Tuesday, October 30, 2007


" There is a time to take counsel of your fears,and there is a time to never listen to any fear. "

" If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is. "
- Anon.

Saturday Evening Post Cartoon

Here's a drawing from the current November-December 2007 issue, page 108. ( on the newsstand now )

Monday, October 29, 2007

New Yorker Cartoon ( Rejected )

It seems to me that this one belonged in the magazine . . but what the hell do I know ? I've been wrong before, if my memory serves me right.

Cartoon-of -the-day

Sunday, October 28, 2007


" The team that has character doesn't need stimulation. "

" Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. "
- Saint Francis de Sales

Friday, October 26, 2007


" One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar. "

Funny Times Cartoon - 2006

New Yorker cartoon ( Shoulda, Coulda, woulda . . If only I'dna )


" Go the extra mile. "
- NAPOLEON HILL U.S. Motivational author, Think and grow rich ( 1937 )


" If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
- MARY KAY ASH ( 1915-2001 ) U.S Entrepreneur, business executive and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Walt Wetterberg Original

This is an original I ran across while looking for something to post from some artwork I had gleaned from famous cartoonists over the years . . This one is from a regular running feature ( Ada the Ayrshire ) panel Walt was doing for a country magazine, the title which escapes me right now. ( Country Gentleman ?)
It was 1954 and I wrote to Walt who was a pretty well regular at the Saturday Evening Post at the time . . I begged him for an original, he sent me this beautiful piece executed on 2ply Strathmore and it looks like he used a Gillott 290 penpoint, which we were experimenting with at Billy Hon's Cartoon School at the time . . It was a very flexible pen point and Walt took it to it's limit.
You can see the faded watercolor blue he indicated for the Ben-Day process to be applied.


" I just love it when people say I can't do something."
- DAVID ANDREWS ( b. 1935 ) Irish Politician
CNN: The Inside Story, 1990

" Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. "
- EMILE COUE ( 1857-1926 ) French Psychotherapist

" Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation. "
THOMAS HUXLEY ( 1825-95 ) British Biologist

Medical Economics Cartoon

This drawing just came out in the October 19, 2007 issue . . page 64.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


" No pessimist ever discovered the secrets to the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. "

" Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed. "

New Yorker Cartoon ( Shoulda )

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda . . If only I'dna . .

" Hope is the last thing to abandon the unhappy. "

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


" On the human chessboard, all moves are possible.

" All change is not growth, as all movement is not foreward. "

" Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. "

Barron's Cartoon - 2006

One of my favorites . .

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cartoon-of -the-day

The worst part, it was his good eye.


" Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. "


" There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and activity. "

National Law Journal Cartoon

This one just came out in the October 15 issue, 2007, page 23 . . It's always a technicality with these guys . . They think they're the victim . . Hey, you've got the WRONG man !

Sunday, October 21, 2007


" We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand. "
- Eric Hoffer

Cartoon of the Week

Friday, October 19, 2007


" Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire. "

Funny Times Cartoon

This drawing came out yesterday in the November 2007 issue, page19. Belonged in The New Yorker, ask anybody . . ( Except The New Yorker ! )


" I can tell you how to get what you want: You've just got to keep a thing in view and go for it and never let your eyes wander to right or left or up or down. And looking back is fatal. "
William J. Lock

Penthouse Cartoon

This one came out in 2005 . . about this time, they were trying to go more New Yorkerish in their choice of cartoons.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


" Courage is knowing what not to fear.

Cartoon of the Day (8882)

As Art Linkletter used to say: "Kids say the darndest things! " Now, he would say : " Kids say the Damnedest things ! " ( The above ACTUALLY happened in this household ) )

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


" Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. "

Reader's Digest Cartoon 2003

This drawing was in the April issue, page 95. After getting an okay, I made a new black & white copy on the copy machine and colored it using pastel pencils. In some areas, like the pants on the man standing, I used a Letraset marker, also on the reddish-brown on his hair a marker was used . . and on the ties.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


" With audacity one can undertake anything. "

Good Housekeeping Cartoon - 2004

This drawing appeared in the September issue, page 180 . Amereican Idol, American Schmidel.
The coloring was executed with a computer using Corel PaintShopProXI and emailed to client in a .tif file, 5 inches wide.

Monday, October 15, 2007


" Follow your bliss. Find where it is and don't be afraid to follow it. "

Harvard Business Review Cartoon

This drawing appeared in the February 2005 issue, page103. The finish was executed on 2 ply bristol, kid finish, ( over a light board ) using a 2 mil Micron pen and touched up, or gone over with a 4 B charcoal pencil and then using a smudge technique for the grey wash tone effect.
I've always admired Sam Gross's work and I know I've been somewhat influenced by his technique.


" A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

HEMISPHERES-The Magazine of United Airways

Recent cartoon from the October 2007 issue, page 125. I like court scenes . . as an observer, not as a litigant, plaintiff or other . .

Cartoon-of -the-day ( 9890 )

Weirdos, quacks, wackos, strange people . . make for interesting cartoon scenarios . .

Thursday, October 11, 2007


" Everyone must row with the oars he has. "

1958 USMC Basketball team - Wash., D.C.

Bottom row, 2nd man, left to right, yours truly. At 5ft. 10 1/2, I played guard and was a fair ball handler with a pretty good jump shot. This team was especially proud because that year we played for the city championship and lost to Bolling Air Force Base. The interesting part was this Air Force Base had over 5000 men stationed there where our team, from Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. had only 500 men at the small base. We belonged to the MAISAC league ( Military Area Inter-Service Atheletic Conference ). 2nd place in this league tasted pretty good. There were 8 teams in the league. Ours was from the smallest post.

Marine Barracks at 8th & Eye sts., SE is located 2 blocks from the Navy Yard and is where I worked at Marine Corps Institute, which was the correspondence school for the Marine Corps.
The art dept. had 5 personnel and my duties consisted of illustrating for the various manuals and grading the art course, where we had students from all over the world. Other duties consisted of guarding the President of the United States in Washington and Camp David. The world-famous silent drill team was part of our unit. I was honorably discharged in 1959 as Sergeant.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


" Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. "

Mr. McGoo Cel

During my recent L.A. trip I drove by the old building where the Billy Hon School of Cartooning used to be ( near Beverly and Rampart ) . . and it brought back memories . . I was only 17 when I got there ( Sept. of '53 ) and I was full of fire and enthusiasm and after only being at the school for a short time, I sold my first cartoon to The Prarie Farmer for $4.00. Billy Hon told me, if you can sell 1, you can sell 2, if you can sell 2 you can sell 3 . . etc.
I was too dumb to know any better . . but I believed him.

A lot of the Southern California Cartoonists used to meet on Melrose Avenue at a restaurant called The Carolina Pines on the first Tuesday of the month . Ali, Burr Shafer, Jack Bonnestell, Phil Interlandi and Bob Barnes were some of the guys that used to attend . . man it was like being around movie stars !
I'll never forget, the night Bob Barnes ( Creator of The Better Half and a rock star in the magazine cartooning field ) dropped by and during the bull session after the dinner took a look at my cartoons and asked me how old I was . . I told him I just turned 18 . . he said : " Your stuff looks pretty good, Roy . . there isn't a doubt in my mind that if you keep at it and don't give up, you'll make it as a successful magazine cartoonist. " I was young and dumb and didn't know any better, but I believed him.

All I can say is you better be careful what you believe . . because that is your reality, that is your belief system telling you what is real . . whatever it is . .

Enter Mr. McGoo . . on Saturdays 1 or 2 of the students at the school and myself would call and visit other area cartoonists . . Mell Millar, Grover Troop, Lew Card were just a few.

One Saturday we visited an open house at UPA STUDIOS . . This new animation studio was the first with the new modern stylized look. This was the studio which produced Mr. McGoo, Gerald McBoing Boing and other great animated cartoons. They had tables and tables of art for sale . . mostly cels . . I picked this one up for $1.50. ( over the years, termites or other bugs must've eaten away at the paint ) The Art Director was T. Hee, man, here's a guy who went into the right business.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


" Patience is the companion of wisdom. "

Good Housekeeping Cartoon ( circa 1995 )

This was one of my first sales to the magazine. I liked it so much I had it reproduced on my business card in color. I like humor about quacks and wackos . . in fact, some of my best friends are quacks and wackos.

Monday, October 8, 2007


" Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. "

Harvard Business Review Cartoon

This drawing appeared in the April 2004 issue on page 93. What was extra nice, it was printed as a half-page in the back of the book. In 2004 I was working a little different. I was using a finer pen for my roughs ( like a Uniball Deluxe Micro Writing Pen over a light board ). When the drawing was completed, I would go over most of the lines with a sharpened General Charcoal Pencil, 4B or 6B, extra-soft, to soften th drawing. I then applied the gray wash-tone effects by smudging areas using my fingers and/or tortillion sticks of various sizes. Then I would spray it with Clear Matte Fixative. I was always a great fan of Whitney Darrow Jr. and I think, subconsciously this process was influenced somewhat by his work.


" No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or destroy."

Sunday, October 7, 2007


" I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes. "

SIR HUMPHREY DAVY 1778-1829 English Chemist and Inventor

Medical Economics Cartoon

This drawing is in the October 5 issue on page 91. I always like meeting settings, it's a ripe venue for a lot of stupid statements.

Write this down ( Then read it 3 times )

" No matter what your level of ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime. "


New American Legion cartoon

I just got an okay yesterday from the magazine and since they only publish color cartoons, they requested a color version and to send back a finish. The original was rendered in gray wash tones, so after pulling it up on my computer, ( using my Corel PaintShopPro XI program ) I pressed a button and zapped it into a black & white line drawing . . then with my 16 million colors on my pallette the fun part came in coloring it !

Friday, October 5, 2007


" Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy. "

FELICIA HERMANS, 1793-1835 British Poet

Cartoon of the Day ( 9827 )

This is one of my recent favorites . . anything that has to do with professional quacks ( oxymoron ? ) . . love 'em.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Write this one down

" The secret of making something work in your lives is first of all, the deep desire to make it work; then the faith and belief that it can work; then to hold that clear definate vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief. "

EILEEN CADDY Co-founder of The Findhorn Foundation, Scotland

Daumier Book

While in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago I found myself in an old large used bookstore which had quite a few books of cartoons . . as I rummaged through the hundreds of books I spotted this classic. Many have called him ( Daumier ) the first cartoonist but absolutely the first caricaturist. For a paltry 20 bucks, I added this gem to my collection.

The 122 page Hardback book ( 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 ) was published by Leon Amiel Publisher, Inc., New York, and does not have a date. The ISBN # 0-8148-0738-0 is listed.

Well known for the expression he displays in the hands of his characters . . . this book is definately a textbook in capturing moods and personalities of the various players in his scenes.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


" When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. "
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, 1803-1882, American essayist, poet and philosopher

Harvard Business Review Cartoon

This drawing is from the November issue, 2002 , page 92 of the magazine. It was about the time of the Enron debacle and the cooking of books was an art in some of the biggest corporations . . and when they were caught they sounded like Inspector Claude Raines in Casablanca . . " My, there's GAMBLING going on in the back room ! "

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


" Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. "
JAMES MICHENER, 1907-1997 American Writer

Good Housekeeping cartoon

This drawing appeared in the October issue, 2005. After receiving an okay from the editor, the
drawing was inked with a Micron pen over a lightboard from the original, scanned on my Canon scanner/printer and then, on my computer was colored using The Corel PaintShopPro XI program. The drawing was then printed on quality matte photo paper and snail mailed.


Here's a piece of art by Dr. Peter Plum of Maysville, West Virginia just emailed to me yesterday.

He tells me the gag was given to him by a Patricia Burns of Cicero, Illinois. ( Yeh, sure. )