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New York Comic Con!!

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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Sketch o’the Week

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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On the way to NYC right now so no time for a proper SotW. Here’s the pencil roughs for my latest Marlin poster job. This cop-out brought to you by Too Much Travel cereal.

Sunday Mailbag- REALLY Early Work?

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Sunday Mailbag!

Q: Regarding drawing, how far have you had to progress?  As a young artist, I was wondering if you could show us some of your early drawings from maybe your childhood?

A: I posted these some months back, so if you’ve seen this already my apologies. Here’s a comic I did at about age 9 or so:

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Guess I ran out of story…

How far have I progressed? Not much.

Thanks to Taylor Miles Clark for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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One of the highlights of the Pittsburgh Comicon I attended last weekend was meeting the great Bob Camp. What was even better was the way it happened.

Partway through the show I was walking back to my booth space after a little walk around when I saw that Bob Camp had a booth space right behind where I was located. Bob is best known for his work on the “Ren and Stimpy” show, but has a much longer resume including doing movie and TV parodies for Marvel’s Crazy magazine. I have been a fan of his work for a long time, and made a note of going up to meet him at some point. I’m not the best at that… frankly I feel like I’m “barging in” when I just walk up and introduce myself. Stupid, I know. That’s why Bob and other artists appear at a convention like this. Anyway, I needed to work myself up to that.

Bob never gave me the chance. Some time later I’m doing a drawing for someone and he comes up to me, introduces himself and starts telling me he enjoys my work and that I have his “dream job” doing parodies for MAD. He also gave me this awesome sketch he’d done:

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Bob is a cartooning genius and an unbelievable talent, and it was tremendously cool to meet him. To have him tell me, in unsolicited fashion, that he liked my work was surreal. Incidentally, if you ever get a chance to pick up some old copies of Crazy (I have more than a few), he is an excellent caricaturist and parody artist and sells himself very short in that category. His brush work is absolutely beautiful.

BTW, if you look on the left of that picture of me and Bob you’ll see a guy in a black shirt and glasses doing a drawing. That’s Bill Sienkiewicz, another comic book genius I am a huge fan of. He I never got the courage up to talk with. Gotta get over that.

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

 

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