Are you a cartoonist or a poser?
I have arbitrarily bestowed upon myself the title of cartoonist!
In the fall of 2016, I got this crazy idea that I should become a cartoonist. The awkward part was that my drawing peaked around grade two. But why should that stop me?
I had all the tools – I liked to laugh, I liked cartoons and, oh yes, I enjoyed my sense of humour. The icing on the cake was that occasionally people laughed with me.
I came up with some template ideas, drew some stick figures in funny situations and was incredibly fortunate to find someone willing to draw my ideas. The fun began! Over the years I’ve changed artists and I now have a super talented guy from the Philippines who actually connects with my crazy ideas.
I still cracks me up that I’m a cartoonist who can’t draw. Poser it is.
Why are you so obsessed with humour?
I could give an altruistic answer like – it makes the world a better place (small gag). I’m sure I’d like humour even if it made the world a worse place. The truth is that I have no idea. What normal teenager collects political cartoons and what normal adult laughs at things that aren’t supposed to be funny? Maybe don’t answer that!
I’ve never had a day when I smiled too much and too many days when I didn’t smile at all. These cartoons still all add a twinkle to my eye. So yeah I guess it’s all about me.
What is a krahnicle?
It’s an enigma!
With a name like Lyle Krahn, the odds of spelling it all right the first time are pretty low so I thought I’d make it more complicated!
In the past I have chronicled our family’s life with creative writing and a friend even built me a cedar canoe with “Krahnicle” embedded on the side. Now Krahnicles chronicle the things that I find funny and confuse everybody else.
Who put those crazy talkative creatures in your cartoons?
I’ll have you know those amoebas are fun, friendly creatures whose pithy sarcastic comments add an artist flair to my cartoons. OK I’ll admit they are an acquired taste but I’m addicted to them now so they are mostly a permanent feature.
Where do you call home?
Wherever my wife and I live. For the last couple of decades it’s been Saskatoon, SK. Living in a place where it gets too hot and too cold forces me to look at life through a different lens.
What else have you done?
I used to be a wildlife photographer – just for fun. You can check out my photos and previous attempts at humour at krahnpix.com.