Finish Him!

Mike Lynch has a really fun post over at this blog where he discusses a cartoon class he’s teaching and, aw heck, I’ll let him explain it…

As you may or may not know, I teach cartooning. recently, I’ve been teaching some junior high and high school kids in Milton, NH. Last week, the cartoon class was given five comic strips. The first 3 panels are drawn (see below), but the last one needs to be completed.

In addition to his students, Mike also asked anyone who wanted to to send one in.

Here’s the one I picked to finish:


I won’t give mine away, but I hear Mike’s gonna post all the stuff he’s been getting soon.

How much fun is this?!

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Learn the Lynch Way

Hey, good cartooning pal Mike Lynch is offering to let you in on his wealth of cartoony knowledge!

Via Andertalk:

I’ll be teaching cartoon classes in the Southern New Hampshire area (Farmington/Milton/Middleton/New Durham) for 6 Wednesday nights from 7 to 8:30pm beginning February 13.


Professional cartoonist, Mike Lynch, will show you how to turn your ideas into a cartoon.

Through individualized instruction, we will target drawing challenges, and look at how you

tell a story through the single magazine panel cartoon. The classes are designed for the

individual, intermediate or advanced cartoonists. The course will finish with each

participant creating his or her own comic feature, including characters and story line.

Were I you, New Hampshire cartoonist-in-waiting, I’d sign up now!

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W L Evans Advantages in Cartoon and Caricature Work – 1913


Another recent ebay find is this booklet from the W.L Evans School of Cartooning.

I’m just discovering the Evans correspondence course, and I was surprised how many great cartoonists got started this way – Gould, Ketcham, Segar…  Wow!

I’ve found lessons one and two online, but I haven’t seen this.  It looks to be what they’d send you when you mailed away for information; sort of their sales pitch.

There’s some great stuff in here:

"There are more comic pictures being published today than ever before.  Every periodical, every newspaper – even the small country weekly has pictures in it.  Every merchant, every manufacturer needs pictures for his advertisements – and it’s the comical ones that make the biggest hit."

Those were the days…

"A cartoonist is a power.  His audience is the boundless public.  He is talked about.  His work is admired in society.  He meets the most prominent people, and becomes personally acquainted with them."

I never knew I was powerful!

"Now what trade or profession can you learn so quickly and at such small expense?  Do you know any machinists? or plumbers? or telegraphers? or carpenters? or dressmakers? or any one working at a trade?  If you do, ask him or her how ling it took to learn their trade.  Three or four years.. What are their salaries today? is it less than $30.00 a week? $30.00 a week is about the lowest salary the practical cartoonist gets.  It’s not the maximum.."


Anyway, it’s a great read and there’s some wonderful cartoon examples!

Go check it out at Flickr!

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Online Cartoon Auction to benefit ‘Cartoons for the Classroom’

Got a note from Clay Bennett, one of my favorite editorial cartoonists, the other day.

Check this out:

From May 10-20, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) will be holding an online auction of cartoons by some of America’s premier political cartoonists. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the ‘Cartoons for the
Classroom’ program.

Currently used by thousands of educators worldwide, ‘Cartoons for the Classroom’ provides a biweekly lesson plan that employs editorial cartoons as a tool for instruction in history, civics, current events, and critical thinking. Offered at no cost, the program has proved to be an entertaining and valuable resource to students of all ages and teachers in a variety of subjects. The success of ‘Cartoons for the Classroom’ is a testament to both the versatility of the program and the enduring popularity of editorial cartoons.

The AAEC hopes to keep this program available for some time to come. With that goal in mind, the association is raising operating funds by auctioning off cartoons from 30 of America’s most acclaimed editorial cartoonists (16 Pulitzer Prize winners included). The bidding won’t begin until Thursday, May 10, but the cartoons are available for a sneak preview at Some of the items being auctioned are original drawings, others are signed prints, but every single cartoon in the collection is the creation of one of finest political cartoonists working today.

The list of participants reads like a who’s who in editorial cartooning: Nick Anderson, Tony Auth, Rex Babin, Clay Bennett, Steve Breen, Jeff Danziger, Matt Davies, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Kevin Kallaugher, Mike Keefe, Steve Kelley, Dick Locher, Mike Luckovich, Jimmy Margulies, Jim Morin, Jack Ohman, Joel Pett, Bruce Plante, Ted Rall, Michael Ramirez, Rob Rogers, Steve Sack, Ben Sargent, John Sherffius, Ed Stein, Ann Telnaes, Mike Thompson, Tom Toles, and Signe Wilkinson.

The gavel will bring this auction to a close at 7:00 PM, Sunday, May 20, so don’t miss your chance to bid on your favorite cartoon. Not only will you be supporting a terrific program, but you’ll also be collecting a unique example of editorial cartooning at its very best.

There’s a ton of cool stuff, and my wife is a educator, so this is a win/win/win/win! (I don’t know about the last two ‘wins,’ but let’s just agree that I’m excited.)

I’m going to bid as we speak… You go too!

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Preschool Debriefing

I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to draw some cartoons for my son’s preschool class. Well, I did it, and it went even better than I’d hoped.

I started by saying “you know how Mom or Dad go to work every day? They might go to an office, or a factory, or wherever… Well, you know what my job is? I stay home all day and draw funny pictures. I have the best job in the whole wide world.”

Then I asked them if they wanted me to draw a dog or a cat. “DOG!” they all yelled.

DoggieI drew two little dots to start the eyes and then an idea hit me…

“Is it a dog yet?” I asked. “NO!” they yelled.

Then the larger circle for the nose. “How about now? Is that a dog now?”

Again a raucous “NO!” Someone called out “That’s a nose!”

It went on like this for a good while until the dog was all done.

Then we did a cat, the Easter bunny, a fish and a shark.

With the shark I kept erasing parts of his face to make him do different things: look scary, smile, eat fish food, and go to sleep after his big meal. (A nearby turtle looked understandably relieved.)

The thing that honestly really surprised me was that I hadn’t really planned anything. I was told it’d be five minutes at the most, and twenty minutes of weirdly spontaneous inspiration later (teacher approved, I might add), I finally wrapped it up to a unison “thank you, Mr. Anderson!”

Henry just beamed the entire time.

At one point he was so excited he stood up in the middle of his indian-seat-styled classmates and started to take a step toward me, realized it, and then sat down again.

I tell you, there’s nothing more satisfying than living up to your children’s expectations.

(BTW, click the dog graphic and you can grab a copy of the coloring page I handed out. If anyone wants to color it and send it back I’ll post them all later.)