Haven’t been feeling physically well these past 72 hours. So Psycho Bunny did that Dolly Parton Challenge meme instead. Because social media breeds narcissism, and follow trends like cattle. Here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Jan. 26th, 2020.
Yesterday we heard the news. Lil Bub, one of the first major internet cats passed away. She was eight years old.
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 and Lil Bub
Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Back in June, I traveled to the Nassau County section of Long Island, NY to do a podcast interview for It Came From The Radio. The host was Mark Torres, who’s been doing the show on and off for about ten years. Currently the podcast is recorded at local station Grindhouse Radio, GHR for short. Both It Came From The Radio and Grindhouse Radio focus on all aspects of pop culture. Guests range is from indie to the well established.
This wasn’t my first time being interviewed on the radio. Back in 2010 I was on WVOX in Westchester, NY. For this recent broadcast, I show up on time, despite a snafu with my GPS. Have to say, I was very impressed with the vibe and decor of Grindhouse Radio. The staff was professional, yet warm and friendly.
As we were recording the program, the show was on Facebook Live. We discussed a range of subjects, ranging from recent film releases, The Avengers (comic & film, not the Punk band), Spice Girls and of course, my own work. My cat Squeaky, the basis of my latest comic had just passed away back in June, so we briefly discussed that. Mark was an awesome host. In all I had a really good time. Probably a better experience than when I was in Westchester nine years ago.
A few weeks back, I caught a free show at Irving Plaza. The headliner was neo-Rockabily singer Robert Gordon. Originally part of the early NYC Punk movement, around the late ’70s he embraced his influences, turning to Rockabilly. Having worked with musicians such as Link Wray and Chris Spedding, his vocals took everyone back to a time when Elvis was actually cool. He was ahead of such retro rockers such as The Stray Cats (which as of this blog posting, is currently on a reunion tour.) While The Cramps pushed the envelope with it’s sinister psychobilly overtones, Robert Gordon stayed true to his roots.
In the past I’ve attending a few Rockabilly events, but not often enough. It was scattered throughout the years, such as attending shows in San Francisco, Connecticut, and recently a few years back at NYC’s Otto Shrunken Head.
If you’re curious about what Gordon sounds like these days, check out the footage from his gig at Irving Plaza, July 1st, 2019. Below is the song that he opened with, “Someday, Someway.” It was later covered by Marshall Crenshaw.
Which leads to the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Psycho Bunny’s own version of Rock Billy Boogie:
A few reminders. Today in the NYC area, I’ll be one of the five artists giving a quick talk at the monthly Trans-Cen-Der. Location in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at Brooklyn Fire Proof. Admission free, but limited seating.
On Saturday, there’s two events. During the day I’ll be selling my comics at Trashland Zinefest II. Free admission from 2-6pm in Ridgewood, Queens over at The Footlight.
Later in the evening, there’s the opening party at MF Gallery, for the Rocky Horror Picture Show art tribute. I’ll be one of the many artists who contributed. Check out my acrylic and glitter painting of Dr. Frank-N-Futer, framed.
This is extremely short notice. This Tuesday, July 30th, 2019, I will be giving a small talk about my illustrations and artwork at the monthly Trans-Cen-Der. The event runs from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. The location is at Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick, Brooklyn NY. There will be four other artists as well, working in all mediums. Admission is free but seating is limited.
This Saturday will be a busy day. During the day I’ll have a table at the Trashland Zinefest II, located at The Footlight in Ridgewood, Queens NY. Admission is free, the event runs from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. I’ll be selling my comics, greeting cards and other items.
At Trashland Zinefest II, copies of my latest comic The Temptation of Squeaky will be on sale. Drop by my table and buy your own copy.
On Saturday evening, I will be attending the MF Gallery opening party for their Rocky Horror Picture Show art exhibit. Opening party is from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Costumes and Rocky Horror cosplay is encouraged. There will be a screening of the classic cut film as well.
Below is the painting I did for the Rocky Horror art exhibit. It’s classic Dr. Frank-N-Futer. The mediums were acrylic paint and glitter, inside a refurbished vintage wooden frame.
If you’re local in the NYC area, then come down to at least one of these events.
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.
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.
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).
Another reminder, I will be at the second IncrediCon this Saturday. (First one was back in October 2018) Free admission, located in the Hudson Valley area of Upstate NY. Middletown to be exact. The comic con will take place at the Galleria at Crystal Run Mall, 1 Galleria Drive, Middletown NY.
I’ll have my latest comic available for sale, along with other titles and greeting cards. Also doing commissions.