I haven’t really considered how they evolved because it’s not relevant to the story, but I figure they evolved alongside humans during periods or in regions where our world has stories about talking/trickster animals. The ideas I do have and think about are related to that. I have some ideas and dialogue about it I’m still hammering out. And like the previous answer, toons have their own mostly universal traditions but tend to follow the traditions of the cultures/communities they live in/associate with.
There aren’t different “breeds,” as Tooniness creates diversity even within the same family. And ethnicity exists but is regional, Toon appearances aren’t generally dictated by ethnicity.
Any kind of overt style in movement or stylization like that is gonna be put-on for an act or a cartoon, and is the result of practice/talent. The only time a toon is going to naturally move in a bizarre way like that is if they’re anatomy or proportions are different enough to affect their locomotion.
alexanderdsoso said: also, can humans and toons interbreed. And, I take it from some confusion on people being human versus toon, that toons look “real” and not drawn?
The first one is a common question and one of the reasons I should finally make some kinda FAQ, but yes humans and toons can have kids together. Claire is, like, 1/2 toon.
Toons and humans definitely are made of the same stuff and look like it. It’s one of the reasons I prefer to draw the comic in black-and-white and with halftones and hatching — there are some things I’m more than happy leaving up to the imagination.
The way humans are in this universe is like… in cartoons like GI JOE, for example, the cartoon characters are realistically rendered and proportioned — most people wouldn’t call them “toons” even considering they are in an animated show. And you wouldn’t expect them to follow toon logic, either. That’s kinda how the humans are in this world — they’re toons, and toons are humans. They’re all made of the same stuff they just follow different rules and have different proportions and abilities/talents, etc. Humanoid is just the default and the most common appearance, everything different is derivative of a humanoid template (thus all toons are mammals and any resemblance to animals is aesthetic only)
Yep. Though for various reason only very humanoid Toons are taken seriously by non-Toons enough to climb high at all.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is on of my top 5 favorite movies, and Who Censored Roger Rabbit is one of the worst books I’ve owned, and those were both equally inspirations in their own right. So it’s expected that people bring it up a lot, and they do!
Mostly I’ve always been fascinated with the Disney company and the things it makes and it’s whole image and it’s place in popular culture, and I wanted to explore my feelings and thoughts about the company in a way that doesn’t actually reference the company’s actual history or any real people. And I figured the whole Toon-Human thing, like Roger Rabbit, would be a fun way to express certain ideas with new stories that convey the same meaning as the things that they represent without mimicking them. Like, Mac Sr. is reminiscent of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, but he’s not a stand-in for either because that just wouldn’t work with this story, their lives and motivations are way too different.
It’s because of memories of adorable little froggies. Matt Sheridan called me “Littlefishes” because he couldn’t remember my last name once, so if I picked a silly name to sound like mine it’d be that.
Covers for my old Love Me Nice minis. It occurred to me that because I don’t sell minis anymore, most of my new readers from the past year or so wouldn’t have seen these mini comic covers I made. Well, here they are, plus a cover from the first sketch collection mini I had which I’m also out of and not selling more of (I’m making a new one though).
I really like hand-writing logos/text on covers and stuff.
Tiny sketch I did while in bed based on a cute idea for a thing I’m gonna work on later this week.
Sketches I did when I took a break from work and feeling sick and crummy and went to Ihop to eat and draw. These are sketches for a future chapter I’m excited to write/draw for a number of reasons 1) because it involves a formal event so yaaaay clothes 2) it’s pretty much the only occassion Claire ever cries so that’s interesting to draw 3) a character punches another character’s lights out and I wanna draw that super super bad, you don’t even know
Fran’s arms are way too long, in fact most her proportions are a bit off because holy crap do I have a hard time drawing humans and toons occupying the same space realistically. I gotta keep my humans a smidge toonier than I might normally draw them.
Last thing, this is from 2006-2007 (age 18-19), back when I was brainstorming Love Me Nice and didn’t know if Carolina should be a human or a dog-toon. Good lord.
… I have been thinking about this damn comic since 2006 and started actually drawing it in 2009. And I’m only now feeling like I’m competent enough to draw it, almost 3 years in :T
Sketches I did at work last week of Greg and Skipper, using highlighters and a ball-point pen. Greg’s been mentioned before, and he’ll be a big part of the story soon enough. Skipper is a soon to be recurring background/minor character who does make-up, set design and whatever other odd-jobs she can — some of the work is under the table to cram hours in. She has a few speaking roles later. Mostly she’s around so I can flesh her out if I need to, because some future story ideas might need background/minor characters to step up and take on certain roles if need be. I have a few minor characters who exist mostly because I *might* have a use for them but I’m not sure yet.
Also Skipper is half toon like Claire but I wanted to make her visually like the opposite of Claire in a lot of ways to set a precedent that being half toon doesn’t have rules that mean you have to look like Claire. If that makes sense.
More doodles from work, Mac and Claire for next 2 chapters.
PAGE 137 just went online, second update this week, go check it out. Reblog if you WANNA. HECK, REBLOG IF YOU DON’T!
… or just don’t, y’know. Whatever floats your boat.
Work-in-progress preview of page 137, which will be up later today.
I was hoping to have this page finished before I had to be at work today but NOPE, 30 minutes to get ready and leave, and just shy of being able to do word balloons! SO CLOSE!
I had to edit/fix this page a lot cuz one of my brushes crapper out and I had some miserably thick, clumsy lines to tidy up.
Working on getting the next LMN page online in a few hourS HAVE SOME PANELS