Hey, Ottist! Paint this!

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Some days my life feels like this cartoon.

Edit @ 7/14/15: A lot of the search results that bring people to this page specifically ask Google to ‘explain the humor’ of this cartoon. A lot of Kliban’s cartoons deal in the subtle absurdities of life among other people. As an artist with a knack for words, his cartoons often reflected both his personal experiences and the catchy, singsongy language of advertising. Combine this with a tableau (e.g., Playboy Magazine) that did not censor his more adult observations and you end up with a moment forty-odd years ago when a balding man sat down to convey the way crass, heedless modern culture relates to and is experienced by the aesthete.

Countless examples can be found among his cartoons, a fair number of which are collected here.

Hey, ottist! Paint this!

9 thoughts on “Hey, Ottist! Paint this!

    Bev said:
    June 7, 2015 at 3:28 AM

    Julia Louis-Dreyfuss mentioned this joke when she appeared as a hues on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

      wes responded:
      June 9, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      So she does! God help me, Hap’s cartoons were foundational documents for me in developing my way of thinking about humor, words, society, and art. Funny what sticks with you.

      D F MONTGOMERY said:
      September 8, 2016 at 10:24 AM

      I have loved this cartoon since it was first penned…as well as many others of Kliban’s….takes a certain sense of humor……like M K BROWN’S work…

    Jay Kinkaid said:
    June 8, 2015 at 8:01 AM
      wes responded:
      June 9, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      Everyone should know about Hap Kliban. I hope his estate sells a ton of books.

    Garf said:
    June 8, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. That’s why the traffic exploded. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry episode.

      wes responded:
      June 9, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      Got’cha. Thanks for visiting, amigo!

    Steve Emberson said:
    January 11, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    I gave a framed copy of this cartoon to Joe Seipal, Dean of Art at VCU, Richmond, Va, to display in his artist
    frequented restaurant in the 80’s. A most wonderful joust with dogma … The attitude as art.

      wes responded:
      January 12, 2018 at 8:16 AM

      Funny, I got my MA: English at VCU. 🙂

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