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Dolly Madison


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Here’s this week’s cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I submitted six ideas this week. I’ll post a few of the rejected ideas later.

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Taylor Swift Takes A Bite Out Of Apple


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Here’s this week’s cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I’m a little familiar with Taylor Swift’s music. A few years ago a few girls I know, who are all much younger than I am, introduced me to her music. I didn’t really have a choice. I don’t know everything she’s done and I haven’t listened to anything new of hers in a long time. But I found a few song titles that might have worked for this cartoon other than the one I settled on. Those songs are “Mine” and “Mean” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

I do like some of her music. She’s a real songwriter and I like what she stands up for.

Here’s the rough.

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New York Escapees. Cartoon For The Daily Dot


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Here’s this week’s cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I went through a few ideas for this one. I think we settled on the right one. I’m really glad my editor responds to emails after 11:30 PM.

Here’s the rough for the final idea.

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This is the first idea. I liked this one but I think the final is better.

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There were a couple more ideas but they’re not worth showing.

 

Police Barrel Roll, Cartoon For The Daily Dot


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Here is this week’s cartoon for The Daily Dot.

I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make fun of the cop’s silly barrel roll, and why not incorporate into the even more silliness of those defending the cop (or blaming the media). Someone made a video of the cop’s barrel roll to the tune of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.” It’s awesome.

Here’s the rough.

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“Original” Photos For Sale, Cartoon For The Daily Dot


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After I sent the rough of this idea to my editor, Fernando at The Daily Dot, I decided I should use the actual photos.

That’s pretty new for me. My usual process is Sharpies and ball point on card stock copy paper, scanned into photoshop for coloring. I had no idea how to include the images into a cartoon and resize them. I have horrible photoshop skills. I can color my cartoons and that’s about it.

A lot of cartoonists have excellent computer skills,┬ámuch better than mine. A lot of them don’t even draw on paper anymore. I’m still kind of old school and I hate learning how to do new stuff, especially with computers.

So I went online and googled how to do what I needed to do. I practiced with the rough. Made a lot of mistakes. Got very frustrated. Had a lot of trial and error and then I figured it out. I was pretty proud of myself and felt accomplished. I’m also happy with the way it turned out.

Now while you think I have one more skill in my arsenal, not really. If I do this again I’ll have to relearn the process all over again.

Here’s the rough. At first I was going to use 9/11 and Fernando suggested I replace that with the Ferguson riot photo. I think that was a really great call.

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