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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bob & Al

Bob and Al are two characters that had a brief run in the original BuckShot cartoon series. They are always pictured talking on the phone to each other, and never seen otherwise. They tend to discuss odd and inappropriate things. This toon was created before cell phones had become so pervasive. I elected not to alter the image by adding modern cell phones. From this angle, it might appear as if they were talking into their palms. Anyway, this is an opportunity to point out that cartoons are a visual language that makes heavy use of symbols. Visual clarity is of the utmost importance. Less is more --always. The artist must use symbols and images that the viewer will instantly recognize under any circumstances. In a few more years, this type of phone "symbol" will look too archaic and should not be used.

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