I’m pretty sure that’s how the description went in the gag for this strip. I can’t actually prove it, because in those days, Jerry sent gags to me via fax. Hard to believe we spent the years 4 through 15 with gags being sent as faxes. We’ve since moved into the modern world and use email.
Jerry sends gags to me as little scripts. A brief, not-usually-very-detailed description of the scene, and the dialogue. The panels are numbered. Most of the time, it leaves me some leeway as to the setting, the peripheral action, scene blocking. If it’s really critical for a bit of stage action or direction, he’ll indicate that for the panel. Then it’s just a matter of who says what.
It’s a great system. I’m not too roped into the details of how he sees it, which gives me room to play around with the characters. The nice thing is that he says most of the time, the finished strips look just like he imagined them.
I guess knowing someone for about forty years pays off.
This particular strip, though, was his Halloween “trick” to me. And an early one—we produce the strips several weeks ahead of publication. I wasn’t in the trick-or-treat mood yet. Continue reading →
BBXX: Baby Blues Decades 1 & 2 has received several great reviews online. There’s one in particular, by Augie De Blieck Jr. at ComicBookResources.com. Thanks for the great review! (Scroll down about midway in the page for the review)
Amazon reviews have been great, too—21 5-stars and one 4-star (where did we go wrong?).
BBXX includes what we consider to be the best strips of the first 20 years. Add to that the special sections with sketches, commentary, inside info on how we work, photos and short essays, and you have a great gift for any fan of Baby Blues, cartoons or that aspiring cartoonist in your life. It all comes in a beautiful hardbound volume suitable for any coffee table (unless you’ve got teething babies around).
I wish I had a nickname like Mr. Media (Bob Andelman), although in my case it would probably be something like Mr. Big Nose.
If you like watching other people draw—I know I sure do—or like to see a little of the inside workings of a comic strip, you might enjoy this podcast. This was a strange marriage of hi-tech and very lo-tech. The interview was conducted on my iPad, propped up by a Peanuts book, all sitting on a music stand to get a decent angle. It fell over two or three times, but Bob edited all but one. While drawing, the iPad was attached to my drawing board lamp with a bullgdog clip.
Get your signed Baby Blues books here—Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Arrowhead, 7685 W Bell Rd Peoria, AZ 85382.
Yesterday, I signed a dozen Baby Blues books in their stock, including four BBXX books. I also drew a character or two or three (depending on the book) in each one. Get ‘em while you can! You might want to call first, to make sure they have the one you want.
For those of you who get the strip in the newspaper, your newspaper may or may not carry the title panel to our Sunday strips. In recent years, the Sunday comics have been reduced in size so much, to save paper, that most have eliminated the title panel. If you only view the strip online, chances are you never see the title panel.
It’s a panel on the left, usually with our logo and a drawing. The drawing will relate to something in the main part of the strip gag. The title panel may relate to the main gag directly or indirectly—or in this case, the relationship may be obscure. A cartoonist friend of mine once said he really liked trying to figure out the obscure ones. He’ll have his work cut out for him this time.
Since not everyone gets to see the title panel, I’m posting it here for all to see at once. Continue reading →