For years, my cartoonist friend Suzanne Baumann has collected odd phrases from odd sources and written them down on the pages of blank sketchbooks, which she passes around at comic book conventions. The phrases become prompts for other cartoonists, and her sketchbooks have been filled with a lot of funny drawings over the years.
She's posted a few of mine from (yipes...) a long while ago, based on bad translations of product descriptions in a Korean confectionary catalog (!!). (Joey Ramone had recently died when I drew the sketch below, and the product description could pass for a Ramones lyric, so - there y'go.)
Spend a while browsing thru Suzanne's blog while you're there, like I did, it's full of great stuff!
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
A few years ago, I tried to fill up a sketchbook on the theme "I'm a Scavenger!" to submit to The Sketchbook Project. I blew the deadline, but I managed to finish comic-izing this appropriate excerpt from philosopher Jean Baudrillard's book "Fragments" (published by Verso Books). So now I'm scavenging that sketchbook for stuff to post here. (Go buy the book — this is the guy who helped inspire The Matrix, after all. Whoa...)
Saturday, June 01, 2013
A friend and colleague from my alt-weekly newspaper days, Sarah "Sparkly Devil" Klein, died last weekend in a car crash, and her death has had me in a melancholy and contemplative mood all week. Others who were closer to her can eulogize her better than me, but I will say that some of the funnest illustrations I did for the paper accompanied her stories. She was also instrumental in getting the Detroit chapter of Dr. Sketchy off the ground, modeling for our first session and putting me in touch with other burlesque performers, and I'm grateful for that. Here are a few illustrations I did for her stories and columns (on suburbans Satan worshippers, organ thieves, born-again Christians bikers, and wolf whistlers), and here's a link to that first Dr. Sketchy session, with some really nice photos by Chris Schneider.