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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Potato Head New Year!

I drew this one back in 1995 for the Disney TV Newsletter. It was originally published in black and white back then but I added some color to it tonight to spruce it up a bit, but here's the back story:
Mr. Potato Head was in such a hurry to get to the party before midnight that he dashed out the door without his kissin' lips. So there he stood, still wearing his 'I'm stupid, so don't give me any responsibilities' work lips. Moral: ALWAYS keep a spare set of kissin' lips in your glove box!

                            HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bad Santa

Remember folks, the REAL Santa Claus comes down your chimney. He DOESN'T kick in your door jamb.
                                  MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hobbit Humor!

The Hobbit movie opens this week so I thought I'd draw up something with that in mind. Not the usual gag, just a goofy drawing based on this play on words that popped into my head. Kinda weird but that's the kind of stuff I have going on upstairs pretty much all the time. Gotta get those demons out on paper and be done with them. As for the movie, I'm not holding out much hope. It's such a simple story, why would they need to tell it in three parts? And it's shot in 48fps which up till now I haven't cared for the look of. I actually read the Lord of the Rings first, and the Hobbit later, which is backwards. It spoiled me, so I wasn't as impressed with The Hobbit's simple story which was written more for children. But The Hobbit was so successful with everyone when it was first published that the trilogy followed later for adults. The trilogy is a great read, of course, and it's never been out of print.
If any of you go see the movie let me know what you think.


Monday, December 3, 2012

The Final Stretch!

                              I hope each and every one of you has a regular week.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wrong Castle

On the first day, the Prince climbed the tower to find the beautiful girl who would someday be his wife, but on the second day he mistakenly climbed the wrong tower, unaware of Rapunzel's extensive chain of real estate investments that bore her name. Little known fact.

I admit, this one is very weird. But hopefully it's so bad, it's good.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Belt Turkey!

                        Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, with a lot of laughs.
                            And without further adieu, here's a Turkey Cookie Parade...
                          

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hard To Kill

The word this week from the Illustration Friday site was "Tree", so naturally I thought of two cockroaches crashing into one with their car, and exiting the vehicle unscathed. Logical train of thought, right?
Okay, I kid: I remembered this rough idea I had from a couple years ago because it had a tree in it. So I cleaned it up to satisfy the word. That's all. No wacky train of thought, just resourcefulness.
Do you know that there are cockroaches in Pasadena that are 3 inches long? When I first moved there to go to art school I stayed in a sleazy rooming house for awhile. That was the first time I ever saw cockroaches, and used to sleep with all the lights on so they wouldn't carry me off at night. When you tried to step on them they would push back up against the sole of your shoe and scream "Get off me!" All true, no lie.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Show Date Mix-Up

"I must think of something to ask her" thought Billy. "Maybe she knows where the math textbooks are..."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trick Or Treat!!

Hey kids, hope you have a great Halloween. Just stay off my lawn or I'll turn the hose on ya.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Geezer Ghost

When you occasionally hear something go bump in the night, don't be alarmed; it's just some old geezer ghost trying to find his way to the bathroom while tripping over your carpet, or banging his head on the cupboard door you forgot to close. Next time you hear a chair fall over backward followed by moaning?...  geezer ghost.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Such A Beautiful Sky...

                                           Poor old King Sot,
                                           Not handsome. Not hot.
                                           He would pose a lot,
                                           but the paintings he got,
                                           were of walls and windows,
                                           or the occasional pot.

                                          


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Prehistoric Milestones!

Hey look everyone; an actual 3 panel comic strip! An old dog CAN learn new tricks.
Anyway, I suppose that after these cave folk played around with this new spoon trick they then went right back to shoveling food into their mouths with their hands. Weren't most prehistoric discoveries stumbled upon by accident rather than actual experimentation? So I figure that after a few weeks they are all around the campfire one night playing with their static spoons and one guys spoon drops off his nose and into his food. When he picks it up to lick it off, the revelation is experienced by all. Next thing you know they all have forks, knives and cloth napkins and say "May I please be excused" before getting up from the table. Or am I just being silly?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Clown Clutter And Some Cartoon Philosophy

I've been super busy so I was forced to dig into the archives again for a cartoon to post.  This one dates from 1989, an early clown gag. I have quite a few cleaned up from this year but I can't remember why I was doing them, but maybe it was a low point in the animation work. In 1989 I was working for Ralph Bakshi doing development, then the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" series for DIC, and finally ending up at WB working on the "Tiny Toons" series.
I've always felt that doing these cartoons was my way of centering myself in the universe when things begin to unravel, and therefore it was easy for me to occasionally get lost in this cartoon world of my own design, like an odd therapy. So between studio jobs I would usually just automatically default to drawing them. Maybe I unconsciously thought that if the day job dried up then I was finally going to seriously pursue this cartooning thing, so I better get started. I'll be broke, but happy. But that never happened. The studios are full of stories like that, countless artists who have set their dreams aside because the business is so damn lucrative. Before long it becomes a life pattern, and you loose your way. Starting this blog has been an important step in finding my way back to my dream, and it feels pretty darn good. In fact, the main reason I have been too busy to post is I've been creating the cover for my very first cartoon book. All good.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Flies Get Their Ransom!

They don't get any more crooked than these Blue Bottles. The ransom they set was high, but father bug came through just under the wire, and whew!.. it wasn't easy. Ever tried to find and deliver a large suitcase of poop in just one hour?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Illustration Friday: Burst!

Oh boyyy... this is going to be BIG! REALLY big! Will Bippo, Jingles, Boffo and Chuckles make it to the big-top exits in time???

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fly Heaven

Yes, that's right; I'm still super busy cranking out art at the day job, so I've been too beat to draw at night. But maybe this dirty little rough will keep you satiated for the time being. I love making fun of flies, but in this scenario they have their way. In their perfect world the cooks DO NOT wash their hands.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Identical

Seems like I've been gone awhile. Sorry. The animation work has really picked up since we're right in the middle of shipping all the designs for this latest direct to video I've been working on. Anyway, I managed to dash out this little scribble today, hope it's funny.
Thank you for all those comments, I really appreciate you all taking the time to do that. You know who you are. It makes my day.
And to all you people that just pop in and leave without even checking one of the three little response boxes, well.... as Gomer Pyle would say... selfish.. selfish.. selfish.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Backpackin'!

You know the people who always pack way too much stuff when they travel? I imagine they wouldn't last long with this type of sport, where you have to weigh everything carefully, to find the lightest load that still has all you need to get you up and down steep inclines and in and out of the wilderness alive. Makes me tired just thinking about it, but I do like hiking. Just not the death-defying type. I mean, why defy nature when there is such great programming on the Travel Channel? And besides, when they return, the backpackers always show you all the scenic photos they took anyway.

This is a silly gag I drew for my brother, who loves to backpack deep into the wilderness so that he can stare death in the face and taunt his own mortality. Probably brushes his teeth with a pine cone, too.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Math Bullies!

If you spend all your time drawing and listening to music like Billy Jenkins here, the math bullies will find you and well, you better know your story problems, or else.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Old Math Teacher Returns...

I don't think I ever finished a test before anyone else while in school, especially in a math class. I used to secretly hate those show-offs that did. I usually finished somewhere in the middle of the pack, but there were always those poor slobs who were last. The worst scenario was when we were allowed to go outside and play right after finishing, further humiliating those and myself that still struggled with the test inside. If I did manage to get done in time to play, sometimes I would come back inside all sweaty and one or two kids were just handing their tests in. That must have sucked for them.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Somethin' From The Archives

Drew this one back in 1983 for the 91X Radio Station newsletter. I must have thought it was funny back then but don't anymore. Just seems weird now, but I was probably influenced by the cologne-heavy 80s. I remember family members laughing at it, the women saying that there were actually people in dept stores who were like this guy. So I'll run it up the flagpole here. Check out that crazy square layout. And yes, that's Zipatone, the only way to apply dot screens back in 1983. Aint it charming.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Distracted Clown

Here's my last gag about staring at phones when you should be paying attention. It was an old rough from a couple years ago that I decided to draw up today because it's still a valid problem. It's rare to pull up to any intersection in this town without seeing at least one driver staring down at their phone intensely, or typing on it, and continuing to stare at it as they drive off. I guess it bothers me particularly because I ride motorcycles, and it's dangerous enough riding motorcycles in L.A. without these 'screen zombies' behind the wheel of a speeding car. Laws have been made to curb this problem but there doesn't seem to be a solution that works. People just have to stare at screens 24/7, I guess.

Okay, that's all I have to say about that, I'll shut up now till my next post. Bye.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

NO FEAR!

Too much? Yeah, maybe.
It started out as a drawing of these idiots bouncing inside their cave, not smart enough to move the trampoline outside. It evolved into this drawing because I couldn't get the caption to my liking. But add a splash of color, and suddenly they're stupid AND fearless!  heh heh.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lonely

                                             Should he?  Life is so short...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Magpie Reality Show

Felt like drawing birds this week. Last Friday evening I went to a bird club meeting, since I have one myself. It was my first time doing something like that. There were a lot of really cool birds there, and kinda noisy as you can imagine. But I didn't connect with the people there for some reason, and I wondered if it was because maybe bird owners are different than say dog or cat owners. Dog owners have always seemed more people friendly to me. So I began to wonder if certain personality types are drawn to certain types of pets without even knowing it. Birds are naturally wary of strangers, well most birds anyway, so maybe their owners are that way too. Dogs are more gregarious, so maybe their owners are more outgoing. Cats can be calculating, but I'm not sure about their owners. So I'm thinking, sometimes I'm a bird kinda guy and sometimes I'm a dog kinda guy, but since I'm not into cats, maybe I don't share their outlook on the world.
Okay, I'm babbling...  Just jump in anywhere and interrupt me, please. :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SUSPEND!

      Yeah, I might hire these guys, just to watch them in action. So what if they break a few things.. I got too much crap anyway. I'd like to throw my big box of Super Balls off the roof to see how quickly they could get them back in the box without touching them.
I wonder if their brains are tired at the end of a long moving day?  Think how wonderful it must be to never have to get up to grab the TV remote. And to be able to mow your lawn while sitting on your front porch with a cold one. That would be cool.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Everyone Loves Poodles!

          

Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Refreshing Oasis

Here's a little Post-It note concept I had for an epic film, in the vein of Lawrence Of Arabia. This is all I got so far, no takers yet. It needs fleshing out, I imagine.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Miracle Of Space Flight!

        Yes, that's right. Aliens did visit planet Earth..  just once...   a very long time ago.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Busted!

It's no longer a dirty, little secret. Those lousy gremlins have been hiding your stuff all along. Hank got up last night to do his business and thought he heard giggling coming from the living room. Next thing you know he was face to face with the little bastards. They disappeared in a flash, but luckily Hank managed to grab his cell, TV remote and car keys before they left. He's still looking for his wallet, though.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Are You In A Hurry?

Did you ever wonder where the tortoise and the hare ended up after that famous race?                        Well, now you know.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This Theme Park Is for The Birds.


I don't think my pet parrot would like this ride much, even if the entire feathered community was all abuzz about it. He might go on the Walnut and Grape Fantasy ride, though. He'll do anything for those favorite treats.
So, I was up late the other night trying to resolve a gag for the Illustration Friday word, but just couldn't make it funny. I tried, but I was 'Fading' fast and finally gave up. I decided to post this one instead because I'd already come up with it, just needed some color. Did I mention I was 'Fading' fast the other night...?


PS: Evidently, upgrading to the new Blogger interface solved my problem, so now my image can be enlarged again. Gosh, wasn't that a clever way to force us all to upgrade? 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Wild Vision


Just when Hank and Harry thought that being down-wind of your nearsighted prey was good enough, Willy Wildebeest has raised the bar.

The Illustration Friday word is 'Sight'.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Kernels, Carrots and Peas, Oh My.



I grew up hating peas and creamed corn. Still don't care for them. But I love me some brussel sprouts. In fact, that's the first thing I cooked for myself after spending a couple months completely restoring my 1940's O'keefe and Merritt stove. No champagne, no celebratory unveiling after all that hard work, just a rewarding helping of tasty brussel sprouts cooked all by myself on my new, vintage stove. Yeah, I'm weird.
Many of you know that I've owned an African Grey parrot, Gumbo, since 1987. He's a fruit and nut only, kind of bird. Doesn't like vegetables much, except for one kind; carrots in any form; cooked or raw. So now I've covered peas, corn, carrots and brussel sprouts in this post. I got nothing more to say about that. But how do you like that great Veg-All label I found? Remember when canned labels were cool? Much cooler than what you found inside the can.
The Illustration Friday word is 'Kernel'.



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Clown Coach


Thank you Illustration Friday, for giving me an excuse to 'hitch' a tiny clown car to a motorhome. I've been wanting to draw this one for awhile, every time I see an RV towing a small, economy car. Do those little cars actually have a name in the RV world? hmmmm...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Even Michelangelo had deadlines...


Hopefully you have a job you like, but even dream jobs can have a week where the workload just about does you in. I roughed out this idea when I was having 'one of those days' at Disney in the mid '90s. While I was juggling chainsaws I started wondering if even the great artists of the past had some bean counter lording over them to get their work done on time, so like a responsible employee I took a long break and drew this. It got a lot of laughs back then, and it's always been one of my favorite roughs; because most everyone's been in this situation at work, and that's what makes a gag idea work the best, when it hits home.
I hope you're all having a wonderful week, but if you're not, just think of old Michelangelo lying flat on his back, facing a hot ceiling, with some prick far below staring at his watch.

The Illustration Friday word is 'Jump! (as in, get your work done!)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Things We Rarely See In Nature


OMG, I saw this happen today. If you sit and stare at nature long enough, like me, you just might see something funny, too!
The Illustration Friday word is 'heights'.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Primitive Pastimes


This is how I imagine it all started; after some lunkhead dropped a perfectly good piece of slate the cave folk all got together to piece it back together. Before they knew it though, they had forgotten all about the breakage, and were engrossed in quiet conversation about all the various tribe gossip, about who had the best cave, which animals that they needed to club tomorrow, and well.. you know, just general puzzle-patter. From that point on, slate was smashed regularly around the campfire.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sibling Rivalry Of The Deep.


Ollie and Orville Octopus were always going at it; mostly after Orville was found in Ollie's crevice-room messing with his shell collection, or Ollie found sitting in Orville's 'off-limits-to-Ollie' corral chair, or definitely when Orville was caught dunking Ollie's toothbrush in the toilet. It usually ended the same way, somebody running to Mamapus in tears, black ink everywhere. Oh the fun they had.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bunny Boot Camp!


This cartoon idea was originally drawn for the Disney TV newsletter back in the mid '90s (when I was working there) and people liked it, but in order to fit the Illustration Friday word 'Vocal' I decided to completely redraw it and make it more extreme to fit the word. Now it's REALLY loud and vocal. I also dressed it up with a spiffy egg frame. Hope you like.
Don't worry: No bunnies were actually harmed while making this cartoon. heh heh.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Balloon Bust


Poor Penrod porcupine. All he wanted was a big balloon he could run with all day.

The Illustration Friday word is 'return'.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BED BUGS!


Awhile back my friend Kathy from my old high school suggested I do a cartoon about bed bugs. Can't recall if she had a confrontation with them or just a general fear like most of us. So I came up with this bit of weirdness. Maybe those poor bugs are just misunderstood by us. I mean, every creature on this earth serves some purpose, right? Can't we all get along?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Moby's Day Off


Too absurd? Too wacky?? Well it's all I got, and the closest I could come to a gag for the Illustration Friday word 'Shades'. Enjoy!