Saturday, May 30, 2020

Reaper Madness

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for yet another weekly cartoon review. For those of you who are counting, this was my 126th week as Bizarro's daily cartoonist. I still love the job, and look forward to doing it every day.
We kicked off the week with another unintentionally timely gag. At the time this was written, the term "social distancing" was just around the corner. If professional sports teams have to remain inactive, I predict a big comeback for electric football.
Tuesday's panel is the first time I've drawn a desert island gag from this angle. I've done many in the past with the classic layout of a tiny island with one or two palm trees in the center of the drawing, but I needed more space for this one.
Dave Blazek, Dave Whamond, Wayno, Mark Parisi
During a recent video chat among single-panel cartoonists, we discussed longstanding cartoon tropes, such as people stranded on an island, the Grim Reaper, a psychiatrist's office, etc. We decided that there's always another gag to be found using familiar props, characters, and settings, even if it's a struggle to locate it.

Speaking of stock characters, here's one with a pair of Grim Reapers. I was happy with my drawing of the moldy cheese in this one.

Corporate Communications at its finest. During the pandemic, they'd probably make a mass announcement over Zoom with a wacky background image.

Laura Numeroff's popular children's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, was first published in 1985, and it spawned more than a dozen sequels and related books. By now, that mouse is certainly old enough to have a drink.

Friday's cartoon is dedicated to all artists who've lost money by exhibiting in galleries. I write from personal experience.
Don't forget to visit Dan Piraro's blog, and see what he's cooked up for the latest Bizarro Sunday page.
Bonus Rerun Cartoon
Tuesday would have been Miles Davis's 94th birthday. Here at Bizarro Studios North, we celebrated by posting a gag we ran eight years ago, and spent the workday with Davis's Complete Jack Johnson Sessions as our inspirational soundtrack.

Bonus Track 


  1. Weight Watchers did just use Zoom to announce mass layoffs.

  2. Thanks for the bonus track. I haven't heard Miles Davis in some time. I have 5 of his CDs but they're in a box somewhere, lol. Love your work. Kevin