Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cartoon bosses

I'll admit that I always feel dirty when I attempt drawing someone else's characters, but I couldn't resist with this.

Stuart Suchet is one of the main characters in a syndicated strip Retail. He's the manager of a department store that the strip takes place in, a corporate yes-man who runs the store strictly by the letter in the company rule-book. In another words, he's the type of boss that you dread having to work for.

His design is also great. In most cartoons that features a mean boss he, and it's often always a he, is drawn as either a fat man smoking a cigar or a short man who yells alot (think Mr. Spacely from The Jetsons). Stuart is an rare case in that he's drawn as a stuck-up thin white man in a suit. It's odd that there are not many cartoon bosses drawn as such, as that is probably the most realistic depiction of such people. The only other cartoon boss that comes close is probably Mr. Burns from The Simpsons.

I also love the shape of his head, too. It's no wonder where his nickname, Zucchini Head, comes from.


buzz said...

He is a very well designed character (but then so are all of the other characters in RETAIL). He certainly has archtypical boss elements but he stands on his own as well.

Anonymous said...

I don't really read modern comic strips too often, but that design for the boss really is interesting. What are your favorite comic strips to read by the way, and I'm talking about modern ones?

Brubaker said...

In addition to "Retail"...

Heart of the City
Dog eat Doug
Pearls Before Swine
The K Chronicles (and all related strips...)

and one or two others that I'm probably leaving out.

Brubaker said...

Oh, and "Kevin and Kell". One of the best story-oriented strips out there.