Now "Popping" at the CRAZY Forest! Updates Tuesdays and Thursdays

Check Out My Twitter

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Welcome to September y'all!  Fall is upon us!  Sure, for some that means back to school, but you know what?  It also means cooler weather, football and holidays!  I say that's a fair trade off!  September's a special month this year at the CRAZYVERSE.  You see, last summer, the Daily Doodle did an entire week of art devoted the books of Roald Dahl!  As many of you are well aware, I'm a HUGE fan of Dahl's work and was excited for the chance to put a CRAZY spin on some of his most celebrated stories!  So sit back and strap as I take a crack at the World of Dahl!

First up is James and the Giant Peach!  I remember reading this book back in the fourth grade and loving it.  Then being disappointed by the movie which changed many of the elements from the book that made the story so satisfying.  Still, it gave stop motion animation a badly needed spotlight, so for that I'm grateful at least.  The bugs were always my favorite part of the book but sadly, I only had room for one.  Also felt this was a more realistic way of making the peach giant.  Just hope nothing pokes it!

Last week, I mentioned I was taking a break from Bubble Fox.  Well, it's true and it's also important to squash an easy-to-spread rumor before it starts.  I am NOT quitting!  I'm just taking a month off is all.  It may not always seem like it, but cartooning takes a lot of time.  One strip alone usually takes several hours to do, and that doesn't even include colored comics!  Now multiply that by 8-10, and you can see where I'm coming from here.  I've been cartooning nonstop since 2008 more or less.  In that time, I've graduated college, become a full-time stagehand, tabled at cons and dealt with a troubling amount of personal and family issues.  Sometimes, we just get burned out and need a break.  I know it's easy to fear such things given how many artists take breaks that wind up never ending.  But I promise all of you it's only for a month and come October, Bubble will be back foxing it up like never before!  In the meantime though,  some pals have agreed to house sit for me while I'm gone so be ready for a guest month of epic proportions!  So be ready!

You may be asking yourself "Why Bubble Fox and not this blog or Peppertown?"  Well, the art for this blog is fairly quick to produce since the pencils already exist.  And most of Peppertown has been complete for YEARS now!  It's only just now getting posted.  Bear in mind I don't do roughs anymore.  When you see a Bubble strip, your seeing it as I do: From my mind to the page!  Anyway, I hope that clears everything up.

Well, that's all for this week.  We'll be back next time with a magical little girl that predates most of the ones who've shined in the manga world for decades!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


*Sigh*  Summer is just about over folks, but that's OK.  The summer season pretty much lost its significance to me the second I graduated college and I actually like the fall!  Good food, holidays, cooler weather and that awesome pumpkin-vanilla smell permeating the air…  Yup, it's my favorite time of year!  But enough about that!  We still have a few days of summer fun left, so we may as well enjoy them!  And what better way than with a kid and her monster?  Enjoy…

I believe this was a Daily Doodle entry with the theme being a girl with a monster.  As many of you know, I love drawing fuzzy, Muppet-like monsters and really silly kids, so it didn't take much prodding to get me to join in on this one!  Some of you longtime CRAZIES may even recognize this beast as the vaunted Wedgie Monster of Mike And Mindy fame!  He really is a nice monster.  When kids aren't disturbing his naps at least!  If history's any kind of an indicator, this girl may wanna start running or she'll soon be in the market for some new Fruit Of The Looms!

Well folks, that's all for August!  We'll kick September off on the right foot with some more polished art and some news on the break I'll be taking from Bubble Fox that month.  No need to get worried though as all will be addressed next week.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Welcome back CRAZIES!!!  Are we really halfway through August already?  Time sure does fly.  But if it didn't, life would be all backwards, and that would just be weird!  But enough of my mind bogglingly dumb philosophy!  You want art!  So let's get… Wait for it… "Cracking!"

This topic was thought up by Sketch Dailies, only, they requested the mythical Kraken of Norse folklore.  I chose to take a little creative license with mine and unleash another beast of notorious origin: The foul smelling, brown eyed Crack-en!  Beware of this beast, for it can be quite deadly, especially after devouring large helping of beans!  And lest you think I totally ignored the topic, look at the pointing boy's shirt!  You may notice a tentacled beast of Norse origin!

Well folks, I think I "Aired" this one out long enough.  It's time to mosey for this week.  We'll close out August with some "Monstrous" fun next time.  Until then, take it easy and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


And we're back with some royal insanity for all my CRAZY fans!  Now that the Comic Con madness has died down, we can finally get back to what matters: Me hawking my art on you like a surly carnival barker!  Enjoy...

I honestly can't remember whether this was a Daily Doodle topic or a Sketch Dailies one, but I remember having lots of fun with it.  There was initially a prince and princess in this too, but they just didn't come out right.  So I left the CRAZY King be, and like most men of power, the Emperor had no clothes!

Well folks, that's all for this week.  I'll be back next time with some art that'll hopefully make y'all "Crack" a smile.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Can't believe it's been almost a month since SDCC15 already!  It was an insane ten days for me (I had to set it up and take it down too), but man was it wild, as Comic Con usually is.  So many great costumes and moments at this year's show…  How can I possibly summarize it right now?!  Whoa Jon!  Slow down a minute.  Post some slug art first.  That'll give your brain a chance to recalibrate and make a proper review here!

Sorry about that folks, but my brain is right!  Enjoy this polished art while the main course gets prepped!

This art was from a Daily Doodle entry that asked us to draw a slug.  I've always found slugs and snails to be misunderstood critters.  Sure they eat plants, but they aren't really harmful to humans and are also quite gentle.  What's not to love about them?  Plus they got cool eyes and eat weeds in addition to other plants!  And this one is affectionate towards leaves!  Honestly now, how can slugs and snails be bad?

OK, now that that's been taken care of, it's time to get to the main event!  You wanted it, you're getting it!  I present to you San Diego Comic Con 2015!  Enjoy...

The Sharknado crew was out in full force in the Gaslamp Quarter giving away some of the most coveted swag of the con…  To folks that didn't even have tickets! 

Lot's of great free attractions were happening across the street, like the Assassin's Creed Obstacle Course.  I did not try this one.  My body's banged up enough as it is! 

The Peanuts Experience at the Petco Park Interactive Zone was great!  The whole area in general was to be honest!  Best part?  It was free for all!  (You may be noticing a trend here) 

Ooogie Boogie was chilling on the streets of Downtown San Diego.   

As was a Skesis!  Lord only knows how hot it was inside that suit, but it was insanely detailed and fully functional! 

Don't give this kid any gold coins! 

 I'm not sure what game/show/comic this is from, but it was pretty cool!

That raptor really doest take kindly to this dude peeing on its tree! 

Nanoo nanoo, it's a sweet tribute Mork and Robin Williams! 

Couldn't get into the main Masquerade Ball at SDCC?  No problem!  The Petco Park Interactive Zone held an impromptu costume contest at their shindig!

 Pretty cool Dragonball Z Cosplay group!  Watch out for Cell though.  It's been known to be quite combustible! 

 It's Wilfred!

 And Buddy the Elf!  Say it with me folks: "They best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing real loud for all to hear!"  God I love that movie!

 My niece Kristen got to meet her favorite heroine, Star from Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil!

 Adam and Barbera got interviewed by San Diego's lowest rated morning news program!

Who ya gonna call?  The REAL Ghostbusters!

 Wow!  Just, wow!  How did this guy even see in that thing?  Let alone not suffer a heat stroke?  Truly amazing work on this costume!

 Nerd HQ at the Children's Museum was another pretty cool FREE alternative for folks who couldn't get tickets for SDCC!  Lots of awesome freebies and activities, including the Playstation lounge and delicious food trucks!

 Look who I got to meet!  La Bomba from Conan!  He was so cool!  A real down to earth dude!

And finally, who better to finish out the Comic Con madness with than Joel Robinson and Torgo?!  It's insane how popular Manos The Hands Of Fate is now!  Almost every year since 2008, at least one guy has come to Con as Torgo!

Comic Con was a time and a half for sure!  Had a good time catching up with old pals while making new ones, not to mention seeing all the sights and sounds.  It's still a huge affair, but crowd control's gotten much better in recent years.  I think the organizers finally found a way to balance things out.  Not to mention there's so much off-site stuff happening now that it's helping to draw crowds away from the main show.  Hopefully in the coming years it''ll be done in such a way that all can enjoy it again without the fear of the show selling out.  Here's hoping and that SDCC16 will be even more fun!

Well folks, that's all for now.  I'll be back next week with some art that is "Royally" fun.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Remember that something special I promised last week?  Well here it is!  Felt crafter Michelle Miller of Run Red Run Needle Felted Collectibles recently made these awesome felt dolls of everybody's favorite terrible twosome, Mike and Mindy!  I gotta say, she really nailed their look in 3D and here I am, a month later and STIIL speechless at their awesomeness!  Perhaps it's best to let the pictures do the talking for now...

These two have always been rivals, let the stare-down commence! 

Love conquers all, and the pair decided to take a nice stroll instead! 

Tucked away and ready for shipping! 

As an added bonus, they even got to have a play date with everyone's favorite Sasquatch, Bigfoot!  

I'll tell ya, getting these dolls was a thrill enough, but then having them chill with Vince Dorse and his beloved Bigfoot and Scout was an even bigger thrill!  And then came another surprise: Vince made this mock comic book cover with all these pals having an adventure together!  Vince, you really made my day when I saw this, thanks so much and thanks for making web comics proud!  You're a credit to our branch!  To see more of Vince's awesome Ruben Award-winning work, click here!

Folks, in the world of crafting, Michelle Miller is without question a bright star!  Her magic hands have crafted wonders not only for me and Vince, but many others as well.  From Sesame Street's Grover to Rich Clabaugh's Graveyard Gang, she's dazzled many with her needle felted figurines.  When we first started on this last summer, it was a tough process.  I rarely drew M&M from the front or sides and there was legit concerns Mike's spiky hair may not work!  But Michelle's skill won out and now I have two masterpieces sitting on my mantle!  Thanks again Michelle!  Thank you for helping my "Kids" get real!  If any of you want your own needle felted dolls, click here!  Get yours made by the best!

And lastly, I got one other bit of news.  Remember last month when I announced I'd put my Luchadore Masks on display at the San Diego County Fair?  Well...

I WON A RIBBON!!!  Yup!  My collection got second place in the Home and Hobby Collections!  Not bad for a first effort, eh?  First would've been nice, but you know?  Winning ain't everything.  I'm happy to have placed and hope to take part again next year!  Thanks to all who came to the fair to see my display!

Well, that's all for July!  We'll kick off August on the right foot with a HUGE update from Comic Con 2015!  I know I promised these pics a while ago, so I promise to make them worth it!  We'll also have some new art and new memories so be sure to come back.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Another week, another inked doodle from the past!  This time we got the Mickey Mouse of gaming getting the CRAZY treatment, so lets hop to it!

I can't remember whether this was for Daily Doodle or Sketch Dailies, may have been the latter, but it was fun to draw.  I've often wondered if Mario and Luigi aren't great heroes.  I think they might just be really really high and hallucinating all theses wild things!  Mario's an odd topic for me.  As fun as the games are, the character really is a stereotype on Italian culture, of which I am half.  I guess I'd be less troubled by him if he spoke in a more dignified manner.  I was always under the impression he was from Brooklyn, not Italy itself.  Eh, maybe I'm just over thinking this.

Well, that's all for now.  I got something VERY special coming next week!  A couple of old pals have gotten fuzzy and I can't wait to show y'all, so be sure to come back!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!