Thursday's Guest Artist: Tyler Martin of "Wally & Osborne"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 09:00 PM

One of the things Japanese Manga — and later, John K. of Ren & Stimpy — does very well is jump into a hyper-realism when it "focuses in" on an object. A simply drawn, everyday object becomes this incredibly ornate, detailed, *important* thing when looked at closely. It's a very cool cartooning tool. And few people use it better than Tyler Martin, our Guest Artist for today. I've seen him do it plenty of times on his wonderful, all-ages strip, Wally & Osborne, and he uses that technique really effectively here. I mean, c'mon...look at that third panel! That's frame-worthy artwork, right there, and an awesome visual gag, to boot. Flaco's face alone is worth the price of admission. :)

Tyler's not only a brilliant cartoonist, he's the mastermind behind ComicPress, a powerful and popular WordPress theme specifically designed to publish comics with all the support of WordPress. Aaaand he's a web designer, aaand he's one of the creators behind Lunchbox Funnies. The dude's a machine, basically. Check out all his work at the hub siteMindFaucet.

And don't forget! If you enjoyed today's strip — And how could you not? Look at panel 3 again! — drop Tyler a note to thank him for today's awesomeness!

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