How to Draw Funky-Good Cartoons and Comics

Check out this fantastic little drawing lesson by cartoonist Brian Ralph. There's an awful lot of great ideas and drawing philosophy in this delightfully-drawn cartooning tutorial! Brian Ralph shows you how to draw cartoons and comics that are lively and funky! The nice surprise is that this is a brilliant example of storytelling. Click on the drawing below to see...
How to Draw Cartoons by Brian Ralph(It's a long vertically-scrolling comic strip, so make sure to keep scrolling down when you read it...)

Brian Ralph manages to combine real drawing lessons with some personal rants, and by adding in some autobiographical story elements, he comes up with a comic strip that's so good I wish I had a poster of it on my wall right now. Man, I LOVE it! Great stuff! If you want to read some great cartooning tips, Check it out HERE at

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How to Get and KEEP a Job in animation

For anybody interested in getting a job ( and KEEPING a job) in animation, this tell-it-like-it-is straight-talkin' article is must-reading. It's penned by Steve Hulett, biz rep for the cartoonists' union The Animation Guild, and it appears on the Guild's very informative blog.

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The advice Steve gives is full of street-smart truth (and some salty language) that rings 100% true to my experience in the cartoon factories over the last fourteen years. If you wanna know how to draw cartoons for a living, this advice goes beyond the basics and talks about the stuff that's more important than what goes into your portfolio.

Now, don't skip the opening of Steve's "Getting Started"? article, but the REAL truth starts at about the halfway point with the words:

Assuming your talents are solid, and your work ethic is productive and energetic, there's another thing you need. That thing is not being an annoying a**hole.

...but Steve doesn't use the asterisks.

I used to be totally ignorant about the various goings-on around Cartoon Town, but since the rise of blogs and RSS readers like Google Reader, it's really easy to keep a bird's eye view of what's happening in the world of animation. For those who may care, here's a look at a few of the animation blogs I regularly read:

John K's Blog --
Cartoon Brew --
Animation Nation --
AWN Animation World Network --

It's a lot of stuff to keep track of, but I use the awesome Google Reader to throw most of these website feeds into one convenient bucket. They call it an RSS feed aggregator. Here's what Google Reader looks like on my computer screen each day:

I love the convenience of having all my favorite blogs in one window where I can read the headlines and expand the posts if I want, put stars next to the ones I want to remember, share links with friends, etc. Only one drawback: sometimes you start reading a few articles at lunchtime, and then next thing you know, it's dark out. (Or worse: it's daybreak!)

TAG Blog: "Getting Started"?

Meet Roy Crane -- The Greatest Cartoonist Ever

Roy Crane creator cartoonist Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy Buz SawyerRoy Crane practically created the adventure comic strip with his fantastic Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy and Buz Sawyer comic strips.

Roy Crane combined breakneck action and nail-biting suspense with a bigfoot cartoony style that produced a timeless classic strip that would influence the biggest names in 20th century cartoon art, including Milton Caniff, Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman and Charles Schulz.

Roy Crane cartoonist Wash Tubbs Captain Easy Buz Sawyer
R.C. Harvey says it all in the best article on Roy Crane that I have ever read:

...and some more Roy Crane links to peruse: