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January 30th, 2015 – My Perelman Cartoon!

by on Jan.30, 2015, under Cartooning


Back in the 1990s I produced a cartoon strip in conjunction with the City of Orlando and the Orlando Sentinel. The feature was about a law office, Benchley & Associates, and a hapless paralegal, Perelman. It appeared monthly in a Sentinel publican Downtown Orlando Monthly.

I decided to try something different at the time. All the characters were cartoons and all everything else was real. The cartoon stuff was easy. Taking hundreds of photographs and manipulating them with Adobe Photoshop was tough! Remember: it was the mid-90s and computers and Photos shop is not what it is today. The head of out department was a computer guru who liked to push computers beyond what was thought they could do. This strip fir that perfectly. I was constantly jamming the state of the art computer with this project.

To better explain what each strip required is to take a look at the art below. The room everyone is in is the City Clerk’s office on the 2nd floor. The copier I photographed on the 4th floor. The coffee maker on the 8th floor. Even the paper Mr. Benchley is holding is a real copy I made of my tie. It was a LOT of work.

The strips characters are all named after my favorite humor writers of the early 1900s, members of the famed Algonquin Round Table in New York City. Perelman is named after my very favorite S. J. Perelman.

The strip ran until the publication ended due to issues between the City and the Sentinel.

I’ll post another soon. This is #2 of 3 for today for the Facebook Art Challenge that I was tagged for by Pam Treadwell

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