Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween - Time to Cobble Together a Costume

Every year I do the same thing.  I wait to the last minute to put together a costume.  Interesting enough though I usually wind up winning the contest or being recognized as the creepiest, scary guy on the block.  I'm doing the same thing today.  My mind keeps coming up with a little twist here, an idea there, and tweak it again.  I've got 4 or 5 hours to prepare.

I want some beer right now also.  Guess I'll be making a run to the liquor store.  I better do that before I get into costume.  It just dawned on me though I'll have to be in costume to get my son from practice tonight.  Boy, he's gonna love that.....HA HA HA HA HAHHHHHHAAAAAA.

Here's your sketch pad page for the day:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Battle of Inner Personalities - Have My Failures Lead to My Success?

boon cartoons, pumpkin, thanksgiving, boobs, witch
 I've got a real strong creative urge going on the last few days.  Which should be a blessing but it is in complete conflict with my stern, task master of needs to be done to make money.  Oh, the money thing again.  Yea, the money thing and the creative thing are battling it out.  I'm completely out of sync right now.  Here I am typing away while just off my right shoulder sits my laptop suspended in mid-task, waiting for me to complete something more directly related to financial survival.  All I want to do is paint something, create something.  Anything, I don't care.
boon cartoons, pencil, cartoonist for hire
I used to dream of wealth, and a flamboyant life style I've seen in movies and actually participated in on occasion as being the norm in my life.  But now I can't imagine what it would be like to live that way, how weird it seems, how alien.  I might be caught saying or thinking that things just didn't work out.  I had this thought today that from other's perspective my life seems pretty good.  I would even venture from my wife's perspective we live a good life.  Sure she can also dream of bigger and more elaborate life style, but again would she and I both be fish out of water? In a way I wonder if you get what you sub-consciously really want out of life or do you just become comfortable with where you get?  Can you even be a fair judge of your own position in life?  Maybe I am a success and just fail to recognize it.

I read an article the other day that failure is the most important ingredient to success.  Yea, I've heard this before and I've said it many times.  The angle taken in this article was your chance will come around but you have to have your hand in the air to be picked when it does, so just keep you hand up. I might of paraphrased that poorly so here is the link to the article: Scott Adams' Article

I feel I've had my fair share of failure and no lack of sticking my hand up to be picked.  I'll will say it is frustrating to recognize that it is a numbers a game and you just have to wait for your number.  Of course what do all those poor saps that never achieve success have to say about failure...didn't work out to well for them.  On many a tomb stone should be carved "He died with his hand in the air.  He got picked for the wrong thing one more time."

Monday, October 28, 2013

Creepy Doodle Turns Into Facebook Cover Photo

 I scribbled or doodled this buggy eyed, creepy dude while on the phone and decided to invest a little time on Photoshop to spruce it and use it for my Facebook cover photo, on my person account.  I might change it up some and make it my cover photo for Boon's Facebook, now that I have the calibrations for the cover and profile photos and a PS template.  I didn't use the template for this though.

Friday, October 25, 2013

No Pictures From My Youth, No Visual Proof Of What I Say

boon cartoonist for hire, peace sign, mountain, smiley face
When I wore a younger man's clothes I looked much different than I do today.  I've tried to explain to my sons this fact but I know it is hard for them to envision their old, nearly 50 year old dad as a bulked up 18 year old with a 47 inch chest and 32 inch waist.  There aren't any pictures from then except for the requisite family holiday pose.  We just didn't take a lot of pictures, and a "selfy" wasn't really invented yet.   So there is no way to share that part of my life with them.

To be fair I don't recall ever seeing very many, if any, pictures of my parents as kids and young adults aside from the yearbook head shots, so my kids shouldn't feel jilted in anyway.  But their kids, yea they will see every day of my sons' life.  It may take them hours or days to file through all the snap shots, home video, phone pictures and videos, selfies, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like but they will have a very clear picture.  It may not be a great thing.  Maybe memories are better than captured reality.

*** Oh, by the way I'm now a 43 inch chest and 33 inch waist.  Not too bad.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Charlie Brown's - It's The Great Pumpkin; A Boomer Favorite, but Antique to Kids Now

Since I don't have a TV guide (I really miss that weekly newspaper insert of my youth, so much easier than the cable provided guide channel, but I digress) I went to Google and searched when the Charlie Brown Halloween special would be on. I found that ABC is going to broadcast it on Halloween night. My first thought and frustration was who is going to be home to watch it? Everyone is out gathering candy and scaring little kids. Then it dawned on me that ABC must either know or feel that the only ones interested in watching the classic Great Pumpkin is adults, older baby boomers who's kids are already moved out. For the kids of today the cartoon is so old school, so 2D, so passive that it is just a boring, quint, antique that falls in the category of old B&W TV shows.

Oh what a shame. I guess I'll have to set the old VCR up to tape it. Just after I figure out how to set the clock on that thing.

Click for ABC Schedule

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Where Would Boon Live? Boonville, NC Sounds Like A Good Place.

Man I'd like to see the characters that live here.  How cool is that, an entire town called Boonville.  There must be more out there.  This one is in North Carolina.

If you live in or near a town called Boon-anything email a picture of the sign and I'll post to the blog.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Boon, Cartoonist for Hire Shares Several Pages From Sketch Pad

 Just things that I've been doodling lately.  Other than this and work, I've been fighting a computer virus that prevented me from posting.  I think I have the virus fixed so you get a lump of catch up pages.