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Last night I went to another concert. In the past few months I’ve been on a roll, going to live shows for Television, Front 242 and Gary Numan. Last minute a friend had an extra ticket to the sold out event at Brooklyn Bazaar to see Clan of Xymox. Here’s the strange part. I had a suspicion I was going to attend that concert. This was despite the fact I didn’t get advance tickets. Lo and behold, it was meant to be, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Two years ago around this time, my mother started to decline in health. By October 2015, she had passed away. The distraction was welcome indeed.

I’ve been in and out of the Goth subculture since I was 15 years old. My discovery of Gothic was by accident. It was my original intention to explore the ’80s Punk scene, as I was checking out for example, the Hardcore matinee at CBGB’s every Sunday afternoon. There I saw bands like Corrosion Of Conformity and Government Issue. Yes, those were the days. That phase didn’t last long with me. Something about Goth lured me in. As Siouxsie and The Banshees replaced Culture Club as a favorite band, I began to get more curious about anything Deathrock related. Soon I was meeting like minded people as I was attending concerts by The Cure back in 1985. Felt more aligned with other Goth peers than the Punks. Another factor was back in those days, you had to be careful around the hardcore scene. The violence was turning me off. The original Gothic (now known as “traditional” or “old school”) aesthetic was definitely more pleasing to the eye. Propaganda Magazine was another influence. Eventually I focused all my energy towards anything Batcave.

When I was 18 or 19, eventually I got into other genres of music. Which is only natural. Yet it’s like that horribly corny line from the film The Godfather Part III. You know that line when the Michael Corleone character says : ” Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” Which was my case with Goth. I’ve been dipping in and out of the local Goth scene since the late ’90s, but nothing really serious. In 2011 I was inadvertently dragged to a local Goth club party. An American expat from Germany had just came back to the U.S. He was DJing at a local event and wanted some company, which was me. That was my real introduction back towards anything Post-Punk.

So where I am going with this? Good question. Today I’m just typing with a flow of consciousness state of mind. Probably because the Clan of Xymox concert was better than I expected, so it’s still fresh. Then I realized after all these years, I never did a Psycho Bunny sketch where he was Goth. So there you have it.

Here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Monday, March 25, 2018.

 

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The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Psycho Bunny goes Goth. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, printed on WitchesBrewPress. March 25, 2018. 

Now for the usual promotional plugs. I’ve been drilling these links in for sometime. So check them out. 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. Oh, and I did start up some traditional Goth blog, but haven’t really kept up with it. It’s last entry was in 2016 when Alan Vega from Suicide passed away. It’s Dark Entries blog on where else, WordPress.

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Still have to post the other Inktober 2017 sketches. Meanwhile guess this will count as one of them. Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Monday, Oct. 23rd, 2017.

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Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Oct. 23, 2017. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress.

Here’s some social media in case you want to slander, spread lies, basic misunderstandings, miscommunication, er, I meant ‘follow.’ Yeah, that’s it. Follow.

 

Facebook: Psycho Bunny and Michele Witchipoo-WitchesBrewPress

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

RedBubble: Witchipoo

IG: WitchipooArt

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Last minute notice. Was asked to be part of a birthday celebration for H.P. Lovecraft. Happening over at Lovecraft Bar NYC, this Friday starting at 6pm to 1am.

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Flyer for H.P. Lovecraft birthday party in NYC. Aug. 2017.

I’ll be one of the artist exhibiting and selling work. Music, cosplay, readings, art, and film under the spirit of Lovecraft. Hosted by Gerry Visco (aka The Gerry Party) and put together by The Set. Admission is five dollars, with a one drink purchase min. 21 and over please. Proceeds to help end NYC depression. Lovecraft NYC is located on 50 Avenue B in the heart of the East Village/Lower East Side in NYC.

Facebook invite here

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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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This Saturday I’ll be at this one day zine fest happening near L.I.C., Queens, NYC. It’s free admission from 2-6pm, located at 34-09 Queens Blvd & 43rd Avenue.

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Flyer for the Artist & Craftsman Zine Fest happening in L.I.C., Queens NY on Saturday June 24th, 2017.

You can check out the info on Facebook here.

Pfft…btw. Check out the Facebook pages for Psycho Bunny and Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

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Psycho Bunny comes from a dysfunctional family. Surprise, surprise. His mother was introduced very early on, in the beginning issues. Below is a sketch dated 2006:

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Early Psycho Bunny illustration. Hanging out with his mother in her kitchen. Drawn 2006 by Michele Witchipoo. 

Now here’s a quick updated version. Just in time for Mother’s Day, 2017.

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Psycho Bunny and his mother. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. May 2017. 

My own mother took slight offense of Psycho Bunny’s mom. She thought his mother was based on her. While I assured she wasn’t, don’t think she quite believed me. My mother passed away in September 2015.

Time for the usual promotional pep talk. Check out the Facebook pages for Psycho Bunny and for WitchesBrewPress. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out Twitter and Instagram as well. Haven’t had time to fix the website, but one of these days the store should be updated. You can still order comics from the website in the meantime. Besides comics there’s my RedBubble shop. Lately it’s been getting a bit of traffic, but it could use some more. So check it out. Anything else? DeviantArt…that’s about it for now. Till next time.

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WARNING: Strong language – NSFW

You know you feel the same way too…even if 2017 seems scarier.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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How Psycho Bunny feels about 2016. The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, published on WitchesBrewPress. Dec. 2016.

The usual plugs. Don’t forget to like the Psycho Bunny Comix Facebook page. There’s also the WitchesBrewPress FB page for my other illustration work. Till next time.

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