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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

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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.

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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…

 

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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.

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It’s been almost a month since posting a new Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Again, life got extremely busy, but this time in a good way. Now I’m getting back to schedule, with the latest Psycho Bunny weekly sketches. Just in time for the solar eclipse, happening today as of this posting, Aug. 21st, 2017.

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Psycho Bunny’s plans during the Aug. 2017 solar eclipse. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Monday August 21st, 2017. 

You can follow Psycho Bunny on his own Facebook page. For other illustration work, you can go to Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress, also on Facebook. Also check out WitchipooArt on Instagram. The website still needs to be updated, but comics are always available for purchase.

 

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Usually the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week gets posted every Monday. This week I decided to wait until Tuesday because Tuesday is July 4th. Which goes well with this week’s sketch:

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Psycho Bunny and the American Revolution. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. July 2017. 

So if fireworks aren’t your thing, there’s always this.

More recent news. I was asked to show my artwork in an event July 12th. Details coming up in another post.

As usual, don’t forget to check out the usual links: Psycho Bunny Comix and Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress on Facebook. On Twitter there’s Mr. Psycho Bunny and my own account. If you have Instagram, there’s WitchipooArt. Don’t forget Tumblr and DeviantArt. Unless you’re stalking me, then you’re not welcome. Enjoy your 4th. Whatever you do, don’t get stupid with the fireworks, don’t annoy pet owners, and don’t blow your fingers off. Thank you.

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Lately been nostalgic for anything early New Wave and Post Punk. I’ve always been a firm believer in moving forward, but when it comes to my musical tastes, that’s a different story. No matter how many times I check out current music, in the end I always go back to anything between the years 1965 to 2007. Particularly anything underground from the ’80s.

A few weeks ago I was checking out episodes of the Los Angles based program New Wave Theater, which now can be seen on the streaming channel Night Flight. (Night Flight was also a late night program on the USA Network during the ’80s). So this probably was probably the basis of the latest Psycho Bunny sketch for Monday, June 26th, 2017.

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The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Monday June 26th, 2017. Based on the comic Psycho Bunny, written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. 

Now for the usual plugs. You can check out Psycho Bunny’s shenanigans on the Facebook pages Psycho Bunny Comix and Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress. There’s also Twitter,  Tumblr and DeviantArt. The zine fest this past Saturday turned out to be really fun. Till next week.

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