You all know The Oatmeal, right? Not The Onion, but The Oatmeal. Anyhow, it has funny cartoons in it, and this is one of them. if you CLICK HERE you can read an excerpt from a WHOLE BOOK of outdoorishness in cartooning. Looks good to me!
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Here’s a neat article for anyone who remembers skating in their youth- even if your youth was long ago or recently. The changes come and go, and somehow we attach some of our memories to some of the oddest things. CLICK HERE to see the whole thing:
So, GoComics.com (where The Buckets runs, and where a delayed form of Hubris runs) does a LiveTweetChatThingy every Friday with different cartoonists. TSOJ was kind enough to try to piece together all the crazy twittering into some form of linear, readable content. Thanks, TSOJ! Here it is:
Chat w/ cartoonist Greg Cravens of The Buckets & @HubrisComics this Fri!
Use: #AskGregCravens http://www.gocomics.com/the-buckets?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=livetweet …pic.twitter.com/5EymlFta29
Don’t miss today’s Q&A with The Buckets & @HubrisComics creator Greg Cravens! #AskGregCravens — Starts at 1:30pCT pic.twitter.com/enrvFS8JCi
Any chance we’ll see an animated mini-series or full-length movie of @Hubriscomics in the future?
Maybe. I’ve talked to the amazing Mark Simon about pitching a Hubris TV show- animated or live action… I’ve got a background in storyboards, so…
With 3D printing so widely accessible today, can we expect to see mini models of Toby and gang?
That sounds like fun! Toby and his band, with a figurine of Eddie to start problems with … Dogzilla would be a good one, too.
Who was your favorite cartoonist as a kid?
Greg: A guy named Brad McMillian did these amazing cartoon posters choked with sight-gags. He was my favorite. Plus, I learned to read so that I’d know what the Peanuts and Dennis the Menace characters were saying.
What’s the inspiration for The Buckets?
Originally, The Buckets was inspired by @SStantis’ family, but when I took over the strip, I was in the same place he was – wife, two sons, dog and mortgage… so the inspiration became MY family. The Buckets really is as close to the real world as anything in my head becomes.
That’s awesome. Have you ever thought of The Buckets being a TV show?
A little. I’ve had it suggested to me that a stage play would be more ideal for The Buckets.
Cool beans! It would be absolutely something to see. Would it be more like August: Osage County?
Think something like ‘A Tuna Christmas’ or some PG Wodehouse stage production, and you’re there.
Are you, as far as you know, the only unicycle riding cartoonist in history? An amazing skill!
As far as I know, I’m the only unicycle-riding cartoonist, but more likely, I’m one of a few… I may be the only Off-Road Unicycle rider.
Which Buckets character is the biggest challenge, in terms of ‘speaking through’?
The toughest character is Dogzilla. He doesn’t actually speak and unless he dreams, we can only guess at his needs and aspirations. Tricky to get his face to do elaborate emotions, too.
Which strip would you take over for a week if you could?
Ha! If I could do ANY, I might try Pearls Before Swine. There are a few webcomics I might like to be on for a week: Girls With Slingshots, Reptilis Rex…
Charmy’s Army would love a visit!!!
“Hubris” allows you more freedom, probably, but do you feel restricted by “Buckets” being in papers?
Not really. The papers are far more lenient with the comics than they used to be. Still can’t use the word ‘Crap’, though.
why are they called the buckets?
That was originally an homage to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Does anyone remember that they were The Bucket family?
What advice do you have for aspiring cartoonists?
Write before you draw. Doodling is part of writing, but have a LOT of writing down before you start drawing the balloons, boxes and borders, much less the funny people.
lolol… I’ve been doing this backwards then……
are the buckets based on your family ?
Yep, The Buckets is very much my family,and my memories of my own childhood.
who is your favorite character ?
Depends on what day it is, & what I need to write. They’re all very important, depending on whose voice I need.
Is there a @Hubris animated movie or mini-series coming soon?
Hope so. I’m working on the pitch. Jack Black as Hubris! That sounds good.
Somehow John Goodman comes to mind. Some of Hubris’ expressions remind me of him and I can hear his voice.
You were/are a pro caricaturist…what lessons did you get from doing that?
Make connections and humor quickly- it’s all show business, whether live or by print.
Q: What has been your proudest moment as a cartoonist so far?
A: Joining the @NatCartoonSoc. And first being asked for an autograph, by someone who REALLY DID know who I was.
Do attend a lot of Comic Cons? Do you like making appearances for fans? Do you think appearances pay off?
I LOVE making personal appearances. Just kicked off my Con appearances. Brand New Booth! I hope Con appearances pay off. That booth cost! Suggest a Con I should come to near you!
Very cool. I’m going to start promoting Charmy at Cons next year. @Comicpalooza will be the first of many next year.
Haven’t heard about that one yet. Have you got your space booked yet?
Not yet. It isn’y until May 2015… but it books quickly. I sent an email just yesterday to them. I think it is Houston’s biggest Convention… Might be June now that I think… Memorial Day weekend.
What advice do you have for young artists who may draw well, but aren’t very good writers?
Partner with a good writer… There are a ton of good writers… FUNNY writers out there.
Writing is a learnable skill. Don’t depend on others to do it for you. GET GOOD. You can!
draw a story and write sentences to describe what you have drawn
artist hv an image wt visual impressions in their mind, same thy sud express in simple words on blank sheet just as they paint
Q: Where were you born and 3 words describing it?
A: … Also “Carl Perkins”. Is that one word or two?
The nice folks at GoComics are doing a live Twitter Chat (Chatter? Cweet? Tw… never mind.) and you are invited, nay, encouraged to participate!! You know I rely on you guys to talk up the ‘toons. Get some crazy questions ready to Tweet, and I’ll do what I can to answer proper-like. See ya Friday!
What with the Charlotte HeroesCon to get ready for, I didn’t get this post ready when I wanted.
It’s a big ol’ THANK YOU to those who’ve used the Tip Jar (also known as the Voluntary Subscription, the Donation Button, the Team Hubris signup) to support Hubriscomics.
It got you guys an extra six strips so far, and one of these days, will get another couple on there, I’m sure.
So, if you enjoyed getting a half-dozen extra Hubris cartoons on more or less random days, then you can thank these nice people:
Allan’s Computer Services,
James (Doodle) L,
If I missed your name, or you’re baffled as to why I didn’t put last names, gimme the shout out and I’ll add your name or your surname, as needed.
If you want to know why Scott F got little star/asterisk thingies on there, it’s ’cause he went for the monthly thing. So he gets stars.
Just wanted you guys to know- it’s been a long haul, and many dollars spent on little advertising bits and getting ready to go to some conventions, but HUBRIS is getting bigger. We’re just now cracking 1000 readers a day, and it’s very,very gratifying. I’m happy to write and draw Hubris- it comes from the heart, somehow- but it’s more special knowing you guys are reading. Thanks to YOU for being here!!
Here are Lizzie and Zoe modeling the new HUBRIS hats. Stylish, no? You, too, can be like a cute kid and have a HUBRIS hat! They’re 100% acrylic, so they don’t get all drippy with sweat and rain and stay stylish so long as you don’t put them in the dryer. They have nice embroidery on them that makes full use of the texture to the hat to spell out the name of your favorite webcomic! Or, if you prefer, you can announce to the world that you, yourself, are full of hubris- if you’re into that sort of thing. I don’t have them in the Outdoor Galore Store just yet, so contact/email me through the buttons marked ‘contact’ or ‘email’ found here on this very site, and for twelve U.S.bucks (slightly more if you’re overseas, as seen from the U.S.) I’ll drop one in the mail to you. Look in the envelope when it arrives- likely I’ll toss in a sticker, too.
It’s a MUNI fest. MUNI is ‘Mountain UNIcycle.’ They’re fun!
If you’re thinking that riding trails on a unicycle is somehow tougher than riding a bike, I remind you that riding a unicycle doesn’t involve any skills you don’t already have. If you can walk, you have the balance skills. If you can ride a bike, you have the pedaling skills. That’s all you need. A little practice, learn to hop a bit (Just hold the handle on the front of the seat and remember to lift your knees) and you’re on your way.