Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"The Humble Beaver"

Another classic panel that by popular demand now adorns both tshirts & mugs on the Printfection store.

There are a couple versions of this golden oldie from the feature when it went under the title "Freeze-Frame." The original cartoon (posted below) first appeared in print in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner back in 1990. It was done with Flair pens on regular xerox copier paper, and the halftone shading added using Zip-A-Tone transfer sheets.

About a dozen years later it was redone as a vectored image and shading done on the computer: the latest incarnation is essentially the same except for rescanning the line art for slight repositioning and enlargement plus tweaking the text.

“Many a drama, picturesque, fierce, and wild, is staged upon a beaver dam.” - Enos Mills (1909)

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