Arguably, editorial cartoonists exploit Halloween more than any other holiday period of the year. (With a close second place going to Christmas — whose ho ho ho themes will be showing up in cartoons as soon as the flames of Jack ‘O Lanterns burn out.
The problem is the limitations imposed on cartoons with holiday themes like Halloween. Daryl Cagle’s cartoon site has a refreshing gallery of Halloween themed cartoon which does not have even one example the overplayed. line of costume kids lined up with the oddball at the end.
From me this year, I just recycled an old one I did from 3 years ago:
A colourized version of the original drawn July 12, 2002
The Globe and Mail writes in a tongue in cheek editorial today on the death of a cartoon cliche thanks to some recent paleontological findings conflicting with long established theories of evolution. It must be the silly summer season when Canada’s national newspaper opines about anthropology, even more so when it’s suggested cartoonists will lose an over used cliche of a fish evolving through different stages of simian characteristics until it ends up resembling a human.
Will Science eventually destroy every cliche device known to cartoonists? Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Here are a couple of my own evolution cliche cartoons
The above one’s from March 5, 1998
This one’s from December 5, 2001.