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March 24, 2004

MAKE YOUR OWN CARTOON

Filed under: How the World Really Works — Dave Pollard @ 09:47
I always wanted to be able to draw political cartoons, but I never had the artistic talent. Today, though, I discovered David Rees, who writes a great, smart comic strip called Get Your War On, for Rolling Stone, using exclusively public domain clip-art (example at right). So having already mastered PowerPoint Art, I knew I was ready.

So here is the first, last and only edition of my clip-art comic strip, Worf.

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Worf
More on the above stories (no, I didn’t make any of them up):
1. Genocide in Sudan
2. Al’ Jazeerah goes to Jail
3. Colombian atrocities against civilians
4. Courtney Love’s breast
5. Rush Limbaugh’s civil rights

Whew! Do I ever have renewed respect for cartoonists now. This is hard, even if you don’t have to worry about the artwork.

Now it’s your turn. Yes, you can be a serious comic art student, too! To make it even easier, I’ve even cut and pasted some clip-art for you. All you have to do is provide the captions. Just copy the jpg below (DIYCartoon.jpg) to your graphics software, type in the captions, and post to your blog. Or just post your suggested dialogue as a comment to this post. Doonsbury look out.
DIY Cartoon

7 Comments

  1. This is probably one of the best uses for Powerpoint I have seen. Maybe I’ll do one of Bill Gates not responding to his customers, but conning them out of billions of $$$$$’sOr George Bush’s campaign gear sold in the US, but made in Burma, a country he has banned from importing into the US.

    Comment by Curtis Seyfried — March 24, 2004 @ 12:06

  2. Posted! – albeit not political :)

    Comment by kara — March 24, 2004 @ 16:35

  3. Curtis: Great ideas, I’ll check back to see when you’ve got it up.Kara: Personal is good too. I invite readers to go check out Kara’s post, and her great Haiku and pictures of space too.

    Comment by Dave Pollard — March 24, 2004 @ 17:37

  4. I don’t grok “graphics software,” as such, but I faked it a little.

    Comment by mscandide — March 24, 2004 @ 23:14

  5. Comic blogging. comblog?

    Comment by Camilo — March 25, 2004 @ 09:52

  6. Camilo: Sure beats ‘clogging’ ;-) I’ve received quite a bit of e-mail on this post. I think it’s the blank spaces in the bottom comic — just *begging* to be filled in.

    Comment by Dave Pollard — March 25, 2004 @ 14:12

  7. I like keeping the “toons” as part of the name. I use “Utoons” on my site as the name for my cartoons. I’d go for something like “BlogToons”

    Comment by Dan Youra — April 22, 2004 @ 17:52

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