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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I don't really know what this is. Sometimes an idea will get in your head and you just have to get it out. Sporks have always been funny to me. The word itself is humorous. Spork. Spork,spork, spork. Here are some fantasy sporks:
...and here's the Wikipedia page for 43 Man Squamish.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Today I stumbled across this clip from an old G.I. Joe cartoon:
and was amused by it's odd criticism of paper currency, and the economic themes present, especially for a children's program. Now G.I. Joe was certainly a jingoistic/militaristic show in Reagan's decade of the 80's, but I never really considered the themes explored to be out of the ordinary until I stumbled across this article that looks at several weird plots by Cobra (the Joe's main bad guys):
a technique based on planting ideas and concepts in the brains of viewers in order to make them seem normal and easily accepted when they actually happen
The idea is that Predictive Programming has been inserted into television, movies and music videos, sometimes decades in advance, to prepare we, the people, for the ultimate results of the Illuminati's dire plots. Here is another article concerning predictive programming, and YouTube is littered with video examples from all sorts of sources.
For example, during the Pro Wrestling boom of the 1980s Hulk Hogan and the 'Macho Man' Randy Savage united as a tag-team named the Mega Powers. For a high profile match they were set to battle an evil tag-team comprised of The Big Boss Man and Hakeem the African Dream. The name of that tag team? The Twin Towers. Now in fine wrestling tradition lots of interviews were given by the Mega Powers about how they were going to 'bring down' the Twin Towers, how the Towers would be 'demolished,' and how the Twin Towers team had committed a 'terrorist attack' on Savage and his lovely associate Miss Elizabeth. Even stranger, Hogan and Savage would later join another wrestling stable, this time in the 1990s, called the New World Order. The term 'New World Order' is a favorite of conspiracy theorists and researchers. It is used frequently in 9-11 conspiracy theories concerning that event being carried out, not by Islamic terrorists, but by Illuminized elites. Here's a video hitting the high points:
I will admit it's weird when it's all put together like that, but the context of history can make all sorts connections and coincidences into seeming conspiracies especially when you go looking for them. I'm a big fan of conspiracy theories, and I find them a window into an alternate reality (a Wonderland, if you will) that can make you wonder what the hell is really going on.
Do I believe that the Illuminati conspired to destroy the WTC and announced it via the WWF in the mid 80s or that G.I. Joe was predicting hordes of mind controlled celebrities? Not really, but it's entertaining to take a trip down the rabbit hole and visit Wonderland once in a while. And it'll probably have me looking at my favorite TV shows from a different perspective for a few weeks.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Did a quick exercise today just for fun, and drew Fletcher Hanks' Stardust the Super Wizard. I drew him as quickly as I could, then inked with a brush pen. I played with some halftone screens and newsprint textures to try to get a retro/vintage look. I threw this all together in a little over an hour and a half. I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out, except that Stardust's head is WAY too big. If you aren't familiar with the immortal Stardust the Super Wizard, look HERE and HERE and HERE.
Posted by Bruce Otter at 4:37 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I'm a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was recently reading a Charlie Brown collection while my wife was watching the show, and the connection of two bald kids with the weight of the world on their shoulders clicked in my head. I drew this little mashup immediately. Apolgies to Charles Schulz
I thought of doing Linus as Sokka, and my daughter suggested Snoopy as Appa, which would mean Woodstock as Momo I suppose, but I never got that far. I'd watch this show, if someone ever made it.
Update: Apparently I'm not the first person to have this notion. Dragonstar10 at Deviant Art beat me to the punch by 4 whole years.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Here's a fake comic cover for a fictional series called Brain Teaser Comics. The 'brain teaser' image popped into my head, and I decided to take it a step further with some color and a fake trade dress for the Otter Disaster Comics Group...Who knows, maybe someday it'll be a real thing! (Click image for full size.)
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Twitter friend and fellow Major Spoilers contributor @larrykingundead (aka Earthman Prime at Deviant Art) and I are creating some Quanto Comics. What are Quanto Comics, you ask? Its an exercise where artists exchange comic titles and create a one-page comic using the provided title. Quanto Comics are described on page 57 of Scott McCloud's Making Comics.
Yesterday I provided the title, 'The Taming of the Glue' to Larry and here is his comic:
Today Larry provided me with the title, 'Lars: Bringer of War'. Here is my comic:
This was a fun exercise and I hope we can make it a regular thing.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Here's the trailer for The Change-Up starring Jason 'Silver Spoons' Bateman and Ryan 'Waiting' Reynolds:
Apparently this is the go-to concept when the well runs dry for a Hollywood screenwriter.
Did I miss any?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I've been using Bitstrips.com to make comics since March of 2008, and really enjoy the tools available there. I've used Bitstrips to produce 24 Hour Comics in 2008, 2009 and 2010. I also use Bitstrips to produce Major Spoilers Adventures each week for my friends over at Major Spoilers.
I love the tools at Bitstrips, but find certain limitations with the art frustrating. The character builder is really great, but still leads to a fairly homogeneous style. There are just some things, art-wise (objects or situations) that are more difficult to do in Bitstrips than they'd be to just draw them in pen and ink.
With all that in mind I've come to the realization, in the last year or so, that I really want to do my own comic art, and am working on developing a cartooning style that I like. I've tried developing some characters for a couple of specific concepts, but don't feel I'm consistent (or fast) enough yet to kick off a regular strip. Still I want to get myself working on a regular cartoon project to get in the habit of drawing daily and having a deadline so I'll be forced to produce.
Since I want to focus on the art aspect I decided to assist myself with concepts from the always amusing Discordian Quotes. My process is simple: I'll find a quote from the site that conjures an amusing image in my head, and then draw it. That quote will often be the caption for the gag, and the cartoon is done. I discovered the cartoon can sometimes be made much funnier if I find a different quote that still applies to the situation in the comic and use that quote instead. This setup allows me to explore lots of different situations, and experiment with art styles and character types, screens, light and shadow, and maybe even color.
Each episode of Discordian Quote Comix will be a single panel gag where something horrible (and hopefully funny) is about to happen, is happening, or has happened. In the spirit of the Principia Discordia, the great holy book of Discordianism, I'm releasing the strips under the same copyleft as the Principia:
"Ⓚ All Rites Reversed - reprint what you like"
Seems like the right thing to do given the sources of my inspiration.
As of this writing I have 11 strips done. Artistically they seem to be heavily influenced by Gary Larson's The Far Side, and otherwise seem to come from some pretty dark and profane places in me, but I'm having a ball making them so I got that going for me...which in nice.
Watch this space every Wednesday morning starting June 1 for Discordian Quote Comix!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Read a quote from Lovecraft the other day and it inspired this strip:
Thursday, January 27, 2011
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