Putting My Own Spin On Things Bun Toons? Not Really…

I'm getting dizzy here...

I’m getting dizzy here…

Oy, what a weekend.  I’m supposed to be at a convention in Kitchener, Ontario, but I’ve been having my tummy problems again.  (Long time readers don’t need tickets to a new Stones Tour, but you get the picture).

So, bad news….no new Bun Toon.

big hat dog

But any bad news is always softened with BIG HAT DOG.

So I’m hopped up on the meds, awaiting the awful conclusion to the whole meshuga, and trying not to pay attention to the pretty colours the Oxy-contin brings me.

Speaking of freaking images….Have you guys ever heard of an “ambigram”?

That’s a word that reads the same either upside-down, or in a mirror, as it does the “right” way up.   They look like this:

ambigram-ambigram-animated-still

I got a book full of these ambigram typography art pieces a while back, and got it into my head that they’re a serious design challenge that would twist my brain into pudding if I tried it.  So, naturally,  I took a pencil and my brain and tried to “ambigram” up my signature a few days back, and this is what I came up with…

00-goofy-sig-for-webI tried to keep to the actual letter shapes I use when signing my last name (otherwise it would be cheating) and it turned out nowhere near as difficult to do as I thought it was going to be.  The exercise took about ten to fifteen minutes, and I’m sort of thrilled with the result.

When my brain clears up (and I spend my time screaming my head off in a local washroom), I might try this again with a few other words and phrases.  FUN.

In the meantime, I’m back to my meds.  The colours are so lovely…

This is what I see.

This is what I see.

Ty the Guy Mentally OUT!

mirror master

How do the toy makers not understand that you need TWO Mirror Master action figures to make any of his schemes work?

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For last week's Easter Themed Bun Toon Extravaganza, click the orange bunny.

For last week’s Easter Themed Bun Toon Extravaganza, click the orange bunny.

For the Bun Toon Archive, click here.

For the Bun Toon Archive, click here.

10 responses to “Putting My Own Spin On Things Bun Toons? Not Really…

  1. Hoping you feel better soon, Ty!

  2. Hmmm…. I should have said “hopping you feel better soon…”

  3. Will Shetterly

    Oh, man, apologies for quibbling with you on the previous post. Feel better soon!

    • You say “quibbling”, I say “friendly debate”. It’s all good. Especially since I’m right. 🙂

  4. Dude, even if you weren’t “touring with the Stones”, you still wouldn’t have made that convention. It’s in Kingston not Kitchener.
    Get well.

  5. Feel better soon Ty! 🙂

  6. How do the toy makers not understand that you need TWO Mirror Master action figures to make any of his schemes work?

    Quite obviously the toy company wants you to spend your money buying two of them 🙂

  7. Got to see John Langdon speak on ambigrams a few years back — part of the thing is to concentrate on the top halves of the letters, that’s mostly what we read. Most letters have “expendable elements,” and it helps to break them into basic shapes to start.

    Good luck with all that, and, well, all that.

  8. For cool amiagrams look for the work of Dutch letterer/writer/artist FRits Jonker. He did a cool one with his name too: http://showcase.thebluebus.nl/logos-and-letters/. He also did a book of his handlettered colums, which may be out of print: http://www.uitgeverijxtra.nl/titel/89_Frits%20Jonker%20|%20ShowCase.

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