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Aimee & AJ Protesting for Ukraine


My friend Aimee, badass protestor and her son, AJ, badass protestor-in-training.

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Valentine’s Weekend Restaurant Tour

New landscape Moleskine journal. Rule is I can only draw in it on the fly. No taking pictures and drawing later. I’m forced to draw fast and not care  about making it perfect. Todd at Thai Hut February 15 2014.



The sushi chefs at Hana, 7th Ave and Missouri, our favorite new sushi place. It’s BYOB which is great because you get a lot of really good sushi but your bill isn’t insane because you had a couple glasses of wine. Because you bought your bottle at the cute French pastry and wine shop across the street! No cork fee. SUSHI! The people are really friendly and BUSY. Cuz they know what they are DOING. Very popular neighborhood place.



Breakfast Monday morning at Melrose Kitchen before work. I know, right? Phoenix doesn’t have a Melrose. But it does: one big one and lots of little ones. Melrose This, Melrose That. There’s one of those artsy arch things that goes over the road, a metal laser-cutout paneled thing that says Melrose, so we know where we are. This is Melrose. This is Melrose Kitchen, 7th Avenue north of Indian School, a place what serves some damn fine vittles in the am.


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Victoria, BC

Justin, Han Solo of the SIS Galaxy. Sort of. I mean, only in a really good way.


Cactus Club Cafe, one of the best places to eat in Victoria. You eat wherever you want. I’m just sayin.

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Gross, ink drawing of an ad from The New York Times, about 6 x 9 inches.


I’ve been doing these drawings of ads and obstinately not explaining anything. But then I get annoyed when other people do that. So here goes.

The drawings seem like parodies which is kind of the point because they are are in fact word-for-word captures of real ads from the front section of the New York Times. I’ll skip the speech about ads for $40,ooo-lapel pins and watches that cost more than I’ll spend my whole life appearing right next to stories of the starving, homeless, and otherwise destroyed people of the world—I’m far from the first to comment on all that.

What strikes me about the ads is the text, how creatively (or uncreatively) they go about justifying such useless purchases. I think about the designers and copy writers and I wonder if they believe in the value of the jewelry or if they know the only reason it has any value at all is because enough people agree that it does. I also wonder if they think about the company their work is going to keep—their hard day’s toil clouded with the torture, terrorism, corruption . . .  In any case, basically their job is to sell pretty things to people with money to burn, which has to get tedious just like everything else, and I feel as though once in awhile they must stop caring WHAT the ads say and they figure who even reads them anyway.

And who does? Beyond a headline or two. They’re mostly predictable and boring, follow the format and the rules. But then once in awhile it’s like someone went to sleep:

Make Mom Smile . . . For Eternity.

Special nod to the campy use of ellipses. . . . Wait, am I being trolled? You have to admit it’s a mite closer to the Saw series than your traditional Mother’s Day. Do these guys wish they were making movie posters instead, and they’re having a little fun here?

Let’s say yes. The movie, Gross, is a thriller about people exiled to an alternate reality, out of touch with what it is to be a human being, buying buying buying and never getting happy. Prisoners of shallowdom, of the perpetual black psyche, and equipped with an awareness too vague to do any more than suffer wanly about it. In the style of Tommy or A Clockwork Orange. Look, there’s even a 666 for the hint of a sinister twist.

It’s a small thing, jewelry, in the bag of egregiousness that is our polarized world economy, but it just offends me so much. Truly, it is gross. What are my little drawings supposed to do about it? I don’t pretend to think they can do a thing. But I have to put them out there just in case.

Here’s another take—me playing around with the “Effects.” Yes, I used filters. But I did it ironically:


Gross, camped out as a movie poster for a horror flick called Gross.

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Stuff I Stole

Stuff I Stole, ink on paper + digital

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Points of Return: Fatal Attraction

“Points of Return: Fatal Attraction” is the first in a series of comics about movies. Or maybe it’s the only one, who knows. Can’t tell yet.


It’s about this thing I do that helps me go to sleep although that’s not why I do it. Who knows why I do it. I am how I am and I’ve stopped trying to be much different. But it does knock me out, so I don’t worry about it a whole lot.


If it’s a little too hard to read, skip to the next post where you may read it with relative ease panel by panel.






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Recycle Diamonds

Recycle Diamonds: Actual ad in the New York Times, ink & pixel drawing.

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Patrick “Hrrmmph!”

Patrick, from a texted self-portrait photo accompanied by the above commentary.

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True love has a color and a name

True Love Has a Color and a Name, ink on paper, ad on page 2 of the New York Times, January 8, 2012

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Thank You

Thank You, ink drawing based on a photo I took in the Starbuck’s drive-through, first in a series of scenes from the viewpoint of a windshield.

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Jambalaya on They Draw and Cook

As soon as I saw They Draw and Cook I had to draw and submit a recipe of my own. It took me awhile to finish the drawing (due to daily interruptions–I guess that’s why they call it a “day job”) but the very nice peeps at the site got back to me right away and posted it! I’m under “Most Recently Added Recipes.” (Actual size is 17-inches in width.)

The site is full of fun, gorgeous, whimsical, tempting treats. Go ahead, look. You know you want to! They’ve also started They Draw and Travel, almost like a personal challenge just for me (winky face).

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