The following is a series of original cartoons I’ve created over the years that I decided to call “Bits ‘n Pieces”, mainly because of how they’re put together with pieces of clipart, photos, Photoshop shapes, etc. I would’ve drawn these ideas myself except that I can barely draw a straight line, so for the most part I’ve had to rely on the available artwork of others to make these happen. Consequently I have 100’s of ideas written down but doing just one can often take weeks or longer, which is why I haven’t done too many. I did put a few on greeting cards however, such as my Santa card which becomes pretty popular around the holidays, along with a few others that can be found in my  shop.

Most people find them amusing, or at the very least a bit strange, which is fine. Gary Larson’s classic “Far Side” cartoons have always been an inspiration, although I believe mine are twisted just enough to be considered unique. Please feel free to share with others (links are at the bottom) and any positive feedback would be most welcome. Enjoy.

The Dead Fish

In this cartoon a group of fish are worshiping their god, the “Mighty Hand”, divine bringer of food from the heavens and scraper of algae from the sides of their rectangular world, by engaging in the ritual sacrifice of a young goldfish as a gift for his holiness. The aquarium owner, being completely unaware of the micro-religion taking place in his living room, is naturally both shocked and upset that the beautiful and expensive fish he’s trying so hard to to take care of are constantly found floating belly up with little X’s over their eyes.
About This Cartoon: I’ve owned a lot of aquariums over the years and I’ve always tended to see the aquarium as a metaphor of our lives and the culture of self-contained ideas we’re all born into, because it’s from here that we get our language, our beliefs, our nationalism and our religion, and it’s very rare that we learn to venture outside these teachings and the often limited perspective we’re brought up in.

The fish in this cartoon see the man as god, and from their narrow experience felt compelled to construct a religion around his presence in order to give their lives hope and meaning. And of course, like so many religions, they also managed to twist things around and toss out common sense in the name of worshiping their “heavenly father”. The man, of course, is doing everything he can to make them happy and yet despite all his efforts, he keeps ending up with dead fish. Is this how God feels about us at this point? Has He given up on us as I eventually did with most of my aquariums? What’s your opinion?

2 Responses to “My Cartoons”

  1. RandyZ says:

    I like your should make a book! So what if you use clip art....the shit is FUNNY!!

  2. admin says:

    Why thank you perfect stranger, whom I've never met before, that's very kind of you to say. And thank you for randomly discovering my website and for posting such a flattering remark which in no way has anything to do with you being shackled to a computer in my basement at gunpoint. Hope you come back soon! (ha ha like you have a choice) :-D

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