Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Salem News: Combined Stories

This is kind of a two in one. On Monday the SALEM NEWS ran a story on their front page about local legislators who get reimbursed for their travel expenses, and on page two there was a story about legislators complaining about an automatic gas tax hike. While mulling these stories over, somehow they suddenly seemed to fit together. This is the resulting cartoon, as it appeared in the 06/25/2014 SALEM NEWS.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mush For Brains

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cat Inna Hat

You were expecting Mike Myers?

Salem News: Pounding The Pavement

Everybody agrees the work needs to be finished, but the business owners would prefer it waits until AFTER tourist season, given their livelihoods have been CONSIDERABLY endangered already by what's been done so far. My cartoon as it was published in the 06/16/2014 SALEM NEWS.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Making A Gookie

Another old character concept. Back in the day, I was a big Marx Brothers
afficiando. (Though I preferred the original edgy paramount films to the way softened MGM ones) And yes, Harpo was my favorite. I actually fooled around with this concept based on Harpo I called "The Gookie", which was basically Harpo pared down to little more than his props. Gookie could produce any prop out himself, or contort his body as needed, (Though not to the degree of PLASTIC MAN, or like that) You never saw any more "body" than his head. Bizarre at least, but only short-term appeal at most. Word of advice, though: If you ever come across a copy of Harpo's Biography; HARPO SPEAKS! Read It! Harpo's real life was even weirder and more fun than the actual movies he starred in!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Salem News: Race Donations

Politics is a gamble in itself, and given that tons of Massachusetts money goes to the out-of state gaming areas every year, I think this makes an apt reversal. My cartoon as it was published in the 05/12/2014 SALEM NEWS.

Count Vacula

This is a recreation of one of my earliest character concepts, and it most likely sucked in more ways than one. My horror monster parody VACULA, and yes, he's a vampire vacuum cleaner. He prowls the night, attacking dirty rugs, carpets, mats, and subsisting on their filth, leaving the "victim" a dry, withered, husk you couldn't even wipe your feet on. He flies by turning into a bat-winged version of a car mini-vacuum. He also has the ability to control any electrical appliance. The only way to stop him is to jam a rolled-up copy of CONSUMER REPORTS down his intake pipe. I did a few strips (and a t-shirt) with this character, but I ran out of ideas rather quickly. The strange thing is that a portfoilio of comic strips I drew -one including the character- actually won me a gold key I the Boston Globe Scholastic Art awards in 1980. I think the award was begrudgingly, though. Because at the exhibit of all the award winners, they hung MY stuff in a far-off corner, where it was hard to see!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An Old Sea Dog

I admit..this one's a bit of a reach.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mystery Solved

Chibi Fleegle

Past midnight…have to work in morning…too edgy and restless to go to bed, though…this is the result.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014