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Yesterday we heard the news. Lil Bub, one of the first major internet cats passed away. She was eight years old.

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Lil Bub. One of the original internet celebrity cats. (2011 – 2019) 

To say Lil Bub was unique is an understatement. Born to a feral cat, Lil Bub was not only the runt of the litter, but suffered many ailments. Along with her many genetic mutations, she had feline dwarfism. This did not stop her from becoming one of the world’s most famous and beloved cats.

Within a span of five years she already had books, a web series, highly anticipated personal appearances, an album, merchandise, and a documentary under her furry belt.

They used to say a dog is a man’s best friend. Nowadays, cats rule with a velvet paw. Five years ago, the first holy trinity of internet cats came to be: Colonel Meow, Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. Grumpy Cat was the most famous, but Lil Bub was the holiest of the holy.

Colonel Meow was the first to pass away in 2014. Grumpy cat passed away earlier in 2019. Now with Lil Bub gone, it’s the end of an era.

Lil Bub’s human, Mike Bridavsky decided to turn down Grumpy Cat’s management, headed by Ben Lashes. Instead, Bridavsky decided to share proceeds with animal charities, focusing on special need and homeless pets. Lil Bub also helped contribute to science. After a crowd funding campaign, researchers discovered Lil Bub had a mutation in gene RANK/TNFRSF11A. The findings were published on the website bioRxiv.

Science aside, Lil Bub always found a way to warm your hearts. Her human used to joke that Lil Bub came from outer space. Now it seems like she left earth. While today cats flood social media, no other cat has come close to making an impact like the way the original holy internet cat trilogy did. Particularly with Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. Only recently the torch has been passed down to Smudge Lord.

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Smudge Lord. 

I’ve always wanted to do a portrait of Lil Bub. After all, I did portraits of Colonel Meow and Grumpy Cat (Colonel Meow was always my personal favorite. Grumpy came in a close second.) Of course, I never got around to doing it. You would think I would have – especially after meeting Lil Bub back in 2013. It was only the day after her death I decided to do a tribute. Done in pen and ink.

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Original sketch, drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Tuesday Dec. 3rd, 2019. Pen and ink. 

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Now that Lil Bub has gone back to outer space, planet Earth has become a little darker. While she was alive, she helped make the world a kinder place. Good job, Bub.

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Not a flattering photo. Meeting Lil Bub back in 2013. Social Tees animal shelter. L.E.S, NYC. 

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Not the greatest sketch, but here’s an Inktober 2019 piece. The Inktober prompt was pattern. Yet people seemed to like the sketch on my Instagram. Maybe because the style looks a bit like my early Babalon Babes zine days. Threw in a few alchemy symbols.

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Intober 2019 prompt no. 10: Pattern. Sketch by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2019.

 

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This week’s Psycho Bunny sketch of the week is based on the horror classic Frankenstein, originally created by English author Mary Shelley, and later became iconic thanks to Boris Karloff’s performance in 1931. Although it should be noted that the very first Frankenstein film was released in 1910.

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Frankenpsychobunny! Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. Oct. 2019.

It’s been extremely busy on my end. Hopefully I will find the time to post more work on my blog, including my Inktober 2019 sketches.

Happy Halloween!

Social Media Links:

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

Want to buy some of my designs? There’s RedBubble: Witchipoo

Finally, don’t forget to purchase my latest comic:

I’m also experimenting with a radio show, streamed live on WHCSradio.org. New show every Friday, from 1-2pm ET. Broadcast until further notice. I have recorded interviews from MICE 2019. Stay tuned.

 

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This past weekend was New York Comic Con 2019. I’ve been attending each one since it’s inception back in Every year a certain type of magic sparks whenever NYCC happens. My only regret was I had to miss Ridgewood Open Studios, which opened on the same weekend. In which I had a painting on display at a group art show, over at Lorimoto Gallery.

To my surprise, there wasn’t as much Deadpool cosplay mashups as previous years. There was still a few.

Which leads to the return of the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Drawn by yours truly.

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Post NYCC 2019. The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week drawn and written by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2019.

Stay tuned for more photos and panel reviews of NYCC 2019.

Meanwhile, here’s some social media links:

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

Want to buy some of my designs? There’s RedBubble: Witchipoo

Finally, don’t forget to purchase my latest comic:

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*To order any Psycho Bunny issues, or The Temptation of Squeaky, send $4.00 per issue along with your shipping address to Vemno @ Witchipoo. You can also order via PayPal, psychobunnycomix@aol.com. Specify which issue you’re ordering. Currently in stock is Psycho Bunny issue 3.75 and Temptation of Squeaky issue one.

 

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The weekend after Cradle Con 2019, I headed to Upstate NY for IncrediCon. This edition of IncrediCon was in Middletown, NY. The guests of honor included legendary Marvel comic book artist Joe Sinnott, Disney Comic Writer Joe Caramagna, and The Great Space Coaster’s Jim Martin.

Other people from the comic book industry were there, such as: Ray Felix, Robert J. Sodaro, and John Wilcox. Rounding out IncrediCon was local vendors.

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Michele Witchipoo’s table at IncrediCon, June 8th, 2019. Middletown, NY.

During IncrediCon itself, I met and befriended two very nice artists: Scott Ebisch and Vid Alliger. Since we sat next to each other, we conversed in between some downtime.

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Legendary Marvel inker and artist Joe Sinnott, with his son Mark Sinnott. IncrediCon, Middletown NY. June 8th, 2019. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Later on I met Joe Sinnott, who was gracious enough to do a sketch. (Sinnott is also a recipient of two awards: Inkwell and Inkpot) The sketch was a birthday present for Ben Herman. Joe Sinnott is retired from the comic book industry, but still draws everyday. Accompanying him was his son, Mark Sinnott. The fact that he agreed to do a sketch was an amazing surprise. It’s something I was eternally grateful for. (Note: On his website, it states he is no longer doing commissions or interviews. Joe Sinnott still does autographs.) You can check out the sketch below.

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Joe Sinnott pencil sketch of Thor. Done at IncrediCon, Middletown NY. June 2018.

Later on, I did two quick sketches of my own. One was a commission, the other was a sketch requested by John Wilcox.

 

During the commission, I met someone from Instagram, who goes under the name GothBear666. It’s a cute account of someone wearing a bear mask showing his collection of classic Post-Punk band tee shirts.

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Michele Witchipoo and Goth Bear. IncrediCon, June 8th, 2019. Middletown, NY.

The next IncrediCon is scheduled for Oct. 27th, 2019 at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Free admission from 10am – 6pm. Maybe I’ll see you there.

 

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The first weekend of June 2019 was Cradle Con. Cradle Con is an annual comic con taking place at The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, NY. I had a table in artists alley for June 1st and 2nd, 2019. It was also the ‘official’ debut of my latest self-published comic ‘The Temptation of Squeaky.’ In all, I actually did very well.

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My table at Cradle Con 2019. June 1st & 2nd, 2019, Long Island NY, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Cradle Con was totally geared towards the comic book, pop culture and cosplay crowd. Even the guy who’s known for doing Peter Griffin cosplay was there. Yup, he was there along with a woman cosplaying at Lois Griffin. You can follow Robert Franzese on Instagram.

Here’s some other photos from that weekend. I plan to be back at artist alley next year. See you then.

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Television personality (MeTV) and host Svengoolie at Cradle Con 2019. Photo by Ben Herman.

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Comic book artist and musician Dave Fox. Cradle Con 2019. Photo by Ben Herman.

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Comic book artist and illustrator John K. Synder at Cradle Con 2019. Doing a Beautiful Dream sketch.

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Comic book artist and illustrator John K. Synder at Cradle Con 2019. Doing a Beautiful Dream sketch.

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Don’t watch many televisions shows nowadays. There’s a few exceptions. Got to watch season three of Stranger Things. Stranger Things is the popular Netflix series, very loosely based on The Montauk Project and The Philadelphia Experiment, combined with early to mid ’80s nostalgia.  The only reason I bothered to check out Stranger Things was The Montauk influence. After viewing season one, I was hooked.

As for both The Montauk Project and Philadelphia Experiment, those were conspiracy theories I had an interest in during the early 2000s. Although I never went so far to obtain a tin foil hat, I would entertain these theories. That was until 2016, when the phenomenon of fake news took over. Now all these conspiracy theories weren’t as amusing. Besides. Many of the hardcore conspiracy theorists were just plain nuts. You could say I lost my patience.

However, there is a special place in my heart for Montauk. If it wasn’t for my previous interest, I would have never bothered with Stranger Things. Once during the summer of 2000 or 2001 before 9/11, I spent a day trying to explore Montauk. I didn’t locate Camp Hero, but I did find the whole complete book collection in the Montauk Public Library.

It’s been said that Aleister Crowley also conducted magickal experiments at Montauk.

Back to Stranger Things. Once Hollywood got involved, there were some rearrangements. Montuak, Long Island became Hawkins, Indiana. The Duffer Brothers, the creators behind Stranger Things were almost sued. Right before it came to trail, the plaintiff withdrew. Guess The Duffer Brothers got some damn good lawyers.

We cannot deny though, that Stranger Things is one of the few decent television series. Season three did seem heavy on the mid ’80s kitsch, product placement, and adolescence romance. My new favorite character from Stranger Things was one I loathed; Billy Hargrove. Billy was the mean scuzbucket metal head. If you weren’t careful, he just might bang your wife. His thin porn ‘stache makes a nice touch. A few hours before working on this blog post, I wasted an hour online discussing Billy’s potential playlist. In my own theory, I figured there was two. One was for Billy himself, as he speeds down the road in his muscle car. Most likely he would blast Motley Crue, WASP, and David Lee Roth era Van Halen. The other one was when he gets together with the MILFS. He’ll get down and dirty with the Mrs. as Journey plays in the background – just before the husband gets home from work. Before I go any further, a round of applause is due for Australian actor and poet Darce Montgomery. Montgomery completely nails the role of the ’80s burnout lowlife. But I digress.

Might as well wrap this up with a long awaited Psycho Bunny sketch of The Week. From speculations, yes, this week’s sketch is Stranger Things influenced. If more time to spare, I could’ve done Billy fan fiction. Luckily there’s things I have to work on. Meanwhile, enjoy the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for July 15th, 2019.

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Psycho Bunny does Stranger Things with beer. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. July 2019.

Michele Witchipoo – Social media:

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.

Going to promote my RedBubble shop again. 

 Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs.

 

…and again. Buy my latest comic. The Temptation of Squeaky. It’s about a well-fed cat who meets up with a demon in hope of getting more treats. Just to clarify, it’s not a “satanic Garfield.” That’s a flippant and lazy description. I suggest you find out for yourself. Ordering online it’s $4.00 ($3.00 + $1.00 S&H).

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The Temptation of Squeaky. Comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Released this year on WitchesBrewPress.

Till next time.

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