Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
This cartoon is one of several inspired by some nonsensical
phrase that popped into my head out of nowhere and would not stop running
through it. This is where "Baby Wants Some Applesauce" came from,
too. Often these phrases appear when I am in the shower, for some reason.
In this case it was a voice that sounded like his guy's face looks, howling,
"...and I ate it ANYWAY!" The new one that's been stuck in there
lately is, "Why Do They Kill Me?", which often presents itself,
irritatingly, in musical form. So far, however, no appropriate cartoon to
accompany this phrase has suggested itself. Watch for one in upcoming weeks.
Technical note: This drawing is a classic example of my main problem as an
artist, (and arguably as a human being), which is that I am lazy and impatient
and never plan ahead. Basically, the funniest part of this cartoon (and the
only interesting part to draw) was the face of the guy telling the story and
those of his horrified listeners. So I drew all of the faces first, just floating
there disembodied on blank paper. Then of course I lost interest and carried
the drawing around in my folder for about a month and a half, until last week,
when a City Paper deadline hove into view and I had no other ideas.
So I dug this out of the file and hastily tried to fill in all the boring
parts--the people's bodies, the coffee table, the background, etc.--only to
discover that it was impossible to fit the bodies in any kind of natural human
positions under the faces as I'd haphazardly placed them. (A good cartoonist,
you see, would've penciled in the whole cartoon first to make sure he'd gotten
the composition right and then, only when it was perfect, inked over it, but
I am far too lazy for that sort of plodding, laborious nonsense.) So with
very little time to go--like twenty minutes--I ended up frantically fudging
everything, cutting out characters and pasting them back in an inch to the
right, throwing a napkin over the lap of the guy on the far right to hide
the fact that his knees couldn't possibly fit underneath the table, etc. I
even forgot to color in the anecdotist's tie in the CP version. You
should see what a mess the original is--cut and pasted, crusted with yellowing
white-out. Just another fascinating glimpse behind the scenes here at The
Pain--When Will It End?