21-Caricatures & Graphics

At about the time Christopher began entertaining professionally (age 13), he also began cartooning. He started by taking over the work of Guam classmate Matzo Limtiago, with permission, on a comic strip called “The New Adventures of Fred”. He also drew caricatures of his teachers and classmates.

He also was inspired by the history book of 1930s & 40s CBS radio correspondent and commentator HV Kaltenborn, “It Seems Like Yesterday”. Christopher was obsessed with the book, and the stories and historical characters found therein, and began drawing caricatures of celebrities, politicans, and world leaders whose images intrigued him. It also led him to study history in college, and he intended to eventually teach history.

Several years later in Petaluma, California, at Casa Grande High School in the Math classes of instructor John Braito, Christopher began a series of lunchtime chalkboard sketches of men of both fame and infamy, titling them, “The Man of the Hour”. Christopher would draw the chalk caricatures on the board during lunch, with short biographical captions, and the class would laugh about them and discuss them in the following period (despite the fact that this was truly off-subject in Math classes, Mr Braito, being a bright and truly inspirational teacher, was good-humored about it and receptive to it).

Throughout junior high, high school, and college, Christopher continued by drawing poilitical cartoons, inspired by the Watergate scandal, and, specifically by the work of the brilliant political cartoonist Paul Conrad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Conrad and http://www.conradprojects.com/Contoon01.html), who was the chief editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times from 1964 to 1993 and had been syndicated to hundreds of newspapers worldwide.

During the first few years of his entertainment enterprise, Christopher & Co Celebrity Impersonations, in the 1980s, Christopher also drew caricatures of the celebrities he impersonated in STARGRAM(sm) Singing Telegrams, and posted them on the lyric sheets he gave to his clients and the singing telegram recipients. He also drew all the logos for his business, which are found on the program pages of this website.

Many of the cartoons will be archived on this page under five headings:

1) Historical Caricatures
2) Political Cartoons
3) Celebrity Caricatures
4) Miscellaneous Cartoons & Drawings
5) Christopher & Co. In-House Graphic Design

All the work displayed on this page is © 1973-2012 by Christopher David Linnell.

1) Historical Caricatures

2) Political Cartoons

3) Celebrity Caricatures

4) Miscellaneous Cartoons & Drawings

5) Christopher & Co. In-House Graphic Design

Above is the last printed brochure (click on the picture to enlarge) used by Christopher & Co. Celebrity Impersonations, in a long succesion from 1982 to the late 1990s. The first folded flyer featured hand-drawn logos and graphics and typewritten text and was photocopied on colored paper. Over the years he improved and updated his effort, incorporating new technology, as it became available.

From the very beginning, Christopher did all the design, layout, writing, and created most of the logos through a mixture of fonts, clip art, drawings, and did a full pre-production typeset and paste-up (the only logo NOT created by Christopher is the main Christopher & Co. logo at the top of each page of this website, which was created from clipart by Don Bennett’s “Just Your Type” back in 1986). Christopher then hired Susan Hoerner (currently of www.BlueHorizonDesign.com) to do the polished, print-ready scanning of graphics and computer typesetting.

A new printing was done each year, incorporating updates, by a variety of Petaluma printers. The majority of these brochures were mailed to prospective clients by Christopher subsequent to telephone inquiries arising from his marketing efforts, and given to clients at the conclusion of each performance, with business cards and a copy of his 45 Celebrity Postcard, which can be found at the head of this website’s 03-Photo Gallery page. But the brochure’s handy size allowed Christopher to carry them around with him in his pocket, and hand them to anyone he met. Eventually, as technology moved forward, the information was transferred into a library of fax sheets custom collated for each client inquiry, and finally became the basis for Christopher’s websites, this being the most recent version.

Christopher used his caricature of his favorite celebrity, WC Fields, for his STARGRAM(sm) Singing Telegram logo (above) back in 1982.

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Christopher Linnell

Christopher & Co. Celebrity Impersonations

POB 2927 Petaluma CA 94953-2927

Christopher@HireAStar.net

707-762-2596

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All content, graphics, and images contained throughout are Copyright © 1973-2011 by Christopher D. Linnell and are protected by United States and International copyright laws. No text, graphic, or image may be used, in whole or in part, individually, or as part of a derivative work, without express written permission.

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