Etch-A-Sketch Memorial


Etch-A-Sketch inventor Andre’ Cassagnes passed away last month.   I never could get that damn thing to work well.

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  1. Comedy Plus says:

    I couldn’t either, but I had one and I played with it a lot. Way fun.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  2. duncanr says:

    I shouldn’t laugh

    No, really, I shouldn’t !

    This is sad, sad news

    But . . . .

    Love the humor, Bearman !


  3. ltpen315,barb says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if life worked that way?

  4. ltpen315,barb says:

    I loved my Etch-a-Sketch!! Just was not very good with it!

  5. DrFaust says:

    my 80’s childhood simply wouldn’t have been the same without my etch-o-sketch.

    PS: great cartoon 🙂

  6. Sam says:

    That was in bad taste. 🙁 But I couldn’t play with an etch a sketch.. I found it too hard…

  7. Mark Stokes says:

    Start all over with a clean slate.

  8. Shhhhk. Shhhhhk. Shhhhhhhk!

  9. George says:

    As akid who kinda knew how to draw, Etch-A-Sketch only served to vex, confuse, and confound me. I hated it and never owned one. If I’m not mistaken, I believe I tried to break every one of them I ever encountered. 🙂

  10. Deb says:

    I had one of those as a child, but never could work to make anything special.

  11. Tony McGurk says:

    Hilarious comic. From other people’s comments about not being able to draw with an etch a sketch very well I am able to draw comfort. Mine only served to frustrate & annoy.

  12. Gray Dawster says:

    You have to shake it for twenty minutes for the best results but then again it helps if you are genius 🙂 I was always brilliant on those 🙂 lmao

  13. lisleman says:

    Thanks for the update. I turned mine into a political campaign speech reader.

  14. I loved them so very much! Used to love drawing across the whole thing so you could see inside. It was like a window to another world! I think I may still have one floating around.

  15. Binky says:

    It was a rather frustrating thing to try to make anything decent on it. It was still fun, though.

  16. jb says:

    I never could rememeber the knobbs.

  17. frigginloon says:

    Etch-a-sketch was the torment of my childhood.

  18. Oh, oh my. I am trying not to giggle at this solemn occasion…but no there it goes. Did anyone notice?

  19. G.B. Miller says:

    About the only thing I could do with an Etch-A-Sketch was to draw straight lines and draw squigggly lines.

    In any event, a tastefully funny cartoon you got there.

  20. I remember how frustrated I was that I couldn’t ‘end’ a line without running it off to an edge.
    Like that was my biggest problem.

  21. Red Dwyer says:

    Love it. Love Etch-A-Sketch. Bought one to vex my children. They had no clue how I could draw skylines. I was better at ovals than circles, but then again, I cannot draw a circle with a pencil…

    Once again, you are being delivered to my spam folder. le sigh.

  22. planetross says:

    I really like this one.

  23. Lol you are a you wit n humour , sorry couldnt control a chuckle ..this is so funny

  24. Gruhn says:

    He was the Steve Jobs of his generation.

  25. The Etch a Sketch always reminded me what kind of artist I wasn’t 🙂

  26. Bo Lumpkim says:

    When I was a kid we used to just have to sketch images in the dirt.

    Great comic though.

  27. Miss R says:

    Hahahaha. So funny Bearman. Amazing artwork. Nothing offensive at all; and so consistent with what a kid would say. Or myself.
    Last line reminds me of the Hokey Pokey..

    You put your left withered leg in
    you take your right chest-spreaders out
    you drain out all of your formaldehyde
    and shake it all about…

    and start all over again!


  28. Justin says:

    Hilarious! That was brilliant. I bet Andre’ Cassagnes would be proud~

  29. Sarah says:

    Put me on the list of kids that LOVED the etchisketch. When I was little, I could actually *feel* the parts of my brain working. Going up and down, left and right was easy, but to make your hands move to make those diagonal lines was a real brain feat. I got a real kick out of that toy.

  30. jynksie says:

    It was my favorite toy! Used to draw landscapes with it.

  31. Chris K says:

    It was never easy to draw those tricky diagonal lines.

  32. Nate Fakes says:

    I guess he didn’t etch out that concept.

  33. Jande says:

    Well, I just laughed out loud at this one, Bearman! Well done! ♥

    I think I was somewhere in the middle because I both loved it and hated it. The OCD part of me spent a lot of time trying to force the little bugger to make circles and curved lines, not to mention diagonals. I’m pretty sure I threw one against the wall in frustration. Aluminum powder everywhere!

    I think that in many ways it was the precursor to the iPad. Steve Jobs must have had one and thought, “What a piece of cheap crap this is, I can do MUCH better!” (and he could, too!)

    • Bearman says:

      Actually my favorite more than the etch-a-sketch was that plastic you drew on and it created art from the black stuff behind it. Then you could life the plastic and start all over.

  34. Aww, if only it were that easy.

  35. Lynn says:

    I had not heard he passed away recenty. Funny story: Our organization recently donated etch-a-sketches to a northern Thai tribal village through a toy donation. The kids loved it! when we started our mobile iPad Education Initiative (eMobile)the kids surprised us by turning their iPad upside down in order to erase what they had done. Hilarious and beautiful! 🙂

  36. Lynn says:

    Recently the CRProject donated etch-a-sketches to a remote northern Thai Lahu village. They loved them! When we started our iPad english language initiative we were amused to find the students would turn their iPads upside down in order to erase what they’d done. It’s a difficult concept for village kids going from etch-a-sketch to iPad. 🙂

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