When I started The Miniscules it was just an avenue for some strange ideas that I had in my head. sometimes they got into predicaments because of their size, then later they became embroiled with current events. With a bit of time on my hands, and in answer to many queries like, “Where did the Miniscules come from?”, I decided to use my rudimentary skills to produce what I like to call: “a waste of a few hours of my day…“
Now to continue your refresher of The Miniscules so far:
So, there you go. I hope that you enjoy The Miniscules as much as I do.
Continuing the evolution of my “artistic” side. Some ideas are poignant, others come from everyday situations, the last one was inspired by all the sports repeats in 2020. You can see that I haven’t figured out where to put the web link:
I started a “Miniscules: Origins” movie. I got as far as a trailer (will post that soon). The last one was due to changing my Instagram account.
“Can I see more creatures” you ask? Of course.
I hope you have been enjoying my scratches and scrawls.
Sometimes humor can make you laugh out loud, chuckle, snicker, giggle, smile, smirk, purse your lips, furrow your brow, or shake your head. As I have written before, humor is subjective (read my previous post here: Humor/Humour) and it is so diverse from the silly to the “I can’t believe you said that” to the just plain weird or bizarre.
I have always enjoyed the just plain weird humor. The Far Side cartoons were some of my favorites, and the humor of Steven Wright was groundbreaking. So, continuing with last week’s post, I am going to catch you up on my cartoon, The Miniscules, to show one aspect of my sense of humor. If you have read my other posts, you’ll know that I usually interject humor wherever possible.
I put together the rough drafts that became the finished product which I called ‘Scule-volution.
Notice the addition of various borders…
Most of the early humor was derived from the fact that they are just so small, which later will incorporate more current events.
And finally, on the theme of weird, here are my creatures. I don’t know how they came about, but they did, and they are definitely weird.
I like to sketch and draw, but for some reason, I could not consistently draw people-or cartoons. Not being one to give up, I decided to give up. But, I had all these oddly humorous situations that needed an outlet. So I came up with “The Miniscules”.
Some of the situations encountered were inspired by current events, others because they are so tiny, or the combination of the two. I began to post them on Instagram under the tag -minisculemondays. Seeing that my Mondays here were taken by my love of music, I’ll share some of my favorites and catch you up to date.
I’ll start with some of my originals and show how they evolved from a crude scrawl to a not so crude scrawl-but with a fancy border!
Weird? Yup. Laugh out loud hilarity? That’s still up for debate…
I started this a few weeks ago, so now I feel compelled to come up with something to amuse readers each week. As you may have noticed before in some of my earlier posts, I have an odd sense of humor, which borders on the surreal at times. If this is your first time here, go ahead, read some of my previous posts. We’ll wait.
(We won’t really wait. They can catch up.)
In my poetry book, I included a comic called, “When Does This Become That?” I have no clue what prompted me to come up with the idea, but it is a good example of what goes on in my head…
When Does This Become That?
I know what you are thinking. Either, “What the heck was that supposed to be?” or “Is there anymore of this hilarity” (see what I did there? No? I’ll give you a moment…)
To answer those questions: I really don’t know, and yes.
I like to think of myself as a humorist/satirist. Making people laugh was a goal of mine from a young age. Many of my stories, blogs, and poems have a humorous tone to them. I’ll start this weekly segment with some reposts of my writings.
What is funny? Anything that makes you laugh, I suspect. Or chuckle, snicker, chortle, giggle, or smile. The measure of real humor is something that makes you laugh when you are alone. Think about it. When was the last time that you laughed out loud all alone? For most of us, it is rare, if non-existent. But, as they say, laughter is the best medicine. One feels contented after a good, long laugh.
I remember a time when I was sitting in the mall with my sister reading a newly purchased Calvin and Hobbes book. I remember it fondly because of the tears running down my cheeks from laughing so hard. There was the occasion when I couldn’t place my drive-thru order because I couldn’t talk through all my laughter (I don’t remember why, though). Then there was the time my mom said something that no one expected her to say…
You can’t feel angry when you are laughing. Or sad, or alone, or helpless…Pain disappears for a while (not counting the pain in your side). You can laugh so hard that you cry, and those tears can wash away any sad thoughts- at least for awhile. Laughing is contagious. Try to hold a straight face while others around you are partaking in the joy.
I like to make people laugh. It makes me happy. Most of my writing these days has a humorous edge to it, even with some of the more serious topics. Some of my ideas were the catalyst for my cartoon, The Miniscules.
People’s sense of humor evolves. What was funny as a child (farts) is not necessarily funny as an adult (notice that I said not necessarily, I bet you know someone who still laughs at them). Children get some of their sense of humor from their parents, and they also get it from peers and pop culture. Schools can be a breeding ground for hurtful humor, but I know that our educators do their best to teach what is acceptable.
Humor is constantly changing. What was thought of as humorous in the past is no longer acceptable. Many comedians went through times (some still do) of pushing boundaries and limits, using race, gender, sexual orientation, status, profanity, and taboo subjects in order to get a rise or laugh out of the crowd. People supported this hurtful, questionable content, demanding more profane, edgier routines.
I know. I was there. I admit, I laughed. Now I don’t.
Comedians now have to adapt their craft and evolve with the times. Many will fall and fade, while others will use their talent to give us the laughs we deserve.
One last thought: Has anybody ever actually laughed at a “Knock, Knock” joke?
– I played around with several items: underwear, pants, shoes, before deciding on the lowly discarded sock.
Is there anything lonelier than discarded clothing? A sign of disappointment, of rejection, of loathing Threadbare and stained, no fight left within Wondering what events caused this great sin Did you wear out your welcome, what did you do? Was it a weakness of cotton that allowed the big toe to come through? Was it your owner’s odd gait that wore through the heel? Taking the blame, how did that feel? Was your partner discarded or saved for another Pair that shares the same fate and just the right color?
–My attempts at cartooning failed (in my eyes) due to the fact that I just couldn’t draw people very well, and when I could, I could not keep consistency. This was my solution.
Story: Reasonable Hand-drawn Facsimile (Short Story from: The Knot at the End of the Rope)
-Science fiction has a history of humor, from authors like Asimov, Vonnegut, and Adams to shows and movies like Red Dwarf, Galaxy Quest, and The Orville. I actually laughed out loud when I thought of this story (and so did my editor). Here is a free reading link to it on my Medium.com page: