Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Animals cartoon: What's in a name?

I spent an inordinate amount of time deciding on the names for the animals in this cartoon, which can be seen in the October issue of Reader's Digest. Click the image to enlarge it.

They had to be fairly ordinary names, the type that people have, rather than the names people give to animals. Yet it still took time deciding which one would be Pete, which one Trish, etc. Thinking up names for characters in single-frame cartoons is always tricky because they have to work just once. You can't come up with a name that the readers will get used to over time, as with a comic strip.

By the way, if I know you personally, and you have the name of any of the animal characters above, please don't take offence! Any similarity to real persons living or dead is purely coincidental. I just thought I'd better point that out.

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  1. i love the way you can 'leaf through' (a selection of ) the pages of the latest issue at the rd site...

    nice gag too -- but nige is going to be gutted

  2. He'll get over it. Hmm, maybe I should have added an animal called Wilbur ...

  3. AnonymousJune 03, 2012

    lol! Totally love this! And if you think you spent an inordinate amount of time... imagine how much time Adam spent! ;)

    Great cartoon!



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