This is a simple gag but it still makes me smile. I’ve been obsessed all my life with cowboys and the Old West. I don’t collect rifles or spurs or anything, I just love drawing cowboys, watching old cowboy movies (or new ones if they’re done well), and reading a bit about the history of it. I’d kill to be in a western movie or TV series where I get to dress up like a cowboy, ride a horse, say cowboy stuff like, “I reckon.” Man, that would be heaven. I’d be good at it, too. Having been raised in Oklahoma, I can do several completely believable cowboy accents. (more…)
If you don’t get this gag, it is doubtless because you’ve never heard of Swedish Fish, an ancient and pretty famous candy. Wisely, though they look like little red fish, the manufacturer decided to make them taste like something else. Nobody knows exactly what, though. As my known associate, Wayno of Pittsburgh (whose idea this gag was) says on his blog today, they taste “red.” He has more to say about this collaboration here.(more…)
Welcome to the 31th installment of Bizarro’s Sunday Punnies, the cartoons which come from puns donated by readers. This week, we congratulate Jazz Pickles Bradley Ward, T. Filice, and Alex. There are no words for the pride they feel today. (more…)
This cartoon is a lampoon of the beloved, cheap ‘n’ cheezy Japanese sci-fi films of bygone days, as well as a comment on our modern attention span. Some of you may remember such eminent feature films as “King Kong vs. Godzilla,““Godzilla vs. Mothra,“and“King Kong Saves Godzilla’s Life With CPR.“ Today’s sequel to these brilliant cinemagraphical feats was the brainchild of my cartoon colleague and good buddy, Jim Horwitz, whom we in the industry fondly refer to as “Jimmy Ho.” JimHo does a web cartoon called “Watson,” which I’ve mentioned on this blog before. As the newspaper industry shrinks and fewer cartoon features are being signed to syndication contracts all of the time, Jim is part of the new wave of cartoonists whose work only appears on the web. Let’s call them “New Artists.” I don’t know why, but let’s do. (more…)
Does this cartoon imply that if you send your dog to an Ivy League school that his pick-up technique will be more sophisticated than humping a leg? Yes, it does. If this is in your dog’s future, get him one of these.
In keeping with my habit of including an old cartoon each day in my blog, here’s one from ’06 that got some terrific hate mail. I can’t find it now (of course!) but the woman was angry with me because, according to her, plenty of people abuse and neglect their children and “we” shouldn’t be giving them more ideas with cartoons like mine. Really? Really? I told her that if someone was irrational enough to give up their children for a dog, the kids were better off anyway, and that the reason I wrote this cartoon was because of all of the idiots who drop their family dog off at the city shelter because they are afraid it would hurt the baby. This happens a lot, I’m sorry to say.
Here’s something interesting and strange that has never happened to me before. I got a comment this morning from Alex Wild, a photographer who does a lot of super-close-up images of insects. Apparently, and unbeknownst to me, he took the photo of the fly that I used to create the fly drawing in my title panel (the green thing in this post.) He objected to my using this image without permission and I fully understand his concern, however, I don’t think mine is close enough to his to warrant concern. Yes, I used his image as reference to create my fly sketch, but I think mine is loose enough to be considered a translation rather than a copy. He feels otherwise, and that’s understandable. (more…)
This is a fairly soft gag about the lifespan of common houseflies but I used it as a Sunday panel so I could really get into drawing the bugs. I’m a big fan of insects, which don’t scare me or creep me out unless I suspect them of being dangerous. Outside of that, I think they’re the coolest things on earth. Also worth noting in this cartoon is the maggot-covered Bizarro Bunny on the wall poster––also really fun to draw. (more…)
Part of the reason I like to explain my gags a bit on this blog is because my readership is international. Since many of my gags come from English idioms or wordplay, it is common even for a person who is fluent in English but has never lived in the U.S., Canada, or Britain to have no idea what I’m referring to. Additionally, I don’t know how widely a given idiom is used. This cartoon is a twist on the expression, “as the crow flies,” which refers to how far away something is if you could go straight there rather than taking available roads. “It’s only a mile as the crow flies but you have to go five miles around that gated community of frightened white people to get there.”(more…)
Over the weekend, Klamelda and I went to a big fundraiser here in LA sponsored by the Derby Dolls: a women’s roller derby league. It was held in several large warehouse spaces and the parking lots of said buildings. They had circus performers and various other sideshow kinds of things, as well as an exhibition match between two derby teams. It was a blast. (more…)
Here’s a dandy collaboration between my known associate, Wayno of Pittsburgh. To understand this gag, you must be familiar with 1950s sci-fi movies about the effects of radiation. One of them was called “Them” and it was terrifying if you’re afraid of large, mechanical ants. (more…)