Archive for ‘April, 2015’
Cartoonists are a strange and twisted lot. I include myself in this statement. When I go to the MoCCA Fest in New York and walk into that space filled with nerds, dorks, wizards, freaks and geeks, I feel right at home. The cartoonist’s obsession, seeing the joke in everything, leads to his viewing the world in a different way — sometimes to his detriment. He will view every situation and ask, “How can this situation go completely wrong?” or “What would be the most unexpected thing right now?” or “What small thing can we add to turn this whole situation on its head?” Mind you, he isn’t always conscious that he is doing this. It becomes a habit, one that can lead to goofiness, mild anxiety, and even paranoia.
If cartoonists are strange then Gahan Wilson is stranger. Gahan Wilson’s cartoon art is dripping with the paranoid and the macabre. Viewing his work is like walking into a dark fun house. His art is raw and energetic, his strokes are unsettling. Take a look at the art I have presented here and you will see what I mean.
You may recognize the image above from one of my cartoons, where I pay tribute to Mr. Wilson!
Today’s featured artist is a man of mystery. I scoured the internet to find out more information about this man. I must have spent two whole hours looking — which is like 6 days in internet time! All I could find on him is this:
Ariel Molvig has only just started at The New Yorker, having published his first cartoon in the magazine in 2005. Before that, he worked as a carpenter, roofer, solicitor, waiter, cashier, futon maker, and actor/model in Japan. He now lives in Pennsylvania.
Regardless of his mysterious background and suspicious lack of blog and magazine interviews, he is a really funny guy. His art is straight forward, highly graphic (pictorial not bloody), and reads quickly. His jokes hit you almost right away.
I’d bet he’s really good at pictionary.
When I see his gags I hear a voice in the back of my mind that says, “It’s the funny, stupid.”
It sounds so easy, and yet I rarely think my cartoons are funny enough. Oh well…
Look at all the funny cartoons below!