St. Vinnie’s

More properly known as

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

StVinnie02Just a short blog today to give a shout out to all the thrift stores around the country. I always try to check out bookstores when in other towns, but sometimes overlook the thrift stores.

Here in The Dalles, I walk past St Vinnie’s most every day and happened to notice a sign proclaiming all books half off.

Of course, I could not pass that up.

I left a while later with the following titles.



For those who do not get enough cats on facebook…


The following is a new one to me.



It will be hard to scan the pages due to the binding, so will probably let it pass as a blog post.

So, what did these three books cost?



I thought I had misheard the amount. But the clerk pointed out that they were all half off. I gave her three dollar bills, and she gave me back three quarters and two pennies. I left the pennies.

St Vinnie’s has done a lot to spruce up the store and keep inventory fresh. Perhaps it is competition from Goodwill and their new purpose built store. I trend to avoid that outfit as I don’t think that I should be supporting a CEO salary of (in 2014) $882,288 for a nonprofit . (Source, Portland Business Journal, October 8, 2015.)

Anyway, St. Vinnie’s usually has a good collection of books. Well, lots of other stuff, also.

I was driving through Klamath Falls a year or so ago, and stumbled on a church run thrift store. It was an adventure, navigating the shelves, but I did score a book or two.

Lest you think I only cruise thrift stores in Oregon, I also found a local cartoon book in an Edinburgh, Scotland thrift store. I do not remember the title, but do remember how the volunteers running the store had trouble making the sale. They were helpful, but the equipment was not.

So, always try to ferret out the little and not so little thrift stores on your trips. Who knows? You might be rewarded with a real find or two.


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Lincoln Peirce October 23, 1963 – still going strong


Here is a quick author bio from the book.



I don’t know if it is a coincidence, but both Peirce and Stephen King live in Maine. Wonder if one influences the other. Or not.

I came across this book at a library book sale. The price was most certainly right, as they were closing and did not want to box it back up. “Take it”, they said. And I did.

Big Nate is carried in my local newspaper. Kind of. The paper publishes, they say, Tuesday through Saturday. However, the Saturday issue usually shows up Sunday morning. This shortened publishing cycle would not be much of a problem, but since the gags usually run for a week, or sometimes two weeks. And the set up is always on Monday, by the time the paper rolls around on Tuesday, it is not always clear just what is going on.

Luckily, I can usually find the strip on line, and see what the set up gag was.

Another problem with the local paper is the censorship of questionable items. Questionable that is to the editor. The following cartoon, was replaced by Blondie. This happens quite often, so I wonder just what the editor finds offensive.


July 16 Censored Strip

I do know that an article on a woman golfer who mentioned that her coach told her to keep her girls together had that reference cut.

My town is interesting in that it lies on the dividing line between urban liberal and rural conservative. We have an adult store, and Recreational Marijuana dispensaries, but seem to tend Republican in local and National Elections. A proposed Wall Mart is being fought tooth and nail.

Anyway, you are not interested in my town, rather Lincoln Peirce and his strip, Big Nate.

The strip debuted in 1991.

Oh, and the censored cartoon is about School Picture Guy. A recurring figure, who pops up as a DJ, Videographer, and many other things. I believe he lives in his mother’s basement, which he calls his bachelor pad…

There is an excellent Wikipedia article on the strip. . I suggest you link on over for all the background on the strip and the characters. Wikipedia has a rather snarky comment about the information as being too long or excessively detailed. I, however, appreciate the detail. Give it a look.

The Washington Post March 6, 2015, has a nice question and answer session with Michael Cauna and Peirce. In that article we learn that Big Nate has been going for twenty or so years. Probably more important is that Peirce acknowledges that comics are now found in more than newspapers and comic books.

MC: Is there anything newspapers and features editors can do in 2015 to lure more kids to the comics page? Or are we past some evolutionary — or de-evolutionary — point?

LP: Well, they can do away with readers’ comics polls, for one thing. You can’t lure kids to the comics page by selecting your content based on the feedback of elderly adults. And they could spend a few extra bucks to make the Sunday comics “destination reading” again. How about adding pages to the Sunday section, increasing the size of the strips and putting the comics front and center, instead of burying them with all the reams of drugstore coupons?

That wouldn’t necessarily make kids drop their iPhones and pick up the Sunday funnies. But it would make reading the comics a far more enjoyable experience. When something’s fun to do, it at least stands a chance of creating new fans.

Interesting comment.

There is also a Wikipedia article about Peirce, himself, in which we learn that he cartooned in school, and was for a time a school teacher.

Here is a link to a video, in which he talks about Mrs. Godfrey.

The video, is followed by other videos by/on Peirce. All I can say is that I am glad I never had a Mrs. Godfrey as a teacher. This video, and the ones that follow it, are quite instructive about the cartoonist in his natural environment.

You can also experience Peirce at his blog, a veritable cornucopia of things Big Nate and Peirce. For one thing, you can catch the cartoon that was censored by your local paper.

So, on to the book I scored from the Library.

Let us start off with his father. The father is divorced, and has the kids, and that is all we know. The ex never pops up, and is never mentioned. Since many of the items in the strip are based on Peirce’s childhood, I wonder if he was raised by a single father. In any case, Here we see the family at Christmas. The older sister has not been around much in the strips, but maybe she was earlier.


The old man is a terrible golfer.


But quick enough on beating Nate to the report card.


Yo Mama, Trash Talking, Smack Down, et. al.




And speaking of basketball, Nate decided to let Fates in the form of a basketball decide his love life.


It’s hard to be cool in the sixth grade. So, off to the expert you go.



I don’t know how Nate got roped into being a Book Buddy, especially for a kid whose IQ is up in the stratosphere, but here he is doing his best.



Nate has a favorite super hero comic, Femme Fatality.


And the next one, that just works on so many levels.


Some teachers Nate can work with ease.



And then there is Mrs. Godfrey


She does however have her good side.


For a short time.


Mr Rosa, the long suffering Art Teacher.


Mr Rosa has to work at an ice cream parlor in the summer to make ends meet.

At the top of the heap is the Principal. Nate can work him, also.


And let us close with Nate’s famous locker.


Check out Peirce’s blog, and the other articles.

Oh, yes. I almost forgot. google, as usual, has a whole lot of Big Nate cartoons.

Thanks for reading.


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The New Yorker War Album



I am not certain where I found this book, but it is a wonderful read.

The cartoons obviously are contemporary to the copyright date, 1942.

Some of the cartoons may not make much sense 74 years later, but basically humor is humor.

first cartoon in the book.



The US civilian Air Raid Wardens were probably based on the ones in Great Britain, as they had been doing it from around 1939. We did not declare war on anyone until after the Japanese nudged us into the war in December 1941.

In any case, can anyone imagine the Captains of industry, billionaire politicians and CEO’s in our time giving up an evening to be an Air Raid Warden? We might also mention the ‘dollar a year men’ who flocked to our nation’s capital to work in managing the huge war effort. They were the CEO’s, owners, managers, and industrialists of the 1940’s, and they offered their services to our government for the sum of a dollar a year.

Think about it. Their country had been attacked, and they put their combined efforts to defending their homes, and defeating the enemy.

Take a moment to try to name one well known billionaire who would bother to do that today.

I was a young boy during that war. After it was over, my brother and I found a Stirrup pump in the basement. We also found a tin helmet. There may have been an armband somewhere. We used the Stirrup pump for water fights. I understand now that our father must have been one of the Air Raid Wardens in our neighborhood. He never talked of it. He also never talked of his war related work. Back then no one talked about it, they just did it, and got on with life.

This is a Stirrup pump. I found the image on Etsy, and you can own it for $75.00.

Civil Defense 4 Gallon Stirrup pump

As you can imagine it was great in water fights.

I also found this item online,

OPA price for Stirrup Pump

Quite a price difference. More on the OPA later.

Twenty days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, America instituted Rubber rationing. Here is an excerpt from an interesting blog, Sarah’s Blog.

To ensure enough rubber for military and vital civilian purposes, tire rationing was instituted on December 27, 1941. The program ran through December 31, 1945. Local Tire Rationing Boards issued certificates for tires or recapping upon application. Certificates for new tires were restricted to vehicles for public health and safety (medical, fire, police, garbage, and mail services), essential trucking (food, ice, fuel), and public transportation. Recapping was allowed at the discretion of the local board for any of the above, and occasionally for taxis and defense workers who shared rides. Civilians were allowed to keep five tires per automobile, and were required to surrender any others.

That probably accounts for the large number of cartoons about tires.












And finally, a Charles Addams’ cartoon on the subject.

About the OPA. The Office of Price Administration set prices for many items. I do remember some neighborhood women talking about how the local grocer would keep an eye out for the OPA volunteer and change prices to where they were supposed to be when he saw her approaching. I don’t know how true that yarn was, but if you look at the post card below, you can see how the Van Gorder family felt about OPA. That sign was still on the store in the mid fifties.


As the war went on, rationing and shortages were an obvious topic. Shortages in the labor force, as well as at the store.









There were scrap metal drives, rubber drives, and other collections to aid the war effort.



Obviously, the government shut down projects to divert resources to the war effort.





Speaking of the war effort, on the home front, we have the following cartoon. I guess the ladies were checking for possible hazards in case of bombing attacks.



Here are two enlargements, one showing the items one would expect to have on hand, and the other a map of the area of, I assume, responsibility for the office.



How about a parade.




And, a bit of detail to show the names.

Women in the workforce.




How many remember needing an operator to make a long distance call?




Stateside training.





TrailerTrashNotes from the war. Hitler’s allies, the Italians, may not have been quite as enthusiastic about fighting as were the Wehrmacht.


And speaking of Hitler, we have the following. As we now know, not only was Germany further along developing atomic weapons than previously thought, the Japanese were also tinkering with the concept. The Russians of course did not have to develop the item, as we were so kindly providing information to them, both above and below the table. So to speak.

There is a very good publication from google books, on how we made the bomb.


And of course, every GI’s question.

Let us not overlook the navy.



Not everyone served.



Of course, seventy plus years later, perhaps that would not be a problem. For one thing, there is no draft. And for another, well, let us just move along.

The New Yorker had its share of propaganda cartoons. I remember as a kid, seeing movies which explained why the Japanese had to be rounded up and placed in concentration camps. Not the Germans, nor the Italians, just the sneaky Jap bastards who bombed Pearl Harbor. I read an article recently about an actual Japanese spy who provided much detail for the attack on Pearl Harbor, and possibly also Hickam Field, on Ohau. After the war he was not a hero back in Japan. Many thought he had caused the deaths and destruction of their homelands, and he suffered.

In any case, we see the following.




We end with the last cartoon in the book.



Hope you enjoyed them.


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The Best of the Rejection Collection


Rejection Collection Front Cover

Rejection Collection Back Cover

I came across this book at St. Vinnie’s, here in The Dalles, Oregon.


Nice selection, excellent prices.


There are forty-two cartoonists represented of which I chose four to profile. The book deals with the rejections from The New Yorker. Inside there is a note that these cartoons were rescued by Matthew Diffee, and there is also a forward by Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor of the magazine for the last ten years (as of 2011).

So, what gets a cartoon rejected. Sometimes office politics, but more on that when we talk about Jack Zeigler.

From the book, we have ten reasons for rejections.

Reason #1

Reason #2


Reason #3


Reason #4


Reason #4a

Reason #5



Reason #6


Reason #7


Reason #8



Reason #9



Reason #10

As I said, there are fourth-two cartoonists in this book. I urge you to get a copy for yourself to see who got left out.

First up, we have Jack Zeigler.


Photo credit:

Courtesy of The New Yorker,  we have the following:

Jack Ziegler is a cartoonist. He has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1974, and has published more than fifteen hundred cartoons. He has also published eight collections of drawings, including “Hamburger Madness,” “How’s the Squid?: A Book of Food Cartoons,” “Olive or Twist?: A Book of Drinking Cartoons,” and “You Had Me at Bow Wow: A Book of Dog Cartoons.” He wrote and illustrated the children’s book “Mr. Knocky,” and has illustrated several other books. “The Essential Jack Ziegler,” edited by former cartoon editor Lee Lorenz, was released in 2000.

As I mentioned earlier, internal politics can affect the publication of a cartoon. Please follow this link  for The Journey of a Thousand Cartoons by Bob Mankoff, as Jack Zeigler talks about how he sold his first cartoon to the magazine, only to have it, and others which they bought, not used. There is also an interesting discussion on how payment was determined.

Here is an interesting blog, Lines and colors, by Charley Parker, with many links to other sites.

As usual, google has a collection of his cartoons.   However, we are interested in those that did not make the cut. But first, a Q and A from the book. This format is basically the same for each cartoonist.

Jack Zeigler01

Jack Zeigler02

And, now, on to the rejected cartoons.

Jack Zeigler03

Jack Zeigler04

Jack Zeigler05


Jack Zeigler06

Jack Zeigler07


Jack Zeigler08

Next up is Leo Cullum. ( January 11, 1942 – October 23, 2010)

I believe he published 819 cartoons in The New Yorker. The Wikipedia  article has this to say,

He had always hoped to be published in The New Yorker, which turned down a series of his early entries. The magazine liked some of Cullum’s concepts for cartoons, which were turned over to Charles Addams for illustration, with the first of Cullum’s ideas appearing in print in 1975 showing a couple paddling in a canoe with their reflection in the water showing a vision of the man attacking the woman

In an article in The New Times, Oct 25 2010, by William Grimes, on Cullum’s death, and history with the magazine, Grimes’ mentions,

Before long he cracked The New Yorker. On Jan. 3, 1977, the magazine published his first cartoon, which showed a bathrobed businessman drinking coffee at his desk, surrounded by chickens and speaking into a telephone. The caption read: “No, you’re not disturbing me, Herb. I’m up with the chickens this morning.”

Here is a link to an article by Bob Mankoff, on Leo Cullum.  Check out the cartoons.

As always, google has a collection of his images.

And now for his entry from The Best of the Rejection Collection.


Leo Cullum01


Leo Cullum02


And his rejected cartoons.

Leo Cullum03

Leo Cullum04


Leo Cullum05


Leo Cullum06


Next up, Gahan Wilson. Born February 8, 1930 and still going strong.

How strong is evidenced by the following.



Click on over to, for more information.

I have always enjoyed his humor. I always went for his cartoons in Playboy before unfolding the center fold.

He has a facebook page.  There is some type of web page for a Gahan Wilson museum, that says it is the largest repository of his work. Scroll on over and check it out.

And the google site of his cartoons,

And our offering.

Gahan Wilson01


Gahan Wilson02

The rejected cartoons.

Gahan Wilson03

Gahan Wilson04


Gahan Wilson05

Gahan Wilson06

P.S. Mueller is next.

Most articles about this cartoonist start withCartoonist, writer, and radio personality.” I understand that the radio part came from a stint with The Onion Radio News, along with voice over jobs. For the writer part, just follow this link for an example.

There is an interesting interview in the 2010 June issue of Funny Times. The interviewer is unnamed, so I assume it was by the editor(s) of the site. A brief portion of that interview follows.

Cartoonist, writer, and radio personality, P.S. Mueller is the mad genius of Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been a regular Funny Times contributor of both cartoons and stories for over 20 years. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Barron’s, Field and Stream and hundreds of other publications. Two collections of his humor, Cats and Dogs/Dogs and Cats and Your Belief System Is Shotare currently available from your favorite bookseller.

I suggest you link on over to the site for the complete interview.

P.S. Mueller has his own web site.  Much more information about him, his cartoons, and his activities.

Google has a bunch of his cartoons. 

And now, here is The Best of the Rejection Collection, take on Mr P.S. Mueller.



And the cartoons.





The book closes with some cartoons rejected by the cartoonists themselves, and at the very end a Q&A by the cartoonists asking Bob Mankoff questions, and his replies. This section is not visual, so I did not peruse it.

Anyway here are a few of the self rejected cartoons.

First up, Matthew Diffee, the creator of the book.


Then, William Haefeli and Ariel Molvig.


Then, P.C. Vey

P.C.Vey's Regection

Finally, Glen LeLieve


So, there you have it. How to not get published in the The New Yorker.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Until next time.

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WARREN MILLER 1936 – (Still going strong, we hope)



From the fly leaf of this book, we find that he was born in Chicago in 1936, and also attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. An excerpt from the introduction,


If you do a search for ‘W. Miller’ as shown on the jacket, you will come up with Willey Miller, of Non Sequitur…

However, this is about Warren Miller. Search for him, and you might be shunted off to a Ski photographer. However, persevere, and you will come to the subject of today’s blog: Warren Miller, CARTOONIST.

Here is a link to a blog,  on New Yorker Cartoonists, from which we find the following:

Below: Donald Reilly, Warren Miller, Ed Fisher and Joe Farris during a much needed break at the Arnold Newman photo shoot along the Hudson River, NYC,  1997. (photo by Liza Donnelly).














This Warren Miller cartoon, from February 15th, 1969, in which animals have occupied a zoo administrator’s office, is clearly a reference to student protests at universities in 1968 and 69. It’s a snapshot of the power struggle that was going on between the establishment and the counter culture at that time. Peggy’s a part of that menagerie that has wrestled control of the institution away from the stuffy pipe-smokers that run it, although I imagine she feels more like the zoo director- in constant danger of being pushed out of her hard-won position by the animals of the firm. That lion looks a lot like Don, the giraffe like the statuesque Joan and the ostrich could easily be mistaken for Roger Sterling (I don’t see a duck in there, but if there was one I guess it would be… Duck?).

The blog is about the The New Yorker cartoonists, and ‘Peggy Olson’ whose name is seen above.

Check it out.

Another blog, The Cartoon Bank blog,  has quite a bit of information on Warren Miller.  This entry dates from May 2010, so is fairly current.

Here is a great video of Warren Miller drawing a dog.  Interestingly, the video states that it was recorded at East Texas Video.  Also on this link are Sidney Harris and others, drawing a dog.

Another link seems to indicate that he graduated from Beloit College in 1960. Beloit collecg is a private liberal arts college in Wisconsin.

I found a link for a book on google on how to report, anchor and interview people.  From this book we find that he is a contract cartoonist for The New Yorker, since 1961.  So, I guess he got the job right out of school. He also illustrates Children’s books, and paints using various materials. He is married to a former Bio-Chemistry teacher. They have three children and one granddaughter.

And of course, google images has a bunch of his cartoons.

So, on to the cartoons from this book.

I mentioned Willey Miller earlier, and the following cartoon reminds me of many of his cartoons dealing with the workplace. At least the workplace from the top, and not the actual workers…


Since he seems to do most of his work for The New Yorker, I thought I would lump a few of his cartoons together, as they reflect what I think a New Yorker would appreciate. Well, maybe more understand than appreciate.





Reminds me of when we stopped to watch the better half enjoy themselves in a restaurant where they had obviously had gone to see and be seen and they became upset because I took a photo. It was outside seating. Oh, well, onward.




Then on to the family.



The arts,


You can almost hear the musicians muttering, I went to Julliard for this?


Which leads to



And a thought or two on animals



The Caption: It’s a great act, but I miss the old style excitement.

How about education?


Caption:  Can anybody here read?

And how to relax without straining your writst


The next one is a political correct interpretation of the boy and the leak in the dike. He obviously did not want to upset the natural order of things. Or, maybe he thought a flood might be an improvement.



Bartenders the world over.


The caption:  That’s life.

And, on to the Rat race.

Hope you enjoyed them.

Until next time.


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Our post is on Barry Rickwood, and/or Zmud.

The cover of the publication says it contains cartoons from People magazine.  Inside, we see that it was published by Magazine Promotions Australia of Sydney, and printed by Eastern Suburbs Newspapers, Waterloo.  It was published in 1984.

Just who this person is, or who these persons are is a bit of a mystery.

The Design and Art Australia Online, talks about Barry Rickwood, and says that his active period was from 1986 to 1988.

However, the National Library of Australia, indicates that Barry Rickwood did the text for the book, while Zmud did the actual illustrations. They also go on to say,


Sydney : Magazine Promotions Australia, c1984
[64] p. : col. ill. ; 17 x 25 cm. 


“64 all colour Zmud cartoons from People magazine” — Cover.

And, they go on to list, Up the Cross / John Byrell ; illustrated by Zmud

They also mention an interview with Byrell, in their audio archives.

So, from this I deduce that there was an actual person named ‘Zmud’, who illustrated at least two publications. And that Barry Rickwood did text for cartoons.

However, to further muddy the waters, Ian McCall, of the Australian Cartoon Museumspent quite a bit of time on my behalf, trying to round up information on Zmud/Barry Rickwood. Ian said he had a chance to visit with Barry in the early 1980’s, but could not provide much information on him. Ian found a reference to Barry in the book, “The 102 Collection of Australia’s Leading Cartoonists.” The reference states,

Barry Rickwood came to Australia in 1964 to work in a foundry at Whyalla, South Australia. After countless jobs round the coasts of Australia, he joined News Ltd. In 1979. For the last four years he has worked as a freelance, his work appearing regularly in People, Australasian Post and MAD magazines.

I guess People Magazine was quite a change from the usual post WWII magazines in Australia.

Here is an interesting audio interview with the first ‘cover girl’ for People Magazine.

And a print interview with the same lady.

I actually have two copies of this collection. There must have been some problems in the production end, as one has duplicated pages. Same number of cartoons, just a few extra pages. They have my sympathy, as I have been known to produce a small book of poems with the cover headed north, and the contents headed south.

I will stop here, and just say that the cartoons are fun to look at, and if the authorship is unknown, then that is just another interesting item about this collection.

Before we look at the cartoons, a thought about the times represented by them. There are several which could be set in ‘The Rocks’ section of old Sydney. Many times, what seems to be an historic setting, has current (well as current as the strip date, around 1984) politicians somewhere in the cartoon. Sometimes they have current situations.

There is a recurring big burly blonde guy who floats areound in time. We see him in an historic setting, then in a current setting.

Politicians are often found lurking in corners, or as background characters. There are exceptions, when they are front and center, and not in a very flattering light. The back cover (above) has a bunch standing by the side of the road. Of particular interest is a two faced gent in the back.

Well, on to the cartoons. First the medical profession. Sorry about the first one, I cut off the caption. It reads, You say I’m as sound as the dollar…I’m that bloody crook?.







Occupational hazards. Or not.


Which segues into Bosses in general.


And on into, or back to, early Australia.





Liquid refreshment.




note the politicians in lower left corner.

Athletic activities.


Cultural events.


Summer holidays.


Around the home front.



Not all wives are quite as casual as the one above.  Often, they are depicted as large, and formidable.



But, not all the time.





Let us wrap up with a view of the political landscape.




Well, there we have it.  If anyone has additional information on Barry Rickwood/Zmud, I would appreciate knowing more about him or them.

Thanks for reading this.


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His Facebook Photo

Peter van de Wiel is a hard working Cartoonist/illustrator from the Netherlands, making cartoons for dutch consumer sites and dutch radio and more.

A large body of his work is represented on his twitter account,  and I mean well represented; and on his facebook account. and Instagram.

He also has his own web page with a huge archive stretching back to 2009.

You can find him on linkedin, but this link shoves you into a whole bunch of Peter’s, and unless you are a linkedin member you will be stymied.

His cartoons are also on the Consumer site, kassa,  which sort of remind me of Consumers Reports, and the old Confidential magazine of the 50’s.

Google also has a lot of his images, 

That being said, I never ran across any of his work until I got copies of two books that Peter and Robert Jan Schinkel produced. The first book was on the adventures of Baron Dragonder, based on stories Robert Jan used to tell his kids.





[insert back cover]

and a while back the second, De K(r)oning Te Rijk,


In fine print: The tale of the hidden Crown. And, How Bathmen children helped the Prince of Orange.


Or, as I transliterated the above, a children’s story of how the children of The Netherlands, helped establish the first Crown Prince, King William the First, 200 years ago.

From inside the book, And they lived happily ever after.

I did not find either of these in US bookstores, either new or used, but through the good offices of my son who brought them back on two of his visits over there. I have known the Schinkel family for many years, and even was at the wedding of Robert Jan and Elodie many, many years ago. So, I knew one half to the creative team, and set out to learn more about the other half. I asked, and Peter kindly took time from his obviously busy schedule to answer a few questions.

Visual Humor. First, let me thank you very much for this opportunity.

Peter van de Wiel. You’re welcome, the honor is mine.

VH. There is a gentleman in my town who states that he writes comic books, in that he does the dialog, and sends detailed instructions to illustrators who are in, if not third world countries, than at least SE Asia, the Orient, etc. He tells the illustrators how the characters should look, how they should express his ideas, where on the page they should be located, etc. I can not see this type of relationship between you and Robert Jan. So, I would appreciate your thoughts on your working relationship with Robert Jan, and for that matter any other people with whom you have collaborated. Also, how did the collaboration(s) come about?

P v d W. For a cartoon the joke has to be good… it has to grip the imagination. so if you can write good jokes, any fool can draw them… and you don’t even have to be a good artist to draw a successful cartoon. But when the drawing is “poor” the jokes are mostly very good. but it is also a matter of taste… for “Hein de Kort” is an artist I admire for his style and humor but not everybody agrees with this. 

My collaboration with Robert Jan, is like magic. When I make a drawing for someone else I rarely have to do a do-over. For most of the time I make what the client expects and sometimes I exceed it. But with Robert Jan it is different… we not only understand each other, we also exceed each other. Robert Jan can make a wonderful story, and I make a drawing that captures the essence of the story. Or I can make beautiful drawings and he will give it a deeper meaning with his writing-Robert Jan asked me to make one drawing in his first book of the Baron Dragonder.


 I ended up making 10, and that started our cooperation. I work with more people but with Robert Jan it is truly a joint venture. we are both dreamers…

VH. How did you get started drawing and illustrating?

P v d W. I stated drawing when I was little… sitting for the television watching weekend morning cartoons with a sketchbook on my lap. Yes, that’s my childhood… and I have been doing it ever since. About 15 years ago I got my hands on a comic book called “scribbly” from a dutch artist, Jan Paul Arends.  He wrote that on his first book, he forced himself to make one drawing everyday. I took this as my starting point, but I was terrible at making up a storyline for a joke. So I used the number one dutch radio station, 3fm.

The morning show was every weekday, and I made a cartoon about the show every day. I sent it to them via one of the producers and in no time a friendship was born. I still make drawings for 3fm, but not on a daily basis anymore.

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VH. Do you have now, or had in the past, your own strip?

P v d W. No… I made many many many cartoons, but never a comic strip; but, who knows…

VH. Do you do Editorial Cartoons. As an aside, many years ago, Neil Matterson, a cartoonist in Melbourne Australia mentioned that almost no one made a living doing comic strips, and he had several. He said producing Editorial cartoons was the bread and butter for him. Here is a blog on one of his books.

P v d W. well I do occasionally make cartoons for the on line consumers site, Kassa.  It is a weekly cartoon about a news item… it’s sort of a editorial cartoon. However, they only are published on facebook and my own site.


VH. You have a presence, actually many presences, on social and business media. What are your thoughts on how a person should market their talents?

P v d W. The social media is wonderful for making one visible on the internet… almost all of my customers are from the social media… but… you must keep yourself visible… post lots of work and don’t be afraid that people will steal it… because if your work gets stolen, it means it’s worth something. and your name will linger…

VH. What is the most enjoyable part of your work.?

P v d W. Beside make a invoice… (^_^) no, the most enjoyable thing is making a cartoon that surpassed the expectations of the client. the joy of the client getting something better then they hoped for, and you’re the one that gave it.


VH. Least enjoyable?

P v d W. When a drawing doesn’t meet the expectation… even after the corrections… luckily this doesn’t happen often.

VH. Why did you settle where you did?

P v d W. Settle? as in where I live? I was born here and I probably die here. Or, did you mean, settle in my work? I didn’t settle… I never settle. As long as I make drawings, I will get better… and my work will change… it will always change.

VH. What does your family think of your cartoons?

P v d W. They are proud of what I do. My daughter has also potential… she is very good at realistic drawings… and she is 14… but she must find her own path.

VH. What about your family in general?

P v d W. We are a very close family… we are proud of each other… very proud…


[VH. I could not quite decide about the image above his wife’s head. Peter explained that it was an inside joke, he thought about making drawings, but his lovely wife thought about her doll house. I guess if I’d studied her cartoon more, I would have seen the cat (dog?) looking at the doll house.]

VH. Military?

P v d W. I served 1 year in the military, where I received my drivers license for a truck. That came in handy… I do believe that the military did me good… However, I cling more to the principle that the Buddhists use. One year living as a Buddhist monk, will learn you to be thankful and humble.

VH. Did you spend a year following that path?

P v d W. I just love the Buddhist way. I didn’t follow a year of Buddhist monk, but I do call myself a Buddhist believer. Also, I didn’t forget the old ways of the Celts. I have many many many beliefs in me, and for that I am truly a very religious person… there is just no one religion to contain it all… 

VH. How do you decompress?

P v d W. In 2 ways… I game, Nintendo or GTA… but most of the time I just watch TV and draw at the same time… just like when I was a little kid.


VH. What tools do you use to create your cartoons; tablets, software, hand draw and scan, what?

P v d W.  I’m an old school artist…first I sketch and then ink the drawing.  Next, I scan it to produce a digital image.  I heighten the contrast of the image, then export it to Illustrator to produce a vector graphic, then back to Photoshop to color it.

VH. When you were growing up, what if any, cartoons did you follow? What do you miss?

P v d W. Calvin and Hobbes… I got all the books of Calvin and Hobbes… Bill Watterson is my hero… there are a lot of comics I like, but no one comes close to Bill Watterson’s work. Bill is truly an artist… he made comics a higher art form for me. but still available for the masses… truly keeping Calvin and Hobbes a comic, and not a brand, like Garfield.


VH. In a recent post I reviewed a book skewering the Australian Bicentennial. The book is, Beyond A Joke An Anti-Bicentenary Cartoon Book.  The cartoons are deadly. Poor choice of words, given the recent events, so let me say that the feeling of social (in)justice really jumps off the page in that book.  So, how do you feel about the power of cartoonists to affect change in a population?

P v d W. Well there you have an elephant in the room.

First, I believe truly in the freedom of expression. one must be able to say what he wants… BUT!!! that does not mean that that you can say what you want… it is a moral dilemma for one must be able to distinguish the difference of what you can say and what you must say. Hurting someone with words is not the way to go, because that is the work of us cartoonists. We are the moral conscience of the world… it has always been this way, even in the old days of Rome, where discontent was shown with graffiti in the streets of Rome. Charlie Hebdo is a part of this moral conscience. People who don’t agree with the artists of Charlie Hebdo, must use the same weapons as they have used. With cartoons you can disarm harmful cartoons and cartoonist. sadly history shows another path.


VH. We all remember Boss Tweed lamenting that his constituents might not know how to read, but they could understand the Thomas Nast cartoons about him.

P v d W. A picture tells more then a thousand words. and pictures are powerful, especially if lots of people recognizes themselves in the cartoon…

Again, thank you for taking time from what I know to be a very busy schedule to share something about you, your family, cartooning and cartoons.

And a final comment from Peter.



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