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Completed this sketch last week but didn’t get a chance to post until today. Just as well, spring finally arrived over in my neck of the woods.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for May 13th, 2018.

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Other news? Saw The Melvins live over at Warsaw in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They did not disappoint. Redd Kross member Steven McDonald joined the band a few years back. Haven’t thought about Redd Kross in years. Saw that band open for a reunited Dead Boys back in the late ’80s. Stiv Bators was so burnt out, Dead Boys barely made it through their set. Not interested in the latest Dead Boys reincarnation. Besides. Have some current items to work on. My three month ‘vacation’ is over. Eventually I’ll fix my website.

Don’t have much time today, so here’s the usual social media hints:

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 dress featuring my designs. See everyone soon.

 

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Psycho Bunny’s own version of an ‘Existential Crisis‘…

As opposed to existential philosophy.

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Psycho Bunny’s version of an existential crisis. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Printed on WitchesBrewPress. April 2018.

Now for the usual 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, so buy my work. Thank you.

 

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Sometime this week was my birthday. Not revealing the exact date, but this year’s celebration was lovely. I’m truly grateful to have friends who care for me deeply. This time I was taken out for some delicious Indian food, where we stuffed ourselves so silly, we could barely walk out. Afterwards I received a lot of kind birthday wishes and messages from all over. Let’s just say this all warmed up my little black heart.

It was one of the nicest birthdays I had in recent years. The other memorable birthday was when I arrived back in NYC in late 2007. The year 2008 was pretty significant, both professionally and personally. Especially after spending two years in sheer purgatory. In a way, it was a good thing I was back in the big bad rotten apple during 2008. Looking back I was very lucky to catch much of the old NYC before everything closed down, becoming ultra gentrified.

 One of my best friends, arranged a surprise gathering in honor of my birthday. We all met somewhere in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in which we headed towards Double Down. Once inside Double Down we eventually took over the entire bar. This wasn’t planned. The rather spontaneous invasion was pretty wild. That kicked an entire week of me celebrating my birthday returning to New York. Think of it as the lost weekend extended. Don’t ask me what else happened that week. By the time my actual birthday came around, it was on Saturday and I was so completely hungover. Then  came the realization I was supposed to be at Stony Brook, Long Island. The occasion? Vending at a table then speaking on a panel for I-CON. We boarded the Long Island Railroad, regaining my composure in time for both the table and panel.

Rest assured, I’m professional most of the time. I-CON 27 went rather well, and then a small group of us headed for sushi somewhere in Nassau County.

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Blast from the past. Me on Saturday April 5, 2008 at I-CON 27, Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York.

This year was no need for any sort of alcohol. The company, conversation and Indian food was good enough. Perhaps this is a sign of maturity. Somewhat. A bonus was receiving all these wonderful gifts, like jewelry, and a copy of Howard Chaykin’s The Divided States of Hysteria in collected graphic novel form.

Here’s a quick birthday sketch. Purposely done in garnish colors, because life can be a bizarre circus. Enjoy.

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Usually I post a new sketch every Monday. This week I’ve been late.

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To make up for this, I did not only one, but three sketches. The last sketch will be posted on time next Monday. Promise.

Onto the second sketch. Just commenting on a holiday I’m not particularly fond of. Spoken about this before. Not going to bore with my disdain. I’ll let the sketch speak of itself.

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So enjoy your amateur drinking day, and remember that there were never any snakes in Ireland.

If that didn’t piss you off, you can always follow me on other social media. Facebook: Psycho Bunny comix, Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress, and my hobby, taking photos while riding NYC transit called Wildlife On The MTA. There’s also Twitter for myself, and for Psycho Bunny. There is something called Tumblr. Last, there’s always my Instagram account, Witchipoo Art.

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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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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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