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Joe Sutliff

Joe Sutliff

I'm a stay-at-home dad and cartoonist/illustrator in the D.C. area. A lot of the gags are based on real life. The idea to include an army spouse came from friends and family, and visits to Bethesda Naval Hospital to draw for Iraq wounded. ALL POSTS

Big Daddy

See Joe Sutliff's entry, then read what the judges had to say.

Gene Weingarten: "The characters are really likable, and if you're looking for someone to dump on poop jokes, you won't find him here. I like the magic trash-can gag, and Satcom. But someone's going to have to explain to me the engine of the pledge chairman joke."

Signe Wilkinson: "Given the state of the world, 'Big Daddy' by Joe Sutliff seems the 
most commercial of all, but we don't need another 'Baby Blues.' I could get used to his disturbing drawings of Dad balancing the kid on his arm, but not of the kid himself, whose face is a 10-year-old's, not a newborn's."

Michael Cavna: "The two things that immediately distinguish this authentic-feeling strip: 1. The drawing of shadowy 'horror' in Big Daddy's terrified reaction to the Diaper Genie works beautifully (much of the rest of the artwork needs sharpening, even within its loose style; particularly Big Daddy's too-generic facial expressions); and 2. There's a rich vein to be mined -- particularly in current times -- in the wife/mom serving in the military. That fertile aspect of the strip is as hot to this judge as her uniform is to Big Daddy. Based on those two elements alone, there's potential here."

Amy Lago: "Great use of visual punchlines, especially in 'Diaper Genie Is Full' and 'Work Clothes Get Me Hot.' The cartoonist uses shading well; it maximizes depth in an otherwise flat style. In 'Pledge Chairman,' the long denouement takes a bit away from the punchline itself ('pledge chairman'). The cartoonist should try to make the denouement as short as possible or make the type a little smaller, to minimize its importance. Also concentrate on what the actual punchWORDS are, not the whole line, and place them most prominently in the sentence. Also in 'Diaper Genie,' the cartoonist probably didn't need 'magic' before 'trash can.' Only a woman would notice this: The mom can get her chin-length hair into a bun. Last: Use the characters' names."


By Joe Sutliff  |  June 14, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  | Category:  Amy Lago , Entries , Gene Weingarten , Michael Cavna , Signe Wilkinson
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Thanks to everyone - and there were a lot of you -who sent me good wishes and encouragement. My mom, who taught me everything I know about parenting, said you get one day to feel sorry for yourself, then get back to work. So see you all tomorrow -now, I'm pretty sure there's an open bar around here somewhere...

Posted by: jsutliff | June 23, 2010 9:26 AM
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it's cute, especially the uniform turning him on joke, but too stupid on the not knowing what a diaper pail was for. it's okay

Posted by: Harise | June 21, 2010 4:56 PM
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Joe - He has a lot of talent and I think he will grow the strip as time goes by. Joe gets my vote! Joe is also the artist for the Fight the Bite calendars provided to the community by the Fairfax County Health Department's Disease Carrying Insects Program

Posted by: csivertsen | June 17, 2010 8:06 AM
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I did an interview in the Washington City Paper with Joe last month, and can tell you that the 'Daddy' in this is most likely Joe. So he's cartooning whereof he knows.

Posted by: Mrhode | June 16, 2010 8:27 PM
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I see a "Cul de Sac" clone with a twist. An interesting twist that's well executed, and one that's in a good place to make positive commentary of the difficult role of Moms in the military, but that's what I see.

I'd like to see a few more strips to see the ultimate shape of the strip, but I'm neither here nor there on this one.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | June 16, 2010 12:19 PM
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I think this one definitely has potential. The characters are interesting and relatable, and the dialogue and situations are funny. Long term potential as the baby grows up. Also can explore the untapped ground of a male military spouse, making it original and more interesting.

Posted by: ieatsmallchildren | June 16, 2010 11:27 AM
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Excellent drawing style. Predictable gags.
Nice, but not in my top 3.

Posted by: InkSlingerz | June 16, 2010 11:26 AM
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This strip looks like it has some fertile ground to mine. I would look forward to watching it develop, especially as Daddy acquires parenting skills and Mommy misses various 'first' events.

Posted by: MsJS | June 16, 2010 10:21 AM
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