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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

WONDERCON 2020: NINE DAYS AND COUNTING!!!

Welcome to April CRAZIES!!!  Did you all know that WonderCon is next week?  You did?  Alright, who spilled the beans?  Seriously, they're all over the place!  A cartoonist/blogger could slip and fall on that!  Anyway, we are inching closer to the big show and continuing our countdown!  The stakes are high this year as WonderCon moves back to Easter weekend, a move I'm not very happy with to be honest as Disneyland crowds will add to the mayhem.  It is what it is though and should still be a fun time to be had by all... Albeit in more-cramped-than-usual spaces!

Well, I've said my piece and set the Wayback Machine to our destination.  We are heading to the year 2015 y'all, so make sure your epic game of D&D set up and saved and hang on tight to your Code Red Mountain Dews, because the countdown is once again on!  Enjoy...

The Power Rangers patrolled the halls all weekend long, keeping WonderCon free of internet trolls! 

Spawn was in the house and had a special message for John Leguizamo!  This is a family site though, so I won't repeat it! 

That's a lotta leather and chains there! 

Kit Fisto!  Is it me or does anybody else think that Lucas dropped the ball with this character?  As brief as his heroics are in Attack of the Clones, it really did feel like a teaser for something a little bit bigger in Revenge of the Sith.  Maybe there's a Disney+ series in the works?

It's Woody!  Howdy howdy howdy! 

Lilly!  Grandpa and Herman have done it again! 

The King of the Monsters was prowling down my aisle looking for executives from Warner Bros and Legendary Films!  He's not too happy about humans being the primary focus of his latest movies!

An Astrodroid!  These little guys always make things fun.  At least until you trip over one!

The Pink Ranger was really interested in my art and even bought a few Mike & Mindy paper craft kits!  She then helped battle a giant monster that surfaced from the Hall B bathrooms! 

Not sure which is cooler here: The Patriotic Mario costume or the Gameboy Camera he's using! 

Quailman is in the house and rocking those tighty whities proudly! 

DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!  ARMS FLAILING UNCONTROLLABLY!!! 

It's the creature who flaps in the middle of the night!  The daring duck of mystery!  DARKWING DUCK!!!  Let's get dangerous! 

We end things today with some art that's PHAT!!!  Excuse me, I mean FAT!!!  We all love sugary cereals, but too much can lead to some gut busting consequences!  So of course last year, I bought several boxes of Funco Pops!  I know my buddy Scott Warren can appreciate this!

And that's a wrap on WonderCon 2015!  My last year as an exhibitor there and boy what a turnaround I had from the year prior!  I almost left WonderCon 2014 in tears I was so depressed at how bad things had gone.  This year (2015), I couldn't believe I was walking out with a profit, made even more wild as I'd been battling a sinus infection the whole week!  My sketch cards played a huge role in the turn around and I've largely focused on them ever since as my top seller.  Although I still attend as a pro, I don't table anymore and have no regrets.  Aside from being expensive, it's pretty stressful too.  Even with things going right, it can be quite hectic behind the table.  I won't rule out a return to the chairs side of the aisle, especially since I ain't getting any younger, but for now, I'm really enjoying just walking around and seeing things.  And I'm proud that I could walk out of WonderCon 2015 with my head held very high!  This will also be the end of the line for 2015 pics, as I think have seven or eight left!  Depending on scheduling next year, a few may appear in a potpourri post, but for now, it's goodbye and goodwill to men for WonderCon 2015!

And that's all she wrote for today!  Next week, we'll be back with another look at a past WonderCon as we prep for next weekend's big show!  I'll have my usual tips and tricks as well as info on where I might be found roaming the halls and Downtown Anaheim in general!  Hoping to get a big group to hit up Boysenberry Fest at Knott's Berry Farm next Thursday too, so stay tuned to this blog and Twitter to learn more!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

WONDERCON IS COMING AND THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!!!

 WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!  IT'S COMING!!!  IT'S COMING!!!  WONDERCON IS COMING!!!  Alright, I know, I gotta calm down.  But it's hard to do I'm so excited!  We are roughly two weeks away from WonderCon 2020. A most spectacular show just an hour and a half up the road in Anaheim, I got my tickets and will be celebrating this awesome event this final week of March and ALL of April, even though it's in the middle of the month, but hey, scheduling is everything in blogging!

As is always the case, we'll be celebrating the coming con with a look back at cons from year's past.  Today, we're going back to 2014.  We know the location, we know the year, we just need the pics.  Hold on to your Batman Underoos kids, because all systems are go!  Enjoy...

Outside of the con, these two are bitter enemies.  But when the show's going on, everybody gets along just fine! 

You can always count on April to deliver the news when she's not washing cars! 

The Witch King tries to keep Frodo on a short leash.  It's easy for a hobbit to get lost in the crowd! 

Wouldn't be much of a con without some Harley Quinn cosplay.  I doubt Birds of Prey's box office gross will scare anyone off from trying. 

Vegeta's showing off his stylish moo-stache!

It's Wacky Inflatable Waving Arms Salesman!  He did a great job of directing us towards the food trucks outside!

Galadriel and Gandalf take a bit of time away from the quest to Mordor to take in the sights and sounds of WonderCon!

For being such a panned movie, Batman Forever sure does inspire a lot of cosplay.  Oh yeah, Harley Sighting #2!

And Harley Sighting #3!  If they made a drinking game out of Harley Quinn sightings at a comic con, the results wouldn't be very pretty!

Well, well, well!  April O'Neal giving Harley Quinn a little bit of a run for her money here! 

Until 2014, I'd never seen Yoko Ono cosplay before.  Guess I can cross that off the bucket list! 

The Force was strong with this bunch! 

Well, she may be gone from the ride, but the Red Head from the Pirates of the Caribbean Wench Auction still roams the aisles at WonderCon!

We end things today with a crossover of epic proportions!  There are many changes that occur when the original Japanese footage is edited down into the American Power Rangers.  The producers here didn't think the storyline where they fight Gumby and Pokey would play well stateside!

And that was WonderCon 2014.  Not one of my better shows.  I did very poorly in sales and just couldn't catch any breaks that year.  My rash of last minute sketch card sales were about the only saving grace.  Sadly, we need ass beatings like that from time to time to wake us up.  I certainly learned something from it!  Despite all that, I still had some fun and even made a few new friends.  This is definitely the end of the line for pics from this year as I'm just about out!  Between 2012-2015 I tabled at WonderCon and didn't get to walk around much, hence the reason I've never had too many pics from those years.  If anything, I might do a potpourri post next year with leftover photos.  It all depends on when WonderCon happens in 2021.

And that's a wrap on the month of March and the first Week of the WonderCon Countdown!  It's more of the same next week, so be sure to come back and get a heaping helping of fun!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

MIKE & MINDY: A LITTLE LOVE FROM SOME PALS!!!

Almost through March CRAZIES and boy, has it been a wild one.  The CRAZYVERSE ain't shut down though.  We are gonna continue to go strong rain or shine, because happiness is what everybody needs most right now, and what's happier than fan art, am I right?

As you may recall dear readers, last month marked the 10th anniversary of my very first comic creation, Mike & Mindy.  'Twas a whole month of mirth and merriment that saw a whole lotta guest comic love come in from pals from all over the web comic realm!  Well a few more pals from the world of web comics and illustration decided they wanted to have a little bit of fun with the Buoyant Brats too, so here they are in full color glory: Mike & Mindy fan art!  Enjoy...

Will Wright (Twitter: @WillWri) 

Garnet Lynne (Twitter: @GarnetLynne) 

David Buist (Twitter: @david_buist) 

Rachael & Phillippa (Twitter: @pipandrach) 

Jean Okada (Twitter: @JeanOkada) 

Andrew Fraser (Twitter: @cartoonsidrew) 

Torben Christensen (Twitter: @Torbentegner) 

Lisa Poggioli (Twitter: caseybella3) 

Joaquin Orellana (Twitter: @JuacoProdX) 

Mr. oBen (Twitter: @OddBirdsComics) 

Jackie (Twitter: @jmieldesigns) 

Janet Gamble (Twitter: @GetADogsLife1)

Alana Zabrina (Twitter: @AlanaZabrina) 

As you can see, quite the variety here from an amazing group of artists!  Thanks again dear pals for helping me celebrate Mike and Mindy's big celebration!  Y'all made it that much better!  Be sure to give these talented folks a look CRAZIES!  Their Twitter handles are included and they're all happy to talk art!

Anyway, that's all for now!  Next week, we kickoff our countdown to WonderCon 2020!!!  Well, recent events have kinda put that in limbo now, but tradition is tradition, and the show must go on, even in blog form, so be sure to come back next week!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

THE LOAF OAF IS HERE FOR BOTH!!!

We are back and Marching further into March!  Spring isn't officially here yet, but rapidly arriving.  'Course, when you live in San Diego, most days are typically spring-like throughout the year.  But enough about that.  Today's the day we meet a long lost CRAZY character!  Who is it you ask?  Well, scroll down and see for yourself!  Enjoy...

The Loaf Oaf!  Funny, fuzzy and colorful.  What more can be said about him?  Well, a little bit actually!  A while back, some pals and I on Twitter were goofing around with some word play and rhymes in our tweets when Zombie Boy creator Mark Stokes decided to join in.  I can't recall exactly what lead to him saying it, but he mentioned a character named the "Loaf Oaf."  We all had a good laugh over it as I replied that the "Loaf Oaf" sounded like a character name out of a 70's Hanna-Barbera cartoon!  Mark had a big laugh over it too and said he wanted to see the Loaf Oaf, so I drew him!  Leave it to Mark to come up with a hilarious character on the spot, though I'm not sure if even he pictured the Loaf Oaf as a dog!  Originally a Twitter exclusive, he's now been cleaned up and polished for the blog!  I don't recall having a backstory for him other than he's a fat, dumb, clumsy dog that loves sandwiches, hence the name, "Loaf Oaf."  Perhaps one day he'll make his way to Bubble Fox.  Being a dog and all, he's a good candidate!

And that's it for this week!  We'll be back next time with a fun posting highlighting some wonderful art that was gifted to me recently!  So hopefully y'all will come back and give it a look.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

GETTIN' JACKED WITH THE JACKALOPE!!!

Welcome to March!  Can you believe we are already two months into 2020?  Time flies but it's flying into a time of year I can't help but get excited for: CON SEASON!!!  Many big shows start kicking off right around this month along with a host of smaller cons popping up around the big ones for good measure!  I'll be heading to one myself this weekend, but more on that later.  We have also entered the Season of the Boysenberry!  Knott's Berry Farm celebrates 100 years of operating this year and a big part of that celebration will no doubt be the annual Boysenberry Festival that is always among the highlights of my year!  The food, the atmosphere, the fact that it's an Orange County-based theme park that doesn't involve taking out a loan against my home just to go and you can see why I and so many others love going to this Southern California gem!  Needless to say, a trip to Knott's will be part of my WonderCon experience next month!

That was a bit of a long intro there, but it is a new month, so it seemed appropriate.  Having said all that, how's about we just cut to the chase and jump into the art, shall we?  Enjoy...

The famed Jackalope, a rare mythical creature whose origins actually trace back to the American west!  It's basically a rabbit with antlers, so, no turning to stone if you see one or wish granting if you catch one.  In fact, there's nothing truly remarkable about them, though if America's Funniest People is to be believed, Jackalopes more or less run around wearing dated early-90's clothes and messing with stereotypical TV bullies.  Only Uncle Joey knows for sure.  This particular piece of art has some significance for me as it was done for Animal Alphabets after they asked me to draw the theme for the letter J that week, which just happened to be a Jackalope!  That round was all mythical creatures, and there were very few that started with J.  Luckily someone, possibly even me, remembered this furry scamp, and the rest is history!

Hey!  Did I mention that I'll be at a con this weekend?  I did?  In the first paragraph?  I never fully explained it?  Well, I'll take care of that now!  This weekend, March 6-8, I'll be hawking my wares again at the San Diego Comic Fest up at the Sheraton Four Points!  You can find me in Artist's Alley where my books, prints and sketch cards will all be looking for good homes!  It's a small but fun show that has some really cool panels and discussions scheduled and quite a few big name artists in attendance!  It's also a very affordable experience and won't sell out in a matter of seconds like some other shows.  So be sure to stop by, say hello and take a CRAZY book or card home with you!  I'll see you there!

That's all for today folks.  We'll be back next week for a bit of inspired art that all came about from some silly word play.  It'll be a good time for all, so be sure to come back!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Friday, February 28, 2020

MIKE & MINDY: A COLORFUL END...

As George Harrison once sang, all things must pass.  And so it is that Mike and Mindy go back into cartoon retirement, but not before having one more adventure!  What?  You didn't think they'd simply fade away without a peep, did you?  Well, they would make a sound anyway, but you get the point!  So here they are, for one last time, Mike & Mindy!  Enjoy...

Art is very much a subjective thing.  Some pieces, like the Mona Lisa or the Birth of Man, are genuine masterpieces.  Others, like the can of soup, make us scratch our heads while others find it brilliant.  And then there are some who willingly pay six figures for a banana taped to a wall...  You can ponder that one on your own later.  Frankly, I can think of MANY better uses for that kind of money!  Still, what works for bananas seems to work for Mike and Mindy as well.  They're rich now, but it looks like part of that payment is performance art!  How long will they be taped there?  Come back around February 2025 and maybe we'll have a definitive answer!

And that does it!  Thank you all so much for sharing this month with me.  M&M were my first comic stars and it really was fun to go back and explore their wacky world!  I miss drawing them, but I have to admit, coming up with ideas for these two new comics was a bit of a task, so I know now as I suspected then that the time was right to move on to new things.  I do hope you all enjoyed their return, brief as it was.  What does the future hold?  Not much really.  I do hope to do a large, hardcover collected volume at some point and maybe even explore potential animated projects, but for now, I think retirement is probably what's best for them.  Though I'm not opposed to them popping up in a splash page or two every once in a while.  Keep your eyes and ears open because you never know when Mike and Mindy might pop up.  Especially if helium's involved!

And that's a wrap on February!  We'll kick off March next week with some art that'll hopefully be as colorful and fun as M&M are!  I'll also have some info on my table at next weekend's San Diego Comic Fest!  It's my seventh year in a row there and the only show I'll be tabling at in 2020, so don't miss next week's post if you can help it!  Until next time, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

MIKE & MINDY: MARK'S TWISTED GAME OF FUN!!!

WOOHOO!!!  Today's the last of the guest comics for the CRAZYVERSARY!!!  Wait a minute, that's actually really sad now that I think about it!  But hey, if it has to end, it may as well be on a high note, and we got THE superstar of web comics here today putting his own little "Twist" on things!

Mark Stokes is no stranger to anyone even remotely familiar with web comics.  His series, Zombie Boy, is a true benchmark of our branch of the cartooning world and one of the greatest comic strips ever done!  I could go on for hours, but there's still a comic to see!  Enjoy...

Twister, a game that is both funny AND dangerous!  Mike and Mindy always get a little too competitive when it comes to games.  Their marathon sessions of Connect Four once lead to a building collapsing while their game of Mousetrap brought a hazmat crew out to Mindy's house to clean up!  I won't even tell you the kind of havoc they wreak while playing Battleship!  Today though, they play another childhood classic, and as you can clearly see above, a LOT can go wrong!  Looks like some axel grease and forceps are gonna be needed here to untangle these tykes!  I could go on for hours on how much I respect Mark Stokes, and I actually have!  He was one of the first pros to befriend me when I was a young cartoonist scared of my own shadow and just dipping my feet into the often treacherous social media waters.  Mark welcomed me in and helped me become more confident in my abilities.  I'm honored to call him a friend and even more honored that he once again rendered my "kids" in his amazing style.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that Zombie Boy is the greatest web comic of all time.  Thanks again Mark!  Give my regards to ZB, Gorr, Boog and the Zombie Bugs and Pups!

And that's a wrap on the guest comics folks. BUT, there is still ONE comic left in the CRAZYVERSARY!  Mike and Mindy aren't quite done yet, and wanted to make one last appearance before heading back to their vacation home in Bermuda.  They promised to make their last exit a colorful one, so come back Friday and see if they'll make good on that!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!