Hey Mike, I just ran across your poll about the different tools various cartoonists prefer in drawing their cartoons . . at first, I thought it was legit till I saw the toothpick dipped in ink
as choice . I thought it was hilarious at first, and thought you were trying to be funny,
then I thought of the cartoonist whose name sounds like the tree: Cyprus, but has a different spelling. Homonyms, Synonyms, Antonyms . . Bah . . I never did get it clear . . .
Anyway, I like to separate good drawing and good writing . In the case of Cyprus, the New Yorker Cartoonist . . I truly envy him, I think he's one of the best in the genre of the material the New Yorker likes. I personally think he would be even better and bigger and more popular if his drawing was better. The proof is simple . . why do you think Universal Press ( It was their idea ) hired someone else to draw Doonesbury ? . . and Boondocks . . and The Far Side book Covers ? NUF SED.
The same could be said about Mankoff's style and Roz Chast's style and a half-dozen or more New Yorker cartoonists. They're ALL GREAT . . but they could be GREATER ! The same thing could be said about Li'l Abner . . . . Frank Frazetta drew Li'l Abner and Daisey Mae like the way Al Capp WISHED he could draw them.