It’s been several months since I posted a bad cartoon idea, so how about another one?
Yesterday I came up with an idea while hopped up on coffee. I sketched it out and it seemed funny at the time. But when the caffeine wore off, I wasn’t so sure about it. It suddenly seemed cheesy and, well, lame. So I left the sketchpad on the desk and figured I’d look at it a few hours later with a fresh eye.
At one point, my wife came upon the sketch (we share a desk in the office) and told me she didn’t like it.
“It’s kind of obvious humor,” she said. “Also, it seems like that joke’s been done before.”
Crap. That's not what I wanted to hear.
I went and looked at the sketch again. I didn't laugh. (Well, I kind of chuckled at Cookie Monster's line.) The bottom line was my wife was right: the idea just wasn't very good.
Here’s the sketch. Even though I'm scrapping this idea, I might use Cookie Monster’s line in another cartoon.
Out of curiosity, I Googled “Elmo’s Thong." Plenty of people have used this joke, including another cartoonist.
A friend of mine, Mike Witmer, is the creator of a hilarious strip called Pinkerton. It features four main characters—Tucker (a rabbit), Buckley (a fox), Steve (a guinea pig) and Martin (a moose)—who live in a national park called Pinkerton Park.
I’ve been following Pinkerton since it first began almost exactly four years ago. Today is strip #600 – quite a milestone. Go read Pinkerton and have a good laugh.