January 13, 2010
This cartoon was inspired by a site I was poking around in: www.bigthink.com–lots advice on writing, science, art, business, etc. Out there on that internet thing, there’s plenty of room for folks giving advice, directions on life, self-helpfulness and all. Ted.com, too.
And this character I’ve created, “Tex,” is starting to grow on me. I think of him as sort of my everyman, and even though he may speak once in awhile, I prefer that he be the silent film guy, like Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, mostly a physical presence, expressionless as much as possible, except when necessary. Besides, he’s pretty dang simple to draw, which is a real bonus for me.
The speech bubble here is also a new attempt, that is, a speech bubble extending outside the frame. Not a new idea of course in cartooning, but new for me. One of my favorite cartoonists, Ben Sargent, has great speech balloons.