Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Little Know Facts

Sometimes I am such a cynic. I honestly think some of the facts and stats that come from the people in the know are made up. People do research and write papers to fit their needs—sometimes anyway. I am constantly amazed how some things go from being bad for you one day to curing cancer the next. Honestly, you never know what to believe. Will taking an aspirin a day decrease your chances of having a heart attack or will it make you more susceptible to strokes? Are dark skin black people more violent than light skinned black people? Are their truly more black men in jail than white me and if so, how come you rarely see a brother in that show “Prison Break”? If you pull out, prior to ejaculation, will your cat really get pregnant? I don’t know what to believe anymore? So, I chose not to believe anything.

It just seems that if you have the word power and clout to get it put in print, you can spin anything into your favor. I take most of the so called facts I read with a grain of salt because you never know what is going on in the minds of the person pushing you their research. Is it for the greater good or is it just to sale books, make a name for themselves and keep the grant money rolling in? Of is it just plain and simple propaganda, use to promote racism, sexism and homophobia or hetrophobia (I think that exists too). What to believe. What to believe.

Case in point; did you know that nine out of ten readers of the @home blog tend to have a better, more satisfying, day? Six out of ten have better sex life (of course that number is increased, exponentially when the reader leaves a comment on the post). Hummmm….I might leave a comment my damn self.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm Back

I'm back! Did you miss me? No? Well, I missed all of you, my brothers and sisters of the blog. I had a wonderful time in New York, but I truly did miss all of you. No internet, no nothing. A great vacation but very happy to be back home. I am still in vacation mode but I promise to try to get you some new comics very soon. Love you.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Meet the Artist

You know how it is when you talk to someone on the phone and you develop an image of that person in your mind and you really wish you could put a face with the voice? No? Oh, well, anyway; I am off to New York for five days and will not be updating my blog during that time period. I am using today’s blog to formally introduce myself to you. This is me…Hope I don’t scare too many of you off.
I am also taking this time to thank all of you for checking me out, as well as commenting on my blog. As I have stated in the past, you good people keep me motivated to do this blog. It truly is my dream come true; to be able to enter into the home of strangers and make them smile. I may not have reached the hundreds of thousands that I wanted but I will take the cupful that I have. Below is the list of people who have been kind enough to leave comments thus letting me know that they have stopped by:
Whozhe, Brotha Buck, Fuzzy, Dayne Avery, Rodney, Opinionated Diva, Page Black, Ghost, Nitty-Gritty, Chameleon, M-Dubb, Soldier, Ann(ie), That Dude Right There, LoveMyselfFirst, Joe Chiappetta, Ming, Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T, William, Steve Schwartz, Son of a Bishop, So Fa Real, The Diva’s Thoughts, maddypappy1, Ailed Little Knight, lonely schnozz, dc speaks, Dusty McDust, Hallie Lama, Josh, and Josh Hoye. Thank you very much for your patronage.
If I have missed anyone I am truly sorry. I appreciate the silent as well as the vocal readers. Pray for me as I fly back and forth (because I have a mildly intense fear of flying and I don’t drink so I can’t take advantage of that courage in a bottle).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


This is it folks. The last comics featuring Quincy and Trina. I think I am going to show you something else, when I return from New York. I have stopped working on the illustrations on the little children's book I wrote and I still have not updated the scenes from @home. My new position as a supervisor is taking a toll on me, not that I bring my work home with me, but sometimes I am just so dang tired. Don't worry though, I will keep up my blog because of my few loyal readers that keep me pumped.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Just Some Samples

Just so you good people don't think I am all cartoons I thought I'd share a few of my oil paints. The first one is an incomplete picture titled, "We Are Killing Ourselves. I started it many years ago but it is still incomplete. It was my take on black responsibility. I love this painting because, in my mind, tells how although many blacks blame other people for their problems...we are the blame for our own down fall. (It's really more in debt than that, but.....)
The second is titled, African-American Gothic. My take on the famous American Gothic. I love this picture because it depicts my Mom and my deceased Step-father. His image is just how he looked the day before he died. Me and my step-father never got along and because of a comment he made about a pencil drawing I did of him when I was in the third grade I never drew another picture of him until this one.

Never Feed A Stray

It's true. If you feed a stray animal it will keep coming back for more. That is also true in relationships. If you wanna let og of a relationship you can't keep giving up the cookies, if you know what I mean. LOL

Sunday, October 14, 2007

People Are Weird

Kids are so funny. Who gives about the five second rule? Kids will put just about anything in their mouth that appears edible. I actually know some grown ups with the same mentality, but that's a whole different subject.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Expert

Don't you love how everyone is an expert on something, or better yet...thinks they are an expert on everything. We all have them in our lives. You say something to them and they know everything there is to know about it. I can't be very annoying. Oh how wonderful it is to put those people in their place every once and a while.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I Tat I Taw A Puddy Dat

More Quincy and Trina.

Remember the last post where I explained to you about all of the cartoon characters that live inside my head and the comic strips I’ve created with them? Well, I was looking for the one call Dillard, which was based on my life growing up, but low and behold I was not able to find it or any of the others. Don’t worry. I’m quite sure that they are around here somewhere; it’s just that I am cleaning my house-which means I won’t be able to find jack for a while.

Anyway, I bring to you the tell of the stray cat. I showed the first strip in this series in one of my previous intermission post. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Don't Tread On Us

Okay, here are my Army Brats, again. You might remember them from one of my intermissions. The thing about this picture is that I can remember the exact day that I drew it. This is unusual for me because I have absolutely no concept of time and can never remember when I finished a painting or drawing. The reason why I remember this drawing in particular is because I drew it on the exact day of the 9-11 attacks. I thought it was cute and a show of defiance again the terrorist. Anyway, I never finished the bad boy off.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Intermission (Cop Out) Again

Here are my main characters from my comic strip, Cop Out. When I originally came up with the concept of Cop Out, it was for our company newsletter, but I want rehash that. I enjoyed doing it so much that I improved the characters and decided that I would try to get it syndicated. Of course, like everything else I have done, it was rejected. I think my three rookies here, are cute. But what the hell do I know.
I went to a blog today titled, The People in My Head. I have so many people and characters in my head it is scary. I have Cop Out, @Home, Mom and Pop Inc, Totally SMU, Go Fish, Hero (who is the main character of the children's book I wrote and am currently trying to illustrate), Sibling Rivalry and Dillard. All of them are drawn different and the personalities of each character is unique to them. The only thing that all of the comics have in common, besides being created and drawn by me is that they have all be Friggin' rejected.
Okay, here is my dilemma. I had more comments on the comics that featured Quincy and Trina than any of the ones that I posted with the Family Jacobs. Now I don't know if I should post more of Quincy and Trina or Post some of my other comic and see what you think of them. Hummmm. @home is still on hold, until I find the time to upgrade those bad boys.
Thank you all for your readership. You uplift my spirit and that is from my heart. Thank you very much for reading. And thank you even more for voicing you comments. Even if you think something I do sucks, I would really like to hear it. I know they all can't be golden. (You can blame Opinionated Diva for the long winded posting. She's the one that said I had to write something with every posting,)

Monday, October 8, 2007

Chickening Out

I needed to start a whole new fable about where babies come from with this one. The Sporting Goods Store sounded about as good a place as any for new babies to come from. Pick you sport and we have a baby to match.

Parents, they are so funny. They have to power to mold and influence the minds of their kids for the good or the bad and some just let the opportunity get away. Speaking of kids, I got to spend the time with my little recently potty trained nephew and one of his Aunt's, my sister. We were over her house, watching Akeelah and the Bee, with my 19 year old niece. Manny, the 2 year old is running all over the house, talking a mile of minute (will you please shut up, Manny). Anyway, he went to pot, which is sitting in the corner of the room. While on the pot he takes off his pants, completely. Then, while he is sitting there he puts them back on, like the big boy he is (I love how smart my little nephew is). Anyway, how smart I think he is not withstanding, he somehow manages to put both of his legs into one leg of his pants....It was the funniest and cutest thing in the world (Damn if my camera was not in my car, but my sister got a picture of it on her cell phone though). This has absolutely nothing to do with this posting, I just love my little nephew and wanted felt like sharing.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

More Facts of Life

If you think about it, how ludicrous does the truth about the birds in the bees sound? Eggs falling from tubes? Little tadpole like creatures that shoot out in the millions for the opportunity to enter and fertilize one such egg? That egg turning into a person that lives inside of the mother's belly for years, while surviving off nourishment it receives from a tube that connects it with it's mother, via the belly button? Wow. I'm glad my mom told me that babies came from the liquor store. Of course that might be why I'm a borderline alcoholic now.....Hummm........Nay, that's not it.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

It's a Rule

Women are always making up their own rules. Stop listening to Oprah, Damn it!

Friday, October 5, 2007

The Facts of Life.

The next few comics were an after thought. When I originally thought of this story, where Quincy finds out that his mother is pregnant, the saga ended once his dad came home. In the process of making it I decided that that conclusion was to abrupt and that there should be a discussion between the parents on whether or not Quincy should be told the facts of life. (The next group of comics are kind of corny, but they bring the story to an end. Oh, and sorry, it will still be a while before we get back to the @home story line. Sorry.)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Fruit Of His Loom

Daddy yells at son. Daddy wakes up mommy. Mommy waddles into the room. Friend declares her innocence. 'nuff said.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

You Apply the Anesthetic

You have to appreciate Quincy’s tenacity. He doesn’t miss a beat, once his dad comes barreling through the front door; thinking that his wife is in labor. He even knells down and picks up the mallet that Trina dropped and hands it over to his dad, in the hopes that he will be a more helpful assistant than Trina had been. Little boys…you gotta love ‘em.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

She's Not Your Mom!

As I post these strips it dawns on me that this was some of the best pieces of cartooning that I had ever done. I thought the story line was great, the drawing was on point and the expression on the faces of each character were priceless. When I sent these, along with a group of others, in for syndication and was still rejected it was the most disheartening thing that ever happened. These characters had been refined as much as they would ever be; objectively I thought the idea was both unique and funny and if the syndicates didn't except these than it was just not meant to be. I resolved myself to letting Quincy and the gang die. I mean, I started trying to get them syndicated when I was seventeen and here it is, ten decades later and still nothing. I decided to focus my attention on a new set of character; enter the cast of @home. Of course the same thing is going on with them, as it relates to syndication and I'm not getting any younger.
"What happens to a dream deferred?" Well, I can't speak about anyone else's, but I put my dream into a blog to hopefully share with a handful of readers. Hell, I always said that I loved cartooning so much that I would do it for free...Wow. that had nothing at all to do with this weeks posting.
In a nut shell....Isn't it amazing how the Calvary always manages to arrive right on time?

Monday, October 1, 2007

Boy Are You Stupid.

Okay, let me just apologize for this one being posted out of order. I don't know how I over looked it. Posting it now kinda jacks of the sequence of things, but it is so funny that I couldn't let it go without posting.
This one was meant to be read just before "It Bounced". It gives you a great since of just how stubborn little boys can be when they think they are right. Thank goodness we grow out of that pretty quickly. Am I right? Am I right?