There are tons of cartoon and comics blogs by comics and cartoon professionals. Here's one by an electronic technician for the USPS.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

baby's got back... and front

Here's more of my dippy art from the '80s. This is about as good as it gets for this era except maybe for that InterStellar OverDrive F*U*N Book in the archives for December 22.

Hope to get those four Captain Saucer pages wrapped up today or tomorrow. Trying to flatten out a wrinkly cover on the Spring '76 Rocket Times to get a scan that won't embarrass itself.

I am bummed about the USPS shooting.

Monday, January 30, 2006

rocketry issues

In case you were wondering what the USAF Matador mentioned yesterday was. This cover was used for the Rocket Times "Special Centuri Aerospace Team Issue", issue #6 and issue #6-1/3. Don't know if there was an issue 6-2/3....

Scanned another '70s Centuri Catalog and a couple of '80s Leonine Catalogs. Phooled with point correcting some scans of my clunky '80s art. Still picking away on those four new Captain Saucer pages.

May go up to Soldier late tonight, tomorrow, or Wednesday depending on whether Mom needs to borrow the Farmer's Cadillac to haul some new doors for her house.

Backing up my hard drives just in case. Currently backing up the iBook over a 802.11b connection which is interesting if a bit slow.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

off the register...

Still scanning in that old Centuri lit. About three in out of twenty-some newsletters and catalogs. I'm wondering how many versions of that '75 newsletter with the USAF Matador on the cover were printed?

BTW, that photo of that missile also blessed a Ventures album cover.

Also the Tube Punk scannings are piggy backing off from this. There's some of my goofy '80s art with the key-lined Xerography. I wish that I was a lot less self-referential and a lot more tutored on figure rendering. Then again the comics people and the educators were largely not there or not friendly.

Now if I could just do something retroactively about that off-register thing....

Also stiff correcting model and on and off inking away on four pages for the Captain Saucer revival.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

on the horn...

Called up Cox and supposedly the cable modem works correctly now.

Got phone call from Andy Andres. I have a side project going with him to where I scan in a bunch of his old tabloid newsprint Centuri catalogs and Rocket Times. Fortunately, I have an A3 sized scanner, but this is going to take a while.

Enjoying the wireless part of my new router by swapping files between the three Macs.

Oh yeah, by the way, 1999 just called and wants the Moon back.... ;)

Friday, January 27, 2006

the wheels on the stude...

Got the router running last night after work. Turned out to be a red herring because of Cox Cable acting flakey. This is also why yesterday's post was way late. Actually, it's running blog slow right now.

Here's those Caddy wheels on the Studebaker. Just waiting to get the Studebaker and its wheels on the road.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

milemarkers in geekiness

Hectic day just trying to get down here. Got down to Pisgah and remembered that I had to go back up to Soldier and sign for a package at the Post Office. Then got down to Mondamin and had to go back because I forgot my hanging clothes. Got down here and my new wireless router that I bought on eBay doesn't quite work out of the box. Will try to configure it before work tomorrow.

The package of is of '70s Centuri tabloid newprint newletters and catalogs to scan in.

It's windy so I get to play with the anemometer that I bought on eBay. It's of the cup variety so it has a whirligig goin' roundy round to fascinate my inner right-brained kiddy.

The new King Kong Gyros just down the street has just opened. It was packed already. They messed up my order and gave me a burger instead of a gyros. No big loss because I wondered what their monster burgers were like anyway. "They ain't bad!"

Helped out a co-worker with a two cyclinder Maytag gas engine.

This picture of an actual mile marker was snapped just south of Pisgah, Iowa.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

big wow

Posting this from Soldier On Line dial-up.

Got those Caddy Sabre wheels on the 'Hawk on the second day. Yesterday was marred by stripped studs and stuff. That's all done except for the details.

Washed the Farmer's Cadillac off real well since the weather is good. Far better wash job than last time.

Saw the original Bad News Bears on satellite with my step-dad. The deliberate pacing and the fashions definitely place it in the '70s. However, the modest budget, the matter of factness, no special effects, and that it was shot on genuine film stock made it seem like a quite real slice of life.

Now if I just knew why the modem Windows 2000 in Virtual PC on my Mom's iMac resolutely refuses to work despite Device Manager saying that they are A-Okay.

Here's an old quickie bit of Phoolin'. Hope to do a better version someday and correct the eye and hair.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

what kind of mickey mouse company am i getting into?

I'm wondering about this reputed Disney, Pixar, and Jobs deal. Especially after hearing the often recycled rumor that Jobs is going to become CEO of Disney since about '97 or 8 or so.

I will head up to Soldier shortly to get some quality time in with the Silver Hawk.

Got Seti working by kludging it to run all the time. With two G5s, I guess I got processing to spare. I still wish somebody would kind enough give me a answer or fix to getting it to work like it did. (Grrr)!

Here's an old drawing of Flexia.

Monday, January 23, 2006

scaley tales

I looked at some homes down the street today. They're a little pricey.

I'm a little torqued that Seti@home on Boinc quit working correctly and nobody will tell me how to fix it.

Here's the last of Dragonmen thumbnails from '93.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

of reptiles and felines....

Omaha the Cat Dancer was the cover story in a local alternative weekly. The art looked sweet and lacking in annoying fetishism compared to mostly all of the furverted art that followed. It also had me thinking about my own fan-service since Mr. Waller is more accomplished than I am. Plus, Omaha is a more accessible character partly because she's "merely" quite healthy in the chest instead of being outright huge.

Finished up that Captain Saucer page that I talked about yesterday. I got to try out my Wacom for the first time while cleaning it up in Photoshop. It's one of those "it takes a little getting use to" things. I will start two or three more pages later today.

Here's more Dragonmen sketches from around 1993 (and a some Hampion muclear mutant Deco, too!) Like some Star Trek aliens that represent certain human traits, the Dragonman represent the philistine streak in too many people and the heartlessness behind it. On the other hand, Leians represent humans with the feline traits of being a little bit sharper and friendlier.

The car in yesterday's post came after some head scratching. I wanted something that looked styleless and low tech to grease encrusted flat-head six popper proportions without looking antique or "classic". What came out was sort of a even more generic version of a K-car rolling on truck wheels. Now, the reference point could be maybe a Scion Xb in sedan form instead of a wagon. Years later, this thing isn't as clunky looking was the Hummer, Honda Element, or any of GM's mock-milspec/mock Mad Max SUVs.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

late and off model

Almost finished another page before work. If I hadn't overslept, it would have been most likely done and scanned it.

Still struggling with getting the characters in settle down into model and stay there. At least Captain Saucer is drawn in a pretty cartoony style and a bit resilient to a little wavering.

A coworker gave me nearly a whole ream of card stock that somebody had chucked out. Makes me think back a little to my JSV days.

Here's some Dragonman sketches from late '92 or early '93 for what became the stillborn Rip-Off/Magnecom incarnation of InterStellar OverDrive.

Burned all my Steely Dan and Velvet Underground CDs into iTunes. Will do Sonic Youth tomorrow and party like it's 1989!

Friday, January 20, 2006

another day....

Another blog posting.

This thingie was from a cartoon that I was watching in a dream.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

orange blooded

I promised myself that I'll add something to my sketchbook everyday and update this blog. And I already updated my sketchbook.

Back in Omaha and back in the working grind.

A co-worker who owns a D-17 diesel agrees with this cartoon.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

silver hawks and white elephants....

A government loan agent looked at my old house in Soldier and I had another meeting with the real estate agent today. That white elephant is another step closer to being sold.

Got into a couple of overly involved processes today, getting the modem to work in Virtual PC on mom's iMac and changing the wheel studs around on the '57 Studebaker. What seemed like a fun little project to put '50s Cadillac Sabre wheels on a Silver Hawk has been a real nightmare. At least the "heavy lifting" on that project is done and all I have to do is put the hubs back on the car. Why Win2000/VPC won't recognize the modem still has me stumped.

Here's some more to go with yesterday's V8. It's a paraphrase from the "Pride & Envy" segment of the oddball obscure old educational film Stop Driving Us Crazy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

firing on all eight cylinders....

Here's a rough for a sort of a spoof idea on Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (shouldn't there be some commas in there?) with the reference point changed to a whole different animal.

Of course there's a lot of little things to fix and the line quality would need to be harder on the final. In the places it gets really loose, it almost has a School House Rock quality to it (oops! wrong decade!)

Anyway, it may start on a musical riff that the "air goes in here and goes 'round and 'round and the smog comes out here", morphs into a "wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round" thing.

Trying to shake a migraine and get seriously inking on Captain Saucer.

Had a dream last night where I told a snotty teacher's pet and his sycophant, "That it's better to be unpopular than mean. Especially if being unpopular isn't necessarily your fault!"

After being awake for a hour, I realized that this also applies a lot to the fan scene around here.

Monday, January 16, 2006

the paws on the bus...

The weather did get colder. I finished filling a sketchbook and started another. Here's the final drawing in the one.

Those cartoon nekos are so versatile and can be hybrid with so many things....

Sunday, January 15, 2006

a blast-off from the past

I got a heart warming email that somebody liked their model rocketry team leader's Glider Slider so much that they cloned one of their own.

The Glider Slider was a launch pad that I made back during the Holverson Designs days in the '90s.

Looks like today is going to be the last really nice day before winter starts acting like winter.

Apple calls their new Intel laptop by the uncharacteristically clunky name MacBook Pro. So when we get that Intel tower, will it be called the MacMac Pro?

Saturday, January 14, 2006


I was modestly lucky yesterday, being the only one in the check out line at Family Dollar instead of behind three or more slow stupid people.

"Oh I thought I had enough money to pay for this. Maybe in my change purse. Ain't got more money there! Hun, you bring money?"

"Dang! My billfold is at home!"

"Will you take a check?"


"Credit Card?"

"Okay! Wait! The machine won't connect 'cause the boss is on the Internet."

"How 'bout if I put something back?"

"Okay, but to re-ring this the Boss gotta bring the key as soon as she gets off the Internet."

So why does the USPS get such a bad rap compared to the private sector?

Meanwhile, back in the future, I predict that there will be stupid people in space, like these excerpts from recently completed Captain Saucer pages.

Friday, January 13, 2006

it's friday the 13th...

Maybe my black cat is enjoying it!

Another ratty thumbnail from my Compaq daze when I was still running OS 9.2.2 at home.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

What's orange and creme and turbo-charged?

Finished up that Captain Saucer page and altered another before dinner. Scanned both in. Now getting ready to start my working week.

Forgot to mention yesterday, that I finally got my Nixie clock, electronic anemometer, and 9X12 Wacom that I snared on eBay.

Another random sketch from my Compaq daze.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

it's all about 'mimi 'mimi

Have two prospects on buying the house in Soldier. Revised a couple of Captain Saucer pages and almost finished another. Missed getting together with the body man to do some work on the 'Hawk. DL'ed a whole lot of system upgrades for the Macs. "Macintel" still seems too much like cats and dogs living together type stuff to me.

Another random illo compiling a whole lot of sketches of nekomimi.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

streamlined rocket styling for the space age!

Can you believe that they wrote straight face ad copy like the title back in the day?

Just a random image sketched in ball-point during slack time back in my Compaq days. Another variation on the Studebaker plus HPR theme.

Will commute up to Soldier via way of Runza as soon as I finishing Airporting a slug of MP3s to the iBook. The networking in these things is really great!

Monday, January 09, 2006

that vision thing...

Finished two Captain Saucer Pages this morning. Neither of which are posted here.

Will run up to Soldier tomorrow to hopefully make some serious progress on selling my house. Also get those re-drilled hubs and '50s Cadillac Saber wheels on the 'Hawk. Hoping to remember to bring the light box up there and finish another page.

Sunday, January 08, 2006


Here's the jpeg that should be popping up on the agent's site any day. Although I feel that maybe that I should shuffle things around for a little more variation. I have two rockets together. Two space comic covers together. Two cartoony female grotesques together...

Saturday, January 07, 2006

pasture blaster

Here's something that I was inspired to "invent" during the last model rocket club meeting: the ultimate portable HPR launch pad, the Studebaker pickup!

BTW, the latest "I, Cringely" column mentioned Studebaker by name.

Now to figure out why my old G3 no longer recognizes my network printer.

Friday, January 06, 2006


I'm a bit bummed today because I just received news that a fellow former JSV employee has committed suicide.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

big hairy deal

Just looking at starting my working week again. Trying to put the finishing touches on five pages in a row when I'm not at work. Here's a random picture based on a face pattern that I spotted in the hotel wallpaper down in Norman. It could be captioned, "I miss the '80s."

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

to think that i saw it on co hwy L20

"Now there's something that you don't see everyday, Edgar."

"What's that, Chauncey?"

"A weathered Victorian manor slowly lumbering along on low-boy dollies."

"I don't know, Chauncey..."

"Why is that, Edgar?"

"I mean, haven't you ever heard of a 'mobile home'?"

Otherwise, got a form letter rejection slip from Fox Networks and Film Roman today. Scratching my head if the problem was the concepts or the pitch.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

don't you just love it....

....when a page comes together?

Had another meeting with the agent this morning. Got to test out the Wi-Fi at Java N'Ice while waiting.

Have a model rocket club meeting tonight and will go up to Soldier afterwards.

Monday, January 02, 2006

instant nostalga

Just went through the tedium of spotting a whole lot of blacks on a otherwise fun page for the Captain Saucer revival. I will hopefully post that tomorrow.

Today, it's just a goofy tribute to '80s Small Press Comics.

I would like to re-establish contact with Sam Henderson this year. Shon Howell and Geoff Everts, too. I miss you guys!

For nostalgia that is thoroughly joyful and doesn't bring mixed feelings: The other night a couple of male USPS employees who are pushing 20 are looking over and gabbing about performance manifolds in a mail order catalog, mostly aluminum intakes and cast iron headers. Also, there's a Don Martin cover on a current Mad Super Special.

My sister unintentionally gave this great succinct capsule review of The Polar Express, "They look like they animated wax manikins!"

Sunday, January 01, 2006

holy moley!

This decade is half shot already!

Anyway, primary resolutions for 2006: Do my best to make the Postal Service glad that they hired me. Either have that belated success with Captain Saucer or InterStellar OverDrive or put those puppies down. Work out those lingering kinks in my figure rendering. Keep adding one sketch to my sketch book everyday as my token effort to stay in practice. Update this blog everyday. Figure out how to do Flash animation.

Secondary resolutions: Learn CSS and C++. Draw more cyclopes and nekomimi, but resist the ornery temptation to draw unholy hybrids of both. Figure out why my 'Hawk gliders don't want to upscale.