You may have heard of Troma Studios’ Toxic Avenger movies. They were produced in the mid-1980s. The same studio that brought us Class of Nuke ‘Em High and Chopper Chicks in Zombietown is behind this series. Lots of blood, sexy moments, and coarse humor were featured in this film. You’re probably thinking how this could be turned into a kid’s animation, and you’re correct!
When it came to kids’ cartoon shows, 1991 marked a watershed year when innovative new ideas began to emerge. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Captain Planet taught kids that protecting the environment is crucial. A little bit of effort went into Troma’s anti-industrial hero Toxie becoming a character that was both savage and adorable. On the Toxic Crusaders TV show, Toxie was the star.
Even though thirteen 30 minute episodes had already been made, FOX decided not to run a complete series after a five-run trial period. Toxie, despite this setback, fought bravely in stores around the country with toys and collectibles.
It wasn’t all Toxie’s fault that he couldn’t stop the terrible pollutants. His battle was not a solitary one. There was a group of folks who had a great deal of imagination at his side. For instance, there was the human-canine hybrid Junkyard and the human-dog hybrid Yvonne, as well as Toxie’s girlfriend Yvonne and her pink pet Blobbie as well as a soldier named Major Disaster who fell into a radioactive swamp and learned to control plants.
For youngsters, shows are incomplete if the villains aren’t the same as the heroes. They didn’t scrimp on baddies when it came to the Toxic Crusaders in the end. More than half of the cast members only appeared in a single episode. In addition to the four-armed cockroaches of Smogula’s Czar Zosta and Doctor Killemoff and street punk Bonehead who bullied Melvin Junko, the guy who would become Toxie, there was corrupt politician Mayor Grody from Toxie’s hometown of Tromaville. There were also the “Radiation Rangers,” who arrived in large numbers and were virtually never able to reach their intended objective. This was a typical cartoon of the era.
For a while, there was no better show on television than Toxic Crusaders for making money. Toxic Crusaders products were often produced by the same companies that produced merchandise based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As a result, Marvel released a comic book,
Topps released trading cards, Colorforms released a board game and Halloween costumes, while Nintendo, Sega, and Game Boy released video games. Playmates even released a series of action figurines with “radical” designs featuring characters from the program in vivid neon hues. A goopy material that looks a lot like “Retromutagen Ooze” can be purchased from these toys in canister form.
In April 2008, Troma published a DVD containing all 13 episodes of the show. There’s still time to catch the show if you missed it.
In our journey through time, I hope you learned a little about a great cartoon show that sought to teach youngsters about good values while having a lot of fun. When it came to “green” kids shows like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” there was a distinct lack of competition for the Toxic Crusaders.
However, there’s a lot more to cartooning than just making characters.
How many times have you found yourself scribbling away when you should have been attending to business, such as shutting down a nuclear plant’s core? Assuming this is the case, you may be getting in trouble for daydreaming while trying to land the plane. Because I don’t fit in at work, there are times when I feel like a failure. This may be a sign that you should look for a new position. Could it be that you have an innate talent for drawing cartoons, but you’re not sure how to go about it? For a variety of reasons, the job of creating one-panel humor cartoons is a rewarding one.
Coming up with new project concepts is the most difficult element of the job. To be clear, I’m not implying that this task is trivial. Many people give up on the task of coming up with good cartoon ideas after only a few sessions of brainstorming. What sets you unique from everyone else is a single attribute. Your work will soon appear in print if you set a target and stick to it.
The part-timer should aim to complete at least seven single-panel gag cartoons over a week. For the math-challenged (and who isn’t?), this is one a day. Make sure to send your work to newspapers that welcome freelancers every week. Get a copy of The Artists Market to find out which ones are ideal for your work. They’re everywhere.
A lengthy and pricey course isn’t required to get started. For as long as you can remember, write down all the hilarious things that have been bouncing around in your thoughts. Finally, try to make it a one-panel gag that the general public would understand. ‘ There’s a good chance that a lot of people find it amusing. Your jokes are likely to be cliched and unfunny in the vast majority of cases. Welcome, if you happen to be here. We’re all guilty of it. Everyday. You’ll get better and better at it the more you practice.
The costs of starting a business are minimal. You may be able to start your new employment using things you already own or those you can readily obtain from your new employer. Do you require a sheet of paper and a pen? Postage and a few large manila envelopes for sending in submissions are all that is required. This includes purchasing some pencils for roughs and cardboard inserts for your submission packages to keep them from getting bent in the mail. It’s fine to buy these extras, but only if you truly desire them.
Don’t worry if you’re not a famous artist.
You’ll note that I haven’t yet addressed the topic of drawing. The reason for this is that sketching isn’t the most crucial skill a cartoonist needs to possess. This skill isn’t even in the top three. The most critical tasks are those that need creative thinking and writing. When it comes to cartooning, good writing can compensate for lousy art, while good art can’t compensate for bad writing.
You can make a lot of money as a cartoonist if you put in a lot of effort and don’t quit.