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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

COMIC CON 2014!!! 30 AND CRAZY!!!


We are back CRAZIES!!!  With any luck, I'll hopefully be enjoying the opening day of the San Diego County Fair today, but if not, I won't complain about making some money at work.  Comic Con ain't cheap after all!

Speaking of money, you may have heard last week that I got a couple of pieces up in the Team Cul De Sac Art Auction.  Well, it's true and it's this weekend over at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina!  The pieces below will be up for bidding and it's your chance to add a little CRAZY to your wall decor!  And best of all, it's for a good cause!  The pieces are:

Fidgety Digits: Cul De Sac meets Peanuts as Alice, Petey and Pals pay musical tribute to Snoopy and friends all set to the fun of an oboe recital!  Pen and ink on Bristol Smooth, colored with Copic and PrismaColor Markers.

Bubble Fox Level Up!: Bubble Fox has hit his maximum power and is ready for any and all challengers as he pays tribute to Akira Toriyama and the world of Dragonball!  Pen and ink on Bristol Vellum, colored in colored pencils, oil pastels and PrismaColor Markers.

Parkinson's disease is a horrible thing folks.  It's robbed us of many, including Cul De Sac creator Richard Thompson.  If you're heading to HeroesCon next weekend, please consider stopping in at the Art Auction and dropping some bids.  In addition to my art, MANY others will have pieces up for bidding, including legendary MAD Artist, Sergio Aragones!  It's a good cause folks, so lets try and help put a boot to the ass of Parkinson's once and for all!  For more info, click here and here.

And now, it's time for something old and new.  Old in that it happened a decade ago, but new in that these are completely unseen pics from the CRAZY archives!  That's right kids!  We're dialing the Wayback Machine back to 2014 and set the location at the San Diego Convention Center!  It's a hot weekend in July and the place is jumping!  Hold on to your Code Red Mountain Dews, because the CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN continues!  Enjoy...

Fry, Amy and Leela take in the sights of Has-Been Alley, er, the Sails Pavilion!  I miss the days when the Freebies Table gave away actual cool swag! 

Where are the Wild Things at?  Dollar Bin diving of course!

Always something cool going on at the Petco Park Interactive Zone!  If memory serves, Marriott Hotels was sponsoring cosplay/monster makeup demos all weekend! 

The couple that cosplays together STAYS together!

The infamous Homer Dome.  We spent hours waiting to do this immersive experience of being stuck inside the head of Homer Simpson.  And what was it exactly?  A whirlwind montage of Seasons 3-8 clips, aka GOOD Simpsons.  Not all offsite activations are worth it folks.  Always weight the risks and rewards. 

The Disney Infinity lounge exclusively for D23 members!  Being a D23 Member, I took my nephew, who was a huge fan of the game and he got some cool swag from it.  Then Disney shut Infinity down a few months later!  Never understood why as the game was quite popular.  Perhaps competition from the more popular Skylanders series, not to mention Nintendo and Lego getting in on the act too, made it a necessary sacrifice?  At least we have the memories.  And completely useless interactive figurines that no longer function!

Speaking of my nephew, here he is at the Xbox Lounge having fun at the Dragon Age photo op!

Bet you never realized how badly you needed Lego Smaug in your life?!?

The Sin City activation at the Petco Park Interactive Zone!  I'm gonna be honest folks.  I totally forgot there was a Sin City sequel!  The offsite was pretty cool though, especially old cars are your thing!

They're on a mission from God...

Definitely feel safer walking around Downtown San Diego with the Ghostbusters on patrol!

He's looking for Troy McClure!

Always a busy time in the exhibit hall!

We'll end things today with the Sleepy Hollow activation at the Petco Park Interactive Zone!  I only vaguely remember the show coming on and the offsite was kind of a letdown too.  And the Zone was stacked that year too!

And that was Comic Con 2014!  A wild week as I recall!  Me and my brother's kids did just about EVERYTHING that year!  It was also the year that offsite activations really started stepping things up in terms of stealing thunder from SDCC itself.  The organizers have always had a tense relationship with the offsites for that reason.  It's why they don't do concerts at the pops site behind the Convention Center anymore unless it's SDCC approved.  I don't like how many are run, but overall, I love the offsite activations.  They are a lot of fun and give folks who normally wouldn't get to enjoy Comic Con a chance to enjoy some of that fun too.  Looking forward to what this year has to offer!

Another week down in our march to the big weekend, but fear not!  We are still very early on here in the CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN, so be sure to come back and see what past treasures are unearthed next!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, June 5, 2024


The time is now, the place is here!  Comic Con 2024 is on the horizon!  We are roughly seven weeks away from the greatest week of the year, but the fun is FAR more encompassing than that!  Much to talk about today, but we'll get to that in just a moment, as there's something important to talk about first.

Comic Con isn't the only show taking the stage this summer, as HeroesCon in Charlotte will also be taking place next weekend, and with it, the Team Cul De Sac Drink 'N' Draw and Art Auction!  Every year, Chris Sparks teams up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to cohost a charity auction benefitting research for Parkinson's disease.  This year, I will again be taking part, contributing the two pieces below that will be available to bid on:

Fidgety Digits:  Cul De Sac meets Peanuts as Alice, Petey and friends get there groove on while paying homage to Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang!  Pen and ink on Bristol Smooth paper colored with Comic and PrismaColor Markers.

Bubble Fox Level Up!:  Bubble Fox powers up and is ready for any challenge while paying tribute to Akira Toriyama and the world of Dragonball!  Pen and ink on Bristol Vellum paper colored with colored pencils, oil pastels and PrismaColor Markers.

Richard Thompson was the creator of the comic strip, Cul De Sac.  If you visit this blog with any kind of regularity, then you definitely know how highly I regard Thompson and his art.  He was an amazing creator and an amazing person whose career and life were cut far too short by this horrible disease, so if you're going to HeroesCon and wanna own some original CRAZY art or just wanna help, then please consider attending the Auction. MANY pieces will be available to bid on and every little bit helps.  More information on the exact time and location can be found here and here.

And now, it's time to return to the past.  A surprisingly distant past at this point, but still the past none the less.  It's been a long ten months, but the shore is drawing closer!  That's right CRAZIES!!!  We are back!  The cosplay, the booths, the spectacle...  It's all returning!  So strap into your chairs and hold on to your Batman Underoos!  We're heading back to 2013 to kick things off right!  THE CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN 2024 IS A GO!!!  Enjoy...

The view from the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge is pretty remarkable.  Especially in more recent years as the various skyscrapers in Downtown San Diego offer the exteriors for ads.  This particular shot is from early in the afternoon on Preview Night.  Call it the calm before the storm!



The Nintendo Lounge in better years.  The first six years they did it, it was such a fun offsite.  A leisurely experience where you just came and went as you pleased, looking at stuff and sampling game demos.  But then they just had to start tinkering with things like reservation systems and suddenly, it became a big mess.  They didn't even have the lounge last year.  If they return in 2024, I hope they do away with the silly rules that ruined it in the first place!

The Adult Swim Inflatable Fun Castle at the Petco Park Interactive Zone!  Before they set up their own incredible offsite behind the Convention Center, AS took up some space at Petco!  I never did get to go in this thing as you had to be 18 and my brother's kids weren't old enough to go in with me, but given the lines, it seemed like a worthwhile wait!

*SIGHS* What fun I missed out on... 

Remember that four year period where every con you went to was loaded with Adventure Time cosplay?  2013 fell within that time frame.

I'm seriously beginning to think that Quailman is literally the only thing people remember about Doug at this point.

Mezzanine Level!  Visit it, you must!  Great cosplay photo ops, there are!

Any day is a good day for some Spaceballs cosplay!  The Schwartz is with us!

Cobra recruitment is surprisingly effective when the Baroness is involved!

You never know WHERE this guy might be hiding out at!

Bumblebee is making the rounds outside the lobby of the Convention Center!

You know who ELSE likes ending blog posts by seeing Muscle Man connect with young fans outside?  MY MOM!!!  Wait, what?!?

And that was Comic Con 2013!  A fun year that saw lots of great cosplay as well as some solid offsites.  After 11years, it's admittedly getting hardwire to remember some of the details of the even, but I know it was a great time had by all.  This is likely the last time I'll post pics as the well's starting to run dry!  Still, I'll always look back fondly on my last SDCC in my 20's while gearing up for my fist one in my 40's!

And that's all for this first week of TEN for the CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN 2024!!!  Plenty more past SDCC fun is coming, so be sure to come back next week as we keep the ball rolling!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Well CRAZIES, we've come to the end of it all.  The end of it all for may 2024!  What?  You thought I meant something else?  I mean, we are ending our fan art celebration this week, but something super cool will be kicking off VERY soon, but more on that later!  For now, it's time to scroll down and see one of the coolest things I've ever received!  Enjoy...

I have long been an admirer of the artwork and comics of Jimmy Gownley, something I professed fairly recently even!  So when he opened up commissions on Twitter last year, I just couldn't resist getting some art of Amelia wreaking cartoony mayhem on my favorite character, Mary Violet, much to Joan's chagrin.  Jimmy certainly went above and beyond with the piece and I'll tell ya, the timing of its arrival couldn't have been any better as last April, I was sidelined with a torn knee ligament and missed three months of work as a result.  Getting this delivered just days after my birthday while still on the shelf was a real moral boost to say the least.  Still, I felt a little guilty asking Jimmy to draw something so outrageously silly involving his characters as it is a pretty wild gag.  I swore if the chance rose again, I'd ask for something simpler and sweeter.  Luckily, opportunity knocked a second time, leading us to the incredible piece below...

A dream come true: Bubble Fox meets Amelia and Mary Violet!  It really is such a sweet piece.  Mary Violet is absolutely adorable showing the CRAZY fox some love and letting him wear her hat while Amelia's in true form goofing on Bubble with some bunny ears!  I was hoping to commemorate ten years of Bubble Fox with something truly special and I'll be eternally grateful to Jimmy Gownley for helping me make that happen!  Thanks again Jimmy for helping Bubble not only turn 10, but show everybody how he looks facing forward! (Seriously!  Ive never figured out a good way to draw that until I got this art!)  You'll always be one of my cartooning heroes and I can't wait for your Tanner solo book!

And that's a wrap on the merry month of May CRAZIES, but don't get sad.  If you're a longtime visitor of this blog, then you know full well what's starts next week!  If not, I'll go ahead and spell it out: THE CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN RETURNS!!!  That's right folks!  Starting next week, I'll be diving deep into the CRAZY archives as we relive past Comic Con fun while counting down to the biggest week of the year!  I'm excited to share these pictures with you fine folks, so do come back and check it all out!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Time it is a tickin' CRAZIES!!!  Hard to believe that June is next weekend!  And while we welcome the arrival of Summer, we must not forget the virtues of Spring.  The birds...  The bees...  The Buoyant, Bouncy, Bubbled, Balloon Brothers?!?  That sounds a little sketchy, but perhaps today's art might shed some light on the subject?  Enjoy...

Ever the gentleman, Bubble Fox made sure all of his party guests got balloons before heading home from his party.  But when it was revealed that the Little Neighbor Girl from down the street didn't get one because Keith, Wayne and Dougie used up the rest of the balloons trying to talk like chipmunks, Bubble decided to kill two birds with one stone.  He inflated his rowdy guests with enough helium to guarantee they'll sound like chipmunks until puberty while also giving their little girlfriend the most lifelike balloons this side of a politician!  I'd say it's a fair trade.  At least until all that gas passes!  It's been awhile since Joshua Hauke has been able to take part in any guest activities.  That's because the Mad Man from Michigan has been insanely busy over the last few years!  He's moved, had kids, does school visits and comic cons and between all that somehow found time to create two new books about a boy and his daycare full of post apocalyptic mutants!  I often wonder how Josh even finds time to sleep some nights?!?  But he somehow found time for this special hand-drawn art honoring ten years of Bubble Fox and his antics!  It's a hilarious piece from one of my oldest pals in comics and I'm so honored to see Bubble Fox and the Brothers 3 FINALLY meet!  Thanks again Mooseman.  Considering all the bizarre adventures they went on over the years, being turned into balloons isn't even the weirdest thing to happen to the Keith, Wayne and Dougie!

Well, only one week left to go in this special month honoring Bubble Fox fan art, and boy are we closing it out on a high note!  I can't reveal too much else other than this art and its creator totally RULE!!!  So be sure to come back next week and see how it all wraps up!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024


We are back CRAZIES!!!  Summer's not that far off as we are at the halfway point in May!  I'm already feeling the vibes as the smell of BBQ and the sound of yacht rock permeate the air!  But there will be time for that later. Right now, the spotlight is solely on Bubble Fox and his big year!  And by big, I do mean his guests!  Don't believe me?  Scroll down and see!  Enjoy...

Aw, a party!  What fun!  The presents!  The hats!  The confetti!  The inflated party guests!  Wait, what?!?  Well, it wouldn't be much of a CRAZY party without a least SOME helium being pumped around!  And this time, Pepper gets round for his Fox Daddy while two more guests, the surprisingly happy-looking Evil Little Princesses, also expand their horizons (And waistlines!) for the occasion!  The creation of illustrator Nora Racz, the Evil Little Princesses are a perpetually bickering pair of sisters that just can't get along!  But for the above art, they decided to put their differences aside and come together to celebrate Bubble's big year by turning themselves into balloons along with Pepper for his amusement!  Nora was so kind to gift me this art as she really is one of my closest friends in the cartoonist/illustrator community.  Her whimsy and humor blend seamlessly and every time I see new art from her, I know my day is going to be good!  Thanks again Dear Nora for helping Bubble Fox celebrate his big moment.  He still can't figure out how they all fit in one box!  It's time for some Unicornloons!

Another week down as we continue our celebration of all things Bubble Fox this month with even more bubbly fun from a brother who's taking things to knew heights with three times the laughs!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024


Welcome back CRAZIES!!!  We've been on a bit of a fan art kick since coming back from WonderCon, so why rock the boat by changing things up?  Fan art is awesome!  Even more so when I am on the receiving end of it!  You see, this year marked the 10th Anniversary of Bubble Fox!  You know?  That webcomic I do over on ComicFury?  It's a pretty special deal for me as it's the longest continuing series I've ever drawn and I was surprised by a few pals from across the interwebs here who sent me some fan art celebrating the frenetic fun that is Bubble and pals!  Figured this month would be as good a time as any to spotlight a few of my favorite pieces of fan art, so let's jump right to it!  Enjoy...

Would ya look at that!  It's Willow, Bubble and Pepper and boy are they looking ever so adorable!  That's because they were drawn by the great Dana Atnip of Galactic Dragons fame!  Dana's a longtime friend and no stranger to the CRAZYVERSE, having done MANY guest comics over the years.  Her whimsical style and cute characters remind so much of the works of masters like Chuck Jones, Warren Kremmer and Walt Kelly.  Her takes on Bubble and pals are so amazing I often consider just selling the series to her!  She truly is one of the best out there and I'm honored to call her a friend.  Thanks again Detroit Dana.  Hopefully Pepper's dragon girth will keep him close to the ground!

Well, that's all for today, but fear not CRAZIES!  We got even more bubbly fun next week with more Bubble Fox fan art from a friend who is royally awesome, so stay "Tooned!"  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, May 1, 2024


Welcome to May CRAZIES!!!  Summer is almost here!  Man, I can already smell the BBQ and lemonade!  But enough about that!  We''ll have plenty of time to celebrate the season of fun in the coming weeks.  Right now, we are celebrating the fun that fellow comic creators bring us!  And this week is a particular treat as we honor one of the greats of all ages comics!  Who is it you ask?  Well scroll down and see for yourself!  Enjoy...

Evil doers beware!  G.A.S.P. is on the scene!  Who is G.A.S.P. you ask?  Why, the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals!  Though, they aren't acting very super at the moment.  There's their fearless leader, Captain Amazing, also known as Reggie, whose name coincidentally rhymes with "Wedgie" which is exactly what Ultra Violet, aka Mary Violet, is giving him right now!  Kid Lighting, aka Pajamaman, would help, but he's in a bit of a jam himself right now after being plowed through by Ms. Miraculous, aka Rhonda, who herself has just been bowled over by a medicine ball!  Meanwhile Princess Powerful, aka Amelia at dead center, seems to have taken all that she's willing to take at this point.  'Course, there are quite a few other members of G.A.S.P., but I only had so much room on the paper!  These colorful kids are the creation of Jimmy Gownley, one the cartoonists that really inspired me to quit hiding behind my sketchbook and start getting my comics out there.  His artwork is so appealing with a real Jack Davis quality in that he can be very detailed and realistic and yet still come across as silly and cartoony without it being jolting.  When I came across his Amelia Rules! series at SDCC my senior year of college, it was a defining moment for me.  That there was somebody else out there doing humor and kids comics and without the banner of MAD Magazine behind him, it gave me the confidence to give it a shot myself.  Jimmy's also just a heck of nice guy.  The first time I met him, I fanboyed hard, but he was patient and assuring and gave me advice.  It's because of folks like Jimmy and Phil Yeh, Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragones and late great Batton Lash that I'm still here and still creating and having the most fun I've ever had doing it.  Jimmy's also done a couple of commissions for me, but those are for another day.  Thanks for letting me play in your sandbox Jimmy!  And thanks keeping the sneeze barfs to a minimum!

Well, that's one week down in the Merry Month of May, but the merriment will continue as more Fan Art is coming next week!  So be sure to come back and see who will be next to get the CRAZY honors!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!