Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas cartoons: A long time coming

Yes, it's that time of year again: the Father Christmases are out in force and Slade are on heavy rotation. But for many cartoonists it's been a long time coming, as we've been drawing Christmas cartoons on and off since the summer.

To do Christmas cartoons you usually have to adopt a pretty cynical tone. Most people, adults at least, are quite cynical about the festive season, I find. But the terrible truth is ... I actually really enjoy it! We don't go hugely overboard on it (I think disappointment often comes when you do) but I usually have a good time. So on that note, here's an alternative Christmas song ...

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  1. I never feel in the Christmas mood in the summer time. All my Christmas cartoons are drawn around Christmas time, and then surface the following Christmas. An even slower process.
    Enjoyed the video.

  2. I find it's not too hard to think Xmas-y in the summertime. I have been known to play festive songs to inspire me, and sometimes you can't get them out of your head. People give you strange looks when you walk around in August singing to yourself, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire ..."

  3. The key is to live in the Southern Hemisphere, where July and August are winter and Christmas is in summer (just wrong, that).

  4. Thanks, Alex. So is it Easter or something where you are now? I'm confused ;-)



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