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Here’s a belated post. Trying to catch up with the Psycho Bunny and Inktober sketches.

The annual New York Comic Con 2017 happened during the weekend of Oct. 5 – 8. Had my pro pass for all four days. The cosplay was on point this year. Saw some friends, checked out what NYCC had to offer. Back in 2010, I had a table at NYCC, in Artist Alley. Perhaps one day I’ll have a table again.

Yet Psycho Bunny himself wasn’t too happy. Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Psycho Bunny goes to New York Comic Con 2017. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, from WitchesBrewPress. Oct. 2017. 

Will get around to posting the other sketches in the 2017 Inktober theme. Meanwhile, here’s the usual plugs. Check out the various social media: Facebook pages for Psycho Bunny and Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts for Psycho Bunny and Michele Witchipoo. You can purchase items from my RedBubble shop. And if you’re going to stalk me, at least be classy about it. Actually stalking’s not funny, but I digress…

Stay tuned for my NYCC 2017 recap, and Inktober sketches.

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The other day, Hugh Hefner, founder and publisher of Playboy magazine died at age 91. Hefner created a million dollar empire, becoming a pop icon in the process.

Not being in the millennial generation, Hugh Hefner was a symbol of hedonism, erotica, and freedom. During my childhood, I discovered my father’s slash of Playboy. Perhaps it was the taboo element of the magazine, but I loved the thrill of looking through those magazine. Of course I was caught, thus the magazines quickly disappeared.

As I became an adult, I continued to be fascinated by Hugh Hefner, and other personalities similar to him, such as Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. In my early twenties, I also learned about ‘alternative’ porn such as the lesbian magazine On Our Backs. Chance meeting with the authors of Sleazoid Express back in the ’90s turned my interest to vintage exploitation and Times Square filth. Learned even more with the book Tales of Times Square.

However, never forget reality. Erotica and porn is a complex dark world. You’re dealing with various human beings who are chewed up and spit out once their purpose is served. Was Hugh Hefner really a symbol of American hedonism and free speech, or was he just nothing more than a sleazy opportunist who didn’t respect women?

The truth was Hugh Hefner was both. Not so much of a hedonist, but rather a controversial symbol of the American Dream.

On one hand he was a symbol of free speech, and civil rights. From 1969 – 1970 he had a television show called Playboy After Dark. The Playboy Jazz Festival still continues to this day.

Along the years Playboy published content from writers, illustrators and cartoonists. Dan DeCarlo was known for his pin-ups. Yes, that same Dan Decarlo who created Josie and The Pussycats for Archie Comics. Harvey Kurtzman was another cartoonist. Writer Ray Bradbury had his classic novel Fahrenheit 451 serialized in Playboy from March to May 1954.

On the other hand, he did publish photos without consent. The very first issue of Playboy was launched thanks to non-consented photos of Marilyn Monroe. The story goes that Monroe being broke posed for a nudie calendar. Using an alias, she only got paid $50 for the photo session. The photographer later sold these same photos to Hefner for $500. The rest is history.

Later on, Playboy continued the trend of publishing photos without the person’s consent. Celebrities such as Madonna, and Vanessa Williams had their nude likeness exposed in without their consent. Vanna White was a personal friend of Hefner, but her nude photos were published regardless of her approval.

More of Hefner’s disregard of women were uncovered following the days after Hefner’s death. Time Magazine, New York Times, Salon, and other mainstream news sources didn’t exactly publish obituaries in a nice light. They weren’t exactly wrong either. Hefner built his entire empire based on exploiting women – although in the end, he wasn’t worth as much.

Yet it was Playboy magazine that many artists (such as myself) who used those same photographs as reference material while learning to draw.

Another irony. It was a 1985 Boy George interview published in Playboy that helped my friend “come out” to his mother about his attraction to men. This same friend also forgave me cause he lent me the interview and I lost it…oops.

Today in the post-millennial internet age, Playboy is quite tame compared to the free online porn readily accessible. Also, people will always look at naughty photos. People are visual creatures. Regardless of gender, sexuality, etc., people will always objectify each other. Objectification is psychological. It may not be correct behavior, but it’s a fact. In the end it’s up to us to responsible for our own behavior. Even if it’s easier said than done.

Recently I had a conversation with someone about seeing things black and white, as opposed to looking from a grey perspective. Playboy is a perfect example of why things are not always so black or white. Playboy was a huge splat of grey.

May Hugh party in his Playboy mansion in the afterlife. Although buying a plot next to Marilyn Monroe was straight-up old man creepy.

Here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Psycho Bunny embodies the Playboy lifestyle. Oct. 2017. Based on the comic Psycho Bunny written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress.

Facebook: Psycho Bunny & Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress

Twitter: Psycho Bunny & Michele Witchipoo

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo 

DeviantArt: Michele Witchipoo

Instagram: WitchipooArt

This blog post is dedicated to my mother, who passed away two years in 2015 this month.

My mother loved watching ice skating programs on television. Pre-Olympics, tournaments, what-have-you. She watched them all. So this sketch of the week goes out to her.

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Psycho Bunny’s version of ice skating. Done Sept. 2017. Dedicated to my mother, who passed away two years ago this month. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, printed on WitchesBrewPress. 

In case you didn’t know, here’s some of my other links. Follow Psycho Bunny on Facebook, as well as my other illustration work on Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress. I’m on Tumblr, Twitter (both for me and Psycho Bunny), and Instagram. Stay tuned for more updates.

Here’s the weekly Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Sept. 11th, 2017. Intense hurricanes and other natural disasters seem to be the theme for this month. Of course, Psycho Bunny only has one thing on his mind…

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Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. When it rains it pours. Posted Sept. 2017. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. 

The sketch was ironically drawn back in June or July 2017.

In case this is your first time coming across this blog, allow me to introduce you to other links. Check out both Facebook pages: one for Psycho Bunny, and the other Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress for other illustration work. Also on Tumblr, DeviantArt, Twitter, (and my personal Twitter account) and Instagram. You can always order comics through my website, which needs an update. Till next time…

 

Wanted to work on a quick sketch over this past Labor Day weekend. Strangely though, couldn’t find my watercolors. Instead I found a small pack of unopened soft pastels.

When I was sketching, there was no set idea in mind. Pretty much on paper whatever came to mind. Turns out there was a moon in Pisces. For those inclined in astrology, there was a full moon on Sept. 5 or 6th 2017, after following a mercury in retrograde. Since I’m not a complete expert with astrology, there won’t be any lessons here. Instead, I’ll give you this:

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Moon In Pisces. Sept. 2017. Soft pastels and ink. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. 

Summer has come to a close. Technically Fall doesn’t begin until September 23rd. It’s going back to school, work, etc, that unofficially signifies the end of those warm summer days. Unless you’ve been paying attention to global warming.

Last month made some headlines in the U.S. The summer of 2017 was also the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘summer of love.’

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The 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” Psycho Bunny style. Based on the comic drawn, written and published by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Aug. 2017.

Back to the present. Yesterday as of this post was Labor Day. Of course, Psycho Bunny is the founder, member, president and CEO of The Unemployment Appreciation Society. Psycho Bunny’s beloved mother has some thoughts about this…

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Labor Day 2017. Psycho Bunny is the founder, member, president and CEO of The Unemployment Appreciation Society. Psycho Bunny’s mother however, has a different opinion. Based on the comic drawn, written and published by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Sept. 2017. 

Now that I’ve somewhat caught up with the Psycho Bunny weekly postings, here’s the usual plugs. You can follow the following pages: Psycho Bunny and WitchesBrewPress on Facebook, Psycho Bunny on Twitter, Michele Witchipoo on Tumblr, DeviantArt, and Instagram.

Last minute notice. Was asked to be part of a birthday celebration for H.P. Lovecraft. Happening over at Lovecraft Bar NYC, this Friday starting at 6pm to 1am.

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Flyer for H.P. Lovecraft birthday party in NYC. Aug. 2017.

I’ll be one of the artist exhibiting and selling work. Music, cosplay, readings, art, and film under the spirit of Lovecraft. Hosted by Gerry Visco (aka The Gerry Party) and put together by The Set. Admission is five dollars, with a one drink purchase min. 21 and over please. Proceeds to help end NYC depression. Lovecraft NYC is located on 50 Avenue B in the heart of the East Village/Lower East Side in NYC.

Facebook invite here