Tuesday, July 29, 2008
My Week Drawing "Bizarro": Day Two
While my first Bizarro regrettably required that the reader to be of a particular age to get the joke (something I hadn't thought of even though it's proven a common dilemma whenever Ted goes off on another pop culture tangent), today's entry immediately speaks to everyone's memory of the fabled Tonsil Fairy, a sprite who never should have dropped out of law school.
I actually like this strip partly because it isn't a pop culture riff and partly because, quite honestly, it made me laugh when I first drew it. I also like how, judging from my shadowing, the light source appears to be a lamp inexplicably turned upright on the floor between the fairy and the sleeping child (which is another way of my saying I fucked up).
Some of you may not know this but there are actually four versions for each and every Bizarro daily strip you see, something I was not made aware of until I accepted Dan Piraro's generous offer to guest host his comic. First there is the example at the top of this post, a panel-size version done in full-color. Then there is the black & white version for newspapers who choose not to print their weekday funnies in color:
In addition to the panel version, there are also black & white and color classic strip versions, which are often far more accommodating for newspaper real estate:
Dan Piraro colors his strips himself and so I had to as well--something else he failed to inform me before I accepted the task. He also told me that he does not get paid in any usual currency but rather in Chiclets, of which I will get some after FICA. He also said I to clean and paint his two-story apartment, feed, care for and--curiously enough--clothe his ever-growing menagerie of sick or motherless animals and do a dance he called "The Humiliation," in which I twisted for six hours straight in a tea dress while he laughed, insulted and filmed me.
Please join me tomorrow for my next guest Bizarro strip, otherwise known as "the one that will get me hate mail."