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Here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Drawn while listening to the album Machine Gun Etiquette by the UK band The Damned. (Although The Damned did have a Goth period during their long career.)

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The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Monday, April 15th, 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on her own imprint, WitchesBrewPress.

Over the weekend, a few approached me inquiring if I was ever going to work on another Psycho Bunny comic. It even came up on Sunday while having dinner with a friend at my new favorite eatery, Onderdonk and Sons because they make killer burgers. The burgers come in both vegetarian and meat varieties, but getting back to Psycho Bunny. Will there be another issue? That’s a good question. Good news is yes, I do have a few stories in the works, so please be patient. In the meantime, I am available for commissions, so don’t be shy.

As some await for the next issue with baited breath (an exaggeration), there all these lovely social media account you can check out for the latest updates.

On Facebook there’s pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress. On Twitter there’s my own account, and one for Psycho Bunny. World Ov Witchipoo is my Tumblr one. On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt. Got some cool stuff on RedBubble, so buy my work. That way I can settle my overpriced internet bill. Until I sign up for a cheaper company that won’t rip me off. Until next time ladies and germs.

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Here’s a simple sketch:

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Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for April 9th, 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. 

Anyway…here’s the usual shout outs:

On Facebook there’s pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress. On Twitter there’s my own account, and one for Psycho Bunny. World Ov Witchipoo is my Tumblr one. On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt. Eventually the website will be fixed so you can order issues and other lovely items. Till next time.

Sometime this week was my birthday. Not revealing the exact date, but this year’s celebration was lovely. I’m truly grateful to have friends who care for me deeply. This time I was taken out for some delicious Indian food, where we stuffed ourselves so silly, we could barely walk out. Afterwards I received a lot of kind birthday wishes and messages from all over. Let’s just say this all warmed up my little black heart.

It was one of the nicest birthdays I had in recent years. The other memorable birthday was when I arrived back in NYC in late 2007. The year 2008 was pretty significant, both professionally and personally. Especially after spending two years in sheer purgatory. In a way, it was a good thing I was back in the big bad rotten apple during 2008. Looking back I was very lucky to catch much of the old NYC before everything closed down, becoming ultra gentrified.

 One of my best friends, arranged a surprise gathering in honor of my birthday. We all met somewhere in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in which we headed towards Double Down. Once inside Double Down we eventually took over the entire bar. This wasn’t planned. The rather spontaneous invasion was pretty wild. That kicked an entire week of me celebrating my birthday returning to New York. Think of it as the lost weekend extended. Don’t ask me what else happened that week. By the time my actual birthday came around, it was on Saturday and I was so completely hungover. Then  came the realization I was supposed to be at Stony Brook, Long Island. The occasion? Vending at a table then speaking on a panel for I-CON. We boarded the Long Island Railroad, regaining my composure in time for both the table and panel.

Rest assured, I’m professional most of the time. I-CON 27 went rather well, and then a small group of us headed for sushi somewhere in Nassau County.

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Blast from the past. Me on Saturday April 5, 2008 at I-CON 27, Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York.

This year was no need for any sort of alcohol. The company, conversation and Indian food was good enough. Perhaps this is a sign of maturity. Somewhat. A bonus was receiving all these wonderful gifts, like jewelry, and a copy of Howard Chaykin’s The Divided States of Hysteria in collected graphic novel form.

Here’s a quick birthday sketch. Purposely done in garnish colors, because life can be a bizarre circus. Enjoy.

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So Monday came around and I was stumped. Suppose I could do some kind of Easter sketch. After all, Easter just passed. Then again, Psycho Bunny is a rabbit. So doing some sort of Easter bunny parody would’ve been too easy. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood.

Hence, Roy Lichtenstein.

Some people believe Lichtenstein was a modern art master. Others believe he was a plagiarist. Whatever opinions you may hold regarding Lichtenstein, here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Yes, if you don’t know by now, here’s the usual promotional shout-outs. On Facebook there’s pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress. On Twitter there’s my own account, and one for Psycho Bunny. World Ov Witchipoo is my Tumblr one. On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt. Eventually the website will be fixed so you can order issues and other lovely items. Till next time.

It’s late but here goes. The days of March 8th to March 11th 2018 was NY Art Week. That’s when the big fine art/modern art fairs happen, such as The Armory Show, VOLTA NY and Art On Paper. Unfortunately I was only able to attend one fair, which was Art On Paper. This was my second time returning to the event.

Along the way there was a life-size Marge Simpson seen in Lower Manhattan. Throwing in a cute photo of a dog riding the subway. Why? Sometimes I like animals over humans.

You’ll have to pardon me. Usually I take notes, but this year was a bit distracted. Some of the art seen was repeats of last year. The surprising part was not so much political art displayed as opposed from last year. Not to say there wasn’t any.

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Art On Paper 2018. Kim-Trump paddles. Photo by Michele Witchipoo

Halfway through the event, I met a lady carrying around matchboxes. These were refashioned as art items. Jennifer Robin Arnold (her name) told me during the summer she sells them in Coney Island, Brooklyn. She was kind enough to give me the matchbox with the 1970s porn flavor.

Again they had the overpriced concession stand. As much as that alcoholic coconut drink was tempting, I wasn’t about to fork over $14.00. Ditto for the Sixpoint beer for $7.00 when I could get it cheaper at a Brooklyn dive bar. However, there was ton of art to be seen.

Afterward a friend took me to see a concert over at Brooklyn Bazaar, which helped inspire a Psycho Bunny sketch, seen here.

So hopefully next year I’ll be able to snag passes for not only this show, but for the other two like The Armory Show. Fingers crossed.

*All photos by Michele Witchipoo March 11 2018.

Last night I went to another concert. In the past few months I’ve been on a roll, going to live shows for Television, Front 242 and Gary Numan. Last minute a friend had an extra ticket to the sold out event at Brooklyn Bazaar to see Clan of Xymox. Here’s the strange part. I had a suspicion I was going to attend that concert. This was despite the fact I didn’t get advance tickets. Lo and behold, it was meant to be, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Two years ago around this time, my mother started to decline in health. By October 2015, she had passed away. The distraction was welcome indeed.

I’ve been in and out of the Goth subculture since I was 15 years old. My discovery of Gothic was by accident. It was my original intention to explore the ’80s Punk scene, as I was checking out for example, the Hardcore matinee at CBGB’s every Sunday afternoon. There I saw bands like Corrosion Of Conformity and Government Issue. Yes, those were the days. That phase didn’t last long with me. Something about Goth lured me in. As Siouxsie and The Banshees replaced Culture Club as a favorite band, I began to get more curious about anything Deathrock related. Soon I was meeting like minded people as I was attending concerts by The Cure back in 1985. Felt more aligned with other Goth peers than the Punks. Another factor was back in those days, you had to be careful around the hardcore scene. The violence was turning me off. The original Gothic (now known as “traditional” or “old school”) aesthetic was definitely more pleasing to the eye. Propaganda Magazine was another influence. Eventually I focused all my energy towards anything Batcave.

When I was 18 or 19, eventually I got into other genres of music. Which is only natural. Yet it’s like that horribly corny line from the film The Godfather Part III. You know that line when the Michael Corleone character says : ” Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” Which was my case with Goth. I’ve been dipping in and out of the local Goth scene since the late ’90s, but nothing really serious. In 2011 I was inadvertently dragged to a local Goth club party. An American expat from Germany had just came back to the U.S. He was DJing at a local event and wanted some company, which was me. That was my real introduction back towards anything Post-Punk.

So where I am going with this? Good question. Today I’m just typing with a flow of consciousness state of mind. Probably because the Clan of Xymox concert was better than I expected, so it’s still fresh. Then I realized after all these years, I never did a Psycho Bunny sketch where he was Goth. So there you have it.

Here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Monday, March 25, 2018.

 

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The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Psycho Bunny goes Goth. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, printed on WitchesBrewPress. March 25, 2018. 

Now for the usual promotional plugs. I’ve been drilling these links in for sometime. So check them out. On Facebook there’s pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress. On Twitter there’s my own account, and one for Psycho Bunny. World Ov Witchipoo is my Tumblr one. On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt. Oh, and I did start up some traditional Goth blog, but haven’t really kept up with it. It’s last entry was in 2016 when Alan Vega from Suicide passed away. It’s Dark Entries blog on where else, WordPress.

This past Saturday was March 17th. Otherwise known as St. Patrick’s Day. Just learned about another saint who shares the same day as St. Paddy. She’s Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. She’s the patron saint of cats, travelers and the mentally ill.

Now I’m not Catholic. I’m more informed about Pagan deities than Catholic Saints. However when it comes to spirituality, everything connects. In fact, saints are often used for decoys for various deities in other belief systems. That’s a whole other subject itself.

This saint is not to be confused with another saint of the same name, Saint Gertrude The Great, who was a German Benedictine, mystic, and theologian. This particular Saint Gertrude of Nivelles has a different story. Recently her name has been spread on the Internet as the saint of felines. So next you’re spending quality time with your kitty, give Saint Gertrude a little thanks.

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Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. Illustrated by Michele Witchipoo. Done on March 2018.