Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Buzz

Here's my latest gag for Dan Piraro's comic, Bizarro

It's an extra kick to see it as a Sunday page.

It seems that people have been doing this bee-beard thing since the early 1800s. It doesn't require any talent other than the ability to stand very still without passing out from fear. I figure that someone should have changed it up a bit after 200 years, and it leads to an absurd and amusing visual. That's really all there is to the joke.

My original was conceived as a magazine cartoon, in a squarish format, which Dan didn't change all that much, other than streamlining the punchline and adding some lovely background detail.

All of our previous collaborations are viewable by searching this blog for the Bizarro label.

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NEWS FLASH: Last night, Dan Piraro was named Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society, and received the prestigious Reuben Award.

Congratulations to the very talented Mister Piraro on this well-deserved honor!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Quiet, Please!

Here's my latest gag for Dan Piraro's great daily comic panel Bizarro:

Without taking sides, it's a bit of commentary on the competing noise pollution we're often forced to endure. 

In the spirit of fairness, however, I do believe that infants should come equipped with an "airplane mode" setting, and that it should be enforced.

For comparison, here's the idea as submitted:

All of our previous collaborations are viewable by searching the blog for the Bizarro label.

By the way, Mister P has been nominated for 2010 Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society. The winner will be announced at the end of the month. Best of luck, Dan!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Room for Cream

At the risk of wearing out my welcome on the comics page, here's another of my Bizarro gags:

I'd forgotten about this one, and had to do some searching to find the original submission.

This joke was inspired by frustration, anger and caffeine withdrawal. A couple of months back, I attended a conference at a hotel/convention center. I intended to start my day with an espresso or three, and was astounded to note that every little diner, coffee shop and concession stand sported a sign saying that they "proudly" serve Starbucks coffee.

After covering several blocks, I finally found an independent shop without the ubiquitous green rubber-stamp logo. As I sipped my drink, I scrawled this nearly-illegible sketch and photographed it with my phone:

The t-shirt in the sketch says "I begrudgingly drink Starbucks coffee." "Reluctantly" works just fine, too.

A funny gag can overcome weak art, but I think I pushed the limits with this submission. As always, Dan Piraro's finished comic is a true work of art.

Stay tuned for a couple more in the near future...

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Unsafe at any Speed

For the third time this week, here's a Bizarro cartoon written by yours truly:

There's not a lot to say about my submission. I wouldn't even call it a sketch. It's more like an item on a to-do list. I wasn't trying to compose a scene, but rather to jot down an idea so I would't forget it later, and dashing off the two figures was quicker than if I'd written a verbal description of the scene.

Dan's addition of the word "Dude" makes it funnier. I've used it to humorous effect myself in an earlier comic.

At the moment, there are a couple more Piraro/Wayno collaborations in the pipeline, so keep checking the funny pages.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Inside the Box

Two days in a row? I'm afraid so! Here's the latest Piraro/Wayno comic, appearing in papers around the world.

I know that some of my jokes can be a little obscure or require the reader to think, but sometimes you've got to run with an old-fashioned poo gag:

What with cable TV cannibalizing itself left and right (how many shows about over-bred families can there really be?), I imagined MTV's washed-up franchise being picked up by the pet network. Coming from Fluffy, the comment is no more convincing than when uttered by any number of rappers or starlets on the original series.

As usual, Dan Piraro turned what was practically a stick-figure drawing into comic gold.

The original sketch

Our previous collaborations can be viewed in my blog archive.

If you enjoy Bizarro, I recommend spending 99 cents on the official iPhone app.

I usually know in advance when my work will appear in Bizarro, but I was surprised yesterday and today. Who knows what will happen tomorrow. A trifecta?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Not Literally a Sandwich

Once again Dan Piraro has transformed a scribbled scraps of paper into a comic masterpiece.

Here's my original submission, complete with correction tape:

This version had the punchline delivered by Whopper Junior.

Mr. Piraro liked the wordplay, but said "I've never seen or heard of Whopper Jr. I'd like to use a more readily recognizable character, maybe Burger King, even though he's not literally a sandwich." The King works very well in the final art, particularly with that creepy leer frozen on his mug.

Dan made several other design choices that resulted in a superior composition. Having McCheese hold the photo in his left hand allowed for a clear view of his mayoral sash, and draping it from his right shoulder makes it easy to read.

We have several more collaborative comics coming up, and you can find my previous Bizarro contributions here.