Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Music cartoon: In with the IT Crowd


"Have you tried turning it on, turning it on and turning it on again?"

I drew this cartoon for a "just for fun" competition over at the public forum on the Cartoonists' Club website. Well, I say that I drew it for the competition, in fact it was immediately ineligible (or illegible if you don't know the Genesis song that it refers to!)

The idea behind the weekly competition is that everyone draws a cartoon to go with a caption, without changing the wording at all. The caption was "Have you tried switching it off and on?" but my mind went off at a tangent and came up with this one.

The competition has been running for a few weeks and I've entered a couple of times. It's a fun exercise, but it's pretty far from how I would normally create cartoons. Usually I do have a clear joke in mind when I sit down to draw the cartoon but often it gets tweaked or changed completely, which is what happened here. As the competition was just for fun, I posted it anyway.

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7 comments:

  1. Very funny but now I have that blasted song stuck on my head....

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  2. You're not the first person to say that! I'm not a Genesis fan but I actually think that was one of their better efforts.

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  3. IT support jokes they never grow tired. Being an "IT guy" I have to play IT support to my friends and family and all I can say is it is just as well we are good friends to start with.

    On another topic entirely jhave you ever considered turning your hand to local issues in your cartoons? I'd love to see what you make of the Turner Centre, for example.

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  4. Hi Matt. Yeah, there's certainly good material in local politics, but most of my cartoons are drawn to make a living and local ones would be difficult to sell. I do some cartoons for the Kent Messenger group, but most local papers are not awash with money for cartoons. Here's some regional/local stuff: http://bit.ly/15AHKs

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  5. Great cartoon! Totally got it. And, ironically enough, I was directed here by a Twitter post from the creator of The IT Crowd, Graham Linehan! :)

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  6. Thanks! Yes, that's gonna be my new anecdote when people ask me the point of Twitter. He laughed too. Well, he typed some laughing at least!

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  7. If Sir Graham of Linehan likes it, then it must be funny!!!

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