Jean Giraud (1938-2012) was a French artist who was, and is, famous under the pseudonym Moebius. He created fantasy comics in a wildly imaginative style, sort of like Hergé set free, the most famous of which are Arzach, The Airtight Garage and The Incal. My first contact was a series of trading cards published in 1993. I’ve been enamored and dazzled by his art ever since.
raeality replied to your photo “Nancy and Sluggo. Attempted to emulate Ernie Bushmiller, I want to…”
Oh, I think you did great! It’s super cute.
Thanks. This level of cartoon simplicity is really difficult to pull off often. I mean, you’d think Charlie Brown is the easiest character, but there are so few reference points that it’s easy for it to not look like him. But if you get the chance to buy the Fantagraphics collections, do it, they look really good and Bushmiller’s originals are fantastic. Easily some of the funniest comic strips I’ve ever read.
The Avoiding Same Face Tutorial!
I found the main reason I use to Same Face really bad, was because I was so terrified of making a person who was not perfect. Anime same faces a lot, comics even tend to same face, and in movies, we tend to get only a few varying types of “Pretty People” that we’re suppose to aspire to. So it’s really terrifying to take a step out of one’s comfort zone and draw those things that the people surrounding us tells us aren’t pretty.
In real life, people are so varying and unique. I found the more I started drawing the things that I was afraid to draw before for fear of ugliness, the less and less I found those things ugly, and the more I just found everyone beautiful.
Of course, not everybody is going to agree with me here. But if you want to stop Same Facing, you should push the boundary of what’s beautiful.
Because really, it’s the differences in us that make us all gorgeous.
Why do we not talk more about the implications of western artists and art instructors putting down “anime” as an artform and telling developing artists not to draw it?
How does lumping an entire continent’s cartooning style into one category of “bad” and “not permissible in class/professional work” not scream “UNACCEPTABLY RACIST” and “SUPER FUCKED UP” to you people?
Do you even SEE ME? Do you even KNOW what country I’m from? You’re gonna stand in the same fucking room as an asian person and say “anime’s bad except for a few exceptions like Hayao Miyazaki”? Shut the fuck up when you’re talking about my people’s art and please take your white man opinions and SIT THE FUCK DOWN
This is why I love Starfire.
No. Like. This scene was really important. This douche hated her entire race and took that hatred out on Starfire. He called her slurs throughout the entire episode. And Starfire just endured it, because she knew her friends loved this guy. And when he is in trouble, about to die; she has every right to let him. But what does she do? She starts trying to help him. And even as she’s trying to save his life, he pushes her away, throwing slurs at her face. But she presses on, and ends up saving him. Do you know how important it was to see this as a kid? That no matter how much someone treats you with hatefulness and cruelty, the right thing to do when they’re in danger is to help them? That’s some powerful shit for a ‘kids show’, and don’t you dare look me in the eye and tell me that all of this is just superhero bullshit.
Even if they dropped the ball with Victor not actually addressing his race and citing his robotics as a reason for prejudice against him, the reason he understood what Starfire felt, this was a landmark episode.
The slur Val-Yor (subtle show) uses, “Troq” means… you know what, let’s just grab Cyborg and Starfire’s moment of dialogue for reference.
Cyborg: What’s up? I thought you said it didn’t mean anything.
Starfire: No. I said it means “nothing”. When Val-Yor calls me “Troq”, he is saying that I am worthless, a nothing.
Starfire: There are those on other planets who feel Tamaraneans are inferior. Troq is what they call us.
Cyborg: So he’s calling you a terrible name. And you know that if you punch him out, it’ll just confirm all the bad stuff he thinks about you?
Starfire: Yes. You know what it is like to be judged simply by the way you look?
Cyborg: Of course I do. I’m part robot.
The show isn’t pulling any punches here, it may be using alien species, but it’s showing a racist being a racist even while he acts as a superhero, and it uses actual attitudes people may encounter (“You must be one of the good ones.” When he has to acknowledge she saved his life.) This is incredible and the show should have gotten awards for this. More shows should consider these ideas and use them, even as ‘filler’ episodes, because we need to see it.
Val-Yor is a racist ass. But Starfire doesn’t let him win, and delivers an amazing line in the end, reminding me why Kory is one of the best characters around, even if she was created for the cheesecake appeal in comics, she has a lot more to her, a lot of heart and soul that should be highlighted more often.
- Robin: I’m sorry Val-Yor treated you like that. If I’d known, I’d never would’ve let it happen.
Cyborg: None of us would.
Starfire: There is nothing you could’ve done. There will always be people who say mean words because you are different. And sometimes their minds cannot be changed. But there are many more people who do not judge others based on how they look or where they are from. Those are the people whose words truly matter.
Way to go, Teen Titans. You were an amazing part of my teenage years, and I wish we’d gotten more of you.
If you have enjoyed any of my comics or doodles from this year, you have my family to thank. They are my truest and most constant source of inspiration. I hope this holiday season is a wonderful time spent eating delicious things with family for you too!
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and more comics to come in 2014!
Thank you for drawing so many wonderful things and sharing them.
Binky: Hey, did you guys just see Trucks? Wasn’t it awesome?
Francine: No, it was not awesome. There were only 2 girls in the entire movie! Johnny’s mom and his airhead girlfriend Cindy Cupholder.
Binky: That’s not true. What about Rita the meter maid?
Muffy: She had one measly line and it was less than ten words!
Francine: Look at all these movie posters: Kung Fu Koala? A boy. Donny Droid? Another boy. The Ram Pack? ALL boys. I rest my case.
Arthur 14.02 “The Agent of Change” (x)
Arthur was a quality cartoon, guys.
Arthur talked about representation in the media and had Neil Gaiman in a pita. You can’t really get much better than that.
Correction: Arthur IS a quality show. Just checked the Internet, it’s been going strong since 1996. It’s going to at least next year. And a ton of episodes are on YouTube (but almost everything’s on youtube) - but this is still quality commentary.
Hey, how come we never talk about Charles Addams?
I barely ever see compilations of his work for sale.
I barely ever see his cartoons being blogged.
His tumblr tag is sparse as hell.
So many people have no idea that the Addams Family began as recurring characters in what was basically "The Far Side" of the 1940’s and 50’s.
He invented the Addams Family and he barely gets any credit.
And seventy years later his jokes feel as fresh and sharp as ever.
Charles Addams is my homeboy.
My drawing prof at ODU was a fan of Addams and had us do drawings with his ideas of making the normal a little abnormal, and i fell in love.
A friend of mine gave me a copy of Addams and Evil, it’s worn from age and I love it. I walked into a used bookstore in DC and found his biography, i read the fuck out of it and loved it. I bought a collection of almost every Addams Family cartoon featured in the New Yorker and some that were unpublished, that book is baller as shit.
I wish I had the patients for his detail and I could push my contrast as well as he does with ink.
Will Eisner will always be one of my greatest influences in comics, but Charles Addams is very high up there. Also an interesting parallel between them, they worked around the same time in American history, but Addams was a fucking pimp. He got fairly wealthy from his cartoons, he was a playboy, he knew Jackie O and all sorts of celebrities. He was screwed over by his second or third wife who forced him to sign away his rights to his cartoons - because she was a greedy hag. And for the longest time in the comics Morticia and Gomez were never married. Morticia just had Wednesday and Gomez was more of a paramour than a husband. I can’t remember why/where Pugsley came from and Lurch was around from just about the beginning with Morticia.
Alex Hirsch presents Story Guy: A “How To” Instructional Adventure!
In 2010, Alex Hirsch created these images that details the process of a storyboard artist for a CTN panel he was a speaker at. You can check out the full 45min panel on Vimeo where Alex speaks along with Bruce Morris, Enrico Casarosa, Louie del Carmen, and Fergal Reilly.