Coming from a similar cartooning lineage as Katie Rice whom we posted about again yesterday, is the work of Stefanie Achtnig, from Germany. I’ve really enjoyed following her blogs for years because of the amount of funny, quality cartooning loads she dumps on them every once in a while. On one post where she scanned work from about four or five years ago, she noted: “As you can see I got the most inspirations from great artists like Katie Rice, Shane Glines, Lynne Naylor, Preston Blair and Cartoons like Ren & Stimpy.” All those influences are still front and center in her cartoons, most of which seem to be direct studies of her sources, but she also adds her own personal obsessions to the mix, often jumping between drawings styles to render realistic line-art dogs and a bunch of characters from some Japanese manga/anime she is a superfan of, called Gantz. You can see her Arsch Blog here where she stashes more finished, rendered pieces which aren’t as fun to me as the sketchbook stuff. The sketches that prompted me to post are mostly uploaded on her Grillhouse Blog. Apparently Stefanie added a new obsession to her repertoire: the film District 9. On her sketch blog you will see page after page of “prawn” studies in increasingly weird mashed-up combos with her other interests that add up to a comic amount of weirdness. I don’t get all the references to the stuff she is adding to the prawns, but maybe you do if you have similar enthusiasms as Stefanie.