Why it is bad to drink too much when you have responsibilities.

I drank a few Buds, sat down and pencilled this lovely comic, (the pencils were quite nice, exaggerated but not clownish, well spotted blacks etc.) Then I decided, OK! The pencils are done, here comes the easy part. I drank a pile of beer, took a Vicodin and a few other choice pills and set to work. Inking is like coasting! It’s just a coloring book, it’s easy, thought I….untill the beer and pills kicked in about halfway through the first panel. All thoughts of negative/positive space, clarity in the helicopter for a more menacing effect. Things went downhill. I won’t even begin to discuss the failures of panels 3 & 4 with its scribbled ribs, let’s go straight to panel 5. Somehow in my broken mind I kept thinking, “Can’t break deadline, must follow through, the mission is the mission, BUT LOOK. The second word in the fifth panel was supposed to be OUT. I can’t imagine what I was thinking when I started to draw straight lines, seriously trying to finish it properly. THIS IS a great example of how to not take prescription drugs with beer when you’re up against a deadline especially! Next week I will use the exact same pencils and show you motherfuckers how it’s done properly.
The Best Cartoonist on the American Scene,
Tony Millionaire

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23 Responses to Why it is bad to drink too much when you have responsibilities.

  1. J T Guerrero says:

    …and think of the lives your are endangering when you IUI (inking under the influence)

  2. Bristow says:

    I see an excellent PSA opportunity here…
    “cartoonists, don’t let cartoonists draw drunk”.
    Of course, that would take all the fun out of it.

  3. K. says:

    Might I suggest switching to reefer and coffee? Much better deadline getter, and you won’t risk an OD. Opiates and booze are a _bad_ combination.

    • Rudi Wolff says:

      @K:

      not “bad” meaning “bad” but “bad” meaning “good.”

      or maybe you mean a bad combination for cartooning. For having fun it doesn’t get much better.

    • TonyMillion says:

      Reefer and coffee?? If I smoked a reefer and drank a bunch of coffee they would have to send me straight to the loony bin.

    • Katey says:

      The Hippie Speedball!

  4. Leandro says:

    Hunter Thompson comics FTW!!

  5. sheafo says:

    would have turned out any better the next morning though? at least hands arent shakey whilst drunk!

  6. Martin Olson says:

    You’re mad. You’ve surpassed the prison of your own style through booze. You can now die.

  7. Inky says:

    you didn’t put your copyright ANYWHERE someone could just steal this beauty and make a fortune!!

  8. JWBalsley says:

    A splash of red wine and blueberries works for me, but my teeth are always purple. People think I’m always getting in fights and smashed in the teeth.

    But thanks Tony for the good advice on what not to do, too many folks my age think a lot of booze will make good art, then they get drunk and only talk about making art/ comics. Then they get boring.

    Although, when I’m back in the Americas a bit of reefer can sometimes act as a tool to get things done. But too much coffee will make me go to the loony bin. Different strokes for different folks.

    Cheers!

  9. Bristow says:

    I like to have a couple of beers right after work to take the edge off. This helps me get into drawing mode. I don’t need booze to draw, but I need the edge off to draw. This is why coffee or caffeine would not work for me. I like the way pills and weed make my mind feel, but I don’t think I’d really get anything done – as far as deadline goes. Liquor, beer, wine… it doesn’t matter – anything like that helps to take away inhibitions for me and gets the ink flowin’! I usually forget I’ve even got a beer opened next to me once I get into a rhythm.
    I will admit though… I’ve gotten really fucked up on all kinds of shit and sat down to draw or write in the wee hours of the morning only to wake up sickened over what I created before I passed out.
    But hey… I was a kid. That would kill me now.

  10. John M. says:

    I used to always say that, as long as I can stand up, I can play fiddle. However, my wife used get pretty worked up about why musicians feel the need to drink and get high before and while playing. One day after my wife had been on my case about this, I was sitting at the bar next to this older guy who has been playing folk and blues since the early 60′s. If you are familar with the term “60′s bar style,” you will know who I’m talking about. Anyway, I told him about my wife’s “interest” in this topic and asked him why he liked to drink before playing. He looked at me and said, “YOU know why.” So I went home and the next time my wife brought it up I said, “YOU know why,” and she just about threw me out the window.

    • TonyMillion says:

      “60′s bar style?”

      • John M. says:

        Sorry. I don’t get enough sleep and somethimes write irritating things. John Koerner.

        • TonyMillion says:

          But who was the old guy in the bar? You’re not irritating.

          • John M. says:

            The old guy was John Koerner. He’s not really that old, just in his late 60s I think. We drink at the same place and he has let me play fiddle with him a few times. My band tried to be his back up band for a little while but he didn’t want to split the money so many ways. See, it’s kind of a cool story, but it’s name-dropping and I am ashamed to do that. But anyway. Koerner used to live in Boston, I think, and still goes and plays there sometimes. Maybe it’s possible you encountered him when you lived there.

          • John M. says:

            And also, “60′s bar style” is the style of folk blues Koerner usually says he plays. It’s kind of part of his stage patter. Sorry if that got a little coy.

        • Olentzero says:

          Dude… you were drinking with Spider John?

  11. Beefenchilada says:

    The “pile of beer” is my new very favorite obscure metric unit of volume.

  12. I don’t know, I kinda like the “Vicodin & (pile of) beer” version! I like its non sequitur quality and roughness.

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