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My Projects in Progress: More Puppy Drawings! – June 26th, 2017

by on Jun.26, 2017, under Cartooning, Illusration

I’ll be working on all sorts of projects this week. Including a bunch of puppy artwork!


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My Work in Progress: School Text Books Cartoon Art! – June 25th, 2017

by on Jun.25, 2017, under Cartooning

Here’s part of a larger cartoon I’m working on about school text books. Here’s part inked and in the process of coloring.

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Book: ‘The Toff Goes to Market’ by John Creasey – June 25th, 2017

by on Jun.25, 2017, under Books

The Toff Goes to MarketThe Toff Goes to Market by John Creasey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like reading the Creasey books because my mother loved reading them. I wonder if she liked this one?

There’s a good story here with lots of good characters and well written setting. However, the actual writing of the plot is too muddled to make a good book. The story dodges from one element to the next with poor elements of writing and makes the book often confusing. Adding that the interaction between the good guy vs all is entirely too cordial. Except those who are pre-written as bad guys. Varying the dialogue would have made the book more interesting instead of the segregated cast.

Since i know a bit of the black market during World War Ii, and now, that was well delineated. I wonder while Creasey was trying to chastise the black market he got lost assembling this story?

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

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My artwork in progress: Penciling lots of puppies & more! – June 24th, 2017

by on Jun.24, 2017, under Cartooning

Hunkered down for a couple of hours and worked on a number of projects. Tons more to do Sunday!

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Book: ‘Saddle Tramp’ by Clint Hawkins – June 20th, 2017

by on Jun.22, 2017, under Books

Saddle TrampSaddle Tramp by Clint Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was surprised to find i am the first to leave a review of any of this ‘Saddle Tramp’ series. I came across 4 in the series just a week ago and thought I’d give the first in the series a spin. The first is not a stand out book. A pretty typical western that has less plot than gun fire.

The main character, Wade Calhoun, is quickly identified as the series title says. As would happen to a rover, he arrives in a town, something happens and the gun fire soon follows. Pretty simple character, plot and story. The writing is OK. The settings are OK. The other characters are standard.

For a reader of classics, this book will likely be burned for it’s relatively empty content. For others it is a fun little way to pass the day.

Bottom line: i recommend this book. 5 out of 10 points.

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Busy Day in Orlando! – June 21st, 2017

by on Jun.22, 2017, under Buddies, Cartooning, Florida History!, Friends

Wednesday was a day in Orlando that didn’t go as planned. Missed a meeting of my favorite group, Orlando Remembered, a couple of my oldest friends, and more. However, I did have a powerful day with other meetings!

Great getting with pal Charles Treadwell at Hot Dog Heaven talking cartooning! Next we meet, we’re gonna motivate ourselves and get some cartooning done! Anyone want to join us?

Getting with Shirley Cannon about a mapping project and seeing her great success of developing the new Pine Castle Historical Society‘s ‘Pine Castle Historical Museum’! I’m going to help her get her museum library logged in and organized.

Next getting with the wonderful Bettielee Sansone to receive some incredible items passed to me by a great lady Dianne Sarchet. Dianne wants me to take care of some of, her late husband, Corb Sarchet’s books and a few other items. Including an amazing spear, hand made by Corb. Sadly Corb died in 2015. Colonel Corb Sarchet was a true American patriot who well served our country in the military, chronicled our military & western American history and juggernaut of Downtown Orlando’s success in the last half of the last century. I am honored to receive these items and will be sure all will be in a good home.

Finally my last meeting to talk politics with Robert Bauerle, Huge thanks to Robert, who recognized I had become overheated in the Florida 100 degree heat and needed to stop and get better hydrated and have a good meal before the two hour drive home! I admit to making the mistake Wednesday of overdoing too much…again!

Now on to getting a whole bunch of artwork done!


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Train Art Pencil & Inked Tonight! – June 19th, 2017

by on Jun.19, 2017, under Illusration

Pencil and inking lots these days. Learned today a project I’m working on has had the layout changed sometime back. Now having to scramble to refit art! This train is part of that.

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Book: ‘Honor of the Mountain Man’ by William W. Johnstone – June 19th, 2017

by on Jun.19, 2017, under Books

Honor of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man, #20)Honor of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It was easy to recognize this Johnstone Clan writer. Whoever it is keeps Pearlie & Cal and drops Bobby. Also the cursing is prevalent. First in the series i recall to use, more than once, the “F” word. Generally the dialogue is more late 2oth century than late 19th. Also the sexual content increases with this writer.

This is one of the worse in the entire Johnstone Clan books. The actual writing is not all that bad. It’s the plotting and strong inconsistency in the Smoke Jensen series that dunks this book. What’s wild is that the title, as usual disconnected with the book, is hard to find in the book. The dressed up good guys perform so many dis-honorable acts, it is hard to see Smoke as a good guy at all.

Not that the book has to have good guys or bad guys for a first time reader. It was hard for me to root for either side and found myself wishing both sides would leave the town alone.

I forgot to write this is still another “treeing” of a town book. How is it the rest of the Johnstone Clan series can find other plots to present and the Smoke Jensen series is almost 75% about “treeing’ towns. This is the 19th in the series I’ve read.

The character development is there. Too much there via flashbacks. There are far too many flashbacks to other books that have no relation to the actual plot, if you want to call it that. I wonder if the flashbacks were originally part of the book or if, due to the excessive violence in the book, the flashbacks were added to calm things a bit.

About the violence: there is a lot and not for a reader in the midst of dinner. Sure there was violence in battle and it can be written. Violence can also be written with less sensation and anger as is presented here. This, along with the cursing, is a huge divergence from the Smoke Jensen series. Maybe this shoulda been written as part of another series? Or was it and converted for Smoke Jensen? Whatever the reason it is all poorly handled and most is repeated over and over again.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book: 3 out of 10 points.

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Father’s Day Cartoon! – June 17th, 2017

by on Jun.17, 2017, under Cartooning

Just finished inking and preparing to color tomorrow’s Swampy’s Florida Celebration Cartoon. You can see what it’s all about and the color version Sunday!

Notice the name on the boat – Ona? Anyone know where Ona, Florida, is? I was supposed to be in the area of Ona at Solomon’s Castle today for a Florida water conference about the problems of the phosphate industry. Had to stay put to get work a boatload of projects. I’ll be posting more later.

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Book: ‘Triumph of the Mountain Man’ by William W. Johnstone – June 17th, 2017

by on Jun.17, 2017, under Books

Triumph of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man, #18)Triumph of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 18th book I’ve read in the Smoke Jensen series and found that far too many of these are only about “treeing”, or taking over, a town. Here is still another and one of the better. There is far more substance to this entry in the Smoke Jensen Treeing Town series than others. There’s more character development and an entire side story of, Smoke’s wife, Sally with her troubles at home.

Most all of the other Treeing stories are rather illogical and preposterous. This is in that zone, too, but has far more logical efforts to protect the town and logical results. There is also a really good allegory that has was a strong part of the early Johnstone work. As the various series has worn on, that theme has been very dampened. This book is of a controlling interest in a town AND it’s townspeople. To, basically, enslave them. There are comparisons throughout the book, yet no direct connection to contemporary life. Though it’s hard to miss the connection of Big Business and Big Government making the people it’s subjects for it’s own selfish wants.

The writing is OK. The handling of the side Sally Jensen story is a bit clunky, though the meaning shines through. This book may be thought to be more preachy than it should be. That is what really set the Johnstone series apart from so many other books and drove to it’s success.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 6 out of 10 points.

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Champions and Cartoon Hippos! – June 16th, 2017

by on Jun.16, 2017, under Cartooning

Attending the weekly dance fun for members of Champions for Champions, an organization I’m on the board of, and drawing hippos for s project!

This week from mice to puppies to hippos! Who knows what tomorrow might bring!


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