It's been an exciting week at Bizarro Studios North. We harvested our first batch of asparagus beans from the miniature garden on the deck, and found them to be delicious.
Also, we learned that the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Awards will be presented as a virtual event on Saturday, September 12. The annual gathering was originally scheduled to take place in Kansas City in June, but it of course had to be cancelled.
I'm excited to have been nominated for this year's award for newspaper panels, along with my friends and colleagues Dave Blazek and Mark Parisi. Both Dave and Mark are killer cartoonists, and it's an honor to be nominated with them. Had the weekend taken place as scheduled, you'd be seeing multiple gag photos of the three of us.
While we await the voting results, we all continue our daily work of making more cartoons. Here's the latest output from BSN.
An old-school diving helmet just might the ultimate accessory for self-isolation.
My drawing process often includes researching reference photos. For this one, I figured I could go to the record shelf and look at XTC's Black Sea album cover.
I was certain that a couple of the band members were holding helmets in the cover photo, and was shocked to see that the helmets were mostly out of frame. I'd also forgotten that elements of the backdrop cleverly spelled out the band's name.
Although I had to do a web search for a photo of a diving helmet, I enjoyed revisiting a great album by a favorite band.
When the next offspring appears, the firm will expand into cockroach extermination. Familiar folk tales often inspire cartoonists, and we've referred to this one in the past, both as Bizarro and WaynoVision panels.
This was the most popular gag of the week, and the second one with nautical elements. I considered running it on Friday, where I usually slot the strongest panel in the batch.
Incidentally, the Grater Antilles are at the same latitude as the Breadcrumb Islands.
The patient works as a three-ring crime scene investigator.
The sheet is but a transitory vessel.
We ended the week with a pair of pretentious flame snobs. Now I recall that I moved the grater gag to Wednesday so we wouldn't have consecutive puns as captions.
Thanks, as always, for reading the comic, and for your emails and comments. It's gratifying to know that some readers also follow the blog.
Speaking of blogs, Dan Piraro's weekly post is always worth reading, and showcases his latest gorgeous Bizarro Sunday page.
XTC released this seafaring number as a single in March of 1980, a few months before the Black Sea LP.