Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Just a little joke.  It's been a wonderful Christmas.  My mom made a great dinner, my dad fell in love with my dog, and Sarah is happily playing Kirby's Epic Yarn.  Hope yours was nice too.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Don - "Christmas Card"

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you!  I'm going to take a few days off from the "Talking Bird" episode, and then get right back to it.  My goal is to finish it before the New Year, but don't hold me to that.  In the meantime, let's check in with the Don.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Donkey Town - "Talking Bird" - Part 4

Today I'm 29, and I couldn't be happier.  I've got everything going right in my life.  Thank you all for contributing to that!

Please catch up with "Talking Bird" here:

And now, part 4!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Donkey Town - "Talking Bird" - Part 3

For those of you just tuning in:

Part 1  Arriss gets a talking bird.

Part 2  The talking bird gets a job.  Arriss and Jorree wonder aloud at its vast potential, causing the bird to become fully sentient and conscious.  The bird decides it doesn't want to work at G-Ball after all.

And now, Part 3!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Donkey Town - "Talking Bird" - Part 2

And the epic journey of a lifetime continues!  If you haven't read Part 1, this won't make sense, so please catch up below:

And now, Part 2.  I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Donkey Town - "Talking Bird" - Part 1

It begins!  Attached please find the first installment of "Talking Bird," my first full-length Donkey Town episode.  Now, there are a lot of qualifications to be made here.  First of all, Donkey Town is meant to be an animated series, so think of this as somewhere between a storyboard and one of those crappy Simpsons comic books.  Secondly, "full-length" doesn't really translate as a descriptor between print and television media.  And finally, as you'll notice below, each page isn't going to necessarily wrap-up neatly with a punchline or resolution--"Talking Bird" is one continuous story, broken-up into chunks.  Like a "Dick Tracy" serial, the strips won't make sense out of sequence.  Sorry for the lengthy introduction.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Grelle" - Ballet

I never really appreciated dance.  Which is strange, because I love to dance.  But I guess it'd be fair to draw a line between what I do when drunk and what you'd see at Lincoln Center.  I guess.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Me, by way of Rick Ritter

This is just too cool.  My friend Rick, in addition to his many other talents, is an accomplished caricaturist, so it's a special treat to get a fleshed-out rendering of my little line drawing.  Also it's very convenient, since I'm busy and a little sick, and don't have anything new to show you today.  You can find Rick's blog on the right hand side of the page.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Self Portraits

I've been nominated for Annie award for an episode of "Wonder Pets" that I worked on with J. Walter Hawkes.  My old employers asked me to send a brief bio and a caricature for the awards' program, so I drew these up.  Looking at them now, I think it'd be funny if I got a job as a caricature artist at a mall or a fair.  Imagine everyone who paid me $10 getting basically one of these.  Maybe some hair.  Some breasts.  A dimple.

That'll be $10.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Donkey Town Doodle Sheet 1

At some point in the next couple of weeks I'm going to start a very exciting project:  A full Donkey Town "episode," in comic form!  As I said earlier, I want to actually make this show (when you put things in bold they come true), so the episode, along with all the other materials on this blog, will be a good reference point for anyone interested in eventually working on it with me.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"When the 2 Becomes the 1"

I drew this, shockingly, on the subway.

You know, recently the MTA has done something I actually like:  They've added those digital signs that tell you when the next train is arriving.  Those are great.  I like those.  They should have had those for the past 10 years.  But the other day I noticed the sign was outputting some other messages, one of which went something like:  "Do you like this service?  We're trying it out!  Tell us at!"  And I was halfway tempted to go to that website and give them my hearty approval.  But then I thought, who ISN'T going to like this service?  Do they really need a pat on the back for every stupid, barely acceptable improvement they make?  And then I found myself thinking about something else entirely, as it often goes with subway outrage.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Meet Mr. Sto

I have lots of bad memories of math.  But Mr. Stoenescu, my 11th grade math teacher, was a real bright spot in my education.  I can't say I remember what the hell we learned that year, but he was very cool, and patient, and as a result I did well.  Plus he had that awesome, couldn't-care-less Eastern European accent.  I don't remember where he was from, but he didn't actually speak broken English like his Donkey Town counterpart.

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Just Checking In"

When you're looking for work, sometimes you need to do a little reverse psychologizing with the job market.  "Oh, no work, huh?  Well fine.  I'm gonna stay in my pajamas then.  All day.  And order pizza.  And chicken fingers.  For lunch."  And that's when the work will come looking for you.  (I hope.)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Meet Grelle

I don't know whether you've noticed, but I don't draw very well.  The only thing I do worse than draw, in fact, is draw women.  So that's one reason creating female characters is a challenge.  That and a bunch of Freudian stuff.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Thank God"

I volunteered to help Sarah prepare some activities for the Sunday school she runs.  She wanted some drawings showing children and parents thanking god in various situations:  in church, at dinner, in bed, and at the doctor.
 Thank god she didn't use these.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"The Don" - Garden Hose

Everyone is getting sick.  Stomach flu, regular flu, chimney flue, etc.  Luckily, I don't have a job, so I'm staying at home on this rainy, horrid day, all bundled-up in random pieces of clothing, much like Chevy Chase in "Christmas Vacation," when he gets locked in the attic.  I always liked that weird scene.