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This was something originally started in late 2016. Halfway through, some events happened that I had to put this on hold. Then in very late 2017, discovered this sketch. Finally finished it in 2018. When Valentine’s Day rolled around this year, I misplaced the original piece. It was supposed to be hand colored with watercolor paint. Despite purchasing my first Wacom in late 2017, I went ahead and digitally colored in a way that a graphic designer professor would cringe.

Anatomical heart artwork has become a tiny bit popular over the past few years. Here’s my take on it. It’s intention was for a flyer advertising a local craft fair. The craft fair and the collective was never meant to be.

The background was influenced by vintage flower patterns.

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Anatomical Heart. Illustrated by Michele Witchipoo, completed in Jan. 2018. 

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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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Now finally have a chance to catch up on blog posts. Here’s a zine show I took part of on Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017.

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The zine show was within a bigger art opening titled Transparency, taking place at Brooklyn Fireproof,  Bushwick, Brooklyn. It was part of an art collective called Trans-cen-der. The event even had a brief mention on the Bushwick Bomb website. The zine part was curated by illustrator/sculptor/painter/print-maker Danielle-Draik.

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Flyer for the Transparency show at Trans-cen-der at Brooklyn Fireproof, Oct. 13th, 2017.

The turn-out was pretty good. In the zine section, there was a variety of self-published comics and zines on display. Two of my titles, Psycho Bunny #3.25, and the last issue of Babalon Babes (astrology issue) were shown.

In another room was sculptures by Colin Radcliffe, titled Uninvited Guests.

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Sculptures by Colin Radcliffe, shown during his solo show at Transparency. Oct. 13th, 2017.

The entire exhibit will run until Nov. 3rd, 2017.

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Zine section from the Transparency exhibit, Trans-cen-der, at Brooklyn Fireproof. Friday Oct. 13th, 2017.  

 

 

 

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Did a few sketches for this year’s Inktober. Just haven’t gotten around to posting them. Here’s a quick one. Guess it was inspired by Pennywise, and the current success of the film It.

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Done for Inktober 2017. Pencil, pen and ink. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2017. 

This wasn’t my first Inktober sketch, but it’s one of the better ones. Now back to sketching.

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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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Summer has come to a close. Technically Fall doesn’t begin until September 23rd. It’s going back to school, work, etc, that unofficially signifies the end of those warm summer days. Unless you’ve been paying attention to global warming.

Last month made some headlines in the U.S. The summer of 2017 was also the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘summer of love.’

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The 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” Psycho Bunny style. Based on the comic drawn, written and published by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Aug. 2017.

Back to the present. Yesterday as of this post was Labor Day. Of course, Psycho Bunny is the founder, member, president and CEO of The Unemployment Appreciation Society. Psycho Bunny’s beloved mother has some thoughts about this…

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Labor Day 2017. Psycho Bunny is the founder, member, president and CEO of The Unemployment Appreciation Society. Psycho Bunny’s mother however, has a different opinion. Based on the comic drawn, written and published by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Sept. 2017. 

Now that I’ve somewhat caught up with the Psycho Bunny weekly postings, here’s the usual plugs. You can follow the following pages: Psycho Bunny and WitchesBrewPress on Facebook, Psycho Bunny on Twitter, Michele Witchipoo on Tumblr, DeviantArt, and Instagram.

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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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