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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

HE'S MR. GREEN CHRISTMAS...

We're back!  It's week two of December and we're plowing right along to Christmas!  Last week, the Snow Miser came by for a visit which led to some hurt feelings from another figure known for his holiday... Cheer of sorts.  So I figured fair is fair and invited this individual down to give his opinion on the state of the holidays.  Grab some eggnog or chilled cider and try to keep cool with this one.  Enjoy...

He's Mr. Green Christmas,
 He's Mr. Sun...
He's Mr. Heat Blister,
He's Mr. Hundred And One...

His friends, few and far between as they may be, call him Heat Miser.  This is largely because everything he touches tends to melt in his clutch.  It can't be easy going through life looking like a giant, angry troll doll, but the Heat Miser, voiced by veteran actor George S. Irving, did it with style!  I think Heat Miser's anger was somewhat justifiable.  Having lived in San Diego my whole life, I've never been able to enjoy the magic of a Winter Wonderland.  Granted, a Christmas beach party is pretty cool too, but it's just not the same!  Take heart Heat Miser.  The CRAZIES appreciate you.

And that's a wrap for this week.  Speaking of wrapping, I need to get my presents taken care of!  We'll be back next time with a few familiar faces who'll be staring down a belly full of trouble!  Until then, take care and please think of those in need this season.  Donate while you can.  Every little bit helps!  Take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

HE'S MR. WHITE CHRISTMAS...

Welcome to December CRAZIES!!!  Is it really the end of the year already?  Time just flies by, doesn't it?  Seems the older I get, the more it speeds up.  But hey!  It's Christmas time!  Ain't no room for sad sacks around here!  It's time to bust out the tinsel and holly and bake some cookies!  The Holidays are here and we're celebrating with some old favorites!  So pull an ugly sweater over your head and enjoy...

He's Mr. White Christmas
He's Mr. Snow...
He's Mr. Icicle,
He's Mr. Ten Below... 

Yup folks.  We got the Snow Miser chilling with us this week and let me tell y'all something:  Ain't no business like Snow Business!  The Year Without A Santa Claus has long been a favorite of mine as far as the Rankin/Bass holiday specials go.  It's one of those shows that's so weird its great!  And probably the biggest reason why the show is so memorable is because of the Miser Brothers, Snow Miser and Heat Miser, respectively.  Snow Miser was voiced by comedian Dick Shawn who'll long be remembered best as LSD in the original film version of The Producers.  And much like Mel Brooks' legendary comedy, Shawn steals the show here too!

And this seems like a good place to call it for the week.  After all, the holidays are in full swing here and it's a super busy time for all!  But we'll be back next week with more fun with an old pal from Christmas past, so be sure to come back and give it a look!  In the meantime, take care and be sure to donate to local food, toy and clothing drives this season.  Remember those who are less fortunate and lend a hand!  Until next time, I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

TERRIBLE TOM TURKEY: REDEEMED AND READY FOR CHRISTMAS?!?

Well folks, Turkey Day has come and gone, but an even bigger holiday is quickly approaching: Christmas!  Of course, if you've been to a Macy's or Target recently, you would've known back in August that it was.  Or if you've listened to the radio anytime since Halloween night, you would've been reminded there too!  Not even gonna get into Hallmark's policy of ignoring Halloween and Thanksgiving entirely for an extended Christmas Season!  Well, now it really is on the horizon, but Tom Turkey and Gilbert Gobbler are still celebrating their victory over the Farmer Brats.  Can anything thing bring them down?  Let's find out!  Enjoy...

Leave it to Sammy Swine to be a total buzzkill!  He's right though.  These fine feathered pals may have escaped Thanksgiving, but until New Year's Day passes, neither one is truly in the clear.  Frankly, neither is Sammy Swine.  Ham is a Christmas staple too!  Guess they'll all be looking for that bike pump soon!

And so ends the tale of Tom Turkey's 2018 escape!  Will he be back next year?  Probably.  Y'all seem to really get a kick out of this goofy bird and his antics, so why not bring him back again?  While Tom's taking his break, some holiday-themed art will be making the December rounds, so be sure to come back and check it out!  And since the holidays are upon us again, I will, as I do every year, ask all you wonderful CRAZIES to help those who are less fortunate this season.  Clothes, food and toy drives are likely open by now and even a dollar in the Salvation Army Bucket goes a long way towards helping those in need.  So please give, especially now more than ever the gift of generosity is important.  Anyway, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

TERRIBLE TOM TURKEY: JUMPING INTO ACTION!!!

Thanksgiving is here my CRAZIES!!!  Tomorrow's the big day!  The turkey!  The sides!  The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon!  Yup, I'm all set and hopefully y'all are too!  Ya know, another big part of Thanksgiving is the Macy's Parade, complete with it's many balloons.  If you've been following along these last two weeks, you'll know that Tom Turkey turned his dear pal, Gilbert Gobbler, into a big turkey balloon in an effort to trick the farmer's family into eating Gilbert instead of him.  Well, the plan worked, but it appears ol' Tom feels guilty over his tactics.  Can he save his pal from an explosive end?  Only one way to find out!  Enjoy...

Talk about getting blown away?!?  Turns out turning Gilbert into a blimp made him the perfect weapon!  And young Billy has learned that overalls were the original parachute pants of fashion.  It's a pity Dorothy isn't heavier than him otherwise they wouldn't be three counties over right now!  The day has been saved thanks to Tom Turkey being an underhanded creep in the first place!

That's all for this week CRAZIES.  Thanksgiving fell a week early again this year folks, but we do have a nice epilogue planned for next time, so be sure to come back and give it a look.  And since the big day is tomorrow, be sure to have a fun, happy and safe day with your friends and family.  And for those braving the Black Friday crowds, be safe and be courteous.  It's easy for tempers to flare under such circumstances, but kindness can be far more effective than fists if given the chance.  Take care y'all and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

TERRIBLE TOM TURKEY: A FRIEND IN NEED...

And we are back!  Thanksgiving's a week away and the meal may be in jeopardy!  Tom Turkey pumped his friend Gilbert Gobbler so full of air that he's clearly the fattest turkey on the farm now!  But it would appear Tom may be having some reservations over his methods.  Could it be that he's feeling guilty?  Scroll down to see it all unfold!  Enjoy...

The farmers kids, Billy and Dorothy, are a rather sadistic pair of brats.  From corking up cows to lighting farts, these two have no shame at all!  Poor Gilbert's so buoyant that all he can do is brace himself for the worst.  Good thing his neck, and head, are enveloped by his ballooned body.  That'll delay those delinquents for a moment at least!  But Tom may be having second thoughts!  Could a plan be forming?  Only time will tell!

And that's a wrap for this week.  You'll all be blown away by what happens next, so be sure to come back and check it out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

TERRIBLE TOM TURKEY: SNEAKY AND UNDERHANDED FOWL!!!

Welcome to November my CRAZIES!!!  The time of the turkey is upon us!  Longtime visitors of this site know that I'm a fanatic when it comes to Thanksgiving!  The food, the festivities, the parades...  I love it all!  Of course, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a turkey, and that ever so clever Tom Turkey is back and fixin' to find a safe path away from the kitchen once again!  He's 3-0 so far, can he make it an even 4-0?  Let's find out!  Enjoy...

Well, Tom's certainly inflating the odds in his favor!  Some pal he his!  He and Gilbert Gobbler have been friends since they hatched!  But it's survival of the fattest, er, fittest on the farm, and Tom has to keep his edge.  Looks like he's well on his way to another year in the pen!  I should note this art originally appeared on Twitter as part of Animaloonies' TurkeyloonDay.  This art got big laughs from pals and a lot a sympathy from bird lovers.

And that's it for this first week of November!  Things take a dramatic turn next time, so be sure to come back check it out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

EVERYTHING FLOATS ON HALLOWEEN!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN MY CRAZIES!!!  Mike and Mindy decided to "Drop" by and provide a few laughs before the spookiness begins!  Ya know, there's a valuable lesson to be learned here.  Actually, there are two: Never try to scare a kid with an industrial strength magnet and always use a belt with a plastic buckle!  At least Mike wore some seasonally appropriate undies for the occasion!  But hey!  It's Halloween!  I think this occasion calls for something a little more than pratfall cartoon gags.  This calls for some celebrity presence!  So here it is!  Enjoy...

Pennywise the Clown has long struck fear into hearts of millions through the adaptations of Stephen King's IT.  And as iconic as Tim Curry's classic portrayal in the 1990 TV miniseries was,  the Pennywise of 2017's film adaptation was definitely WAY the hell scarier!  Seriously, that movie frightened people so much that the clown industry reported severe drops in party bookings worldwide!  But hey!  This is the CRAZYVERSE, so ANYTHING can be humanized, including Pennywise!  Another Animal Alphabets entry, I figured since the demonic clown lurks in sewers, surely even he has some kind of weakness?  And he does!  Believe me, Sloppy Joe Night and Curry Night scares Pennywise too!  It's times like these that having allergies can actually be a benefit!

And that's a wrap for October folks.  We'll be back next week to kick off November and see how Ol' Tom Turkey fares this year.  And since today is Halloween, a reminder to all to be safe out there and keep an eye on the little ones trick-or-treating.  Make the streets safe for them tonight.  Take care y'all and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

VIGO AND SUNNY... TUGGING AT HEARTSTRINGS AND WAISTBANDS!!!

HELLOOOOOOOO CRAZIES!!!  Only one week to go until Halloween!  With any luck, I'll have my new prop built and already displayed in my front yard, but that my friends is a story for another day.  Instead, we'll be putting today's focus on a couple of precocious vampires that are proof that opposites attract, minus Paula Abdul and MC Skat Cat.  So hike up them pants and hold on to your undies because today's post is a go!  Enjoy...

YOUCH!!!  That looked like it hurt!  Good thing briefs stretch!  This piece, as well as all the pieces this month now that I think of it, came from Animal Alphabets.  As part of their fantasy creatures theme, Vampires were selected for the letter V and I felt what better way to take part than by paying homage to two of my favorite artists and pals, Vigo the Vampire creator Danny Fry and Vinnie the Vampire creator Tim Green!  Here, we see Sunny, the personification of trouble, giving Vigo an Atomic Wedgie!  They say kids who have crushes on each other tend to be mean to each other due to the lack of ability to properly communicate feelings.  If this is love, I'd say Sunny's hoping to marry poor Vigo someday!  I suppose the natural follow up to this piece would've included an EMT unit, forceps and the jaws of life!

So ends another week here at the CRAZYVERSE.  We'll be back next time to finish October off on Halloween day itself!  We even got a very high-profile star to commit, so be sure to come back and check it out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WAFTING WHILE YOU WORK!!!

Greetings and salutations dear CRAZIES!  We are midway through October already and inching closer to Halloween!  Some movie magic seemed to be in order for today, and it don't get much more magical than the world of Hayao Miyazaki's beloved film Spirited Away!  So sit back and take a CRAZY look at one of the film's most memorable characters!  Enjoy...

Few people realize that animated stars can get typecast too.  When you possess a fluttering and tube-like frame such as No-Face's, there's just not a whole lot of acting work to be gained.  And rather than wait for Spirited Away 2 to be made, No-Face simply went to the used car lot and got a job as a Wacky Waving Inflatable Salesman Sign!  Hey, work is work and it's cheaper than a billboard!  This was another entry for Animal Alphabets who earlier this year did a Horror Monsters theme.  No-Face represented the letter N and I just couldn't resist being silly with it!  He doesn't even need a fan to perform his primary function!

That's all for now folks.  Got a very special post next week as a couple of old pals will be stopping by to yank some laughs out of the crevices of boredom, so be sure to stop by and check it out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WAOOOOOOOOO... WEREWOLVES OF LONDON!!!

We are back and so is the art my CRAZIES!  Tis the season for spooky dealings, so why not get back into the swing of things with some musically inclined werewolves?  After all, it ain't Halloween with a few werewolves, am I right?  So let's get to it!  Enjoy...

There are only two things that can stop a werewolf in its tracks: A silver bullet and classic rock songs!  And no song gets a wolfman grooving better than Warren Zevon's 1978 classic "Werewolves Of London"!  It's the kind a song that you and your friends jam to on long car trips and it's sure to settle down even the most vicious of werewolves.  That or distract them long enough to make a quick getaway!  This entry came from Animal Alphabets back in 2016.  They were doing a fantasy creature theme and although werewolves are technically human, they're wolf-like enough to be creatures still.  Had fun drawing this one and remember getting a lot of nice comments for using the song.  For many of us, it was a staple of childhood.  Warren Zevon passed away a while back, but he sure did leave behind some great tunes for people AND wolves to enjoy!

I think we'll call it a day for now, but fear not, we'll be back next week with some "Spirited" art that will hopefully take you "Away" to a place full joy and laughs.  And pizza, because, why not?  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

LONG BEACH COMIC CON GETS THE HAUNTING SEASON STARTED!!!

 WELCOME TO OCTOBER MY CRAZIES!!!  Tis the season for some haunting!  And part of that haunting usually involves costumes, and there's no better place to find some at than a Comic Con.  And wouldn't ya know it?  I just went to one up in Long Beach!  Yup, it was my eighth-straight year at the Long Beach Comic Con where I had a wonderful time and saw some amazing cosplay.  So rather than ramble on, I'm just gonna launch right into the pics. Enjoy...

The King of the Oceans, Aquaman has a lot to prove this fall when he finally gets a solo film!  Will it work?  We'll just have to see for ourselves.

A bulldog wookie!  I want one so bad!

Robocop is still on a mission to find former WCW Promoter Jim Herd to collect on some back pay.

This is one of the best Madeye cosplays I've ever seen!

Now and forever, this Cats cosplay may well be the most random cosplay I've ever seen at a con!  Leave it to LBCC for the wacky stuff to surface, which I absolutely love by the way!

John Hammond spared no expense on his cosplay props!

Think they had a little too much fun doing the "Time Warp Again!"

It's always nice for some "Dance Magic" to be brought to a con!

This Small Wonder had all of us 80's kids in awe over her VIKKI cosplay!

 BEST COSPLAY OF THE CON!!!  Skipper, Gilligan, Mary-Anne and Ginger totally killed it!
 
Another superb cosplay!  Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman truly is iconic.

Angelica may not be an angelic character, but this was a great cosplay!

Predator Ewok!  We'll probably see these in the future now that Disney owns Fox.

Dummies can be pretty evil in theory.

LBCC had live pro wrestling going on all weekend!  Sadly, it wasn't exactly up to par with some of the stuff we see on TV.  A few of the wrestlers didn't even look old enough to drive yet!  Still, they had an impressive setup at least and who knows?  Maybe someday we'll see some of them in WWE or ROH.

Maskless Deadpool photobombing Peridot!

Little buff Flash meeting the King of the Monsters himself, Godzilla!

The Yip Yaps!

An insanely good Jafar!  This dude was nearly 7ft tall too!

The legendary Sega Mark III, the Holy Grail for Sega Collectors!

For the first time ever, Joe Dirt cosplay!

Batman in bat-business attire doing the bat-dance!

A spot-on Captain Eo here to change the world!

Johnny V can now be spotted hanging out with the R2 Builders Club!  No one under the age of 30 knew who he was either.  Ingrates!

Few know of the crossover storyline where the Venom symbiote attacked the Green Power Ranger prior to attacking Peter Parker.

Party on Wayne!  Party on Garth!

Cholo Thanos with the Infinity Chancla!  This isn't the same one that I saw at SDCC back in July.  Still hilarious and awesome though.  We've reached a point where there are now cosplayers of cosplayers at cons!

And that was Long Beach Comic Con 2018.  A very short weekend that went by far too fast, but still a lot of fun!  LBCC has suffered in recent years in that other big cons are happening the same weekend, drawing away many longtime exhibitors.  Hopefully this won't be a continuing trend because LBCC is such a fun show and I really miss many of the booths that used to be there regularly.  Still, it was a great time had by all and I look forward to next year's show.  Thanks again for a wonderful weekend Long Beach!

And that's that!  Some spooky fun art is heading your way starting next week, so be ready!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

BUBBLE FOX IS IN THE HOUSE!!!

Would you look at that?  We survived September!  It wasn't so bad, was it?  I mean, Fall's here, the weather's cooling down and the haunting season is finally upon us!  But not just yet.  We gotta get through this week first.  Then, and ONLY then, can we get into the Halloween Spirit.  So I guess we better get to the art so we can continue!  Enjoy...

Balloons!  We started the month with some birthday balloons and we're ending the month with some birthday balloons!  Talk about literally completing the circle!  As stated several weeks ago, I've made many dear friends on Twitter, and one of my dearest is Anna Tomlinson, whose Twitter persona is "Anna the Bookworm" due to her great love of literature.  She's such a dear sweet pal in fact that she sends me a copy of the Beano Annual every year for Christmas because she heard we don't get British humor magazines out here and knew that I'd get a kick out of it!  She and her kids are all big fans of Bubble Fox, with Sap, Mooch and Clover (The Ragtags) being particular favorites of theirs.  When she mentioned it was her son Xander's birthday, I thought I'd surprise him with a birthday wish from all of his favorites!  The art got big laughs from mum and the kids and it was particularly fun to draw because I rarely get to do BF color art.  Thanks again Anna and Xander.  Hope y'all still find this funny three years later!

And that's a wrap on September 2018!  Hope y'all enjoyed the art.  We'll be kicking off October in grand fashion with a look back at Long Beach Comic Con 2018!  After all, what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a look at some cool costumes?  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all in October!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

MIKE 7 MINDY: KEEPING IT SIMPLE!!!

Welcome back CRAZIES!!!  Can you believe that September's almost over?  Seems the older I get, the quicker time passes by.  But hey, y'all didn't come here to read about the complexities of space and time.  You came for some art and dammit,  I'm here to deliver, so here it is!  Enjoy...

Mike and Mindy are back again, but this time, in their normal states.  I drew this not long after I ended their comic series.  Artists around the globe had been drawing their characters lifting pencils in tribute to some fallen cartoonists and I joined in on it.  Art is one of those wonderful things that has a way of uniting all of us, regardless of the boundaries put forth.  We're almost four years removed from the last time these two graced a multi-paneled page.  I hope they still bring a smile or two towards those who come across them.

And that's that.  We'll be back next week to send September off in an uplifting manner, so be sure to come back!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

KENTUCKY FRIED KICKASS!!!

We are back!  Moving right along, we got some more art to show that had once been Twitter-Exclusive, but today, is now cleaned up, polished and posted for your amusement!  So let's dive right in and see what the CRAZYVERSE has in store for us today!  Enjoy...

There are an insane amount of awesome web comics online, and one of my favorites has always been Black Mudpuppy by Ethan Kocak!  The tale of an Aztec God who returns to living world after possessing a salamander, it's a wild series packed with action and comedy that's well worth a read!  I honestly don't remember what inspired this piece, but I think it may have been a rather spirited discussion about the whole bird/dinosaur debate.  Science is science but movie dinosaurs just look cooler without feathers!  Anyway, in this piece, we see a CRAZY version of Black Mudpuppy taking on Chickensaurus Rex!  My money's on the deity-possessed amphibian!

And so ends another week.  Already hitting the halfway point of the month, but we'll keep things rolling along next week with another visit from some old pals.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

CRAZY TWITTER EXCLUSIVES ARE HERE!

Welcome to September CRAZIES!!!  Yeah yeah, I know.  Summer's over, school's back in and we still have a few weeks of insanely hot weather to deal with.  Well, provided where you live at you do anyway.  But hey!  All the big holidays are right around the corner, with several big stores already urging us to start buying now, so it's not like we don't have anything to look forward to at least!  And as such, it's a new month, so that means it's time for some new art!  And I got a some special ones coming up in the next few weeks!  What's so special about them you ask?  Read on and find out!  Enjoy...

I have made many friends over the years thanks to the social media platform more commonly known as Twitter.  If you can avoid politics, sports and Internet trolls, it's actually a pretty cool place to hangout at and get your work seen.  But as stated earlier, the biggest benefit to me since joining has been all the wonderful friends I've made there!  And among the closest has been Chris Gobbett, the co-founder of the Root Beer Party!  Chris has always been a very supportive pal and a very big fan of my work, so when I heard his birthday was coming up, I decided to "Float" some art his way featuring his favorite characters: Kim Belding's Picpak Dog and a VERY buoyant Mike and Mindy!  To quote a popular TV show theme song, "Thank you for being a friend" Chris!  This originally posted in the Fall of 2014 and since then, my collection of Twitter-exclusive art has really grown!  So over the next few weeks, I'll share a few more pieces with you and will likely be including more in future months as my Daily Doodle and Sketch Dailies pencils begin to dwindle!

And that's it for this first week!  We'll be back next time with some art that is pretty "Clucking" awesome!  And if any of y'all are at the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend, be sure to stop and say hi if you see me!  It's a pretty chill show compared to San Diego and Anaheim, so everyone should have lots of fun!  Until we meet again, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WONDERS OF THE WEB: MOOK GETS CRAZY AND BUBBLE TAKES A BREAK!!!

August has reached its stopping point.  Well, it will on Friday at least, but today is the last post of the month so for our purposes, August ends in a few paragraphs!  That relaxing art you see just above THIS paragraph signals that Bubble Fox and his critter pals will be going on their annual September vacation!  We got a great lineup of Guest artists ready and waiting, so be sure to check out all the fun over on the ComicFury site over the coming weeks!

And now it's time to wrap up our Web Comic Salute as we pay homage to a big party animal and monster who could give Beetlejuice and Maurice a real run for their money in the old attitude department!  Scroll down and let the good times roll!  Enjoy...

Why, it's Mook!  The sock-eating, color-changing, barking spider-wrangling pal of Wayne from Josh Hauke's Tales Of The Bothers 3!  Ever wonder why socks go missing?  It has nothing to do with dryers sucking them into lint traps.  It's all the work of hungry monsters who absolutely love the taste of filthy socks!  And there's no greater sock thief in the free world today than Mook, who's lucky to share a house with three wild boys that are always up to something!  It's amazing Mook's even able to keep such a lean figure with all the socks he routinely devours!

And that's all she wrote for the month of August!  Although Bubble and pals are going on a break, the ol' CRAZYVERSE blog will still be up and kicking because, well, these toons are relatively easy to get done compared to Bubble Fox.  Plus, it's just not in me to go into full Sleep Mode here!  So be sure to come back and see what's in store!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WONDERS OF THE WEB: SCRAPS GETS CRAZY!!!

Welcome back!  Summer's ticking down quite rapidly here!  I guess depending on where you live, that either sucks or is pointless given that most California schools are now year-around and are thus already back in school.  If that's the case for any kids reading this, take heart.  Summer break may be shorter now, but at least Christmas and Spring Break are longer.  That's a halfway decent trade off, right?  Anyway, I'm sure you don't wanna hear about school right now.  You want some art!  And I'm here to deliver!  We got another wacky Canadian to salute, and it's actually somewhat fitting as today's honoree has a sister-in-law named Wakky!  Who is it?  You'll find out as soon as you scroll down if the hint two sentences ago wasn't enough!  Enjoy...

HIYOOOOO!!!  It's Scraps!  The downtrodden, hard luck, dumpster-dwelling brother of Picpak Dog, the infallible, and highly inflatable, pink star of Kim Belding's legendary Web Comic!  Scraps is the modern day and canine equivalent of Charlie Chaplin.  No matter what misfortune befalls him, he's always able to roll with the punches and keep moving forward!  We could all stand to be a bit more like Scraps.  Kim has long been a friend and always surprises me with guest comics and fan art for my characters, so it's always a joy to return the favor.  Plus, Kim's characters are loads of fun to draw!  Everyone should be doing fan art for him!

And that is that!  We'll be back next week to close out August and our Web Comic salute with an homage of monstrous proportions!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WONDERS OF THE WEB: WARREN GETS CRAZY!!!

And we're back!  We're taking a metaphoric journey to the Great White North these next two weeks as we celebrate a couple of great characters from the land of Maple and Molson.  I'm talking, of course, about Canada!  Thanks to Twitter, I have many friends and fans up there.  Given some of Canada's legendary shows like You Can't Do That On Television, SCTV and Kids In The Hall, I guess silly and irreverent comics like Bubble Fox and Mike & Mindy fit like a glove with Canadian readers.  I'm very proud to have so many wonderful friends up there and hope I did two of Canada's funniest character some CRAZY justice.  So who's up first?  Scroll down and find out!  Enjoy...

Why look who it is!  It's the hippest, happeningest, hungriest, hockey-playingest character in ALL of Web Comics!  Its Gully Golz of Warren Frantz's always hilarious Off Season!  And you know he's ready for action because he's got his officially-sanctioned BrOlympics singlet on!  Whether he's fighting possessed tails, monster zambonies, dogs with gubble bum or kids trying to amplify farts through acoustic guitars, there ain't a whole lot that Gully can't handle, even a rousing round of Helium Hockey!

And so ends the mid-month post for this August of 2018.  Time just keeps flying by here, but we're gonna keep on truckin' because we must!  Our Canadian salute concludes next week as dumpster dive with a beloved and legendary figure in Web Comics.  Who is it?  Come back and find out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WONDERS OF THE WEB: CARL GETS CRAZY!!!

Hello fellow CRAZIES!!!  Yeah, I know, no more con pics.  But Hey!  The art has returned!  That's pretty cool, right?  Oh come on!  After more than two months, y'all had to be sick of the past Comic Con pics, right?  Well, I only have so many, so back to the art we go!

A couple Octobers ago, I took part in my first Inktober event.  For those who aren't on Twitter or Instagram, Inktober takes place every October and has a pretty simple premise: Draw an inked piece of art everyday!  It's not always easy for me, as October tends to be my busiest month work-wise, but I managed to pull a couple of rabbits out of my hat these last two years.  For my 2016 debut, I chose to spotlight some of my pals in the Web Comic realm!  Since I try to do themes from time to time, I figured why not make August Web Comic month?  So here we go!  Enjoy...

First up is the sarcastic serpent who's usually on the receiving end of his blundering bruin pal's shenanigans.  That's right, it's Carl the Snake from PJ Day's hilarious comic, Flatt Bear!  Carl is more often than not the voice of reason among his wacky stable of friends, and usually suffers heavy consequences for it.  But he always bounces back and sticks by his pals no matter what.  He's a true friend through and through.

And that's all she wrote for today.  It's nice to be back to these smaller, simpler posts.  As much as I enjoy the con pics, it's a lot of work sorting, posting and captioning them.  This took maybe 20 minutes, if even that!  Anyway, we take our Web Comic party up north next week for some wacky fun with a wacky Canadian, so be sure to come on back!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

COMIC CON 2018: HOT HOT HOT!!!

Comic Con 2018 has come and gone.  Actually, it ended two weeks ago, but I already had things queued up, so we're only just now getting to it!  Even now, as I type this, my feet are still killing me!  In all, Comic Con was an 11 day adventure for me as I went from setting up Hall H to building the Hasbro booth to going to the con and then taking it all down!  Yeah, I guess sore feet was kind of the best case scenario in this situation.

There were many highs and lows this year, but we'll get to that later.  For now, let's get to the pics, shall we?  Comic Con 2018 WAS a go!  Enjoy...

After a 25 year absence, the Rockafire Explosion made a triumphant return to San Diego, with Deadpool as their new frontman!  A brief history here for those born past 1990: Chuck E Cheese's wasn't the only restaurant that had an animatronic band.  There was also Showbiz Pizza which had a larger ensemble called the Rockafire Explosion.  Through various trials and tribulations, Showbiz and Chuck E Cheese's merged and the Rockafire was eventually phased out.  Some independent restaurants around the country bought their own Rockafire bands, Pistol Pete's in San Diego being among them.  Pistol Pete's closed up sometime around 1993 and reopened not long after as Peter Piper Pizza, minus the band (Ironically, if you go there today, you can actually see where the stage had once been!).  After many years and a membership shake-up, the Explosion was back and totally killed it!  I actually got to see them set it all up, so most of us 80's kids kept wandering over to Fox's booth to check it out!

 The Dragonball World Tour offsite behind the Marriott!  This was one of the few offsites I was able to do this year and one of the few that opened up before the Con, hence the reason I was able to beat the crowds and check it out.  It was pretty cool.  Lot's of life-sized statues of  Dragonball characters and some cool toy displays.  Also got a really cool swag bag!

 Beware the Killer Tomatoes!  They are always lurking!  Fun fact: The guy that did Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was a Southwestern College alumnus, which is where I started at!

 Pennywise's sister was out and about, looking to feast!

 My niece, Kristen, made her cosplay debut this year as Sandia, The Watermelon Warrior!  It was the last year I could get her a child's badge, so she asked me if I could make her warrior armor.  I said "How about a pumpkin warrior, since you like Halloween?"  She said, "Uncle, I can't be a pumpkin warrior in the middle of summer.  How about a watermelon Warrior?"  And thus began a looooooong journey that in all took six weeks of work to build!  But to see how much she loved it, and how well received it was from the SDCC crowd, it was well worth it!  She even made a brief appearance on The Jim Jefferies Show!  I don't have too many production pics of the build, unfortunately.  I didn't want to jinx myself since it was my first time making cosplay armor, but over all, I was very happy with the results!  And for those not in the know, Sandia is Spanish for Watermelon.  Kristen picked the name!

 Kristen got the real cosplayer treatment!  Lots of folks wanted pics with her, including just about EVERY Deadpool in attendance!

 YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!  IT'S DR. ROXXO!!!  THE ROCK 'N' ROLL CLOWN!!!  Thankfully, he didn't have any cocaine!

 Wa-Wild and crazy!
Wa-Wild and crazy!
Loved this show as a kid.  They likely had different music directors, but I'm convinced Jim Johnston worked for Nickelodeon under a pseudonym in the early 90's.  The themes of those Nick shows back then were WAAAAAY to similar to early-90's WWF intros!

 The Comic Con sensation before SDCC even started!  When vids of this cosplayer surfaced online roughly two weeks before the opening, people went nuts!  Everyone was on the lookout for Iron Spider and sure enough, we found him!  And yes, the legs were fully mechanical and the eyes lit up and moved!

 Even at Comic Con, the Dude abides, taking it easy for us sinners.

 The former Petco Park Interactive Zone stepped it up a notch and became The Experience At Petco Park!  And they delivered big!  A giant stage with a video wall showing movies and gaming competitions all throughout the con was just one of the new additions.  There was also an expanded food truck zone, a VIP Beer Garden for badge holders, numerous installations for such brands as Marvel, Sony and Norton and a giant inflatable shark that had working jaws that chomped stuff every hour on the hour!  It was a good option for those who couldn't get passes.

 This was easily the best cosplay of the con.  Not knocking my own armor build, but this was just so badass!  Most Labyrinth Cosplayers just go as Jareth or Sarah.  This Junk Lady Cosplay was simply amazing.  And the puppet head worked!  I'd love to build something like this someday.

 I've longed to see Willow Cosplay at ANY con I go to, and this year I finally got my wish as Queen Bavmorda walked through the lobby!  The good Queen said she was part of a group even, but alas, I was never able to find the others.  Next year perhaps...

 Easily the most popular cosplay of the con!  Most people thought this guy was a real In 'N' Out employee taking orders!  I told him that if he had found a legit way to get deliveries there, he probably could've retired after that weekend alone!

 The Undertaker, circa 1994-1996!  After taking this picture, he Tombstoned a security guard who was trying to check his urn!

 The Mattel booth had a life-size statue of Andre the Giant on display that also included his hand prints.  In my family, I am the giant one.  But I felt like a kid seeing how my hand sized up to Andre's!

 Will Ferrell group cosplay!  They just needed a Roxbury Guy!

 The formerly great Nintendo Lounge.  Last year, Nintendo implemented rules that anyone could still walk in, but to play games, you had to wait in a long line.  This year, they just plain said "Screw everyone!  No one gets in until we say so!"  Needless to, I wasn't gonna wait three hours just to walk around inside and take pics.  Was fun while it lasted.

Rick & Pokemon!  Holy crap Morty!  What an awesome crossover!!!

And we end things today on a video from the Cartoon Network booth that I hope will play!  I'm a big fan of Steven Universe and my niece later admitted that the Watermelon Stevens were somewhat of an inspiration for her choice of fruit armor!

And that was Comic Con 2018!  On the whole, I had a good time.  With my nephew and niece being old enough now, I was able to let them roam the halls on their own for a bit while I got to do the things I wanted to do and even went to a few panels, first time in four years!  Still had to deal with a few security guards thinking they were cops, but that's pretty much every year.  A down year for cosplay.  Not that there wasn't any good costumes.  There were plenty!  Problem was the weather was just not good for costuming.  Typically, San Diego's muggy season doesn't start until August.  These last few years though, it has started earlier and earlier, and if you're in a big, heavy costume, it's not the most pleasant experience I'd imagine.  Hopefully next year, things will cool down a bit.  And then of course, there were the lines.  Given all there is to see and do during the week, and the amount of people who come, I long ago accepted that some offsites just can't be done.  But these last few years, the lines have just been unacceptable.  Some people waited as long as seven hours to walk around a futuristic Taco Bell while others waited for four hours to walk into a store based on The Purge.  That just ain't right.  The worst part is, it's the people running the offsites that make it that way.  The offsites used to be very well-run and efficient.  If Disneyland can figure out line management on a daily basis, so can these guys, who have a whole year to figure it out no less!  Guess there's always next year. 

At last, we close the book on the CRAZY Comic Con Countdown 2018.  I hope y'all enjoyed the pics and stories.  I sure enjoyed sharing them with y'all!  We'll be back next June with another two months of Comic Con fun so be sure to mark your calendars now!  And if you're really missing the pics already, I'm sure I'll have some Long Beach Comic Con pics up in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!  The art returns next week and all month long, we're saluting some Web Comic greats, so come back and see!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!