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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Googlemeister Is In

I have been just a teensy bit obsessed with Billy DeBeck's great newspaper strip, Barney Google, lately - not so much the later Snuffy Smith-centred material, more the Early Funny Ones. Here's my one attempt to do a Billy DeBeck style, at which I think I totally failed.

The problem is that DeBeck was such a good artist - his cartooning decisions were 100% conscious and deliberate, based on a rock-solid underlying drawing ability (this is a guy who started out forging Charles Dana Gibson drawings for a living!). So his fluidity is really hard to imitate if you have a more awkward, laboured relationship with the pen and brush.

Here's an example of the real deal.

More Barney Google in print - that's what I want for Christmas.


  1. Well, I thought that both of you had some fun ink lines to linger over.

    Yes: more DeBeck for Christmas!

  2. Ideally, in a book designed by Roger Langridge!

  3. I would love to take on something like that, if only so I could actually read some of the strips I've never seen. Have to invent a 36-hour day first, though.

  4. I picked up the 75th anniversary Barney Google book the other day, and he is incredible. His drawing style is always a flurry of hatch work that coheres perfectly. I don't know if you have a copy of that book but it's one of the few scraps that fans can gnaw at until they put out full reprints.


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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.