Jiffy Paint

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

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I love this gag but it presented some problems when illustrating it. I wanted it to look like a booth at a street fair or whatever, but drawing a street fair behind a scene that is already a little bit visually complex is a big pain in the duel-orb area below my tramp stamp and likely would complicate the image unnecessarily. So I left the background blank on the vertical version and just suggested the framework with the sign posts. But in the strip version, there seemed to be too much blank space so I decided to add some half-walls to close it in. It’s still weird to have the empty booths next to Jiffy Artist’s booth but it will have to do. I don’t mind drawing complex cartoons if there is some fun to be had in the details but this one didn’t seem worth it. I didn’t want to distract from the main gag. Do you care? Likely not and I don’t blame you.

I’ve never been a street artist but I’ve always thought maybe I could fall back on it someday if I was really in a bind, like if the newspaper industry went completely belly up and people still weren’t willing to pay for subscriptions to my work online and I was facing living in a cardboard box behind the Goodwill.

BYGONE BIZARRO: Here’s a fun little Sunday comic from 1998 that I’ve had in mind for some time but couldn’t find. I tripped over it while chasing a large rat through my archival dungeon this morning so I thought I’d share it with my pickles. It’s my attempt at tromp l’oeil in a newspaper cartoon. I don’t know if anyone else has ever tried this before, or since, for that matter. bizaroo 01-11-98 SundayComics