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I was so Busy Today…

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The Dreaded Deadline Demon… I didn’t even have time to post this.

Too Much Caffeine Man!

Saturday, September 27th, 2014


I’ve been doing a lot of these for people bringing me a Monster Zero Ultra energy drink. I won’t be falling asleep at my booth, that’s for sure.

With apologies to Shannon Wheeler for the post title.

What, Me in Pittsburgh?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Stop by if you are at the Pittsburgh Comicon!




Dancing Groot

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
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I’m posting this for my kids, who loved this scene in “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Holy Brushwork, Batman!

Friday, September 19th, 2014


Kind of busy right now so no time for much of a blog post today. Here’s another piece I had framed up at the same time I got the “Fools of Rock” piece done.

Occasionally you get some nice perks for being president of the NCS, and this is one. If you call the great Jack Davis up and ask him if he’d be willing to do a drawing of Batman for the NCS’s Comic-Con T-shirt, and about a week later an original piece of art like this shows up in your mailbox, you get to hang it on your wall when the T-shirt production is done. :D

Twitter Card Woes

Saturday, September 13th, 2014


A couple of weeks ago fellow caricaturist/illustrator Hamilton Cline dropped me a line to ask why I didn’t use Twitter Cards for my tweets, seeing as how most of my posts have images that would be a lot more interesting to look at than a simple URL would be.

My answer was “What the $%#@ are ‘Twitter Cards’?”

Well since then I have been trying to get this figured out. I’ve set up the proper code through a WordPress Plug-in (JP Twitter Cards). I have applied for a Twitter DEV account (not sure I ever got approved, actually). I have set up and validated several posts using the Twitter card Validator, and they looks great in the previews.

No love when WordPress generates my automatic tweet when I post. Just the usual boring:

I tried again to tweak the setting to make it work with this post and this old image, but again no dice. I am at a loss. If any web-saavy readers want to fill me in on what I am doing wrong, I’d love to find out.

UPDATE- Looks like I have my answer. I am actually doing everything right, and my Twitter Cards are working just as they should be. The reason they are not displaying the images and summary automatically is that Twitter does not allow that. Only images uploaded to Twitter directly or Vines are allowed to display by default. Twitter cards have a “Show Summary” link on them that will expand the tweet to show the actual Twitter card. All my tweets have such a link, so they are working correctly.

What a disappointment. What’s the use of having a more visual Tweet is it still needs a click through to see it? That’s what link in the original tweet is for. Useless.

Chicago Comic Con 2014!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Chicago Comic-Con Booth

Spent a good part of last week manning a booth at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. Had a great time and met a lot of fans of MAD… the animated (and now lamentably cancelled) show on the Cartoon Network really started a lot of kids on the magazine. The pic above is of my booth. The new Batman print sold pretty well, as did the Sherlock print and a good portion of the extra Doctor Who prints I had left over from the original printing, which I am selling as “artist proof” prints. I still have a few handfuls left but they are going fast. I’m only selling them at these conventions.

I also did a lot of drawing at this con, both caricatures of people and of requested celebrities. Here’s a couple celebs I was asked to draw:



Oh Boy…

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Dreaded Deadline Demon

Paying the price for that trip I took all last week into Monday…

RIP Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

On the Stands: MAD #529!

Monday, August 11th, 2014


In comic book shops, on the iPad and in subscribers mailboxes now, on news stands everywhere tomorrow:

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Rick Tulka, Jeff Kruse, Kevin Pope, J.C. Duffy, Matt Lassen, Jason Mustian, Chris Houghton, Peter Bagge, Megan O’Leary, Sam Sisco, Bob Eckstein, Mike Morse, Paul Coker, Kenny Keil, Dick DeBartolo, Tom Bunk, Garth Gerhart, P.C. Vey)
  • Perfect Bacon Bed- A MAD Ad Parody (Artist: Scott Bricher)
  • Snark Tank (Dick DeBartolo, Tom Richmond)
  • Your Parents Say to You…/One Day You Will Say to Them… (Matt Lassen, Tim Hamilton)
  • Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • Questions We’d Like to Ask Justin Bieber (Matt Lassen, Hermann Mejia)
  • A MAD Look at Grilling (Sergio Aragonès, colorist: Jim Campbell)
  • What Has Luke Skywalker Been Up To For The Last 30 Years? (Jonathan Bresman, Anton Emdin)
  • The Worst People to Sit Near on a Plane (Teresa Burns Parkhurst)
  • A Google Glass Wearer’s Photo Album (Frank Jacobs, John Kerschbaum)
  • The Mad Vault- From MAD #202, Oct 1978 (Artist: Al Jaffee, Writer: Paul Peter Porges)
  • When Twitter’s Maximum Character Rule Saves People From Saying Too Much (Writer: Evan Waite)
  • A Disgraced Politician’s Guide to Do’s and Dont’s (John Caldwell)
  • The Strip Club (Nathan Cooper, Peet Tamburino, Emily Flake, Kit Livley & Scott Nickel, Mike Jacobsen)
  • The 50 Worst Things About Food (Writer: Desmond Devlin, Artists: Peter Kuper, Josh Mecouch, Justin Peterson, Rich Powell)
  • The Best of the Idiotical (Uncredited)
  • Drawn Out Dramas- Various places throughout the magazine (Sergio Aragonès)
  • The MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
  • The iPad Air- A MAD Ad Parody (Uncredited)

This issue I do the art for Dick DeBartolo’s parody of the reality show “Shark Tank”. Look for a sneak peek at that tomorrow!

Now, What are you waiting for… a fershlugginer invitation?!? Go out and buy a copy, clod!


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