I would think finding three guys who would actually get along inside a tub would be really hard. Add my obviously dark-skewing humor, and thus we have a new rhyme about two men in a tub.
Liked this one…just the thought of several hundred pounds of hair crushing the Prince cracked me up, and I think I got the drawing right, too. (I would also like to point out this was like six years before “Tangled” came out, so I’m sure that some Disney guy saw this and was inspired by it. So if you liked this film….you’re welcome.)
It’s funny looking back at these comics…the previous one was about Edgar Allan Poe, this one about William Shakespeare. No wonder I came up with the idea of “Writer’s Block” later on, the basic premise of which is Poe and Shakespeare as mis-matched roommates, and wackiness ensues. I still love the concept…just not the time involved in creating something I know 9 people would actually like.
I mentioned with the Dwarves and the Poe-Clown one how much I liked the drawing in them. This one…not so much. I think the concept is funny, and I always love playing with Shakespearean language, but man, I don’t like the execution here. It’s like a first sketch that shouldn’t have been used…there are funnier and better ways to lay this out, and I obviously didn’t want to take the time to draw anyone else in the stands, which is just lazy. If you’re going to choose a baseball game to portray, then step up to the plate, cartoonist! (I did get to use the word “wastrel,” so there’s that.)
Ahhh, Edgar Allan Poe. One of my favorite authors, and later, one of the stars of another comic that lived very, VERY briefly called “Writer’s Block.” By the time I’d gotten to “Writer’s Block,” I had re-designed and utterly stylized my caricature of Poe to something pretty unique and that I love to draw today from time to time. (He makes several “Inktober” appearances usually.) But this particular “BookSmarts” is his first appearance. The idea of a sullen and melancholy Poe trying a career as a kids’ party clown pretty much writes itself, and I’ve always liked the various kids fleeing in terror. It’s fun to add dimension to your comics, and having the kid in the lower left running off screen towards the viewer really shows some depth. Plus, the black balloon Raven cracks me up.
Now and then, as all artists can attest, you create something that was pretty much exactly how you saw it in your head. It’s rare, but a nice thing when you sit back and say “Yep…that’s how I saw it.” This was one of those. Got the camera angle right, the positions of the dwarves, and the headstones tell the joke. Always been proud of this one.