One Trick is Never Enough

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Let's face it, ever since 45 took office our political and social landscape has become more a shit show than we ever anticipated. We knew shit would get bad, but this is ridiculous now. I log in to facebook to check notifications and what not and I get inundated with video after video of "threatened" citizens stepping out of bounds and harassing other citizens, wrongfully calling the cops on them and what not. And I'm tired of this. I'm tired of feeling powerless, like there's nothing I can do other than joining out in the streets protesting hoping somebody gets the message. And then I realized (cuz I totally forgot) that I draw comic strips, and if there's anything I can do it's sharing ideas through cartoons. Okay, it sounds stupid when I say it like that, but in actuality it's quite brilliant. And historically speaking comic strips and cartoons have always been the one the best ways to spread ideas and rally people behind causes. So, yeah I just realized all of this. And now here is my first comic strip with all that said and in mind.
45's ramping up and expansion of ICE has my community in a panic. Not only are the undocumented extra cautious now but even naturalized citizens who have paid their dues and went through all the legal channels are on the radar. The splitting up of children from parents entering this country just to stay alive is shamefully and embarrassingly reprehensible. People on my side shout to "Abolish ICE" and "Shut down ICE" but what can be done to do so? Well, I just so have an idea of how to shut down ICE - cut the agents payroll. That's it. It's a simple, nonviolent way to stop ICE, even if it's temporary. Think about it, are these agents really that dedicated to their job that they'll carry out orders without pay? Would you do your job (competently) without pay? And keep in mind, besides what they do for a living these are working stiffs just like you and me; they have mortgages, car notes, debts, medical bills. They have to live too. Send a virus (don't just wipe it out, it can be replaced easily) to shake up the system, cut pay to field agents but let the higher ups keep their pay. That just may breed a shade of distrust between employees and supervisors. We got any hackers up this task? What about Anonymous? Where are they when you need them?
But then again what do I know? I'm just a cartoonist and what I wrote here is purely a hypothetical situation. These are just cartoons, not to be taken seriously. *wink wink

Side note: wouldn't this comic be great blown up and wheat-pasted on a wall somewhere? Holla.


X Comicpalooza X

Ah, here we are...the tenth annual Comicpalooza! And of course, my yearly rundown of how it went.

Honestly, this is my best year yet. They must have taken into consideration my concern for a decent space from last year's show cuz they stuck me on the end of an aisle on a very prominent side of the event. Which I turned into a corner space by bringing in an extra smaller table and flinging the big one to the side. So, I was able to layout much more colorful, eye-catching original art that did it's job and caught eyes. Lots of repeat customers as well. People who have bought art years past have returned to rummage through the new ranks to see what's in store. And there was plenty. 

BTW, add me, watch my stories, comment on my posts, talk shit etc.

Every year I add a fresh stack of new original art, and it's very interesting (if I do say so) thanks to the Inktober prompts and various other online sketch prompt accounts. I even lugged the Voldemort Vet painting to hang behind me and that drew it's own share of gawkers. Made lots of new fans too. All ya'll new peeps who copped original pieces, thank you very much. And you folks who copped some adult art as well (yes, folks, I take my adult art with me to shows to sell, and it sells!). 
Didn't do too many original sketches, but what I did is as follows:

Father and son doing a convention for the first time. Not sure how but people always assume correctly that I do caricatures.

A Nick Swardson commish.
A tricky expression to capture but the client loved it.

And then came the live art auction, which I thoroughly destroyed! Check out my "Groot Anything" piece.


and then finished. Before I left the price was in the hundreds. I never find out what my pieces go for, but someone paid a pretty penny for this one.

And of course the debut of two new single issue comics:

Rock in Time, number 001, Pulp 21 Comics. Get one HERE.

and my stack of printed True Voodoo comics.

 Iva Dawn / TOONzDAY collabo, get it HERE
I'll have it up in my store soon enough. Gotta expand my shelf space.

And there you have it, my best Comicpalooza yet. If you missed it this year, well, just gotta wait around til next. It's the only show I'll lug all my art to, so far, and I have so much original stuff it's too much to catalog and put it online. So, getting my art in person is the only way to go. 

Stay tuned for my upcoming show announcements, and of course, new comics!


...and then I got Married!

You read that right, I'm a married man now.

So that's what I've been doing.

Stay tuned for my annual Comicpalooza run down.