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Jokes like this have been made about blood sucking before. Sergio Aragones in Mad had a great strip back in the 70’s about a vampire sucking a hippy’s blood and tripping. And the FX TV show version of What We Do in the Shadows did this idea three weeks ago. My version is more deadly as Creep Rat drinks bug poison. Yes, this is a reprint. I’m off to the East Coast Comic Con this weekend so I need time to pack.
Here I return to the one-panel gag cartoon format. Because I don’t have my own shorthand gag cartoon style I’m aping the style of British cartoonist Pugh. I’m actually looking at his gag cartoons and taking his situations and making them my own as a kind of exercise. How can I make it Kaz funny? Well, it usually ends up being gags about sex and death. There’s no escaper from sex and death.
This strip expresses two things I love: cartoon street scenes (from Saul Steinberg, to Robert Crumb, to Mark Alan Stamaty’s MacDoodle Street) and Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In’s joke wall where the hosts would stand in front of a psychedelic wall with windows and trap doors that would open revealing the cast spouting off rapid fire jokes and one-liners. I’ve done this type of thing before with the Kaz Bar strips but I thought I’d take it outside for some fresh air. The vulture on the far right is Madam Debris, a character that I created for my Cartoon Network pilot ZOOT RUMPUS. The disembodied nonsense words floating about are from my sketchbooks and are my version of comic strip walla.
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