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Ask A Cartoonist: Lazy Days of Summer

Hooboy! It's sweltering over here in New York City-- too hot to do anything except sit back with a cold beer and wait for Autumn. I don't know what I'd be doing without my air trusty air conditioner!

Well, since I don't want to move, I figured I'd ask the cartoonists about their favorite ways to be lazy-- or about their characters' favorite ways to be lazy. Here's what they said!

Orville Lee is the epitome of laziness. That doesn't mean he's not willing to step out once in a while and share his creative side. Me? I'm so busy I have to schedule my few moments of laziness weeks in advance. In fact, I have a fifteen minute lazy period on my calendar for this Friday at 2:20. Yay.

--John Hambrock, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee

--Mort Walker, Beetle Bailey

Here's Ted and Hil working hard not to get any work done.

--Jim Keefe and Francesco Marciuliano, Sally Forth

I’m terrible at being lazy. I almost have to run myself ragged to feel like I’ve earned the right. But then the extreme happens. The moment I decide to be lazy I turn into a corpse and barely move. Usually happens at night. I’ll just read or watch TV. There’s no happy medium – I should try and find that.

--Terri Libenson, The Pajama Diaries

Mike has a slightly different nerdy definition of being lazy than most of us do...

--David Reddick, Intelligent Life

Hooray! I've loved hammocks ever since I was a kid.

--Alex Hallatt, Arctic Circle

One of the many things that I love about Snuffy Smith is that he is one of the laziest characters in the history of comics! He is always laying down and resting--whether it's against a tree, a stump, a fence post or in bed. Here's one of my favorite strips from years past about his laziness!

--John Rose, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith

When it comes to "Fastrack's" Art Welding there are so many possibilities. (From his perspective his personal language probably has a hundred different variations of the word "slacker.") Here's one of many, many examples.

--Bill Holbrook, Kevin & Kell, On the Fastrack, and Safe Havens

I think Dennis and Mr. Wilson finally agree on something.

--Ron Ferdinand, Dennis The Menace


--Isabella Bannerman, Six Chix



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