Wednesday, December 22, 2010 4:41 PM
Ever wonder what Yoda might look like if taken out of the hands of George Lucas and given to Dr. Seuss to mold? Well, Seattle-based cartoonist Adam Watson did just that and produced a series of illustrations combining the two, often strange worlds. Some of the cartoons even have Star Wars scenes retold in a Seussian voice, like this nugget of wisdom from Yoda in Seuss-land:
“This body is old,
but it’s all that I’ve got.
When 900 you reach,
look so good you will not!”
Once you see it, it’s pretty clear that Yoda and Dr. Seuss are tuned to the same frequency. Right?
See more images at Adam Watson's blog.
Images courtesy of Adam Watson.
Thursday, February 25, 2010 3:16 PM
The always-controversial cartoonist, reporter, and author Ted Rall wants to go back to Afghanistan. After covering the U.S. invasion in 2001 for the Village Voice and KFI Radio, Rall wrote the books To Afghanistan and Back and Silk Road to Ruin. Now, Rall wants to return to Afghanistan to cover the voices of the Afghan people in a style he compares to Joe Sacco’s cartoon-reporting. This time, he wants his readers, rather than major media outlets, to pay it.
To fund his trip, Rall started a Kickstarter project, asking fans help cover his expenses with contributions of $10 or more. In a podcast interview with Kickstarter board member Andy Baio, Rall talks about why independent projects like his so necessary. Most reporters in Afghanistan, according to Rall, “have too much money, and they get parachuted into a place that they don’t know anything about. But also, they’re idiots.”
Friday, September 25, 2009 12:45 PM
Move over Sesame Street. Clever skits that target older generations (remember Sesame Street’s Bruce Springsteen parody, “Born to Add”?) have been replaced by the hyper pre-teen SpongeBob SquarePants.
Though it's hard for many adults to feel comfortable with such tinsel flashing before our youngsters’ eyes, James Parker, writing for the very mature Atlantic magazine, embraces that change. Parker offers up a philosophical view of SpongeBob, dissecting the “postmodern place” that is Bikini Bottom (SpongeBob’s home), and explaining why kids love—and should love—the golden sponge:
As a cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants absorbed the advances made by John Kricfalusi’s The Ren and Stimpy Show—the mood swings, the fugue-like interludes, the surreal plasticity of the characters—but without the earlier show’s edge of psychic antagonism […] But where Ren and Stimpy seemed bent on freaking out the more fragile (or stoned) sectors of its audience, the SquarePants writers are interested in stories, even in lessons. Again and again, a kind of innocence triumphs—over fear, over snobbery, and over skepticism.
If your eyes hurt at sight of SpongeBob’s manic grin, try reading this story and consider Parker’s plea: “Embrace him, drained adult. Where you see his little yellow flag, salute it; it’s a sign of life.”
For more, watch Parker analyze a few scenes from the show in the video below:
Source: The Atlantic
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Friday, May 29, 2009 11:40 AM
I was delighted to discover the cartoons of the artist known simply as Lunchbreath. His twisted infographics borrow from the visual vernacular of flow charts, bar graphs, how-to diagrams, and cross sections but inject a subversive and often hilarious viewpoint. Scroll down to see several of my recent favorites, and visit his Flickr photostream for more.
All images courtesy of Lunchbreath.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 4:10 PM
In a clever example of life imitating art, one Flickr group gathers images in which people photographically re-create "The Far Side" cartoons. The results are often accurate, detailed, and humorous.
Image courtesy of Kevin Steinhardt, licensed under Creative Commons.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 9:28 AM
Patrick House, a recent winner of the New Yorker’s cartoon captioning contest, shares the secrets of his success in Slate. His approaches range from the academic (employing the “theory of mind”) to the pragmatic (lobbying friends and colleagues to vote for his entry online). But it’s most important, House argues, to always keep in mind the urbane brand of (non-)humor the magazine’s cartoons specialize in—a comic sensibility that always elicits a light chuckle, never a hearty guffaw. “You are not trying to submit the funniest caption,” he reminds us, “you are trying to win The New Yorker's caption contest.” As for me, I’ve always preferred this all-purpose caption.
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