Saturday, December 09, 2006

IF: Mask



We all wear a variety of masks all the time. For example, today I put on the mask of a good Catholic father when Joe had his first confession. I recited everything in the program, genuflected, stood up, knelt, etc, etc, etc. I listened, standing, while the priest read the gospel, the parable of the shepherd:

"One day, Jesus told his friends this story: "There once was a shepherd who had one hundred sheep. One night one of the sheep was missing. The shepherd was very worried because he loved all his sheep very much. He decided to leave the ninety-nine sheep on the hillside and go off to look for the one lost sheep. He looked everywhere.

After a long time, he found the lost sheep caught in a thorn bush. The shepherd freed the sheep and carried it home on his shoulders. The shepherd and the sheep were full of joy."


And a little voice in my mind whispered, "...and that night, the shepherd and his wife had lamb chops. And yea, it was good."



TTFN
-Tony

22 comments:

Katherine S said...

heheh, real cooool!!

Anonymous said...

Hahhhaaa, if you didn't have such a charming looking new avatar, I would have thought you looked like that anyway. Although your charming avatar IS wearing a mask .... teehee. LOVE the eyes :)

Michelle Lana said...

Cool illo, tony!!! Great work! Thanks for stopping by!!! Take care.

Studio Zuga said...

lol and i bet u where a proud father behind that mask. he looks like a super hero on steroids who got caught up in the e coli spinich scandle

Jeannette said...

WOA creepy mask.

I like the new profile pic, at first I was like, who is this "Tony LaRocca????" commenting on my blog, but then I realize it was you. Haha, just kidding.

<3jeannette

V.K. said...

*whimper*

I want my mommy.

Good job there Tony...I think you need an even bigger shit-eating grin on your face for your new avatar piccie though.

Alina Chau said...

NEATO! COOLIO!

isay (Marissa) said...

i like your new picture and that one of your son joe.

and cool illo,by the way.

Caroline said...

Your mask slipped when you did this one...

and I thought the end of the story was...

the wolf lay in its cave licking its chops after feasting on 99 sheep that had been left out all alone and unprotected...

String said...

Great illo, not something I would want to see coming towards me down the hall in the middle of the night!

harmoniousjosh said...

Wow - that's what my Good Catholic Father Mask looks like too!

It comes in handy, seeing as how I'm not Catholic.

Nor a father.

Or good.

Aravis said...

I was thinking along the same lines as Caroline: and the good shepherd returned to the cliff only to find that the other 99 had jumped off in a panic.

They do that sometimes, you know.

Congratulations to Joe, and to you for your wonderful son.

And creepy illo. Which is a good thing. *G*

studio lolo said...

Scary mask...hilarious take on the parable!

Shano said...

Freaky! Can always count on you to supply the dark side of illustration! Hee. Very clever once again.

Arzu said...

nice take on the story,hahah.

Teri C said...

You are such a hoot. And then you show a serious side. Great illo.

merlinprincesse said...

OK Tony! This story is supposed to be a metaphore or a parabole or a legend or whatever.... :}
Ok, maybe not a legend.....
Your illo is frightening.... :)

Larry Lee said...

That is one scary mask. .....At least, I hope it's a mask.

Rayne said...

Totally cool mask. Kind of looks how I feel after one of my treatments when I come home and I'm trying to prove to everyone that I'm feeling just fine. Really. No go away and let me saturate in peace.
Your son Joe is a total cutie. He looks so proud.

Robert McLaughlin said...

Hey Tony,

Cool illustration. I would think the shepherd would not be eating the sheep he just brought back, that is, if he wants a lifetime of wool from it. On the other hand, if the fridge were empty...

BTW-I like your new avatar.

french toast girl said...

Goooooooooooooooooo JOE!

love, me

georg said...

Wow - that's cooool!