Picture of Instructables, The Unknown Comix
First things first, the term comic is applied to illustrations that have some connection with the written word. You then have comic purists out there that will only include in that definition drawings or art of more than one panel. Sometimes the word cartoon is used in a loose interpretation which itself is more fitting of pictures without words. Same discussion holds for those arguing over manga and anime. Whatever your stance, either are fun to "read" and more fun to create.

This instructable is just to highlight what I go through to create a comic or cartoon - the general term I use -.

Use this as a guide to formulate your own style and maybe some of these ideas will encourage or help you create your own comic.

I am not a professional. I am a professional risk-taker. As with all art, art is subjective to personal taste and opinion. Like being a good or great comedian, you will need to pay your dues and every once in a while, get that "groan" or "snicker". Know how to take your lumps and enjoy the fame or infamy. To make one person laugh, you make the world laugh entire, not really. Throw it out there with wild abandon.

The ideas  presented here may or may not appear anywhere else. Just sayin' what's on my mind and from experience. Content has not been vetted by peer review.  It is an art, not a science.

( click on the little [i] icon in images to see the original larger size of the images )
canucksgirl3 years ago
I saw one of your cartoon drawings on a Kiteman's Law page and I was told you were the artist. I love to draw, and can make photo realistic images, but cartoons require a whole other talent. I am thoroughly impressed with your creativity and skill. Great job and thanks for sharing your work with the community. :)
Oh my goodness how did I miss this?! Brilliant! I would say it was brilliant even if I wasn't in them, although that certainly doesn't hurt :D. Also, should I take James Dean as a compliment?
caitlinsdad (author)  Lithium Rain4 years ago
That is a philosophical 50/50 question? Either way I can't win?
Not at all; I'm just pop-culture deficient. ;)
DJ Radio4 years ago
I didn't realize you could get this in-depth on a comic. I did try and make a few around 5 years back but I could never really think of any good jokes, they were always recycled with a few alterations. Oh well.
caitlinsdad (author)  DJ Radio4 years ago
I would imagine that someone is using this to write a term-paper for summer school or something. Good jokes are good jokes, they are always recycled with a few alterations. Give it another try.

This comic was already posted on the internet, before you posted yours. It can't be a coincidence that you create the same comic, with the same dialogue, the same characters and the scene a bit edited-with a doctor on a side. If you think I'm lying check out these links:



Wtih Regards,
Ibrahim Zafar.
caitlinsdad (author)  Ibrahim Zafar4 years ago
The image notes says it is a hacked comic.

The original was posted as part of some response to a forum topic somewhere. I took the image from that post and modified it with additional characters(Kiteman, Nachodog, ibles homepage on the display screen) apropos to Instructables.

It would take a while to find that topic but yes, the original author of the comic should be attributed with diligent research, but it was a one-off comment used in a personal reply.

But still the statement and the dog on the PC are the same, no matter what additional characters or scene you changed. As long as the meaning of the comic is the same, you copied. Sorry, but I didn't mean to offend you.
caitlinsdad (author)  Ibrahim Zafar4 years ago
Exactly. Do you understand the comic connotations of Bizzaro world? Do you understand the meaning of poetic license? Do you understand the "Hmmm, what if...?"

I am in a way "Warholing" an someone else's work. I could have deleted the original artist's signature but I wanted to present my "overlay" or what I thought about the original comic as my interpretation, same for the Peanuts and XKCD comics.
Applied in context - as used in a reply to someone's comment, it was just to underscore the fun we have around here, not as a misrepresentation of a piece of art.

It is my point to say, find something funny, make you think, and can you make it more appropriate and make it funnier. Where do you find inspiration?

Aside from the DMCA implications, what's your point?
DCMA is exactly what I meant. Apart from that, I had no problem.
caitlinsdad (author)  Ibrahim Zafar4 years ago
Apart from that, I had no problem. (see what I did there?)
gmjhowe4 years ago
Oh man, I love the Ploki comic.
caitlinsdad (author)  gmjhowe4 years ago
And where have you been, young man? Is their an heir to the timelord's throne?
Haha, excellent.

I have been busy trying to set myself up as a freelance designer. However, I do hope to produce my second time machine soon. Got a few good parts awaiting their fate.
caitlinsdad (author)  gmjhowe4 years ago
Get jiggy with it.
sunshiine4 years ago
You outdid yourself here! I love this!
lemonie4 years ago

Super, thank you.

caitlinsdad (author)  lemonie4 years ago
note to self - work on Super L comix.
mary candy4 years ago
I did love this thing!
You draw pretty good .
kelseymh4 years ago
I'm curious -- What does it mean to "kown"? And why is this the "unkown" comic?
caitlinsdad (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
Dang, pulled over by the Grammar Nazee already.
Fixed. :-)
Kiteman4 years ago
I always make a point of keeping up to date with XKCD and QuestionableContent (note - QC is not always entirely safe for work).
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
I knew this would draw out the usual suspects.
Innocent whistle.
Ninzerbean4 years ago
This is great stuff K. I can't draw very well and have found http://www.xtranormal.com/ (rich editor not working) to be an easy place to make a small "comic" to get my point across or to try to be clever. The drawback (puns are always intended) is that you have to use their characters, but if you can type - you can make a comic.
caitlinsdad (author)  Ninzerbean4 years ago
That software is interesting, too bad you can't hack your own characters, there's probably an open-source version somewhere.