Ink Pen by Phil Dunlap
Type: Comic Strip
An insider's look at the world inside a cartoon-character employment agency.
You'll meet superheroes, talking animals, comic strip kids who think like graduate students, insecure archenemies, etc. all in search of gainful employment!
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Phil Dunlap, a native of Brookline, Mass., now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife and two children. He escapes his day job in advertising by writing and drawing, Ink Pen. The strip is a humorous look at an employment agency for out of work cartoon characters.
Dunlap has done storyboard work for such clients as Saturday Night Live, MTV, U2, Jay-Z, Transformers and Burger King. His cartoons have been published in alternative weeklies in San Francisco, Arizona and New York.
Dunlap attended Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and studied at The School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Phil has been interested in cartooning since drawing for his high school paper.
Meet the Cast of Ink Pen
- Bixby A former obnoxious child star, Bixby grew into a dirty, ugly rat unable to attract work or the love of children. Bixby is now the talent coordinator for Ink Pen, placing other cartoon characters in degrading jobs, and showing no sympathy for their plight. Assets: Lack of conscience allows him to crush the dreams of starry-eyed hopefuls on a daily basis. Drawbacks: Bathes infrequently at best. Quote: "I eat garbage and live in my own filth. Self-esteem isn't really a priority for me."
- Fritz Owner/Manager of "Ink Pen." After unionizing the extras during a guest stint on "Marmaduke," Fritz decided he could make more of a difference behind the scenes. Assets: Convinced that every company should have an adorable cartoon mascot. Drawbacks: Can't understand why the American Heart Association wouldn't want their corporate image represented by a chubby, gravy-sweating pig. Quote: "If you don't capitalize on the youth market now, you'll be missing out on profits well into the future!"
- Hamhock Willing to endure almost any amount of humiliation for a life in the limelight, Hamhock hungers for his big break, while others hunger for his apple-smoked belly and tender ribs. Assets: Virtually no pride. Drawbacks: Virtually no talent. Quotes: "I see the stares! At my rump, my loins, my chops! And the baloney fans! I can't even repeat what they stare at!"
- Captain Victorious Champion to millions, scourge of the underworld, impervious to scruples, Captain Victorious spends too much time getting sidekicks to do his job for him, and trying to hiding his lazy habits from fans. Assets: Dozens of powers. Legions of fans. Tons of money. Drawbacks: Conversations with him rarely veer off topic (him). Quote: "If someone throws a truck at you, you throw it right back at them!"
- Ralston High-minded and sophisticated, Ralston desperately wants to be appreciated by a better class of people, but due to his talents for getting hit, shot and steamrolled, he can't help appealing to the lowest common denominator. Assets: Watching his dignity go down the toilet is truly hilarious. Drawbacks: All the subsequent crying. Quote: "What does kicking a rabbit have to do with selling boots?"
Ink Pen is it.
Do you want a strip that combines Marvel comics' quality art with a writing style reminiscent of Matt Groenig (The Simpsons) and John Stewart (The Daily Show)?
Do you want a strip that's written for that advertiser-friendly 4-84 demo?
In an industry where well-drawn strips outnumber the well-written by a discomforting ratio, Ink Pen gives you both great art and incredibly sharp writing.
Set in a cartoon-character employment agency, Ink Pen is a workplace comedy, a retro look at the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the last century, and expose on the trappings of advertising and corporate sponsorship.
The ensemble cast is similar to classic strips like Bloom County and Doonesbury, but Ink Pen's content isn't political - it's pop culture, the workplace and the notion of cartoon characters exposing the absurdity of the world we live in.
I can't recommend it enough.