The Color Scheme of Abbott and Gooseberry




Abbott and Gooseberry is a very, very raw and rough and tumble thing.

I know many, if not the majority, of the things you are supposed to do as a cartoonist. You are not supposed to work outside of a given style; you are not supposed to deviate when drawing your characters; you are not supposed to change what color they are and how they look at one another.

You're supposed to gently sketch them and then ink them over with India ink with a $20 nub that wears out after three or four drawings. You're supposed to use acid free paper and the finest precision. You're supposed to letter everything by hand to the utmost of perfection.

Yeah, well, we would love to do that around here. Until such time, we will give you comics you can look at briefly and then get on with your life. It's less about the art, more about a point of view. I just want to get to a point where I can make you laugh, and do that through the simple medium of pen on paper.

Ideas, to me, mean more than style. I have ideas and I can push them through this medium. I've been doing this for over twenty-three years. I went from the most primitive format to what we have now, with many, many stops and starts along the way, and this is what works. This is what gets me from the art pad to the computer screen and I hope it does not frighten or anger you.

Trust me, it's better than it was ten years ago, and, ten years from now, it might even get to the acceptable point.

One thing is certain--it is permanent. It is forever. However many comic panels and whatnot there are when I die, this is how many there will be. I shall never give up. I shall never stop trying to make this better.