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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jack Kirby!

Jack Kirby may be gone, but his influence in comic books will live forever!  Let's wish Mr. Kirby a happy birthday!  For more on his career, click here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Brant Parker!!!

Today is the birthday of Wizard of Id creator, Brant Parker.  For more on Parker's cartooning career and collaboration with Johnny Hart (BC), click here!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spread The Word

I have two cartoons on other websites this week.  It always makes me proud when someone enjoys my work enough to share it with their fellow websters.

The first is a guest strip I wrote for the Mighty Monocle.  Mighty Monocle is a webcomic by Darren Rolfe about a flabby American who is a superhero in England.  Dareen is on vacation and asked if I'd write a filler strip for him.  At first, I was reluctant, because I am more comfortable in a single panel format, but I somehow managed to drag the joke out to three.  You can see my awful hand lettering here.

The second is a panel I created earlier this year that Tom Racine of Tall Tale Radio fame, featured on his new website, Geek Papas.  Geek Papas is a podcast focusing on geek culture, and specifically, fatherhood in geek culture.  Check out their websites and enjoy yourself!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Toon-Up: No Preview

A bit of an update for the two people who read my blog.

I've not been too active on twitter lately as there's much going on at the office.  For the people who follow me, please forgive me.  When I've nothing to contribute to a conversation, I tend to clam up.  Most of my close associates wish I would contribute less to my day-to-day discussions, but the rain forest needs carbon dioxide.

I'll be traveling next week, so I'll be pulling from my archive and posting older cartoons with some accompanying dialog.  Hopefully, you'll find some of this amusing.

As a few of you may be aware, I was at Strip Con in Dallas a few weeks back.  I needed to sell 67 books to pay for the trip.  I sold two.  Such is life.  So, let's close with the Rolling Stones performing, 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' on the David Frost show.  For some reason, previews aren't appearing in my blog for the last couple of weeks, so the link will take you to the page.  Enjoy!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Herriman!

Let's wish a happy birthday to the late, great George Herriman, creator of the magnificent 'Krazy Kat!'

Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Review

Rudy Panucci, a journalist and blogger from my hometown of Charleston, WV has reviewed my book! Please take a gander, folks!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Toon-Up: Sleepless

In the 90s, I was reviewing music for my local newspaper when a King Crimson CD arrived in the mail.  I hadn't paid much attention to the band in years.  I was more intrigued by guitarist Robert Fripp's collaborations with artists like Brian Eno and Bowie.  King Crimson's work seemed to have wandered away from song writing and more into improvisational meandering.  

The album was called 'Thrak' and Adrian Belew's contributions piqued my interest again.  This song was on a double live album (BaBoom) that came out shortly afterward.  LOve Tony Levin and love Bill Bruford.  

It's four o'clock in the morning, so this tune seems appropriate.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Interview with Brad Diller

Here's part one of an interview I did covering my artistic career, my influences, and many great, interesting, and sometimes hilarious moments along the way.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday Toon-Up: Penguin Cafe

Been a while since I posted and I apologize.  Summer has been a bit hectic and I ignored my blog.  

When I feel down in the dumps, I listen to this song.  Most folks will associate it with the film 'Napolean Dynamite.'  The tune is 'Music For A Found Harmonium.'  It was written by Simon Jeffes, creator of the Penguin Cafe musical ensemble.  There's something about the pace of the melody I find uplifting and it puts me in a good mood.  I hope it does the same for you.  Enjoy!