Monday, May 30, 2011

Cement Mixer Putty Putty

I just found this great photo of my all time musical hero Slim Gaillard with a monkey.  Slim wasn't just the most talented musician ever invented (he could play several instruments to a virtuoso degree––including the piano which he sometimes played with his hands upside down––often during the same song) but he could speak eight languages in addition to inventing a language of his own called "Vout".  If you doubt these superlative accolades, you only need to watch his performance in one of my favorite movies 'Hellzapopin'.  There's an extraordinary clip here. One interesting fact is that both he and I appeared in the same film together back in the eighties, the abominable "Absolute Beginners" starring David Bowie and Patsy Kensit.  I was a mere uncredited extra.  Slim sang the song "Selling Out" with The Stargazers.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Drinky Krow

Today's Knight Life by my estranged friend and colleague Keith Knight pays homage to my other estranged colleague Tony Millionaire of Maakies whose Drinky Crow figurine sits proudly atop my desk.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hobos Against Magic

A lovely cartoon from the latest New Yorker magazine by David Sipress.

Can't GoComics

Alas, GoComics seems to be broken again.  Here's today's cartoon for anyone who may be missing it.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Zip, a Brick

I had too much fun drawing this tribute to my favorite ever comic strip.  My spousal unit got me this oversized goodie for my recent birthday and I couldn't resist in doing an all out homage.  This isn't the first time I've gone this route.  There was a subtle Krazy Kat reference in this strip from October 2008.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits

Apparently GoComics isn't working properly so I'm posting my strips here until it's fixed.  Word is that they're doing some serious maintenance over there, presumably in preparation for the big merger with United Features when all the strips will combine with it forming a very large throbbing amorphous mass of comic strips to pick at next month.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Rabbits Against Cabbage

From this rather curious site comes this delightful "Rabbit in Cabbage" automation.  According to the description it's by Roullet & Decamps of Paris, dating from about 1890 and has the full repertoire of movement including "a cheeky lean over the side".

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Figure Drawing

The complete ventriloquist series from this week, echoes an earlier foray into the medium, below from November 2008.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Incredibly Strange Rabbit Picture Number 43

A creepy vintage Pikachu?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mr. Danders Against Rabbits

Cul-de-Sac is by far the best strip currently running.  When it's creator, the ΓΌber-talented and all-round nice guy Richard Thompson was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year his colleagues jumped in to set up Team Cul-de-Sac, to create a tribute book of original art in Richard's honor and to raise awareness of Parkinsons. Part of the profits from the sale of the book will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. As I've blogged already, there's already been some amazing submissions (see their lovely blog here). That's my humble submission, above featuring the Blisshaven pre-school's hamster, Mr. Danders.  I snuck in Polyfill and a few of my own characters as well.


My strip has now been running continuously for 1094 days. May 3rd, 2008 was the day the very first Rabbits Against Magic strip (above) ran on Comic Sherpa which makes three whole years worth of continuous stripping in full color and no reruns!

Comparing it with the most recent strip you can see how it has evolved over the years.  The first strip was colored with water color and inked with a much finer brush.  I had no regular characters in mind and it took a few months for Eightball and Weenus to emerge from the pack.  If I remember correctly it took about four hours to complete.  Today's strip took less than an hour from concept to posting.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Some Upcoming Strips Underway

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Rabbits Against Fanboy Comic Strip Boards

I dropped into an art supply store in Santa Cruz last week and discovered these "comic strip boards" retailing at $8.50 (plus tax).  They don't work out economically only having 14 sheets (I get 40 strips out of a regular vellum Bristol pad for $7.75) and they have non-photo blue gridlines which are apparently "industry standard" but a cursory examination proves that only to be true 15 years ago.  I was shocked by the quite blatant Calvin and Hobbes rip-off on the cover.  It's clearly rotoscoped from an actual strip but they've switched Hobbes for a pink rabbit and given Calvin a red-striped shirt to avoid copyright infringement. Barely.