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Da Hawk says "When visiting Southeastern Wisconsin be sure to visit the Museum of Signs in this Tree " (fake ad)

The caricature above was done for my good friend Neal, who was known as Da Hawk during his football career. I call it a fake ad but in reality it's an FPO until I can find some time to create some "real fake ads" (oxymoron intended) in this column. By the way, please forgive the pun regarding a famous Chicago museum.


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December 20, 2017

GOP Tax Bill

What is with the GOP tax bill? How can one party be so adamant in their belief that the bill will do everything but cure cancer and solve peace in the middle east - while the other party fears it will take food from the mouths of every low-income and middle-class citizen? Aren't tax rates going down for most us?

Yes, but what about in 2025, when the temporary rates expire? You know - like when cable rates increase after the introductory offer.


December 13, 2017

Dissecting Gossamer

This is just a practice cartoon ... It's not really worthy for submitting to magazines as it's geared only to the most die-hard Seinfeld fans.

On the other hand, maybe the The New Yorker would find it amusing ... assuming there's anyone working there who remembers a 20 year old episode of Seinfeld.

December 10, 2017

Office Holiday Parties

Remember how office Christmas parties from the 1950's were stereotypically portrayed in films, TV shows and magazine cartoons? Well, here's my take of how one of those shindigs from 60 years ago might have gone had the "boys" back THEN known what they know NOW.

Oh sure, the bashes from the 1960's and 1970's may have been just as wild, but with the memories of Mad Men relatively fresh in our minds, this 1950's setting seems just a bit more nostalgic.

A special shout out of thanks to all of the politicians, entertainers, newsmen, athletes, nitwits, (have I missed anyone) for the inspiration. To the rest of you (boys and girls alike) please remember to behave yourself if you attend an office holiday party during the next few weeks.


October 7, 2017

First Published Cartoon

Where were you 45 years ago? Me … I was just starting my senior year at Mosinee High School, located in central Wisconsin. I’m not sure if the old school still publishes a monthly newspaper, but in our day our paper was called the Pow-Wow. It was actually a pretty decent publication, and filled with the typical high school fare: news, puzzles, lists, sports updates, etc. For some quirky reason, however, each issue was printed in a different color ink. I should know as I no-doubt helped print some of the issues using the AB Dick offset press in our Graphic Arts lab. Graphic Arts class (they used to call it printing) was loads of fun, and thanks to our instructor, Mr. Rogers, I later majored in it at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Another class that I thoroughly enjoyed at MHS was Journalism, which was taught by Mr. Rass. Thanks to his influence I was able to obtain a position on the Pow-Wow as a staff photographer.

Taking photos for the school newspaper (and yearbook) was a pretty cool job in itself. However, using those inroads, I was able to “convince the editors” (that sounds so much nicer than “finagle”) to publish a cartoon of mine. In fact, it was one, and only cartoon. When you see it below you’ll understand why. How embarrassing. The other day I found the original and after studying it I now wonder how in the world I ever thought I had any talent whatsoever back then. Oh sure, we all have to start somewhere, but most cartoonists start off drawing better – much,  much better – during second or third grade, not their last year of high school. At any rate, the infamous cartoon appears below. If you laugh, I’ll know it’s “at me”, rather than for the punch line. By the way, back then I admired the work of comic book artist Jack Kirby. Can you see a trace of his style in my drawing style?


September 24, 2017

Sunday Edition from "House" Comic Strip

While browsing my portfolio this morning - hoping to find fresh inspiration from old gags - I found a favorite Sunday edition from my old comic strip, "House", which was drawn a good three years before the Hugh Laurie television hit first aired. It should be noted that, other than the title, there is no resemblance between the TV show and the strip - which is really nothing more than my twist of the popular "Home Alone" films starring Macaulay Culkin.

Because the kids in the strip are too young to drink coffee this edition illustrates the ramifications that many adults often encounter when not fully caffeinated. BTW, it'll help knowing that Scott has a longtime crush on his boss, Beta - who, unforunately, hardly knows he exists.

July 16, 2017

Can't You Guys Take A Joke

About 37 years ago (before I had any intentions of pursuing a semi-professional career in cartooning) I cobbled together a short collection entitled Can't You Guys Take A Joke? That title was the caption for the first gag that appeared on the cover of a booklet that I cobbled together for "the boys in the print shop" at work ...

Here are a few other cartoons from that booklet ...











March 21, 2017

Health insurance options for those to whom this will probably be applicable, thanks to the repeal of one bill and implementation of another . . .


February 21, 2017

This is really nothing more than an inside joke for a handful of friends still at the Lock. :)



December 18, 2016

Life Raft in a Christmas Movie

Like a lot of folks do around this time of year, we watch a lot of classic Christmas movies as a way to gear up for the holidays – specifically, the black and white classics such as Holiday Affair, Remember the Night, it Happened on 5th Avenue, and the one we watched last night, Christmas in Connecticut. In the beginning of this 1945 film, a US battleship is torpedoed and two WWII sailors are stranded at sea in a life raft …

Raft 1

When I saw this scene I chuckled to myself and wondered what their reaction would be if they saw a bottle of champagne floating in the water nearby. The question is sort of an inside joke, for years ago I drew a cartoon about two men, also in a life raft, pondering that very same question …

Raft 2008

I thought to myself, what an amusing coincidence, but now, back to the film. But wait … what? I couldn’t believe my eyes. Suddenly, I was staring at a scene where one of the sailors is dreaming about being served a gourmet meal (and champagne, I presume) by the other …

Raft 2

Whoa … this was getting too surreal. I was shocked because this particular dream sequence reminded me of a cartoon I drew last year, as part of a fun little exercise where I tried to portray how several syndicated cartoonists might have treated my “raft” cartoon – had they had drawn it instead (see my post dated April 30, 2016). Anyway, one of the six artists that I emulated is Dan Piraro, who draws the panel, Bizarro, and as you can see, other than my version showing the men in a life boat instead of a life raft, the cartoon is nearly a mirror image of the movie scene …

Bizarro Raft


November 9, 2016

There's No Place Like Home

I knew that our move back into the city of Milwaukee had taken took a toll on my “free” time this summer – not to mention all of the fun stuff that we do in autumn – but until 5:45 this morning I hadn’t realized that the last editorial cartoon that I drew was back in April. Then, after learning that Donald Trump pulled off the biggest upset since the 1980 USA men’s Olympic hockey team beat the Soviet Union, I decided to go back to the drawing board. Well, it’s really a Wacom Cintiq, but I think you know what I mean.

While drawing this cartoon I listened to election commentary on TV and I feared that the polarization in our country might be beyond repair. If that wasn’t unsettling enough, I also started getting bummed by the fact that I hadn’t used my elliptical equipment during the past couple weeks. Thankfully, I remembered that the elliptical is a good exercise for hockey, and maybe I’ll see the improvement next Monday night. So, down to the cellar I went.

I like to watch documentaries while working out, and since I brought it up earlier, I watched the one about the 1980 Olympic hockey team. My workout got off to a sluggish start but by the time Mike Eruzione scored the go-ahead goal against the Soviets, my legs felt like they were pumping air – and when Al Michaels asked if we believed in miracles, I found that I had already surpassed my typical 700 calorie burn.

The film recapped the gold medal win over Suomi (Finland) and then went on to say how the experience had helped heal a USA that was previously wounded by the Iranian hostage crisis, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, and economic issues. For the players, the “win” reminded them that they were a team of Americans fighting for a common cause. Like President Obama said earlier today, no matter who wins the election, we are Americans first. This is our home – and like Dorothy said, “there’s no place like home”.

November 7, 2016
Trump in a Tree

Great minds think alike, right? Well, if Milt Priggee has a great mind then I guess I do too. To those of you who know me, please mind your own business and let me run with this, okay?

My basis for such a claim has to do with Milt's recent political cartoon showing Donald Trump sitting on a tree branch after having sawed the tree out from underneath his self. Milt, like millions of others, feels that Trump has done all that he could to ensure a losing bid for the presidency. On the other hand, my cartoon that was posted here back on March 21st (prior to the primary elections) assumed that the republican party would try to cut Trump down from the tree. Alas, they were unsuccessful.

Although either cartoon might apply if Trump ends up winning the election tonight, a more timely analogy might show Trump posed as Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, whose team won their first world series in 108 years IN SPITE of his boneheaded moves in game 7 rather than because of them.

November 2, 2016

Ghost Artists

During a meeting I had a couple years ago with the editor of one of the nation’s leading newspaper syndicates, we discussed the reasons that some new comic strips fail to make it into syndication. Simply, it comes down to …

1) Market (would the strip reach a broad audience, is it sustainable, has it already been done, etc.)

2) Talent (is the writing good, is the drawing unique and consistent, etc.).

With rare exception, solicitors of new strips don’t typically learn the specific reasons why their submissions fail. But such insight, especially coming from someone obviously knowledgeable and respected in the industry - and totally unbiased - would be extremely helpful. Artists need to know whether to go back to the drawing board versu saying “enough is enough”. But, in the case of the latter, are there other opportunities available that might be perfect for someone who has the talent but perhaps isn’t equally adept at choosing a viable comic strip theme? Sure, some established cartoonists buy gags, and some, who are highly sucessful, have assistants to help with inking or coloring. But, I wondered, were there many opportunities for ‘ghost artists’? The editor asked if I thought I would be able to emulate someone else’s style. and I said I thought so - at least after practicing for a few weeks. Hmmm, could I really?

I hadn’t given this topic much thought until a few months ago when – while rearranging my studio – I was perusing my original artwork file and came across the very first panel I had ever drawn for my first comic strip entitled Moon Crazy. The gag centered on two people drifting at sea, on a life raft, with no food or water. Although both saw the bottle of Champagne floating nearby they also realized that this was neither the time nor place for celebration. Hilarious! At the time, I thought so. Looking at this panel 21 years later I wondered how I could have improved the gag and/or the drawing. Then I wondered how this gag might have been rendered if it were drawn by an established and successful, syndicated artist.

As it turns out, I had just recently picked up a used Wacom Cintiq, and was trying to think of a fun way to immerse myself in the new hardware and learn my new Sketchbook Pro drawing software. One idea that I came up with was to try emulating the drawing and writing styles of six established artists. So, after perusing about 30 of my favorite comic strips, I selected the six that I thought would not only offer a nice challenge due to their differing creative styles, but also whose characters and story lines would actually be conducive to the raft/champagne gag that would be used for this exercise.

Following the comic (below) that I first did in 1994, are my six interpretations. Apologies go out to the original creators, should they happened to be offended …




My interpretation of how Mike Peters might have rendered my gag in Mother Goose and Grimm …



My interpretation of how Brian Crane might have rendered my gag in Pickles …



My interpretation of how Wiley Miller might have rendered my gag in Non Sequitur …



My interpretation of how Sandra Bell-Lundy might have rendered my gag in Between Friends …



My interpretation of how Joe Martin might have rendered my gag in Mister Boffo ...



My interpretation of how Dan Piraro might have rendered my gag in Bizarro ...


Note: I shared the results of this project with all six of the original comic strip creators and all of the feedback that I received was positive. However, as flattered as some of them might have been, unfortunately, I received no offers for a ghost-drawing gig.

October 20, 2016

Kids in Politics

I don’t remember who our Kindergarten class elected in the presidential election that late autumn day in 1960. But, I do recall that my Mom pretended to be very angry with me after our teacher, Mrs. Powell, reported to her in which of the two boxes I cast my “vote” while exiting the classroom after school. Without naming the candidate, I’ll only say that it rhymes with Schmixon, and that he lost on the national level.

Most-likely, that exercise was our first exposure to politics, but it would only be a year or two later before we began choosing sides (voting) for teams when starting up a game of “ledge” (aka pinners) on the playgrounds of the Chicago schools. It would be another few years before we were compelled to run for, and vote in, our middle school class elections. Finally, by our senior years in high school, I’d guess that 95% of us were either really, really interested in “running” for one of the offices … or really, really not.

The common denominator during that span of 12 years was the repeated cheer from various authority figures that we could all become POTUS if we really wanted to. I wonder what motivates kids – at age 5, 9, 12 or 17 - to want to become president. Perhaps we are influenced by environment within our homes or neighborhoods. Or, perhaps it comes from video games, or the sitcoms and dramas seen on basic cable, or from the sensational news reports, or the raunchy ads, or … worse yet, from the presidential debates.

Here’s my rough for an editorial cartoon that depicts a proud parent and her son’s ambition to “be” president, influenced by the wrong person and for the wrong reasons. Subtle enough?

August 24, 2016

Something about Nelson

Not sure why, but if your name is Nelson there's a good chance that you may like to relax, get casual and just unwind in a fashion that - well - just might be considered "all-your-own". And there may be no better way to illustrate this point than by sharing a couple of great cartoons (well, at least one of them could be considered great) - both of which feature a character by the name of "Nelson".

In 1994, when I introduced my single panel strip Moon Crazy, I featured my version of "Nelson" within the submission package that I FedEx'd to all of the major newspaper syndicates. As this particular strip was not picked up, I considered it fair game and published it on-line, for all the world to see (alas, free of charge) . . .



Earlier this week, I let out a huge giggle when I saw, not only another "Nelson" in the newspaper comic section, but one that also likes to get casual in his own way. This version, was created by the extremely talented Jerry Van Amerongen, Facebook friend and, more importantly, two-time winner (2003 and 2005) of the National Cartoonist Society's divisional award for best newspaper panel, for his ever-entertaining "Ballard Street " ...


Not that anyone reading this would disagree, but don't take my word for it ... visit Ballard Street at ...


August 21, 2016

No Lions, Buzzards or Quicksand

Came across this sign while biking the Oak Leaf Trail near Lake Michigan recently. Thankfully, there were no sightings of lions, buzzards or quicksand (as I had feared in an earlier piece of work) ...



June 13, 2016

This morning I drew a quick rough for a cartoon that (unfortunately) won't get done anytime soon due to the fact that we close on our new house this Friday - and we are so far behind on everything that must get done before then.


June 2, 2016

"What the ...?" That might be your reaction if you just tried clicking on the link to but ended up here. Don't dismay, because "RejectedToons" is now part of the Wallmarkmedia family, and much of that website's content has been folded in to this flagship site. In fact you'll see that the menu bar icons are nearly identical - along with a lot of the other features. So now you get all the fun with half the hassle.


May 15, 2016

We had our first open house today so this morning we cleaned the house extra special, hoping that all of the potential buyers would think it looks this way all the time. Then we headed out to visit our daughter, grab a bite to eat, and drive past our new house for the 40th or 50th time this week. (We can't wait to move in.) After a couple hours we received a text from our realtor that the coast was clear and we could finally come home. Although he mentioned that we had set a record for the number of people to ever go through one of his open houses, I wasn't impressed. I know this neighborhood, and I'm sure you could count the number of serious buyers on one hand after you dismiss the hordes of curiosity seekers. (Anyone out there old enough to remember Gladys Kravitz?)

After we got home I turned my studio back into, well, a studio. I hauled everything out of the closet and put it all back where it belongs. Sure, I get that selling a home means you need to remove clutter and personal items, but since when is a Wacom Cintiq, HP Laserprinter, a set of comic strip coffee cups, TV and movie memorabilia, a 1960's Hamm's beer sign, Chicago Blackhawks gear, and five guitars considered clutter? Okay, so I cut the guitars down to my Les Paul Gold Top and one acoustic, but surely our visitors would find the other stuff to be just as cool and fun as I do? Geez, do we want to sell this house or not?

Anyway, it's now back to the world of drawing cartoons and all things related. That includes me reminding you to check out Tim Jones' self-syndicated comic strip, Sour Grapes, which is about Aesop, a smart-mouthed flying dog and the problematic life that he shares with his friends Maddy, Slice and Constance. Sour Grapes is drawn in a very clean and appealing style which, combined with Tim's natural sense of humor, is why he's currently published in no less than 18 newspapers (not an easy feat these days) and has had two paperback collections published. If you check out his Sour Grapes Facebook page please be sure to let him know you "Like" it.



May 7, 2016

We're right in the middle of selling and buying homes, so anyone who's been through that joyous process surely understands how time-consuming all of the little tasks that go along with the adventure can be. That is, unless you're a cartoon syndicate editor or other client waiting for a job to get completed. In that regard, I won't use these pending moves as an 'excuse' for not posting anything new in the past two weeks. Rather, I'll just say that it's the 'reason'. Funny how words can make the same situation sound so different. I'll have to remember that the next time someone confuses 'lazy' with 'priorities'.

Due to a private showing this morning which required me to leave the house, I killed some time at a park near Lake Michigan and enjoyed the cool (make that colder by the lake) Spring weather. Believe me, the hot McD coffee really helped. While browsing some of my favorite links on my phone I came upon Keith Brown's website for his comic strip, Wages of Sin. I've been a fan of Keith's for quite some time and even proudly display my Wages of Sin coffee cup on my drawing board. Granted, the cup holds drawing utensils - not hot beverages - but Keith says he's fine with that. The cup is a constant reminder of my favorite federal holiday - Halloween. Okay, it may not be an official federal holiday but it should.

Please take some time to visiting Keith's Wages of Sin strip on-line. I think you'll agree with me that his humor is top-notch and drawing style very appealing. And you will certainly be entertained. Where else can one experience "just another day in hell" - I mean, other than at your day job - mingling with devils and a talking skull and spider?

Keith's renditions of devils are a little different from mine. Over the years I've only rendered one cartoon featuring the minions of the underworld but with Keith ruling that domain why bother with more?

My devil cartoon from 1995 ...




April 23, 2016

Another good Facebook friend of "ours", Brad Diller, puts out a wonderful daily panel called Funday Morning. Besides being one of the funniest written panels out there today, Brad's characters and scenes are drawn in a style that could literally make one double over with laughter even if they were presented strictly in pantomime. The main characters of Funday Morning are Bud and Pearl who, along with their two kids and cat, live in a home whose walls often display cracked plaster that reveals the lath boards underneath. This imperfection is what I like to call a "wallmark", and it has been the icon associated with my work at Wallmarkmedia since the early 1980's. Perhaps inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, who would surreptitiously sneak a cameo shot of himself in most of his movies, I liked to sneak my wallmark in some of the illustrations that I did for clients - at least whenever possible. Naturally, the situation had to be just right. But it appears to have worked jut fine in the example shown below, which is from a series of illustrations that I did for a Fortune 500 company's forklift training manual ...


As far as I know, this little "signature" was never caught, so let's keep this our little secret. (Perhaps if my name was Kilroy I might have taken another route).



April 20, 2016

If you haven't checked out Bill Abbott Cartoons yet please make it one of your top priorities for the day. Not only does he possess a very charming drawing style but his gags are awesome and consistent. The link above takes you to one of his super hero panels, which conjured up memories of one that I did back in 1994 ...


A couple of years ago one of the Family Guy episodes had a scene that shared the very same theme. Below is the YouTube link ...

Family Guy

What's that they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery? Flattery don't butter the bread ... but I'll take what I can get.


April 16, 2016

Some folks expect the roles to be switched for Bernie and Hillary, so maybe it’s too close to call at this point. On the GOP side there are some (maybe a lot) who think (pray perhaps) that Ryan is going to be the man – whether he wants to get in the ring or not ...

Ryan Boxing



April 6, 2016

Most everyone knows that it's Bernie Sanders' goal to "take from the rich and give to the poor", so as a result of yesterday's Wisconsin's primary - a win for Sanders and a loss for Donald Trump - I drew a representation of what might be Trump’s ultimate nightmare. Notice that I refrained from drawing Bernie in the obligatory garb from Sherwood Forest ...




March 31, 2016

Assuming that Kim Jong-un and the North Korean generals actually have a flat screen TV and access to satellite news broadcasts (even though 99.994% of the rest of their country doesn't) they might agree with so many Americans that Donald Trump is one-scary-dude ...




March 21, 2016

Even though his own party is trying to "cut him down" Donald Trump still keeps on hanging in there ...



February 11, 2016

Here's Buzz, the title character of a potential new comic strip. It's a little raw as this was my first (and very quick) attempt at drawing and colorizing using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on a very old Wacom Cintiq. Up until recently, I drew my comic strips using Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes and Higgins Black Magic ink on Morilla #280 Worthy Bristol ...





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