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Haven’t had a single second to post anything lately. Been going through many life transitions. Don’t worry, there’s plans to be back on here soon. I’m forming a “fake” band with my friend. It’ll be a two piece. Think of Shonen Knife meets They Might Be Giants meets Big Black. That’s our concept right now. Nothing in this band will make sense, nor does it have to. So stay tuned for details, like a band Facebook page, a website and a Soundcloud URL. We’re in the very beginning stages, so bare with us.

Last weekend I took part in the Women In Comics comic con over in the Bronx. It was a much needed break. There’s a comic book anthology I would like to start up, but again, that hasn’t been fleshed out yet. The band is coming up front and center. Finding myself looking at analog drum machines more than tending to other responsibilities. Priorities.

Speaking of comics, illustration and art. Going to sideline to a concept which always irked me. The artist’s statement. While I could understand statements themselves, there’s a part of me that wishes people have their own interpretations. Why wait for that the artist to explain? That’s probably the difference right there; the difference between the artist and the audience. One way to look at it.

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This diddy cost $14. Who said art was cheap? From Art On Paper during NY Art Week. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Recently also attended Art On Paper during NYC Art Week. Had a chance to go to Volta NY, but circumstances got in the way. That really irked me, but what could I do.

This dialogue from John Waters’ film Female Trouble best describes how I feel about the concept of “art” for the time being. Perhaps this should be used as my “artist’s statement.”

Dawn Davenport: [onstage] Thank you! I love you! Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my black little heart! You came here for some excitement tonight and that’s just what you’re going to get! Take a good look at ME because I’m going to be on the front of every newspaper in this country tomorrow! You’re looking at crime personified AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT! I framed Leslie Bacon! I called the heroin hot line on Abby Hoffman! I bought the gun that Bremmer used to shoot Wallace! I had an affair with Juan Corona! I blew Richard Speck! And I’m so fuckin’ beautiful I can’t stand it myself! [She shoots her gun into the air] Now, everybody freeze! Who wants to be famous? Who wants to DIE for art?!

Audience member: I do! 

[She shoots him]

Will be back soon with the weekly sketches and whatnot.

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Usually I post the latest Psycho Bunny sketch every Monday. Due to circumstances, it was delayed. Getting back on track two days later, here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Psycho Bunny trying to use ‘alternative facts.’ Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Jan. 2017.

As usual, don’t forget to click “like” on both FB pages: Psycho Bunny Comix and WitchesBrewPress. You can also order comics through my website, and follow Psycho Bunny on Twitter. Also created a new Instagram account just for my art, WitchipooArt.

There will be a new sketch next week, and that’s not an alternative fact.

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It’s that time of the year again. Only Psycho Bunny doesn’t meet Old Saint Nick. He runs into Krampus. Psycho Bunny is so numb, he almost expects this.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny Sketch of The Week.

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Psycho Bunny meets Krampus. The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Nov. 2016. 

This Saturday I will be at Catland Books, for their second Crimson Hand Comic Arts Festival in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Don’t forget to click “like” on Facebook for the Psycho Bunny Comix page. Also now selling my holiday tree ornaments which includes Krampus and David Bowie. Greeting cards also available.

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This just in. I’m going to taking part of this one day comic con in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The location will be at Catland Books.

The Crimson Hand Comic Arts Festival will return on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2016, starting at 1:00 pm. I will be selling my own self-published comics, greeting cards and a brand new batch of Krampus holiday ornaments.

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Flyer for the Crimson Hand Comic Arts event at Catland Books Dec. 3rd, 2016. 

Still trying to get back on track. Stay tuned for photos from MICE, and the return of the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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From Thursday Oct. 6 to Sunday Oct. 9, I felt as if I lived at the Javits Center. That’s because it was the annual New York Comic Con. Earlier this year I received my Pro pass for which itself felt good.

As usual it was packed and the cosplayers were out in full force.

To the left as you walked into the main entrance, there was a entire section dedicated to Wonder Woman. Not just because the Wonder Woman movie will be released in 2017, but Oct. 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the character’s first appearance. There were also a lot more Wonder Woman cosplay than ever before.

To my relief there wasn’t as many Harley Quinns, but plenty of Pokemon characters. There was some unique ones that stood out above the others. Darth Maul looks happy here.

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NYCC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo Oct. 2016

NYCC 2016 had an increase in Bob’s Burgers cosplayers. Louise and Tina Belcher were the most seen. Occasionally you would run into the entire family.

During the course of the four day event, I checked out a few panels. Panels are very good. For one, they give you a wealth of information in regards to the comic book industry, or discuss pop culture. If all else fails, you can rest your weary feet in the seat closest to an outlet to recharge your cell.

Some of the panels I attended were: BOOM Studios, DC Comics, and IDW (where they discussed an upcoming release to benefit the Orlando Pulse shooting victims).

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Panel for IDW during NYCC 2016.

Two panels however intrigued me the most. One was for Trump magazine (NO! Not Donald Trump!!!) put on by Dark Horse and Kitchen Sink Press. In 1956, Trump Magazine was a short-lived publication financed by Hugh Hefner, and put together by MAD Magazine’s Harvey Kurtzman. Among some of the speakers on that panel were Denis Kitchen and Al Jaffee.

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The Panel for Trump Magazine (No, not Donald!), a short-lived publication from the 1950s.

The other panel that grabbed my attention was the panel titled ‘Bringing Stories To Life: Holding a Comic Con at Your Library.’ Here local librarians from Connecticut explained the ins and outs of operating local comic cons from the library.

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Librarians from CT discuss how to do comic cons at the local library. NYCC Panel. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

Back for more cosplay.

One thing you cannot forget. The real reason why we have comic cons in the first place. To promote comics. As in artists, writers, pencilers, inkers, etc. Onward to Artist Alley.

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Walking around the Javits Center was exhausting. It was time to head home and come back another day.

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Everyone needs rest sometime. NYCC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

During the NYCC, I found out there was going to be a panel for the latest Planet of The Apes reboot series. Since I was a huge fan of POTA, I trekked all the way out of the Javits Center to the Theater At Madison Square Garden. That’s where they held the special events, like the one for Doctor Who earlier during NYCC.

Point blank, this Q&A ‘career conversation’ with actor Andy Serkis, who portrays Ceasar in the Apes reboot was the only letdown during NYCC 2106. This might be clarified why in separate blog post.

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Actor Andy Serkis after finishing his Q&A panel during NYCC 2016.

I stuck around however to catch the Stan Lee panel at the same venue. Which went off much smoother. Moderated by film director and famous geek Kevin Smith, the panel also had Walt Simonson and Chris Claremount. The packed house was treated to an oral recollection of Marvel comic history. Insert very crappy photo of the panel itself.

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Very bad, blurry photo of the Stan Lee panel at NYCC 2016 with Kevin Smith, Walt Simonson and Chris Claremount.

Barely getting enough rest, it was time to head back to NYCC.

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Classic Star Trek cosplay on the NYC subway. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

Since NYCC has become so popular, expect free swag. During the weekend I got a free Monster energy drink which I usually never touch, some wafer cookies and a complimentary sample of Death Coffee.

The cosplaying continued.

The last day of NYCC was spent getting merch I didn’t need like this Muttley POP. Then off to cruise Artist Alley once more.

This year there was some new interesting talent in Artist Alley, as well as those established such as Terry Moore (Strangers In Paradise), Joe Staton, and Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon).

One person that stood out was graffiti artist Andre Charles, otherwise known as ACharlesNYC. I brought a pin from him. He was so kind to give me a second one for free. Which was a score because I was having trouble which color to choose from. Besides, it’s always good to share old school NYC memories with someone.

Another new comic I discovered during NYCC was titled Pugly.

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Also snagged a free issue of Faith, a popular comic book title now published by Valiant.

Of course some more cosplay.

Some T-Rex creatures were spotted as well.

Another trend I noticed. This year people were cosplaying with their pet dogs. I asked someone cosplaying a character from Adventure Time how he got his dog in. He replied listing your pup as a service dog. While it’s cute, I was left wondering if it was safe at all for the dogs themselves.

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Adventure Time cosplay. NYCC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

Another curious observation during the NYCC weekend. I kept on seeing something scribbled on the bathroom doors inside the ladies room. Later I discovered it was a quote from The Handmaid’s Tale in Latin: ‘don’t let the bastard grind you down.’  Quite fitting for these times, especially during the current U.S. Presidential election, in which NYCC was the perfect escape from. Ironically, this was the same weekend that news broke out about Trump ‘grabbing pussy.’

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Quote from Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale in Latin: ‘Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down.’ NYCC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

In all it was fun as always. Maybe one day I’ll have another table at NYCC Artist Alley again. Till next year.

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Superheroes resting at the shoe shine stand. NYCC 2016. Photo taken by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2016.

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This upcoming weekend I will be at MICE Expo 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. On Oct. 29 and 30th, you can find me at table C99. Admission is free. Hours for MICE are Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm.

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Poster for MICE Expo 2016. Artwork by Raul The Third. 

As stated on the Facebook invite: MICE is back on Halloween weekend with independent comics for the masses! Join us for our 7th (and spookiest) annual FREE show featuring over 150 comic creators and special guests from the Boston area beyond. There’s cartooning workshops, panels, and activities for readers and artists of all ages! MICE 2016 is held in University Hall mere steps away from the Porter Square Red line T stop.

I’ll be traveling from NYC to Boston just for this convention. So if you’re in the area, stop on by.

 

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My favorite holiday is Halloween. No surprise there. There’s many reasons why I love Samhain. In this post I’m going to focus on the nostalgic part.

It’s cliche to say this, but really. Children today have absolutely no clue how lucky they are today. The selection of Halloween costumes in today’s age are way more better than the ones I got stuck with growing up. Luckily my mother was creative enough to put together the more homegrown costumes, such as gypsy or witch.

One year she really thought it was cute to dress me up like a street urchin. In short, a bum. Out of all the costumes from my childhood, the bum look was one I truly hated. However, nothing disappointed me more the plastic Ben Cooper costumes brought at the local drugstore.

If you were a kid growing up during the ’70s and ’80s, surely you must remember that budget atrocity known as the Ben Cooper costume. Usually it retailed real cheap, came in a box, and consisted of a flimsy mask along with a one piece that felt as if you were wearing a printed plastic garbage bag. The pro was Ben Cooper had its pulse of pop culture. No matter what hot television show, film or comic book character, etc., Ben Cooper was on it. The Con – both the mask and plastic bag, ripped too easily. There goes your $3.99.

Yet it’s funny how something that annoyed us in our youth now brings a nostalgic smile upon our faces. Even if it’s just a smirk. It’s almost comforting in a way.

With that, here’s your Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Up until today I’ve called the Psycho Bunny pic of the week. In reality the pics are sketches, and sketch sounds like a better word to use anyway.

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Psycho Bunny not so fond of the Ben Cooper Halloween costumes. Based on the comic Psycho Bunny. Oct. 2016.

So enjoy your Halloween. Definitely enjoy your improved mass produced costumes. You may get off my lawn now.

Now for the usual plugs. This weekend, I will be at MICE Expo selling my comics. If you’re in the Boston or Cambridge area, drop by. Free admission. My table is C99. Don’t forget to click “like” on both my Psycho Bunny and WitchesBrewPress Facebook pages. The Psycho Bunny page tends to be more updated. Bye for now.

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