Home of the comic 'The Deep End,' started in January 2011 and currently running in Utah State University's 'Utah Statesman' as well as the national comics newspaper 'Funnies Extra!' (www.funnies-extra.com) and various other magazines and publications. Contact me if you would like to use one of my comics! Updates once a week (for now).


People love to laugh! Cartoons liven up any blog or website, so raise interest with a custom comic! Email me at thedeepend.comic@gmail.com!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fritz and Howard

A little while ago I posted an article here about political cartoons written for me by Evelyn Robinson. Here's another article she recently sent me!

A Cat And a Duck Walk Into A Bar: Revisiting Fritz The Cat & Howard The Duck
One was as underground and alternative as it is possible to be, drawn by the man who made the “keep truckin’” 60s slogans possible and for decades was the reigning king of alternative comics. The other was a Marvel production, a cynical and strangely moving look at life which was doomed to an afterlife as a punchline in and of itself due to the effects of a famously ill-conceived movie. They were Fritz the Cat and Howard the Duck, and together they form a strange undercurrent which still moves through comics today - while long underwear heroes own the movie screens, these strange animal heroes remind us that comics can unsettle us, pose political problems and philosophical questions, and take us into situations so strange that superheroes can only dream of them. To re-read Fritz the Cat (created by R. Crumb) and Howard the Duck (primarily written by Steve Gerber) is to suspend your disbelief so far above your head that your perspective might change completely.
Kitty Comix
In 1959, the sixteen year old Robert Crumb drew a comic strip. Called “Cat Life” and based on his family’s ornery cat Fred, the comic then grew into a 1960 work which gave the now-anthropomorphic cat the name he’d wear for twelve years: Fritz. Drawing from the lush lunacy which was a feature of Walt Kelly’s seminal work Pogo (which would later inspire Bill Watterson to create Calvin & Hobbes) as well as the “funny animal” comics which had been a staple of his childhood, Crumb’s Fritz The Cat was an astonishing feat for such a young talent. Fritz was a cat for the coming decade.
Fritz was less counterculture and more - well. He was a cat without a culture, and was therefore able to provide commentary on the excesses, failures, and hypocrisies of both the left and right wings, the straight and narrow or the ones with their heads blown wide open. A strong proponent of marijuana, Crumb had his feline hero (as well as other anthropomorphic characters in Fritz’s modern “supercity”) smoke it regularly; however, he wasn’t shy about showing the effects of this and other drugs. Turning to marijuana to relax after a fight with his on-again-off-again vixen girlfriend, Fritz would find intoxicated solace from the stress, but would be unable to get around to doing anything about it. Mushrooms and acid, burnt-out hippies and racial revolutionaries, presidents and cops; everyone was fair game, and Crumb (along with his brother Charles) satirized them all. These might be funny animal comics, but they were underground for a reason, featuring plenty of animal-on-animal fun and other activities which were less than ideal for kids.
By the time Fritz the Cat ended his run in 1972, he had become a legend of the underground scene, and had starred in one of the most highly-rated independent animated movies of all time. The movie was, unfortunately, Fritz’s downfall, as Crumb argued with the filmmakers and moved on to other works (a second movie, unconnected to either Crumb of the original director, was later released). The world had lost a cat, but was just about to meet a duck.
An Existentialist Duck
He was originally supposed to be a minor character, a bit part in Man-Thing, which itself was just part of Marvel’s Adventure Into Fear series. Created in 1973 by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, Howard The Duck would become a legend, graduating to his own miniseries and then to his own title in 1976. From his very first appearance, Howard was something new, shouting about the absurdity of emerging into a world of talking apes. Alien, duck, and frankly bizarre, Howard lived the life of a superhero - duck style - with plotlines and twists which continued to post strange philosophical questions of readers.
As a Marvel property, Howard was able to meet the likes of Spiderman, and comic lovers read and watched as Howard spoofed their favorite genres and tropes with the kind of complicated cruelty that comes from real affection for the medium. Yet through all the absurdity (Howard learns ‘Quack-Fu’), the comic created real emotional stakes for both its titular duck and the reader. Unfortunately, this strange, brilliant diamond was eventually shut away, the result of a movie which shared the comic’s name but not its bizarre spirit. The ‘Howard the Duck’ movie was a legendary failure, an ignoble end to a comic which, if not noble, was certainly provoking.

Monday, May 26, 2014


Here are two more cartoons I did recently for the Shingo Institute. Not available for re-use.





Monday, May 19, 2014

Contest results!

Congrats to Zach Lanphier of Palmer, AK for winning the caption contest! Here's the winning caption. It tied with his other suggestion "C'mon Widow, what's more American than endorsements?"



Here's the one I originally had. I think I like Zach's better.



Sunday, May 18, 2014

CAPtion Contest!

Head over to the Facebook page to participate in the latest caption contest!

https://www.facebook.com/deependcomic/photos/a.633984606671717.1073741840.132701306800052/640792972657547/?type=1&theater


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Website!

I've been working on a new portfolio website for class. Check it out here! I expect to make some pretty big changes soon.

www.tysoncoleart.com

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Big Shopper - Another Shingo Cartoon

Here's another cartoon for the people over at the Shingo Institute. Not available for re-use.



I always like seeing how a project evolves, so here's how it originally was. The changes in the top version were requested to better communicate the message that the company is trying to teach.



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Shingo Cartoons

I've been hired by the Shingo Institute to do a series of original cartoons for their instructional, promotional, and supplementary materials. They teach seminars and provide material related to efficiency inside a business. The cartoons will highlight pitfalls that Shingo is teaching companies to avoid, but in a humorous, relatable way. These cartoons are unavailable for use by anyone other than the Shingo Institute. More to come!

If you have a similar project in mind and would like to do something like this for your company, send me an email! thedeepend.comic@gmail.com

Initial character sketches. That isn't going to be the title, I just wanted to slap something else onto the page.

Color study for the main character.






This may be the first ever comic STRIP that I've done!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wired magazine article about caricatures

I recently read a cool article from Wired magazine titled "What Caricatures Can Teach Us About Facial Recognition" by Ben Austen.

 http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/07/ff_caricature/all/

 For the article, the author had several caricature artists draw him in their own style. I'm in a Type, Image, and Visual Continuity class right now and we're designing magazines so I wanted to use this article. We had to create our own imagery, so I decided to add my own caricature into the mix! The Einstein caricature I did earlier was for the magazine's cover, and this one is for my feature spread. To see the other caricatures, go read the article!






Friday, January 31, 2014

Einstein Caricature


This is for a project I'm working on for my Type, Image, and Visual Continuity class. We're designing a magazine and we have to create the majority of the images used in it. Einstein has got to be one of the most caricatured people ever, probably because he's so well known and has a face that's just plain fun to draw!



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sneak Peek!


A little sneak peek of a caricature I'm doing for a school project. Any guesses who it could be?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Day Cartoon - Cupid Fail





I asked my Facebook homies which version they liked better and the opinions seem to be pretty much split. I love the art part of cartooning, but the focus needs to be on the joke, so in this case, the second one will probably become my go-to version. Less distractions and a cleaner design. I still like the first one though and had a good time making it. Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Super Excuse



It's been a long time since I participated in the CCGB's caption contest, but I decided to give this week's a go!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Creating a "Deep End" cartoon!

Cartoon Tutorial


I thought it'd be kinda cool to show a little bit of the process that goes into creating a Deep End cartoon. The first step, the sketch, is generally based off of a less-detailed sketch from my sketchbook, where I jot down my ideas and get a basic feel for how I want to set up the scene. Then, using very sophisticated software (Photoshop) I'll re-sketch it directly into my computer. I own an HP Touchsmart tm2 which allows me to draw directly onto the screen. It's been a great computer, but it's getting a little old and I'm starting to have serious problems with the pressure sensitivity, so I'll probably spring for a small 13" Wacom Cintiq pretty soon. I ink it on the layer above the sketch layer and then color it on a new layer below the inks. I'll usually have color separated onto a couple layers (foreground, background, etc) so that I can make changes and not mess up stuff I've already done. It's always pretty cool to look at my cartoons without the black line work. Just a couple more steps and I could probably turn it into a full-on digital painting! The whole process usually takes me around eight hours, depending on complexity and the number of distractions, and it always help to have some great music or some other form of high-quality entertainment!



Here are the individual images in case you want to see them bigger.







Thursday, October 10, 2013