So, recently, I don’t even really remember where or how, I came across a Natalie Dee cartoon. It was this:
Hilarious, yes! I love Mom jokes AND I love accusing everyone around me of being gay. Especially Moms! Absolutely right up my ally when it comes to one-panelled humor strips. Love it. Of course, I was devastated to learn approximately two and a half minutes later that it was NOT on sale as a tee-shirt as I had previously believed. But still, I loved it enough to go to the source–Natalie Dee’s website. click here!
#108: The cartoons of Natalie Dee
I’m tempted to use adjectives like ‘obsessed’ when I describe my feelings about Ms. Dee. But apparently, Natalie Dee isn’t her real name and the reason that she doesn’t use her real name is because she doesn’t want to encourage stalkers/overly excitable types. I can appreciate that. So, I’ll try not to let loose too much here. I’ll pull back a bit on the normal cyber-stalking that I engage in when prepping for blogs. Let’s just appreciate the output, shall we? Here’s three samples from her archives. All good.
Writing a one-panel strip is hard work, but Natalie Dee is a fricking champion. Between the ‘i can relate to that’ feeling and the odd miscellany that she captures so perfectly in her simplistic drawings, I’ve been consistently entertained. I can’t stress how much I love it when things are anthropomorphized. It just works.
Also, I adore the noseless wide-mouthed faces and the little hands that look like q-tips.
Natalie is married to a humorist as well. Her husband Drew writes excellent toons called “Toothpaste For Dinner” and “Superpoop”. Natalie co-writes “Married To The Sea” with him as well. You can reach ALL of their collective efforts through http://www.nataliedee.com For merch, click here: the goods
The bad news in this one-way love affair? I’m almost done scrolling through the Natalie Dee archives. The good news is that when I’m done with the cartoons, there WILL be more (she updates daily) and she’s also got blog pages that I’ve barely read yet. It’s a good, funny, personable blog. The first entry details Natalie trying to cook an emu egg that she purchased at Whole Foods. She also runs an advice column from time to time in those pages.
As someone who dreams of chucking in my day job of helping disabled students get support during University (it’s not nearly as exciting as it sounds) to sit around all day in my jammies thinking of funny things to say and occasionally watching daytime tv/playing video games, I really admire this woman. She has made it work and is living the dream. I found a good interview with Natalie at venuszine.com (OK…so I did a little bit of e-stalking…) Here’s some wise words for those of you out there who reach for that golden ring of creative fulfillment/working from your home as well:
“Making comics is just like taking a crap,” says Dee. “It’s necessary for my well-being, and it is sometimes enjoyable… When I make comics, I don’t analyze them afterwards, like, ‘Is this too dirty?’ or, ‘Is this too cutesy?’ or, ‘Is this too weird?’ or, ‘Is this too messed up?’. I don’t care what people think. I make comics to express myself. You don’t write in your diary with the thought of someone who might break into your bedroom and read it. That defeats the purpose.”
(Full article here: Venuszine)
OK, that’s all the lovin’ I have time for. But!…one more to part on:
P.S. if you’re scrolling through the archives, be sure to pay attention ot the toon titles on the right hand side. Some are just explanatory but others are pithy. That’s right, I said pithy.
How come stuff like this isn’t in the newspaper funny pages anymore?