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Alexa Ratings: Who Do They Choose For Top Indie Cartoonist?

Jan 23, 2008
Asking oneself who is the best at their profession is similar to asking which galaxy offers the most oxygen. One can only guess it is ours, but that could be our ego talking. The Internet offers analytical sites that measure certain websites, however. Unlike movie and tv stars, cartoonists are not a talkative or egotistical bunch, for the most part, so one has to research. I found some interesting information.

In the last quarter of the 20th Century, i would have to say my two favorites were Gary Trudeau (Doonesbury) and Scott Adams (Dilbert). Adams is still going strong with Dilbert. He happens to have an economics degree, worked many years in corporate America, so probably has a lot of stories to tell, and does so well in his strip. Even as late as 2000, the late great Charles Schulz was drawing Peanuts (he retired that year). Many say his later work was some of his best. I tend to agree, but he took some risky chances during the Viet Nam War and ruffled some feathers. In the early 1970's his strip debated sensitive issues such as religion, war, and politics. He was never one to make excuses or take prisoners.

Adams was known to have drawn funny pictures of his bosses. But more importantly, he rendered a reflection of "new corporate America" which was a bit inhumane, at least architecturally due to the fact we were all packed in cubicles, which he, as most workers, hated. Gary Larson (The Far Side, Rick London (Londons Times Cartoons), and Dave Coverly (Speed Bump) go down as my all-time favorites. Of course cartooning like any art is subjective. I like this kind of cartooning because of what I call "extreme editing". All three cartoonists use single panels to tell a story that could be written in a book. To me, that takes more than genius. It takes something that not even many Mensans can claim to have or implement.

Though Mensa offers much in the way of learning and teaching to its members, my feeling is that it is outdated as it does not take EQ Emotional IQ into account. Some of the brightest people I have ever known or been exposed to, these brilliant cartoonist for instance, might not be Mensa material, but they are just as brilliant. This new type of brilliance was discovered by author Robert Goleman in the mid-1980's and he wrote a best-seller on it called "Emotional IQ" or EQ. It is a book worth reading. The author received a PHD from an ivy league school after being told all his life he was autistic.

So Mensans can't do what these cartoonists can do, and vice versa. I am sure they can all accept that.

The main outlet was newspaper syndication when Larson's Far Side and later Coverly's Speed Bump were launched. I am so much reminded, when I see a Londons Times Cartoon a good bit of The Far Side but a little more sophisticated as are Coverly's panels. I love them equally, but to me, it is hard to beat Rick London's monumental web site of thousands of cartoons, each, to me a masterpiece (okay a few duds, but mostly ingenius). Maybe they are not that much beter but done in such brilliant color, and purposely not created for newspapers but for magazines and the Internet. I love viewing them there. I can go back and look at the website again and again and see something different every time. That so much reminds me of going back and reading Far Side books repeadedly when I had the blues. The blues magicallyi lifted.

Rick London and designer Yves St. Laurent had similar challenges. Both were in artistic fields and neither could draw. So they formed a "team of creative illustrators to illustrate their work, and then it was manifested into products. St. Laurent retired at the top of his field, and London is still plugging away with Londons Times, creating new cartoons daily that appear on his site, over 8500 in all. It is truly amazing.

Though all these creators are great in my book, in their own way, it is impossible not to vote Rick London as the top in his field. He started with nothing and now owns the highest-ranked offbeat cartoon site. He has launched 9 niche web stores of cartoon merchaandise from aprons to clocks and they sell very well I am told. How can one not recognize this talent who only had a high school education in the Mississippi public school systems. It is almost like an Elvis story.
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The Web offers thousands of funny cartoons. The most critically-acclaimed among them worldwide is Alexa Rankings: Top Cartoon On The Intenet, Rick London's Londons Times Cartoons
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