TRUE Stupid Stuff!

Here’s a new batch of my old TRUE cartoons. I’m disappointed that so many of these are are dated and don’t hold up over time. I think the stats have only gotten worse in the past 20 years. I’m this batch, there must be twice as many taxing agencies, and the national debt must equal four times the number of grains of surface sand on Jones beach, times $2. I’m putting these up on and and I see that newspapers are starting to run them. I hope those newspapers aren’t counting grains of sand.


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TRUE Crazy Stuff 3!

Most of this new batch of my old TRUE panels came from my collection about entertainment and celebrities. I ended up killing most of these cartoons because they were so stale. I forget how different things were back in 1995. This edited batch of cartoons makes 1995 seem not so different from today – even though one cartoons shows a guy reading a book on the toilet; we may not read books anymore, but toilets haven’t changed much.

Star Trek is still familiar 23 years later. Mattel’s Barbie is still popular, but other toys in my TRUE cartoons are forgotten – for example Barney the Dinosaur was big in 1995. I forgot all about Barney. The first cartoon below is about Lassie, who we remembered as a doggie celebrity back in 1995. Do people remember Lassie now?

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TRUE Crazy Stuff 2!

Here’s another batch of my TRUE syndicated newspaper cartoons from 1995. I’m culling out the cartoons that are not too stale to include in our database and making little changes so that don’t seem too dated; sometimes that is hard and I have to delete some of my favorite oldies. I’m letting quite a few old style TVs and land line phones sneak through.

I suppose it is more interesting that so little has changed.


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TRUE Kids 2!

Here’s another batch of TRUE cartoons with facts about KIDS!

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Garage Oldies

I’ve been cleaning out the garage, excavating lots of old artwork from my Muppet days when I was designing and illustrating licensed products. I thought I might post some iPhone pics here.

This one looks like a piece I did for some Muppet art markers – and it looks like it wrapped a thick book or package with a rat in the middle, on the spine – as line art to be colored, I’m sure.

Here another one, which is quite big and very light, which makes me think type was going over all the light parts – I think it was a complex package (judging by the crop marks where folds would go) with a window in the open space showing the product inside – which I’m guessing was a Fraggle celery vehicle toy. That’s why the characters are not in the same perspective – the box turned a corner between the characters. Hey, I designed 2,000 Muppet products/packages 30 years ago, and I don’t remember them. Also, it has been a long time since I used watercolors – all I do are political cartoons on the computer now. Sorry about the color and exposure – hey, it’s a phone camera.

Here’s another Fraggle project I don’t remember – these look like line art for sheets of Fraggle stickers, or rub-ons, or Colorforms, that probably were meant to stick onto backgrounds that I probably painted – but I have no idea. Does anybody remember this product? Jeez, the garage is full of old junk. I did lots of stuff like this. I even did Muppet Shrinky-Dinks.

I miss my old Muppet days.

In the garage I found a bunch of Muppet comics pages, like this one that I’m guessing was for Muppet Magazine. I remember going into Marvel Comics where they asked me to draw Muppet comic books, and I said, “great! lets do it!” and they said, “$50/page” Ouch. No Marvel Comics for me.

This gouache painting was for a Muppet Babies wallpaper runner. I remember they thought my Piggy face wasn’t baby enough so I corrected it with a patch. I drew Muppets on wallpaper, shoes, pajamas, toys, books, games, watches, glassware, lunch boxes, hats, purses, McDonalds toys, turnarounds for sculptors … my memory fades, but my garage never forgets.

I’ll post some more occasionally.

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