Here are a few more cartoons I prepared for our Twitter feed (@BGAPodcast). Two of them are based on artworks, and two come from copyrighted images.
The biggest problem I'm having right now is figuring out how to make the cartoons appear bigger in this post. As it is, everyone has to click on & enlarge each cartoon in order to read it.
The Holy Land Board Game Meetup
(using art works created from biblical scenes)
Board Gaming is an Art
(using art works from a variety of sources)
And a couple funnies which raise questions of Fair Use...
I've been reading up on Fair Use for a couple decades, starting with when I was giving mix tapes (8-tracks!) to friends.
I've never gotten into legal trouble before, and I don't intend on crossing the line now.
All images are used in accord with Fair Use principles.
In other words, as long as I'm making fun of the photo and not using the photo to make fun of something or someone else, I'm probably good...
Gaming With the Stock Family
(using stock photos of different families playing games)
Modding Mad Men
(using stills from Mad Men, of course)
Covering the whole length & breadth of the tabletop gaming experience. Posted here are excerpts from the blog's official website, boardgamersanonymous.com.
Archive for FUN'N'GAMES
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No, a 'meme' is a commentary on society and pop culture. There's a satirical message hidden beneath the humor.
The stuff I've been making are just glorified cartoons. Other people have done the work of creating the graphics; I'm just sticking on a caption.
So, we can call them Comics, of a sort. Or Funnies (like the old Funny Pages in the newspapers. ... Remember "newspapers"? ...)
Anyway, I'll be sending them out daily on our Twitter feed, @BGAPodcast, and reposting them here every few days.
Here are the ones from the past few days, to catch you up...
Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Games
Poor Richard's Game Reviews
Twelve Geeky Men
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Memes are so much like potato chips... Except that they're a lot more fun to make than they are to consume. I'm so addicted that we'll be posting memes every day to our Twitter feed, @BGAPodcast.
I can't decide which is more fun, finding the right graphic to use for a meme, or coming up with a good caption. Either way, the least fun part is sitting at the computer, formatting and reformatting 'til I get the look just right. At least I'm getting quicker at that part.
If the #BGAMeme thing is going to have staying power, I have to create enough different meme themes to get and keep our Twitter followers hooked. But even though I'm creating a wide variety of themes, I'll still keep writing for our 'flagship' Meme, which is the Norman Rockwell painting.
In searching for new themes, I thought about how I might bring my upcoming radio show, On The Table, into the mix. The idea was simple: any photo, still or artwork where people are sitting around a table could be ideal for a meme.
I'm not using the Meme Generator website, as most of the popular memes have been overdone long ago. And since I'm such a fanboy of anything pop culture, I've decided to draw memespiration from the fields of arts and entertainment.
The graphics can't be cutsey (no cats), but it has to have a theme that I can build around. And I have to be able to come up with 2 or 3 captions right away or I'll file it away for later.
And if I can't come up with a good heading for a particular meme theme, then I'll set it aside. For example, our original meme has the heading, "Recently at a meeting of Board Gamers Anonymous..."
I'll give you another example of a heading.... I saw a great still from the classic film 'Casablanca'. Bogart, Bergman, Rains and Henreid are sitting around a table in Rick's cafe. I instantly came up with a half-dozen good ideas for the meme, but I needed a heading to center them around.
So, I borrowed the original title of the film's screenplay for the series heading: "Everybody Comes to Rick's... for Game Night!"
Let me know what you think about the first one in the new series... (I'll have a few more meme themes for you tomorrow...)
Everybody Comes to Rick's...for Game Night!
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Somewhere along the road to a Radio Show I've gotten distracted by memes. I was trying to figure out how I could use memes to promote the upcoming show.
(Sidenote for Cynics: Not all memes are created organically. 'Guerilla Meme-ing' has become just another form of marketing, so I thought I'd climb aboard that bandwagon...)
I couldn't figure out a meme theme that would fit my show's title, "On The Table." Out of the blue it dawned on me that our podcast, Board Gamers Anonymous, has the perfect title for a meme. It reminds people of the addiction support groups that are ubiquitous in both life and popular culture.
Geeks are addicted to games & they need support, too! So, below are my first forays into that meme. Future themes are not all going to be ripoffs of Rockwell. You'll see scenes from popular movies and curious old art works, too. But think of this as our 'flagship meme.'
I'll be posting new ones Daily to our Twitter account, @BGAPodcast.
These funnies are titled:
At a Recent Meeting of Board Gamers Anonymous...
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