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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8 thoughts on “Chris Browne – Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio”

  1. Chris Browne's CITIZEN KANE would be worth it to watch Spongbob burn in the last shot of the movie! (I'm sorry — too many children, too much Nickelodeon all ready this holiday season.) — Curmudgeonly Mike

  2. I was reading today's RAISING DUNCAN strip on UComics. com and they announced that the last original strip will be this week end and that the series is going into "reruns".

    While I will enjoy reading the strip from the begining, I still will miss Duncan, Bramley, Adelle and Big Daddy new adventures.

    I guess it's because I have a "German Duncan" in the furry form of a miniture schnauzer named Katie and a schnoodle named Dempsey, that I identify so much with the strip.

    When my other schnauzer Greta passed over the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago,I discovered this wonderful strip. It helped ease the pain as Duncan's observations were so on target.

    I also heard that MacDuff, Mr. Browne's Scottie has recently gone over the bridge. I want to tell him that he isn't alone in missing a loving friend.

    I want to thank him for the great strip and hope that new adventures of Duncan and crew will be along soon.

    Thank you Mr. Browne, and God Bless you and Duncan.

    PS. In case y'all were wondering what a schnoodle is,it's a cross between a miniture sachnauzer and miniature poodle.

  3. Thank you for sharing Duncan with me. I am owned by a Scottish Terror named Tassles. He is the grandchild that I haven't got. Yet! He has healed many broken hearts and is a comic, a pain but mostly a loveable little doggie person. I was sorry to hear about McDuff but some day you will find that special, "special friend" again.
    Barbara and Tassles

  4. I also read that Raising Duncan will be in reruns. Please don't tell me there won't be any new ones!!! I love the strip and will miss the characters greatly.

  5. We also were shocked to hear that RAISING DUNCAN was not to be continued. It won't be the same without seeing Duncan's adventures each day.

    I noticed a post from Chris Browne about MacDuff, the real life Duncan, passing away. Chris said McDuff died on January 6th but did not say what year. Does anyone know what year his Beloved MacDuff passed. We can't begin to express our sorrow for Chris Adelle.

  6. Just saw that Raising Duncan has ended! I sure will miss it! We are a family much like Adelle, Big Daddy and Duncan…we have a little black schnauzerboy that holds our hearts! We wish Chris and Adelle all the best – and will be looking out for those children's books!! Surely there will be a little black dog in them? HUGS!!!!!

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