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This is one of a couple of cartoons I’ve recently written on the subject of abled people putting the disabled up on a pedestal. (After getting some feedback from some disabled advance readers, I’m rethinking how to write the other one). In this case, I ended up focusing on privileged anxiety, always a gold mine for comedy.
Lately, I’ve been doing life drawing from nude models (there’s a place near my house which has a monthly drawing session), and I’ve been using brown paper and drawing with both black and white ink. (You can see a couple of those drawings here.) I’ve enjoyed having the white for highlights so much, I’m trying to bring that approach into my cartoons.
The coloring approach in this cartoon is very similar to last week’s. I want to include color – it really helps make a cartoon pop, and many readers prefer color. But I also don’t want to cover up the black and white linework, which is my favorite part. And I don’t want to do “this object would be brown, so I’ll color it brown” literal coloring, because once I do that my cartoons look so similar to other people’s cartoons.
So I’m always trying to find a way to eat my cake and have it too, when it comes to color. I hope you like how it looks (but let me know if you don’t).
TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
Panel one shows a woman in a polka-dot dress sitting in a coffee shop, glaring down at her cappuccino.
WOMAN (thought): Aw, darn it. They put too much foam on my cappuccino!
Panel 2 shows a bald man in the foreground, sitting at a different table, reading something on his smartphone. He is sitting on a power chair, and he has no right arm. There’s a cappuccino in front of him. In the background, we can see the woman from panel one, staring at the bald man with a shocked expression.
WOMAN (thought): Oh wow – that guy has no legs and only one arm! How does he even get out of bed in the morning?
Panel 3 shows the woman, head in hands, looking aghast.
WOMAN (thought): He has to psend every minute of his life figuring out how to manage with just one arm… and I’m thinking about foam! I SUCK!
Panel 4 shows the bald man again. He has picked up his cappuccino and is looking annoyed.
MAN (thought): They put too much foam on my cappuccino!