Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mike Lynch Cartoon in July 16, 2008 WSJ

"I can't hear you. Try texting me!"

My cartoon in today's Wall Street Journal is a Rapunzel joke. I like the Rapunzel idea as gag fodder. I've done a number of Rapunzel cartoons, even using Rapunzel as a cartoon class exercise. I'm not the only cartoonist who ever got excited about Rapunzel.

Back when we lived in Brooklyn, when I would take the subway to the Conde Nast building for the New Yorker's cartoon look day (every Tuesday), I would hang out in the waiting room, chatting with some other New Yorker cartoonists. Everyone was waiting for their turn to go in and sit down with cartoon editor Bob Mankoff. The New Yorker is the last place where cartoonists show up in person once a week to pitch their cartoons in person, one on one, with an editor. We talked about look day on Monday.

Back to my little story. I don't know how it came up. I must have had a Rapunzel cartoon submission that day; part of my usual batch of 10-12 cartoons. So, I'm talking about how Rapunzel can be endless fodder for gags. Rapunzel can say all sorts of things.

"I can't hear you. Try texting me!"

"Sorry, mister -- you want Rapunzel. Two towers over."

And so on.

The one and only Gahan Wilson happened to be listening in. This is easy to do since the waiting room is dinky. I was saying that maybe next week, I was going to bring in all Rapunzel gag cartoons and drive Bob nuts. Gahan thought this to be a wonderful idea! He added that Rapunzel cartoons are easy to draw; just a guy, a girl and a tower. Easy! He said he would do all Rapunzel gag cartoons next week if all of the assembled cartoonists (who were now all listening to Gahan) would do it too. This became a topic for maybe 5-10 minutes, with Gahan repeating the ease of drawing all of the cartoons and all of the variations for gag potential. Another plus: it was a form of cartoony civil disobedience!

Well, of course cartoonists do not get organized and it didn't happen. A darn shame.

THINGS I WOULD CHANGE: The cartoon is drawn in with an all-too wispy pen. The guy's expression down below is lost, and Rapunzel's mouth and phone are lost in her hair. For some reason, the redraw of the above panel, drawn in bolder line, did not see print.

I don't like to criticize cartoonists, but this Mike Lynch Cartoon could have been better!

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