Here's another one from the "Wing and a Prayer" comic collection. Ken Alley, the author with whom I collaborated on these, had compiled and written a number of humor books, with an emphasis on church humor. I enjoyed the work - it was refreshingly clean, wholesome and generally, 'feel good' stuff. These were also created during a time when I was still actively deploying which made any long-term commitments pretty difficult. At any rate, this is work I'm proud of and thought I'd share it here with you:
This is one of my favorites for the "Wing and a Prayer" comic collection - not because it has any resemblance to my marriage, mind you, but because I like the way it came out. There's plenty of white space around the characters and your eye tends to zero right in on them. This was drawn with a dip pen and India ink, and I'm going to color all of these when I set aside them time for it.
I have no idea why, but the word, 'Gesundheit' just cracks me up - I've used it as the single word punchline in a number of my cartoons. This cartoon was drawn with a dip pen and India ink and a light wash was applied with a sable brush. It's hard to believe 18 years have gone by since I drew this cartoon.
Here's another "Wing and a Prayer" cartoon for a bonus Tuesday Cartoon Blast. These were all created with dip pens and India ink on Bristol board, and honestly, a real joy to create. I love this drawing style and the ability to spread the humor over multiple panels. I'd love to work on these again - maybe someday!
This Pandemonium cartoon, which goes back to 2000/2001 was drawn with a dip pen and India ink on Bristol board. The idea for this cartoon came from watching a football game and seeing a coach lay into a player - a player who was big enough to roll him up into a ball and throw him out of the stadium, if he should have been so inclined.
Today, we return with a Pandemonium cartoon for our Monday's Cartoon Blast. This was completed between 2000 and 2001, and while it's difficult to see with the color added, an ink wash was applied with a sable brush for shading. The inking was done with a dip pen and India ink. My oldest son was about the age of the boy character - there might be a touch of non-fiction in this one ...
People seemed to like the "Wing and a Prayer" comic I posted yesterday, so we'll put up another one for today's Cartoon Blast, appropriately enough for a Sunday. These cartoons were quite a bit more time-consuming since I was drawing 3 separate cartoons. I used a dip pen and India ink on Bristol board - as with the Pandemonium cartoons, the color was added much later.
This is the first cartoon strip I ever worked on. Humor writer Ken Alley had been looking for a cartoonist to collaborate with, and I was just starting in the field. Ken provided stacks of what were in essence old jokes, which I then rewrote/interpreted into a visual strip form. We ended up with a little over 50 of these strips. We actually got some interest from one or two of the major newspaper syndicates, but ultimately it didn't end up getting picked up for syndication. In hindsight, I think that was a good thing as I had a whole lot to learn. At any rate, here's a sample of my and Ken Alley's comic strip, "Wing and a Prayer".
When I sat down to write at the time of this cartoon, I was actually thinking about pirate ships - trying to come up with a cartoon about the sea. So I thought about funny words associated with ships, and 'promenade' popped into my head. I just couldn't seem to figure out anything sea-related, so I began to expand the setting. In the end, it was ancient Egypt and the pyramids, and this "Promenade of the Gods' cartoon from sometime on 2001. Based on the uniform line thickness and hatching method I used for shading, it was drawn with a Radipdograph pen on Bristol board.