Monday, January 20, 2020

I Love Good Cookies

I am a Caricaturist.





No, this blog is not about self discovery (I already know I'm a Caricaturist) it's more about realization and maybe a little frustration.  I guess I could compare myself to an actor who is very successful making comedy movies, however he wants to do Shakespeare. So he try's it and although he receives critical acceptance,  he goes back to making successful comedies. The reason is simple, you can buy much better cookies with a successful box office comedy than you can with a half empty theater, albeit critically acclaimed Shakespearean performance.

My William Shakespeare is Bill Watterson.  His comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes,  was (in my world) Romeo and Juliet. His work inspired me to create my webcomic. Missed Approach and the reason I'll probably continue to struggle creatively between my webcomic and my caricatures. Why, you might ask, do I struggle creatively when I'm so inspired by the art of Bill Watterson?? Well, two reasons. First reason, i love good cookies. Secondly, I hold one artist in higher regard than Bill Watterson...that man is the late, Al Hirschfeld.


If you don't know his genius, look him up (or watch the 1996 documentary, The Line King). I consider Mr. Hirschfeld's creations in the same realm as an Vincent Van Gogh's creations. He is the reason I draw caricatures,...that and the fact that I love good cookies.

The struggle continues...

Monday, January 6, 2020

Questions...

I have to wonder🤔...

Does anyone care about webcomics? I think I've created a damn good one in my webcomic, Missed Approach.


However, when examining the stats, I'm not seeing any interest in it. As opposed to what you're reading right now, The Michael Hopkins Cartoons Blog, whos' stats tell me there's a great deal of interest in this blog (and that interest increases daily). This brings me to a conundrum that I've faced before, do I continue producing more, Missed Approach's or am I wasting my time and should instead use that time instead, to focus more on this blog?

There's so much more I'd like to do with this blog, however time is infinite and I spend a lot of that time, producing my webcomic. So there's the conundrum.

What would I like to do with this bog (you ask)? Well, let me tell ya...One idea that's always been at the top of my list is to travel to different events throughout the spring and summer, drawing caricatures and bring you with me via this blog and maybe my seldom used YouTube channel (iamscribbles).

Another idea is to write in this blog on a daily basis to see if that translates into a larger audience.

Even another idea, is to use this blog to record my journey to the 2020 Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon. Yes, that's right, I made a resolution to run that marathon this year and I'm gonna make  it happen...besides I really need to get into better shape (my body tell me that every morning). Hopfully then, I could use this blog, not only just to entertain, but to also inspire others to chase their dreams.

Finally,  I'm exploring photography and would also like that adventure with you, via this blog.

So there you have it! As I stated previously, time is infinite and I can hear it ticking...

May the force be with you..

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2000

Happy New Year and greetings from Reno Tahoe Airport (yes, I'm fueling jets on New Year's Day). I guess technically it's called Reno/Tahoe International Airport...but the only International flight I see here is a daily dose of Volaris Airline, I believe it arrives from Mexico...


The unusual thing is, everytime I seen Volaris Airline arrive I have this overwhelming, urge to break into song, namely the tune, Volare.  Of course the song was made famous by Dean Martin, however I sound more like Tony Clifton, who was occasionally, Andy Kaufman (or was he and is he still alive???)


I guess that's one of the great conspiracy  theories of my generation. Maybe Andy and Elvis are hanging out somewhere this morning, hung over from last nights celebration, drinking coffee and laughing at us all. It's a nice thought.

Which brings me to my New Years Resolutions. I usually don't stick to them, however this year I'm gonna try. So here's the list (in no particular order).


  • Start creating my webcomic, "Missed Approach" again.
  • Visit Elvis's home, Graceland.
  • See The Killers and Thom Yorke perform in person.
  • Find a relationship and keep it forever (hopefully).
  • Write more often in my blog (good start, eh?)
  • Oh yea...and get into shape. I've been think about photographing myself everyday and seeing how I progress. If I do, I'll share them on this blog
So what do you think? Have you made any resolutions? If so, let me know. 

Talk to you soon.