Most of us remember the old-school newspaper comics, which were full of puns, gags about wives and husbands, and a variety of other issues. They were usually quite brief and to the point. If you remember them, Doug Hill’s comics will undoubtedly bring back some fond memories.
Doug is more known on social media as Laughing Hippo Studio. Potpourri Cartoons, Bartoons, and Off The Wall comics were all made by the artist. His style is straightforward, evoking newspaper comics, and consists of only one panel. Doug’s comedy, on the other hand, is quite ridiculous, full of innuendos, puns, and surprising ends.
Doug’s personal life is largely unknown. His comics are generally raunchy and filthy, and he is known for them. His choice of topics and themes can be questionable at times, but it’s all in good fun. The artist mocks society, marriage, human emotions, and a variety of other topics. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind and tell it how it is.
Doug was asked what his illustrations’ major purpose is and how he started into art in the first place: “to make others laugh I only do serious theme comics on rare occasions. I began drawing cartoons when I was about 12 or 13 years old. Mostly based on the work of Mad magazine cartoonists. In the local newspaper, I had a comic strip, and then in the army, I had a comic strip in the post paper.”
Doug reveals what he finds the most challenging aspect of creating art to be: “The concept is always present. I’ll sometimes start with a drawing, but I usually have to picture the idea first. I also use a lot of puns and cliché twists.”
When did Doug start producing these comics, and how long do you think he’ll keep doing them? “Potpourri and Bartoons, my two current panel comics, began after I retired in 2010, but I really got into them in 2017. The greeting cards date from high school, while the Off The Wall cartoons were developed after graduation. I’d like to reach out to as many individuals as possible with my sense of humour. I’m retired, so not getting paid for Instagram cartoons isn’t an issue for me. (However, I do love the greeting card revenue.)”