Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

I've got two cartoons for today. The first one appears in the Wisconsin State Journal. This one is just another funny cheap shot at Madison's water problem. There are high levels of manganese, an unhealthy mineral of some sort, in several of Madison's water pumps.

The Mayor of Madison, Dave Cieslewicz has taken issue with some of my water cartoons in the past, so despite the seemingly timid subject matter of this cartoon, I'm almost certain I'll get some grief about it.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with how this drawing turned out. I like the angle of the pilgrim and i think I was able to put quite a bit of life into the turkeys. It is a very text heavy cartoon, but I think I helped alleviate that problem, by segmenting the text into different word balloons. I'm trying to break up long blocks of text with word balloons even if it's still the same character who is speaking. I found that it makes a larch chunk of text a little easier to read.

The other cartoon appears in the Grosse Pointe News' Thanksgiving edition. This is the 9th Thanksgiving cartoon I've drawn for them. For years I was obsessed with drawing cartoon's about Christmas usurping one of my favorite holidays.

More recently I've been concerned with all that we should be thankful for, especially Grosse Pointers who live in safe neighborhoods with good schools and relatively responsible city government. This cartoon is not nearly as good as the one I drew last year for Thanksgiving.

On a personal note, this is a somewhat distressing holiday this year. I won't be going home to Detroit for the second year in a row. I won't be watching the parade, and then running home to watch the Lion's lose, and then sitting down to a home cooked meal with the rest of Family. I'll be in Madison again this year.

I don't mind it too much. Making Thanksgiving dinner yourself is always fun, and I'll still get to watch the Lion's lose. Instead of snuggling up with some hot cocoa, and watching the Detroit parade in person, I'll watch the travesty that has become the Macy's day parade in New York on TV.

Last year, my first year in Madison, was fun. But I'm worried that the novelty of the Thanksgiving dinner for two (just my financee and I) might wear thin. But that's not your problem. Enjoy these cartoons and keep checking back.

1 comment:

jeffbridges said...

I agree - the word balloons help to break up the text into manageable chunks. And the turkey is adorable!