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Got the word yesterday that my scheduled radio show for tomorrow will be the last show of the season. Reason is very simple. It’s the end of the semester. With that, we’re going to end with a bang by having Boston comic book artist and illustrator Maria Photinakis. She’s traveling all the way from Massachusetts just to be on this show. So tune in and let’s make this last episode something special.

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The show will be streaming live on whcsradio.org from 1-2pm EST, the program officially starting at 1:05pm. The radio show might come back for the Spring semester. In the meantime, you can stream the program live from the website, or on Spotify.

Doing this radio show has been both fun, and a learning experience. I want to thank everyone who took the time to listen, to agreed to be interviewed, and for everyone helping out.

All the episodes will be archived on another website. Details forthcoming.

Yesterday we heard the news. Lil Bub, one of the first major internet cats passed away. She was eight years old.

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Lil Bub. One of the original internet celebrity cats. (2011 – 2019) 

To say Lil Bub was unique is an understatement. Born to a feral cat, Lil Bub was not only the runt of the litter, but suffered many ailments. Along with her many genetic mutations, she had feline dwarfism. This did not stop her from becoming one of the world’s most famous and beloved cats.

Within a span of five years she already had books, a web series, highly anticipated personal appearances, an album, merchandise, and a documentary under her furry belt.

They used to say a dog is a man’s best friend. Nowadays, cats rule with a velvet paw. Five years ago, the first holy trinity of internet cats came to be: Colonel Meow, Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. Grumpy Cat was the most famous, but Lil Bub was the holiest of the holy.

Colonel Meow was the first to pass away in 2014. Grumpy cat passed away earlier in 2019. Now with Lil Bub gone, it’s the end of an era.

Lil Bub’s human, Mike Bridavsky decided to turn down Grumpy Cat’s management, headed by Ben Lashes. Instead, Bridavsky decided to share proceeds with animal charities, focusing on special need and homeless pets. Lil Bub also helped contribute to science. After a crowd funding campaign, researchers discovered Lil Bub had a mutation in gene RANK/TNFRSF11A. The findings were published on the website bioRxiv.

Science aside, Lil Bub always found a way to warm your hearts. Her human used to joke that Lil Bub came from outer space. Now it seems like she left earth. While today cats flood social media, no other cat has come close to making an impact like the way the original holy internet cat trilogy did. Particularly with Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. Only recently the torch has been passed down to Smudge Lord.

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Smudge Lord. 

I’ve always wanted to do a portrait of Lil Bub. After all, I did portraits of Colonel Meow and Grumpy Cat (Colonel Meow was always my personal favorite. Grumpy came in a close second.) Of course, I never got around to doing it. You would think I would have – especially after meeting Lil Bub back in 2013. It was only the day after her death I decided to do a tribute. Done in pen and ink.

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Original sketch, drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Tuesday Dec. 3rd, 2019. Pen and ink. 

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Now that Lil Bub has gone back to outer space, planet Earth has become a little darker. While she was alive, she helped make the world a kinder place. Good job, Bub.

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Not a flattering photo. Meeting Lil Bub back in 2013. Social Tees animal shelter. L.E.S, NYC. 

Back in July 2019, I was invited by co-curator Tim Gowan. It was an honor to give a talk discussing my work among other talented artists.

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The Trans-Cen-Der Art Group (TAG) is a networking and creative development community which through a monthly lecture series, provides artists a supportive place to share work, receive feedback and form creative opinions. The goal of Trans-Cen-Der is to support, strengthen, and enjoy the fellowship of artists. You can find out more about Trans-Cen-Der by checking out the Facebook page.

Trans-Cen-Der is held monthly Brooklyn Fire Proof, located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. The lecture series is curated by artists Tim Gowan and Sharilyn Neidhardt. Tim Gowan also recently help put together the first annual Ridgewood Open Studios.

For July, the artists presenting were: Ethan Boisvert, Drew Droege, Klay-James Enos, Kerry Law, Evan Peltzman, and myself, Michele Witchipoo.

Below is a few photos artist Danielle Draik was kind enough to take and share.

Anyone interested in attending any of the lectures, you can check out Trans-Cen-Der on Facebook or Instagram.

Thanksgiving 2019 came and went. Now we’re back on track with my weekly radio show. Only a few weeks till the fall semester ends. This week I will have Boston based comic book artist and illustrator Maria Photinakis live in the studio. So tune in this Friday, December 6th, from 1-2 pm EST on WHCSradio.org.

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The show streams live from WHCSradio.org, and also from Spotify.

An archive of my radio show is currently being set up on a site like SoundCloud. Stay tuned for further details.

Last night I was cleaning up a bit. Stumbled upon some forgotten inventory. Apparently I had printed up Krampus cards. After printing, they were stored and forgotten. So if you’re looking for unique holiday greeting cards, get some Krampus cards. They’re $4.00 each for large, $3.00 for small ($4-3 bucks plus $1.00 for S&H). All cards come with cute red envelopes, sealed in plastic. I take Vemno: Witchipoo.

I’m also taking orders for my classic handmade glitter Krampus ornaments. You can chose from either traditional red or black. The ornaments are $11 ($10 + $1.00 for S&H) If someone places an order now, for $50 ($40 + $10 for S&H), you can have your own custom Krampus door sign. Due to this recent discovery of back inventory, I’m able to do a small Black Friday sale. In order to get the sale price, you must order on that Friday.

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS 

Krampus ornaments: Red only – $5.00

Krampus door sign (indoor only) – $40.00

Krampus holiday cards – $2.00 all sizes.

Again, in order to get the Black Friday sale price, your order must specify Nov. 29th. No exceptions! You can place your orders on Vemno: Witchipoo.

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Also, check out my latest comic The Temptation of Squeaky. It’s $4.00 ($3.00 + $1.00 for S&H), order through Vemno: Witchipoo.

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There’s ornaments with other designs, but those are limited edition. These are not included in the Black Friday sale. If you want a custom order, let me know.

 

Another busy week. Just taking a quick break to tell everyone about my radio show. It’s on every Friday on WHCSradio.org from 1-2pm EST (NYC time). It’s where I interview pros from the comic book industry. You can also listen to the radio show on WHCSradio’s channel on Spotify.

Last week I had on Marc Torres, radio station and podcast host of It Came From The Radio. Good times. This week, Friday Nov. 22, 2019, will be a repeat of some interviews previously broadcast. Reason for the repeat is that there was some snafus during the original episode. Hopefully the repeat should fix everything.

Bear it mind, the interviews with Diane Noomin and Jamie Hernandez weren’t the greatest. These were on the spot interviews, and I didn’t have time to properly prepare any researched questions. So that’s on me. However, Diane and Jamie were extremely kind enough to consent to these interviews. Especially since they are both legends in the underground/alternative comic book scene.

The last interview with E.J. Barnes, Cambridge based historical cartoonist, fared better. All three of these interviews were conducted during the weekend of MICE 2019. The timing was perfect, since it was MICE’s 10th anniversary. Next door to MICE was the first annual Podtales convention. Both of these cons took place at Lesley University.

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So due to tomorrow, streaming live. Other cartoonists and other pros to be be announced! There will be no episodes during Thanksgiving weekend, but on Dec. 6th, Boston cartoonist Maria Photinakis will be be in the studio live.

A big thanks to everyone involved.

Hey everyone. Life has been busy. However, on Friday, Nov. 15th, 2019 from 1-2pm EST live, I will have my radio show. This week the guest is Mark Torres, the host of It Came From The Radio. It Came From The Radio is a podcast and radio program can be heard in 23 outlets and counting. I’ll ask him a few questions about his show, duties, etc. So tune in. Last week I had local cartoonist Mindy Indy, who just had a very successful Kickstarter campaign for her comic. Down the line I’ll re-broadcast the short interviews I had with Diane Noomin, Jamie Hernandez and historical cartoonist E.J. Barnes. Those interviews were done when I visited MICE during their 10th anniversary. On Dec. 6th, I’ll have Boston cartoonist Maria Photinakis on the show. Other past guests included Dave Fox, Justin Melkmann, and Danielle Draik. Interviewing other cartoonists and artists has been a learning experience. My goal after the radio show wraps up, is to post  an archive of these interviews online. Website to be determined, most likely Soundcloud. Stay tuned for any forthcoming announcements.

Meantime, check out my show live, on WHCSradio.org. Broadcast live every Friday except for holidays until end of December.

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