Friday, December 31, 2010

Relatively Tolerable New Year To Everyone!

Originally published in THE SALEM NEWS (MA) 12/31/2010

A situation I'm sure many of us can indentify with...

Good Luck. We'll all need it.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Salem News: Plant Grant

Published in THE SALEM NEWS (MA) 12/28/2010.
The Salem Power Plant has caused some controversy over the years. Many feel it's too old and too much of a risk to the enviroment.On the other hand, it's the city's biggest tax source. (Some groups have called it the SOLE threat to the ENTIRE PLANET!) In any case, they DID grant a whopping sum to Salem's beleagured school system. Publicity stunt or just corporate spin? Maybe, but at least this one will be beneficial..

Salem News: Better Parking

Published in THE SALEM NEWS (MA) 12/15/2010.
Turns out there's a local city with WORSE parking than Salem's! Whod'a thunk it?

Friday, December 24, 2010


Published in the SALEM NEWS (MA) 12/24/2010. A Salem-Style Santa.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Salem News: If At First You Don't Suceed...FAIL AGAIN!!

Originally published in THE SALEM NEWS (MA) 12/18/2010:
A proposed Methadone Clinic, already booted out by a massive neighborhood protest. once again tries to gain a foothold in Salem. Unfortunately, their choice for an alternate area-in the vincinity of the local HIGH well as traffic concerns... once again bring up an uproar and the clinic was denied..Will there be a next chapter in this saga? Stay tuned...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Creative Characters Card 2010

I recently did my SEVENTH annual holiday card illo for the Philly print company called CREATIVE CHARACTERS. These cards are usually a challenge for me, because how easy can it be to come up with concepts based on copy machines and printing presses?
This year, however, they had something slightly different in mind.They told me they were going to be introducing a number of new services, and in one of my rough sketches, I suggested a riff on THE TWELVE DAYS OF XMAS, using each new service like one of the verses..(12 response codes, 11 maketing designs, etc.) And I even drew in a Partridge in a pear tree complaining about what a travesty this whole thing is..Well, they decided to go with a different format, but they loved my partridge so much they asked me to draw it into the card!
This was also the first card I did for them that would have both an inner AND outer drawing, as opposed to just a cover drawing for the ones I did previously, so working from their outline, their latest face shots, back and forth e-mail scans, and right down to old-fashioned coloring BY HAND (Professional prismacolor markers) I came up with the two drawings up above. (They added the typography/lettering afterwards) I think it came out pretty good myself, the slick cardstock they used just accentuates the shiny glowing effcts I was trying to get with the markers!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

For Art's Sake: Digital Competition

Published in THE COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1674:
Video rental stores aren't the only businesses threatened by internet commerce..

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

More Muppet Fanart

My latest fanart that I did for the TOUGHPIGS site. Proceed at your own risk.