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How Cartooning Absorbed My Very Soul

Mar 14, 2008
Memories are nice. Especially thinking back to being a toddler, and, yes, I do remember, and watching Popeye on television. Nothing could take me away from Popeye.

Then came the Peanuts gang and I was in love with Snoopy. Charlie was cute, but I promised if I ever had a dog, it would be just like Snoopy.

Cartoon and humor consciousness took over my life. I started searching for yet more gems in print, which, as a teen, led me to Mad Magazine, Cracked Magazine, and even Playboy (would you believe I was one of the few who read Playboy for the cartoons); okay there was a little more to it than just the cartoons, but I found them very funny. I loved Gahan Wilson's artwork and humor, among others.

In time, I put all the comics in a box in the closet, andgot on with real life, and, when I had the time, would take the time to find a funny one, which was not easy. My tastes were changing, but the cartoons in the newspapers were getting repetitive and boring.

Enter Gary Larson's Far Side. I was hooked on cartoons during the entire 1980's and part of the 1990's. Even on his worst days, Gary Larson found a way to make me laugh. A good Far Side, and they were usually very good, if not excellent, cut to the chase, and in a tiny one panel frame, told me more than the entire editorial page could convey in any newspaper. I was a happy camper. One of the saddest days of my life was when Gary retired in the early 1990's.

I kept the faith, and, sure enough, there were others with attempts to fill "the Far Side gap" such as Rubes, Close To Home, Strange Brew, and a number of others. Speed Bump by Dave Coverly came the closest. I still enjoy Dave's cartoon. It is a 9 out of 10; one can rely on it to be funny.

Enter humor master Rick London founder of Londons Times Cartoons; now, the top offbeat cartoon on the Internet. I have been following Rick's creative ventures since 1997 when he launched this incredibly funny cartoon. There were less than 100 color cartoons up by 1998. By 2005, he had over 6500 cartoons up (mostly color) and now has nearly 8000. His critically-acclaimed site deserves merit beyond simple creativity. It is ingenious and even the media seems to agree. It is rare I do not get a laugh from this amazing master of humor. I absolutely love Londons Times Cartoons.

He now even owns e-stores selling thousands of products bearing his cartoon images such as LTSuperstore, RickLondonWear, RickLondonCollection, JustFunnyAprons, JustFunnyHoodies, JustFunnyGreetingCards, MirthGirthBirth, AThongInMyHeart, JustFunnyMousepads, and others. The funny gifts and collectibles are as funny if not funnier than the cartoons. I usually buy them for gifts, but have to buy two of each as it is so hard to give them away (I always keep one for myself).

His cartoons are more of an art form than simply a cartoon. They make you think. They make you laugh. They make you glad you discovered this incredible talent.
About the Author
Freelance website reviewer Alexa Ferotina highly recommends cartoons and cartoon gifts and products by Rick London. Click here for the official Londons Times Cartoon Site
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