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Friday, December 31, 2010

Science Club!

I spent Christmas at my brothers in northern California, and we came up with this gag together when we were joking around. The best humor comes when two similar minds start bouncing ideas back and forth, which is by far the most enjoyable way to create gags.
Basically, we were discussing the way two jock captains would pick teams for a sport in school, and the unfairness of the whole process. There would always be the nerdy guys left at the end which someone had to pick, and the groans and moans that would come up when one of these guys was finally chosen. Just completely unfair and cruel. So, in my fantasy world, the science geeks rule, and the jocks must suffer. heh heh..

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa's Rest Stop

Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hamster House

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mosquito Jack!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Raw Deal

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Simpler Times

You know, in Victorian times there was no such thing as mindless staring at a computer screen all day. It was all about hittin' the books and higher learning! At least that's what I heard. There was no EXTREME anything, just annoyances like Tuberculosis and Influenza epidemics. And time was more precious then, since you didn't expect to live past 40. Those were the days.

I hope you appreciate the extra effort on this one, I just blew half my Saturday sitting in front of a screen working on it. Enjoy! -Ted

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Leo Meets Mona

I had to dig into my archives tonight because I haven't had as much time to do new cartoons lately. This one dates from about 1983 or '84. I was working on the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, in their accounting dept. of all places, when I drew this one up. This was shortly before I broke into animation. I was working there when the Spruce Goose plane attraction opened up. I was a cash controller, and counted a ton of money at that place, and did the accounting paperwork on it every day. I remember feeling I didn't fit in with a bunch of people whose goal every day was to get to a zero balance as early as possible so they could sit around and do nothing till quitting time. Next day they would start the same process all over again with a new set of numbers, trying to make it all balance out again. They seemed to like their repetitious jobs, and that's a good thing, because we need math people, but it was no place for an artist, and I was happy to go when animation called.
Anyway, I remember that I spent a lot of time on this drawing back then, and thought it looked pretty good, but when I look at it now I see how much I've improved. I remember an art teacher telling us that we should keep every drawing we do, so that when we look at them in later years we can see our improvements, but I continue to throw out the crappy stuff. I only need to keep one or two drawings from when I was a kid to know how shitty I was back then. It's funny, but have you ever noticed how mothers will hang onto the worst drawings you did as a kid, even after you've told them that you will redraw it for them much better? And they always bust out those stinkers when company is over. -Ted