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Wednesday, December 30, 2020


Welcome back CRAZIES!!!  I know, Christmas is over.  But there is some comfort here.  Know what else is over?  The wretched year that was 2020!  There's no need to go into detail here.  We all know ins and outs of it at this point.  Will things really improve?  I can't say for sure, but I'm somewhat optimistic that we'll rebound a bit.  As Howard Jones put it, "Things Can Only Get Better!"

As we go into 2021, remember kindness folks.  There's a severe lack of it in the world today and that needs to change.  We are all one people.  We triumph and we hurt all the same.  As we move on and recover, let us also not ignore the past, for there is much to learn from it.  We've all much to learn, but we are a resilient bunch.  Let the coming year be the start of something good.  I promise I'll do my part by posting moderately funny art and, God willing, maybe even have a reason to post con pics again.  The future is ours, so let's make it a good one!  Until then, my CRAZIES, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all in 2021!  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2020


CHRISTMAS HAS COME!!!  Well, in two days it will anyway!  But, we're pretty far into things at this point, so may as well start celebrating now, am I right?  Since we're already in a celebratory mood here, I see no need to stretch things out.  Scroll down and have some pre-holiday laughs on me!  Enjoy...

Ever wonder how his nose got so red?  Now you know!  Rudolph likes the nog a little too much!  But after a long night like the one Rudolph goes through every Christmas Eve, can't blame the poor deer for wanting to loosen up a bit!  I am not an egg nog fan at all.  This likely stems from an early age where I mistook it for milk and well...  BLECH!!!  Needless to say, I don't keep any handy during the holidays.  Now hot cider and hot chocolate on the other hand... PLENTY of that is kept on hand!

And that's all she wrote for this week and Christmas!  I hope everybody got a kick out of the holiday themed art this year.  Next week, we'll be back with a fitting sendoff to 2020, so be sure to come back and check it out.  Christmas isn't gonna be the same this year, but we still have the spirit and will still celebrate, just in a different way.  I wanna wish all of you a very Merry and safe Christmas.  Until next time, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020


We are back again CRAZIES!!!  And just a little over a week to go until Christmas!  Hopefully y'all are snuggled up watching some holiday classics, drinking hot chocolate and/or cider and munching on sugar cookies.  And speaking of snuggly, today's art reminds us that not all PJ's are created equally.  What do I mean?  Scroll down and you'll see!  Enjoy...

Oh boy...  We all know this tale.  All Ralphy wanted for Christmas was a Red Ryder BB gun.  Although he eventually would see his dream come true, and nearly lost an already vision-impaired eye in the process, he went through a LOT of crap just to get his payoff!  Perhaps the worse hardship he had to endure were the pink, bunny pajamas his aunt made for him.  Even in the make believe world of film, this seemed like a cruel joke.  Luckily for all of us, Peter Billingsley is a real pro, and we got one of the funniest scenes ever shot for any genre!  This, as was last week's art, was again part of my Illo_Advent drive.  One of my simpler pieces, this one got some pretty big laughs.  Might have to take some time tonight and watch A Christmas Story.  Tis the season after all!

And that's all for this week.  Be sure to come back next time as we move into the final countdown to Christmas!  I also want to encourage everybody again to donate to food and clothing banks this Christmas.  Times are tough for all, but there are a good many that have nothing at all in these already stressed times.  We are all in this together and yes, every little bit does in fact help.  Until next time, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


Welcome back CRAZIES!!!  Christmas beckons even more and hopefully y'all are finding ways to still have some holiday fun.  Baking cookies is a low risk, and delicious, way to still safely celebrate the season!  In fact, there are many seasonal treats that are enough to fill your hearts with joy in these trying times.  One "treat," however, should be avoided at all cost.  Which one?  You probably know already, but if I keep you in suspense, you'll be more inclined to scroll down and see for yourself!  Enjoy...

Fruitcake.  Hearty.  Hated.  Durable.  Few elements of this world are truly indestructible, but Fruitcake certainly makes its case here!  My Grandma Fiorentini, God bless her, would make them every year even though most of us couldn't stand them!  I, at best, could maybe handle two bites before I'd had my fill of them.  My Dad, God bless him too, and Grandma Nena loved them though.  Even after my parents split, my Grandma Fiorentini, who we all called Nana, would still make my Dad and his mom fruitcakes and date cakes every year because she knew how much they loved them.  It was a kind gesture that reminded me that despite some of the things she may have said, Nana really was a good and loving person.  She also loved to laugh and one of the people that made her laugh uncontrollably was the melon-smasher himself, Gallagher!  For those of you who don't know him, Gallagher was a comedian whose claim to fame was smashing watermelons, among other things, with a giant mallet!  One of the many jokes often thrown at fruitcake is how solid they are, and indeed, not even Gallagher's famed "Sledge-O-Matic" was enough to crack that tough exterior.  Gallagher is largely retired these days, but does do the occasional stage or TV appearance.  His act is actually pretty funny once you get past the food smashing.

And because the holiday season is in full swing, I got one more book recommendation for y'all!  My good pal Joshua Hauke is back, and this time, IT'S PERSONAL!!!  Just kidding, he actually just has a new book out, and it's gonna make you roar with approval, and laughter!  Check out Beasts To Feed Your Brother To: Vol. 1!

Got an annoying little brother but no means of permanently ditching him?  Then THIS is the book for you!  A comprehensive guide to all the various critters that hide under the bed, lurk in the closet or swim in the toilet, this book is your guide to finding, identifying and even attracting said monsters so that your home can be little brother-free!

In all seriousness, Josh Hauke is one of my closest pals in comics.  We both broke into cartooning around the same time, tabled at our first con together and have been booth-mates at many cons since and have provided each other guest comics many times over the years.  Having both grown up in large, wild families and loving cartoons, it seemed like destiny that our paths would eventually cross and it's been good times ever since!  Josh's latest book is a spinoff to his much beloved and critically acclaimed Tales of the Brothers Three, with many of the monsters featured in those comics finally getting their due!  It's a perfect book for all ages and actually makes a perfect stocking stuffer as it will actually fit in a stocking! Just keep it out of reach of Mook!  To get your copy, click the title link a few paragraphs back!

And that's all for today.  We'll be back next week with art so cozy, you'll wanna bust out your snuggliest jammies and stay in bed!  As the holidays approach, please be mindful of those that need help.  Obviously, things are tight for everyone right now, and it simply can't be helped.  But even some spare change in a Salvation Army bucket can make a world of difference if enough people help.  So, if you can, try and donate to food and clothing banks this season.  We're all in this together and every little bit helps.  Until next time, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020


Welcome to December my CRAZIES!!!  And welcome to the Holidays!  Be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and so forth, all are welcome here to come celebrate the peace and joy of the season!  Things are obviously going to be very different this year, but we are a strong bunch.  We'll still find a way to make the holidays fun while staying safe.  You know who hasn't been staying safe?  The Jolly Fat Man himself, Santa Claus!  What do I mean by that?  Scroll down and see for yourself!  Enjoy...

Uh oh!  Santa snuck in MANY smooches with Mommy over the years.  We all thought it'd be a big laugh if Daddy walked in and caught them.  Turns out ol' pop is the jealous type and, well...  St. Nick might wanna use some of that elf magic right about now otherwise his belly won't be the only thing swollen on him!  This art was original part of my Illo_Advent series that I did on Twitter last year.  It got a pretty good reaction from friends and fans and indeed, it is one the rare few pieces of art that I'm 100% satisfied with.  Incidentally, it's also available as a Christmas card at my RedBubble shop!  Click here to check it out and maybe even pick up a few!

This week we have a special treat!  A book recommendation!  My good pal Joe Gillespie has a new book out, My Father Wrestles Alligators!  A while back, Joe was kind enough to do a hilarious Mike & Mindy guest comic that saw Mike reach stratospheric proportions!  Well, Joe's back and has an amazing new book to share with the whole world!

What happens when you're the youngest of six brothers?  MANY wild tales are told!  Well, that and probably an inhumane amount of noogies and wedgies too, but plenty of stories for sure!  This book is a collection of those wild tales and it's available in both paperback and digital forms!  Convenient, no?
Featuring great art, fun characters and wild action, it's a hoot for all ages to enjoy!  and seriously, look at the image directly above this text.  How can you NOT wanna read a book that features Lucha Gator?  The sirens song must be answered!  To learn more, click the title link a few paragraphs back!

And that's all for today in this first week of December!  We got a lot of fun planned for this month, so be sure to come back and check it all out, especially next week as we continue to smash through the holidays!  Speaking of the holidays, these are tough times, more so than ever.  As bad as things may seem, there are people out there who have it worse and need help.  If you can spare some, please donate to help those who need food and warm clothes during these harsh days.  Every little bit helps.  Take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!