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The great scanner campaign of 2006
Things can go slow here for a cartoonist at FLS. Now I’m not complaining but it’s a simple fact. I got here in 1998 and asked for a computer and work email. I got both in 2001. Shortly after that I asked for a scanner. I got one last Friday. Hey, it only took five years for the scanner. I thought we’d see mideast peace first. But I need to thank Brian and Alex at fredericksburg.com and Nancy Moore from the newsroom for waging this campaign. I should also thank Danielle in our I.T. department for setting the thing up and showing me how to use it.
Since I got a new scanner, I was itching to scan something. Since I haven’t drawn a new toon yet, I’m going to show off a few roughs from last week. None of these roughs made it to completed cartoons for different reasons.
I thought this toon was funnier and more interesting that what I drew for the newspaper, but the printed toon expressed the point better. Editorial page editor Paul Akers and I agreed to go with the one a couple blogs down.
This cartoon didn’t run because I was the only Seinfeld fan to remember the “anti-dentite” episode. I asked several colleagues who “claimed” they were huge Seinfeld fans if they understood this cartoon. Nobody remembered it. So fine….it didn’t run. I think maybe they’re anti-cartoonites (not really). If you remember the anti-dentite episode, leave me a comment so I know it actually exists and I didn’t dream it.
I liked this cartoon but Paul thought it was too “shocking” for Thanksgiving. I liked it.
Anyway, I’m really looking forward to future blogs as I can now post the roughs to every cartoon that makes the paper, and many that don’t.