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April 20th, 2014 – Swampy’s Easter Feast!

by on Apr.20, 2014, under Cartooning, Swampy's Florida

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Thought I would share this illustration I did to celebrate Easter for the Swampy’s Florida website.
As Easter winds down, Swampy and Zuber have devoured enough chocolate. Trilby, on the other hand is running out and may need to dip into reserves.

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April 19th, 2014 – Book: ‘The Secret Soldier’ by Alex Berenson.

by on Apr.19, 2014, under Books

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m against the tide of the majority of reviews praising this volume of John Wells fictitious life. Maybe it’s timing that affected my experience reading the book. I also wonder if it’s that I accidently bypassed the volume before this, The Midnight House, that has gotten poor reviews. Whatever the case, I found this book far over written. It’s great when an author has a lot of background for a novel, but that author doesn’t have to put it all in one volume. To me, the book dragged horribly with the excess. This is a complaint I have with the majority of contemporary writers I’ve read. I just hadn’t experienced so much coming from Berenson. A good dose of studying Agatha Christie might help. But, I have a feeling the publisher needs to build a $9.99 book and wants the overdone writing.

I happen to be reading a Frank Slaughter novel at the same time which has plenty of excess. But it’s so beautifully written and so cogent to the storyline, that it works so very well. Being a better writer would’ve greatly helped Berenson’s extra loads in this. Slaughter is so good that I’m very slowly taking in each line and paragraph. At this rate, I could take a year reading Slaughter’s book and find it time well invested. I found myself wanting to read through The ‘Secret Soldier’ faster just to get it out of the way. It was pretty obvious how the book was going to end and, sad to write, there were no twists to make the reading journey interesting or fun.
There is a very good story intertwined in so much else. I wish the book was better assembled to make it enjoyable. There are also some other specifics in the story that bother me, like use of a cell phone, navigating a boat in a certain area, an oddly handled partner for Wells. Seems if a writer is going to over write, maybe fix some other sloppy writing first.

One other thing. There is an odd similarity to the basis of this book that is similar to an episode of ‘The Rockford Files’ where even a couple character names are the same. As an editorial cartoonist, I certainly know how duplication exists when creating a story. It just happens. Just found the similarity interesting and thought I’d mention it.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book.



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April 6, 2014 – Cartoonist Meeting in Southeast Florida!

by on Apr.06, 2014, under Cartooning

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Put together an artistic get together of the National Cartoonist Florida Chapter Southeast Club at the classic rib place Bobby Rubino’s in Lighthouse Point, Florida. — with Manfred Wegscheider and 3 others at Bobby Rubino’s Place for Ribs.
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April 4th, 2014 – Delivering the new ‘Swampy’s Florida: Silver Springs State Park’!

by on Apr.04, 2014, under Cartooning, Florida Attractions, Florida History!, Florida Outdoors!, Swampy's Florida

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Tim and Daniel Reynolds, of The Knowledge Exchange, the publishers of all things Swampy, delivered over a thousand copies of my brand new ‘Swampy’s Florida: Silver Springs State Park’ book to Deb Wilson, ranger, at Silver Springs State Park. – http://swampysflorida.com/?p=9928

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April 3rd, 2014 – Easter Egg Gator Surprise!

by on Apr.03, 2014, under Cartooning, Swampy's Florida

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This is the third of the Swampy’s Florida Easter card images.

This was penciled and inked on paper. Then scanned. Colored using Photoshop. I did the artwork about a month ago.

I’ll post a link to where you can purchase them when ready.

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Swampy’s #Florida This Morning: Downtown Winter Park

by on Mar.30, 2014, under What's New?

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Swampy’s #Florida This Morning along Park Avenue in Winter Park! Best take your umbrella today!

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March 27th, 2014 – Cartooning Class!

by on Mar.28, 2014, under Cartooning

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Made my bi-annual stop at my friend’s George Pieper’s cartooning class to give a talk to his class about cartooning and caricature. Each time I take answers to a series of questions I give to the students and combine them into a drawing. Above is me and George and the drawing i drew based on the responses.

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March 22nd, 2014 – Swampy’s Florida artwork I’m working on!

by on Mar.22, 2014, under What's New?

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Been spending a good part of the day wrapping up the last pages of art to the upcoming ‘Swampy’s Florida: Silver Springs State Park’ down here near Fort Lauderdale.

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March 21st, 2014 – Caricatures in Lake Worth!

by on Mar.22, 2014, under Caricatures

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Was drawing at a wedding in Lake Worth Friday night. Here a few drawings from the night.

The City of Lake Worth, who ran the facility, really made the event a nightmare. I had written a rather long treatise about this here in a blog post, but list it due to an app crash. Have to get back to drawing and will return to this later. Advice is to stay away from City if Lake Worth parking places and other facilities. They’re setting up a nasty financial trap for visitors and tourists.

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