Cartooning Like You Mean It

Cartooning, Teaching & Living – by Tom Hart

Weekly strip changes

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Just a note to say that for 2006, the weekly strips will be changing to a much larger format, and on top of that, the dailies are suspended until I feel like getting back on the horse again. I’m working on some proposals and need the time, but will return to finish the story for sure.

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Written by hutchowen

January 4, 2006 at 1:54 am

Posted in --N E W S, From Tom

Hutch Owen in Greatest American Comics of 2005

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News item- The story “The Executive Hour” from Hutch Owen: Unmarketable will be featured in Houghton Mifflin’s ( I have no idea if I am spelling that right) GREATEST COMICS OF 2005. Bravo!

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January 3, 2006 at 4:08 pm

Posted in --N E W S

What this blog is

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Listen- I don’t know what this blog is really, yet. I’ve started and stopped blogs for ages, cause I am always more interested in drawing.

If I’m interested in anything in the commentary angle, it’s commenting on the creative process, commenting on the creation of the comics. As a teacher, I value this. As a nutjob cartoonist, I am obsessed with it. As a person in the same country/world as the rest of you, I would let the chatter to the professionals, or consumed by need to discuss.

I don’t need to discuss. I need to respond. With story and with cartoon.

The character blogs are to get mining around in the dirt. There’s always more comments on the cartoons HERE

I’ll chime in now and then, but mostly I’ll be drawing.

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Written by hutchowen

January 1, 2006 at 8:53 pm

Posted in From Tom

The myths of the Poor, Middle Class and Wealthy

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New mythologies for 2006

The middle class: life on the edge. 3 kids, a 2005 ranch home and an SUV
is like a SAFARI. The safari of LIFE! You’re a TIGER and you pace your
driveway- up and down- up and down, growling at the neighbors, at the
bushes, at the paperboy- it’s you’re realm, you’re a tiger, a cheetah, or
one of those black people in Africa. With a spear and teeth around your
neck. You can roar!You’re a tiger and you’re ready to pounce.

I-95 is a savannah, the road to your folks house is full of heat fumes,
dry wind and predators. The office park is a rocky ledge. You peer out
over it to your domain below, baked in sunlight, harsh desert wind. You
pick up your briefcase and roar! (Your smuckers uncrustables tumble out
but nobody sees.)

2006 is for consumers. The middle class on the prowl. The SUV you prowl
with is called HOT DESERT AIR.

What are the poor? The poor are being CARED FOR. Worner products take care
of you. You’re little birdlings, our products give you the worms you need
to grow. Our products give you the worms.

Our products, we regurgitate our wealth, our knowledge, our power, and
give it to you, you sweet little things. You just gotta stay in the nest.
Stay in our nest, but get out and get a job. We are your mom, a big chubby
loving fat mom.

The WEALTHY are the risk takers. The wealthy are the grapplers, the
surfers, the outsider magazine, the adventure, the Shackletons.

I AM SHACKLETON! I crack the ice for you! I get you home! I feed you
seals! I risk life and limb for YOUR SATISFACTION. I PLANT MY FLAG! CRANE
SHOT ABOVE ME!!!! SPINNING SPINNING!!! SPINNING!!!

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Written by hutchowen

January 1, 2006 at 6:58 pm

Posted in By DENNIS