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My Work in Progress: Springs artwork! – June 22nd, 2016

by on Jun.22, 2016, under Cartooning, Illusration


Here’s a bit of artwork by me of the children’s educational book about the springs in ‪#‎Florida‬ for the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute I’m working on. This is part of a page about plant life found around a spring. Text still to be added. This should be out be September and hope you all get a copy and learn more about the delicate springs in Florida!


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Caricature: First day of a Four Day Show – May 22nd, 2016

by on Jun.22, 2016, under Caricatures


Starting four days doing my cartoon improvisation for a large convention.
This is Dhanpat, who is a member of the Economic Advisors for India.
We had a great time discussing economics!

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My Works in Progress: Bill Partington – June 18th, 2016

by on Jun.18, 2016, under Cartooning, Florida History!, Florida Outdoors!

I’m getting to draw a friend and someone I admire – Mr. Bill Partington. Bill helped start or was director of the Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Audubon Society, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Florida Conservation Foundation, etc, etc, etc. Bill was instrumental in getting president Nixon to stop a horrible project that would have destroyed natural Florida and waste nearly a billion taxpayer dollars, the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. He was also instrumental in creating a wildlife corridor system in Florida, stopping gator poaching, adding land to the Everglades, etc, etc.

Whatever good shape ‪#‎Florida‬ is in these days is due to the 50+ years Bill has dedicated to making our state a better place to live.


I should add that Bill, along with another great Florida outdoor warrior, Ken Morrison, started a group that most in Florida belong to, FLAP. Bill and FLAP brought us the beloved and hilarious Calamity Calendar telling of everyday calamities in Florida. Florida political cartoonists, including myself, contributed to this calendar. FLAP had all sorts of other fun items that I’m going to reveal at Bill’s upcoming talk mentioned below. Many items involving my pal, Jeff Parker, who I can never thank enough for introducing me to Bill.

It was FLAP that fired me up to start my Swampy’s Florida.

The upcoming tlak by Bill: Bill has been gracious enough to be a speaker in our lecture series July 17, 2pm, for our Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology, to tell stories of adventure in Marion County environment! This is the artwork I’ve done to accompany the flyer announcing the event. i hope my fellow lovers of the Florida outdoors come out to hear of this great Florida Crusader!


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Book: ‘Traps Need Fresh Bait’ by A.A. Fair – June 18th, 2016

by on Jun.18, 2016, under Books

Traps Need Fresh BaitTraps Need Fresh Bait by A.A. Fair
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This Lam and Cool tale starts very well and gallops at a very fast pace. Then, near the end, there are a whole lot of movements made that could have been simplified and less convoluted. This is an issue I’ve had with a few other Gardner books. It doesn’t sink the book. Just makes it clunky and makes the ending less satisfying.

The characters are better written than in other Cool and Lam books. I especially like how the good guys and bad guys are not clearly figured out until the end. The settings, critical to the story, are also well written.

Bottom line: I recommend the book. 6 out of ten points.

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My work in progress: Aquatic Adventures page – June 16th, 2016

by on Jun.17, 2016, under Cartooning


I’m working on a children’s educational book about the springs in Florida with for the Florida Springs Institute. This is one page of the book featuring Blue Springs Park in Gilchrist County. As the project goes along, I’ll pop up some art to tease this upcoming book.




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Book: ‘The White Wolverine Contract’ by Philip Atlee – June 16th, 2016

by on Jun.16, 2016, under Books

The White Wolverine Contract The White Wolverine Contract by Philip Atlee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After I enjoyed The Irish Beauty Contract I was disappointed with The White Wolverine Contract. I’ve had this book for a couple decades and am just getting around to reading it after I had read Irish Beauty. I remember picking it up because I liked the title. Now I know I’m not crazy about the book.

It is a good story. There is a neat hook involved. The source of the hook is nicely done. Atlee’s outstanding ability to put the reader in the setting and rolling out the flavor of whatever area he tosses his characters in.

Character development is much looser in this tale and too many characters are far too simplistic. Caring what happens to paper thin characters is difficult.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book. five out of ten points.

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Camp the United Way! – June 15th, 2016

by on Jun.15, 2016, under Cartooning


Just finished this for my friend Sarah Butler over at Heart of Florida United Way that offers opportunities to camp! Fun in ‪#‎Florida‬!

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Work in Progress: Baby! – June 14th, 2016

by on Jun.15, 2016, under Cartooning


Been doing a bunch of digital coloring today. Including this baby, who has gotten quite an earful. Part of a larger illustration.

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Book: ‘The Big Needle’ by Ken Follett – June 14th, 2016

by on Jun.14, 2016, under Books

The Big NeedleThe Big Needle by Ken Follett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second try at Follett was a winner. This was a taut thriller that is also fun to read. The down side, for me, was the surprising amount of sex and drug use through out.

Apparently Follett wrote this first of a three part series under the name of Symon Myles. The main character is named ‘Apples’. An odd name with a lousy reason for using such a lousy name. Despite the name the character is well developed as are most all of the characters in this short novel.

A big plus to this story is Follett’s ability to put the reader in the setting. There are many settings throughout as Apples travels. Each is unique from the tight alleys to the wide spread of a farm.

The conclusion is satisfying, if not obvious to the casual reader.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 8 of ten points.

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I’m Back at the Drawing Board! – June 13th, 2016

by on Jun.13, 2016, under Cartooning, Florida Outdoors!


After being sick for so long getting back to the drawing board coughing all the way!

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Work in Progress: A view of the #Florida Panhandle – June 11th, 2016

by on Jun.12, 2016, under Illusration


Here’s a digital illustration I’m working on. There’s a whole other element that is part of this illustration that I’ll add later. This is just a backdrop. After being sick for so long, trying to get fully back to work. This is one of many projects I’ll be showing as I work on them.


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