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With some pals – October 25th, 2016

by on Oct.25, 2016, under Friends


With Marion County Commissioner David Moore, party leader Paul Skinner and Commissioner Stan McClain this evening. Great guys all!

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Book: ‘Six Ways from Sunday (Cotton Pickens, #2) Six Ways from Sunday’ by William W. Johnstone – October 23rd, 2016

by on Oct.23, 2016, under Books

Six Ways from Sunday (Cotton Pickens, #2)Six Ways from Sunday by William W. Johnstone
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is an odd book coming from the Johnstone Clan camp. The hero, is hardly that. He’s a bumbling ne’er-do-well that has little success in anything he does. This book is almost more of the main character as an observer of all that occurs. He sure doesn’t solve much of anything. Making this book one hard to grab a reader.

The story is OK with a better than average explanation as to the mechanics of how an area can be taken over. So happens the efforts described here happen even today. But as a typical western, this one has little gun play and, though lots happens, there is a meandering feel to the tale in that it’s rather clear the main character isn’t up to fixing the problem.

All of the other Johnstone Clan adventures the reader roots for the hero. With no hero and a cast of characters that is hard to like, this book misses the engaging storytelling that makes Johnstone Clan stories so compelling.

The setting is also not as well depicted. Never could get a handle of the town and it’s layout.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book: 4 out of 10 points.

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Friend & Hero Bill Partington dies – October 22nd, 2016

by on Oct.22, 2016, under Buddies

I just learned that Bill Partington died. He was a hero to anyone trying to save #Florida from those wanting to exploit it selfishly. My friend, Jeff Parker wrote it far better than I could:

“Bill Partington, has passed away.

Bill was a founding member of the Florida Native Plant Society and instrumental in persuading President Nixon to stop the construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, which led to Bill creating the Florida Conservation Foundation and ENFO. He is recognized as one of the foremost movers behind establishing a wildlife corridor system throughout Florida, He also is known for his efforts to stop alligator poaching, and lobbied tirelessly to reclaim agriculture lands for Everglades preservation.

Bill was gifted with a tremendous sense of humor which inspired him to co-create the tongue-in-cheek anti-growth organization called the Florida League Against Progress, better known as, FLAP. Their motto? “Leaving Florida? Take a friend.”

Each year throughout the 80s and 90s, before “Florida Man” became famous, FLAP put out its notorious “Florida Calamity Calendar” which featured editorial cartoons poking fun at Florida’s environment and “culture.” Plus, each date sported a ripped-from-the-headlines weird Florida news item to demonstrate what a truly calamitous state we live in (and that maybe you shouldn’t move here after all).

Riding in a car Bill was driving always turned into a hair-raising adventure once you left the cityscape. He would get terrifyingly distracted by a Swallow-tailed Kite, a stand of ty-ty, wet prairies, dry prairies, cypress domes, sink holes, estuaries– even the bugs that struck his windshield. Bill was also a great lover of snakes, and was genius at finding and charming them.

His late wife Joan and he would throw lavish and memorable twelve-course dinner parties (typically accompanied by twelve cases of wine) for their huge circle of friends at the intimate hideaway home they shared in Winter Park. Following the third dessert, it wasn’t unusual for Bill to sit at the piano and play the best boogie woogie, honky tonk, and swing music this side of Jelly Roll Morton– he had worked his way through college in the 40s and 50s playing for juke joints and dives all over the Northeast.

We’re heartbroken by the news, but so heart happy to have known him. So long, Bill… ”

It was just this past May when i ran into Bill and, his wife, Eloise, at Beefy King in Orlando. He was so gracious to be our speaker in July at our Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology in Ocala. Below is the artwork I did for that event of Bill and a handful of his many, many accomplishments.


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INKTober #15 – Titusville Caricatures – October 21st, 2016

by on Oct.21, 2016, under Caricatures


Driving home from Orange Park, south of Jacksonville, Thursday night after performing for another wedding, I called my friend Gar Thaddeus Gernstein (As he is known). I mentioned the woman below I depicted at a wedding in Titusville, Florida, last Saturday. She dresses goth and goes from rock concert to spiritualist event to rock concert dressed in black and made up as she is above. That’s when I realized I hadn’t posted the art for that evening and thought i would post the drawing of Debbie, above. Here ’tis.
I’ve been cocooned this week working on two projects and haven’t done much more than the trip to Orange Park to draw at still another wedding. I’ll post a few from that event soon.


Tina is a bakery & loves plays Bingo. Here she is with cookie Bingo.2016-102115-1015-gig-2

Ashley loves critters and has been known to bring them home. Here she terrifies her husband bringing a selection home.

Thanks to Gar for keeping me awake during the long, foggy, deer-in-the-road drive home.



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Book: ‘Pattern for Panic’ by Richard S. Prather – October 21st, 2016

by on Oct.21, 2016, under Books

Pattern for PanicPattern for Panic by Richard S. Prather
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Apparently this book by Prather was originally written with a different character and using another name as author. Later to be re-written to fit the Shell Scott series. This is definitely a different book for the character Scott. More involed and more political. Also no mention of some typical side characters that are not to be found. This story takes place entirely in Mexico and is a fight against Communism.

The story is certainly a solid one with political sludge everywhere fort Scott to try and fight through. The Maguffin being a chemical that annihilate the sentient population sounds like a plan Stalin would have loved. The Stalinist mentality is a part of the book that would be lost on today’s American population, who really don’t understand they’ve already adopted a lot of the tenants of Communism. The effort is a large scale model I see in my work in politics all of the time. If only the population realized how much it is manipulated. Reading this book might waken some snoozing Americans.

As usual the characters are well formed, making the books far easier to follow. As always, sex is a part and all tags to the storyline. I have to admire Prather’s ability to tie the two in and usually for different reasons. The scenery is well described also as usual. In particular the Reforma road is nearly a character in the book.

My complaint would be that, unlike the other Shell books, this one had a very obvious bad guy and little in the way of twists.

I’ve yet to compliment the wonderful cover art for this and all of the Scott paperbacks and re-prints. A job that no longer exists.

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

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Book: ‘The Scrambled Yeggs’ by Richard S. Prather – October 18th, 2016

by on Oct.18, 2016, under Books

The Scrambled Yeggs The Scrambled Yeggs by Richard S. Prather
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This a rollicking good tale of P.I. Shell Scott out to solve a hit and run death. The set of characters Prather writes to involve Scott with are rich and real and distinct. Prather writes a mystery with lots of moving parts and pieces that has hero Scott winding through the labrynth created.

The mystery is solid, with the exception of the first fourth that is a bit muddled in setup. The rest has the typical Scott sex scenes, again integral to the story. But as you read through, you’ll have great difficulty trying to figure who did it.

This particular book has outstanding setting descriptions, again almost it’s own character in the book. A bit more time is spent in Scott’s office in description and we spend a bit more time with the pet guppies.

This is the first of the series where Scott’s wardrobe is further described. Something interesting about the 5 other Scott books I’ve read is that the stories could take place anytime. There is little to tie to the time period of the ’50s and ’60s. This one the most references to the 1950s.

I liked this alot and, again, a thoroughly fulfilling story all in 160 pages. Excellent!

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 9 1/2 out of 10 points.

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#INKtober #17 – Cells of Ink! – October 17th, 2016

by on Oct.17, 2016, under Cartooning, What's New?

Adding the color to some earlier inking done Monday for a commercial project.



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#INKtober #14 – Recording life through cartooning! – October 14th, 2016

by on Oct.14, 2016, under Caricatures, Cartooning

Was part of a marriage rehearsal Saturday north of St Augustine.

Very honored to meet Bob who started with a mere 20 cents and built a construction company through great work and effort, something that escapes too may today. His company eventually was bought by the Orlando based Hubbard Construction Company. His family is still working for Hubbard, now owned by corporations outside our country.

Rich loves orchids of all kinds, especially bromeliads, and hopes to meet Clyde Butcher someday and purchase a few prints of Clyde’s photography. I told him what great folks Clyde and Nikki are and get on down to Venice, Florida, and say ‘Hello’! Also, he needs to plan a trip to the Fakahatchee Strand to see the elusive Ghost Orchid. You can visit Clyde’s amazing work here on Facebook by clicking here: Clyde Butcher

Troy is part of the historically significant Mickens family in West Palm Beach. He had been part of the also historic New Bethel Church, but has recently gone on to start a new church where he is pastor. Had a few moments to talk Palm Beach County history with Troy and hope I can meet with him in West Palm Beach and get a personal tour of the historic churches.

Saturday it’s a trip to Titusville to perform for a wedding at a BAKERY! They better hide the cookies!

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#INKtober #11 – Inking Political Cartoons! – October 11th, 2016

by on Oct.11, 2016, under Cartooning, What's New?


Inked a bunch of editorial cartoons today. Here’s a wee piece of one.

Inked with a Pilot Pocket Brush Pen, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen and a Pilot Flair marker.

On a personal level: The past week knocked me out Monday. Got tire replaced today and celebrated Jacob’s birthday and preparing to be part of monster event Wednesday morning.





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Happy Birthday, Jacob!!! – October 11th, 2016

by on Oct.11, 2016, under What's New?


Happy 24th Birthday, Jacob!!! Hoping you are well and life is full of success!
I celebrated of one of the two banana splits I have a year for yours and Taylor’s birthday.


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#INKtober #10 – Birthday Greetings!

by on Oct.10, 2016, under Cartooning


Turn to birthday greetings for INKtober #10! October 10th is my friend Patty Thielen Register‘s birthday. She and her husband run the wonderful Gatorama and Crocodile Adventures way down in Palmdale, Florida, where you can see all kinds of alligators and all kinds of other critters. Well worth the trip!

The other birthday is of Chris Chan who does an incredible impression Barry Manilow. He is a consummate performer from putting together an event, piano playing and so much more! You can learn more here: Chris Chan’s Musical Tribute to Barry Manilow.

Put both Patty and Chris in a Birthday Blender and there’s Okee, the Gatorama gator, doing his disco turn of Barry Manilow. On stage Live! 😀



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