UM, hi people that read my comics! Sorry I haven’t posted any comics lately. I’ve been busy with contract work. So two things: 1. I recently designed all the characters for a show that just got green lit. Yay! I hope you like it. 2. AND THIS. So I’ve been doing comedy videos on the Vine app and I have been asked to contribute to comedy central’s comedy festival! Please make sure you follow me on Vine: Marlo Meekins Xoxoxoxoxo
In one week, Comedy Central and Twitter will launch the first ever #ComedyFest, a five-day celebration of comedy taking place on Twitter.
Altogether, #ComedyFest will include 16 programmed events featuring more than 50 comedians. Be sure to follow @ComedyCentral on Twitter for updates.
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Straight up stoked to do this with some of my favorite people.
Marlo Meekins: Caricature as Character
Marlo Meekins is a legendary creature: the continuously and gainfully employed artist, illustrator, and cartoonist who’s worked on everything you love, but you still somehow haven’t heard of. Unless you’re into illustrators on Tumblr of course, in which case it’s hard to miss her distinctive line.
Hailing from the cluster of suburbs on the New Jersey side of Philadelphia, Meekins wanted to learn animation in college, but settled for illustration and design. That turned out not to be settling at all, as the discipline obviously informs her work and creative life. After school, she went right to regular illustration and character design for the studios, taught drawing and cartooning, and entered the world of competitive caricature. In 2009 she was named Caricaturist of the Year by the International Society of Caricature Artists.
Meekins spent a hot second working on The Simpsons but dropped the gig to join John Kricfalusi at Spumco, where she met her husband, director Nick Cross. Since then, she’s been contracted on all kinds of developing shows (including one for Disney), while still omnivorously teaching, drawing, and posting her work online.
The most common message I get: “Great drawings, must be the pen! What kind is it?” This is a bit rude and naive. No magic pen will replace decades of study and practice. These drawings were done with Crayolas from the dollar store on Crayola paper. (For the record, I might own every brush pen and regular pen in existence and I use them all, pentel might be my fav) It’s nice to have good tools, but you have to put the work in.