Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nerd Fantasies



Please Click the above to see I Can Bend Paperclips! No. 6.

So, come on, who were your nerd fantasies?

TTFN
-Tony

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day


If you're not aware, today is Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. Please click on the above image to read what I have to say about it in cartoon form on I Can Bend Paperclips!

In April 2010, the animated television show South Park aired a two-parter to celebrate it's 200th episode, bearing the not-quite original titles, "200" & "201." The episodes centered around celebrities wanting to kidnap Mohammed and steal his power: being the only thing in America that was taboo to ridicule. As with the previous episode "Cartoon Wars," Comedy Central blocked out all images of Mohammed in "200." After a blog made vague threats against South Park's creators, Comedy Central went so far as to bleep out the name "Mohammed" in "201," and to bleep out an entire speech at the end about terrorism and intolerance - even though the speech did not mention Mohammed or Islam.

On April 20, 2010, Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris created the cartoon Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, in support of South Park's creators Trey Parker & Matt Stone. It suggested that on May 20th, everyone should draw Mohammed in the name of free speech. A facebook page was created, (well, a few facebook pages, actually,) and the idea gained momentum. Since then, Molly Norris has done everything possible to apologize and distance herself from the idea, including scribbling over her original cartoon, pointing out that none of the images she actually drew are of Mohammed ("they are just CLAIMING to be," - in her own words and capitals,) and suggesting that the name be changed to "Everybody Draw Al Gore Day." Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has banned facebook and YouTube access within its borders indefinitely.

So why am I doing this?

I have nothing against Islam, or its non-violent followers. To be honest, I'm a little taken aback at the hatred that some of my fellow participants are showing. But no one should be afraid to draw a picture, especially in a country that is based on free speech and has a mainstream culture that constantly ridicules Christianity and other religions. If you say that I am being deliberately offensive to your faith by drawing Mohammed's image, look at it this way. Catholics aren't supposed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent, but that doesn't mean that non-Catholics who do are offending them. Get it?

TTFN
-Tony

Monday, May 17, 2010

Attention Whore...


Click on the above image for comic No 4. of I Can Bend Paperclips!
(Thank you all for your kind comments and support over the years, BTW.)

TTFN
-Tony

Friday, May 14, 2010

Honset Parenting

My son is a "tween," and dealing with all the things that go along with being that wonderful age. Tonight I felt so much for him when he asked me why he sometimes does stupid things. Should I pretend that I have a clue, or should I be honest with him and tell him that adults (especially yours truly) ask themselves that all the time?

TTFN
-Tony

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'd Rather See...


Great googly moogly, I'm actually being semi-productive! Check out I Can Bend Paperclips #3!

TTFN
-Tony

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Paperclips #2


OK, I've decided I wanted to make more webcomics when the mood hits me, so I added a new blog to my profile, I Can Bend Paperclips. I'll announce here when I post a new comic there, so hop on over and check it out!

TTFN
-Tony

I Can Bend Paperclips No. 1


A new webcomic for you. Will there be more? Does it mean anything? Do you have to click on it to read it? All these questions will be answered in our next exciting episode!

TTFN
-Tony

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

R.I.P.

Rest in peace, Frank Frazetta, your imagination will be missed. May your heaven be full of voluptuous women barely contained by shreds of translucent silk.

TTFN
-Tony

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Mouse of LaMancha


Illustration Friday: Fearless. Please click above for much nicer resolution.

This is my first composite attempt. There's three different elements here. The floor and walls are actually from a digital photo. The mouse and rat were hand drawn on paper, scanned in, and detailed on my Pocket PC using Pocket Artist and on my laptop with Photoshop. The mousetrap and cheese were made in 3ds Max, and I used that and Photoshop to put it all together. Enjoy!

TTFN
-Tony

Sunday, May 09, 2010

A Question...

Seriously... am I really the only person in America who doesn't find Debbie Downer funny?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Dream Analysis

I know I haven't posted one of these in a while. Enjoy!

I dreamt I was in a dimly lit travel agent's office with my cute & little sainted Catholic mother. We were going to pick up plane tickets for Jeff and me (I don't remember where or why we were flying.) The agent (who I think was conservative/republican) asked if I would mind filling out a survey. The thing is, the survey used a sort of electrified stick that you had to poke through holes to record the answers, and it didn't work very well. One of the questions was, "Do you believe in God?" Another was, "When was the last time you used gas in your home?" I talked to my mom about it and realized that everywhere I lived had been electric except my parents' house, so the answer was 1996. Then I looked the time and said "holy shit, I'm going to miss my flight!" The agent was trying not to act offended that I wouldn't finish the survey, and I told him yes, but my flight leaves in half an hour and I have to get to the airport still! Then Jeff called me and my cell phone was all screechy and the screen flickered and made weird shapes, and I told him I had bad reception, and he said "that's not bad reception, my friend, your phone is fucked up!"

Then I woke up.

Discuss!

TTFN
-Tony

PS - My daughter just looked at the hair in my ears and said "Daddy, your ears are fluffy!" Sigh...

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Illustration Friday: Cocoon


Illustration Friday: Cocoon. Click above for higher resolution.

I wonder how he got in there, what he's turning into, and how he's getting out!

TTFN
-Tony