As I've noted before, Dan pulls out all the stops on his Sunday panels. Just check out this Dan McConnell Sunday gag.
My submission sketch was laid out for the "portrait" orientation of a daily panel.
In a ploy to make the gag more appealing to Dan, I intentionally drew the animals in a static, posed arrangement, rather than depicting them onstage. He's mentioned to me in the past (and I know from firsthand experience) what a pain it can be to draw cartoon musical instruments. especially guitars. I guess his enjoyment in drawing hippos, rhinos, elephants and whales won out, resulting in a spectacular cartoon image. You can almost hear the ultra-low frequency riffs coming from the steel-reinforced stage.
As always, every one of our joint efforts is viewable in the Bizarro Archive. Have fun browsing, and don't bang your head.
•••Speaking of cartoons and music, exactly three weeks from today, my musical group, The Chalk Outlines, will perform at the closing party for the National Cartoonists Society's 67th annual Reuben Awards Weekend.
Our drummer, cartoonist Dave Klug, describes the band as "alt R&B," which is as good a description as any. We'd originally planned this group as a one-off, just for the NCS party, but we're having so much fun, we're going to keep it going, and are planning additional local gigs over the coming months.
The NCS has never held their big blowout in Pittsburgh before, so the local cartoonists are all abuzz. Several Pittsburghers are nominated for Divisional Awards this year: Mark Brewer, George Schill, Michael McParlane, Vince Dorse, Pat Lewis and John Manders, along with yours truly. It's going to be worth the conference fee of admission to see this gang wearing tuxedos.
|The Chalk Outlines|
B.G. Mozart, Wayno, Dave Klug, Hank Lawhead, Jeff Stringer
Photo © Jill McGlothlin, 2013