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Tag: Paul Fricke

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C'mon and Shine On with the Holy Rocka Rollaz!

Just released is a new album from The Holy Rocka Rollaz, and it sounds great! I did the art and design for the entire CD package, a six-panel fold out affair, which houses some fine '50s-style pop/rock inspired by the music of Buddy Holly, and others. It also features a couple hilarious novelty numbers, One Ball Daddy and Cindy Lee is a 38D (I'm working now on art for a music video for the latter - more on that at this blog, later).

Listen to song samples and order C'mon and Shine On from CD Baby, and check out the art, below. I'll post tomorrow about my creative process on this project.

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Front cover

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Lift the CD from the case, and see...

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Four panels from the interior comic book-style liner notes (sans text), which chronicles the origins and evolution of the band and album:

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The full cover spread

Rip the plastic wrap and it all looks like this:

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Click image for short instagram video

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Comics Man!

It's been two months since the last Intro to Comics class at MCAD, and I miss it. During that last session, some students gave me a sheet of drawings they'd done. Chan Chau kicked it off with the many moods of Mad Paul...

Most of these are more accurate than I'd like to admit.

Caroline saw me as a manga superhero:

Chan again, depicting me as a barrel-chested knight, as deluded as Don Quixote!

Brando's take:

HA! I may technically be a Baby Boomer, but I'm not quite that old. But once in a blue moon this Simon & Garfunkel fan is Feelin' Groovy.

Chan says I get this manga-like twinkle in my eye when I talk comics. I've heard this many times before, and it's even been caught on video (gotta share that someday).

Best I can figure Sugoi is a clothing outfit. What, do they sell Hawaiian shirts?!

And you can take the boy out of Chicago, but not Chicago out of the boy. Young Wisconsin cartoonist Jei sez I pronounce 'comics' thus:

Anyways, always and ever a Mid-Westerner.

Thanks, y'all! More Mad Paul comics coming soon...?

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Hai! Sensei!

After an exchange in class last week, one of my students whipped out this quick cartoon - LOL! I was incredulous, throwing my head back, laughing at the notion she plans to do a story 4-5 times the length required for her Final. I wasn't laughing at her, but bowled over by her audacity and confidence. A wonder to behold! And more yet, she'll no doubt pull it off and with panache. The Future of Comics is here, folks. We'd all best get our butts in gear! FYI - I am too large for my own good, do wear Hawaiian shirts, but go sans belt and do not tuck.

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Alphabeasts: F is for Fetch

A fetch is a supernatural double or apparition of a living person in Irish folklore, kinda like the German doppelgänger. A sighting of a fetch is generally taken as a portent of its exemplar's looming death, so this mythological creature resonated with me. I've been dealing with these types of thoughts and fears since my accident now over two years ago. The instant this image came to me, I envisioned it as a two-color illo, but I like the straight line art, too: just black & white.... I drew this up in Manga Studio, which I'm loving more each day. Here's my initial rough sketch (below). I inked over it on another layer with the MS pen tool. From the get-go, I saw this as a dark twist on the mirror scene in the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup. I didn't look up a photo or video until after I finished the drawing, but then I've seen it so many times, it's pretty much etched in my brain. Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical beastie any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out a cornucopia of crazy creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.

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Alphabeasts: B is for Bloody Bones

It's week 2 for the 26-week Alphabeasts project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical creature or beasty any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. For my part this time: Bloody Bones.

My goal is to mix up the medium or approach as dictated by the beast I choose each week, experiment and explore, but always with an eye on simplicity, design, composition and color. This dude was drawn in Manga Studio, colored in Photoshop. These creatures are open in most cases to wide interpretation. Rather than going with the pile of bones or skeleton in the kitchen cabinet, I opted for the bloody skeleton hovering over a pond. So much fun, and just in time for Halloween!

Check out the cornucopia of creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday!

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In Memory and Tribute: Steve Jobs • 1955-2011

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The Line Game: Grizzled Cowboy

I rotated my line counter-clockwise for my cowboy, starting with this line... Of course, when I did this squiggle, I had no idea what it might end up being. Others did an old man face (not far from what I saw in it at first), others a parrot, a dancing lady, a shell.... You'd be surprised what folks see in each line! Do one of your own at the Line Game blog, hosted by artist, Carsten Bradley. You can rotate the line it any direction you'd like, just don't alter the original line otherwise. C'mon - it's fun!

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September is Bedbugs Awareness Month!

Cute, cartoony Bedbugs from my Night of the Bedbugs kid's book, that is! Spread Bedbugs Awareness: • Email us your mailing address and receive a FREE color Bedbugs sketch (approx 3"x5") and tattoo. (If you have more than one child, please send names). bedbugsmonth@bedbugsmania.comSHARE with a friend to qualify for a larger Bedbugs sketch or signed book. Have your friend follow step 1 (above) and make sure they mention "(Your Name) sent me!" • Write and post a review of the book at your blog or amazon.com. Send us a link to qualify for a larger Bedbugs sketch or signed book. • Post a link at your site to http://bedbugsmania.com/ with the official Bedbugs ribbon image. • Give someone a Bedbug Hug! Below is a smaller image of the official Bedbugs Awareness ribbon:

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Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Man

Seriously, I'm not in a bad mood. I just went grubby for a few days, so had my daughter snap this pic with a double light source, me in a new shirt, behind me the block glass in our art studio. A change of pace from my cheery Bedbugs author photo, anyway!

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Self Portrait

I'm not in as bad a mood as it looks, thank heaven. Not a great likeness, but there you go. I did this one straight up with the Pentel Pocket Brush, no pencils. Also quickly worked up a version in blue... Since SketchMonth in March, I've been part a weekly sketch blog, trying my best to contribute each week. Check out the other artists' scribblings there, and if you're an artist - C'mon, join in!

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