Help me with a cartoon idea

Sorry there’s been so few entries lately, I’ve been busy (cartoons to draw, a house to buy – the closing is hopefully next week! – , switching to a new computer, and other such stuff).

Speaking of cartoons, anyone got an idea for an illustration to accompany an article which argues that Jews can rely on their kishkas (gut instincts) to recognize anti-semites? I’m stumped. (Hey, isn’t it stealing if I use your idea without paying you? Umm… Maybe. Tell you what, if you submit an idea and I use it and it gets printed, I’ll send you a check for $50.)

Also, if anyone happens to be a reader of Reform Judaism magazine, be sure to note the illustrations on page 89 and the last page of the current issue.

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12 Responses to Help me with a cartoon idea

  1. 1
    --k. says:


    No, wait, that doesn’t work at all.

  2. 2
    Ampersand says:

    Ow! That was awful, Kip.

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    PG says:

    I wonder if it would work to pun off the alternative meaning of kishka (the matzo balls)? Like, having the kishkas on a plate running away from a famous anti-semite? It might be compatible with the cute cartoon style I’ve seen: putting little legs and feet on the balls while the anti-semitic person has a word bubble saying “Some of my best friends eat kishkas…”

  4. 4
    Kevin Moore says:


    Me, I got bupkis.

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    Irfo says:

    Confronted with a vaguely Nazi-looking fellow (how do you draw and anti-Semite, anyway?), the hair on your protagonist’s head (or on the back of his neck, to be more true to the cliche) stands up, levitating his yarmulke.

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    Barry says:

    Remember when Frodo/Bilbo’s sword glows blue in the presence of Orcs?

    Maybe the yamulka lights up.

    Caption: My kishhhhhhhh-ka! It burnses, it does!

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    PinkDreamPoppies says:

    Remember when Frodo/Bilbo’s sword glows blue in the presence of Orcs?

    Maybe the yamulka lights up.

    Caption: My kishhhhhhhh-ka! It burnses, it does!

    This one made me laugh out loud. On the other hand, though, is it really a good idea to connect Jews with a trecherous creature who lusts after a golden ring of power?

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    Jim says:

    A Jewish woman is standing behind two identical people facing away from her, her tummy above their head level. On the left, a thought baloon coming from the left person contains a Star of David. It merges with a thought baloon of another Star, this one coming from her stomach. The Stars are actually moving as if they were gears in synch.

    The right thought baloon from the person on the right side, of course, does not contain a Star, and so does not mesh with the star thought baloon from the right side of her gut. What to go with to not be as heavy handed as to use a Nazi symbol? Maybe a rotating KKK mask? Maybe a yarmulke with an superimposed international red NO slash mark?

    Hope this at least gets your creative gear going.

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    Raznor says:

    Or maybe, like a “spider sense”, we could have some Jewish superhero, like Hebrew Man, or to be more direct Spider Jew, and he’s thinking “Uh, oh, my kishka sense is tingling. Anti-semites are on the loose!”

    I dunno. How absurdist are you going for here?

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    M. F. Ringel says:

    I’d actually run with a Star Wars motif. A very obviously non-Jewish Hitler-youth-type fellow (blond-hair, blue-eyes, jackboots, swastika, etc.) walks down the sidewalk behind a fellow in Jedi robes, obviously Jewish features, and a yarmulka. “I sense a disturbance in my kishkas”.

    Throw in a dodgy hot-dog vendor in the foreground for extra ambiguity.

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    Avram says:

    PG — Kishkas are matzoh balls? Since when? I thought they were stuffed intestines.

  12. 12
    David says:

    How about SUPERRABBI ,
    a new Jewish Superhero–
    “Faster than a speeding bagel!”