Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Blog Readers,

I am writing to ask all three of you how you would feel if I switched to a new blogging schedule: Sunday-Tuesday, and Fridays. 

I want to provide higher quality posts, and I believe that fewer posts will allow me to do this. 

My goal is for you to exclaim, with each post, "Why... That WAS a quality blog post!" 
(not necessarily in unison)


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Scan-o-rama All-Nite Disco Pajama Rave Party!

It's hard to conceive of anything more fun than scanning billions of comic pages, but I have...

The Scan-o-rama All-Nite Disco Pajama Rave Party! 

So hop in your jammies and come on down! Disco ball, strobe light, and caffeinated snacks provided. But make sure you're really exhausted and feel like a train hit you first. It adds to the fun!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Meanwhile Comic Art Show...

I'm excited to be participating in the Meanwhile Comic Art show with several of my fellow cartoonist friends! 

It opens this Thursday February 25th at the Davis Art Gallery in Worcester, MA.   

Get all the deets here!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I saw this show at Space 242 yesterday. It's been extended through March 13th. I highly recommend that you go see it if you haven't already. It's tons of fun!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Film Pick...Lili

This 1953 film is about a newly orphaned, destitute teenage girl, Lili (Leslie Caron). She finds her way to a carnival where she tries to get work but is harshly rejected. The carnival's cold-hearted puppeteer (Mel Ferrer) sees her contemplating suicide, and uses his puppets to reach out to her. Lili interacts with the puppets like they're real people. It's as if she's lost touch with reality. The public is intrigued by this bizarre woman who talk to the puppets, and she inadvertently becomes a highlight "performance" at the carnival.  

Sunday, February 14, 2010

World's Best Lover...

Or so he (he? she? it?) claims. Although no one, as far as I know, has authenticated this claim.

I bought this figurine at a souvenir shop in Brighton England. Isn't it hideous? It's only about 3" tall though, so its fairly unobtrusive. 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Film Pick...Children of Paradise

This film is about a handful of actors and assorted ne'er-do-wells who are part of the 1830's Paris theater scene. So many things make this film fabulous, but mainly it's the characters. There's Garance, the graceful, down-to-earth actress who adores her simple life, despite being penniless and homeless. And her lost love, Baptiste... 

Like me, you think you hate mimes until you see this film. Baptiste, the mime, played by Jean-Louis Barrault...

...he will steal your Y  

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ink Wash Portrait

Quick piece from my ink drawing class. I just wanted to keep it loose and free, try something new, and have some fun!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's Creepy About This Cover Illustration?

Besides umm....EVERYTHING?

It's by an artist named Ozella Welch. I actually love it. The composition, the retro style (current for 1959), the rich colors. And of course, the creepiness. It's one of a few issues that I own of this bizarre Catholic comic. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cure your winter blues... Sign up today!

Have you always wanted to ride a giant chicken? Learn to make a wooden breakfast? What about Potato Crafts and Square Dancing? We have it all here! But you can ONLY sign up for ONE of these FUN activities! (USE voting buttons at top right). So...which will it be??? 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

To bid or not to bid...

That was the question I asked myself when I saw this creepy doll at an auction recently.

I decided not to bid. I mean, what would I do with it? 

As excellent as it is, if I put it in my house, I'd have to see it's possessed eyes staring at me every time I walk by.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ugly Figurines...One Man's Struggle

I know it's a difficult topic. But if we don't start talking about the dangers of ugly figurines, we're never going to tackle this menace to society.  

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's time for 'Dear David' with David Hasselhoff!!

Dear David,
How Many People Does A Sheet Cake Feed? 

Hiya Suze! 
The answer to your question actually lies in the answers to two other questions:
How big is the sheet cake?
What size servings will you offer?

In the U.S. there are four “standard” sizes of sheet cakes. Most bakeries in the U.S. have three standard sizes of sheet cakes available:

1/4 Sheet Cake, 9″ x 12″, serves 12-28
1/2 Sheet Cake, 11″ x 15″, serves 18-40
Full Sheet Cake, 18″ x 24″, serves 48-108
(and save a piece for me!)

Got a question for David? Send it here!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ink Drawing - Group Exercise...

My ink drawing class at Worcester Art Museum gets me through these winter weeks! 

Last night's exercise: Veronica gave us each a 2" x 2" segment of a photocopied comic panel by Steve Rude, without showing us the full panel. Then she gave us each a MUCH larger blank square of paper (about 2' x 2') on which to draw an enlarged copy of our square. 

At the end, you put all of the squares together like a puzzle to see what you've drawn...

It's a great exercise for studying comic inking technique. You're forced to understand the smaller components (lines and shapes) of a successful ink drawing. 

I did the bottom middle and far right squares.  

Thank you Shrikant Savant for the photo! :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Raise Your Minicomic Awareness...Featuring Veronica Hebard!

Think you know every word that rhymes with pink? Well guess again, smarty pants. Or why not just avoid the embarrassment altogether and pick up a copy of Pink by the phenomenally talented Veronica Hebard.  It's the only reference of it's kind and it's beautifully illustrated. This treasure is a MUST for the serious minicomic collector!

Leather-bound version available soon! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Inanimate Object Theatre...A Shop Window

This shop window in Paris was crammed with a massive collection of toys, figurines, and other objects. But it wasn't an actual store. It was just a decorated shop window. I really liked how everything was carefully arranged into little scenes...