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Paul Scolaro

Paul Scolaro

I live in Astoria, N.Y., with my girlfriend and two daughters. I've spent my career working in the advertising business as an art director and a storyboard artist. I have had multiple strips considered, but alas never sold.  ALL POSTS

The Rock Head

See Paul Scolaro's entry, then read what the judges had to say.

Darrin Bell: "I love the artwork. I LOVE the female character. She's strong; she comes through as both sarcastic and caring, and I have a feeling that what she does and what will come out of her mouth may surprise me. I don't love the premise. It'll get old after a while if the gags revolve mostly around the band. First of all, heavy metal itself is dated, but a strip focusing on it wouldn't have survived long even in the Eighties. The samples, with one exception, are so premise-driven that unless I care about band-life (and I really don't), I'm not going to care about what happens in the last panel. I'd prefer to see the strip stick to what it's accomplished with the woman character: premise being subordinate to character."

Hilary Price: "From the get go, I understood the premise, who everyone was and what the conflicts were. I enjoyed the drawing style that gave just enough detail but did not crowd the panels. Because the subject is a heavy metal band (so fun!) I feel like I can expect the relationship between the main character and his wife to be less pat than the usual fair, and I look forward to seeing that explored."

Tom Toles: ""Being a cartoonist in a rock band, it's probably unfair for me to assess a cartoon about a drummer in a rock band. I think the artwork is not quite where it wants to be yet, but seems well on its way. The strip captures an accurate sense of what some of the B.S. in the band world consists of. Start of solid characters."

Lalo Alcaraz: "The art ... is great, character design is good."

Signe Wilkinson: "Paul Scolaro's premise was promising but lacked the wild humor one would expect to go with the intriguing characters."


By Paul Scolaro  |  June 14, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  | Category:  Darrin Bell , Entries , Hilary Price , Lalo Alcaraz , Signe Wilkinson , Tom Toles
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I like it except for that last strip, a cliche about the PTA not being on the list of cool rocker things to do. It would be better to place him at the PTA and maybe he'll end up there.
I like the part about asking him to stay away from McD's and ice cream parlors, that's exactly what I'd say if my husband were going on a trip.

Posted by: Harise | June 21, 2010 4:49 PM
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It's hard not to appreciate how well developed the characters are in this strip...made me want to read more just to find out what happens to them. The humor is not too over the top for a heavy metal theme, rather it plays off of it nicely...I look forward to seeing what else the cartoonist comes up with...

Posted by: SKR391 | June 16, 2010 10:24 PM
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It's hard not to directly compare the two musician strips, and this falls a little short of Over Nite.

Posted by: thurdl01 | June 16, 2010 11:20 AM
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The humor is too G-rated to be heavy metal.

I feel like I'm stuck in the cartoonist's "if only I'd..." dreams.

I want edginess and I've got suburban vanilla.

Posted by: MsJS | June 16, 2010 10:12 AM
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