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Thomas Mullany

Thomas Mullany

Gre up in the D.C. area and attended the Corcoran School of Art. I exhibit and sell paintings/sculptures, but have always enjoyed cartooning in notebooks. The comics are given the laugh-o-meter test by my wife and sons.  ALL POSTS

Forever Endeavor

See Thomas Mullany's response to the second challenge and read what the judges had to say.

Stan Lee: "After carefully scrutinizing the final cartoon contest entries ... I feel that -- while all are humorous and imaginative -- 'Forever Endeavor' is the cleverest and most professional looking."

Amy Lago: "Byline should not appear within the comic (for this size/format). I think I'd prefer to see the gag flipped horizontal, so the sick guy is on the left and the other stuff (which I think is a better visual) is on the right. Either that, or somehow make the sick guy look more dramatic. Character sheet was creatively written and designed. Well done."


By Thomas Mullany  |  July 2, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  | Category:  Amy Lago , Stan Lee
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I read the Post's comics for 50 years, but haven't found them very funny lately. But there's something about this strip that really makes me now maybe I'm ready to read the comics again!

Posted by: baynardsa | July 12, 2010 10:16 PM
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I just cast my vote - I love Mullany's entry, as well as the character sheet he submitted. Average Joe the Optimist struck me in the same way as the "Staycation" cartoon in the last batch of Mullany's entries: A smile breaks out slowly and quietly. I hope he wins, I'd really like to see more of this brand.

Posted by: penelope4 | July 12, 2010 9:31 PM
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This artist is engaging is so many ways! The art is refreshingly realistic and stylistic. The ideas are humorous with an underlying intelligence that creates multiple layers for a reader. The character sheet is simply provocative. This is the cartoonist that draws me in.

Posted by: sourire | July 12, 2010 2:16 AM
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I'm not at all sure what people find so confusing about this comic. The poor sick fellow lies inundated on the bed while some stupid clown plays loud music, kicks a ball around and sets his barking poodle on him. The irony of the man's statement puts the whole thing over the top. Seems like by far the most clever cartoon to me (and funny to boot). That's not even mentioning the beautiful art and hilarious character sheet.

Posted by: BigChaez-it | July 11, 2010 10:30 PM
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The artistry and excellence in drawing is great in this one. But the cartoon itself lacks something. The character sheet was good. Good Luck.

Posted by: abweart | July 10, 2010 2:40 PM
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The best-understated,funny,and super well-drawn. I agree with others that the character sheet is hilarious and definitely makes me want to see more of this cartoon. It has my vote for sure!

Posted by: jackandjill24 | July 9, 2010 12:23 PM
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This strip is as beautifully drawn as Prince Valiant. Unfortunately, it's energy level is about the same as Prince Valiant.

Posted by: doublehelix1953 | July 8, 2010 8:32 PM
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Technically the best artist in the group, but the humor seems to be on a leash. If he just cut a little deeper, like Olivia does, he'd have it.

Posted by: InkSlingerz | July 8, 2010 5:54 PM
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Great artwork, great character sheet. This strip and Imogen Quest were my favorites of the 10 semi-finalists. Neither Sunday strip tickled as much as those, but I'd still vote for both of you if I could.

Too bad the Post can't give both strips a whirl!

Posted by: thingsfallapart | July 8, 2010 11:20 AM
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up top talking about the chareter sheet hahaha what a bout the cartoon it looks messy and ugly please.....................

Posted by: Glopez0418 | July 8, 2010 10:39 AM
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I keep going back to the character sheet--it's funnier every time I look at it.
Someone said ICU's don't have clowns etc. Please, this is a metaphor for all the "stuff" that goes on there. This artist is a winner!

Posted by: justme80 | July 8, 2010 9:51 AM
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The character sheet alone makes this the hands down winner. A worthy investment indeed.

Posted by: tomgabbay | July 8, 2010 9:38 AM
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I think Mullany's brand of sarcastic/sardonic humor captures and reflects the DC audience well. Since he's home-grown, that may explain it. I think he deftly combines both the intellectual and the slap-stick in this cartoon. And, no one can deny his artistic gifting. One of the things I like about his cartooning in general is the element of surprise. His topics and characters remain fresh because they are so diverse. Though it may be impossible to make everyone laugh all of the time, he manages to choose universal themes that touch a lot of people most of the time. He's really good at what he does and he's got my vote.

Posted by: DWnTadLP | July 8, 2010 12:03 AM
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I agree with Stan about this cartoon. It is the most polished with the most depth. I especially like the contrast between the colorful, noisy, lively action on the left and the somber, still, painful, gray inaction on the right. Really well thought out. The character sheet made me laugh out loud. Got my vote.

Posted by: SallyGirl | July 7, 2010 10:01 PM
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Reminds me of something a cartoonist once told me: a great gag can carry a bad drawing, but a great drawing can't carry a bad gag. For me, this is a case of the latter. Make sure you've got a strong gag before investing time in the art.

Posted by: JMarie4 | July 7, 2010 6:27 PM
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I like the art a lot, but the lack of comments on this comic so far suggests my response may not be off the mark: I'm not sure what's going on. The patient's words can be read more than one way. If sarcasm is indicated by the scraggly lined word balloon, it's unclear. My experience is that ICU's never have clowns or yappy dogs; however, they can be noisy. Something just doesn't connect for me. And I consider myself someone who usually gets even the most bizarre comics.

Posted by: PostPeeps | July 7, 2010 5:18 PM
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Having been in the hospital for a long period recently, I can relate. Excellent character sheet (the best of all) demonstrates the potential of this cartoon. The look, feel and style is quite professional. The more this is developed the better it'll get. I flipped the image and Amy's comment seems justified to add that unexpected element.

Posted by: dick3 | July 7, 2010 11:59 AM
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I kinda like the "better visual" on the left and the sick guy on the right. There's a sense of funneling the loud craziness down to exactly where it's needed that adds an extra dimension to the humor.

Now that I've seen the character sheet, I like Mr. Mullany's perspective and product more than before.

Good job!

Posted by: MsJS | July 7, 2010 10:43 AM
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