Cartooning means something different to me now than when I was a kid. Today, I could talk for hours about the techniques and achievements of hundreds of cartoonists. I might actually critique cartoons, dissecting every detail from line weights to sweat droplets. But as a kid, none of that really mattered.
Over the years I’ve volunteered at grade schools demonstrating and teaching the fun of drawing silly pictures. I preach the same philosophy that was imparted to me many years back, when Flying Rhino co-founder Ray Nelson visited my school:
“The only rule of cartooning is: There are no rules.“
- You must stay inside till recess.
- You must get four from two and two.
- You must color inside the lines.
There are no rules:
- Why can’t a cat be neon green?
- Why can’t an elephant water ski?
- Why can’t Venus be inhabited by squid-rhino creatures?
While imagination may seem less quantifiable an aptitude than mathematics, history or athletics, it is our most important trait as a species. Every child that puts pen to paper and explores the possibilities therein carries with them a spark that moves generations.
- Why can’t we speak across great distances?
- Why can’t we access all the world’s information for free?
- Why can’t we travel to other planets?
(Pictures taken May 1 at Imlay Elementary School’s annual art auction event)