Well, Christmas is coming, and as my gift to this blog’s readers (both of you!) I’ve decided to put myself in the Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio hot seat!
1) If you were to cast a movie entirely with cartoon characters, what movie would it be and who would star in it?
A Christmas Story cast as follows:
Ralphie – Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory (The accent might be a problem, but he’s already got the glasses.)
Randy – Calvin (I’d love to see him show “how the piggies eat!”)
Mrs. Parker (Mom) – Wilma Flintstone (Normally I’m a Betty guy, but Wilma just works here.)
Mr. Parker (Dad) – Yosemite Sam (As if there’s any other choice for non-sensical swearing.)
Flick – Bill the Cat (He costs more if you need to use the tongue, but it’s worth it.)
Schwartz – The Yellow Kid (Imagine a snow suit on him and you’ll see I’m right.)
Scott Farkus – Lucy Van Pelt (OK, the gender’s all wrong, but I stand by my pick.)
Grover Dill – Pointy-haired Boss (The perfect toady!)
Bumpus Hounds – Snoopy, Astro, Farley, Howard Huge, Marmaduke, Satchel, Santa’s Little Helper, Odie, Fred Bassett, Sandy, Pluto, Dogbert, Huckleberry Hound, Underdog, Dyno-Mutt, Scooby-Doo, and Steiner’s “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” dog
2) You’re a syndicate editor launching a new comic strip. What’s the worst possible title you can think of?
“Mighty Morphin Annie”
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.
A green cupcake over the character’s head signaling schadenfreude. If the green cupcake also has sprinkles, then it’s heralding St. Patrick’s Day upcoming arrival as well.
Well, you can’t say I didn’t try, because obviously I did! It’s all right there! Plenty of me trying!
See you all next Monday for a new ITCS! Enjoy the rest of this week’s blogs and have a happy holiday!
1 thought on “Mark Anderson – Inside the Cartoonist’s Studio”
Funny, funny stuff. Great that you got the Steiner dog in there — and that he's slumming as one of the Bumpas' hounds! "For this, I went to doggy-Juilliard?" Oh — please note that it's "Scut Farkas." I'm a Jean Shepherd fan and that's the spelling used in the story "Scut Farkas and the Murderous Mariah," in Shepherd's WANDA HICKEY'S NIGHT OF GOLDEN MEMORIES AND OTHER DISASTERS collection. Yeah, it's spelled a couple of different ways in the movies and PBS TV shows, but you gotta trust the source. One of the best Shep sites in the cyber either is at http://www.flicklives.com. A CHRISTMAS STORY is just the tip of the iceberg!
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