The blog of Richard Thompson, caricaturist, creator of "Cul de Sac," and winner of the 2011 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Oops


I forgot to draw a balloon around the words "adult swim" in today's strip. It doesn'st kill it or spoil the joke, but it would've looked sharper to have the words tethered by a balloon. It'd have added more oomph & direction & organic flow & stuff like that.
And I know how it happened. I lettered "adult swim" last, with a Speedball B-3 nib, and the ink was taking forever to dry, and I thought "I'll add the balloon later, after the ink's dried", and I never did.

9 comments:

Shanster said...

That is pretty cool. I guess I didn't really notice - but that is cuz I'm not in the biz. Sorry for your "oops" but nice to know it happens to everyone.... :)

here today, gone tomorrow said...

Poor Petey...

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Mike said...

I think maybe a hairline indicating who shouted it, but no balloon -- that way it's louder, and it comes across to us as it did to him, as a general announcement and not just something shouted by his little sister. Much more startling.

Leandro Robles said...

It took me a while to understand it, when i read yesterday. Had to read it once again to get it. But nothing that spoiled the fun. Great work!

Stacy Curtis said...

Working at 3 a.m. will do that to you. :-)

PATTY LEIDYS ZERO HOUR said...

i always obsess about that kinda stuff....a lot of people never notice..like..ummm I didn't!

Michael said...

The missing balloon isn't really a problem; your message comes out loud and clear ... I think. What's ADULT SWIM anyway? Wouldn't something like JELLY-FISH! or ROGUE WAVE! be clearer? ... or maybe as a landlubber I've simply just missed the point. (How embarassing.)
Anyway, I love your work (even if I don't understand it sometimes).

Kioskerman said...

It happens a lot when you white out, at least it happens a lot for me, and I end correcting it on the computer.
I have a big list of all the originals I have to complete that way.
Anyway, I think that little "error" worked fine, it really works as a big shout, without the baloon.

Pablo