John Bailey publiceert het boek Intent on Laughter
. In dit werk besteedt hij uitgebreid aandacht aan Ton Smits’ opvattingen over humor en over het tekenen van cartoons.
Enkele citaten uit BAILEY, John, Intent on Laughter, New York, 1976 [paperback 1977]:
Ton Smits: ‘[I never sketch from nature] … because I use symbols
all the time and because it seems to me that symbols express better and more directly what people think. I am not interested in drawing people as they really look. I like to watch people and observe the subtlest things they think, but I never sketch the people.’
Ton Smits: ‘ … [my] own kind of humor almost entirely depends on simplicity and on the expressions on the faces of the people I draw. These expressions are so important because they make it clear … what is going on in the minds of the characters I use. All of my better things always deal with what is going on in the minds of people.’
Ton Smits: ‘… the underlying theme in [my] work is what goes on in the minds of the characters I use and … the visualized thinking of these characters preferably deals with human essentials like loneliness.’