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My Cat Helps me Write Animal Cartoons

How to Become a Slightly Warped Cartoonist: Part 8

Previously I said I rarely draw cartoons about things from my life. Drawing about my pets is an exception to that rule.

How can you look at a cat with its head in a toilet and not laugh,

Plumbing Cartoon 7038
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or wonder about your status in the world when you’re scooping doggy poop?

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In most of my animal cartoons, though, the humor revolves around animals acting like people. For example, what do dogs do when they want something? They beg. What do people do when they want something? They go to a bank.

Banking Cartoon 5258
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And if they don’t qualify for a loan, do they have other options?

Dog Cartoon 8528: "Reason #23 why it's dangerous to let dogs hang their heads out windows: they may put expensive espresso's on your credit card." A dog grabs a coffee cup at a drive through window.
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The biggest cliché about cats is that they have nine lives. If cats are like average people, they probably have must see TV.

Cat Cartoon 3053: Cat watching TV saying, "Time for my favorite soap opera, Nine Lives to Live."
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Is there a down side to having nine lives?

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The biggest cliché about elephants is that they never forget. What’s the opposite of that? Elephants never remember. What’s another cliché about forgetfulness? You never forget how to ride a bicycle. What’s the opposite of that? You never remember how to ride a bicycle. Combine the two, and Aha!

Bike Cartoon 6724: A bike racer saying to an elephant that's just fallen off a bicycle, "Sure elephants never forget. You can't even remember how to ride a bicycle."
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A cliché about bears is that they s**t in the woods? What else might they do in the woods? Previously I said that sticking a bureaucrat into almost any fairy tale should give you a few cartoon ideas. Actually, sticking a bureaucrat almost anywhere outside of a cubicle can produce funny situations.

Bear Cartoon 4880: A ranger handing a bear a beaker. "Do bears take drug tests in the woods?"
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And what if the bureaucrat is a bear? Who’s the best-known government bear? Smokey Bear.

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And what if the bear is forgetful?

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Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. Do chickens have free will? Is it their destiny to get to the other side? Do they even want to get to the other side?

Chicken Cartoon 7385: A chicken in front of a "Chicken Crossing? sign pushing another into the road saying, "It's your turn. I crossed the road yesterday."
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BTW,’s cartoons have been tested on lab animals, and 95% of them died laughing.

In tomorrow’s post I’ll talk about generating ideas while doing mundane stuff.

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