Saturday, August 25, 2007

For your reading pleasure - RAMENHEAD by Paul Nowak

When people thinks about comic strips that are considered "weird," one might say Zippy the Pinhead. Or maybe even the Far Side. Hell, probably Arnold (comic strip by Kevin McCormick that ran 1983-88). However, these people more likely never heard of this strip. It's so odd, it didn't even run in the U.S. Instead, it ran in Japan. To be specific, an English-language newspaper in Japan.

That's the case with RamenHead.It was a comic strip created by Paul Nowak that ran in the Daily Yomiuri. Its weekly run began in 1993. The strip centered around RamenHead, a guy who literally had a bowl of Ramen for a head, adjusting to a new life in a foreign country. This more likely mirrored Nowak's experience as an American living in Japan.

Despite running for 5 years in an Japanese newspaper read by millions, it passed by their readers' raders. As a result, the strip is one of the most obscure in the comic strip history.

Nowak ended the strip when he returned to America in 1998. However, he did not leave cartooning behind. In 1999, he became an editorial cartoonist for the Cybercast News Service, a position he still holds today.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

Saturday, August 18, 2007

You Gotta Love Libertarians

Cartoon inside jokes

You gotta love cartoon inside jokes, which is why I'm bringing up today's "Flying McCoys."
Dickenson and Clark referenced in today's panel (drawn by Gary McCoy) is none other than Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark, who collaberates on comic strip "Lola."
And check out the McCoy brothers while you're at it.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tolerance and Love

I like how this one came out.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More Comic-Con pics

A sketch by Daryl Cagle.

Steve Notley (Bob the Angry Flower) sketching for me. The photo came out dull due to me carelessly taking the picture without "flash," so I had to digitally brighten the photo on computer.

Unsuspecting Dave Willis drawing on my sketchbook.

L-R : Me, Andrew Feinstein (co-creator of Girls and Sports).

Monday, August 13, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

San Diego Comic-Con aftermath

Well, as I promised, here are some sketches and photographs I collected from the Comic-Con.

L-R: Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), Me
(photograph taken by Keef's wifey, Kerstin)

A sketch by Keith Knight.

L-R: Ted Rall, Me

A sketch by Ted Rall.

A sketch by Steve Notley.

A sketch by Andrew Feinstein.

A sketch by Greg Evans.

Blank Label group sketches. From Top to Bottom: Dave Willis, Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett.

I'll post more pictures soon.

Well, that took a bit longer than expected

Yeah, I'm a day late, but I had reason. The flight from Chicago to Tokyo got delayed for about 4 hours (long story). Thus, we missed the connecting flight to Fukuoka and had to wait the next 8 PM.

Anyway, I'm finally back and I'll post Comic Con photos and sketches I collected soon.