I’m on Vacation…


On the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Frau and I are here with friends for the week. So I can’t show the next part of me drawing comix until next week. I’ll let you know if we’re still friends next week. Photo on 10-19-14 at 10.13 AMSo all I have for you this week is six trips from October 1998…Ernie 98-10-31Ernie 98-10-26 Ernie 98-10-28 Ernie 98-10-30 Ernie 98-10-29 Ernie 98-10-27

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Enter Cheeseman

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.IMG_4573 IMG_4575

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.

IMG_4586Here’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…

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Lars Mortimer

Comic fans who live outside of Scandinavia are most likely not familiar with Hälge, the creation of Lars Mortimer of Sweden. At the time of his passing, his strip was the most popular in Sweden, which is saying a lot, because Swedes are crazy about comics. Hälge is a moose, and Scandinavia has tons of them. Lars will be sorely missed among his legions of fans. Here is a little tribute I drew for a commemorative comic book to be published later this year.HälgeOK, here’s the next installation of me drawing a daily comic strip. Part 4 shows me doing pencil work. An entire strip is drawn in pencil before adding ink. There’s Part 4a and Part 4b. As I mention in the clip, it takes me a good deal of time to draw a strip, so you won’t miss much if I only show 4b. It’s about 7 minutes long. If you would like to see part 4a, let me know, and I’ll make it available.

The boss over at King Features wanted to know if I ever drew superheros. Does an ursine defecate in the arboretum? Here’s week one of a two week series from 2009…Ernie 09-07-06 Ernie 09-07-07 Ernie 09-07-08 Ernie 09-07-09 Ernie 09-07-10 This was in reference to the government bailout of the banks during the recession.

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How Buddy Draws the Comix – Part Three

Ok, I know that you’re saying “WHAT ABOUT PART TWO?!!! Right. Ok, you can look at Part Two. All it is is me counting letters to cram a long dialog into a tiny space. Here it is. It’s really boring.

Part Three shows a time saving trick that I often use to draw repetitive scenes. It’s the beginning of my pencil work. Here I’m drawing a character in mirror image, and transferring the sketch to three different panels. You can also do this by drawing the image (not the mirror image) and turning it into a kind of carbon paper by scribbling with a soft pencil on the back. Then you just trace the image onto the comic strip. In Part Four that I’ll put up next week you can see a drawing on my table that has made for this purpose. Here’s me beginning my pencil work transferring an image.

Troy from Virginia emailed me and said he would like to see another Earl story. I think it’s a terrific idea. I don’t draw Earl enough. So I told him I’d start on a new Earl story this week. I already have a couple gags in my head. Thanks for the suggestion, Troy. In the meantime, here’s an Earl story from 1997.

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Buddy Draws the Comix

I made a movie of me drawing a couple weeks ago, just in case somebody is interested in seeing how I go about drawing Ernie/Piranha Club strips. The entire film shows a good portion of a day’s work for me. If I’m drawing daily strips, I usually do three per day. It generally takes me about half an hour to pencil each strip and two hours to ink all three. So it’s usually about three and a half to four hours a day that I spend drawing and lettering. Writing takes time as well, but it would be hard for me to film myself pacing back and forth trying to think. As Curly Howard once said “I try to think but nothing happens”. I’m dividing the movie into several parts because it’s long, and all at once would be boring unless you’re really into comics. This first part shows me composing the gags for the day…

How Buddy Draws Comix Part 1: Composing

Here’s a panel from that day’s strips:3

Way back in 93, the annual Piranha of the Year Competition…Ernie 93-11-01 Ernie 93-11-02 Ernie 93-11-03 Ernie 93-11-04 Ernie 93-11-05 Ernie 93-11-06

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Grandpa’s Back

And so is Shorty. I’m sorry for posting this a day late. I had some personal problems that took up all my time. But things are getting back to normal now. At least as normal as they ever get in the Grace mansion. I had two emails regarding the wild fruit I was eating on my September 7 blog. Turns out those things are pawpaws. I’d heard of them, but never saw one or ate one. A tip of the hat to Arnold and Arthur. Check this out. I heard it when I was a kid. I’ve got a ton of work to catch up on, so here’s the second week of Grandpa trying to bust out…(BTW, I have another two week story about Grandpa, Shorty and Nurse Heimlich waiting in the wings. I don’t know when I’ll publish it, but here’s a little hint: Grandpa falls in love. Uh-oh!)Ernie 08-04-07Ernie 08-04-08Ernie 08-04-09Ernie 08-04-10Ernie 08-04-11Ernie 08-04-12

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All I Do Is Work!

Except when I go to bars and drink. Hey, Last Friday we stopped in to see Eddie Pockey and Brint Hanny making music. Pretty good old country music. This October we’ll run out to Winchester for their yearly hoedown

The Frau and I took a walk down by the Potomac today. This is Seneca Park.


If you don’t know,  the Seneca were native American tribes of the Five Nations. They were in the Northeast. I had a very good elderly friend who resided at the nursing home where I volunteer. She was a Mohawk Indian, and her name was Ruth Seneca. She passed away eight years ago.

Some fellows were down by the river gathering what they called ananos(?) from the small trees along the bank. The fruit is green, about the size of a baked pototo. It has large seeds like a papaya. The flesh is very sweet and mushy, and it tastes like a banana. I never knew they existed. YumIMG_4417

Here’s Frau Grace taking a picture of a pileated woodpecker. He’s at the top of the branch that slopes to the left. Maybe you can pick him out…

IMG_4509Shawn B. emailed me and recalled a favorite story of his. Grandpa Fernwilter and Shorty trying yet once again to bust out of the nursing home. It’s from 2008. I realize that I posted a different Grandpa and Shorty story just a couple of weeks ago. But here’s week one anyway. Notice the Tarzan language? Who besides me knows the meaning of the words?…

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Be forewarned, folks. This is pretty risky stuff here. These are the original comix that were axed by my editor. But don’t blame him. Lots of readers would find these three strips offensive. The original dates of publication were to be September 4, 5 and 13.Ernie 14-09-04Ernie 14-09-05Ernie 14-09-13

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Too Much Tequila


A while back we had a party at our place in Virginia. One of the gals just sent me some pictures. I often disrobe when I drink tequila.photo 1In my Swedish comic book I often give advice. Here’s an entry from 2011…


Last time I gave you single guys out there some hints on how to meet and woo beautiful women. Unfortunately, for many of you who are such pathetic losers, even my carefully researched advice doesn’t work. There are a few among you, even if you had a face like Brad Pitt, a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger (a long time ago), and smelled like a rose bud in May, you couldn’t pick up a hundred dollar bill if it landed in your lap. It’s called Natural Selection. It’s nature’s way of making sure you don’t foul the gene pool. But you shouldn’t despair, because there lots more in life than women. Think about it. All women do once you marry one of them is cook your food, clean the house, make the bed, iron your clothes, wash the dishes, wash the windows, paint the house, slop the hogs, milk the cow, pay the bills, buy your beer, and once every three or four years give you a little wink-wink nudge-nudge. Who needs that? There are lots of interesting social organizations out there which you can join and which can give meaning to your pitiful, banal existence. Here are just a few:

A. The International Frog Club (IFC). The IFC is an organization of frog aficionados. They love everything about frogs: their buggy eyes, how they eat flies with their long sticky tongues, how they feel crawling all over your body when you take your Saturday bath etc. Events include Thursday Night Frog Kissing, the Dress Your Frog Like Michael Jackson, and the ever popular Guess Where I Hid My Frog game.

B. The He-Man Moose Slapping Club (H-MMSC). Members go into the forest and slap mooses.

C. The He-Man Ambulance Club (H-MAC). Most members of the H-MMSC are also members of the H-MAC.

C. The Itchy Men’s Association (IMA). This, as the club’s name implies, is for men who constantly scratch themselves. I’m sure you’ve noticed them. They scratch their heads, their armpits, their backs, their feet, their crotches, no matter where they are or whom they’re with. You’d probably feel right at home in this group. Weekly meetings feature discussions and lectures on such diverse topics as:
How to Sit on Your Haunches and Scratch Your Ear with Your Foot Like a Dog
Scratching at the Dinner Table – Fingernails or Fork?
Is It OK to Take Down Your Pants in Public to Scratch Your butt?

D. The Delphinium Society (DS). Learn the manly art of pressing wild flowers.

E. Sunday Morning Pig Wrestlers (SMPW)*. This is only for the athletic. But strength is not the only prerequisite. It takes lightening reflexes and a keen wit to outsmart and subdue a 300 pound Yorkshire brood sow.

F. The Lutefisk and Yodeling Society (LF&YS). Members come together every other Thursday evening to eat lutefisk and yodel.

G. The Broken Toe World Cup Club (BTWCC). The game is played according to the same rules as regular soccer, except the standard leather ball is replaced with an eighteen pound Brunswick bowling ball.

H. The Monday Morning World Cup Club (MMWCC). Comprised of former members of the BTWCC. Instead of a leather ball they use an over-ripe cassaba melon.

I. The Stationary Bird Watchers Society (SBWS). Instead of going onto the forest to watch wild birds, they go to the supermarket and watch dead chickens.

J. The Fungus Club (FC). Members meet monthly and discuss their fungus infections.

K. The Pyorrhea Club (PC) See entry “J” above.

L. Grandma’s Little Skinheads (GLSH). Members shave their heads, pierce their ears, lips, noses, eyebrows and nipples, file their teeth, and have a chest tattoo that reads “Grandma went to Disney World and all I got was this fucking tattoo”.

*There is a rival organization to the SMPW called Sunday Morning Naked Pig Wrestlers (SMNPW). These people are just a little too weird. Steer clear.


I’m declaring this International Man’s best Friend Day. That’s for everybody who loves dogs. I had a wonderful dog named Cleo back in the 70′s. I had another good one named Jet 15 years ago. Here are two dog Sundays from 1991. I didn’t have a computer then, so they are only in black and white.

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Midnight Pool Party…

Just before everybody got nekked. Except me, of course.photo 2Maybe not.

Frau Grace’s bday…photo The badge says kiss me, it’s my birthday.

And my stupid boat is finally running. I’ve had it 15 years and it’s only run four. I’ve putn two engines in it. But I think I finally got it right. Here’s a cruise up the Miles River on the Chesapeake…photoWant to hear Buddy Valentine sing Vincent. Probably not…

And here’s the end of the story I started last week. Grandpa and Shorty are trying to bust out of the Cedars of Bayonne Nursing home. (I don’t know why this is underlined. It was doing it last week too. And it’s blue. Go figure.)Ernie 10-09-07Ernie 10-09-06Ernie 10-09-08Ernie 10-09-09Ernie 10-09-10Ernie 10-09-11

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