While I attended the Ohio State University I was a staff cartoonist for the Lantern for two and a half years. I did a daily strip (five times a week) foolishly titled “Box of Trees” since everyone asked me what the title meant and I really just came up with a nonsense phrase because I didn’t know what to call it.
It was a really fun gig. I generally worked two weeks out to make sure I had enough time to think of ideas. I would drawn the strips very large based on the specifications the newspaper demanded. Then I would run to Kinko’s and copy them, give the people at the newspaper the copies, and keep the originals. Yes, this was all in the days before email so I had to do it all on foot instead of what I do today – draw, scan, and email.
The Lantern has a pretty large circulation, and it was always a treat – and perhaps a bit daunting – to consider how many people read it. Occasionally I would be in a dorm and see one of my cartoons posted on someone’s door, or I would meet people who read the strip and really enjoyed it.
Now that I look back on it, I thought my strip was really well drawn. I realize now that it isn’t. But I do feel like I had some good ideas in the first and second year, but then my courses got the best of me and I quit after an unsuccessful attempt to start a new strip called “Puck” with entirely different characters that would hopefully prime the pump. I found myself even more stuck. So thus ended my career at The Lantern.
Here are a few strips:
I’m pretty sure this was in the first batch of ten that I submitted for approval, and it tends to be one that people like the best from my entire collection. One of the things I did was carry around a notebook where I could record things that I heard people say over and over again that I could use. This was a commonly used phrase on campus, so I thought I could do something with it. I’m very fond of the “10” guy in the back – no idea how this could actually be a face, but since it’s in silhouette, I didn’t have to figure it out.
I came up with the idea of this one because of all the events that were going around campus, and I always thought it was funny that you were always doing something “FOR breast cancer” or whatever when it seemed like you should actually be against it.
More to come.