Triple Shrinkage

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bz panel 05-23-13Bizarro is brought to you today by Eating Too Quickly.

When drawing this cartoon, the biggest challenge I faced aside from drawing three adults on a small couch was giving the three men the right looks. In cartoons such as mine, I usually will go for a recognizable stereotype to increase the percentage of readers worldwide who will understand the gag.

Even though the story line here is very “California,” the stereotype look of the lawyer isn’t particularly common here. My divorce lawyer, for instance, wears Hawaiian shirts, jeans, flip-flops, and a straw fedora to work. My agent, on the other hand, looks just like the guy against the wall above.

Also note that while most cartoonists use the same colors for the flesh tones of all of their characters, I’ve got four characters here and four different flesh tones! It’s the little details like this that make Bizarro the finest handcrafted, home-brewed cartoon panel currently appearing on this web site.

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25 thoughts on “Triple Shrinkage

  1. At first I thought the guys were conjoined triplets, based on your recent “pair of pair of pants” panel.

    Also, for the flesh tones image you linked to : 1!, 2!, 3!, 4! … 1, 2, 6, 24 … I know those aren’t pantone color codes. I checked. And, yes, I’ll show myself out.

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  3. “It’s the little details like this that make Bizarro the finest handcrafted, home-brewed cartoon panel currently appearing on this web site.”

    i totally agree.

    did i mention that this is exactly what makes america great!

    sir, you bring a tear to my eye!

  4. The lawyers face is genius…. because of that, it took me a while to notice the sexy come-hither pose he’s taken… that’s not very lawyer-like hahaha

    I didn’t notice the skin tones. But now that you have pointed it out, my pedantic nerdy heart skips a beat every time I look.

    • …ah… bum… apostrophe… my apologies to all pilkunnussija out there (and no, I don’t know how to form the plural for that. Finnish help, please?) Now you can see, at least, why I would get excited by four different skin tones in a cartoon…

  5. Hmmm … that lawyer’s posing a bit suggestively!

    : P

    Well, so’s the agent!

    8 )

    Which leads me to the question: Where does one find such a “ham sandwich” in LA nowadays?

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  7. Another good piece. Honestly, never ever thought about a thing called flesh tones. Thanks for the “color”. I’m gonna have a keen eye from now on for all toons I come across.

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  9. Speaking of flesh tones, do you have any DOs and DON’Ts you personally follow when depicting people of color?

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