The ladybug cartoon earth has long been one of the best-selling books of all time.
Its creator, Ed Burns, has been hailed as the father of the medium, and it’s also a perennial favorite of the animated series Ladybug.
In this exclusive interview, Burns talks about the life and work of his iconic cartoon, how he created the Ladybug character, and why it’s so important to draw in a certain way.
How did you get started drawing?
Ed Burns, who is the creator of the Ladybugs, is a cartoonist in the art world.
I grew up drawing for my family, so I really loved that medium.
The Ladybugs are a family that lives in New York City and they have this cartoon Earth, and so I thought, why don’t I just draw that and draw that as well?
It was a good way to make a living.
The ladybugs are sort of the poster children for this kind of cartooning.
What was your first job?
Ed: I was drawing for the Manhattan Daily News when I was 16.
I drew the Daily News, which is an old newspaper.
I started at the newspaper, and I worked my way up.
I worked in the paper, which I think was about eight pages at a time, until I was at the Daily World, which was a new paper, in 1952.
I’d been drawing in a magazine called the New York Times for 20 years.
I was doing a cartoon for the Times, and my boss, a reporter named Fred Buell, called me and said, “Hey, do you have an idea for a cartoon?”
I was like, “Sure, of course.”
I had an idea of the sort of thing that he was asking me to draw.
It was pretty much a guy running through the streets, carrying a ladybug.
He was kind of a weird, cartoonish guy.
I told him, “I have an amazing idea.
I want to draw the Lady Bugs.”
He said, “‘Lady Bugs?
You mean the ladies?”
I said, ‘Yeah, I mean the ladybugs.’
“Ed: It was an interesting, weird, and fun experience.
I got a little bit of experience, but it was very short-lived.
I wasn’t drawing anymore.
I just had this cartoon in the Times.
He brought it back, and when he brought it in, he said, [the cartoon] has to be a girlbug.
It’s so different from the cartoon I had done.
The thing I love about that story is the way he just brought it out.
He just took the idea that I had given him, the idea of a woman running through New York, and he just went, “That’s it.”
I thought that was really cool.
How long did it take you to draw Ladybugs?
Ed : I had a lot of ideas.
I didn’t have a lot to draw, so my drawings got pretty busy.
I had one idea of what the ladybug would look like, which kind of seemed like it was going to be too big.
It kind of grew from there.
I drew Ladybugs for four years and a couple of years and then I just got bored with drawing.
I guess the thing that stuck out to me was the way that he went into the city and the little girl was just running through town and it seemed like there was a lot going on there.
It became this really big idea.
Ed: I had this idea that this ladybug had this little bag in her mouth and that she was carrying something and she was sort of carrying something in her hair.
She was just kind of running.
I thought this would be a really fun idea.
The idea was to go to the New Yorker and do an article on Ladybugs and it was a really good article.
I did it on the Sunday morning and then did it in the morning and it went on to be the New Man’s Sunday Morning cartoon.
It just kind the whole thing was just fun.
Ed: What was the first thing you drew?
Ed, who I think is my favorite person to draw: He’s a very, very talented artist.
He’s very, really talented.
He used to do this cartoon about the New England Patriots.
I remember we were at the airport in Boston, and the guy who drew the picture was the New Yankee.
He said that he did this cartoon of me in the Boston Patriots uniform.
I kind of think that’s what I wanted to draw on the first Ladybug that I ever drew.
I really liked that.
What’s your favorite drawing, Ed?
Ed’s favorite drawing?
The best drawing ever?
The most important drawing ever, for me?
Ed is a very creative person.
He is very, a very talented person.
His art is all over the place, and there are certain things that I like and certain things he doesn’t like.