On this week’s #webcomicschat I started us off with the question: Who is your artistic (cartoonist) inspiration? I mentioned Bill Watterson with Calvin and Hobbes. Like many web cartoonists I was the perfect age to discover Calvin and Hobbes in the 80s. At the time, I didn’t know what it was but there was something special about the art and the humor that attracted me to it. Now I understand what those things are. First, Watterson was willing (and eager I assume) to break comic strip conventions. Like Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay, Watterson created amazing perspective and environments for his characters instead of limiting them to the typical one-point perspective. Watteron’s characters were also very expressive. For example, I love how Calvin’s eyes changed to fit his mood. Someone may correct me, but other than in animation, I’m not sure anyone had done that before.

After Calvin we continued to talk about other artistic influences like the “two” Chucks, Chuck Jones and Charles Shulz. I can’t think of any better examples of masters of the craft. What is interesting about them both is that their cartooning styles are so unique and distinctive you can recognize them immediately. In addition to cartooning we talked a bit about humor. One of the funniest strips mentioned in terms of influence and entertainment was of course the Far Side by Gary Larson.

At the end I asked for everyone’s favorite web comic (other than their own). Here is the list we came up with in no particular order:

Misery Loves Sherman by Chris Eliopoulos @eliopoulos

Bullfinch. by TL Collins @bullfinchcomic

Cow and Buffalo by Mike Maihack @mikemaihack

One Swoop Fell by Mike Dutton @DuttonArt

Edmund Finney’s Quest to find the Meaning of Life
by D. Long @EQComics

Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson @dogeatdoug

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