Thursday, January 31, 2008

Good Housekeeping Illustration - 2005

The above illustration appeared in the October issue, page 158.

This was a neat little assignment I was awarded in 2005. They simply said they liked my style the way I drew furniture, etc., asked if I wanted to do an illustration for a short story in an upcoming issue and that it would pay a little more than a cartoon. ( $300.00 ) I said yes, and they sent me the story, I read it and then I proceeded to draw up a rough pencil for them to edit and critique. After a few minor changes, I drew the final, colored it with my CorelPaintShopPro 9 and Emailed a finished jpeg file to them. And that was that.

I had another similar experience with this magazine back in 1994, the difference was it was a longer story, would pay more, and that I would be competing with another cartoonist to get the final okay , the decision would be made after the first roughs would be submitted.

Only one problem . . I would be competing against The New Yorker Cartoonist - ROBERT WEBER. I don't have to tell you who got the job, It wasn't me. Anyway, I got a kill fee for my effort. It was a good experience. The drawings depicted almost the same information and contents, but , man I loved his drawing !

Nuff sed here.


" The only thing I know about love is that love is all there is . . Love can do all but raise the dead. "

EMILY DICKINSON, 1830 - 1886 American poet

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


"This above all - - to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as night follows day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. "

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, 1564 - 1616 English Playright and Poet

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


" We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we WILL do, by finding out what we will NOT do.

SAMUEL SMILES, 1812 - 1904 Scottish author and social reformer

The images of the beautiful clocks are still used in the advertising programs for National Time and Signal, the manufacturers of the world's best clock mechanisms.
This ad appeared in the November 2002 issue of Signs of the Times Magazine, page 106.

Delgado Street Clock - Washington, D.C.

Back in th 1980's my company, Delgado Signs fabricated and installed two beautiful street clocks. They were installed on the grounds of the new prestigous office complex called Lafayette Centre ( comprised of three high-rise office buildings ). One clock is on the sidewalk on 20th Street, N.W. and the other one is situated on 21st street., between M and N streets, northwest. I think this job was the feather in our caps and separated our company from thr run-of-the-mill "sign-painting shops" throughout the area. It was this project that gave us the credibility and that eventually catapulted our company to easily acquire contracts from quality clientele like Starbucks, Arby's, and many fortune-500 companies.

The clock structures were fabricated from scratch and it was a tremendous satisfying experience to construct and erect these two one-of a kind masterpieces! The clock mechanisms were made especially for us and I chose National Time & Signal Corporation, because they were the oldest, biggest and most reputable company who had clock mechanisms all over the world. The project took 11 months to construct and install at a cost of $50,000.00 each. The clocks stand 12 1/2 feet tall. They stand as a landmark for the area. The clocks were designed by the well-known award-winning New York Design firm, Lance Wyman Associates.

Meanwhile, in the back of my mind, remember, I STILL want to be a cartoonist !

Cartoon of the Day

The Hell you say !

Sunday, January 27, 2008


This drawing appeared in the March 5, 2007 issue of the magazine, page 122. On this subject, I must confess, my grand kids, age 13 and 15 both taught me how to use my Corel Paint Shop Pro program even though THEY didn't have the manual! I'm not that dumb, I held on to the manual, they only had the disks ! I don't know what to tell you.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wisdom ( On Worry )

" Anxiety is the great modern plague. But faith can cure it. "


" I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wisdom ( Worth writing down )

" If you have made mistakes . . there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. "

MARY PICKFORD, 1883-1979 American actress

Cartoon of the Day

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cartoon of the Day

I like a little mild religion in cartoons . . usually if it's dealing with life and death issues, it's okay as long as it's not preaching too much I think it's a good subject everyone can relate to. Good fair subject for gags. Talking about religion . . do you know the difference between a SOUTHERN Baptist and a NORTHERN Baptist ?
A NORTHERN Baptist says: " There ain't no Hell. " and a SOUTHERN Baptist says: " The Hell there ain't ! "

Monday, January 21, 2008


" The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. "

WILLIAM JAMES ( 1842-1910 ) American psychologist and philosopher


" Do the thing and you will have the power . "

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, ( 1803-1882 ) American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher

Cartoon of the Day

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Recent FIRST Magazine Cartoon

This cartoon is from the brand new February 4 issue of the magazine, page 122.
Perfect for when everyone is glued to the tube in the middle of the NFL Championships.

Friday, January 18, 2008


" Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. "


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cartoon of the Week

If you're running late, and a street food vendor looks like he's running a fairly decent clean operation, and his food looks and smells good, and you're hungry and the price is right . . . man I'm a sucker for this crap . . . I don't know about you . . The best Italian Sausage sandwich I've ever had in my life was during the 80's right outside the old Boston Garden ( I wanted to see the famous Garden Parquet Floor before they tore the famous building down. . I flew up from Washington, D.C. to see the Celtics with Larry Bird and Samson ( L.A.? ) in an important NBA playoff game . . right outside about 30 ft. from the front gate, This guy right out of The Sopranos had a neat busy grill on wheels . . perfect location, right product, I had two of them.

That's the game you see in the NBA highlight reels where with four seconds left, Bird steals an inbound pass by the side of his own basket, throws it backwards to a running Guard Red Johnson cutting to the basket . . perfect pass, Johnson scores, ties the game and The Celtics win in overtime ! All I remember is the Italian Sausage Sandwich ( with fried green peppers & onions, the scalped $100.00 ticket I paid, and the Bird steal and subsequent pass to Johnson and the easy layup. . . two Johnny Walker Black shots on ice at the Logan airport and running into Pat O'Brien at the bar across Logan airport. I always remember only the important things.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Vote for Your Favorite Contemporary Magazine Gag Cartoonist 2008

This is an informal Poll of your favorite Major Magazine gag cartoonist. My vote, I have 3:
One is Sam Gross and the other is the French cartoonist Sempe, and the third is Marty Murphy.
The only rule is that the person's work must, or should show that the person has attempted to learn to draw ( No Cartoonist Impersonators ). You may choose a maximum of three. End of contest is January 30, 2008. Results to be posted February 1, 2008.

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" Whether you believe you can do a thing or believe you can't, you are right. "

HENRY FORD 1863-1947 American Car Manufacturer

Cartoon of the Day

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wisdom ( Write this down, right now )

" There are two ways to live your life. One is as though
nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. "

ALBERT EINSTEIN, ( 1879 - 1955 ) German-born American Physicist

Saturday, January 12, 2008


" One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. "

GEORGE SANTAYANA 1863 - 1952 Spanish Philosopher

Cartoon of the Day

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Cartoon of the Day

I always thought they should have one of these at AA meetings . . . if it hasn't been invented yet, hey, I might be on to something !

Wisdom ( Worth writing down )

" Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them. "
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, ( 1832 - 18888 ) American Novelist

Contact Roy Delgado

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


" To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. "

MOTHER TERESA of CALCUTTA, ( 1910 - 1997 )

Monday, January 7, 2008

Wisdom ( Write this down, right now )

" Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, ( 1817-1862 ) American Writer

I was rolling along doing just that, then BAM! I hit a brick wall . . REJECTED BY BOB MANKOFF . . I'm not used to failing . . This is a first for me . . . I haven't the slightest idea of how to rebound besides the psychiatrist's couch. ( The contest isn't over, yet ! )

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


" If you can't change your fate, change your attitude. "

AMY TAN ( b. 1952 ) U.S. writer: "The Joy Luck Club"

Cartoon of the Week

The Dilbert Principle

" Executives can get away with having a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working. "
SCOTT ADAMS, U.S.Cartoonist and Humorist ( b.1957 - ) from THE DILBERT PRINCIPLE ( 1996 )