Mixed Messages: Clinton Responds

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Produced Launch #5d: March 1999

Concept This one is the only completely new one in this month’s bunch. I had to finish it quickly, since it is a fairly topical joke. I actually have several “jokes” that have two images that show a contrast (and usually a hypocrisy). I have thought about putting these together under the title “Mixed Metaphors,” but it didn’t quite work for this particular joke, so I changed it to “Mixed Messages.”

This one’s dedicated to Jo, since she pointed out the problem. Without getting on a soapbox (since the cartoon should speak for itself): why should our children act any better than the rest of society?

Layout Pretty straightforward. I thought about trying to make the title read “Mixed Messages: Do As I Say Not As I Do” but I was already taking a big step with the title, and I thought it might overdo it. So I left well enough alone.

Lettering I’m pretty pleased with the lettering this time out. I wish I had written down the spacing that I used or the lines. I did my second title for this AR. The words “Mixed Messages” is a completely separate picture all its own. Draw it, photocopy it, cut it out, and paste it. I suppose that you could always use the original, but then you couldn’t re-use it again. And as I said, I might do some more of these.

Inking I’m still learning how to use different lines to get different “greys.” That is. You can make different grey tones by using different hash lines. Basically, the closer the lines are together, the darker it is. I’ve heard that you can use zip-a-tone, which is basically pre-made grey tones, but I have yet to find it. In the meantime, I’m still experimenting , using greys to create depth and separation between objects.


  • Brushes: same as before
  • Pens: Rapidograph
  • Magic Rub Eraser
  • T-Square
  • 30-60-90 triangle
  • Avery Disappearing Color Glue Stic
  • Ridgeways Horse Hair Brush
  • Exacto Knife

Overall I happy with this one. The art is only so-so, but the overall effect that I was going for, I think I achieved. Sure, my Clinton could use some work, and my Kosovo may look bad (but hey, it is being bombed, right? how could it look good?), but overall, this cartoon is pretty close to my original conception.



 What People are Saying About

Mixed Messages #2

Mark Sez:

I’m Right:

1 Didn’t think Clinton was so bad at all.

2 liked you experiment with the greys. I think it worked well.

3 the title was good and it could be a run like Cheap Shots.

4 Good, short, to the point punch. You don’t mince worlds so to speak with is part of the point of the comic.

5 the signature bomb was a cute touch.

You’re Wrong:

1 I felt that the stealth bombers were too much like the alien crafts they have been mistaken as (too much JR?)

2 I don’t mind your Kosovo (there are a lot of mountains by the borders), but the point would be stronger if you had Belgrade as the target of words.

3 I would be careful saying “inspired” by Jo. It was dedicated, helped, reworked (?) by Jo. Inspired implies that she is a contradiction. The comic was inspired by Yosh, Wendy, Heather, or Cindy