Introduction: Instructables Robot Cartoons

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There are a million stories in this big Instructables community. These are a few that deserve to be told. Inspired by the offbeat works of Gary Larson and his Far Side (c) cartoons, I encourage you to figure out what makes these people unique. Be warned, lurking in the forum is addictive. Join the fun.

This is a collection of Instructables Robot cartoons, comics, and funnies that poke and have fun with the Instructables community. A photo image is followed by a scanned image. Notice how a camera "warms" up the picture. I'm still working on how to use the scanner and Photoshop to optimize the scans. Click on the image to download and use for inspiration in your own cartoon.

Disclaimer: Any resemblance to real persons living or dead, robots, droids, or cartoon characters is purely coincidental. Blah, blah, blah...

Not quite like making it big on the cartoon wall of Sardi's but links to where the cartoons first appeared:

What to do if harassed on Instructables new 10/29/08

Kiteman XKCD'ed U C. 9/22/08

Eric builds a Bot 9/10/08

Haircut and a shave - Goodhart 8/31/08

Canida-Wilhelm - Wilhelm-Canida 8/18/08

Jessyratfink steps in it... 8/18/08

Goodhart gets a gift 6/26/08

[ GorillazMiko calls it a day] 6/1/08

Adrian monk admirers 5/24/08

GorillazMiko's trip to HQ 4/24/08

GorillazMiko Birthday 4/21/08

Robot visits Yosemite 4/15/08

Site problemo 4/12/08

GorillazMiko and Zachninme banter about GzMko cartoon

GorillazMiko takes a trip to the Tower 4/7/08

LinuxH4x0r CameronSS 4/7/08

Instructables Robot drawing contest

T3hmuffinator cartoon

Tetranitrate cartoon

Killerjackalope cartoon

Check back often for updates. %-)


Tecwyn Twmffat made it! (author)2014-10-13

Ha, the Robot evolves and moves on the digital stage. Thanks.

simplebotics (author)2013-11-05

Spot on

GorillazMiko (author)2012-11-09

I should have never left Instructables... tsk tsk tsk.

canucksgirl (author)2012-02-08

Excellent job! :)

monsterlego (author)2011-10-13


vishalapr (author)2011-06-19

Very Nice!Looks like you have put in a lot of effort!!!

SHIFT! (author)2011-04-14

This is my salvation from a hard semester of studying and failing! Thanks caitlinsdad, for bringing a rare smile in this Instructabrarian's otherwise forlorn face!

Saturn V (author)2010-11-24

I liked 33 the most.

Jayefuu (author)2010-10-16

Nice. Can't believe I only just found this. It's missing the total views patches though :)

yokozuna (author)Jayefuu2010-10-19

Umm, yeah. Me too. All I can say is wow.

Randomguy65 (author)2010-07-20


eulaliaaaa! (author)2009-10-28


super moderator (author)2009-06-05

You sir are a true genius. I too dabble in cartoons but my drawings are usually limited to single characters although I have done some good ones in the past. If I can somehow find the time I may post a few...

Post up a slideshow too! Seems a few instructable members have some artwork posted up on Some nice work there.

Ok, when I find time I will and I'll let you know. Just one question, what would I classify it under? PS. Like your new avatar

You can title it whatever you want and classify it in broad categories like art and something. Maybe there is a technique or style you want to show off. Just do it. Good luck.

Derin (author)2009-01-18

Can you put me in one too?

Derin (author)Derin2009-04-28


I don't comment a lot here on Instructables and I haven't published any 'ibles yet as I am more into being an artist and that doesn't translate very well to being an 'ible, but I do look at a lot of stuff on here and I found a few of those toons quite amusing. Thanks!

Derin (author)2009-01-17

Awesome drawing skillz

Yerboogieman (author)2008-11-23

i had a couple good ideas for cartoons i thought would be fun. 1. Seeing tim anderson and eric "ghost riding the whip" to rap music in tims truck 2. i was suing Adrian monk in instructables Chat for wanting to ban me for possibly being a fake in the chatroom because i went to refresh the page.

caitlinsdad (author)Yerboogieman2008-11-23

Then you should make your own cartoon since you are inspired and see something that tickles your funny bone. This stuff is pretty random and I just happened to be around when things happened. Like any other brooding artist, I don't do requests. And, your avatar would need to be something iconic, I can't even read what is on your avatar... :)

Yerboogieman (author)caitlinsdad2008-11-24

Some i make are funny i make but i Cannot draw at all. I used to be able to draw a 3D car i can't now.

caitlinsdad (author)Yerboogieman2008-11-24

If you can't really draw, then learn by starting to hack other cartoons that are funny and apply to the joke. Take one of those liquid whiteout correction pens and block out something in the cartoon. Then go over it in pencil or marker to create your new cartoon. No better way to learn than by imitating and then develop a style of your own. Or put words in other people's mouths by changing captions or word bubbles. Have fun!

Derin (author)2008-11-23

I'm about to move one onto cyberspace now.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-10-29


CameronSS (author)2008-04-05

This makes more sense than putting them on your Orangeboard-I guess I'll have to post a Slideshow before it is forefront on my mind.
For those confused

caitlinsdad (author)CameronSS2008-04-07

Look, I can fly!

Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2008-05-24

Cartoon thief! :)

Gary Larson...w00t!

caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2008-05-25

"Plagarize, don't synthesize." It was funny before and it's still funny, kinda like the universal laws of physics. I think the penguin got his fence fixed though.

Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2008-05-25

Just a bit of friendly teasing...I actually think that's a clever take on the classic version. :)

caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2008-05-25

No offense taken...if you can't make fun of yourself, then make fun of a good way. A lot of people weren't even around when The Far Side appeared in newspapers and print. I guess you have to be ubergeeky to understand. If you are familiar with his works, you may be carbon dating yourself like Goodhart...haha.

Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2008-05-25

Oh, yes, I am very familiar with The Far Side...I guess that makes me a dinosaur! :)

caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2008-05-25

Adrian monkasaurus...almost extinct because of its phobias

caitlinsdad (author)caitlinsdad2008-05-25


Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2008-05-25

Heh. It's just, stop staring already!

Keith-Kid (author)Lithium Rain2008-10-17

Stupid guy from Jurassic Park, taking away the pretty girl........

Keith-Kid (author)Lithium Rain2008-05-30


Derin (author)Keith-Kid2008-10-17


Derin (author)caitlinsdad2008-10-17

i spy the fence kj busted up

ll.13 (author)caitlinsdad2008-04-14

karma +thousands. ;-)

CameronSS (author)caitlinsdad2008-04-07

Hey, everyone! If you pester him enough, he'll draw you a cartoon to shut you up!

Not trying to sound greedy (I know I am), but is there any chance for a scan more suitable for printing? I have a glass sheet atop my wooden desk that I slide cartoons, quotes, and pictures under, and there's a great place for this above the xkcd printout.

caitlinsdad (author)CameronSS2008-04-07

It is easier for me to take a picture and dump the memory card and upload that than for me to fire up the old PC with the scanner, scan into Photoshop and then try to tweak the colors because it doesn't scan too well and then upload. It takes a while for the edited ible to replace the one that is working so now I see the scans are up. Pause the slideshow to your cartoon and then click on it to get the "i" image button to download whatever size will print well for you. If that doesn't work, look at Zachninme's magic tool...

CameronSS (author)caitlinsdad2008-04-07

Oh...Sorry to bother you. For me, it's easier to scan it in than it is to try to take a well-lit picture. Then again, there are always two computers in the house turned on and hooked up to scanners.

And thanks again for featuring me in The Bot Side! I'm humbled! Flabbergasted! Flattered! Touched! Roget!
Arguably NSFW language in link

CameronSS (author)caitlinsdad2008-04-07

Hey, and you even stuck my air conditioner in there! I feel honored! Oh yeah, and thanks! It looks just like me!

Sunny124613 (author)2008-09-02

really funny I laughed at least seven times! and the comparing to other players,ah thats good classic

Gjdj3 (author)2008-06-28

I really like these cartoons. They have a lot of inside jokes from the community. Really great job.

T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-04-06

Jeez - I've said it before, but I need to say it again...

These Are Awesome!

Your robot comik skillz are too insane for all of us to bear! A few billion more of these and we might be dead! :-P (Not because of your comics, just because of time... =( If anything, your comics will keep us alive!)

Awesome work, man. Killer job....alope


Damn muffinator... Messin with my name...

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