Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Thanks for all of the support and interest in my comic this year. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. If you enjoy this year's Christmas comic please visit the cards of Christmas past here.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Last Resort: Dreamcatcher

I was working on an illustration of a dreamcatcher for my day job when I thought of this strip idea.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Playing Frogger With Kermit

Decided to have some fun with SketchDalies tonight. Kermit the Frog was today's topic. Click on the image for a larger view.

The Cheez: Panel 10

I realize it's been a long while since I put up another panel of The Cheez.  To catch up, The Cheez was my first attempt at comic strip syndication. 24 panels in total that I let die after it was met with rejection. Mostly form rejection letters but King Features said I had potential if I worked on my lettering and got rid of jokes about sniffing glue. The lettering I took care of with the computer but I left the jokes the way they were. This one is pretty tame... to catch up on the other  nine please visit the archives tab above or click here.

When last we left Mooncheese he was shopping for art supplies to begin his new career as a cartoonist.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Last Resort: Frank's For The Mammeries

I've always had a soft spot for Frankenstein ever since Phil Hartman's version of him on SNL. He'll always be the voice of Frankenstein in my head.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

MC Lars: Rapper, Cartoonist, Genius and Nice Guy

I got the chance to take my wife on a rare date last night. We went to see MC Chris, MC Lars and Spose at The Metro Gallery in Baltimore. What a great show!! I would have paid the ticket price to see any one of these guys solo, so I used this bargain to treat myself to a bunch of merch.

Biggest surprise of the night was finding this little gem right here!

Not only can MC Lars rap but he can make some pretty funny comics.  I've plowed through half the book this morning over coffee had some really good laughs. The style is pretty raw and looks like he drew it using a mouse and Microsoft Paint, but sometimes that actually helps carry the joke. It's a collection of his college strip 27th Street from his time at Stanford, so don't expect pro-level comics but do expect some fun surprises. I've enjoyed the book so much that I couldn't wait to finish reading it to post about it.

Starting with the intro, this book had me hooked. Lars' experience as a college cartoonist was so similar to my own that I could have written the intro myself. His style is smart, bizarre, absurd and at times just leaves you saying WTF? My kind of comic strip! I think anyone who enjoys MC Lars or comics should check out this strip... in the very least, check out the man behind it. Lars is crazy smart and his raps are some of the best around. Above all, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. I'm so glad we got to meet him and see him perform live. The night was so much fun.

Getting back to business....I should have some panels of The Last Resort this week. Stay tuned! And if you're new to the site, please check out the archives tab of The Last Resort!  Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ramona Flowers

For those of you who don't follow me on twitter, I drew Ramona Flowers for Sketch Dailies today. I'm pretty happy with how she turned out...Below her is "Roller Girl" (Also for Sketch Dalies). I thought it would be fun to put a Baltimore spin on that topic. Had a good time making both. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Last Resort: Hashtag

After the long InkTober and a brief break I'm back to my usual brand of comics. Was thinking about breakfast and social media this morning when I drew this one up.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

InkTober Day 31: Rest in Peace Inktober

I had to finish inking this one today because I took my girls trick-or-treating and was too wiped to stay up and finish.

I'm 31 and done! Participated in and completed my first ever InkTober challenge.  Feels good!  Thank you to all of you who tuned in and supported me through this.

I hit all my goals: practiced drawing and inking, made some comics and had fun!  Even better I finished all 31 days and I got a lot more out of this than I thought I would.

-- It forced me to produce under pressure. Although some of the subject matter was old, I got 31 new drawings out of it.

-- I came up with a surprising amount of brand new comics that I ended up liking and will probably turn into strips for The Last Resort. I think 18 of the 31 have potential.  That's 18 new comics I didn't have before this began!

--It forced me to work faster. By working every day I could tell I was drawing quicker than I normally would

--It also was a bigger challenge than I thought it would be. So hard coming up with a new idea every day in between working a full time job and raising a family.

I'm drained. So while it was fun it was also taxing. Felt like I just finished working out and I could use a rest....but not too long. I'm eager to get back to my usual comics.

See you soon!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

InkTober Day 30: The Headless Horse Man

Riding out the rest of this InkTober with the Halloween theme and you can't do any Halloween riding without a headless horse man!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

InkTober Day 29: Juice Box For A Zombie

I guess I can't get through InkTober without drawing at least one Halloween related comic. I give you "Juice Box for a Zombie"

I'll have to admit this messed up thought has been rattling around in my brain ever since my first daughter was born. Have you ever seen the soft spot of a baby's head? It's disgusting!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

InkTober Day 28: The Prince of Dark Knits and InkTober Day 12: Playing Ketchup

Just when I thought the tank was empty I came up with  TWO COMICS for today!

I give you "The Prince of Dark Knits" for today's entry.

And "Playing Ketchup" for when I had to travel on the 12th and wasn't able to draw.

Feels good to be caught up!

Monday, October 27, 2014

InkTober Day 27: End of My Rope

You wouldn't know it by this drawing but I'm feeling pretty optimistic about getting through my first InkTober. I would like to get one more really good comic before the week is out and finish on a high note but I can't force it. Whatever happens happens...we shall see what springs out of my head space.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

InkTober Day 25 and 26: Ode to the Spleen and Marathon Man

Coming down the home stretch on InkTober and I do believe I'm close to the end of my rope when it comes to ideas. Spent a lot of time just staring into space today not knowing what to draw before I ended up redoing "Ode to the Spleen". If I'm redoing this piece I know the tank is about empty...

My daughter busted me on it. "Daddy you already drew that." And anyone who's been to my house has seen this one so I might as well come clean. I originally drew this on a dry erase board in my kitchen about 20 years ago and there it's remained ever since. Don't ask me why I like it, I just do. I know it's weird. This one is for me and I wanted a better version.

Thanks to Josie calling me out, it got me thinking about the marathon that is InkTober, actual marathons and how fat I am and this comic came to mind.

InkTober is very much like a marathon. Coming up with a new idea is pretty tough and I'm exhausted. I think my wife was done by week two! Thanks Jess for putting up with my nonsense. It's almost over...just gotta stumble along for 5 more days until my fat ass collapses across the finish line.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

InkTober Day 24: Duct Lips

To all the girls posting selfies with duck lips, might I suggest these duct lips instead.

Friday, October 24, 2014

InkTober Day 23: Sweet Revenge

Little behind on the post but here's yesterday's. This one proved to be a technical challenge to pull off in ink but I think it works. I'm glad I bought the gray pens. The only black I used was when I signed it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

InkTober Day 22: Bicuspids! Yee-HA!

Day 22 in the InkTober series!  Two thirds of the way through and I'm still hanging in there! Yee-HA!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

InkTober Day 21: Cos Play

Hopefully my drawing is good enough to carry this joke... I'm no caricaturist. I'll probably go back and rework it in full color after InkTober is over.

Monday, October 20, 2014

InkTober Day 20: Behind The Eight-ball

I'd barely posted the last InkTober saying I was behind the eight-ball when this baby popped into my head. Got it done and posted with 10 minutes to spare too...must be my lucky day!

InkTober Day 19: Mocking Bird of Misery

I do believe InkTober is starting to snowball out of control on me folks. Yesterday I was wiped and couldn't think of a darn thing. Laid on the couch and watched some Ren and Stimpy. Finally came up with this one, that I just finished and now I'm behind the eight-ball for today!  YAY!

Sometimes you just feel like crushing something with an anvil.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

InkTober Day 17 and 18: The Devil Is In The Dust Bin

Had to do a double post today. As I mentioned earlier I had family in town for my daughter's birthday and it made studio time difficult. Got the inks done though, so here they are.

For the first, I was thinking of all of the difficulties InkTober has presented once the month got under way. Life gets in the way of drawing time. Sounds simple to do an ink drawing a day but I'd like for the things I draw to have some sort of interest to people. "The devil is in the detail," as they say. And that sparked this comic.

For the 2nd, I kept it simple and drew my daughter for her 2nd birthday. I lack the speed to do a realistic rendering of her and since I'm mainly a cartoonist I wanted to stick to that anyway. So I drew her in the style I drew myself in avatar form. Here's the little cutie. She's even cuter in real life if I do say so myself.

Friday, October 17, 2014

InkTober Day 16: Cray Cray

To say that The New England Craisins were bitter over the success of their West Coast rivals, is an understatement...the violence would eventually escalate into the East Coast - West Coast fruit wars that would plague fruit throughout the rest of the 80's.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

InkTober Day 15: Monkey Mod and Crablor

My InkTober 15th drawing, features my new favorite web comic, Monkey Mod and Crablor. It's the "the way-cool, far-out comic adventures of Monkey Mod & His Friends as written and illustrated by Kevin Cross and Mark Rudolph". It's been a fun read so far and I look forward the Wednesday updates. Check it out and buy a shirt! Kevin even makes great YouTube videos. Yesterday's was all about inking and I tried to use some of the techniques in this illustration. I haven't quite mastered the brush pen but I'm learning.

In other news, there's been another monkey wrench thrown into the InkTober works for me. My parents are visiting for my daughter's 2nd birthday and are staying in our spare bedroom, a.k.a. the basement, a.k.a. my studio space. It's going to make getting the drawing done all that much harder but I'm determined to soldier on! If there's any hiccup in my giddyup this is why.  To say InkTober has been a challenge is an understatement.  FUN! But it's a lot harder than I thought to do one drawing a day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

InkTober Day 14: Enter The Sphincter

It's a turd! It's a stain! Ah, it's just another asshole in a cape.....

Yes, dear friends this is indeed an ass in a cape. Actually it's the cover of The Caped Sphincter #1. A self published comic I made in June 1996 and sold locally in a shop in Baltimore. Some how it sold 25 copies out of the 50 I made. I would have been pretty if it sold one copy but 25 I considered a huge success!

Anyway, today I was chatting with Kevin Cross who does The Monkey Mod and Friends Show and he was encouraging me to get on with making that graphic novel I mentioned last year.  I thought about this book and wanted to see how my inking compared to 1996. Back then I used a black Uniball to do all the inking and the work had a very scratchy look to it. I kinda liked it but I think this is probably a little better.  I used the kit I shared with everyone on day 1 of InkTober. Mostly the Pentel brush pen and sharpies for this one. I use a couple of the microns on some of the detail work.

While I was at it, I found all the penciled pages for The Caped Sphincter #2 which no one but me has ever seen. I'm thinking I may redo both of these books after InkTober as a warm up to the graphic novel. Doing the novel will take years and it scares me a little. With this, I think it's a fun story and still appeals to the 13 year old in me. There's no pressure to create anything great and I can just have fun with it and explore the graphic novel making process.

For now, here's the cover of the old The Caped Sphincter #1....in the near future I'll make #2! I love poop jokes and bad puns!

Monday, October 13, 2014

InkTober 13th: Skull Chaser

In case you were wondering where InkTober the 12th is, I had to travel to Virginia on the 12th and didn't get a chance to draw anything. It was a good trip but I'm pretty bummed about missing a day in the InkTober series. I hope to make it up before the month is out.

Today, I purchased a copy of Jake Parker's Skull Chaser. I hope to see it in print as a comic or graphic novel some day but right now it's just a PDF, web comic. It was a fun read and I love his art. Check it out here.

Inspired by his work, I figured what would my first InkTober be if I didn't pay tribute to Jake's art in some way. Here's my take on his character Skull Chaser.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

InkTober Day 11: Inktober's Eleven

For today's InkTober drawing, I turned to some great poster art for inspiration. In case the composition looks familiar, it draws influence from an Ocean's Eleven poster, which had to have been influenced by the Smithereens 11 album cover, which I believe was influenced by Reservoir Dogs. I'm not exactly sure which was first.  The first I was ever aware of was the Smithereens album cover but it doesn't matter. All art is derivative.

I give you InkTober's Eleven, MesyComics style: featuring my earliest cast of characters from the Howlin' Madd book I made, circa 1990.

Friday, October 10, 2014

InkTober Day 10: The Raven Mocker

Today's InkTober topic is inspired by the Sketch Dailies prompt of Raven Mocker. I'd never heard of this thing, so I had to look it up. The Raven Mocker is basically the Angel of Death in Cherokee mythology. I found the myth to be both gruesome and intriguing. Since I was so unfamiliar with the topic I hadn't planned on drawing it. Then inspiration stuck me like a bolt from the blue...it even came with some verse!! I had to draw it then! Hope you like my complete mockery of The Raven Mocker. It was one of the most fun so far. Click on the image for a larger version that is easier to read. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

InkTober Day 9: Turn That Frown Upside Down!

Took another trip in The Way-Back Machine today and dusted off another character I made in college. This one is slightly older than Leper Man and one of my favorites. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

InkTober Day 8: Alien Goat Vomit

How can you not love a goat the pukes from one end a shoots diarrhea out the other?

Anybody who's been to my house knows Futurama is almost always on. My 6 year old daughter loves it and so do I. Thanks to our brain washing, my wife loves it now too. I must have seen every episode a half dozen times and they are still funny. One of my favorite obscure characters is Mr. Chunks, who's the subject of today's Inktober drawing.

He appeared in the season six episode, "Attack of the Killer App." He looks like an alien goat but they call him a puke-me-poop-u... a play on the pushmi-pullyu from Dr. Doolittle. Watching Bender and Fry feeding Mr. Chunks his own alien goat vomit put me in mind of Ouroboros. Hence the illustration. I love how this one turned out. Thank you Matt Groening for creating such an awesome show!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

InkTober Day 7: Leper Man

I'm dedicating this one to my friend Sean. If you're interested in miniature wargaming, check out his blog l33tlike.us  He's been encouraging these cartoons since my college days when this character first made an appearance in the school newspaper, circa 1993...most likely against the editor's wishes. She didn't like me much but her staff didn't like her much and I often made it to print. Thanks for the years of support Sean.

If anyone remembers the original, I actually prefer it to this one. There was something to be said for stupid characters drawn with primitive skills. Now that I draw better I've lost that rustic charm. I'll probably go back and redo Leper Man again one day. He deserves better than this.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

InkTober Day 5: Wizard of Oz Trailer

When I draw comics like this one, I tend to get asked "Are you on drugs?" In case you are wondering... No, I'm not.  (Maybe I should start). I have no idea why I felt the need to take pen to paper on this one but it consumed my whole evening. I present The Wizard of Oz in a trailer park.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

InkTober Day 4: More Than Meets The Eye

It's day four of InkTober...10-4 good buddy! And I was hoping to get a trucking joke in of some kind. Guess my mind wandered a bit....Optimus Prime is a truck!  That counts.

Anyway, I have a new respect for the people who have to draw Transformers. These two gave me all kinds of trouble. Sorry the post was a bit later than usual because of it. Family stuff also fills my weekends. Still on schedule though, so I'm very please with how things are going. InkTober is definitely a challenge... I'll need to take a nap come November!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Inktober Day 2: Sid the Squid

Day two of InkTober and I'm still under the sea...and doing only slightly better than Sid the squid! Must.....ink.....faster! Please click on the image for a larger view. Happy inking!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Hunt for Red Inktober

Inktober has arrived! Hope you enjoy the daily ink drawings this month and hopefully I can keep up with this.  I call today's drawing "The Hunt for Red Inktober". Please click on the image for a larger view.

I'd been thinking about what I would be drawing since Sunday and got inspired to throw another variable into the challenge and that is to incorporate some red ink into each piece....like coming up with the time to do a new drawing every day won't be hard enough!

Since Sunday, I also added a few more tools to my kit and since a couple people had been asking about what I'm using I'll provide the list here:

Pigma microns: these did the bulk of the work. Have a set of 8 pens
Pentel brush ben
Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen
Faber-Casrtell 6 pack of brush pens in shades of gray
Sharpies in red and Black
Uni-ball Vision red pen

So far so good! Enjoy!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Inktober 2014 Is Almost Here!

It's hard to believe September is drawing to a close and Inktober is almost here!  What is Inktober you ask? In short, it's where you draw one ink drawing a day, every day, for the month of October. It's a pretty loose set of rules but if you want them, please check them out here.  The event was created by Mr. Jake Parker, in 2009, who's work I was introduced to only this year. I love his style and admire him as both an artist and an instructor! Do yourself a favor and check him out.

So this month I'll be trading in my Wacom for some Micron! Got my pens and I'm ready to go!

I haven't inked anything on paper since the very early 90's. This will be a challenge in every sense of the word but I'm excited. My goals are simple: build practice, make some comic imagery and have fun! How could that go wrong?  As long as I keep it simple Inktober should be fun. I made a new banner for the blog to celebrate the month. I'll be posting that, along with my first update on October 1st. Stay tuned...

In other news, I made some slight changes to the blog to make it more streamline. Now that I got as many "new" panels of The Last Resort done as my initial batch, I grouped them all into one gallery. It's your best viewing option if you're just here for the Last Resort comic strip. Please see the tab above.

Lastly, I've regained some focus as of late. I love comics and that's what I'm returning to. I still plan to practice illustration work but I'll keep posting of that to a minimum. It's been fun exploring that. I learned a lot of technique over the last year but still have a long way to go. I think my "style" will end up being cartoony. It's in my blood and I think I'm better off accepting that than to try and be something I'm not. We shall see...I don't feel like you can choose your style. Your style chooses you over time. Anyway, I'm going to continue to put in the time when I can and let it evolve organically. Anything I feel worth sharing will most likely be left to Twitter posts or go straight to the Sketch and Illustration page. See the tab above if that interests you.

Thanks for checking in. Grab some paper and ink and I'll see you all in Inktober!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Last Resort: Swim Meat.

A quick pun I thought up while hearing somebody talk about competitive swimming.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fan Art: Sitrah

I had the day off work today so I completed some fan art for Jason Brubaker, creator of the amazing graphic novels reMIND and now Sithrah. You can read his online graphic novels for fee at sithrah.com or remindblog.com.  Both are fantastic works of art. If you like what you see and want to support him you can buy reMIND on Amazon. He's currently wrapping up a KickStarter campaign to get Sithrah published that ends TODAY!!  I'm very pleased to announce the book has been funded and will be printed! If you'd like to grab a copy or just support his efforts you can go to his KickStarter campaign here.

Hope you enjoy his book and this illustration. (Click on the image for a larger view).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Last Resort: Sign of the Vikings

For those of you bored with my illustrations work as of late, I offer up a new panel of The Last Resort. I've had this one rolling around my head in for a few years now but just got around to putting it into pixels.

 I'm always bewildered by the signs and bumper stickers people feel they have to put on their cars: as if these declarations will some how change the lives of others. "You know... I was going to skip through town, beating people with a wiffle ball bat today, but the ass-end of that car is telling me to coexist. Guess I better sheath my anger as well as my plastic sword."

It is in this state of perplexity that I ponder the sign featured in the cartoon above. It can only serve one of two purposes: Either the occupants of the car feel the need to brag about their ability to reproduce (big whoop) or 2. They think it's a magic shield that will protect their infant from harm. To them both I say, "RAMMING SPEED!"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Worm World Saga

Today I completed some fan art for Daniel Lieske, creator of the Worm World Saga. You can read his online graphic novel for fee  at wormworldsaga.com  It's a beautiful work of art and a great story. He's currently wrapping up a KickStarter campaign to get the book published that ends Sept 16, 2014. I'm very pleased to announce the book has been funded and will be printed! If you'd like to grab a copy or just support his efforts you can go to his KickStarter campaign here.

Hope you enjoy his book and this illustration. (Click on the image for a larger view).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Illustration Friday: Radio

The IllustrationFriday.com subject for this week is "Radio". I found it surprisingly challenging...in the end I decided to pay tribute to the great animators of the early 30's and let my mind wander down that road. Maybe this piece is a more a statement about those films than "Radio" but I'm happy with it. It was fun trying to merge my style with the art of the time period. Any excuse to watch cartoons!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Illustration Friday: Metamorphosis

This week's subject for Illustration Friday is "Metamorphosis."  I think I'm still getting too painterly with these illustrations but I returned to my cartoon roots a bit on this one and I think paid off. I like it the best of the three I've done and had fun making it: probably because I liked Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" so much. If you are going to illustrate Metamorphosis, might as well illustrate THE Metamorphosis!

If you haven't read it do yourself a favor and check it out. Enjoy! And happy Friday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Illustration Friday: Skull

I think I might miss the deadline by a couple minutes, to post to Illustration Friday but for the record I made it under deadline this week!  It's posted here on time. The topic: "Skull"

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Illustration Friday: 8/22 Journey

If you've been reading this blog for a while you know that I've been exploring the realm of digital illustration this past year. I've been learning a bunch of new applications, dabbling in digital painting and generally trying to find my voice as an illustrator. It's amazing how much of my painting skill has been forgotten since college. It's been a struggle and I still don't know where I'm going with it but I do know that I need to illustrate a lot more, practice painting and sketch every chance I get.

In a serendipitous search of the internet, I came across the site illustrationfriday.com which presents a weekly challenge for illustrators and a forum to post their art. I thought it would be fun to give it a try and a weekly project I hope to keep up with from here on out. The topic for last week was "Journey"... a very fitting subject to start this ongoing series.  Unfortunately I missed the deadline by two days.

I chose to do a digital painting. This is the first one I've ever done from sketch to completion without basing it on a photograph. It's still pretty cartoony but I'm happy with it for a first attempt. It will be interesting to compare it to my work years from now. By then I'll probably regret posting it and view it as an embarrassment but every journey has to start somewhere. Mine starts here.