January 24, 2008 5:42 AM
Drew Litton: Dan O'Dowd Takes Aim
One of the many things I love about this job is that it never gets boring. There are so many topics to choose from in just about every sport imaginable (don't recall any cricket cartoons, but, hey, there's a first for everything). It's great to be able to sneak in a few Rockies cartoons right before the Super Bowl. And I have a great time drawing Dan O'Dowd who looks amazingly like Howdy Doody.
I had the chance to meet yesterday with Randy Polliard, an incredibly talented Sports Cartoonist for the Seattle Times. It's always great to meet other cartoonists and talk about the state of the business. We compared notes on Flash animation and where we thought it might lead in the future of newspapers and online content. It's already a huge component of the internet and we both think it will only continue to grow. It's a wave we both intend on riding.
To see a fun sample of Flash check out this Walt Handelsman cartoon.http://weblogs.newsday.com/news/opinion/walthandelsman/blog/2007/11/animation_baby_boomers.html. He's the editorial cartoonist for Newsday and won last year's Pulitzer Prize due in large part to his animations.
I recently discovered the work of Richard Thompson, who just launched a new strip called Cul De Sac. You can see it in the News everyday. I love seeing the work of cartoonists I'm unfamiliar with. I did a search in Amazon and found this treasure trove of cartoons from the feature that Thompson draws for the Washington Post. Absolutely fantastic work.