Thursday, February 11, 2016

#tbt: 1967 Moorhead, MN: Mike Lynch in Kindergarten

Photos by Dennis Lynch (Dear Old Dad!). That's me in the cowboy shirt.

Hey, it's Throwback Thursday! This is the traditional day on social media when people will post old photos. I don't know how Throwback Thursday began (or, if you're all into hashtaggery, then it's #tbt to you), but let's celebrate it here with some #tbt from 1960s Moorhead, MN. Here are some photos of me in kindergarten way, way back in the olden times.

My dad took all of these photos in February 1967 or 68.

I'm sorry to say that, except for the teacher, I do not remember any of the kids here by name. 

Aren't these photos great? My Dad! Such a talent! And, as Bunny Hoest of THE LOCKHORNS fame says, "He's such a cutie!"

A couple of shots of me and Mrs. McDonald.

And here are some more unnamed classmates. Wonderful shots by Dennis Lynch, huh?

My thanks to Dad for sharing these with me! He wouldn't let me walk out the door with the actual prints, so I took photos of these old photos with my phone.

If any of you were in Mrs. McDonald's class, let me know!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Video: STAR TREK meets BATMAN's Batmobile

Via Spockboy (who has done so many great, funny STAR TREK mashups): a 50th anniversary mashing up of the 1960s STAR TREK crew discovering the 1960s Batmobile.

Chaos, obviously, ensues.


Here's a short promo for the MeTV channel. It's a channel of reruns. What's tremendous here is how seamlessly this seems to be, but there's good reason for that. Both STAR TREK and ANDY GRIFFITH used the same exterior sets for these scenes. (Yes, I am a nerd boy.)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Post #5417: "I'll work for exposure if i want to, and you guys can keep sitting around waiting for your cheque."

(The above quote is from a reader who is comfortable with a professional cartooning gig where he works for exposure.)


Yes, this really is my 5,417th entry. I am in my 521st week of blogging about pro cartooning. Wow!

I sure sound self-congratulatory, but this is the Internet: it's full of selfies.

When I started, way, way back in the prehistoric times of 2005, there was not a lot about the cartooning business on the Internet. Certainly nothing in-depth about the business. There wasn't any guide to what to do, for instance, when a for-profit corporation wants you to draw stuff for free.

My advice:

Don't work for free.

I've said that for years, and in 2009 I published a Don't Work for Exposure entry. It was sparked by  Google asking professional artists to work for free. The company had just posted $1.42 billion in earnings that first quarter.

It got a lot of great comments, including, just last week, a "rebuttal."

A person named tomasz posted this:

"Working for free is nothing like scabbing. It's simply being comfortable with taking an offer that you guys aren't comfortable with, just like any other business transaction. If you think a cup of coffee is priced too high, you're free not to buy it. Just as if someone is offering exposure work, you are free not to take it. Evidently the money matters to you guys. It doesn't matter to me, but the exposure does. So i'll work for exposure if i want to, and you guys can keep sitting around waiting for your cheque."

I never said working for free was like scabbing.

If you do give away your work for free, then "free" is your price.

It's up to you whether your say yes or no to a potential client who asks you to work for free. If the client is from a money-making operation, then they are able to pay you. More than that: they should recognize the value of your work.

If they do not, say no and smile and move on.

Unless you have a day job and can afford to work for free. But you will always have to have that day job since "free" is your price. If you want to congratulate yourself on that, then that's your business.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Would You consider Helping This Blog on Its 10th Anniversary?

Ten years?!?!!? Yes!

Hey! It's been ten years of the Mike Lynch Cartoons blog!

I don't have to tell you the time commitment that I've put into the blog. I started it because, way back in 2006, there wasn't a blog that talked about professional gag cartooning. There wasn't a place that could tell you about what it was like to do this: the markets, writing gags, how to deal with rejection, how to not procrastinate; letting you know that while cartooning is a job that you may love, it's still hard work.

But time is money and I ask you to contribute to keep this blog going. Times are tough all over, but if you are a fan of cartoons, a pro, or on your way to becoming a pro -- and if you think this blog is worthy -- please consider helping.

Some of the recent kind words about the blog:

"I read your blog most every day and thoroughly enjoy it." 
"Love your blog." 
"I know you love all the old cartoonists. you seem concerned about them all ...  you don't seem to be jealous of them - just caring towards them." 
"Thanks for the inspiration, sir."

Sunday, January 31, 2016

CRASH! BANG! BOOM! The Wild Sounds of Treg Brown

Great short documentary on the man who brought you all those sound effects from the Warner Brothers cartoons. So many iconic sounds -- from the Road Runner to Bugs Bunny. Wow!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bad Drawings in THE HIPPO and THE EDGE

Here are two of this week's free weekly papers here in the Northeast: The Hippo and The Edge. Both feature caricatures. The Hippo (top; yes, that's its real name) has them on the cover and The Edge (bottom) has some on an interior page. They are drawn by two different men. That's nice. It's good to NOT have a photo as usual. The rotten thing is that the drawings are badly executed.

I mean, really. Look at them. Maybe these might do as roughs, but for an editor to go with these as finishes is praising bad drawings.

I'm very unhappy about the work here. I'm not mentioning their names, but I suppose they are easy to figure out. Both are local artists who have worked in this area. But both have produced some bad drawings this week, and the editor went with it and that bothers me.

Maybe they are looking for anyone who will work cheap. Or free.

The Hippo was paying $35 a cover, but most covers are produced in-house using photos which they may or may not pay for.

That second feature, from The Edge, the "Take a guess, win a prize" page is a contest where you, the reader, is asked to guess who the caricature portrays. The small drawing on the left hand side is last week's and the answer is there and, well, gosh darn it, there was no winner. If anyone ever does win, the editor will send the winner "a piece of EDGE swag (a CD or book we've been sent)." So, the prize is something from their review slush pile. Ugh! Talk about cheap.