Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rabbits Against Abracadabradooles

Bizarro from July 9th, 2014

Six Chix by Rina Piccolo from February 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rabbits Against Magic Psychedelics

Nice image from illustrator Angelo Monne for the article “Combating bad science” published in The Economist last month.  Here's a link to more of his work.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rabbits Against Voodoo Shmoodoo

I'm posting this great Macanudo strip from Liniers again because 
Enchanted Lion Books just released the first collection in English.

Go buy it or be quiet!

Rabbits Against Calamari

Today's sunday strip was a lot of fun to do although it took me forever.

It's actually a homage/tribute/rip off of this amazing double-spread by Wally Wood (art) and George Belkin (script) from issue #68 of Mad, circa 1962.  This is the uncut Bristol board image. Notice I stole one of the jokes!

One thing I decided up front was that due to the proliferation of characters and the much smaller space allowed for Sunday strips these days I had to restrict the numbers somewhat.  Thus I only included characters from current strips (no reruns with the exception of Andy Capp and Popeye) and included very few dogs and cats. I skipped the soap and adventure type strips too. Generally I picked characters that might actually work in an office and there is definitely a personal bias in there too. Also, as Dilbert's boss says "no webcomics".  The exceptions were people who have included my characters in their strips (Dark SIde of the Horse, Human Cull and Knight Life).  Of course I missed a few that I'd include if I was to do this over.

Here's the pencil rough before I started inking.

I was really happy to be able to make a band.  Hardest to draw was Dagwood from Blondie.  I need to practice that one more. Next up, the Comic Strip Characters Beach party!

Here's the complete list (approximately top to bottom, left to right):

Horace (Dark Side of the Horse), Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Travis (the head in the jar from Scary Gary), Jill Kaplan (The Pajama Diaries), Jonathan Lemon (me!), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Alien Admin (from Human Cull), Rory (The Barn), Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time-Traveler from 1909 (Tom the Dancing Bug), Scary Gary and Leopold (Scary Gary), Buni (Buni), Dilbert, Helen Kudlick (Dustin), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), Lance (Fusco Brothers), Dagwood (Blondie), Luann, Arthur (Sheldon), Pointy-haired boss (Dilbert), Petey (Cul-de-Sac), Popeye, Lettuce (Rabbits Against Magic), Roger Fox (Foxtrot), Charlie Brown and Lucy (Peanuts), Big Nate, Lio, Tina (Tina's Groove), Beatle Bailey and Sarge, The cloud (Wizard of Id), Zippy the Pinhead, Trixie (Rabbits Against Magic), Jeremy Duncan (Zits), La Cucuracha, Joules (Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee), Rat (Pearls Before Swine), Lamont (Candorville), Duke (Doonesbury), Monty Montahue (Monty), Bung and the Wizard (Wizard of Id), Andy Capp, Schroeder (Peanuts), Hilary Forth (Sally Forth), Poncho (Pooch Cafe), Bucky (Get Fuzzy), Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog, Thatababy, Hammie (Baby Blues), Marla (Retail), Eaightball and Weenus (Rabbits Against Magic), Grog (B.C.), Earl (Pickles), Oscar the Penguin (Arctic Circle), Enos (The Duplex).

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rabbits Against Alfred E. Neuman

A fabulous cover illustration by Bob Jones for Mad magazine, April 1976.  Along with Jack Rickard and Norman Mingo, one of the great under appreciated Mad artists.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rabbits Against Wonders Of Nature

Rabbits Against Magic, June 10th, 2014

Lio, June 11, 2014

Although these are different jokes, I'm stunned by the similarity of these two strips.  The camera placement, the two trees, insect hanging in tree. Well done Mr. Tatulli, you made me almost feel like a professional.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Rabbits Reuben Awards Submission Package

Here's are my twelve submission samples for the National Cartoonist's Society Reuben Awards this year in San Diego. (SPOILER ALERT - I was not nominated this year).

Rabbits Against Abductions

John Deering over at "Strange Brew" came up with this doozy.

Rabbits Against Bunny Chow

A great offering this week from Mark Parisi, the genius behind "Off the Mark".

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rabbits Against Chinese Space Babies

See more amazing Chinese propaganda poster art over at the always excellent  Dangerous Minds blog.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Rabbits Against The Dark Arts

At least it's a synchronized nightmare.

Friday, March 14, 2014

¡Dale, Che!

Another great Macanudo strip from my buddy Liniers.  Incidentally he did the cover for this weeks New Yorker.  That's when you know you've hit the big time!

Breeding in a Hat

The Parker/Hart studio ventures into the black arts again. $12 for a magicians hat in the middle ages does seem like a lot though.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Rabbits Against Freudian Analysis

A great strip by the amazing Rina Piccolo.  Her most excellent strip is Tina's Groove. She's also one of the Six Chix from where this piece was swiped.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hitchcock and Roundabouts

Here's a sneak preview of tomorrow's Sunday strip.  It's a homage to Hitchcock of whom I am a great fan.  In addition to the appearance of Hitchcock himself (bottom center-left) I snuck in some references to Birds and Vertigo.

Lepus Interruptus

A fine David Borchart cartoon from this weeks New Yorker.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

What's On TV?

This kinda reminds me of the melting ice cream truck sculpture by Glue Society.  Fun fact:  Salvador Dali used to walk his pet anteater around the streets of Paris.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Pen Porn

Here's a list of pens I use to create a Rabbits Against magic strip.  1. Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 (for very fine lines) 2. Pelikan technoliner 0.8 (a good all round backup)  3. Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen (for filling in and fast brush work)  4. Micron Pigma 08 (for lettering)  5. Micron Pigma Graphic Brush pen (for bold lettering occasional background work)  6. Kuretaki Sumi Brush Pen (my hardest working pen for borders and character lines) and 7. Papermate ProTouch II 0.5 Mechanical Pencil with 2B leads (brilliant for sketching and penciling).

More infor here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Getting Away With It

I've been pushing the envelope this past week with some of the strips I've put off publishing due to their potential controversial nature. Well, at least in the world of comic strips which is seen as a family-friendly environment.

First I took on evolution. Got a few negative comments over at GoComics although I don't think I'm really taking a position on anything here. But just the mention of it seems to rile some people up.

Yesterday my napping editor didn't call out my devil worshiping reference. Actually that's what "djÀvulsdyrkan" means in Swedish.  I wonder if the furniture names in the Stockholm Ikea are in English.

Today I got away with an exposed nipple.

Tomorrow?  Well I can't decide if I want to insult the prophet Mohammed or address Roe Vs. Wade.  Then again, just using the word "suck" is often enough to get you banned from some newspapers, unless you're talking about a vacuum cleaner of course.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Rabbits Against Aniversaries

Yes, it's been exactly five whole years to the day since I started on this daily comic strip experiment.  That's  the "wood" anniversary for those who care about such things. So to celebrate, here are all the May 3rd strips through the years.

The very first Rabbits strip from 2008.

The 2009 May 3rd strip was on a Sunday.  This was a pretty ambitious strip. I wouldn't attempt a background like that these days. 

2010 it looks like I actually remembered ahead of time to do an anniversary themed strip.

The 2011 strip fell in the middle of a series about a ventriloquist dummy, or "figure".  My coloring had become a bit more "mature" by this stage and the inking has become a lot more finesse.

By 2012 Lettuce had entered the strip and was already up to her usual antics.

And by pure coincidence, she features in the 2013 strip as well. This is the end of a week-long series where her eyes glow red when she misbehaves. At least that's what I think it's about.  Anyway, I'm off to hoist a few brews to celebrate. Cheers everyone and thanks for reading!