Posts Tagged ‘cartoon’

The Tale of Three Funnies

April 27, 2018

Back in 2008 there was a news article about the cartoon character “Popeye the Sailorman”, stating that the authors copyright was to run out in January 2008, it was 70 years since E.C. Segar(1919-1938) created his character, 1938 + 70 = 2008. I thought to myself, interesting, what can I do with this iconic figure that is aligned to our current ideas about society?

(copyright under fair use)

 

I decided to to look around and see what is the growing trend in norms in places like California, bang it hit me, “Drugs”, they were legalizing cannabis, mmm, being an Artist freed from some corporate copyright restrictions I had a poetic license to transform poor old Popeye to my hearts content.

In walks “Dopeguy the Dealer”, I decided to use one of the very popular images as a base, the one Bud Sagendorf drew to promote Popeye, when he speaks, “I yam what I yam!”, I changed that to “I bong when I can!”, it fit. After much creative work I posted it to Redbubble, it was no great success, but I thought that I was being tongue and cheek enough so the community could see how I transformed him into to a modern equivalent.

My upload

 

Time passes, April 2018, I get an email from Redbubble saying that the Copyright stake holder Hearst Holdings Inc. says I am in breach of copyright, mmm, it seems the USA has extended it copyright laws to 95 years, that means 2033. The rest of the world can use it but not in the USA, so rather than argue with the simple facts about what constitutes differences in character, I just redrew the character so nothing can be said about similarities that lawyers would pick and claim ownership. Redbubble have been excellent in these matters and I highly recommend buying their products, there range and quality are great.

My current picture

 

If you like my version, grab a Tshirt here
https://www.redbubble.com/people/artoj/works/31469647-dopeguy-the-dealer?asc=u

This and many other experiences has made me realize that any character I create, will be given freely to the public after my passing, any benefits are there for anybody to exploit. I would rather leave this planet a little, happier or better than I arrived, regards Arto.

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New Cartoons

March 13, 2014

Here are four new cartoon series that I have now created to give me more room to express some of the more unusual aspects in life.
The list includes, “The Scammer”, which we all have been victims of is some way or another and sometime we can see others doing the Scam on TV, Radio, Internet, Emails, Telephones or in the public spaces.

The Scammer
“Statistical Reality”, was born out by the simple discovery of how the media create a false consensus reality by NOT showing the proven statistics that will be in opposition to the promoted rhetoric.

Statistical Reality
“Counter Actions”, is another way of telling you the 1000’s of stories that never get told but are privy to those people that serve over the counter in many types of retail and whole sale environments.

Counter Actions
“Random Choices”, This is one of those ideas that allows you to understand the multitude of possibilities that each person makes in any given situation, can be very funny at times or tragic if your choices are ill conceived.

Random Choices
Here included are my two favorite outlets for my humorous outtakes, “Where Now?”, number 43 and “MIC Oligar”, number 9.

MIC OligarHave fun, Regards Arto.

New Cartoon strip – MIC Oligar

February 19, 2011

I have just started a new cartoon strip called “MIC Oligar”, strange name you say..mmm

The oligarchy – a power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people, like royalty, wealth, family ties, corporate, or military control. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligarchy

MIC – Military Industrial Complex –  refer to the policy and monetary relationships between legislators, national armed forces, and the industrial sector that supports them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military%E2%80%93industrial_complex

Just remember all the good guys, family members and real patriots are in the MIC and all the Marxists and the Elites are in the Oligarchy.

Now that you have a background in the mindset of these cartoons, enjoy!!! Check out the flag… should be all stars, what are they?

Here is the second strip, this might hit home to some.

Thanks for checking them out…Arto