Creator’s Incubator # 1

Welcome to the first ever Creator’s Incubator. Since it’s the inaugural edition, I thought it would be appropriate to give you a few behind the scenes stuff about my creative process.

Individual cartoons have their own set of sparks, so I thought I’d give you some of the everyday variety.
I like to surround myself with cartoon collectibles and cartoon art in the studio. It makes me feel at home.Here’s just a few samples from my home studio.



Five things that help me Create:
1. Reading. Newspapers, magazines, websites, billboards, t-shirts, movie posters, anything visual It’s the most important part of creating sports cartoons. After I read I let it soak in for a while.
2. Silence is golden for thinking up ideas. I can listen to music or CNN after I pencil the cartoon and I’m ready to ink, but not before.
3. Word play. I write down topics and free associate a visual metaphor for what it is I want to say in the cartoon. In my case it’s usually an opinion I have about a topic I’m drawing on.
4. Ink don’t think. The worst thing to do is force an idea. Ideas form when you’re most relaxed, even if you are under deadline. If I get really stuck I’ll put the subject I’m drawing about in the most outrageous situation I can imagine. Case in point. This Phelps cartoon.
5. Bang my head up against the wall and hope that something besides hair comes out.

Creativational Quote of the day: An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
Edwin Land

Created on this date: 1963 – Beatles record “She Loves You” & “I’ll Get You”

The Rhino Recommends: This fantastic book about the founding of Pixar and the innovation and creativity it took to pull it all together.

There you have it. I hope you’ll join us here and at for the next edition of the Creator’s Incubator



  1. Mike,
    Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share your own creative insight. I’m hoping this will become a community of Creators sharing ideas. Your Web Comic is awesome by the way!


  2. Drew: Love your process…. very similar to mine. Also… love your toys ! An old Hanna Barbera fan like myself. But how did Fred and Barney get Blue Beards ?

    I haven’t really followed a webcomic before, but I love the Man From U.N.C.L.E. and your art style, so I’ll be checking yours out.

    Good luck. Looking forward to following your site and webcomic.

    Marty Qatani


    1. Hi Marty. Want to come on the Incubator and share your process with everyone? Send me an e-mail of the details, a same of what you’re working on we’ll put it up. I so want this to be a creative co-op.



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