Friday, June 5, 2009

5 years of Crying Macho Man

Crying Macho Man was born on the mean streets of New York City and has been bringing you the funny on a weekly basis for the last 5 years. Wow, now that's a lot of cartoons. We're talking hundreds of strips that were born out of love and sweat.

This is about the time I start to list the prestigious awards Crying Macho Man the cartoon strip has won over the years and how successful and rich I've become as it's creator. But I'm sorry to disappoint you. The cartoon biz is a tough cookie to crack. Newspapers, that were once the main vehicle for the funny's have consistenly hacked away the main thing I bought the paper for. The Funny Pages!

The interent seemed to bring the distribution of cartoons on a level playing field, giving budding artists like myself the opportunity to conquer this fickle media. But after 5 years of working the web, I've made about enough money to pay for a tank of gas and dinner for the missus and me. 5 YEARS YO! But I don't want this to be a bitch fest. It has brought something much more valuable. FRIENDS WHO LIKE TO DRAW CARTOONS! And I don't just mean fair weather friends either. I've met some of the best people on the planet. And cartoon peeps are such a dedicated bunch. Their love of the craft is infectuous. I seriously believe I would have dropped out the game if it weren't for their support and enthusiasm.

So here stands Crying Macho Man holding his own after 5 years, passionately getting up in the morning and dipping his proverbial pen in the bottomless inkwell of funny.

Thanks for giving me the chance to make you laugh or at least try!

Yours Truly,

2 comments:

Greenblatt the Great! said...

Thanks for the big 5 year anniversary speech, I loved it!

I say "Amen!" to your sentiment about the great people we cartoonists meet along the way, and, in the last 5 years, you're definitely one of them for me!

They say what makes something funny is that there's always a kernel of truth at the core. Well, so this part cracked me up:

"But after 5 years of working the web, I've made about enough money to pay for a tank of gas and dinner for the missus and me. 6 YEARS YO!"

I only pray that when you wrote this, you were not quoting Nomi from a bad argument you guys had!!

One thing that pissed me off about the whole rant....that you're not back here in the city this year so we can celebrate 5 great years of the funniest comic strip running today! Please don't quit, no matter how bumpy the road might get. We need CRYING MACHO MAN! Now more than ever!

CRYING MACHO MAN in the White House, 2012, yo!

MA

PS - LOVE the signature! Is it trademarked because I want to use it (esp. on checks and money orders).

Jose said...

Your a Nut Aushenker but i luv ya anyways! No worries, I'll be back in LA to celebrate.