The big GOP debate is tonight in Cleveland, hosted by Fox News – although, Comedy Central would be more appropriate.
Cartoonists are pretty picky about the tools they work with.
For example, when it comes to a pencil, I’ve never been able to function with anything but a Bic-type, HB lead cartridge pencil. Seriously. Office Max sells bajillions of these things every week. But hand me a regular #2 pencil…the classic #2 with the pink eraser…and I’m lost. I don’t know why.
Some cartoonists use certain pens – for me, it’s Pigmas. Some use Rapidographs. Charles Schulz was known to have bought up the remaining stock of a particular pen nib from Esterbrook, the only one he enjoyed using. He worried they’d go out of business, so he wanted to make sure he had thousands on hand.
I can so relate to that.
The point is you go with what, quite simply, works for you, which can involve a lot of trial and error, but can also be kind of obsessive.
So, I guess there’s a little ‘Rainman’ in all of us.
Ok, end of post – gotta catch Wheel Of Fortune…
Thousands of dollars in cash…
Over $150,000 just waiting to be won…
Wapner at 5….
Cartooning is minimalism.
I’ve known plenty of people who really don’t equate cartooning with art. It kind of gets lumped into the ‘cheap parlor trick’ category.
So, I’ll just lay it out there – cartooning is minimalism…cartooning is art. In fact, Charles Schulz…a single, solitary panel of Charles Schulz…has just as much visual power and impact as anything Picasso, Munch, Hopper, or even Warhol ever produced. I know – I’d probably clear the room at your average gallery opening with that kinda crazy talk, but I couldn’t be more sincere. I can make the same case for Walt Kelly, George Herriman, G.B. Trudeau, Gary Larson, R. Crumb…I could go on, but you get the idea.
Cartooning may not be lush, painted landscapes, or obtuse expressionistic visuals…but it’s something equally as stunning. It’s taking 3, 4 maybe 5 lines and creating a concise burst of creativity, and communicating a ton of information. That’s the height of creative expression. It’s populist…it’s accessible…it’s art.
So, that’s how I look at cartooning’s place in the hierarchy of art. It’s right up there with the masters.
Fortunately, there’s a number of museums and colleges nationally that support my thinking. More on that later.