What I Do For Fun

Saturdays Frau Grace and I go to pool parties. This one was hosted by our friends Dyanne Chad-Smith and Ed Jackson. What a great time. Fifties party. Here are a couple shots of me and the Frau…IMG_4452IMG_4446

Frau Grace and some of our friends around the pool…


Here’s Dyanne with Tom Saputo…


Later on Frau Grace decided she was a carhop…

IMG_4470And a little dancing with the Twirling Applers.

Back in 2010 Grandpa and Shorty tried once again to bust out of the Cedars of Bayonne Nursing Home. Nurse Heimlich was up to the task. I have another Grandpa and Shorty story ready to publish. I’ll do it in a month or so. Here’s week one…

Ernie 10-08-30Ernie 10-08-31Ernie 10-09-01Ernie 10-09-02I wanted to have the punch line to be “Bend over, it’s time for your enema”, but of course I couldn’t do that.

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How to Humiliate Your Cat

There’s a cat that comes to visit every so often at our house on the Chesapeake. It’s a nice red, real fuzzy cat. I don’t know his name or where he lives. When he comes to visit it’s obvious that he wants to move in. Sometimes he stays under my porch over night. He came by a couple days ago with a new haircut…

Here are three Sundays from January 1994. Back then I was a little freer with my formats. You may be interested to know the formatting Sundays is a pain in the butt. It has to be done in a way so that different newspapers and change the shape and the number panels to fit the space in their newspapers. It’s really bad because I have to add extraneous drawings at the beginning. Back in 1994 I was using different formats to try to make the jokes work better. The dates are 1/9, 1/23 and 1/30. You’ll notice in the January 30 Sunday that I had lots of panels, but they are formatted to fit any format a particular newspaper preferred. Also, back then I drew a title panel for each strip.  I show this in that 1/23 strip. I also drew the boxes. Now I print them so they are more regular. I got my first computer in 1996. That’s why these aren’t colored. I particularly like the Spencer strip.Ernie 94-01-09Ernie 94-01-23Ernie 94-01-30

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Guess Who Dropped By

Rick Kirkman, inimitable cartoonist of Baby Blues fame and an old friend, stopped by the Grace shack on his way overseas today. God knows why the army called him up. He’s 60years old, has flat feet, and never shot a gun in his life. No, Just kidding. He’s on his way over there to entertain our troops. Good for you Rick. Rick and his wife, Sukey, live in Arizona. He has two daughters, one named Taylor and one named Madison. He’s one of these men who name their daughters after dead presidents. I’m one of them too. In the comic strip I named Ernie’s baby Fillmore, after my favorite president. Actually I claim that Rick and I are distant cousins because I had a great great aunt whose name was Kirkman. It isn’t that common a name, so I figure it must be true.


Now here’s a series of seven Dr. Pork dailies that I drew in 2000…

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Don’t trust your family

Back in 1997 my Uncle Al figured he could write and draw comics as well as I. So I gave him a shot at it. These were published. I only lost about a hundred papers.Ernie 97-02-24 Ernie 97-02-25 Ernie 97-02-26 Ernie 97-02-27 Ernie 97-02-28 Ernie 97-03-01

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Pickle Dropped By…

The other day. As always, he was resplendent in his attire.


What the heck is THIS?!!! I attract the weirdest bugs…

IMG_4358Back in 2008 Ernie decided to enhance his appearance…

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I’ve always loved humor, and I think my favorite when I was a kid was Jimmy Durante.We had an old 78 record of Jimmy singing “G’wan Home Yer Mudder’s Callin’”. I wore that sucker out playing it over and over. It was long since lost. But a couple years ago Bobby London (Dirty Duck) sent me this.

You can buy a CD collection of Jimmy’s songs. All very funny.

As an aside, when my old man was young he went to California four times and always found work in the movies. He worked for Fatty Arbuckle and  Buster Keaton. When talkies came around, Buster faded from prominence, so the studio teamed him up with a young comedian named Jimmy Durante.

Here’s a clip from Jimmy’s radio show from 1948. Gary Moore is his young sidekick. They teamed up and they were very funny together.

By the way here’s the  url of the new King Features Blog. You can see current strips from 2011 on. I’ve added a link to the blog in my menu bar above.

I guess this is a couple of weeks late, but back in the 96 Olympics Thailand fielded a very competent volley team. The members were all transvestites. Naturally I fielded my own team…Ernie 96-09-02Ernie 96-09-03 Ernie 96-09-04 Ernie 96-09-05 Ernie 96-09-06 Ernie 96-09-07

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OH MY GOD!!!!!!…..

What’s that crawling up my leg?!!!!! IMG_4352

OK, Big news. Here’s the King Features link to their Ernioe/Piranha Club blog: Evidently they have all the daily strips from 2011 on posted.


The foot-long meatloaf:IMG_4324Plums on my plum tree. These little plums are better than any thing you can buy at the supermarket. Tomorrow, because I have so many, I’m going to make PLUM JELLY!!! Yum!!!

IMG_4350And finally (Thank goodness) flies are bad this year. I bought fly paper. But the flies totally ignored it! Turns out that flies are among the most intelligent of all dipteras! But they love stinky stuff so much they stop thinking when they come across a delicious odor. (No, I didn’t poop in the corner. If you thought so, you should seek immediate psychiatric help.) I hanged the fly paper strip over the garbage can! Which proves that I’m smarter than a fly, which, as I said is the MOST INTELLIGENT OF ALL IN THE ORDER DIPTERA!

IMG_4349Ok, here’s a week from 2008…

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The King Features Blog…

Is finally up. Or it will be very soon. It has Ernie/Piranha Club daily strips in chronological order from 2011. King Features does the coloring in house. Tea Fougner at King is the gal who put it all together. I’m going to do a little tweaking on it when I get time, but check it out: piranha.kingfeatures.org. This probably doesn’t work yet, but I’ll straighten out the address and let you know.

I haven’t done much drawing for the past month. The frau and I have been fixing up the shack on the Chesapeake. It was built in 1896, and it looks it. photo 2Today they’re putting in a new counter top. We never had a dishwasher or a disposal before. I have it ready to put together. Here’s the before shot:


Here’s part two of the story about Earl’s escape:

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And what am I doing? I’m taking it easy, sitting on the porch and sipping pina coladas. What is Frau Pork doing? She’s painting the house.


Sunset last night at the Miles River Yacht Club. My neighbors are members. No way they’ll let me join.IMG_4308This morning I had a visitor on my dock…IMG_4319And now here’s part 1 of a tragic story from 1994. OH NO! Will Sid ever see Earl again?!!!

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Heeeee’s Back!

I’m back in business, Folks. I had some problems with my WIFI while I was over in the boondocks. Hopefully I can get it straightened out this coming week. So to say I’m sorry, here are two Fortune Teller Effie Sundays from 2010 and  a week’s worth of dailies from 2004…Ernie-10-06-27j Ernie-10-02-07jErnie 04-10-19

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