About the Creator’s Incubator
The single most asked question I get as a cartoonist is “Where do you get your ideas”? Aside from the answer “ I drink a lot and sleep late” once given in jest by cartoonist Gahan Wilson, I’ve always stumbled my way through it. I’ve long been intrigued by the creative process and have often wanted to find a way to answer that elusive “ideas” question. So I decided why not feature daily insights, tips, and suggestions about this thing called creativity and how we can all apply it to our daily lives. Why not go “inside-the-lab” with stories about other creators and how they hatch their amazing works of art. We’ll delve into it all, including music, writing, character development, movie and TV show development, cartoons, comics, comedy and just about anything else that can be created. We’ll make it interactive, so that you too can share your own creative thoughts and insights. Think of it as one big Creative Community. A Creator’s Incubator.
About the Cartoonist behind the mayhem
This whole thing began with my grandfather reading me the comics as a kid. I grew up with Pogo, Dick Tracy, Little Iodine, Buzz Sawyer, L’il Abner and, of course, Peanuts. I was also one of those kids who would wake up at 6:30 on a Saturday morning just to see the latest episode of Lancelot Link, Secret Squirrel, Top Cat, Woody Woodpecker, Quick Draw McGraw, Mighty Mouse, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Spider-Man and always the funniest one of the bunch, Chuck Jones’ Wiley Coyote and the Roadrunner. Those cartoons and large bowls of Captain Crunch were my major source of nourishment in those days. They still are. Yes, even the Captain Crunch. And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
I had asthma as a kid which curtailed my desire to be the next Pete Maravich. So drawing cartoons became an outlet as a shy, quiet kid of the 60’s. Shortly after getting cut from the 7th grade basketball team I went with plan B. I was going to be a cartoonist. My Dad kept praying I would grow out of it.
I learned to draw in Algebra class. Throughout my youth I was subjected to the single worst college football program in the country. UTEP football was truly awful. It bore no resemblance whatsoever to the sport we recognize as football, but it was always good for a few laughs. So I developed this kind of warped sense of humor about sports, I’m convinced as some sort of survival instinct.
I did a comic strip in college, worked at the El Paso Times, first as a copy boy, then as a staff artist responsible for charts, maps and story illustrations. I managed to sneak in a few cartoons now and again. I joined the Rocky Mountain News in 1982 as the last of a dying breed, the American sports cartoonist. They were a valuable staple of sports sections in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, but as technology advanced and the space in newspapers shrank, the sports cartoons were the first to go. Legendary names like Willard Mullin, Karl Hubenthal, Bob Bowie, Bill Gallo and my favorite, Dirk West slowly became an endangered species.
I enjoyed 26 years drawing for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver until it’s closing in 2009. I published a few cartoon anthologies and was fortunate enough to win an award or two including one from the National Cartoonists Society.
These days I’m continuing to draw on my own website http://www.drewlitton.com Monday through Friday. I also draw 3 cartoons a week for KUSA 9News and 2 a week for United Media syndicate. I’m branching out into the world of Animation, Character Design, Toy Design, Children’s Book Illustration and Designing Licensing content like t-shirts, calendars, greeting cards, and collectible prints. I also have a webcomic on the horizon.
I’m married to my lovely and talented wife, Marcia. We have two dogs. Or should I say, they have us. In my spare time, which isn’t much nowadays, I spend time with Marcia, reading just about everything and watching some of our favorite classic TV shows of the past like Taxi and Frasier. I manage to sneak in episodes of the Man from U.N.C.L. E., the Lone Ranger and Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds from time to time. And cartoons. Lots of cartoons.
I hope you enjoy the creative insight on this new venue.