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Last week was Ganesh Chaturthi. For those who don’t know about Ganesha, he’s one of the most important gods in the Hindu pantheon. In order to work with the other deities, one must go through Ganesh first. He’s the remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.* The main day for Ganesh Chaturthi this year was September 13th. In 2019, the holiday will fall on September 2nd.

Back in 2002, I had a job in some quasi ‘New Age’ store. It sold tarot cards, incense, bland Flax brand clothing, spiritual/esoteric/occult books, jewelry, statues and other curios from around the world. The store was located on East 6th street, in NYC’s East Village area. Sixth street was a row of inexpensive, brightly lit Indian restaurants, so this shop stood out. It did sell Ganesha related merchandise. As usual I sketched on the job when I was supposed to be doing something else. That was around the time I did my first Ganesha sketch, completed in colored pencil. Both the store and the original sketch are long gone. The shop went out of business in 2003, six months after I quit the job. Despite the joy of never having to deal with that ugly Flax clothing ever again, there’s still fond memories of the place. My former manager was a practicing Hindu; his main deity was Kali. He encouraged me to find my own path, interests, etc., but was also very down to earth. In fact, when it came to the general population, he was just as cynical as me. Retail does eventually bring out misanthropic tendencies. That guy was one of the best supervisors I ever had.

Although my former manager was kind enough to share some of his wisdom, I didn’t come back to Ganesh until years later. It was the advice of a current friend that turned my interest back to the elephant god.

It was time for a new Ganesh illustration anyway. This one was completed within the past 72 hours. It was done in pen, ink and glitter watercolor. I’ve been working a lot with glitter watercolor lately. Even if the shimmer doesn’t come out too good in the scans. In person the result is lovely. The glitter watercolors I use has a good balance, so it doesn’t look tacky. Thinking about turning this piece into either prints, greeting cards or both.

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Ganesh illustration. Pencil, pen, ink, glitter watercolor. Done by Michele Witchipoo. September 2018.

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One of the things I hate are fireworks on the Fourth of July. Always thought they were kind of stupid. Okay, I get the significance of such. However, every July 4th, lots of people get idiotic. Just don’t see the point in blowing up stuff.

In the U.S., especially once you drive out of the major cities, you’ll come across lots of those fireworks superstores. You’ll especially come across them in the South and Midwest. It’s amusing to find them in trucker stops. It used to be a slight novelty to me because fireworks are illegal in New York City. Once you hit an area like rural Pennsylvania, buying fireworks is as easy as apple pie.

No thank you.

What really impresses me are those who do historical reenactments, such as the American Civil War, or The American Revolution. That to me, takes dedication, intelligence, and skill. A bit of imagination never hurt anyone. Personally, I never took part in a real life reenactment, but love the period outfits.

One drawback though is people tend to romanticize history. For starters, people often forget about Native Americans. Second, in reality, those who fought on the colonial side against England, went into battle despite everything. Many on the American side were so destitute, they fought barefoot. When wintertime came, those without proper footwear wrapped rags around their feet. You could see the bloody footprints in the snow. Another interesting fact was during the American Revolution, England had spread it’s military so thin. Remember, at one time, Great Britain was actually a genuine empire. As in ‘the empire on which the sun never sets.’ It applied first to the Spanish Empire, then the British. Due to this, the British brought in German Hessians. In other words, paid professional soldiers to do the dirty work on England’s behalf. Yet some Hessians decided to stay in the States after the war. Of course, if it wasn’t for France’s help, we still might be pledging allegiance to the U.K.

There’s a whole lot more to the American Revolutionary war, which leads us to what we now call Independence Day, or simply known as the 4th of July. The United States is still a relatively new country compared to the rest of the world. Some, including myself, feel that right now, the U.S. is in a very dark period. You may not even feel like celebrating July 4th. Therefore it’s important to reflect on this country’s roots, both good and bad. July 4th isn’t all about fireworks while barbecuing in the backyard with time off from work.

Not going to get too political here. Politics never brought people together. Music, art, education, science and love; that’s what brings people together. So here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for July 4th, 2018.

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Psycho Bunny does the American Revolutionary War. Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for July 4th, 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress.

Social media time:

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs. There’s dresses, tee shirts, notebooks, etc. The notebooks, and the Quentin Crisp tees seems to be one of the best selling items. Just in time for Pride.

One of my hobbies is documenting what goes riding the NYC subway lines: Wildlife On The MTA. Cause if you can’t laugh, you’ll cry. MTA passengers know what I’m talking about. Even better: My WildlifeOnTheMTA Instagram is active once again.

Come back next week for a new Psycho Bunny sketch.

 

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In the U.S., we’re coming to the end of Memorial Day weekend. Not particularly that patriotic, but many Americans forget it’s veterans. So here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Psycho Bunny sketch of the week, Memorial Day 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. May 2018.

What else is new? Nothing much. Went to check out a local art opening in Brooklyn. Afterwards, visited the famous Junior’s, at it’s original location since 1950. Yes, it’s true. Junior’s does have the best cheesecake. Anyway, here’s the usual social media hints. Follow me on the following:

Facebook there’s pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

Twitter there’s my own account, and one for Psycho Bunny.

World Ov Witchipoo is my Tumblr one.

On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs. There’s dresses, tee shirts, notebooks, etc. The notebooks, and the Quentin Crisp tees seems to be one of the best selling items.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

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Over the weekend, a few events happened. One was The Misfits with the original line-up live at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

No, I didn’t have tickets. It’s okay. I met Jerry Only back in early 2001, when I was in Las Vegas for a week. Later years, got my Misfits collector doll signed over at Forbidden Planet in NYC. (Psycho Bunny was sold in Forbidden Planet back in 2004, in the self-published/indie section)

There was the L.I.C. Open Studios event which happened all weekend long, near where I grew up. Alas, didn’t make it to any of my friends’ exhibits in time.

The other event that happened, well you’re probably sick hearing about it. It was the British royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Normally I wouldn’t care about weddings. Certainly don’t give a toss about some Hollywood actress. However, the English side of me was just a tiny bit slightly curious. Not enough to get up 5am to watch the wedding live though. Just curious enough to attend a friend’s royal wedding party over at her fabulous salon, while sipping some pink blush champagne.

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So if the worldwide coverage wasn’t enough to make you roll your eyes, there’s always the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Where Psycho Bunny uses any excuse to party.

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Psycho Bunny attends the Royal Wedding 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. May 2018.

Now for the social media 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. Got some cool stuff on RedBubble, including cute summer dresses featuring my designs, as I’ve mentioned before.

 

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A few days ago was Maha Shivaratri, or Shivaratri. It’s annual holiday honoring the Hindu god Shiva. The “great night of Shiva” is a lunar holiday, falling on the 13th or 14th during the winter season.

After a few days past 2018’s Shivaratri, I came across old artwork from 2003. Totally forgot about this sketch. It was done while passing time at a former job. I worked at some pseudo-spiritual gift, clothing and bookstore, located in the East Village. The shop was on East 6th street. At the time East 6th street was lined with small Indian restaurants. Inside the shop I was surrounded by deity statues from various pantheons. Now that year of 2003 was particularly significant. It was right before entering my Thelemic phase, which lasted a few years.

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Very old sketch from 2003. Hindu god Shiva by Michele Witchipoo. 

Maha Shivatri is very important to Shivaites, or those who practice Shavism. Within Hinduism, there’s a sect devoted to Shiva and his teachings.  The Shavites worship Shiva as a supreme god.

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This week celebrates Valentine’s Day. Psycho Bunny has no other valentines except for one. Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for February 12, 2018.

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The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Feb. 12th, 2018. Valentine’s Day edition. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. 

 If you don’t know by now, there’s two Facebook pages. One for Psycho Bunny, and the other for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress. On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt. Twitter I can be found with MicheleWitchipo and MrPsychoBunny. Tumblr is World Ov Witchipoo. Eventually I’ll fix my website so people can order my comics. Till next week.

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Yes, I know, I know. It’s been a while since posting the weekly Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. In fact, there was a whole bunch of sketches to be posted back from October or November, but life got very busy.

In 2016, my handmade holiday tree ornaments did very well. In 2017, despite purchasing large quantities of materials, only managed to make only a few. As stated previously, life got very busy. Didn’t have the time to create a whole new batch. Although I couldn’t make it to any craft fairs this past season, my friend offered to let me sell some of my ornaments in her new salon. The Steampunk Cthulhu design sold out for a second year in a row. As of this posting, there’s also no more handmade Bowie ornaments left. In a way, crafting is hard work, so I didn’t miss it too much. My focus has been more towards new projects, such as putting out new comics.

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Yet I did manage to create my own Krampus door plaque, which hung outside my apartment door. Amazing what glue gun skills can do.

Alright, so I indulged a bit. The year 2017 was spent catching up on concerts. There was Adam Ant, Front 242, Gary Numan and finally, Television. Adam Ant was fun, but there was a slight disappointment. As he was performing, you could tell he was doing it for the money. Adam Ant blatantly rushed through the entire Kings of The Wild Frontier album, revealing his heart wasn’t into it. Even if he brought back having two drummers on stage, just like he had during his heyday. On the other end of the spectrum, Gary Numan was absolutely amazing. Just everything about that show was brilliant. It’s very obvious that Numan still loves what he does. His set was a mixture of both old and new songs.  Unsurprisingly, the crowd went crazy for the classics. The most well known album The Pleasure Principle was almost performed in its entirely. Even threw in a few Tubeway Army ditties. So Gary Numan was my favorite concert of 2017, followed by a tie of Front 242 and Television. It was my second time seeing Front 242 live. Guessing that my first time was way back in 1991. Television was a good way to end 2017. My friend pointed out that he thought Radiohead might’ve been influenced by Television. Afterwards out of curiosity, I binged on various Radiohead songs.

There was some upheaval in 2017, but it all worked out in the end. Finally got the luxury of having my own ‘art studio’. So I appointed my two cats as my “art assistants.” After some inspection, Netzach Wondercat wasn’t impressed. Meanwhile Squeaky Squeakums demanded an early lunch.

There were some Inktober sketches I never got around to posting, but it’s too late now. Moving forward, here’s a new Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Everyone’s favorite alcoholic rabbit complaining as always. So don’t forget to click “like” for the two Facebook pages: Psycho Bunny and WitchesBrewPress. Also on Twitter under two accounts: MicheleWitchipo and MrPsychoBunny. On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt. There’s a few other social media accounts, but let’s just get to the quick sketch.

Happy new year everyone.

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The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Jan. 8th, 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/PsychoBunnyComix/

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