Our American Free Enterprise System

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

This one, called Understanding Our American Free Enterprise System, has a guy at a chalk board pointing out the larger size of a normal mouse brain compared to the way smaller mouse brain invented by a guy named Herman Stienway. The caption says Herman Stienway couldn’t build a better mouse trap so he built a stupider mouse.
— Tim Bryant
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

 

Playing In The Sewers Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

This one, claiming to be from a “True Facts” series, depicts a child on a tricycle facing a wall of alligator teeth. The wording says Each year thousands of New York City tricycle gangs perish mercilously while drag racing in the sewers. I must’ve meant to say “mercilessly”—meaning “without mercy.” O well.

–Tim Bryant
Author of Blue Rubber Pool
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

Little Train That Thought It Could Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

Another nugget from my cynical side even way back then, this cartoon depicts the famous “Little Train That Could” American fairy tale (i.e. the Little Train That Could trying to climb a steep hill). However, in my version of the story the train falls over backwards and says “Aw crap!” and the cartoonist, Yours Truly, says that as an American citizen he resents the lie. At the bottom, it’s identified as part of the great childhood rip off series.
— Tim Bryant
Author of Blue Rubber Pool
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

Large Glass Jar Labeled Cat

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

Yet another on the Harold and cats series, this one shows Harrold’s bedroom complete with desk, lamp, Chicago Cubs pennant, skull and cross bones sign that says “Harold’s Room Keep Out” and, above all this a shelf. On the shelf are a baseball and bat and a large glass jar labeled “Cat”. The cat inside can barely be seen. The caption says Harold’s mother finally gave in and let him keep the pathetic little thing he’d found by the side of the road. (i.e., a dead cat)
–Tim Bryant
Author of Blue Rubber Pool
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

Cats As Seeds Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

Now I’m up to four of these Harold and cats cartoons resurrected from the liquor store burial vault. This one depicts tombstones lined up in a field beneath a happy sun. The tombstones have names of various cats (Kitty, Thomasina, Tiger, etc). One row of tombstones is marked “Catatoes” and the other “Catalopes”. Parked of to the side is a Caterpillar farm tractor. The caption reads Harold took his weird research to the agricultural Midwest, planting the seeds in neat rows.
–Tim Bryant
Author of Blue Rubber Pool
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

Cats As Curb Feelers Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]Here’s a third from the Harold and cats cartoon series. This one shows Harold presenting another big idea. With the help of a slide projector, he shoes how cats can be used as curb feelers to protect cars from concrete curbs. (We see a car, a curb and a cat.)  The captions says Harold stood by patiently as auto industry leaders considered his innovative presentation on improvements to curb feelers.
— Tim Bryant
Author of Blue Rubber Pool
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

Cats Make Good Pets Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

This one, featuring Harold and cats again, shows Harold headed to his shed carrying a saw and leading a cat on a leash. The caption says Harold heard that cats make good pets so he set out to make one.

–Tim Bryant
Author of Blue Rubber Pool
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

 

Cats and Gravity Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

 

This one describes experiments conducted by a guy named Harold. The caption says “After 97 trials, Harold proved that cats don’t ALWAYS land on their feet.” Harold’s white board presentation depicts a 14-story building with Harold on top and the point of impact below. Plus, for good measure, a close up of cat’s feet.

–Tim Bryant
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

Great Moment in Show Business Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

This one shows a song lyrics writer at his typewriter. He’s talking to himself, saying “Let’s see…There’s no business like the TOE business…NAW! There’s no business like the SNOW business…NAW! Hmm… How about there’s no business like the ROWBOAT business…NAW! Let’s try There’s no business like a GROWING business. NAW! There no business IN the snow business… No. Damn! That’s no good.”  The note at the bottom then attribute this cartoon to a series called Great Moments in ______?________ Business, Part Five. The blank is left unfilled because this idiot can’t find the word.

— Tim Bryant
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

Teenage Love Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

This one shows a guy carrying a chain saw. Smiling, he walks away from a gob of human bits: skull, bones etc. The caption says Teenagers are so fickle. One minute Eddie was in love, the next minute he wasn’t.

–Tim Bryant
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill

Mutt’s to Riches Cartoon

[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.]

This on one claims to be from “The Mutt’s to Riches Series, Number Six. It shows a table made from a dead dog with granite hard rigomortis. The table has a round glass top with “sold” sign dangling from it. Two guys, happy with themselves, are shaking hands. The caption says When Ricky and Mortimer sold their first dead dog coffee table they knew they were into business.
— Tim Bryant
Author of Blue Rubber Pool
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill