Friday, March 23, 2012

The Last Resort: End Of The Road

Well that's it for The Last Resort....the old material that is. Like the show about the dead people, that's the first 48. Give or take. When I submitted this strip for syndication back in 2005, most syndicates required 48 panels. None of them in color. The panel you see here was actually the last panel in my proposal. It was also a declarative statement for me as a cartoonist. After a decade of frustration, this was my best shot at syndication and I was done. I felt I'd "made it" even if I never did get published. Looking back, I'm still pretty proud of it all but I'm still pretty done with trying for a syndicated strip.

This blog is now my strip and I have to say I'm very happy with  it. I have to thank my wife, once again, for talking me into it and for being my biggest fan. She's the best! The last three months have been a fun exercise in blogging and rewarding to see my entire syndication proposal in color.... AND I created some new stuff along the way!!

Is this truly the end of the road for The Last Resort?  HARDLY!  Roads? Where I'm going I don't need no stinking roads! I still have a ton of old material laying around that I can color and share with the world, dating all the way back to the early days in 1988-89. I also have a lot of jokes written for The Last Resort that I've never bothered to draw up yet and a couple new ones I came up with this year. There should be plenty more coming from me but there's no way I'll be able to update daily. I have a full time job and a family but I'll do what I can.

I'll start with a new section called "Saturday Morning Cartoons" and see how it goes....that is I'll post whatever I come up with during the week on Saturday mornings. After it's posted I'll archive it to a new tab called "Saturday Morning Cartoons" in case you miss a post. So, look for the Last Resort to post weekly starting on March 31, 2012!! Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you'll keep reading!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Last Resort: Lake Wobegon Effect

I assume this is a common cultural reference for most Americans but if not, I'll provide a little background. Lake Wobegon is the fictional home town of Garrison Keillor from the radio show Prarie Home Companion. It is said to be a place where "All the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average." Complete garbage but not unlike Anytown, USA. Hence the term "Lake Wobegon Effect". Everybody's great for no reason. All the kids are in the gifted and talented program. Grow up!

If this interests you, read Harrison Bergeron. It's a great short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Anyway, thinking about the Lake Wobegon Effect sparked this comic.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Last Resort: Death's Little Brother

I'm feeling especially optimistic this morning despite the subject matter of today's cartoon. I've never been accused of being an optimist but there's one thing I've come to realize in my 40 years on this planet: the world is not going to end in your lifetime and if it were to end, there's not a damn thing you can do to stop it. You can either live the rest of your days in fear or just live.

I use to live in fear but now just live. Don't get me wrong, I'm still obsessed with some pretty grim subject matter but I don't take it nearly as seriously as I once did. Every generation has an over developed sense of their own importance. As if no one in the history of man kind has ever experienced what you are experiencing or has the power to shape the world as you do. Get over yourself. People are the same now as they've always been. Access to cable, the internet and a 24 hour news cycle doesn't make you different it just makes you subject to a bombardment of negative information that a human being shouldn't be subjected too.

I've survived the threat of nuclear annihilation from the Russians, several planetary alignments, heaven's gate, swine flu, the avian flu, west nile disease, half a dozen raptures, the year 2000 and the financial collapse. People before me have survived world wars and plagues. As each new prophecy of doom passes another one will take it's place. Something will kill you. It's the inevitable price of being human. You can either worry about it or go on living.


Monday, March 12, 2012

The Last Resort:The Talking Candy Dispenser

I'm a bit tired this morning thanks to davlight savings time so, I picked an easy one to color. Inspired by too much sugar, not enough sleep and an actual PEZ® candy dispenser I bought one day... enjoy.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Last Resort: Ashtray Hands

This is probably one of my least understood cartoons but I don't care. I still like it. It was inspired by watching a documentary on gorilla poachers and an Orioles baseball game in the same day. Both horrific spectacles that scared me for life. I remember thinking a trained chimp could field better than the Orioles 2nd basemen at the time (this took place way before Brian Roberts' time with the team). Yes, I know this is a picture of a monkey and he's playing first base so don't bother me with details! Anyway... I hurled my insults at the TV and this cartoon was born.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Last Resort: Gambling Problems

Based on a true event I witnessed in college, this cartoon wrote itself. The visual pun played out before me in a college dorm room and amused me enough to later draw the cartoon. I probably shouldn't laugh at immigrants struggling with the language barrier, since I can barely speak one language, but the guy was able to laugh at himself. I think he'd be fine with the cartoon. Not sure how he'd feel about the fez however...