TenNapel Gives "Cardboard" Life, Kickstarts a Sketchbook & Makes Movies
Acclaimed cartoonist Doug TenNapel talks to CBR about his Scholastic OGN "Cardboard, his webcomic "Nnewts," growing his audience with color, movie deals and his Kickstarter sketchbook.
Full article here.
Doug TenNapel has been for a long time one of my favorite comic creators. His OGNs have been a welcome change of pace in an industry dominated by spandex and graphic violence. His work is always energetic and something special. The majority of his work is something I would totally hand to a young person without question (Black Cherry being the exception)
I just wish his personal world view (very conservative republican, bordering on libertarian) didn't get into his work quite so much as it has lately. It was very distracting in Ratfist, and has recontexualized my opinion of Earthboy Jacobus (once one of my favorite comics of all time). And I haven't even managed to get started on Cardboard because the opening scene has the father character refusing to 'take hand outs' from a boss trying to help make sure his kid can eat, and then a page latter doesn't have a problem paying for a gift for his son at a generously given huge discount from a stranger. The disconnect just bugs the hell out of me.
I probably should bite the bullet and read Cardboard though, its probably still magic and fun.
Last edited by The Adventurer; 10-02-2012 at 03:03 PM.
Loved Ratfist. This is the second time I've heard about his politics though and reading the comic cold and unaware of his leanings, and having not read anything else by him... I didn't get any ideas concerning them just by reading the comic. I cannot help but wonder if people knowing (and not agreeing with) his politics aren't making them see a level of subtext that's not necessarily there. So the corporation turned out not to be "evil", to me that was just turning a cliche on its ear and not necessarily political. Especially as the real story was about something very personal and real, and whether when the chips were down, did the main character really have what it takes to be a hero.
Originally Posted by The Adventurer