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Monday, March 12, 2012

Too Many Tarzans!


I wracked my brain to come up with something for the Illustration Friday word 'Yield', and was about to throw in the towel when this ridiculous image popped into my head. Don't know where it came from but it made me laugh out loud at the absurdity of it.
Then I started thinking about the actual truth in this image: Have you ever thought of some great idea that you were so sure was original and then gone to the internet only to find out that about fifty people have already thought of it? Doesn't seem to make any difference how random the idea is either. How about if you decide to collect something that nobody else collects, like maybe decorative beadwork toaster covers made while bicycling? Think again. There will already be a hundred people who are looking for that and two or three authorities on the subject with websites and books out on it.
I suppose it's always been this way, but in the past we weren't so aware of all the competition out there. Ignorant bliss. Unfortunately, the internet makes it all so painfully real anymore, at the touch of a button, that it's very difficult to be first with an idea. Luckily, we can still improve on ideas that are already out there, so there's still hope for us creative types.
So, because of all this competition, I imagine that in some remote, out of the way jungle (if we still have those places) there are a bunch of dudes who had the 'original' idea to give up the rat race, don loincloths, and swing from vine to vine as Tarzan did, in one big hectic traffic jam amongst the apes.

Gentlemen, may you all find your Jane.

33 comments:

  1. hahahaha this made me laugh on many levels!
    excellent work Ted

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  2. Yes I agree Ted, difficult one this week...sometimes I like to brainstorm ideas by making a list of potentials and only using one if I don't find it anywhere on the internet..the problems being..you end up with something original but not necessarily the best on the list..using the other method and doing just what comes into your head without knowledge of what others have done (like the pre internet era)is what I normally do...if you haven't copied someone directly deliberately...your take should be clearly different with some coincidences and could even be a lot better than anything out there.....I haven't looked...but probably like this cartoon which would be difficult to surpass by anyone's standards...brilliant as usual!! I laughed and then laughed again when I saw the two Tarzans (I am laughing again now) on the jungle floor not having paid attention to the vine safety code.

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  3. This is very funny! Lucky there weren't that many tarzans per square metre of jungle back in caveman times or this could have been a common scene. If I come up with an amazing idea (not very often but has happened...) I never dare look on the internet to see if it has already been thought of - much prefer to live in ignorant (me jane?) creative bliss...

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  4. Too many Tarzans is wonderfully funny.

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  5. haha. This is great. The two dead(?) ones on the ground were a nice touch.

    This weeks word was super difficult (I finally gave up), but you definitely did it justice!

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  6. Good idea Ted, I had not seen yet! :)

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  7. Bravo Ted and so true. I struggle from week to week with the topics because the seem so boring,trite, or difficult and then I read your post and realize my brain is just not plugged into the right socket. I am like Rod, I always start with a list & then become disappointed to realize there are images out there too similar to what I had envisioned. One of my illustration BFF's and I both entered work for Alice In Wonderland to a regional art competition and had to laugh when we saw how similar our images were in composition, the look of the daisies and even the curly hair on our Alice. I've heard before that there are no new ideas, just reinvented ones. I suppose that is true for art as well.

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  8. This is one my favorites in the whole Ted Blackman Collection :) I like absurd ideas too much.

    Your thoughts are so true! When an idea comes to my mind and I see (Google) that someone else has done it before, I throw it away (with disappointment).
    Paul Arden wrote about this, how ideas don't belong to anybody. They are floating around and open-minded catch them first, but nobody can ever posses them.

    On the other hand I think 'absurdity' is a much stronger warranty of originality than pure 'fun'.

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  9. Haha, hilarious! I don't think those fellows on the ground are dead, but they are likely to be sore for many days. Really well illustrated idea! I usually let the new word roll around in my head for about half a day, maybe write down a few goofy possibilities. Other times, I already have a drawing started and I shoehorn the word in there somehow.

    I also think something new that is a little related is better than a year old thing that is a perfect match. :)

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  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this concept! Great solution!

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  11. cool idea and a very funny take on "yield"!

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  12. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh my goodness. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


    Oh crap. You made me drop my tea all over my mouse! Seriously! HAHAHA! That's how good this is. I don't care if there are a thousand other Tarzan cartoons out there. This has got to top them all.

    Can I be a Jane??? On second thought, I went to the movies this weekend and saw trailers for the upcoming Disney flick Chimpanzee. The way those guys described the ants and scorpions and snakes in the rain forest....eek! I hope their loincloths are made of kevlar.

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  13. Swingin' traffic jam, I'd say. The most-clever-est for the topic that I've seen so far. Bravo, TB!

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  14. A wonderful illustration as always Ted, It dosen't matter if the idea has been done before it is your artwork that brings the image alive and also brings a smile to my face.

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  15. ... And Cheeta's friends get traffic still more difficult...

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  16. This is hilarious! I especially like Tarzan #9 – the one who's scratching himself in the tree. Hahaha! Best not to search the internet for ideas, but let your fertile mind come up with it's own solution – your originality shines through.

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  17. Smashing idea! Yield to the mini mohawk man. My work for the week is done. Booyah! Thanks, Ted!

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  18. HAHAHAHAHA! how did you even think of this is beyond me hahahaha! Never seen anyone with your unique mind, sir! :D

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  19. ohhh hummm, i think..... i almost never come up with a great idea or i don't know, even if i have a great one, i always have trouble drawing from my imagination because i can't draw properly.
    plus, i think all my ideas are weird -__-

    you're so very funny with this post :DDD

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  20. In my eyes the winner of this weeks IF! well done Ted loving your work!!

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  21. Hahahahaha... GREAT CARTOON, Ted!!!!!!

    In Alberta, they have the Tar Sands, but in the jungle... I didn't know there were so many Tarzans... probably the descendants of Jane and the original Lord Greystoke. :)

    By the way, that corner of the jungle looks very dangerous... I think they need a roundabout or traffic light.

    PS. It has been a nice coincidence that we both created a Tarzan cartoon the same week! I always enjoy your art and humor. :)

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  22. thank you POT.

    ps: i hope you didnt come to work naked today...
    bye happy Friday.

    x

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  23. Very funny, the certainly need some kind of traffic calming solution. Isn't Cheeta still alive?

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  24. This is proof that in the hands of a master, the tougher the problem, the more inspired the solution! Absolutely hilarious, & I also really like the way you handled the color.

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  25. Oh! It just occurred to me that you'd probably get a kick out of this product. http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/files/2012/03/gagmasterwheelfinal.jpg

    Ben Towle tweeted the link yesterday. :-D

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  26. I really like this. The intersection is well lit. Haa. This was really outside the box humor. Love your great imagination!

    Press on!!

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  27. On people independently coming up with the same bizarre thought. . . One day I found myself pondering, "Why don't woodpeckers get brain damage?" I googled it and found people had actually studied this. I posted about woodpecker brains and get regular hits by people whose brains are apparently warped in the same way mine is. I find this comforting.

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  28. Brilliant, Ted.
    I'll have to project some of your toons on my screen at school, so my students can experience true genius of comic art.

    So, what're you up to this summer?
    I will likely have a lot more free time this year (unfortunately) than last, and would love to stop by for more than just one night (like last time -- shagga-braggin-former-rummy-roomie...)

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  29. Great. Love your sense of humor, Ted!

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