Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tooned In

Today I received a package from Stay Tooned Magazine in the mail. It's a publication that focuses on "Profiles of Professional Cartoonists."

"But Ed," I can almost hear you saying to yourself right now, "You're not a professional cartoonist. At most, you occasionally doodle celebrities, comedians, and your friends and at the least, you try to draw scenes from movies with the hand you don't draw with. That does not qualify you to be associated with a fine publication like STM."

I know. I know. You won't get any argument from me on that. But stay with me.

I turned over the large envelope in my hands and saw it was decorated with a large yellow cartoon speech-bubble sticker.

I opened the envelope, and this is what I found inside:

That's right. Not only did I receive a copy of Issue #6 of Stay Tooned! Magazine, it was a gift from the one and only master of caricature himself, Tom Richmond.

"But Ed," I can hear you saying now, "Who is Tom Richmond? And why is he giving you gifts?"

Well, first of all, it's not nice to interrupt me in the middle of my story.

Second of all, Tom Richmond has quickly become one of my artistic heroes. Yes, it's true, I enjoy the occasional doodle on a post-it note but I call them doodles for a reason. That's what they are. Just doodles. I'm a doodler, I freely admit it. Tom Richmond, on the other hand, is an artist.

Not only does he draw some of the best caricatures you'll see gracing the pages of MAD magazine and numerous other publications, he also maintains a blog that keeps my Google Reader worth checking.

Every weekend Tom opens the "Sunday Mailbag," where he fields questions about cartooning, whether it's something as simple as "What kind of pen do you use" to "How do I get published?" Some time ago I submitted a slew of questions to him I always wondered about and he chose my questions as the question-of-the-week over a series of weeks.

Then, as it turned out, Stay Tooned! Magazine decided to use my questions for a two-page spread of the Sunday Mailbag and...well...the next thing you know, I'm looking at my name almost spelled correctly on page 38.

I didn't print the whole thing, but there you have it. My first question and the first paragraph of Tom's answer. If you want to see the whole thing, I believe you can order a copy of it at the Stay Tooned! website. Or, you can just ask me to see it next time you stop by our place.

Pretty darn cool if you ask me. Sometimes people whom you admire go out of their way to do something nice for you for no reason at all, and that's not something that's soon forgotten or taken for granted. Thanks, Tom Richmond. Thanks, Stay Tooned! Magazine. You made this doodler feel like the king of the world.

Or, at the very least, The Wizard of Id.

You can check out Tom's blog here.

Waaaaaaa!! Wooooaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

The actual story itself was just kind of ho-hum, but I love the headline.

The main reason I love the headline is because envisioned a kid standing in the mall, just screaming his head off, and then turning over vending machines and various jewelry and neon tiger art kiosks.

That is how you lose control at a mall. Smoking incense is for babies.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Single File

Sarah and I went to see a Cirque du Soleil-type show at the American Music Theatre a few weeks ago and found ourselves seated behind a couple who looked to be in their mid-50s. The entire 15 minutes we were there waiting for the show to start, the fairer half of the couple caught up on what appeared to be a regular schedule of primping: hair combing, nail filing, the whole shebang.

The weirdest part of this whole experience wasn't that they were doing all of this grooming seated in a theater, but that the one doing all of the upkeep was the guy. Don't believe me?

Here he is, in all of his fanciful glory, maintaining his nails with an emery board.

Pink sweater. Perfect helmet head with no hairs out of order. Bling-bling watch. Nail file.

Nope. Not weird at all.

Friday, March 25, 2011

American Eyesore

Last night on American Idol, another hopeful contestant was sent packing. Upon the announcement of who did not make the cut, the audience booed, the ladies gasped....and James Durbin made this face:

THIS.....is American Idol.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Penny For Your 10 Thoughts

Yesterday while watching TV, Sarah and I heard that each person has 3,000 thoughts each day. "Three thousand?!" Sarah exclaimed, "I have like ten: I'm sleepy, I'm hungry, I have to poop, I'm sleepy, I'm hungry, I love Eddie, I'm hungry, I have to poop, I'm sleepy, good night."

That about sums it up.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Look How Tired Sarah Is

Driving back to work today, Sarah and I had the following conversation:

SARAH: I'm so tired, I just want to lay down in the middle of the road.
ME: Why the middle of the road?
SARAH: So people can see how tired I am. If I lay down in the grass, it's like "who cares." But in the road people would say, "Wow, she must be really tired."
ME: Why do you want people to see how tired you are?
SARAH: So they'll stop asking me to do things.


Monday, March 07, 2011

Who's Designing Kate's Dress??????

This morning as I was flipping channels, every news station was talking about the upcoming royal wedding. More specifically, they were all theorizing and addressing the "rumors" of exactly who was going to be designing Kate Middleton's dress.

Seriously? This is news?

Maybe for some people it is, but to me it all just sounds like this:

Saturday, March 05, 2011


So...this explains why so many of the comments on my blog are from www.beelzebub.com:

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

I've Sheen It All

It's scary. Genuinely scary. I was out sick for a couple of days this week and that's all it took.

Two days of being ill and I had completely transformed our cozy IKEA-catalog of an apartment into Charlie Sheen's rec room.