“Rhymes with Orange” Needs Your Vote!

If you live in Cleveland, Ohio, “Rhymes with Orange” needs your help!

Hilary Price’s wonderful strip is in jeopardy with The Cleveland Plain Dealer. It appears the paper is considering dropping “Rhymes with Orange” for another strip.

In the spirit of this evening’s debate, let me put it this way… I know “Rhymes with Orange.” “Rhymes with Orange” is a friend of mine. And you, other strip, are no “Rhymes with Orange.”

So, Cleveland, if you do rock, as “The Drew Carey Show” theme suggests, please vote for “Rhymes with Orange!”

Here’s how from Hilary Price herself:

For Folks with Friends, Family and Associates in Ohio

If you know someone in Ohio, there’s a chance that someone will know a Clevelander, and it’s a Clevelander that we need…

The Lowdown:

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is doing a two-week phone-in survey between Rhymes with Orange and The Meaning of Lila.

The poll began Sept. 27 and runs through Monday, October 11th.

The Meaning of Lila is taking Rhymes with Orange’s slot in the paper for a two week test-run during this survey. People from the Cleveland area are being asked to phone in their preference.

HERE’S WHERE IT GETS UGLY– ALL FOUR of the people working on the Lila strip are from the Cleveland area. The poll is between just the two strips, not all the strips on the page. That means that lots of folks who know the creators will be calling in.

So if, and ONLY IF, you live in the Cleveland area:

Call this number to vote for RWO: 216-999-4733.

I do not have the number to vote for the other strip, but it is available on the Plain Dealer comics page.

If you are NOT lucky enough to reside in the Cleveland area:

Help out by alerting your friends/family/associates in Ohio of this lousy poll. There’s a good chance they’ll know folks in Cleveland.

Again, the deadline for voting is Oct. 11, 2004.

Thanks all!!

BTW, tune in Monday to Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio for Hilary’s answers!

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Naked Cartoons

Occasionally, when I’m feeling frisky, I like to let my cartoons run around in their all-together. I know what you’re thinking, it’s immoral, unsanitary and just plain weird, but sometimes you just have to let it all hang out and go captionless!

Some of my favorite cartoons, and some of the hardest for me to write, are cartoons where there aren’t any captions. Lately though my brain seems to be relatively fertile with them and I thought I’d share some of them with you.

I was really pleased with how this cartoon turned out:

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I wrote this one on a rare morning where the cartoon floodgates opened and about a dozen decent ideas poured out. For some reason the phrase “10 gallon hat” popped into my head and this popped back out. (8/5/11 Edit – Can you believe those old gas prices?!)

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The above cartoon had been sitting in my pile of cartoons to be drawn for about two weeks in a different form, but I was never really happy with it. I’d actually sat down to start the sketch when a much better way (at least I think so) just sort of came to me.

I was looking for cartoon ideas in the paper and ran across the standard “fish eating a fish being eaten by a larger fish” illustration next to an article. It seemed sort of a lazy way to make their point so I thought I’d see if the ol’ noggin and I couldn’t come up with something new and this cartoon presented itself:

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This cartoon took a long time to get right:

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I was working on Valentine’s Day material and trying to come up with as many different permutations on the “arrow in the heart” idea as possible. Hopefully it’s not too obtuse, but if it is, that’s OK too. Sometimes I just draw ’em for me.

Well, that’s about it. Hopefully this entry didn’t smack too much of self-promotion, but I thought it was an interesting recent trend in my work. I hope you liked the cartoons, because now that I’ve called attention to my captionlessness (call Webster’s, we got a new one!) they’re almost certain to completely dry up.