Here, take a look at the cartoon I did last night:
This, of course, was inspired by the visit of President Trump to the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Saudi Arabia during his world tour. He and two other leaders touched a glowing orb--and that set off a bunch of funny tweets on Twitter!
I tried to come up with something and ended up with this. But is it only funny to comic-book fans? Probably. That line in the thought balloon is from the superhero Green Lantern; it's his oath (without the yadas). Now that I think of it, I should have thought longer about this.
That's what happens in humor: You create something you think is funny, but it bombs with the public. You know, the Tweeters came up with much funnier stuff, so go to Twitter and search "Trump Saudi Arabia Orb" and read them. I'll go back to my drawing board and come up with something else that actually is funny (hopefully).
This was created Sunday night at the end of the toughest weekend ever for me. The weather was bad and my knee was in constant pain. I still had to take care of Mom, who thinks I may have a bit of arthritis in my knee, and I reached out to friends on Facebook for support. That was Saturday; Sunday I still had to help Mom get ready for an outing, bum knee and all. And Mom took FOREVER to get ready. I know she's eighty but...oh, I just have patience the size of a gnat.
There were some highlights, however: Sunday was Daddy's birthday, and I baked muffins for him. I discovered some #girlboss videos on YouTube and got a little inspired. And yes, I created that "Trump & Co." orb cartoon. Well, two out of three's not bad.
Make that three out of four: I came up with #YouAreAnOldFogey on Twitter, and put out tweets about wishing to go back to the past. Example: #YouAreAnOldFogey if you miss the Legion of Doom on CHALLENGE OF THE SUPERFRIENDS.
So when are you an old fogey--or even a young fogey. What part of the past do you long for? Let me know in the comments so we can all grouse!
In this turbulent world, where down is up and up is down, where our leadership needs a lot more than the fervent prayers of righteous men...we turn to the past. A supposedly simple time where things weren't so grave and harmful. Why do you think there are so many nostalgia channels on free TV now?
It's getting so I, too, am becoming a nostalgia freak. With all of President Trump's scandals looming over him, I want to go back to the days when he was just laughable. This is the reason for my comic series "Trump & Co." and its feature "From the Worst 100 Days". I have some other stuff, too, but it's mostly about the past. Here are my three latest comics--ENJOY!!
Yesterday I visited a new doctor who challenge me to face my health matters. He must be good, because this morning I created three new Our Follies cartoons, all of which deal with comedian/host Steve Harvey.
This one is based on the leaked memo from Harvey to his talk show staff:
This one deals with Harvey being accused of clowning around just to please white people. Blacks will know the four-letter word associated with the animal in the cartoon:
My cousin Robin inspired this one when she watched one of Harvey's dating segments on his talk show:
I leave you now with a Trump & Co. comic I did a while back featuring Mr. Harvey:
I want to apologize for not posting on Sunday like I said I would. Life happens, and I just wasn't able to do it. So here is a little doodle that I did do but didn't post.
I said I would continue International Cartoonist Day into the weekend, and I am! Here are my latest gag cartoons. Hopefully, you won't gag!
I hope you enjoyed my little cartoons. Come back tomorrow!
May 5th is International Cartoonist Day, set aside to celebrate those of us who put their thoughts on paper with pen & ink with funny (or not so funny) pictures--like me. So, in honor of this, I present--A LIVE ACTION VIDEO!
Last night I went to Paul Henry's Art Gallery's Acoustic Jam and Potluck for the first time in a bunch of Thursdays. There wasn't a lot of food, but what they had was good, especially the pulled pork. I saw old friends like Dominic Ruffalo, who's in the video (see above), and I got to put up a table to make cartoon portraits of the guests. I only did one that night, but the woman got to see my animations on Instagram and liked them so much she subscribed to my account--YAY!!
Don't worry--I haven't forgotten this is International Cartoonist Day. It's just that it's a Friday, and every Friday I want to do a video, either live action or animated--preferably, a vlog.
So I'm declaring this Friday, Saturday and Sunday International Cartoonist Weekend--at least for this cartoonist. You'll be seeing my print cartoons on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday morning and Sunday morning cartoons again! Until then, enjoy the show!
What a day yesterday! I finally found out why I hadn't received mail for weeks: The Main Post Office mistakenly was given an order to not deliver my mail to my address. Thankfully, my Mom, the wife of a retired postal worker, helped straighten it out, and now I can get mail again. Thanks, Mom!
Yesterday was also when East Chicago voted on a referendum on local schools. Because I'm still listed under my old address, I had to go and vote at my old polling place--which had been demolished! So I had to go to the Mayor's Office to find the new polling place, found it and voted. Whew!
Okay, here's the last frustration. I went to Dollar General to fill my debit card, and it wouldn't register when swiped. Fortunately, the currency exchange across the street could fill it. I need a new card.
But something good did come yesterday evening: three new gag cartoons! I leave you with them.
I'm finally working outside the house! With my little portable "office" I went to the East Chicago Public Library branch on the east side and set up shop. It was wonderful working in the Adult Room--that's because the schoolkids were still at school and weren't making noise in the Children's Room. There were two other people working there on their laptops--I wonder if I should get one...
Maybe this week I'll try working at the Main Library in the Harbor. That's where my Mom used to work, and where I developed my love for reading. Thanks, Mom!
The Upshaw family got through the toughest Easter weekend ever. Two weeks ago, my cousin David Williams was taken off life support; his funeral was Good Friday. Because of this, my family decided not to make the big Upshaw Family Holiday Dinner we usually do. Instead, we just had a quiet Sunday like we always do. David's parents, my Uncle Dollyboy and Aunt Jannie, were flooded with so much food from caring loved ones, they ran out of room to keep it all, so we got some of it: turnip greens, candied yams, fried chicken, a bundt cake and the most delicious homemade muffins I ever tasted. I gotta get that recipe!
On a lighter note, that Easter Sunday I finished a small animation, uploaded it on social media and got applause for it. It encouraged me to make more cartoons, print and animated, which I hope to do all this week, since I don't have any doctor appointments until next week.
But today is (ugh) Tax Day, the deadline for filing. I decided to file online, since I seem to mess up my written tax forms. It was simple to do, until I got an error notice on my state tax form where there were no errors. I got into the Chat Room and the woman on the other end said I had to correct my federal tax form, which I did. But the error on my state tax form that isn't there still says "error". Back to the Chat Room!
Usually, when some glitch like this happens, I'm thinking, "I must be on the right track." If all these bad things are popping up, it means someone wants me to lose because I'm on my way to something great. So I now welcome glitches, since now they're a sign of success. And you can't succeed if you don't fail!
I leave you now with Jeremiah G. Hamilton, America's real first black millionaire. But Madam C.J. Walker is still great!
Today is the first really good day of spring here in East Chicago. I wanted to do a vlog recording outside but the wind interfered with my audio. So I recorded indoors as usual. Here it is.