Thursday, July 30, 2009

Warped Miasma

The Ol' Vans Warped Tour is heading through St. Louis this weekend, and the RFT put together this first-impression bordering on free-form-poetry field guide to all 63 (!) bands playing. I made this drawing to go along with it. Can you spy with your little eye brokeNCYDE?!? I've crazy cartoon crowd scenes ever since I was a little kid, probably because of those Mad Magazine 2-page spreads that contained what seemed like hundreds (probably more like dozens) of sight-gags.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Leon talks gross food and dead animals (again) in this week's installment of Amazing Facts & Beyond. Pictured: Stargazy Pie

Monday, July 20, 2009


We just posted another one of our manly infographics up at Manolith. This one's about how to jerry-rig your own lo-fi air conditioning unit out of stuff you might have lying around your basement. More info here.

Here were my rough thumbnail sketches:And here was my more detailed sketch:And here's the whole thing. Keep cool out there!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mighty Men & Monster Making

Last night at Drawing Club we made a bunch of these 'exquisite corpse' type characters, inspired by this awesome toy we all had a little kids.I cut a bunch of the iconic yellow, orange and red polygons out of colored cardstock, showed up, chowed down on some pizza, and then we all went to town. Sorry for the crummy snapshots. My digital camera is the same vintage at the Mighty Men & Monster Maker.
Anyway, until I build and upload a Flash Module allowing you to build your own, here are a few more randomly generated characters:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lawnscaping: Clips 'n Tricks

Leon is really on a roll lately. New strip up today, bricks 'n mortar, clixxx 'n mortar.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Shark Attack II

I found this alternate version of that shark whistle illustration. Unpublished, because I don't think Shark Whistles actually exist (yet?!).

Thursday, July 09, 2009

All-Star All-Star Fantasy Team

In honor of Major League festivities taking place in his hometown, Leon Beyond has carefully combed through 76 years worth of All-Star games as well as his own fantasies to assemble an all-star all-star team, the créme de la créme. Here it is (click for a larger view):1. Minnie Miñoso (OF)
2. Pete Rose (2B)
3. Willie Mays (OF)
4. Albert Pujols (1B)
5. Stan Musial (OF) / Ted Williams (OF)
6. Pie Traynor (3B)
7. Birdie Tebbetts (C)
8. Ozzie Smith (SS)
9. Dizzy Dean (P) / Rollie Fingers (RP) / Dennis Eckersley (RP)
Manager: Frankie Frisch
Umpire: Bruce Froemming

Here are some sketches:Oh, and singing the National Anthem at Leon's Fantasy All-Star Game: Huey Lewis & The News.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Scene from Nature

Random unpublished painting done for a friend-of-a-friend based on an old drawing. Makes me wish I was eating a hot dog.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Shark Whistle

Random unpublished illustration I did a while back that makes me wish I was still at the beach.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Rockets Red Glare

Leon was inspired by the hundreds of burning bug bites he got on his feet while in Florida. Here's the whole strip. I love fireworks packaging vintage & modern, and here's a painting I copied off an old Black Cat firecracker:
While I'm posting up random stuff, here's the kinda reference Leon sends me along with his manuscript when it comes time to draw the comic:
Have a safe July 4th, everyone!