Dan's finished art expands on my submission sketch, and adds several fun bits of detail.
For readers who are too young, or culturally lacking, to catch the reference, the magazine title Them alludes to a 1954 movie of the same name, about giant man-eating atomic ants.
Although I drew the sketch, submitted it as my own, and pocketed the writer's fee, the gag originated in the fevered brain of my friend Jesse Schell. Jesse is a frighteningly talented guy who does too many things to list here. Go check out his website and be amazed.
Like most cartoonists, I hate when someone tells me they have a great idea for a cartoon, as it almost always turns out to be awful. I'm too conflict-averse to be honest about it, so I usually pretend to pass out, playing possum until they go away. Jesse, however, is very patient, and when my insistent bladder forced me to get up off the floor, he blurted out this gag idea (which I loved) as I ran to the men's room.
Almost exactly a year ago, another idea from Mr. Schell appeared in Bizarro. Jesse, I owe you a beer, buddy!
And, speaking of the wonderful Mr. Piraro, he and I had a rare chance to hang out last month when he was here in Pittsburgh for the National Cartoonists Society's annual Reuben Awards Weekend. Here's a rare photo of several members of the Bizarro Collective from the formal shindig:
|"Dangerous" Dan McConnell, Dan Piraro, Jim Horwitz (JimHo), and Wayno|
modeling a selection of official NCS neckwear.
That's Danny boy, cutting a rug with the lovely lady Klamelda, as the Chalk Outlines besmirch a stage that is rumored to have hosted the likes of Duke Ellington's band back in the Jazz Age.
As always, you are encouraged to peruse my earlier collaborations with Bizarro's creator Dan Piraro, in this blog's Bizarro Archive.