Thursday, December 08, 2011

No Funny Stuff!

Today's adorable Bizarro features the world's most maddeningly-recognizable character getting a small measure of comeuppance.
This gag has undergone a few changes since I first sketched it. My initial version showed the mugger accosting a clown.

That wasn't bad, but it didn't really deliver a satisfying laugh, either. I then thought of substituting the line "don't try anything cute" and showing a ridiculously cloying character being robbed. This turned out a little better, but still wasn't quite there.

For the "cute" sketch, I flopped the composition, placing the victim on the right, so the reader would encounter it after reading the line of text. This idea of placing the payoff at stage right is a rule of thumb I picked up from Dan Piraro, which has been discussed here before.

After we both stewed on the idea, Dan finally thought of using Hello Kitty, the absolute epitome of excessive cuteness. That breakthrough was just what the gag needed. It was an obvious choice, but it took a year before it occurred to either of us.

I'm particularly happy with the coloring on this one, especially the shadows on HK's head.

At some point in the distant past, I drew a comic showing Albert Einstein being kidnapped by two gangsters, with one of them saying "Dis guy knows too much." I've been unable to locate that old sketch, so you'll have to use your imagination.

Our next collaborative cartoon will appear on Saturday, December 10. After that, my name won't appear in Bizarro until the start of my weeklong stint as guest cartoonist, which begins on Monday, December 26.

3 comments:

HemlockMan said...

I have to agree that the finished toon is the best of the lot. Adding the Hello Kitty figure was the best possible direction. A genuinely funny joke that will hang with anyone reading it even 200 years from now when Hello Kitty is (hopefully) long forgotten.

Mare Earley said...

i agree with hemlockMan...except for Hello Kitty being long forgotten. It won't happen if Japan continues to be a country 200 years from now.

Kirk Shelton said...

I was fully expecting the punchline for the Einstein gag to be "don't try anything smart" predictable? Maybe.