Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Immature Me - (Stories of a Kid in a Woman's Body) - Mighty Tonka

Like any kid in a woman's body, I still find toy stores uber-fun.

 WEEEEEEE!!!!!! I LOVE Toys-R-Us!!!!!

Huh! This toy is called "Mighty Dump!"

MUST.... HOLD.... IT.... IN.....

And that is how I found myself on the floor laughing uncontrollably, yelling "Mighty Dump! This toy is called Mighty Dump!" in the middle of Toys-R-Us.


Unfortunately, I can no longer buy a mighty dump, as it is currently unavailable :(

The next time something makes you laugh uncontrollably and is not too expensive, do yourself a favor and buy it! I will never forget that Mighty Dump.

Tonka and Mighty Dump trademark owned by Tonka Corporation


Justin said...

Dude, panel four looks just like you. I've totally seen you make that face.

Danny said...

Agreed, that is you completely - wow! This made me laugh out loud. :D

Ted Blackman said...

Look at you gettin' all cartoony 'n' shit, flauntin' your line work about. You're funny.

-I'll be thinking about that MIGHTY DUMP every morning after coffee.

tiffannysketchbook said...

thanks all!

Danny - Haven't seen you in a loong time!! I'm glad my story made you laugh 8) Yes, a few friends have already commented on frame #4 actually looking like me. cool :)

Ted - Now you will forever think of me during your after-coffee habit :) hehehe. thanks for the compliment on the line-work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i wonder how this story will read to non-english speakers though. does "mighty dump" translate correctly in other languages???

Jeremy Elder said...

I love it! You draw such great expressions.

I kept all my old Tonkas from growing up and now my 18 mo old son is playing with them. They are the coolest toy!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Funny story. How does that get past their legal department?

tiffannysketchbook said...

Marcelo, I researched trademark and copyright laws beforehand just to be sure. Many laws on copyright boil down to subjectivity and I will respectfully cease and desist if it comes down to it. Here's an article on using trademarks for story purposes that justify my use:

and as for the image, the Tonka is presented as documentation, and was in no way represented as my own. Images presented in this way, as I understand is fine (in the same way the news can show pictures of various trademarked products when they talk about that product) It is within our 1st amendment rights to critique, I believe. Just to be sure that no one is mistaking the image as me passing it off as my own, I will clearly write it on the post. Thanks for bringing it up, and if you know something I don't, let me know!

Ted Blackman said...

Forgot to say; my favorite panel is #5. That calm-before-the-storm expression as you absorb the beautiful box just cracks me up for some reason, and even more hilarious that you repeated it after the photos. Keaton, Chaplin, Jack Benny and Gleason were all masters of the slow reaction, in order to milk more humor out of a scene.
I think you know what you're doing you little stinker.

tiffannysketchbook said...

Ted, your critiques are very helpful. Especially the critique you gave me a while ago about giving the punchline away too early. Now I think and rethink pacing. Thanks for visiting again :)

I just want to say officially that you were a big part in pushing me to tell stories. I was in a rut when I found your blog, and then I realized, that making people laugh is the best use of my art. Before then, I had a hard time seeing the value in what I do, and was just always stuck drawing pictures that I thought people wanted to see. Thanks for helping me see the light.

Ted Blackman said...

Thank you, Tiffanny. Keep telling your funny stories, people love them and you're a natural at it.
That's what I love about the art blogging community, we're all so supportive of each other. It's important for artists to exchange feedback like this, and the internet makes it possible to do it on a world scale. I feel we're both improving because of it.

mangocheeks said...

Oh how funny, my brother had a tonka - even he was not as creative as you. Like your humour.