Monday, December 31, 2012

cigarette 10

"how much is dat stinky and smoky in th' window, mr. peebles?.."  pen& ink and dahlia purple colored pencil...

cigarette 9

ferget menthol, man!  nothin’ better than a banana flavored smoke on th’ way t’work!  pen & ink and electric blue colored pencil.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

yowee-ka-zowee!

Hello dear art lovers,
Here's a fun illo I did just for th' fun of it. Funny, huh?  Pen and ink on Strathmore vellum bristol 300 series (the yellow pads).  It was really fun inking this one!  I've been using plate finish bristol for a long time now, but when I first started drawing and inking at the Kubert school I used vellum (or kid finish) bristol.  It had a nice tooth to it, but it was murder on penpoints!  Forget th' crowquills and small brass points!  I broke and bent many a nib on that paper!  I've used my trusty Hunt's Globepoint 513 for as many years and it really takes a beating! I always tried to used it like a brush and get a nice thick and thin line (although nobody can beat Walt Kelly's bee-yoo-ti-ful brushstrokes on Pogo).  I used it more like the Hanna-Barbera comics inking.  So anyways, after much verbal diarrhea, here you go...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

cigarette 8

doggone if a bottle of "hair o' th' dog" and a cig doesn't make a breakfast of champeens!  pen and ink and yellow green colored pencil...

cigarette 7

kitty kat almost starts a bonfire by lighting up one cig for each life!  pen and ink and vermilion red colored pencil...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

pipe 1 (a.k.a. cigarette 6)

Major Hundbert, fresh from a jaunt in Africa, relaxes with his trusty and ever faithful pipe, Lucille.  Pen & ink nd terra cotta colored pencil...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

cigarette 5

hey, hornhead, cheer th' hell up!..it's happy hour fer cryin' out loud! pen & ink and terra cotta colored pencil...

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Pal Bill White

It is with extreme sadness that I have to write about my best friend, Bill White, in the past tense.  He and I met at the Kubert School in lovely Dover, NJ  way back in 1980.  He was an insanely talented cartoonist, but more importantly, he was an naturally talented cartoonist.  The "drawrings" (as he used to call them) just flowed out of his pencil in such an effortless way.  He could draw anything, too.  While I was hemming and hawing over some assignment, he would already be finished!  There was nothing out of his comfort level.  The way he was able to tackle any assignment or sketch was completely astounding to me.  Every time he put pencil to paper, he taught me the bestest and easiest way to get the job done.  I was lucky enough to collaborate with him on many projects, but the best thing we ever did together was "Kaptain Keen & Kompany" published by the now defunct Vortex Comics in Canada.  We split each comic, Bill creating hilarious and animated stories featuring Kaptain Keen and Mooseboy and I drew my beer chugging Superswine stories.  We would alternate pencilling and inking chores on each cover.  That was a real treat!  To be able to ink those goddamn wonderful "drawrings" of his!!  We both loved Harvey Comics, Hanna-Barbera cartoons and anything that had to do with funny stuff and "bigfoot" cartooning, especially if it was done with great appeal and design.  I will miss you, my friend, and think of you often.  Rest in peace...

cigarette 4

in space, no one can hear you light up.  gotta be tough with a space helmet, tho...pen & ink with violet col-erase pencil...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

cigarette 3

nothin' like drivin' really fast in yer vintage racin' car, smokin' th' tires an' a fresh cig!  pen & ink an' red colored pencil...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Asbury Park Comic Con 2!!

Hey Kids!  I know it's last minute but I'll be at the Asbury Park Comic Con 2 this Saturday!!  Go to http://asburyparkcomicon.com/ and check it out.  Lots of great guests like Evan Dorkin, Dean Haspiel and more.  I'll have original art, mini comix and books for sale.  See you there!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

National Geographic Kids August 2012

Just wanted to let everyone know that this latest issue of NGK has a whole back cover of full color gag cartoons by yours truly!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Digestate comic teaser panel!!

Hey kids, here's a teaser panel of my 2 page story that'll appear in the Digestate anthology book! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Digestate Anthology Kickstarter book

I just finished a 2 page comic story for my new pal J.T. Yost's DIGESTATE food & eating themed anthology book!. Check out the info at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/birdcagebottombooks/digestate-a-food-and-eating-themed-comic-anthology. It's got tons of really great indie cartoonists like Jeffrey Brown, James Kochalka, and Brian Ralph! It's even got Berkeley Breathed! YOW! Ya gots 9 days left to donate on Kickstarter and the actual book should be appearing at SPX in September !! I'll post a teaser panel soon...

cigarette 2

here's another smokin' (get it?) scribble for you...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

cigarette 1

I was looking at the blog of the fantastic cartoonist Jason and he did a series of sketches titled cigarette 1,2,3,4,etc. He commented on his April 17 post (Cigarette 6) "I don't even smoke, so I'm not sure why I'm drawing these characters, but anyway...". After I read that I really related to his comment. I always seem to draw these smoking animals, usually a dog, and I don't smoke. I actually don't like the smell of cigarettes. I hate when I'm walking to work and someone's smoking in front of me blowing their stinky smoke in my face. And don't get me started about these smokers who smoke right outside my office building entrance so you have to struggle through a pea soup of cigarette smoke to leave! Jeezus!! (
Pen and ink with blue colored pencil)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

All-Out Action Comeex Comix!!

I probably shoulda posted this on a Monday to get everyone's blood boiling and to start their week, but I just couldn't wait!! Another installment of inky fun! Happy Friday and happy birthday to my lovely wife!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

morty the dog

I was surfin' the web last week and checked in at mini comix arteest extraordinaire Steve Willis. His Morty the Dog comix are a mind-bending strip/trip of dada fun! With that inspiration in mind, I drawed this little scribble and sent it off to Mr. W. Go to www.mortythedog.com to see that and see some really great comix! Woof!

Comeex Comix #2

Here's #2 in an ongoing series of spontaneous (and hopefully entertaining) comix for your viewing-ness... Pen & ink on bristol paper!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thunder Lizard

Still stuck in a pre-hysteric mode, so here's another dinosaur for your viewing pleasure...

The Bark Knight

Here's a little inked piece for my pal at work who's a big Batman fan!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dinosaur Island

Here's another long lost gem from the Swell Publishing vault. The first and only issue of Dinosaur Island, which didn't tie in with the unseen pilot of that nonexistent Saturday morning television series...

Monday, April 09, 2012

frisbee dog

The weather's been so nice lately, so what dog worth his kibble

wouldn't want to be outside playin' some frisbee?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mineshaft cover art

Here's something I submitted to the wonderful mag Mineshaft in December. I just heard back that they couldn't use it so I thought I'd share it with you!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

comeex comix

Here's another page of spontaneous ink marks! #2 rapidograph on #234 paris bleedproof paper for pens...

Friday, March 02, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Exclamation point comix!!

I wanted to do something in two colors to help accentuate the "!" in each panel. Rapidograph on good quality copy paper again. This is dedicated to my exclamation lovin' pal, Scott Shaw!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Them Varmints!

When I was a wee lad, I was hooked on "Unk and Them Varmints" from CARtoons Magazine. The art was so fun and cartoony! I later found out they were drawn by Willie Ito and Mike Arens, who were both animation professionals. I know for sure that Willie worked at my favorite animation company, Hanna-Barbera! I'll bet Mike did, too!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Dog Drool comic

Here's a loving tribute to the newest member of our family, Cappuccino, a great 6 year old boxer we got from the NJ Boxer Rescue. Enjoy! For the cartoon geeks out there, drawed with a #2 rapidograph on 8.5x11 copy paper!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hey! Blue Dog Art

Just foolin' around with Illustrator and some textures to try and get a kinda greeting card type of look...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Space Cat!

It's a good thing for all of us Earthlings that Space Cat is on the job, protecting us from the horrors of alien invasion!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Why 4? comic

Here's a new very spontaneous comic for your viewing pleasure or for house training your puppy. Done with a #2 rapidograph on good copy paper. Wrote it as I went, sketched out and inked.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Interview at Color Ink Book!

Hey gang,
Go to http://www.colorinkbook.com/ to read my interview I did for the Brothers Washburn! I also contributed some stuff to their latest issue of Color Ink Book Volume 14,

so go check it out!

NEW COMIX!!

Hey Kids,
New comix for you to look at. Enjoy!..