|This hue just did not convey navy blue.|
|The ham-fisted attempt to convey the idea behind the Clown Car cartoon.|
As he churns out more and more cartoons for this series, Bobby has adjusted his style in such a way to accommodate some of the busier designs I send his way. Perhaps the greatest example of this was the very demanding Richard Scary cartoon. Every element of the original concept sketch but one, the lower half of the composition, appears in the final work. Due to space constraints he was forced to jettison the flat tires on the Apple Car as well as lowly worm’s trademark hat laying on the pavement. Not vitally important elements to be sure, and in the end his blocking of an incredibly busy arrangement of characters and ancillary aspects, not the least of which is the Crime Scene tape, makes that cartoon one of his most outstanding creations to date and a personal favorite.
|My original concept art for the woolly mammoth cartoon.|
|A sneak preview of one of the new cartoons mentioned above.|
The Blakey Gawk is one of my favorite aspects of You Are Here as it turns any given character in the scene into an instant straight man. While I realize that such an expression of shock or dismay is likely one of the more universal tools at the disposal of cartoonists, the way in which it can sell my jokes makes it nothing short of remarkable. From exasperated game show contestants to surprised aliens to even Muppets, the Blakey Gawk has helped convey all a variety of reactions to the absurd notions presented in these cartoons. And from this moment forward you too will refer to this expression as the Blakey Gawk. It will certainly occur often in the future unless this article has made the intrepid artist self-conscious about that aspect of his work. Even still, there is at least one example of the gawk in an as yet unpublished cartoon. Below is a sneak peek at that cartoon that does not give away the joke, just its Blakey Gawk!
From the outset of You Are Here I have had a variety of ideas suggested to me by Mrs. JediCole and others that have not been introduced into the series. The reason for this is simply because I wanted to maintain a kind of creative ownership of the cartoon, to be its sole writer. This has resulted in some really funny concepts going the way of my 20 year old ones, falling into unknown obscurity. Since Bobby helped rescue my old ideas from such a fate I have determined to launch a new recurring series that will showcase the art and/or writing of other creators. Look for the first cartoon of the new series to accompany You Are Here #26 next Sunday!