This vitriolic rant by author and screenwriter Harlan Ellison (from the upcoming documentary about him called Dreams With Sharp Teeth) really hit a nerve with me. As someone who works in creative fields, I’ve encountered countless people/employers who think because I enjoy art and writing, I will be happy to do it for free.
First there was the real rife spoof of the classic Simpsons intro, now comes a real life version of the iconic Simpsons homestead. Situated in Henderson, Nevada, the house is a shrine to everything off-beat, off-colour, off-the-planet cartoon-y.
First there was the Beatles cartoon series, now there’s this. Boy band, juvenile hysteria, eruptive hormones like a volcano in spring time. If we talk about tearing magazines and designing collages in folders and wardrobes, we talk about the fanaticism and crying of a young female fan. New Kids On The Block were one of the forerunners of this manufactured phenomenon.
Maryland-based cartoonist Jonathan Wojcik’s obsession with insects, monsters, and anything related to Halloween comes through hilariously clearly in his web comic, Bogleech. Check out the rest of his site for various projects and his Etsy shop.
German illustrator Roman Klonek sucks you right into his topsy-turvy world of smiling cartoons and graphic woodcuts. I particularly enjoy his use of type to create images reminiscent of vintage eastern European ads.
David Paleo takes Spumco-style grossness to another level rendering feverishly delirious, horrifying drawings of twisted, mangled, demented cartoon characters from the pit of Sponge Bob’s worst nightmare.
This cartoon brings back so many memories of camping out in front of the tele as a music obsessed kid, listening intently to the Liverpudian accents of the animated Fab Four and singing along a little too loudly to their many timeless hits. Back then it was all about undercooked pancakes and sweet, sweet Popper […]
If slapstick, violence and sex get you off, you’re going to love this. It’s not so much a social critique as social terrorism, with every viewpoint and ideology attacked. Highlights are plentiful and spoofs of old cartoon series’, like He-Man, the Smurfs and Voltron, are standouts. Also watch for when Saved by the Bell is […]
Adam Bartlett’s illustrations take me back to a time when Saturday mornings were all Coco Pops and soft drinks, a soft, lazy pillow and a well-worn position in front of the TV. When the funny faces, sounds, and storylines of the bright-eyed cartoons somehow seemed more real than the scattered world around me. On this cold, windswept Brooklyn morning, it’s a wonderfully sharp burst of mid-80s nostalgia.
Trapped in a time warp between then and now, the work of Brandt Peters combines an old school aesthetic with a modernity bordering on futuristic fantasy, with a touch of morbid fascination thrown in for good measure. In other words, he creates wonderful imagery combining cartoon-like pin-ups with sometimes freakish attributes (large skulled beings, for […]
Guardian newspaper cartoonist Steve Bell is a bit of a household treasure in England: a very astute political observer who picks up so well on the little nuances in speech and image that are key to good cartoonists. His work is nothing short of hilarious. So he must have felt like a present landed on […]
I’ve been reading Julia Wertz’s web comic, The Fart Party, which is simply a first person account of her every day life. The artwork is pretty rudimentary, but that works to the comic’s advantage, making it rather accessible and earnest seeming. Updated every few days, it’s not hard to keep up, and you never have […]
After a long day of tapping the keys, there’s nothing quite like unwinding on the sofa with a glass of New Zealand white and an episode, or two, of Home Movies. Brendan Cannon from Broken Social Scene first put us onto it, and now it’s become an addiction. This episode is probably my favourite.