My favorite Sunday MazeToons of 2017

Every year I draw 52 Sunday mazes (53 on leap year!) With 2017 coming to a close it seems like the perfect time to look back on my favorite Sunday mazes for each month.

January: Snowpeople. This happened to fall on national hat day. I think this is my favorite of the month because it was the easiest to color! I love snow scenes!

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February: Stranded on an Island. I don’t often get to do classic comic strip tropes so this was a rare opportunity for me.

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March: Grandma’s Garden. This was almost a tie as I also love the chicken ballet themed maze I did this month, but the drawing of this little old lady in her garden won me over. There is also a quiet anarchy to it as the rabbit destroys the garden and the bird is about to devour the worm. It’s serene but could turn into chaos at any moment!

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April: Jazz Band. This one ran on International Jazz Day and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the release of the first true jazz recording, the Livery Stable Blues.

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May: Owls. This owls maze borders on the abstract. It’s not my usual cartoony style but was a lot of fun to draw. As I remember it started out with me doodling the labyrinths of the eyes first and then deciding what to build around it. They ended up looking like owl eyes to me!

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June: Headed to the town of Lida.  There is a real ghost town called Lida in Nevada! It also happens to be the name of one of my daughters. So that’s why this one is special. I will sometime hide my kids names in the mazes, but this gave me a chance to just put her name on a sign post.

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July: Granny goes for a drive. Granny makes it into another maze. This time she is behind the wheel with her faithful pooch.

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August: Warhol/Artist Appreciation Month. Andy Warhol is from my hometown Pittsburgh, PA. Though I am not a big fan of his paintings I am a fan of his early cartoon illustrations and of his skill as a marketing genius. I consider that his real art.

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September: Cuckoo Clock. I remember this one being very tough to draw. I didn’t quite get it the way I wanted but I am still picking it for making the effort.

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October:  Butcher’s shop. I did a whole blog post about the story behind this maze. It features fellow cartoonist Mark Parisi!

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November: The artist hippie. This started out as an abstract maze and then I thought about what people must imagine the artist to look like. For the record this looks nothing like me. It does look a little like Craig Yoe though…. hmmm

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December: The most powerful cow in the universe. This is another one with a blog post and story behind it. Visually I like this one because it really forces the maze into the distance of the background. December was the toughest one for me to pick. Like many artist I always feel that my best work is my most recent and last weeks was pretty good. Ultimately I just love the story of the cow.

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Thanks everyone!

Have an A-Maze-Ing New Year!

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