Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Let's Do It Again, Pierre!

Here's the cover to another recent picture book proposal, yet to find a publisher.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Linear Concoction

I think this qualifies as a doodle. I'm not exactly sure just what a “doodle” is.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Play Ball!

With baseball season just around the corner, I thought this detail from an earlier painting might be appropriate.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fisherman's Blues (in Reds and Greens)

Here's another of my imaginary gouache portraits.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Ghost and the Gavel

Here's this week's I Love Television illustration, as seen in the Portland Mercury.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Potato Touchdown

Here's an illustration that appears in this week's Seattle Weekly.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Roland in Australia, Part Three

Here's a detail from a page of my improvised picture novel from 1984, Roland in Australia. You can see the first thirty pages by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Of Hearts and Devils and Negligees

Here's a detail from a recent painting, a study concerning a myriad of potent human emotions.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On Being Stung

This was originally meant to be the back cover to the fifth issue of my Fantagraphics quarterly, Whotnot!, a comic that would have been published in the winter of 1994, if the series hadn't been cancelled. It portrays my first serious incident with a bee sting, one in which my undiagnosed allergy did a very good job of letting me know it could well kill me. Yes, I now carry epinephrine.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cartoonist in a Graveyard

Here's another cover appearance I made back in 1998, for my one-man show If I Died Right Now, this one for Seattle Weekly's entertainment section, photographed by Brandon Harmon. For a more complete look at this show, click here.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Portrait of the Painter

Here's a gouache painting I made as a gift a few years ago.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cookies For The Master Race

Here's this week's totally Nazi-fied, All-American I Love Television illustration, as seen in the Portland Mercury.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Boeing Takes The Sky Bridge

You'll find this illustration, concerning a crumbling roadway to Seattle's Boeing Field plant, in this week's Seattle Weekly.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dead Cartoonist Working

Here's an object from the past that I was reminded of just yesterday, the cover to Seattle's alternative newsweekly The Stranger, from February, 2008, heralding the opening of my one-man show “If I Died Right Now”, an ironic posthumous presentation of my artistic career. The image, meant to evoke old publicity photos of famous twentieth century cartoonists, was art directed by Dale Yarger and photographed by Brandon Harmon. For a much more complete look at this event, featuring many artifacts, including testimonials from fellow cartoonists like Rick Altergott, James Sturm, Pat Moriarity and Jim Blanchard, as well as writer Chelsea Cain and musican John Ramberg, click here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The French Resistance Blues

Here's a close-up of a larger gouache painting I completed a few years ago, a study in complimentary colors, and the agitation of the printer's registration line.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

He Died For a Bubble

Here's another of my sculptures from my 2001 archival project telling the story of eleven workers who died during an explosion at a bubble gum factory. This one is of Charles “Chaz” Rodriguez, he worked the powdered sugar nozzle.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dresden From Above

A painter friend was visiting my studio recently and spotted this pinned to my drafting table. She convinced me it was a worthy image in and of itself, though it is really just the test sheet I was using while creating a structured painting. Nevertheless, here it is, now an image forced to stand on its own. Good luck, kid.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Paper Cut Girl

Here's an illustration from 2009, composed from cut paper and gouache paint.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Gorilla In The Drainage System

Here's another of my covers to a series of absurd short stories I wrote in the early 1980s. This one begins: The river was deep and clear. The bottom was a rich brown and the sun glistened on the big stones far beneath the surface.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Teevee Love Nazi Hunter

Here's this week's I Love Television illustration, found only in The Portland Mercury. Thanks, Portland!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Feline Gamer On Wheels

Here's an illustration for this week's Seattle Weekly, illustrating a piece concerning Microsoft's decision to allow sexual orientation disclosure on it's X-Box gaming sight.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The God of Hands

Here's a recent watercolor study for a proposed painting, an image meant to invoke the fear of an unseen hand in all things, especially as portrayed in so many of the moralistic adventure stories I grew up on. Watch out for those fingers, kids!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

She Shot Johnnie

Here's a close-up from a recent painting illustrating the classic murder ballad, Frankie and Johnnie.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tiny House, Tiny Tree

Here's a miniature treehouse I fashioned for a friend a couple of years ago, positioning it within the tight green leaves of a bonsai tree, leaves that have since withered, leaving this arid, rustic scene.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Soda Fountain Sipper

Here's a gouache painting from a few years back, one inspired by the main characters Judy and Val, from John Stanley's terrific mid 60s comic series Thirteen.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pre-Oscar Conniption

Here's my illustration to this week's I Love Television column, as seen each and every week in the Portland Mercury.

Friday, March 5, 2010

One Man's Vertical Take-Off

Here's the cover to another absurd short story I wrote back in the first half of the 1980s. The opening line of this one reads: A group of thin boys trampled across the meadow.
Those familiar with Silver Age DC comic books might recognize the influence of Murphy Anderson's The Atomic Knights in the drawing.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Oscar's Alphabet

This is the cover art to this week's Alibi, the alternative newsweekly in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lost At Sea

Here's a drawing that was supposed to have appeared in this week's Seattle Weekly. It was dropped when the story it illustrated, one concerning a certain omnipresent coffee merchant, was cut at the last minute.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Blood Red Castle

Here's the cover to The Blood Red Castle, a recent single from the Seattle-based experimental music band The Pregnancy Stork. It was created by painting over an actual one dollar bill, with gouache.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hack Smith On Hippy Hill

This is a panel from a painted cartoon, Hippy Hill, credited to Hack Smith (1952 – 1997), one of my numerous imaginary artistic personalities. Smith, a “primitive folk cartoonist” from Occidental, CA, created Hippy Hill for a radical weekly tabloid back in 1970, telling the tale of a local obscenity bust on a group of young hippies caught picking blueberries in the nude. You can see one of Smith's very last cartoons, commenting on the Gulf War, in Fantagraphics Books' The Bush Junta.