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.
Want to see a sketch of a cartoon idea that was induced by a mind-altering substance? Read on!
One day a few weeks back, I was really tired. I was so exhausted that I resorted to drinking some 5-Hour Energy. (I try to use that stuff sparingly because it kind of scares me. It’s rocket fuel. I’m pretty sure one of the ingredients is paint thinner.)
As usual, after about three sips of 5-Hour Energy I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to run around the block five times. And a few seconds later, a cartoon idea popped in my head. It seemed pretty funny, so I immediately I grabbed a piece of paper and sketched it out.
I drew this sketch in roughly 14 seconds. Even though it’s shaky and rough, I like the look of the cat. In the final version, he didn’t change much.
I should note this cat is based on my 21-pound cat, Simon. I’m pretty sure he drinks 5-Hour Lethargy.