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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Twit Walks Among You

I got the dates wrong last time. Young Boris appears in Time Out this week, not last week. Readers are requested to make the necessary adjustments. (Update: It seems to have made the front page of the Media Guardian. Good lord.)

That witty and talented gent, Mister Chris Duffy, at Nick Mag asked me to do some comics for him this week. It looks like I can just about squeeze it in before the Muppets kick off . It's my interpretation of a TV show I've never seen or heard of called Back at the Barnyard -- currently wading through tons of reference and watching online video clips to get myself up to speed (Warning: that link has enought Flash junk at the other end of it to give my computer a small hernia). It'll be eight pages of cartoon goodness when it's done. The boy bovines all have udders in this crazy mixed-up world, apparently -- that, or four willies. Which I rather think would alter the entire character of the show.

Just for kicks, and because I don't have any other visual embellishments prepared this week as such, here's some old Nick Mag stuff for you to ogle. This is from a Spongebob Squarepants story I worked on in which Spongebob is reimagined in the styles of various old-time cartoonists. I remember thinking at the time that I'd been typecast...



27 comments:

  1. These are wonderful, Roger. You are a master, sir!

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  2. Typecast, or a great choice because you can do it so well? I'm a firm believer in the latter!

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  3. Krab Nebula!

    These are all so good! The variations/adaptations of Sponge Bob are superb

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  4. Thanks, folks. Being able to say I've drawn Spongebob is great currency with my daughter's school friends. I'm somehow elevated in their eyes from being a bum to being a lucky bum. Or something.

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  5. Roger - as ever, exquisite in idea, elaboration and execution. You are envied.

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  6. Ooh, lovely. Still, you were always a master mimic, as well as being a formidable cartoonist in your own right...

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  7. This is one of my favorite things I have ever seen. EVER! I especially love the Winsor McCay style.

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  8. Oh man I love these strips! I remember seeing these in the nick mag a few years back and was the reason I brought the mag at the time!!

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  9. Thanks! Hey Mr Puddy, I didn't know you could get Nick Mag in New Zealand. You sure as shit can't get it in London...

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  10. formidable!




    (I did something similar and different -simultaneously- some time ago!)

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  11. These are nothing short of brilliant! Well done! I especially like your Nemo and Krazy Kat takes.

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  12. Hilarious! Please continue with these. I'll bet that (no disrespect intended) Sparky is rolling over in his bouillabaisse about now...

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  13. Wow, that's awesome. Loved the Krazy Kat parody.

    I wonder how many SpongeBob fans will recognize some of them. The Peanuts and maybe the Garfield one is pretty obvious, although not many would probably know Steve Canyon and Krazy Kat.

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  14. Hi, Roger!
    I wanted to share with your blog-o-philes that these fine strips were written by Sherm Cohen, a cartoonist who was working on the SpongeBob show at the time. He was pleased as punch with Roger's job (well, of course. He's man of refined taste) and so was Sponge-creator Steve Hillenburg.

    And yes, Roger, we were typecasting you--as a bloody genius! (Yank says "bloody"--room falls silent.)

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  15. Though not as silent as when a cartoonist says "five year old girls".

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  16. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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  17. Nice Blog!!!!!
    Hi, Roger... i think that ur the master og the blog. Can u help me write the blog. i want to also learn this art. plz.... help me

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  18. Its quirky humor, colorful characters, and crazy plot lines make it irresistible.SpongeBob squarepants TV Show is a very popular show. It's hard to avoid this show, even if you're an adult, or a teen. This show also cheers you up very easily. You may like it, or you may not believe that you're watching something like this, but either way, it will somehow get to you.

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  19. can you please tell me what spongebob comic book you did these for, i would extremely appreciate it

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  20. It appeared in a Nickelodeon Magazine special - Nick Mag Presents, Spring 2003 issue.

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  21. Wonderful post Roger. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist responsible for The Muppet Show Comic Book, Thor the Mighty Avenger, Snarked! and Fred the Clown. Would like to save the world through comics.