Ask a Cartoonist: Bizarro World!

By Tea Fougner

Holy Baloney!  It’s the thirtieth anniversary of Bizarro!  We’d like to congratulate Dan Piraro and all the fine Jazz Pickles out there for officially being older than that last granola bar in the back of the snack drawer.

In celebration, I’ve asked our cartoonists to go through their archives and find the BIZARREST comics they’ve ever drawn or written!

So far, my weirdest, zaniest and most bizarre Intelligent Life comic has to be my 2014 Halloween Sunday super-special, featuring a “Where’s Waldo” riff, and about 35 characters from various print and webcomics, including Bill & Frank from my long-running webcomic “Legend of Bill” and even Rob Zombie’s El Superbeasto and Captain Spaulding! What was I THINKING?!

–David Reddick, Intelligent Life

“To be weird! That is my goal!”–French absurdist playwright Alfred  Jarry, c. 1905

Some people think EVERY strip I do is weird. Well, it was tough…so I just typed “weird” into the search box on the Zippy home page and voila!

–Bill Griffith, Zippy the Pinhead

This was one of my weirder Arctic Circle comics. It’s my personal favourite and one of the few I have framed and on my wall.

–Alex Hallatt, Arctic Circle

I’ve done fantastical images in my strips on an almost daily basis, but nothing beats “Goth Ms. Trellis.”  🙂

–Bill Holbrook, On the Fastrack and Safe Havens

I love playing around and experimenting with Sundays. This one starring Katniss and Cupid is one of my favorites.

–Stephanie Piro, Six Chix

Here’s a comic of mine I had a lot of fun with…a giant octopus/steampunk dream…made sense at the time…

–Jonathan Mahood, Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog

I don’t know how weird this is, but here is my Six Chix 10/17/14.

–Benita Epstein, Six Chix

For Sally Forth it would be the Sunday strip for December 14, 2014. Francesco Marciuliano started off his script with the warning, “I apologize if this gets  a little nuts.”

For Flash Gordon it would be the rejected March 23, 2003 strip that I did with Patrick McDonnell. The editor at the time thought it was a little too meta for a Flash Gordon strip. Seeing as it wasn’t going to be used, Patrick then asked if he could use it instead and it ended up running as the March 23, 2003 Mutts strip.

–Jim Keefe, Sally Forth and Flash Gordon