Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Ask Not For Whom The Lamp Buzzes



I'd like to report that I draw my strip on a finely-tooled desk the size of a couch, or that my light table is a frosty miniature of a skating rink tipped on its edge. But it's actually a cheap drawing table -- I believe it was advertised for school kids or budding artists -- with a sheet of plexiglass propped on it, and a humming lamp slipped beneath it. It's actually an upgrade from my old light table, which consisted of a turntable's acrylic lid on my lap, and the desk lamp swiveled down to shine up from below.

It's not a coincidence that Rube Goldberg -- famed for proving that a kite, some moths, and an electric iron were as good as a pencil sharpener -- was a cartoonist.