Here we are going to look at generating ideas for cartoon gags from some different situations.
Let’s start off with some situations that we are likely to encounter, either directly or on TV, in everyday life.
I haven't added any of my cartoons to this page as I want you to see what you come up with by yourself.
Talking with the boss
Arriving at work
Ordering food at a restaurant
Down the local pub
Talking at a bar
Take away meal
Going home at the end of the night
In the garden
In the park
At the beach
At the gym
Trying on clothes
in a coffee shop
at a market
car boot sale/flea market
Let's break down the situation
Now let’s take one of these situations and look at it in more depth. Start asking questions.
Let's take the situation 'At a restaurant'.
What kind of restaurant?
What is the food like?
What is the waiter/waitress like? Any personality quirks?
What are the customers like? Any personality quirks?
What is the chef like? Any personality quirks?
What is the relationship like between people at the table?
What could go wrong?
Have any interesting experiences happened to you at a restaurant? What about a friend?
Can you remember any interesting scenes from movies/TV?
Do you need words/a caption to tell the story, or can the picture tell the story by itself?
Now try this process again with a different context.
Set yourself a target of say ten questions. Having a set number forces you to push yourself to think of ideas. Who knows whether that extra idea you strain for might prove to be the best of the lot.
Not so everyday situations
On a desert island
Trip to the zoo
Meeting a hero
If animals could talk
The best/worst day of your life
etc. I'm sure that you can think up many ore situations - just let your imagination run wild.
You don't have to think solely in terms of psychical situations. Think of emotional states as well - good and bad, high and low etc.
Over to you
You can have a list of situations always on hand if you need to prime your mind for fresh cartoon gags. Review it from time to time to see what new situations you can add. Remember that potential comical situations surround us all the time.
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