Chris Browne – Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio

Well you’re in for a treat this week! Not only do we have a wonderful guest, Chris Browne of Hagar the Horrible and Raising Duncan, but, thanks to Chris, we also have our blog’s first art contributions!


Let’s get right to it shall we?

1) If you were to cast a movie entirely with cartoon characters, what movie would it be and who would star in it?

Funny you should ask… a sideways answer to #1 is, there are plans afoot to make a Hagar live action movie. If asked, I would cast Danny Devito as Hagar, Bette Midler or Katy Segal as Helga, Paul Reubens as Lucky Eddie, Hillary Duff as Honi and myself as Dirty Dirk.

But I know that wasn’t you question, so let’s see… Citizen Kane, with Daddy Warbucks in the lead, Betty Boop as his mistress, Huckleberry Hound in the Joseph Cotten part and Spongebob Squarepants as the Sled.

2) You’re a syndicate editor launching a new comic strip. What’s the worst possible title you can think of?

I happen to believe I had the worst title for a comic strip when I did “Chris Browne’s Comic Strip” ten years ago. I thought that was real clever until it went down in flames with my name all over it. Another title that must be avoided is “Vomittin’ Vinnie”. There has never been a widely successful comic strip with the word Vomit in the title.

3) A light bulb over a cartoon’s head signifies an idea, while a string of random characters denotes swearing. Invent a new cartooning icon and what it means.

How about a smoking brick, denoting the existential dilemma of modern man’s quest for a raison d’etre and his search for a benevolent deity in a silent and hostile universe? Or something like that.


Wow! Not only our first art, but our very first Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio art!

Thanks so much, Chris, for the great answers and the great art!

Be sure to read both Hagar the Horrible and Raising Duncan, and watch out for smoking bricks!

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