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ChewingPencils.com Cartoon Contest

Matt Glover of ChewingPencils is hosting an online contest during the month of January while he takes some time off from his blog.

The contest is simple – enter a small, one-panel gag cartoon on any subject. The required dimensions are 5cm wide by 8cm tall, and that’s where the difficulty comes in.

I tossed around a few ideas, and finally settled on this one:


If I had to give it a title, I’d call it Office Karma, or maybe Paper beats Scissor. : )

Artistically, I wanted something that didn’t require any text, and I liked how this composition filled up the height of the 5×8 panel. You’ll also notice strong geometric lines, which is something my art always seems to have in it. I guess I just like structure.

In an effort to defy that internal desire for order, I deliberately left this cartoon more scribbly than my weekly Bachelor of Arts comic strip. Although it’s nice to end up with a hand-drawn feel, I don’t know that I could do that for a full comic strip.

Let me know what you think – I’d love to hear your feedback.

If you’d like to enter Matt’s competition, there are just a few rules which you can read here.

More importantly, the deadline to enter is the end of December; so if you’re interested, get drawing!

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