the strip.
It was a challenging working relationship with Universal Press Syndicate.
Why haven’t we seen Calvin and Hobbes merchandise in stores during the years? Bill Watterson was absolutely against the merchandising of his characters. Turns out Watterson turned down millions of dollars in merchandising deals during his career. This didn’t make Universal Press very happy.
Along with refusing merchandise offers, he also gave a thumbs down to an animated movie too!
With the strong success of the strip, he had enough leverage to regain sole ownership of his strip and characters from Universal Press…this helped with being able to reject merchandise offers.
He would often tear up strips that he felt weren’t good enough.
He didn’t seek or enjoy the fame…He doesn’t grant interviews and he didn’t even show up to receive the many awards that he earned during his career.
He felt very strongly that a strip should end when a cartoonist retires or passes away. (This was viewed as a jab at long running strips that have had other cartoonists carry on well after the original cartoonist was gone.)