Monday, January 26, 2009

Great Minds Think Alike

Just for fun, here's an identical gag that came to two cartoonists months apart.

First up is Mike Peters on October 15, 2008:

Followed by the New Yorker's cartoon editor Robert Mankoff, in the February 2, 2009 issue.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Happy Lunar New Year!

This is my latest self-promotional postcard, the sixth in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. I'm halfway through!

I was very busy during the second half of 2003, and ran out of time to do a Christmas mailing to my clients. I was in a panic. My level-headed wife suggested a Chinese New Year's card instead. It would allow me an extra month to work on it, at a time of year that's usually slower. Besides, we'd been celebrating this holiday with friends for a long time. So, in early 2004 I sent out a Year of the Monkey card, and once I'd started, my obsessive nature forced me to continue for the whole cycle.

I'll be mailing my Year of the Goat (or sheep, or ram) card in early 2015.

This Lunar Year, 4047, begins on January 26, 2009.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009


I'm working on some comics for a new client, all of which involve bacon, one of nature's perfect foods.

Here's a panel from one of them, without text.

After it's been published, I'll post the complete comic. Until then, feel free to suggest dialog for this isolated panel.

Brew-Ha Ha

A blogger called McDrunk, who's new to me, has posted scans of Brew-Ha Ha, a board game I designed for Scairy Hairy Toys in 1993.

Here are the rules, playing pieces, and the board.

There are a few more images at McDrunk's blog.

It was fun looking at this again. I like the look of the characters with gigantic heads. Once again, limitations (in this case the small space available for each illustration) produced interesting, unexpected results.

Scairy Hairy Toys produced seven games designed by cartoonists, and they were silkscreened and assembled by hand. Obviously, the production was very limited. I'm thinking there were no more than 100 produced, but I don't have any record of that.

Scairy Hairy was the brainchild of Bruce Hilvitz and Flower Frankenstein who are both still involved in oddball art projects in Pueblo Colorado and San Francisco, respectively.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Low Notes

My friend Steve is a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. One of his babies was an ongoing bit called "Dave's Record Collection."

One a couple of occasions he borrowed some of my records to use on the show. This is one that made the cut in late 2001.

And here's Letterman's note card for the album. I guess the third one-liner is the one they used on-air.

Plink, plink, plink

A 2005 sketch in a style inspired by 1960s "Hi-Brow" greeting cards.

I'd forgotten about this drawing. I think I'll play around with this style some more...