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Posted 4386 days ago...(Wednesday, May 13th, 2009)
Hey, I'm a cartoonist, not a reporter...I'm not so good at writing news items. But I can tell you this: the theme of this week's comic strip is all about control. Or the illusion of it. Or the genuine lack of it. Or the fools it makes out of it. Good times...
To be honest, I have some thinking to do if I want to make it a theme for the whole week, because I haven't even thought about Friday's strip. :-0 Feel free to speculate about the events of my life that have driven me toward this week's theme. I'm not trying to be coy--the truth is, my life is not all that interesting right now. Although, I did just read a little bit of Victor Frankl's "Man's Search For Meaning,", (which I often turn to for good webcomic material :-/) and came upon this passage: "We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others and giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in numbers but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Maybe this is why I don't write news items that often...
But holy crap, what a powerful reflection on humanity and the choices that we actually have! I don't think my cartoons give these realities their due, but it is what I have been chewing on all week.
Cross your fingers that I come up with something for Friday...
And, hey, has anyone else noticed that I am coming up on my 200th cartoon?
Much love and gratitude,
The Thinking Man's Elephant
Posted 4591 days ago...(Monday, October 20th, 2008)
Woohoo! Relevant Elephants has been a webcomic since March, and I just posted my 100th cartoon! Who knew I had enough going on in my imagination to keep generating...something...every few days. Okay, if I'm really honest about it, it's not my imagination that did it, I think it's more the fact that I leave the house every day. For instance, one of my favorite cartoons is about the cactopus: http://www.relevantelephants.com/comic/47. On some level, I feel like the collective unconscious spoke through Whole Foods and gave me that one. I was minding my own business, grocery shopping one day, and a woman walked by me quickly enough so that the doppler effect applied to her words. I heard "blah blah blah CACTOPUS blah blah." I swear she said 'cactopus.' I walked along through the gluten-free cracker section and thought about the trials a cactopus might have in the world, and out came the cartoon. Truth be told, the only loofah in our bathroom was a 're-gift' we got at some party, and it always seems so lonely in there, not getting to exfoliate anyone. Now it has an imaginary magical creature friend. Or partner. Or lover. Not sure how that's going for them...
Anyway, that imaginary pairing would never have happened had I not left the house. Same with this one: http://www.relevantelephants.com/comic/39--It's called "Of Downward-Facing Dog Parks." This happened at a yoga retreat. I looked up from some asana and found someone's butt blooming into my field of vision and thought..."hmmm, this is like a dog park--I feel like I know that woman better now." So, as you can see, most cartoons just kind of happen out in the world. You just have to be paying attention. You'd be shocked at how well you pay attention to this kind of thing if you have committed yourself to coming up with something to draw every couple of days. In fact, I'm beginning to think that's what the whole creative process boils down to: make a commitment and get some witnesses. It's worked 100 times so far. I'm crossing my fingers for 100 more. Well, crossing my fingers and leaving the house.
Here I go, back out into the world, searching for cartoons... Drop me a line if you want to say hello: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a fabulous week!
Posted 4780 days ago...(Monday, April 14th, 2008)
Stay Tuned for this ongoing series. If I get to 50, I'll turn around and write 50 more. It's what I do instead of feeling.
Also, in case you haven't already, click on the BOOKS link to get previews of my upcoming books.
To see what other webcomics inspire me, click on the LINKS link. Keep scrolling down in LINKS if you want to see my favorite somatic links, or just want to figure out what the hell I'm talking about when I talk about somatics. You'll need to know when I start posting my Somatic Superheroes series.
I hope you are enjoying these cartoons--sometimes I know I'm the only sitting here laughing.
My unsolicited advice, if you aren't laughing, at least breathe a little deeper today.
Posted 4813 days ago...(Wednesday, March 12th, 2008)
Bruno, the original relevant elephant is back on my site...Everything is coming full circle. Funny how that happens.
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