Monday, March 18, 2013

Cartoon Experiment

I guess the lifeblood of any business is, as they say, new business. And in a field where the flow of cartoons through the pages of newspapers, comics magazines and the internet is akin to a torrent of water passing through a sieve, it is important to constantly keep ahead of the game; to produce more ideas and never stem the flow of your creative juices.

Of course this is always easier said that done, especially when you find yourself on a cold, uninspiring morning with the rain beating down relentlessly outside as you sit with your cup of tea or coffee and a blank piece of paper with nothing springing to mind.

 'But this is what you do, if you are a creative person,' you tell yourself. You know that your mind has always been this way and that something will come to you; it may not be that diamond mine of an idea that'll make you the billion you richly deserve, but at least it will be something worth showing around my contacts.

So you pull a blank piece of paper out of the pack and start doodling...

At least that's how I do it.

But a while back I was looking for a new idea to send out to the editors of children's comics; something different to what I normally do, yet still maintain the signature 'action packed and lively style' that I've become known for.

Like I said, normally I would sit in a quiet area and scribble away until something new came out from the blinding whiteness of my paper, accompanied, hopefully, by the singing of angels to let me know that this idea was packed to the gunnel's with potential.

But this time was different. For a start I wasn't in a quiet room and scribbling, I was on the sofa chatting with Karen, and it was she who came up with the idea of an Alien that came out from under a child's bed and helped him cause calamity for those around them---especially his bullying brother, Hektor

And I'm not afraid to admit it, the idea struck me as one worth pursuing: kids love fantasy, they love slapstick action and the fascination with creatures--- especially magical ones--- from another planet was just a dream combination.

So I sat down with a sketch pad and the characters just came flooding from my pen, fully formed and needing no alteration.  Normally I have to fiddle with a new characters design at least a little bit until I'm happy with it, but every character I drew for this strip came flowing, unhindered from the end of my pencil.

That was a good omen, right? I sure as hell hoped it was!

And if that wasn't enough, the first story wrote itself too! I've never had this before. Normally I write a script out, play with it and hone it, sculpt it and mould it into exactly what I want, yet here I was, creating characters without seemingly thinking about it and writing a script as though my hand was being guided by another.

To say I was a little freaked out would be to understate my feeling by quite a considerable margin.

But I sat there for a while, looking at what I'd created and the short time that it had taken to do so. What could I say, this was completely alien to my normal creative pattern;  I'm normally quite quick with ideas, and character creation has never really caused me any problems, but this? This was something different.

After a while a spark came into my mind. Do you know what? I thought to myself 'just because its different, doesn't make it wrong, so why don't you just do it and see where it goes, y'know, go with the flow, stop trying to analyze it. Just accept it for what it is'.

Now I'm not here to say that I sent it out and a huge check came flying back with hundreds of little noughts on the end, and in truth its already been rejected once, but just as an experiment into the theory of 'the gut reaction', I'm letting you know about this little episode in my creative life and I will keep you updated as to its progress.

Below are the first three pages.

Enjoy my friends

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Thank you


  1. Muy creativos tus personajes y qué fuerza que le imprimes a todas las acciones que realizan. Me gustaron y de ahí partirás a aventuras al infinito elevado a la potencia más grande que se pueda uno imaginar. Te deseo muchos éxitos, y sé que dentro de ti están los que aun no vemos. ¡Excelencia en cada trazo que te sale de todo tu ser¡. Soy tu más fiel seguidor.

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  3. Muchas gracias por sus amables palabras, Galgo, es maravilloso saber de ti y estoy tan contenta de que les guste mi trabajo. Estoy encantado de tenerle como un gran fan y espero que seguro que volveré a ver y escuchar acerca de mis planes.

    Gracias una vez más


  4. Thank you very much, Anonymous, starting a blog can seem like a daunting think to do but with blogger you really need no knowledge of coding or CMS or anything; I didn't. Once you sign up its all there for you, they even have an introductory video to help you get started.

    For everything else there are fantastic forums and youtube tutorials on how to do everything from setting up your favourites column to the more involved social media link tabs.

    If you have any questions just email me via the 'contact me' tab at the top and I'll do my best to help.

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  5. Wow! All that came from out of the blue! I like the Mom character, getting ever redder and more monster-like as she gets ever angrier. I hope it gets taken up, it deserves a wide audience! Any thoughts on an origin for Ebee?

  6. Thanks very much...honest, it was weird the way it just happened that way. No one can ever tell if what they've written, illustrated, composed or created will go to the top, so all I could do was put it out there.

    I've given Ebee some thought and believe him to come from a series of three inhabited planets revolving around each other. And he, like all good space travellers, have found a few good worm holes in space, the one he found, which hadn't been used for a long time, had since been built around and a child's bed inadvertently placed on top.

    That's pretty much as far as I got with it, but its simple existence means that Marty can go the other way with Ebee and carve out a lot more fun and adventures that way.

    I hope it does find an audience and soon, it would be great if this odd situation had a happy ending



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