Welcome to The 'Rosity Comic Strip!
July 3, 2006
Renderosity Comics - an intelligent mix of serious humor and true
fiction. - frogdot
Cartoon Highlight - Ed Hoover
What is the inspiration for The Smiley Faces from Outer
To put my inspiration for my comics in one sentence: Cute
criticism with minimalism using a science fiction origin.
I could break that down and go into detail about the individual
words of that sentence, but instead, I'll go into the origin in
order to show the parts.
Life as an adult included jobs where I worked from 50 to 80
hours a week, and jobs where I had to put up with a mixture of
abuse and absurdity. The stress and frustration built up to the
point where they needed some expression; and I found it best to
express myself with humor (Dilbert style humor). I started with
little handyman 2D smiley faces; though perhaps I should say
Emotion Icons instead because they weren't always smiling.
Eventually, I would combine my 2D Smiley Faces with 3D art. I had
already been using Bryce and Poser for more serious images, but
realized I could bring my 2D smiley faces to more "life." I also
decided to stick with a minimalist style where I used just enough
detail to get the point (and the emotions) across. Sometimes the
simplest way to show something is the most effective (and the most
At the same time, from my memories of life as a child, I
remembered an enjoyment of cuteness and a time of innocence (though
many tell me that I still have a lot of that innocence). I also
remember a time of questioning the world around me. Children
question the world in ways adults don't. As children growing toward
adulthood, we were all socialized to make the assumption that "This
is the way the world is, so it must make sense" and to just accept
the world as it is without thinking.
By questioning the world, my taste in humor was strongly toward
that of satyr, which looks at things that we take for granted with
new (childlike) eyes. Yet children have been done many times, from
Charlie Brown and Peanuts to South Park.
I didn't so much plan it, as it just came to me one day to add
my love of science fiction into the mix (something I was introduced
to as a child with the old 50's Sci Fi movies). In retrospect, it
must have occurred to me on a subconscious level that instead of
using child characters to look at our world with fresh eyes
unclouded by assumptions of adults, I would use alien visitors. Of
course, I gave my alien visitors an almost childlike innocence,
because that is what they really represent.
In summary: cute (childlike) criticism (adult response) with
minimalism (methodology) using a science fiction origin
The Smiley Faces from Outer Space by edhoover
Tunnelrunners by JamesRoden [James Roden]
continued next week ...
Spaztic Plastic and the Plastic of Justice! by Glasko [Daniel Porter]
continued next week ...
The Catpack by anniemation [Janet Lynne]
The Mousecapades - Kings of the Road by coa
Echos From A Fractured Mind by BtaraKtahn [Anna Elkins]
Wren Derosity - Poppa Cap by sparkyjones
Kuntry Life - by Nyghtwolf [Kevin Luce]
The Legend of Earl by bg36 [Ben Gordon]
by Gordon_S [Gordon Syerson]
Frog Tales - Juggling By Yourself by frogdot
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