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A few weeks back I attended the Culture Club and The B-52s concert over at Forest Hills stadium. It wasn’t my first seeing both of these acts live. It was more that both groups were such a part of my early teen years, and that it was right in my own backyard in Queens, NY.

When I was about 11 or 12, I brought the first B-52s album. I was the first kid on the block to have that record, and most likely the only one. It was early ’80’s in lower working class Queens. I was considered the school weirdo. Having this album only solidified my case. Not that I really cared.

When my friend used to come over, I introduced her to Rock Lobster. I made her wear old wigs dug out from my mother’s closet, which my mom wasn’t too happy about. I wasn’t happy because the wigs weren’t styled like in beehive hairdos. In my bedroom we pretended to be Kate and Cindy, wearing mom’s old forgotten wigs. We danced to most of the songs on side one, because vinyl still ruled in those days. That album cover is still pretty iconic to me.

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Eventually I grew out of The B-52s. By the time “Love Shack” hit the charts, I was more into Post Punk, Goth, Industrial and anything non mainstream.

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Concert attendee at the Culture Club/B-52s show at Forest Hills stadium. Sat. July 28th, 2018. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Fast forward to July 2019 in Forest Hills stadium. (Wasn’t the band’s first time. The B-52s played Forest Hills stadium back in 1983. Most of the crowd was dancing to such classics like ’52 Girls’, ‘Planet Claire’, and what surprised me was ‘Mesopotamia.’ Of course they played ‘Love Shack’ and ‘Roam.’ You can see their set list here.

Thus leads to the first of the two latest sketches of the week. Decided to throw in two instead of one, due to last week’s absence.

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Psycho Bunny’s friends as The B-52s. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Aug. 2018.

After The B-52s came Culture Club. I’ve mentioned dressing like the two women from The B-52s. However, it was the arrival of Boy George that took it from the bedroom to public display. I began to copy the Boy’s look. While going to class, I wore the hat, the baggy clothes, etc. Even had his dance moves down. Once again, I was the first kid on the block to embrace Boy George and crew. Also one of the very few. Boy George wasn’t very popular in the junior high I attended. In fact, that’s when I experienced homophobia.

Dressing like Boy George gave people the impression that they could insult me. Everyday I heard nasty remarks from other schoolmates such as “You know he’s gay, right?” “Why do you like him? He’s a man dressed like a woman!” “Boy George is a fag!” “Fag lover!!!” “You look like a freak!” “Hahahaha….” It was usually followed by “Why don’t you be normal, and listen to Michael Jackson like the rest of us?” Which led to my distaste of anything remotely related to Michael Jackson. To this day, if I hear just a few notes from a Jackson song, it makes me nauseous. I just equate Michael Jackson to general hypocrisy. Jackson is dead, and I still can’t stand the guy. It’s not his fault. It was my junior high classmates. The association. His music and image still reminds me of everything fake in today’s pop culture.

Because of all this rude behavior, it influenced me to look beyond my immediate Queens surroundings. I applied for those magnet high schools just to get away from all those rotten close minded classmates. Eventually I got accepted into the High School of Art and Design. Thanks to Art & Design, it lead me straight into a path of downtown Manhattan subculture, discovering Greenwich Village, stumbling upon small import record shops, cool clothing stores, and of course, Punk and Goth. Thus my high school years fared a helluva lot better than junior high.

I’ll never forget when word came out that I was not heading towards that local war zone, Byrant High School. Some guy quipped “oh, so you’re not going to the same high school as everyone else? What’s the matter? You’re too good for us now?”

Uh actually, when I think about it…yeah.

Not going to Byrant was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. From what I heard years later, my suspicions were all confirmed. Thanks, but no thanks. This should explain my misanthropy.

‘ “Why does everybody gets so excited when we go back into the past? It just amazes me. It’s just metaphorical.” ‘ – Boy George during the Culture Club concert at Forest Hills stadium, New York. Saturday July 28th, 2018. 

But high school is high school, and life is a lot more than that. It’s still nice to reflect, take in some nostalgia, acknowledge your influences. To be ruled by the past though, is a prison you don’t want to be trapped in. Boy George definitely didn’t want to relive his past. In fact, most of the songs on the Culture Club set list was more like a rock and soul revue than Culture Club’s greatest hits. The opening song was a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” Fret not, they still did some of their greatest hits.

‘ “We’re a living, breathing soap opera. The amount of collective drama on this stage would kill a beginner.” ‘ Boy George during the Culture Club set at Forest Hills Stadium, Saturday July 28th, 2018. 

I appreciated that Culture Club didn’t want to rest of their retro laurels. Boy George himself waxed philosophically that night on the Forest Hills stage. He came across as intelligent and witty. There were times you sensed that he’s acknowledged lessons learned from his past experiences. This was evident with their recent single “Let Somebody Love You.” You never would’ve guessed he assaulted a male escort back in 2009. Then there was the time when he rebuked my friend’s request for an autograph that was meant to be for his mother. His mother was in her final stages of MS.

 Oh that Boy George. He’s such a Gemini.

Despite his shitty transgressions, I will always be thankful for his influence upon my life. It was a positive influence. His public image taught me that it was okay to think outside the box, to be yourself. If it wasn’t for him, Siouxsie Sioux, Joan Jett, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and David Bowie, my outlook might’ve been very different. Probably a lot more bleak.

While I did accomplish a lot, I’m still residing in Queens. For now anyway. As someone who once wanted to ‘escape’ Queens, it’s now become the complete opposite. No thanks to the overall gentrification of NYC. I’ve learned to appreciate all the different cultures within my borough. Manhattan just isn’t the same anymore. Let’s not even talk about what happened with Brooklyn. The Bronx and Staten Island is too far away from everything. So Queens is where I stay. For now.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you. Here’s part two of the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Psycho Bunny as classic Boy George.

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Psycho Bunny as Boy George from Culture Club. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. August 2018.

The very next day after the B52s and Culture Club gig, I went to see Slayer over at Jones Beach, Long Island, NY. Talk about one extreme to the other. That will be discussed in next week’s blog post.

…and now. Memorize these 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.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs. There’s dresses, tee shirts, notebooks, etc. The notebooks, and the Quentin Crisp tees seems to be one of the best selling items. Just in time for Pride.

One of my hobbies is documenting what goes riding the NYC subway lines: Wildlife On The MTA. Cause if you can’t laugh, you’ll cry. MTA passengers know what I’m talking about. Even better: My WildlifeOnTheMTA Instagram is active once again.

Come back next week for a new Psycho Bunny sketch. Remember to bring in good karma.

 

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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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Here’s a belated post. Trying to catch up with the Psycho Bunny and Inktober sketches.

The annual New York Comic Con 2017 happened during the weekend of Oct. 5 – 8. Had my pro pass for all four days. The cosplay was on point this year. Saw some friends, checked out what NYCC had to offer. Back in 2010, I had a table at NYCC, in Artist Alley. Perhaps one day I’ll have a table again.

Yet Psycho Bunny himself wasn’t too happy. Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Psycho Bunny goes to New York Comic Con 2017. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, from WitchesBrewPress. Oct. 2017. 

Will get around to posting the other sketches in the 2017 Inktober theme. Meanwhile, here’s the usual plugs. Check out the various social media: Facebook pages for Psycho Bunny and Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts for Psycho Bunny and Michele Witchipoo. You can purchase items from my RedBubble shop. And if you’re going to stalk me, at least be classy about it. Actually stalking’s not funny, but I digress…

Stay tuned for my NYCC 2017 recap, and Inktober sketches.

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Occasionally I’ll send drawings to Sketch Lottery. Recently that site had a special anniversary edition, where you can draw any subject from the past character list. It gave me a chance to draw two of my favorite comic book characters, Buddy Bradley and Tank Girl.

The first one submitted was actually from my early childhood. Grover from Sesame Street. This time I threw in a Rockabilly twist.

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The second one was Buddy Bradley from Hate Magazine. Hate Magazine is a comic written and drawn by one of my top ten cartoonists, Peter Bagge. Buddy started as disgruntled member of a dysfunctional family. Later Buddy moved to Seattle getting caught up in the burgeoning late ’80s/early ’90s Grunge scene. Eventually Buddy moved back to his hometown in New Jersey where he more or less matured. After marrying his neurotic girlfriend Lisa, he settled down with a family while maintaining his own business. I took the ’90s Grunge Buddy, making him into a 2017 Hipster Buddy. The type that you can find in a Bushwick watering hole like The Cobra Club.

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Number three was a show I watched on and off during the early 2000s. If you remember Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then you remember Meatwad. Did the show itself make any sense? Of course not, but maybe it wasn’t supposed to.

Here you can see the Aqua team on a vintage valentine design. Like the type you used to give to your classmates straight out of the box brought from the drug store. Sometimes I think that was more fun than the later adult valentines.

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Last one up is Tank Girl. Back in the early ’90s, I was introduced to Tank Girl by my UK friend Jason. He took a chance and mailed me a copy. Too bad the movie version tanked, but that’s a different story. Still not as bad as 1995’s Judge Dredd. Where I sat in a theater as the entire audience heckled the film. Good times.

Personally I could’ve done a better job with this sketch. It was late but I was pushing myself to draw Tank Girl before the deadline. Will have to do another version if Sketch Lottery has another anniversary edition.

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My rendition of Snoopy has been posted on Sketch Lottery. Mixed him up a bit with another popular character. Guess which one – well click on the link and find out. Good grief!

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Snoopy Drawn for Sketch Lottery Dec. 2016 by Michele Witchipoo. 

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Yesterday I submitted a sketch to this site:

http://www.sketchlottery.com/2014/07/jennifer-4-michele-witchipoo.html

Sketch Lottery is an open sketch blog which encourages artists of all levels to participate. Once a week it picks a well known pop culture character, and people submit sketches backed on the theme. On this round, the main character from the comic ‘My Monkey’s Name Is Jennifer’ was picked. So I sent in a jpg of my sketch done mostly in black and red ink.

So far Sketch Lottery has done characters such as Tank Girl, Alf, Rat Fink, King Kong, and many more. I’m hoping Buddy Bradley from Peter Bagge’s Hate will be in the roll call again. If you want to try your hand at this, just make sure you read the rules, which are pretty straightforward.

Back to the comic My Monkey’s Name Is Jennifer. Written and drawn by Ken Knudtsen, the plot centers around a boy monkey forced to be an annoying girl’s pet while wearing dresses. It was published by Slave Labor Graphics in 2003 and 2010.

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I like keeping sketchbooks around. My preference are the compact mini sized ones. Usually cause they’re easier to carry. Also like them cause many of them have nice front covers. One tiny blank sketchbook I found in Jackson Heights, Queens in 2008 had Indian fabric covering the book.

Now I don’t go through sketchbooks like some of my peers. The regular artist blank sketchbooks I tend to go through rather quickly, but the fancy mini ones takes years to complete. A personalized mini sketchbook full of your art also makes a nice gift for a loved one. I did once or twice. As for my own fancy mini sketchbooks, still working on one or two towards completion.

Typically I’ll go with a medium theme. One fancy cover mini sketchbook had nothing but colored pencil artwork. Another one was just of drawings done with Copic markers. As I was going through photographs to delete on my iPad, I came across some done last year in my mixed medium mini book. Done last summer, these are a few pics I’m posting.

I’m not a huge Superman fan per say. Just did this sketch more or less out of nostalgia. When I was a small child, the films with Christopher Reeves were huge. My father took me to see Superman One and Two. Later on caught the disastrous sequel starring Reeves with Richard Pyror. That’s when this 80’s franchise “jumped the shark.”

Found a DC graphic novel and challenged myself to do this famous DC character.  Sketch by Michele Witchipoo. Summer 2013.

Found a DC graphic novel and challenged myself to do this famous DC character. Sketch by Michele Witchipoo. Summer 2013.

Upclose shot of Superman sketch. Done by Michele Witchipoo, summer 2013. Personal sketch.

Upclose shot of Superman sketch. Done by Michele Witchipoo, summer 2013. Personal sketch.

Grant Morrison once compared the Superman character to a Greek mythology figure within a magickal element. I forgot what his comparison was exactly. Anyone into esoterica won’t find it hard to see the correspondence. Funny how I’m mentioning this, as I haven’t read anything Morrison’s done in a while.

My rendition of Vaughn Bode's Cheech Wizard character. Done by Michele Witchipoo, Summer 2013.

My rendition of Vaughn Bode’s Cheech Wizard character. Done by Michele Witchipoo, Summer 2013.

Next is my rendition of Vaughn Bode’s Cheech Wizard character. I didn’t recognize the influence Bode had on me until years later. When I did Superman, it was more of a challenge. With Cheech Wizard, this one was more fun re-creating. I just remember graffiti artists being really taken in with Bode’s work, and his son Mark has carried his father’s torch.

The Goddess of The Air Conditioner. Character created and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. This sketch done in 2013. Character itself created by Michele Witchipoo around 2004.

The Goddess of The Air Conditioner. Character created and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. This sketch done in 2013. Character itself created by Michele Witchipoo around 2004.

Do you know this character? Of course not. Because I created her. It started off when I was really into learning about different mythological goddess. Since I hate summer, she was created. This goddess will give you solace just as long as you pay your electric bill. In reality, the modern air conditioner was invented by Willis Carrier, but hey. Work with me here.

Rendition of Louise from the television show "Bob's Burgers." Sketch done by Michele Witchipoo, Summer 2013.

Rendition of Louise from the television show “Bob’s Burgers.” Sketch done by Michele Witchipoo, Summer 2013.

Okay, back to my sketchbook. Last one is Louise, one of the breakout characters from my current favorite show “Bob’s Burgers.” I love Louise. I can relate to her older sister Tina a bit, but I really feel I’m more of Louise. Bob’s Burgers is one of the very few television shows I’ll watch nowadays. I gladly canceled cable, but I try to catch up on the current episodes via Internet.

That’s it for now. Until next time.

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