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Today is a special entry. It’s a guest blog from blogger who for the time wants to remain private. When this writer offered this piece, I was very honored. Besides, it’s always nice to meet another music aficionado.

The open letter below is dedicated to Wendy O’ Williams. Best known as the vocalist for The Plasmatics, later a solo career and sometime actress. Wendy O Williams was also an animals right advocate who openly promoted vegetarianism.

Looking back, I often feel as if Wendy O Williams was misunderstood, and well ahead of her time. Her shock rock stage antics were quite controversial, especially for a woman. Yet behind the aggressive chaos of her public persona, here was an entertainer who sincerely stood behind what she was doing, warts and all. Unlike today’s publicity stunts from today’s performers, there was a method to Wendy’s madness. Perhaps this article will explain better.

I did a portrait in tribute to Wendy O back in 2009, which you can see on Deviant Art. In honor of her birthday, which is on May 28th, I did new art to both accompany the guest blogger contribution and for WOW herself.

Enjoy.

Dear Wendy O. Williams,

Yesterday was your birthday – you would have been 66, if you were still alive.  I’ve thought about you quite a bit in the last couple of days.  Wondering what happened and who you were because, of course, I didn’t actually know you.

When I was in 9th grade, I was attending the same school you dropped out of at age 16.  You lived in my hometown.  The town’s motto is, “Where Life is Worth Living.”  I doubt you felt that – you got the hell out of there as soon as you could, started traveling the country, selling crocheted bikinis to make some extra money.  You ended up in NYC working as a stripper, where you met Rod Swenson, your longtime companion and bandmate / manager.

When I was in 9th grade, I didn’t feel like I was where life is worth living either.  I was sleep-walking through everything as best I could.  I remember when I first heard about you:  I was riding the school bus, reading through my favorite book, New Wave A to Z.  My next door neighbor must have glanced over my shoulder and been overcome by something, because she talked to me about the book, and she rarely talked to me about anything at that point.  She told me that you were also from this town.  I looked at your picture, and your blurb, and sure enough, it said Webster, NY.  My mind was blown.  How could someone who looked like that, who became so famous, be from here, and no one’s talking about it!  And it’s true – throughout my life, no one has talked about it, and I’ve forgotten all about you for long stretches of time, only to have my mind be blown all over again.

Your father was a chemist at Eastman Kodak.  Mine was too!  I wonder where, exactly, you lived, and what you did for fun.  What your childhood was like.  I can’t find these details anywhere, so I feel compelled to make them up.  All I know is that your family moved from Rochester to a sprawling piece of land in Webster, a couple of acres worth.  I doubt you can find property like that here anymore – everything’s been rationed out into sub-divisions and new shopping plazas in this suburb.  I bet you used to play in the woods when you were a kid.  Seems like you loved nature and animals all throughout your life.  I did that a lot too; we used to take mini-hikes down to the bay all the time, collecting bottles and cans to cash in for candy money.  Identifying different plant life – both my parents are science types.  I wonder what your mom was like.

Anyway, just wanted to think about how our lives may or may not have intersected.  I could go on, but maybe I’ll save more speculating for next year around this time.

Your pal,

Avery

Portrait of Wendy O Williams, done in honor of this guest blog. Michele Witchipoo June 2015.

Portrait of Wendy O Williams, done in honor of this guest blog. Michele Witchipoo June 2015.

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Now that I’m finally catching up with my blog posts, here’s a look back at a recent comic con. I had a table at the Bronx Heroes Comic Con 7, which the focus was women in comics. It was my second time at BXHCC, the first one going back to 2009.

BXHCC, which is put together by artist Ray Felix, was held this year at the Bronx Library Center. I did really well at this event. I met people who surprisingly asked me for advice on how to put their own comics and artwork together. That I did not expect, nor did I feel I was one to give advice, per say, but I did offer some feedback. The merch on my table was kept to a minimum this time. Due to recent events, I barely had enough time to get work printed.

Psycho Bunny Ltd. Edition Mini-Issue released Spring 2015. Comic by Michele Witchipoo.

Psycho Bunny Ltd. Edition Mini-Issue released Spring 2015. Comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo.

Pin-Ups, a mini sketchbook drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. Released Spring 2015.

Pin-Ups, a mini sketchbook drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. Released Spring 2015.

The comic con was free, plus it was on Free Comic Book Day. Many of the attendees were happy this event happened in their area.

Bronx Heroes comic. BXHCC7, May 7th, 2015.

Bronx Heroes comic. BXHCC7, May 7th, 2015.

Chris Duckett at the Bronx Heroes table, BXHCC7. May 2nd, 2015.

Chris Duckett at the Bronx Heroes table, BXHCC7. May 2nd, 2015.

Writer Robert J Sodaro at BXHCC7, May 2nd, 2015.

Writer Robert J Sodaro at BXHCC7, May 2nd, 2015.

Comicbook inker Alex Rivera, BXHCC7, May 2nd, 2015.

Comicbook inker Alex Rivera, BXHCC7, May 2nd, 2015.

The Powersmith Studios team. Shawn Atkinson and Carl (Cee-Kay) Kent. BXHCC7. Saturday May 2nd, 2015.  http://www.powersmithstudios.com/

The Powersmith Studios team. Shawn Atkinson and Carl (Cee-Kay) Kent. BXHCC7. Saturday May 2nd, 2015.
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Artist Alitha E. Martinez posing with a commission for Ben Herman. Saturday May 2nd, 2015, BXHCC7.

Artist Alitha E. Martinez posing with a commission for Ben Herman. Saturday May 2nd, 2015, BXHCC7.

Artist and writer JM DeSantis at BXHCC7, Saturday May 2nd, 2015.

Artist and writer JM DeSantis at BXHCC7, Saturday May 2nd, 2015.

There was workshops and panels. One featured Athena Finger, the granddaughter of the Dark Knight co-creator Bill Finger. She explained how two boys growing up in the Bronx came up with Batman, but only one received recognition. Her mission is to bring awareness about her grandfather, despite DC Comics’ refusal to give him any credit.

Also at the show was Lower East Side artist and activist Fly. I didn’t get a photo of her table, but I brought two of her PEOPS issues, one a gift for a friend. You can read about Fly here.

Comics by L.E.S. artist and activist Fly. Brought at BXHCC7.

Comics by L.E.S. artist and activist Fly. Brought at BXHCC7.

When the event wrapped up, we met this sweet dog just off of Fordham Road. This canine was helping his human with tips.

Dog with tip bucket for it's human. Saturday May 2nd, 2015, Bronx. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Dog with tip bucket for it’s human. Saturday May 2nd, 2015, Bronx. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Right now with the current real estate climate, the only truly authentic NYC area left seems to The Bronx. Hopefully that borough won’t go through pilferage like other areas. Unfortunately, this seems to be an international occurrence, but that’s a separate blog posting. In short, this was a good show for me, and a nice comic con worth attending.

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It’s been a while since I posted on this blog, due to various reasons. In addition, my old Facebook account was either hacked or reported, losing seven years of social media documenting as a result. Against my better judgement, I just decided to start a brand new Facebook account.

Since I can no longer access my previous Facebook group promoting my work, it made sense to create a brand new Psycho Bunny page. That’s right. The unemployable drunk rabbit is back. Whether anyone cares remains to be seen, but so far a few do.

Here’s the link to my Psycho Bunny Facebook page. Click the “like” button and show that alcoholic some love. He’ll prefer a beer though.

https://www.facebook.com/PsychoBunnyComix

Latest release from WitchesBrewPress. Limited edition Psycho Bunny mini-issue, Spring 2015. Comic by Michele Witchipoo.

Latest release from WitchesBrewPress. Limited edition Psycho Bunny mini-issue, Spring 2015. Comic by Michele Witchipoo.

In the meantime, a new Psycho Bunny mini-issue is now out and available for sale. It debuted at the Big Apple Con back in March. You can purchase your limited edition mini-issue either from my website or from my Etsy store.

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