Sunday, January 31, 2010

HUH ? Proposed Comic Book

This is the corrected, and improved copy of this new comic book.

The lettering was redone using the computer typeface, Arial Rounded.  Lessee wot happens.

 The courses shown here on the cover are actual courses I got from a college catalogue.  I wouldn't have believed it if someone had just told me, but I saw it for myself.  What is sad is that our Stimulus Bill will pay for this to improve our children's thinking and shape their minds into the direction we want them to be, after all, it IS the right progressive thing to do, because WE KNOW what is good for you . . just TRUST us. AND BELIEVE !  We promised you CHANGE and CHANGE is what you are going to get.  Virginia, New Jersey, Massachussetts, Bah ! Who listens to polls ?

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.  Like Sly and the Family Stone put it so eloquently in the 60's . . " Educated Fools From Uneducated Schools "


Cartoon of the day

Cartoon of the month

Am I wrong to assume that this cartoon, if it was published in the New Yorker, people would believe it belonged in the magazine?  

I have already proven this twice, I had another cartoonist who agreed to go along with the prank . . it would have to be a cartoon that the regular NYer cartoonist AGREED to submit, redrawn and submitted by him.  In BOTH cases, the Nyer ( unknowingly ) bit . . although I got personal satisfaction, and proved my point, I promised that I would not divulge the " secret " until either his demise or I would release the name in an envelope I have in my safe.   AND, also, after my demise too. . .  and only if HE passes away first.  I keep my word.  He knows that.  ( Like Pres. Gerald Ford did recently in his post-portem publication of his book, " Write when I'm gone ". )

We hadn't even planned to divulge this much . . right now . . .  We agreed that we would not even tell anyone the fact that we had ever met, ( as that is the only way it would work ) but what the hell . . .
Someone told me recently that I would have to DOCUMENT this for it to be believed . . . he's probably right . . but right now, it is not my problem . . I know, You know, they know that not only my work, but there are at least a half dozen cartoonists whose work we have all seen that belong in the magazine . . sad . . . The only way we would divulge the secret is if we both agreed in writing AND for a sum of $1,000,000, ( in GOLD ).

Man, I'm having  so much fun, that I think people think I'm cheating . . or lying . . .  OR they think I'm a brick shy of a load . . I hope it's not the latter.

Nuf sed . . .

Originally. THIS cartoon you see here would have been the THIRD one they probably would have bought, ( remember, after two in a row, we were batting 1000. )  but we agreed instead, to reveal it here and tell PART of this interesting and true story.

I get my kicks on Route 66 . . .


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cartoon of the week

Rumor going around that this is a preview of the new international graphic symbols to be adopted and to be implemented at all international airports starting April 1, 2010.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Joe Farrell's wedding

Just ran across this old photo from when I was stationed at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

I was on a wedding detail for a close friend . . last I heard he got out a couple weeks later and they went to her home town in Tallahassee Florida . . . they had met . . . she was the girl next door . . there was a bunch us , about 10 Marines who lived in this large townhouse and next door and all around the neighborhood lived about 50 women all about our age . . almost all of them worked either for the FBI or the Agriculture Dept. or some other government agency . . . It turned out many of my buddies including myself met our significant other as literally the girl who actually lived next door . . . Those were the days . . .


Thursday, January 28, 2010

HUH ? Comic

Cartoon of the week

Here's an oldie from Barron's I don't think I've posted . . . just ran across it . . . how true it is.


" Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination. "

English Poet and Playright


" Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today. "

British Rock Musician and Songwriter

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cartoon of the day

I like cartoons about two-bit diners, the characters who habitate the places  - - -  the short-order cooks, years ago were usually ex-army cooks with tattoos, a cigarette dangling out of their mouth and had the reputation of being short-fused and tempermental, they made you feel like you were interrupting them by giving them the order - - -  I remember one time around the 60,s in a Little Tavern hamburger joint in Washington D.C., about 1:30 AM in the morning I stumbled in the joint and instead of the expected, " Hello,What would you like ?, or may I help you - - " - - -  " or something like that, instead, he mumbles with a growl  - - -   "What d'ya want? "


Monday, January 25, 2010

Humor in uniform

Whenever I draw a military cartoon, I always use a Marine in uniform, if at all possible, reason, of course is that I am familiar with the uniform . . . There hasn't been any major changes, but there have been a few minor ones.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

On Philosophy

Cicero said that he liked to read on the subject of philosophy - - - because it teaches you how to die.

It is a profound statement, brilliantly put, I have to say I agree with him.  I think, when you are young and up to middle age, philosophy teaches you how to live - - -  and when you get to be a senior, it teaches you how to die, moreso, because it is a subject that creeps up every now and then.  

It teaches you how to die, even if you are young and middle aged, because you never know when your number is coming up.  Like someone said: there's a  fella  goin' around takin' names - - - I think it's a good idea to think about how you are going to live . . . but it is also important to know how to die.

nuf sed.

Cartoon of the day

This really reminds me when I was  a kid, growing up in Tucson, Arizona - - - I lived just about two and a half blocks from downtown - - - at 218 North Third Avenue ( the house has since been razed ) two and a half blocks away on Congress Street was the first theatre, the Rialto, changed to the Paramount in the late
 40's - - - then up the street on the right was the State, which showed mostly B movies, cheap westerns - - - then another block up on the right was the nicest theatre in town, the Fox, then another block on the right was the Lyric theatre, also second run and cheap low budget films - - - directly across the street was the Plaza, the one Spanish speaking movie house in town.  I think I went there once, and after about a half hour, couldn't understand a word they were saying, I left.

The reason, I think I saw a lot of films as a youth was  1., because of the proximity to the theatres and as a kid, I always thought the food was pretty good, hot dogs, buttered pop- corn, Bon-Bons ( You got five ice cream balls, about the size of a large marshmallow, vanilla and strawberry ice cream  covered in a chocolate coating - - - man, we went to EAT and see a movie - - - the food was just as important as the movie . . .  I thought it didn't get any better than this - - - The Rialto charged twelve cents for a movie ( 12 and under ) and the State gave you TWO movies for only 10 cents ! - - - The Fox cost 20 cents and the Lyric theatre was about 12 cents, and they showed two movies many times.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cartoon of the day

This actually happened to a friend of mine.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

American Legion Magazine cartoon

Here is another drawing that appears on page 60 in the December 2009 issue of the mag.

American Legion Magazine cartoon

This drawing appears on page 64 in the August issue.  The drawing was submitted as a black and white, then after receiving an 'okay', a color version was requested. 
I then colored it using my Corel PaintShopPro 9 Program and printed it on a sheet of Premium Matte Kodak Photographic paper.  I find I get excellent results doing it this way.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Cartoon of the day

Cartoon of the week

How many times has this happened to us ?  I know that now in my life, I can only guarantee TWO items to remember when I go to the grocery store . . . anything more than that, I gotta write a list.
 I used to try this method, as many as 5-6 things, I just kept repeating them over and over again , even when I was inside the store I kept mumbling until I had the last item in my shopping cart.  I know people around me thought this guy is talking to himself . .
Anyway, this is one of my favorite cartoons looking for a home . . 

Thursday, January 7, 2010


" Manufacture is intelligible, but trivial: Creation is great, and cannot be understood.  thus if the Debater and Demonstrator, whom we may rank as the lowest of true thinkers, knows what he has done, and how he did it, the Artist, whom we rank as the highest, knows not; must speak of inspiration, and in one or the other dialect, call his work the gift of the divinity. "

THOMAS CARLYLE  ( 1795 - 1881 )


Good Advice

" We are all here for a spell: get all the good laughs you can. "


New Yorker Satire Cover

Here is a cover you will never see because it only happened in my imagination.

Art at Work

I recently visited an old friend of mine in Laurel, MD. who is the proprietor of a sign shop called " Art at Work ".  I love the name of his business, it's catchy, contemporary and says it all. 

When a bunch of sign guys get together, we usually trade stories about the crazy requests we get from customers wishing to order signs. 

This actually happened to me when I had my sign shop in Falls Church, VA, back in the late 70's.  I just recalled the incident and thought it would make a neat gag.  So I drew it up and mailed my friend in Laurel a copy.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Paul Meyer Remembered

" It is your ATTITUDE, more than your APTITUDE, that is the chief determining factor of your success. "

Paul Meyer

Founder and CEO of Success Motivation International, Waco Texas.  ( Recently passed away in 2009 ) was one of my mentors. 

Influenced and taught thousands of people by showing them the way.

His most famous quotation I have ingrained in my brain is:

" Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon will inevitably come to pass. " 

This is a truism.  I don't know exactly why or how . . but I KNOW it is true . . it always works . . . .   it NEVER doesn't work . .  Wow . . Think about that.

Have a nice forever . .  

Cartoon of the day

Monday, January 4, 2010

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" You better be careful - ( And while your at it, double-check ) in what you believe. "


American visual communication advisor and designer, artist, signpainter, cartoonist, writer, entrepreneur, businessman, philosopher.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Wisdom on Decisions

" Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success. "

- Burt Lawlor


You are the one who must choose your place. "

 - James Allen


" Life is the sum of all our choices. "

- Albert Camus


Starting the year right ?

Can you picture yourself dying and then just try to visualize yourself in front of the Big Fella . . I mean, what else IS there to say . . ? ( You WANT to ask him but you refrain from asking: " Did YOU understand ALL of the New Yorker cartoons . . now don't lie . . Scouts honor . . did you ? " ) 

But you KNOW, you just KNOW it's not a good idea . . so you drop the stupid plan . .  right there, in just that one fleeting moment, you know you may never have that chance again, but it's gone forever . . forever . . eternity is a long time. 

You had your chance and you blew it , Roy . As Marlon Brando, in the character of Terry Malloy ( the washed up punch-drunk ex-prizefighter ) in " On the Waterfront " told his brother Charlie, played by Rod Steiger, while riding in the back of the cab . . After Rod was telling Terry he did all right . . . in the long scheme of things . .  And that it was that stupid manager's fault he had, because he brought him up too fast . . 

Brando shot back . . " That manager's fault ?  It was YOU, Charlie . . it was YOU . . you were my big brother, you shoulda watched out for me . . it was YOU . . Remember that night in the Garden ? ( Madison Square Garden ) . . You came into my dressing room 'n said: " This ain't your night, we're going for the price on Wilson . . . . This ain't my NIGHT ? ! . . I coulda taken Wilson apart . . it was YOU, Charlie . . What does HE get . . A title shot in the ball park . . and what do I get ? . . A one-way ticket to Palookaville . . It was YOU, Charlie . . "

Marlon continues . . " I coulda had CLASS, I coulda been a CONTENDER . . I coulda been SOMEbody . . instead of a BUM, which is what I am, let's face it . .   It was YOU, Charlie . . "