After periodically thinking it’d be a cool thing to do, I finally dragged my old turntable upstairs and set it up in my office. Records! LPs! Wax! Vinyl! Whatever-you-calls-‘em. I’m excited to have this often-ignored part of my music collection back at my fingertips. Hopefully it’ll encourage me to not sit like a lump in this chair for hours at a stretch. I commemorated my first day of listening by picking up a few 12″s at Turn It Up!.
Oh, the jet-set life of the self-employed! I’ve been keeping busy and hustlin’ to pay off our recent house remodeling project. On the multimedia front, there’s been a bunch of animation work and even some audio/radio work, but I’m not posting any of that because I’m lazy. Instead, here are a few of the freelance print projects I’ve been working on for the last few months. Continue reading
Clowny. A man? A myth? A pop culture icon or simply a scary disembodied clown head? Or as a painting instructor in college once commented to me, “It looks like two sunny side up eggs, a bun, and a smiling sausage on a plate”? Probably none of those things. Much has been written and postulated about Clowny over the years, all of it by me. Let’s take a vainglorious and introspective look back at this deformed reject that has been quietly populating my comics for untold decades. Well, three. I guess around about three. Decades. Continue reading
Quite a bit of my graphic design work is for national clients & faraway clients I meet online, but I also like to keep my designing hand in the local scene. Here’s some work I’ve done for a bunch of great local independent Northampton/western Massachusetts businesses in the latter half of 2011. They are my Pioneer Valley homies, and I love working with ‘em, and I love their products/places/causes. I believe the kids today call this a “shout-at.” Major propellers and shout-ats to the 413, you-all! Continue reading
I’ve gotten a few random comments from New Englanders that a Foxwoods Casino promotion had lifted/ripped off/whatever my logo for Turn It Up CDs. I saw it and kind of get their point, but I’m still a little on the fence about it. I am either offended or complimented or it’s just coincidence. Not sure. It’s pretty easy to find similarities in almost anything. Sort of like numerology. Ho ho ho! Anyway, here are some screen grabs of the Foxwoods graphics Continue reading
Here is a magical list, compiled by many different employees of Turn It Up! (Northampton location, 1997-1999 era) in a notebook behind the cash register (please note the appropriately dated references). This was on a long-gone version of the TIU website, enshrined here for posterity and eternity and stupidity. Continue reading
Hello, Tom-Update-Starved-Ultra-Fanz. How are your empty meaningless lives? Feeling a bit low, lately, huh? It’s probably because I’ve been busy. Well, cancel those suicide plans! I’m here to tell you what I was up to in the third quarter of 2010.
HCR: I’ve been chipping away at a new WordPress Continue reading
EVEN LIONS WILL FEAR YOU: Two Years of Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!, A towering collection: every WTF strip published in 2007-2008, plus a bunch of unpublished ones, some early comics (Turn It Up ads) that pre-date the strip, and a few full-page comics that were published elsewhere. If you’ve only read WTF online, you are missing the glorious effect of a bloopy yet crisp halftone pattern on bright white paper. Highly recommended.
Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot! is a comic strip about two kids you wouldn’t want to know in real life. At least I think they’re kids. One’s crabby and dumb! The other one is dumb and crabby! …and fat! To my knowledge, they do not have names. W!T!F! is not really about much. I mean, like, the two kids don’t do much, you know? They just sort of sit around and complain about things like consumerism and television and are generally sort of annoying. W!T!F! ran in The Valley Advocate from January 2007-Dec. 2008, and special strips appeared in issues of Royal Flush and I Want Your Skull. There are a bunch of these strips archived over at the-opt.com site. Check em out. 52 pages, 8″x10.5″, self-published (2009).
This book is out of print.