Monday, November 26, 2007
Here is list of some cartoonist that have influenced me most. Starting way back in the early 90s when I was just dreaming of being a professional cartoonist, I looked to some of these guys for inspiration. Here they are...
Jim Borgman: (Zits, editorial cartoons)
No one combines pure wit and artistic ability like Jim. I've been following his work since I was in college. The thing I like most about Jim's stuff is that he doesn't over do it. The cleanest (technically) cartoonist I've ever seen.
Jeff MacNelly: (Shoe, editorial cartoons)
I can't remember a better artistic style of cartooning than Jeff's work. Whether it was his comic strip, or his editorial cartoons, his creativity was second to none.
Aaron MacGruder: (The Boondocks)
Lots of stuff has been said about Aaron, but I gotta say that he definitely put us on the map (black cartoonists, that is). The T.V. show is good, but I gotta say that I really miss the comic strip.
Morrie Turner: (Wee Pals)
He was the first black cartoonist that I had heard about. Truly a pioneer. All of us (minority cartoonists) have him to thank for kicking down that door.
Lalo Alcaraz: (La Cucaracha, editorial cartoons)
That, right, Lalo. It wasn't until I spent a few years living in southern California that I truly realized how influential his work was. He touches the pulse of the Latino community like no other 'toonist can. If you don't believe me, just ask the L.A. Times. He's also a really cool dude.
Rick Tuma: (Clout Street)
Watching Rick's work taught me a lot about professionalism. Back in the day, I didn't have a lot of patience. Rick showed me that patience can bring greatness.
Mark Tatulli (Lio):
His comic strip that is one of the only ones that I look forward to reading everyday. Funny stuff.