And the geese are getting fat. Remember to download all the 2005 daily strips. It’s my Christmas present. There are some good stories in there including Ernie being kidnapped by Zerblat to Grelzak, and the first episode of son-in-law tossing, and one of my very favorites, Arnold hiding in Beardo’s oven. Everybody who has emailed me has said the download is very smooth. I just did it on my Macbook Air and it took about 5 seconds. I apologize that it doesn’t have a clickable table of contents. When I get time I’ll add one. Please share the comics as much as you like. And I’d appreciate an email if you like it.
Ernie/Piranha Club 2005 Dailies
Art Ross had some trouble opening the file on his IPad. He sent me some info. If you have trouble, try this: iZip – Zip Unzip Unrar Tool by ComcSoft
Last week a downloader emailed me and mentioned an old DeSoto Sunday. I looked it up and here it is along with several others from the early 90’s. I recall that there was an old strip that I liked that’s not in this collection. It was when Ernie took his DeSoto in for its emissions inspection. As they were running the motor a bunch of pigeons fell out of the sky. Very funny. At least I thought so. These strips were before computers, so I don’t have color files. When I was in college a friend of mine, Mike Fick, had a 1957 DeSoto. I had a 1958 Plymouth. Half the time either one of them wouldn’t start. We took turns push-starting one another. With an automatic transmission, at least back then, you had to go about 60 mph to make it work. It’s a wonder we’re both still alive. I had another friend years later who had a 1963 DeSoto. That was the most beautiful car ever made. Inside and out. Without a doubt. It was also the last year they made DeSotos. You can still see Groucho on YouTube driving a DeSoto. Groucho knew a great car when he saw one.
Justcloud didn’t tell me there was a limit on downloads. So I changed to my Back Up Genie cloud account. The download button should work now. If you have problems, email me.
Since you’ve all be good little boys and girls, I have a little Christmas gift for you. I’ve made a pdf file all my daily strips from 2005. Just click the link and you will be taken to a cloud account where you can download the collection. By the way, I used Justcloud.com. They offer a Gig of storage free of charge. If you’ve been think about cloud computing you might try them out. Click the download button. It may take a while for the download to complete. Then double click the zip file, and you’ve got it. I have the download link on my Buy Stuff page as well. But it’s FREEEEE! If you can take the time I’d appreciate it if you would shoot me an email and tell me what you think. My email link is in the menu bar above.
Last night (Saturday) my friend Art had a birthday. He’s 26. Happy birthday, Art.Buddy Valentine dropped by yesterday. He’s gone country…
Ok, here’s the end of the Water Buffalo story I started last week…
Well, it’s almost ready. I’ve put together a collection of all my daily strips from 2005 in pdf format. You can get it for FREEEEEE! Tune into next week’s blog.
I was sick again all last week and unable to draw. In fact Roberta, Gloria, Me Again and Frau Grace were sick with a nasty cold all week. We’re finally getting over it. That’s one of the worst things about flying, you pick up diseases in the airplane. Frau Grace took them on a tour of Pennsylvania while I stayed home and tried to make up the work I lost from the week before because of my tendonitis. I caught up then, but now I’m behind again.
We went over to our shack on the Chesapeake near St. Michaels, Maryland for Thanksgiving. For people unfamiliar with our American Thanksgiving holiday, what everybody in the country does is go out somewhere and strangle a turkey. This year I got some Amish people to strangle my turkey for me. (Here’s a hint: If you want a turkey that tastes like it did when I was a little kid, before all the hormones and crap they pump into the birds these days, buy an Amish turkey. It was SOOOO good!) (And if you don’t know who the Amish people are, they live in Pennsylvania, the men wear straw hats and beards and suspenders, and the ladies wear long blue dresses, long stockings, white aprons and bonnets to match. They don’t drive cars. They drive horse drawn buggies. They’re good people. And they grow terrific turkeys.) Here’s Gloria and our Amish Turkey. Gloria is the one on the right.We also took a drive through The Black Water Wildlife Refuge just outside of Cambridge, Maryland. We saw lots of birds and one bald eagle. The Eagle was too far away to photograph.Here’s a shot of my neighbor’s Christmas lights. It was taken from my dock. Senator Breaux from Louisiana used to own the house. That’s where his mother-in-law lived. Senator Breaux lived in Washington. He was smarter than you think.Here’s week one of a story from 1993. Ernie does his friend, Mohandas, a big favor…
Boy, I had a bad week. I couldn’t work at all. The week previous index finger knuckle was getting very sore. I thought it was arthritis. I had arthritis in my hands eight years ago. It was getting so bad I could barely hold my pen. My middle finger would lock up. Ever happen to you? Frau Grace told me to stop drinking coffee. The caffeine was doing it to me. I quit and in a week I was fine. If you have arthritis do what I did and drop the caffeine. Now I only drink decaf. Well what I had last week started out like the old arthritis. But then it went to my wrist. I had had tendonitis before in my left wrist, so I know what it feels like. Well, my wrist is better, but my finger is tender, but getting better. Tomorrow (Monday) I hope I’ll be able to draw again. Believe it or not, I love drawing my cartoons. It’s been frustrating. The only thing I was able to get done was a little pencil work. Here’s a preview.
I’m very sorry to report that my dear English teacher from high school, Jeanne Parrish, passed away two weeks ago. I loved her very much, and she had thousands of former pupils who felt the same. Last January I was back in Bradenton, Florida, and I had the opportunity to spend time with her. She would have been 96 next month. Here we are in 2011 at my Manatee High School reunion.
I don’t know If I posted this little story recently. It’s from November 2007. It brings back memories of my high school. There was a girl there who was a ballerina. Here’s week one:
I was never in the service (and I suspect that the service was far better off without me) but I hold our brave men and women in high esteem, and I thank all of you for your service. My father served in World War I on the USS Arkansas. He shoveled coal in the boiler. His mother lied for him about his age so he could get into the Navy. He was sixteen. The ship had a bear as a mascot I was told. And one of my old man’s jobs was to wrestle the bear. My old man was tough. My cousin Red (This is my cousin by marriage, but we’re very close. When my father died he was sort of a surrogate dad.) was in the Coast Guard during WW II. His ship sunk the first German submarine in US waters. During the war, Jack Dempsey toured doing boxing exhibitions. He picked Red out of the crowd, put gloves on him, and proceeded to beat the snot out of him. My mother’s grand father, George Luttrell, fought in 13 major battles of the Civil War under the command of Stonewall Jackson, and then Robert E. Lee. He carried shrapnel in his arm until he died. Then my great-great-great-great grandfather served directly under George Washington, and was a minor hero of the Revolutionary War. He disobeyed and order from an officer in order to save a convoy of men and wagons. He was tried, found guilty, and Washington personally sentenced him to spend a day in Washington’s own tent.
And here is the final installment of “Buddy Draws the Comix”. Whew!
And here’s Buddy Valentine making Sam Cooke roll over in his grave.
I liked those two Sundays that I posted last week, so here are three more from 1990. Back then I used to draw a title panel for each strip. So here are the strips as I drew them in their original format. Sorry, I don’t have the color files for these old ones.
First off, I’ve updated my Buy Stuff page. Click the link above.
Part Six of me again drawing comic strips. Here I begin my ink drawing. I do it in two stages. First I draw the outlines. After that I erase the pencil work, and then I do the cross hatching and shading.
I had a wonderful relaxing time on the Outer Banks in the town of Avon. For most of the time the weather was beautiful.
We shared a big house on the ocean with our friends. Here are a few pictures:
From the dune in front of the house we rented: The beach looking south to the Avon Pier.
The space ship in Buxton south of Avon:Halloween around the corner, there was a ghoul by the space ship holding a very scarey loaf of bread with carrots and eyeballs:
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The tallest brick lighthouse in North America:
The beach South of Avon:
Sunset on the Ocracoke ferry:Here are six stand alone gags from September of 2012…
Here’s Part 5 of me drawing three daily comic strips. This clip shows me lettering. It also shows me screwing up and fixing it. The clip is about five minutes long.
Last night the Frau and I went out to Winchester,Virginia. On the way we stopped at the Holy Cross Monastery outside of Berryviolle, Virginia to buy some fruitcakes from Brother Vincent. Just like last year, Brother Vincent had a basketful of new kittens. He finds homes for all of them.
Eddie Pockey is a terrific local musician. He and His wife, Gail, invited us to their annual party. There was lots of good food, good people and good music. Not only can Eddie play a mean guitar, he’s also damn good on the Hoover Upright.
This is Eddie and Brint Hannay. Brint is a terrific guitarist.
Here’s a clip of him and Brint playing. I don’t know the fellow on the steel.
Speaking of music, Buddy Valentine dropped off another tune, if you want to call it that. Hold yer ears, folks.
Here’s the finish to the Superhero Rodent story I started last week…