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A Horse And A Knight Sitting In A Bar, Discussing A Naked Woman

July 28, 2014

I came across an old gag cartoon the other day. Probably at least 15 years old. The nice thing about old cartoons: I’ve forgotten most of them, so when I happen upon them, they make me laugh.

We all know Lady Godiva took her famous ride on a horse. That would have been the horse’s claim to fame. Naturally he would have told that story a few times. Here we see him using it to cadge a few drinks…

cartoon showing horse and King Arthur era knight sitting at bar, horse drinking and telling about time Lady Godiva rode on his back

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I’m not sure what inspired this cartoon, but it might have been hearing the 1966 hit song by Peter and Gordon. It’s one of my favorites. Catchy tune, and it always puts a big smile on my face. Here it is, hope you enjoy it.

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Do you have a favorite story you’ve told a million times?

Have you ever met a talking horse?

Have you ever ridden a horse?

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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Illustration Keeps Going And Going, But Alas, Batteries Do Not

July 17, 2014

I just finished an assignment for Connecticut Green Guide, which covers energy, green technology, waste management, and other environmental issues.

The subject: Connecticut is poised to become the first state to require that all batteries be recycled. “Beating the drum” on this issue is Governor Dan Malloy. Drum? Batteries?
A famous advertising personality came to mind. Here’s the finished illustration.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy as Energizer Bunny banging Recycle drum, leading old batteries to recycling center

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The Energizer Bunny is an American marketing icon. I was surprised to learn that he began life as a parody of the Duracell Bunny.

I found a couple of photo references. I flipped one of them horizontally so he’d be facing stage right.

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Photos of Energizer Bunny, famous marketing symbol and icon, mascot for Energizer batteries, featured in TV commercials that claim Energizer batteries keep on going and going and going

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I wasn’t familiar with Governor Malloy. Here’s what he looks like.

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photos of Connecticut governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy

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When I hear the word “battery,” I think of flashlight batteries, or AA batteries for cameras. There’s a wide variety, however, which allowed me to include an interesting mix in the illustration.

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photos of different kinds of batteries used in cars and electronic devices

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I struggled a bit with Malloy’s caricature. His eyes should probably be a little beadier.

Batteries are pretty small in real life. Fortunately, they can be a lot bigger in an illustration. They can even have faces.

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detail image of Connecticut Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy as Energizer Bunny banging Recycle drum, leading old batteries to recycling center

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I’ve always been fond of sneaking small jokes into a drawing. Probably comes from reading too much Mad Magazine when I was a kid. Here we see a battery being used as part of a directional arrow.

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I must speak to my tailor about a furry pink suit. Or perhaps not. Here’s the final again.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy as Energizer Bunny banging Recycle drum, leading old batteries to recycling center

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Do you recycle batteries where you live?

Ever had your flashlight fail during a power outage so you couldn’t find the spare batteries?

Have you ever had occasion to wear bunny ears??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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