Hello and thanks for visiting again.
Tonight I have a quote I’d like to share with you. I recently read “Last Words,” by George Carlin and immediately identified with something he had written. It goes like this: “I loved it when I was a kid and other kids would say, ‘Georgie, you’re crazy! You ever see Carlin? He’s crazy! I still love it. When people say, ‘You’re weird, you’ve got a strange mind,’ it means more to me than if they say, ‘You’re a very funny man.’ Of course, when they say, ‘You’re a very funny man and you have a strange way of looking at things,’ I swell up: it’s just the greatest thing I can hear.”
I know what he means – I feel the same way. One thing I know is that some of my cartoons tend to be a little on the strange side. My mind on occasion has the ability to put things together that don’t typically go together, yet when combined, can produce what I think is a humorous effect. Now, when I’m in the presence of someone who is seeing my cartoons for the first time like at an artwalk or a festival, and I hear them say something like, “How did your mind come up with these?” 0r “Your mind is really twisted! I just love it! And if they’re laughing when they say it, that’s the best. I think on some level it has to do with the fact that they are acknowledging and have an appreciation for what you’ve done; that they understand what you’re doing or trying to do and that they get it. It also means that you’ve found someone who shares the same sense of humor, and believe me, it’s certainly not everyone. But it feels so good when that happens.
So if you see me set up at an event somewhere, and after looking at my cartoons you respond with a heartfelt, “Man, are you weird!” I won’t take offense. In fact, I’ll say, “Thank you!” with a big smile on my face.