I’ve been a fan of the work from Studio Ghibli ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_Ghibli ) for years.  The director mostly associated with Ghibli is Hayao Miyazaki.  But, other directors have made films there.  One of them is Isao Takahata, a friend of Miyazaki’s and also a founder of Studio Ghibli. Recently, I watched his 2013 film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2576852/ ).

The movie is an adaptation of an old Japanese folktale, so it is fine for all audiences.  The style of the animation is fluid with the feel of how the original animator first drew the characters and the scenes.  It is a joy to watch and I highly recommend it.

I found myself sketching after the film and one of the things I drew is the cartoon you see below.  In keeping with the spirit of the film, I’m leaving it as I first drew it.  Normally, I would clean it up, use the computer to caption it and maybe add some colour.

Half-Ply Toilet Paper is the employee's worst nightmare.

As for the inspiration for the “half-ply” joke, it comes in part from a story from Ryerson University.  A journalism student at the school discovered that Ryerson has a “two-tier” toilet paper system: most of the school gets one-ply while some get the plushier two-ply.  While school officials may be embarassed, they can take comfort in knowing their journalism program is effective.  ( http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/10/30/ryersons-two-tier-toilet-paper-system-exposed.html )  Another part is from all these stories of cut-backs and austerity and weird work situations.


Cartoon : Frosty Gets Fit

It’s easy to explain the inspiration for this cartoon. For the past six weeks, there have been at least a dozen “fitness club” flyers dropped off in my mailbox. Plus, the snow outside made me think of the shape of the classic “snowman”.

World's 7th Greatest Dad Mug Cartoon
Happy Father’s Day!

This cartoon was inspired by all the gifts (coffee mugs, t-shirts, baseball caps, etc.) that have the expression, “World’s Greatest Dad” on them. It is a nice thought and it does show the love the child feels for the parent.

But, if you decide your dad is only the 7th or 700th best in the world, I think that’s amazing — and I still recommend you buy the “World’s Greatest Dad” version. (Trust me, a completely rational analysis won’t be appreciated.)

One of my favourite expressions is, “What goes around, comes around.” So, what does that have to do with this cartoon? Not much, I guess. But, it is kind of interesting how the new tablet PCs rely on the original writing “tool”.

Lightbulb Cartoon

The background for this cartoon is I was thinking that I need an idea for a cartoon…

A while back, someone opened a store offering psychic services. Highlighted in the big sign above this business was “romance and business”. I never went, so I can’t judge the kind of advice that was offered for romance, but I can assume that the business advice wasn’t very good since it closed in less than a year!

Cartoon - Annual Meeting

Sometimes my barber is chatty and sometimes he isn’t.  During one of those quiet haircuts, I had some time to think.  Below is the result.  (No, that isn’t the haircut I got.)