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Learning Photoshop without throwing my computer through a window

I have Photoshop CC and a cheap drawing tablet. I would like to learn to make art such as this. I'm a beginner trying to teach myself through online tutorials, and not having much luck. How else can I learn? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Nov 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Character ID needed on this Threadless shirt

Is there a list of all the characters in the Threadless "Mini Pixels" shirt anywhere online? Google searching is not turning up anything, surprisingly. I can recognize a lot of (most?) of them, but definitely not all. You can zoom in on this image of it. I am thinking of giving it as a gift but wanted to satisfy my curiosity first! There must be a list somewhere...
posted by trillian on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Urgent unmet cartoon need

I saw a multi-panel cartoon (not full color) online somewhere and I can't find it again and it's driving me crazy (admittedly a short drive.) A guy is shouting into the forest, "I believe in Bigfoot! Bigfoot can do anything he puts his mind to!" and Bigfoot is hiding behind a tree smiling and shedding a single tear. Please help me find this so I can email it to everyone I love.
posted by blnkfrnk on Aug 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Cartoon that ran in 1928 LIFE magazine, likely owner is...

Seeking advice on how to clear the rights to republish a cartoon that appeared in LIFE magazine in April 1928. Henry Luce bought the rights to LIFE in 1936--and when his company (Time Inc.) bought the previous LIFE, according to Wikpedia, "Time Inc. sold Life’s subscription list, features, and goodwill to Judge." Judge went out of business in 1947. I'm not trying to clear a photo, as that would be easier, contact Getty Images. [more inside]
posted by xaryts on Aug 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Children's shows and the Fourth Wall

Is there any research that has spurred children's shows to break the fourth wall? Or, are there any compelling arguments for the practice? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Apr 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Nerd Idol

Has there been any contestant on a singing or dancing TV competition that has performed something "nerdy", such as songs from video games, cartoons, or Internet media? The one example I can think of is a Dancing with the Stars routine to Super Mario.
posted by divabat on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

If every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn't have hotdogs!

What fonts are used on Steven Universe? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Mar 17, 2015 - 1 answer

How did they do it? Digital art edition

I am wondering what software program(s) might have been used to create images such as this (link to illustrator Noah Z. Jones's website) or these (link to the Fishcakes Etsy store). These are colorful, cartoony, line-drawing illustrations. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Feb 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Anything is possible

What is the word/phrase Ami and Yumi say at the beginning of nearly every episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Show? It sounds like "soo-tah-toe," phonetically. DOT Jr. is a huge fan, so in our household, this is a question of some importance. As seen in this clip.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Help ID an old (late 70s) cartoon with pollution & underground dwellers?

My friend has asked me to help him identify a cartoon he remembers seeing sometime in the late 70s. According to him:It was about people who lived underground and they were trying to build up their civilization. It had a School House Rock feel to it. I think it had something to do with garbage/pollution. [more inside]
posted by sciencejock on Aug 23, 2014 - 4 answers

What was this cartoon with a cross-language pun?

As a kid, I saw part of a cartoon aimed at bilingual (Korean + English) children. The plot involved a bunch of children on some sort of fantastic quest or journey. The scene I remember most clearly is one where they're being riddled/quizzed by something (I remember it as a floating light, but it might've been some kind of creature or robot or something). It asks for the name of the backmost teeth, and the youngest of the children answers "몰라" ("I don't know"; pronounced molah, which the riddler interprets as "molar") [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Jun 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for hand drawn animated shorts, suitable for children

I've been sorting through youtube trying to find some animated shorts to show a group of kids, turns out there is a lot of flotsam! I'd appreciate any links. [more inside]
posted by srs airbag on Jun 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Voltron for Beginners

I want to start reading/watching Voltron. Not sure where to dive in. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Mar 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Crash Course in Visually Stunning Animated Films?

I am looking for visually stunning, innovative, creative animated films, from any point in the history of the medium. They can be shorts or features, funny or serious, conventional or experimental, popular or obscure. Assume a general familiarity with Disney and Warner Bros., but I'm otherwise brand new to animation. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Feb 5, 2014 - 68 answers


I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Searching for a specific Lynda Barry collection.

When I was a teenager, I checked out a Lynda Barry collection of Marlys-Maybonne-Freddie Stories from the school library. The stories were mostly about Maybonne, and in particular contained a storyline where she fooled around with a Vietnam veteran in a car. What (likely out of print) collection am I remembering? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Cheerful, intelligent anime and cartoons - dubbed or in English

My mother's health isn't so great (and it isn't, sadly, going to get much better). She still enjoys movies, however, and I'd like to get her some animated stuff. Her vision isn't strong, so subtitles are out - so these must be dubbed or from Anglophone countries. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Dec 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Starblazers/Space Battleship Yamato inconsistencies?

So I remember watching Star Blazers a bit as a kid. I remember enjoying it, but never really got into the long term storytelling that was going on. Was probably too young to understand it anyways. But I do specifically remember the Argo/Yamato being completely hopelessly destroyed what seemed like damn near every episode. And yet when the next episode began, everything was hunky dory. I don't remember this ever really being explained. Was it? Wikipedia hasn't been much help. This has been bugging me for a while, thanks!
posted by mediocre on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Bugs Bunny title

Trying to find the title of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on Oct 7, 2013 - 1 answer

We have the punchline - what's the joke?

My friend and I are stumped: we have the punchline for a joke he liked in highschool. However, we can't for the life of us come up with joke. Google hasn't helped, neither text nor image searches. So we turn to you fond MeFites, for your good knowledge: what joke ends with the punchline, "I must be a past participle." [more inside]
posted by Galen on Oct 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Please help me find cartoon versions of great literature.

My 5-year-old really like cartoon versions of literary classics. Help me find more. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Sep 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Voila! Looking for charming French cartoons in the US

My husband would like to improve his (very limited) French comprehension by watching cartoons or other children's shows in French with our four-year-old daughter. We have access to Netflix streaming, Amazon prime, Roku, a DVD player etc., and are willing to spend a little $ for something charming that will appeal to adults and children both. [more inside]
posted by nkknkk on Aug 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Calm Cartoon, Cartoons WITHOUT LOUD NOISES.

I'm looking for some excellent mellow and relaxing cartoon suggestions à la Hey Arnold! - See, i think that show is so damn chill with the nice smooth Jazz playing in the background, soft pleasant voices and oozy coolness - it's perfect for when I'm getting ready to sleep and trying to relax after a long day (I've been in a 90s-and-earlier-cartoons-at-bedtime mood as of late) . I can't stand how many cartoons these days ARE LOUD AS SHIT with constant random bells and whistles and noises and needless yelling and shouting and noisy irritation constantly going off. So I don't want those. I'd love suggestions of mostly uniformly quietish yet still entertaining (preferably older) cartoons...like Doug, or I just watched Top Cat and it was lovely as well because no jarring sudden noises! You get the idea... I very much appreciate your suggestions, folks!
posted by slightlyamused on Jun 23, 2013 - 39 answers

What are the most beautiful comics or graphic novels ever published?

I am interested in reading some visually dazzling comics or graphic novels. I would love to find examples that were made with beautifully painted panels, incorporated collages, or are otherwise interesting on a visual level. What do you recommend?
posted by mortaddams on Jun 17, 2013 - 46 answers

What is the comic/cartoon connection?

My neighbors' outdoor cats, whom I catsit occasionally and interact with regularly, have names that I cannot quite parse, even though my neighbor has repeated them for me on several occasions. Both cats are male. One cat is "Dillon" or "Dylan." The other cat's name sounds like "Sits" or "Zits" or "Sitz." When I looked confused at some point, my neighbor said the names were "from a comic" or "from a cartoon." [more inside]
posted by jaguar on May 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Your favorite art, animation and illustration blogs

One of my absolute favorite blogs, Drawn, shut down this week. How do I replace it? What are other good blogs or websites that focus on illustration, cartooning, and animated shorts?
posted by Rinku on May 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Cartoonist seeks opportunities

My DrawSomething addiction has coaxed out of me a desire to illustrate without getting bogged down by a writing process. My recent draws are cartoonish, bright and friendly, and other players keep asking if I'm an artist. Where can I find cartoon or childrens book writers in need of artwork that might tolerate my lack of portfolio and professional experience?
posted by jayCampbell on Apr 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Film Noir Cartoons

Does anyone have any examples of some cartoons that reference Film Noir or are drawn in a noir-esque fashion/explore noir themes? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Dec 13, 2012 - 17 answers


Please recommend the best cartoons you can think of (in the vein of say, Samurai Jack or Flapjack) for my cartoon-lovin' 8 year old and myself. We're obsessed and need new material! [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Nov 29, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me find this book of cartoon illustrations of big constructions from my childhood.

When I was a kid, I had this book I remember I loved very much. It was a large hardbound book with colorful illustrations of construction projects. I remember there were ones about building a large dam, building a Saturn V-style rocket, and one about building a skyscraper. There were probably others which I don't remember. The pictures were colorful and cartoonish but had lots of details. Anyone know what book this is?
posted by nohat on Nov 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Upstate Punchlines

I'm looking for a New Yorker cartoon that references Utica, NY. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Oct 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Did this cartoon character actually exist?

Did this olde tyme cartoon character actually exist, or am I just imagining it? [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Jul 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Whatever happened to Skeletor at TCBY?

Does anyone know a way to find the old web cartoons from monkeysrobots.com? [more inside]
posted by azoth on Jun 23, 2012 - 2 answers


Help me remember this cartoon. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on May 29, 2012 - 3 answers

What's worth checking out on Crunchyroll?

I did not know of the existence of Crunchyroll until the Kids on the Slope thread, and I am excited to explore it. What do you think I might enjoy on the site? [more inside]
posted by calistasm on Apr 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Edutainment about computers

What educational children's shows have an episode about the internet and or computers in general? Episode name or number a bonus! [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Apr 10, 2012 - 13 answers

"Under the Sea" Cartoon?

I'm looking for the name of an animated short film involving two humanoids (male and female) who live in a bubble house at the bottom of the sea. After a long argument between the two about venturing outside the safety of their home, one of them leaves the bubble, holds his/her breath on an epic journey to the surface, only to find himself/herself floating alone in the middle of a seemingly infinite sea. I think I saw in on TNT in 1991 whilst tripping balls and it BLEW MY MIND. What is this animated movie?
posted by mrgrimm on Mar 8, 2012 - 4 answers

You're grounded!

I need clips showing someone getting put in time-out or grounded in English-language cartoons or TV shows, but I'm coming up empty-handed. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Catscratch Cartoon DVD Search

It may sound silly but I am desperately looking for DVD's of a kids show called Catscratch. I emailed the network and haven't heard back. I can't find them for purchase, and they aren't available for downloading. Any thoughts or ideas?
posted by risaroni on Jan 23, 2012 - 4 answers


Name this Bill Plympton cartoon! [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Jan 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Is that a feathered serpent in your pokeball?

Anyone know any anime adventure type series produced in Latin America or Spain? [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Give me the Halloween that Alvin and the Chipmunks always dreamed of.

I'm going to a costume party for Halloween. The theme is 80s and 90s cartoon characters. Help me find a costume that won't be expensive or challenging to move around in, but will be awesome. [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Oct 18, 2011 - 30 answers

Chinese ditty

You know that stereotypical, cartoonish little jingle that in the past (prior to more enlightened views on race) was used whenever a clearly stereotyped chinese person entered the scene in movies/television/cartoons? Where the hell did that come from and why is that little tune supposed to mean "CHINA"?? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Aug 31, 2011 - 21 answers

Kiddie shows without the goofy voices?

What are some good English-language TV shows for toddlers where the characters aren't speaking in overly affected voices? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Aug 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Drawing a crowd?

Is it a bad idea to practice drawing caricatures by setting up a booth/table on the street? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Put my work up in ink.

Where can I sell my brilliant cartoon? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 24, 2011 - 2 answers

What's this cartoon with a boy trapped under ice and a deer melts the ice?

I remember an animated movie that showed on TV at least a couple times during the 70s. The only thing I remember is at the end, this blond boy has to pass some sort of test where he has to move between some small above ground pools/big cauldrons of water. At one point one of the vats freezes, and he becomes trapped underneath the ice. A deer like creature (of mystical significance who is somehow favoring him) breathes on and/or paws at the ice. It melts and he's freed and transformed into a bigger/older/princelier(?) boy. What the did I see and is it based on some fable/myth/story?
posted by jefftang on Mar 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Teach me to become a video game cartoonist

How do I draw cartoony illustrations when my background is realism? [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Mar 5, 2011 - 23 answers

What are some animated feature films about regular people?

Are there animated movies that you would describe as Slice Of Life? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 1, 2011 - 28 answers

Cartoon soundtrack billionaire?

Billionaire who made his money with cartoon soundtracks? [more inside]
posted by zeikka on Feb 4, 2011 - 2 answers

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