Monday, April 6, 2009

Quotes from Cartooners

Cartoonists aren't very well-known for producing familiar quotes, but they have written or said some wise words worth mentioning:

ROBERT WILLIAMS:

"The drawn line is the devil's jiz stain"
[The above may be my favorite quote from anyone, ever.]

"Mystery is the eyeball's food and it will eat a trillion-fold its weight a day!"

RODOLPHE TOPFFER:

"The picture story, which the critics disregard and scholars scarcely notice, had great influence at all times, perhaps even more than written literature"-1845

BILL GRIFFITH:

"Are we having fun yet?"
[This was actually from his Zippy the Pinhead comic strip]

CHARLES SCHULZ:

"Cartooning will destroy you. It will break your heart"

And here's some Szukalski, even though he wasn't a cartoonist, but his portraits were exaggerated to the point of near-caricature:

"If your child were dying, and you were carried by despair to run to God's Mother to speak ungrammatically, and you toched her cheek with a muddy hand from falling, is the mark you leave on her face... dirty? Or is it the mark of your heart-break? You need not apoligize when you speak in tears!"

"Art must be INTERESTING, but only to YOU, not your professor, father or priest. You are the FINAL JUDGE, because it is YOU who is doing the daring"

"What Norman Rockwell did with his art was mere taxidermy, composed anecdotally. If you are a beginner, make your mistakes BEAUTIFULLY and they will be Art. Beyond all! Do not fear to undertake the next work and do not stop until it is done COMPLETELY, then... sit back and admire.... YOURSELF"

I encourage commentors to add some.

2 comments:

J.R. Spumkin said...

Hmmm, most of the quotes I'm attributed are just bad sex advice. Let me see if I can dig up a cartoon related one...

Matt Groening:
"Oftentimes, what seems to be a street lunatic charging at me spouting gibberish turns out to be a devoted Simpsons fan quoting their favorite line."

Jhonen Vasquez:
"I don't particularly dislike any kind of person that might be reading my stuff. They like it and that's cool, but I don't do the work for any kind of group in particular, except for hobos, who just plain kick ass and light up my life. "

"Why does this person who is sitting behind a desk and never watches cartoons is arguing about what cartoons should be like. Its so creepy realizing that this person is a lunatic. "

J.R. Spumkin:

"You never realize just how unpopular you are until you're standing in the middle of a middle school cafeteria with a small blond-haired child doing the "Party Boy" behind you while your 'friends' point and laugh at your simulated rape."

"If your girlfriend asks you to draw anything, ANYTHING AT ALL, for the LOVE OF GOD, don't make it be a naked woman with a cherry pie for a head. You're not only gonna get a break up, but a damn good kick to the crotch.{"

Phantom Spitter said...

Yours ring painfully true.

If a girlfriend asked me to draw something, I don't know what I'd draw.

An ugly woman? Naw, she'd feel it represented her.

A vase with flowers in it? Too frilly.

A foot? NO!

An old man? Definitely not.

A baby? Maybe.

I just don't handle comissioned drawings well at all.