Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Religious Iconography

Created for the "Ten Buddhist Tales", an epic social satire rooted in the back rows of the garden, amidst the corn, where Dad keeps his medicine, also, it's a play.  I'm not sure where, if anywhere, this image will find itself of use.  Mostly, I did it for my own amusement.  To break it down symbolically and aesthetically, it uses the Sacred Heart, The Protective Fire Ring-outermost wisdom circle of the 10-Fold Powerful One, a gesture known in Roman writings as the Digitus Impudicus (impudent finger), and a yummy Sausage.  The watery background is meant to evoke Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" and the hand is meant to evoke medieval stained-glass.  So, there.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Happy stars, so similar in their content.  Merrily they prance one by one to their end.  Big Sister reminds us of the laws of thermodynamics.  We rejoice!

Friday, November 21, 2008


Marcus Auralius said that the Universe is transition, that Life is opinion (or something approaching that in effect). As the northern hemisphere transitions into the long cold and darkness of winter, Americans celebrate their good luck and the joy in their lives. Yes, soon a cry will ring out, an opinion will resound from the four corners of our land, giving wings to our hopes and voice to our desires. Let the chorus rejoice--SAVE THE NECK FOR ME!! (happy holiday)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another Mole Man!!

#661- Mr. Denny Withered-Face, a former face pusher.  An illustrated concept  from  John Hodgman's More Information Than You Require.  Inspired by this seminal tome is The 700 Mole Men Project, the world's foremost collection of phenotypical substantiation of the 700 Mole Men.

Bonus! word of the day! Obtuse-not sharp, lacking perceptive acuity (see portrait to the right)

Let's play pretend!

Let's pretend that we're not related.  Let's pretend that we aren't transgendered.  Let's pretend that you've never walked out of an argument.  Let's pretend that you've been here with me these long months.   Let's pretend that you are not [there laid].  (Let's pretend that I'm not using this as my new masthead.) Character concept c/o John Hodgman

Saturday, November 8, 2008

wise my ass

At the feet of a great wise teacher one can but ponder or sit in silence.  
One can also do that when faced with an absurd buffoon.
One can be naturally inclined to do so in either case !
(image excerpted from a comic story "Screw, F#@*, Pontificate"
from the "Buddhist Tales" anthology, due 3-09)

Friday, October 3, 2008

A cautionary tale

One may be tempted by delicious sugary snacks.  Day after day you may indulge  in Hostess and Mars brand food type substances. Yes! but beware, for one day you may just have too much! Let us look above and see what has happened to one such unfortunate.  Look on and weep!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008


What do we do with all the clutter in our lives?  Why not just enjoy the moment like our hero, Schlomo.  He isn't worried about things neglected and crumbling around him, unheeded obligations are not a trouble to him.  Lurking and ever compiling dangers are mere trifles to his steely resolve. But seriously, it's a work in progress and as soon as I've finished it for real, it will go down into Schlomo Eats Cake where it really belongs.  So, it is thus far, as well, it is very clutter-some ad nauseum.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Another routine evening in the city.  I know what your thinking and no, I'm not an alcoholic or in AA nor do I like sleeping in doorways.  Thank you, have a good day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Schlomo eats cake

Update:  Page 2-3 of "Schlomo", latest version anyway (still working) now available!!!!!!! The first page of "Schlomo Eats Cake" a story in the upcoming anthology comic "Buddhist Tales". Based on and created as a supplement to "The Ten Buddhist Tales" an epic social satire rooted deeply upon a post-neo-pre-deconstructionistic model of the human body and its humors, also it's a play. The name of the title character was pulled right out my ass, but it turns out that "Schlomo" means "his peace".  More pages to come.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

DRD portraits

The DRD (Department of Redundancy Department @ reredudancy.com) is a theatre organization which produces short plays involving social satire, gratuitous violence, and pork products aplenty-- for the whole family. Recently described as cross between Monty Python and Gertrude Stein. Also recently, I've been doing portraits of the group, heres four to start. If you think they are cool (no need to answer, I know you can do nothing but utter in the affirmative), I can do one for you, go to www.kennpenn.com/mugs

Monday, July 7, 2008


A once fruitful  partnership has soured.

Friday, June 27, 2008


I poke you in the eye!  Working on a fast-as-hell photoshop approach!  Raahhrrr! Cower!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


No unwashed hoard shall diminish my mighty-ness!  No uncanny rabble shall break the cunning  of my smithery!! No hoi-polloi shall curb my use of exclamations!!! Enjoy!!!!

Monday, June 16, 2008


The joke's on him.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Inspired by a story my late great friend told me.

My regular job is going gonzo this week, so I don't have time to do a full-color illustration. However, I do plan to work it to completion this weekend!  Check back on Tuesday for the full-color version.  Thanks to Neil , in part, for the "what the f#@% is that" crazy freaked out
guy in composition.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


My friend Don Becker died.  He had a tremendous heart and deliciously caustic wit.  His life and his art opened new possibilities to me.  His faith and encouragement are key reasons that I began drawing seriously again.  All his WORRY is at it's end.  He will be missed always.

Friday, May 16, 2008


    From a wee-little microcosm of subterranean caverns and  hydraulic supported clouds manipulated by a tool wielding, run-on sentence writing, mushroom appendage-ed, comma abusing, dual sea cucumber-like  happy smiley face, to growth and  explosive breakthrough into a beautiful full of potential-WIDE wonderful world, whoa!  Really, it's the story of us all, awwww!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Meme: Teen me

Band wagons Awaaayy!! A three-stage self-portrait, oh boy!  See, I'm not that scary after all. Thanks to davario

Thursday, May 1, 2008


A bit of a wrinkle in this fellows' day.  Originally posted as "wrinkle" at 11:45 pm-ish
on 5-1. I was hoping to give it another whirl as it fits the topic so well and maybe nobody got to see it because of its' previous 11th hour status. I tried to tell myself "I don't care if anyone sees it (yet) I'm having a great time exploring design and technique through this I.F. thing!" Though I am enjoying the process (perhaps too much resulting in long development time) I want people to see it, dammit.  If you think it's cheating or lazy I'll point you to some seriously egregious examples of that very thing. So, enjoy!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Quasi-futuristic kid with strong ties to primitive spirit of the animal persuasion

Monday, April 14, 2008

caption contest winner !!!

A long time ago, I posted this caption contest, and today I am happy to announce that the winner is...Leona Hartley of Columbia City ind!!! Leona's entry was selected from scores of  submissions. Leona is my Grandma but I assure you no nepotism came into play( try matronism, read--"mama's boy"). Thanks to everyone who submitted, especially D.C. and my friends J.B. and R.B.-no relation.  Leona's winning caption is "how about some salt with all this slime!"--fo' shiz  (ed.) As winner of the caption contest Leona will receive a packet of "Boss Lady" brand chewing gum. Seven sizzlin' snappy cinnamon nuggets per package! that's "Boss Lady" brand --When you want to chew 'em up and spit 'em out-- "Boss Lady" brand chewing gum,  ask for it by name.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Illustration friday-fail

For I.F. "Fail" as in --no time to.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

illustration friday

it's friday! draw! all is well.

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