Jon Stewart on “Sit Down Comedy”

I know I’ve discussed this with other cartoonists before, but I don’t think I could say it better than Jon Stewart did recently on TV Land’s “Sit Down Comedy”:

Humor is by its very essence incredibly subjective and not seen as something that is in any way… It’s not like singing and painting… Singing and painting is magic.

Somebody can paint a beautiful picture; people can look at that and think ‘that’s magic. I don’t know how to do that.’

Singing, when people sing beautifully, you know. You can hear your own voice.

Everyone thinks they’re funny.

So, for a comedian, no one thinks that what we’re doing is anything, they just think we’re f**king lucky.

He goes on a minute later…

It’s a very interesting… because it’s so accessible to peoples’ own… everyone can be funny, or knows that they’re funny. It’s a very accessible form, so in terms of any artistic merit, it ranks between, let’s say, mime and stripping.

(Watch it here…)

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Cartoon Career Cruising

So after having the photographer out yesterday from, I thought I’d dig into their site a bit and see if cartooning was indeed the right job for me.

I answered somewhere between 75 and 100 questions and (drum roll please) …


Yep! It works! Pretty well, really. I’d say it nailed me fairly quickly.

Here are the factors that apparently mattered the most:


After reading through the job description, earnings and working condition portions of the site, I’d say they have good realistic info on cartooning as a career as well.

Boy, this stuff’s come a long way from when I was in high school.

I remember filling in little dots and having them calculated some weeks later into a list of careers that might suit me. Tops on that list? Dancer and garbage man.

Andertoons 2.0 – Topic Pulldown

OK, another small thing here, but I really like it.

The topic pulldown menu in the upper right of the header has changed slightly with topics being grouped under topic headings.

Here it is in Firefox:


And in Safari:


I love Firefox, and recently switched back to it to utilize a webmaster toolbar, but, man, you gotta love how stuff looks in Safari.

Anyway, like I said, a small thing, but I think it’ll help organize what was becoming a very long list. Enjoy!

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