Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Music cartoon: Return of the HMV dog

"Bloody students."

This cartoon, which appears in the July issue of Reader's Digest, was the result of a deliberate attempt at getting more mileage out of a well-worn cartoon theme!

I've had a few HMV dog cartoons published over the years, so I decided to see if I could come up with some more. I opened one of them on my computer in Photoshop and played about with the elements of the drawing – the dog and the gramophone – moving and rotating them, resizing them, copying and pasting etc.

It's an unusual way of developing gag ideas, for me anyway, but I came up with a few. Once I was happy with each one, I printed off the cobbled-together image and redrew it on my lightbox, so it looked more fluid. This is the only one that has been published so far, but you may yet see more HMV dog cartoons from me.

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  1. AnonymousJune 30, 2009

    nice gag -- good to see some deep-mining of a theme... funnily enough i don't think i've ever done an hmv dog gag!

  2. Thanks, Wilbur. "Deep-mining of a theme" ... I like that image! Maybe I'll get my hard-hat on and go further ...

  3. Nice gag, and I've always had a soft spot for the HMV dog. Wasn't his real name 'Nipper', or am I getting him confused with Gnasher's sidekick?

  4. Thanks, Cathy. Yes, I believe he was called Nipper.

    Gnasher's sidekick is, of course, Gnipper! Only the other day I had to explain to my son that while the word gnash *is* spelt with a "g", there is no such word as gnip!

  5. Maybe not, but there ought to be!



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