Sunday, February 28, 2010

Rabbit Number 5

Here's a close-up view of a section of a recent watercolor illustration.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Two-Wheels Good

This is a gouache illustration I painted for my brother, who was a professional bicycle racer throughout the 80s and early 90s.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Tarzan Of The GOPs

Here's an illustration of Republican Congressman Dave Reichert, which can be seen in this week's Seattle Weekly.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Married To The Television

This is this week's illustration to Wm. Steven Humphrey's always-funny I Love Television column. You can find both, every week, in the Portland Mercury.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Educating With A Water Drop

This is the cover art to a educational pamphlet I created for the City of Seattle in 2007, one of six such annual reports I illustrated, starting in 2002, all featuring Walter the Water Drop.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Graphic Energy

Here's an promotional poster I created for a Pennsylvania-based health club chain a couple of years ago.

Monday, February 22, 2010

One Happy Gnome

Here's a detail from an unpublished gouache painting from a few years back. The leg in the upper right belongs to a Girl Guide (the British equivalent of a Girl Scout).

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Roland In Australia, Chapter 2

Here is another page from Roland In Australia, the illustrated children's story I wrote and drew back in 1984. To see the first twenty pages from this book, click here.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Man and His Birds

This is a gouache watercolor I painted for my dad, who is a big fan of the avaian world.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Parody of Propagandistic Pulchritude

This satirical poster, a take on the hate politics of far-right groups like the so-called Tea Bag Party, appears this week in the Seattle Weekly, in a partially-truncated form. It only appears here, in all it's “patriotic” glory.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pot Marks the Spot

Here's a recent illustration I created for the Seattle Weekly, concerning California's powerful marijuana rights lobby.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One Giant Jumble: An Evolution

To conclude my parade of recent Cartoon Jumbles, I'd like to reveal the working evolution of a special, giant-sized Jumble that I was recently commissioned to create for my good friend Eric Reynolds, associate publisher of Fantagraphics Books. Selecting a baker's dozen of characters that I knew he had a fondness for, featuring classic and contemporary favorites alike, I set to forming a multitudinous Jumble, quite unlike any other I'd previously undertaken. Measuring a solid 24 inches wide by 20 inches deep, this was also my largest such painting to date.
As I conclude this showing of recent Jumbles, I just want to say a big "thank you" to all of those who commissioned one, it was a great and fun challenge attempting to realize your unique and exciting pairings! Please note that I am still taking custom Jumble requests. See side bar for all the details.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Conclusion of Comical Confusions

Here's a custom Cartoon Jumble requested by Danny from Michigan, who wanted to see Paul Terry's Heckle and Jeckle, combined with the Fleischer Studio's Bimbo, a grouping that evoked images of the vaudevillian comics and pranksters that had, in their own way, helped inspire the creation of each.

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Galactic Warrior, Thus Composed

This mad sculpture-like recomposition of Jack Kirby's Galactus, with Valiant Comics' X-O Manowar, is a custom Cartoon Jumble requested by Daniel from Washington, whose suggestion inspired an entomological assemblage, the warrior's exoskeleton transfigured to house the god-like hunger of Kirby's celestial planet-eater.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Eduardo Finds His Mojo

This custom Cartoon Jumble was requested by Craig from California, who wanted to see Eduardo and Mojo Jojo, two characters from the popular television series Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and The Powerpuff Girls, blended for a uniquely animated effect.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Coffee Mermaid With a Gun

Taking another quick break from the parade of new Cartoon Jumbles, here's an illustration that appears in this week's Seattle Weekly, a look at Starbuck's CEO Howard Schultz as a gun-totin' mermaid on the rocks.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Teenage Mutant Generation Gap

Here's a Cartoon Jumble suggested by Jacob from Washington, featuring Kevin Eastman's original black & white Leonardo, crossing katanas with his Archie Comics offspring, an oedipal struggle of pizza-powered proportions!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's Howdy Herman Time!

This winsome conglomeration was a Cartoon Jumble requested by Danny from Michigan, who wanted to see that perennial icon of 50s children's television, Howdy Doody, tossed together with his 80s counterpart, Pee-Wee Herman (as visualized by show designer, Gary Panter).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Beauty And The Creeps

This bizarre Cartoon Jumble was requested by Chris from California, who wanted to see Will Elder's buxom Little Annie Fannie tossed into the leering sightline of Mike Judge's Beavis and Butthead, a mix-up of downright deliciously inappropriate consideration.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Web of Feminine Charm

This alluring tangle of Marvelous maidens was requested by Chelsea from Oregon, who desired to see a Cartoon Jumble featuring Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman, and Jennifer Walters, the Sensational She-Hulk, a meeting of furtive limb and flowing lock, the arachnid beauty entwined with the gamma-infused knockout.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Working Man's Waddle

Here's a custom Cartoon Jumble requested by Daniel from Washington, who asked to see Carl Bark's Scrooge McDuck, intermingled with Chic Young's Dagwood Bumstead, a filing of the working man's wages with the untenable wealth of the tycoon, a union of fiscal absurdity, one reflecting the abundant anxiety of our Great Repression.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Tom & Gerald Show

Here's a particularly animated custom Cartoon Jumble, a playful romp featuring Gene Deitch's Tom Terrific and the UPA Studio's Gerald McBoing-Boing, as requested by Danny from Michigan, calling to mind the singularly propellent nature of childhood energies, and the hazards contained therein.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Seattle Sugar Rush

Taking a quick break from my parade of new Cartoon Jumbles, I'd like to showcase my art as featured on the cover of this week's Seattle Weekly, as well as throughout the issue. The custom Jumbles will continue tomorrow.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Catty Convergence

This custom Cartoon Jumble was requested by Robbert from Illinois and features George Herriman's Krazy Kat, locked in a furry flurry of tail and whisker with Darwyn Cooke's Catwoman, a feline tussle for the ages where no apparent love is lost.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

It's A Mary Thing

This exceptionally strange Cartoon Jumble request was courtesy of John from Maine, who saw fit to have me meld the murky manifestation of Berni Wrightson's Swamp Thing with the grandmotherly geniality of Joe Giella's Mary Worth, creating a hybrid aberration only H.P. Lovecraft's mother could possibly love – or perhaps invite over for tea.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Transatlantic Marvel

This custom Cartoon Jumble, requested by Jessica from New Jersey, features C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel and his British counterpart, Marvelman, entwined in a spiral of directional limbs, an identity crisis blooming across international waters, two ambassadors of virtue, meeting in a sea of reds and yellows and blues.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Flakey Frog Pads His Retreat

Here's another of my brand new Cartoon Jumble commissions, this one requested by Danny from Michigan, who asked that I combine Robert Crumb's Flakey Foont with Ub Iwerk's Flip the Frog, a truly unholy union that can only but end with a jar of neurotic tadpoles.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Doofus On The Astral Plane

Here's one of my recent Cartoon Jumble commissions, a fine request from Chris in California, who asked me to mix up Steve Ditko's Dr. Strange with Rick Altergott's Doofus, a heavenly mix of the occult and the dolt. Flowertown will never be the same!