Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daily Cartoonist Articles and A Brilliant Comic Strip Cartooning Process

Last Friday, Alan Gardner posted on his professional cartooning news blog, The Daily Cartoonist, an article titled "Video: Mike Cope drawing on Strathmore Bristol Board." Since then, I've received some very kind feedback from fellow cartoonists regarding my Sweet Valentine cartoon's inking demonstration that can be watched via YouTube.

My sincere thanks to all of my cartooning friends and colleagues for their online comments and emails. A special thanks also goes out to Anne Hambrock for mentioning my video on the behind the scenes blog belonging to her husband's, John Hambrock, syndicated comic strip, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee.

As Anne mentions, a recent critique by MAD Magazine cartoonist, Tom Richmond, regarding the quality of Strathmore Board inspired a very informative discussion on the Daily Cartoonist revolving around the tools of our trade -- from brands of drawing inks and paper to dip pen nibs. If you're an aspiring cartoonist, you'll not only love reading about that stuff, but you're also sure to enjoy reading Anne's detailed post about John Hambrock's cartooning process for Edison Lee ...

John Hambrock's Cartooning Process for Edison Lee
John Hambrock's Cartooning Process for Edison Lee Comic Strips.

Back in October, I had the honour of meeting John and Anne (along with their son) at Ohio State University's 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art. The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee is distributed by King Features Syndicate and was nominated for the "Best Comic Strip" division award at the 2009 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards. Reading the strip, it doesn't take too long to find evidence supporting the hypothesis that when you mix John's wonderful writing and drawings with Anne's beautiful colour work, the results are a brilliant comic strip!

Book Cover: The Edison Files (First Comic Strip Collection)
Book Cover: The Edison Files (First Comic Strip Collection).

While you're visiting, be sure to check out The Edison Store where you can find the first collection for the strip. I was lucky enough to come home from Ohio with a signed copy and can vouch on the coolness of this book. And if you're a cartoonist considering self-publishing, be sure to check out John's articles on how the Hambrocks designed and published the entire book on their own.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

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