Savings

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(One click of the stack of tires gets you an embiggenated view of Carl’s congregation.)

Bizarro is brought to you today by The Eyeball of Observation Spotted In My Neighborhood.

As I announced in last week’s cartoon rundown, I’ve just recently turned over my Monday-through-Saturday cartoons to my good friend and talented colleague, Wayno. He previously had a feature on GoComics called “WaynoVision,” which he retired to concentrate on Bizarro, but the archives are still viewable. The link to those is at the end of this post.

I’ll still be doing Bizarro Sunday cartoons for the foreseeable future, however, and the one above was a lot of fun to draw. The reason so many of my cartoons are so outrageously detailed is that I’ve always wanted to be a painter of fine art but didn’t know how to make a living at it. In my twenties, I stumbled into advertising illustration (better than shoveling animal dung at the circus, but only barely) and then syndicated cartooning, which was far better than advertising but still wasn’t fine art. A combination of those two jobs kept my family and me eating regularly and sleeping indoors, and I am very grateful for that, but my heart has been waiting to paint for over three decades, and that’s what I’m spending most days doing now.

As I did last week, I’d like to share a detail of the painting that I’m currently working on. It isn’t even close to being finished yet and a lot of depth and detail will be added, but I thought some of you might enjoy a peek at the process. First, look at the section I posted in last week’s blog here. Now see how far I’ve come this week here. Words cannot express how much fun I’m having.

On to Wayno’s excellent week of cartoon shenanigans:

Bigfoot has been a recurring character in Bizarro and Wayno has used him a number of times in his cartooning career, too. Here’s one that Wayno wrote and I drew five years ago. Of course, a lot of people (even some Bizarro readers!) believe Bigfoot is not mythical at all, just very good at not getting photographed or leaving a shred of DNA evidence behind as all 800 lbs. of him bumbles through forests eating, sleeping, and pooping everywhere from Mexico to the Arctic Circle. And that’s fine. After all, some legitimate science started out as pseudoscience, so who knows? A perfect example would be Donald Trump’s hair, once thought to be Tribble.

And here is some fun with Bigfoot that you can introduce to your real life.

My friend, Doug, says he hates Matryoshka dolls because they are full of themselves.

I happen to know that Wayno––who never texts but often wears a blindfold while driving–– carries a large, bejeweled turban in his car in case he gets pulled over. So far, he’s not succeeded at avoiding a single ticket but he has been shot at twice.

Little known historical alternative fact: Many pirate ships served Hostess Twinkies and Snowballs for breakfast because they could easily endure a several-years-long journey without spoiling.

Wayno says in his blog post this week that this is his favorite cartoon of the batch. He claims it is because he likes dogs but I suspect it is because, unbeknownst to even his closest friends, he was a roadie for The Sex Pistols in the 70s and still has a thing for punk rock. He lasted through most of their American tour but was forced to drop out near the end after a bite that Sid Vicious gave him on the upper thigh became dangerously infected. The Sex Pistols used to lose a lot of roadies that way.

This gag saw several iterations before we settled on this one. We tossed the caption back and forth for a few days and eventually came up with one that we loved, but our editors said was too racy for newspapers. We knew that was going to happen, but we tried to squeeze it past them anyway. Wayno posted on his blog the sketch of the one we wanted that didn’t get published. Go here to see the original caption (at the bottom of his post.) But only if you’re not upset by adult content.

That’s the rundown for this week, Jazz Pickles. Thanks for reading this far. Below are some important links to Wayno’s various social media sites and some stuff I want you to know about, too!

Wayno: Weekly blogTwitterInstagramWaynoVision

Piraro: My coloring bookMy tip jarMy storeSigned, numbered, limited edition prints and original cartoon artMy Instagram My Twitter

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50 thoughts on “Savings

  1. Is there more of your painting to the left, or do you always offset your canvas on the easel? (Being a parrot owner I like it so far).

    • There’s more that I’m not showing. I’ll show the entire thing eventually. The pics so far represent the right third of the painting.

  2. Is that flying car from Back To The Future… or a memory of living in Oklahoma’s Tornado Alley?

    And speaking of cars, is that an Avanti in today’s illustration? And a 60’s-era Fiat? And, in the upper left, is that Mater from “Cars?”

    Beautiful work, Dan! As always!

  3. Great start to the new collaboration. Can hardly tell the difference. Were you and Wayneo separated at birth? :D Enjoy your semi-retirement, Dan! You deserve it.

  4. I love your selection of automobiles in the salvation yard. I can easily imagine you in a “Deux Chevaux,” but please save the Avanti for me.

  5. I enjoyed your cartoon and comment. I have always enjoyed off the wall things. Keep up the good work!🖌🖍✏️🔈🃏

  6. ≈ Shoveling animal dung at the circus is a job with a future. You could meet up with a stable genius who’s producing the horse manure.

  7. A great first week for this new phase of collaboration. Of course, I miss Dan’s great artwork, but I think I will grow to like Wayno’s style as well. I love puns, and yet I think we need variety. Too many simple puns in a week, such as Pug Rock and Muesli on the Bounty, dilute my enjoyment. I love the rejected version of the Piñata cartoon. I would enjoy seeing other rejects and alternative ideas as part of your weekly blog. Some of them might work as products for your online sales, too.

  8. Congrats on your semi-retirement, Dan! The fine art looks killer! Btw, I noticed that the left headlight on the Avanti almost looks like it could be a secret symbol; a sorta-weird Happy Face? Got me wondering if it’s just a serendipity or intentional…..

    Keep on truckin’, Brother!

  9. Muesli on the Bounty: Actually, porridge and dried fruit would seem to be far more practical shipboard fare than bacon and eggs! I mean, I suppose they could bring chickens on board, but I wonder what those chickens would be looking like like after a few generations….

  10. Hi Dan – You didn’t mention my sasquatch on Noahs Ark idea -Lol – on your weekly letter – I would still love to send you ideas -even though I don’t draw anymore, maybe I can send a couple to Wayno? at this same address/

    • Yes, you can still send ideas and I’ll pass them on to Wayno. So sorry I didn’t mention your input on the Sasquatch/Ark idea. I try to always give a shout out to readers who suggest an idea that leads to a published cartoon. My sincere apologies, Gene!

  11. Michael Roth had posted one of your drawings on Facebook in his comment section and it is totally awesome!! I love it. I’m very happy for you that you are getting to follow your dreams and passion! I love the fact that in the 1-9-18 comic Wayno put 4 Secret Symbols in!! It’s fantastic!!
    Take care and best wishes to you and your beloved Olive Oyl!!

  12. Thank you so so much for years upon years of entertaining artwork. You may have tickled my funny bone more times than any other human on the planet. Please continue this blog as you have time.

    Wayno appears to have your daily strip in capable hands. I give him props on how he hid the dynamite in the first strip. I seriously thought for a moment that the 2 was a mistake.

  13. Great to have Wayno aboard and glad we’ll still get to see you on the weekends. Excited for your fine art pieces… great start so far. Wish I had a talent to do in my retirement… I am just sending my wife back to work. :-) Actually she is going on her own back teaching those little rug rats we want to grow up to lead us in the future. They are in good hands with her.
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  14. Along the lines of the auto salvation cartoon, my mind always goes to the same place when I drive past a bottle redemption place.

  15. It has been nearly two months now that one, or more of the advertisements on your website have been trying to install a fake Flash update. Again today one popped up after just a few seconds of viewing the current cartoon. I pity the people who’ve infected themselves as a result of wanting a bit of humor.

    • Sorry to hear of this. I’m not tech-savvy enough to know anything about such things but I do know that the ads come from a different company that has contracted with King Features to run ads on their sites. I’ll send your complaint to the folks at KF who run this site for me and let them know there may be a problem. Thanks.

  16. Hello Dan, do you do the Mr Invisible comics? I love the one where he comes in and his bed is all messy and he says “Oh no my invisible lover is cheating on me with my imaginary friend” Do you have a poster of that one? Or could I get a copy? (I cut it out of the paper but seem to have lost it :))

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