Our Absurd Life: 06/06/22 – Deep-Fried, Relatively Speaking

Deep-Fried, Relatively Speaking

Hola Family and Friends 

Originally –originally– I created the Spiders during my 90-day cartoon challenge.  I was still working full-time and staying up too late getting my daily cartoons completed.  Trying to figure out how to simplify my cartoons and lighten my work load, I hit upon the idea of doing spider cartoons: no hands or hair styles to worry about, no shirt collars, no furniture — just a web, roundish circles and 8 legs.

Plus, hopefully, fun and quippy dialog.

The first cartoon debuted on 6-4-2020.  Since then I’ve done 87 cartoons starring the spiders.  New characters have been introduced, hobbies have been included, themes explored and running jokes have been milked.  They have distinct personalities.  As I’ve improved, the look of the cartoon spiders has changed and improved.  In the beginning I thought there would be limited ideas.  But taking the time to sit and come up with gags, I see the ideas seem endless.

As producers often ask themselves: “Does the project have legs?”  Can it keep going for the long run.  

Before I moved to Florida my dad would tell me over the phone how much he enjoyed the spiders.  I decided to pursue this spider marathon 64 days ago to honor my dad as he goes through his own personal marathon and challenging time.  Today marks a huge milestone for him.  

Congratulations Dad!  We love you!

The spiders are a good fit for me.  They’re fun and silly and there’s not a lot of stress involved.  I can comfortably complete one a day along with other cartoons, like Spaghetti.

And speaking of Spaghetti, I hope everyone got a chance to check out the newest Spaghetti cartoon — it’s a howl!

Until Melvin finally likes to go to work —

Bring on the Spiders!

Ian S


Ian S

Florida Rocks! ( It IS built on sand, right? )



“No rulers were harmed during the making of this cartoon.”

“Let’s still be careful out there.”

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