Tuesday, January 04, 2011


I have a soft spot for chickens. Ditto cartoons. I also have a weird fixation on stationery (mmmm pens). So when i found Doug Savage's work, i was a happy bunny. His single panel comics are drawn on a post it with Staedtler pigment liners and then scanned. They feature a mixture of characters such as chickens, PROD300, Mr.T and Sigmund Freud.

"When I was a kid, I drew cartoons all the time. I drew cows and alligators and pigs and superheroes. I drew a platypus named Ed. I drew a dead dog named Dead Dog Bob. I drew everything I saw and everything I wanted to see.

Many years passed. By a strange series of coincidences, I found myself working in an office. The more I used a keyboard, the worse my penmanship became. The constant hum of computers made my brain twitch. That’s when I stopped drawing cartoons.

Then the chickens came.

Like some sort of haunting supernatural force, the chickens bubbled up from the ol’ subconscious mind. In a trance-like state, I drew them on office whiteboards. I drew them in notebooks. I drew them on anything that sat still long enough. People started asking, “Who’s drawing those damn chicken cartoons everywhere?” The chickens were unstoppable. To retain my sanity, all I could do was grab a stack of sticky notes and release the Savage Chickens."

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