Friday, April 13, 2007

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut

"Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time."

My favorite author of all time, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., died on April 11th in Manhattan. He was 84. We was a humanist and a humorist of the highest order. He had fallen at his Manhattan home several weeks prior an suffered irreversible brain injury. So it goes.

He was most famous for his novel Slaughterhouse-Five, but I've read and treasured all of his 14 plus novels. Cat's Cradle, Mother Night, Breakfast of Champions and The Sirens of Titan are among my favorites. If you haven't read any of his novels, do yourself a favor and pick one up. They are a pure delight in every way to read.

My favorite quote from Mother Night is "we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."

And from The Books of Bokonon in Cat's Cradle:

Tiger got to hunt,
Bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder why, why, why?

Tiger got to sleep,
Bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand

His epitaph for the human race was "we could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap." And for himself:

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:


God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I Grew up on Groo

Every year the San Diego Comic Con publishes an official program book with tribute drawings for various characters celebrating milestones and anniversaries. This year is the 25th anniversary of Sergio Aragones' "Groo" one of my favorite comics as a kid. You could say I grew up on Groo...

As a member of CAPS, we did a "Group of Groos," a jam piece with each artist drawing Groo in their own style! Since my take wasn't going to be exact, on-model Groo, I thought I'd draw an actor in the role of Groo on the set of Groo: The Movie. Fun to do! Viva El Groo!

Monday, April 02, 2007

More Monkeys

More monkey designs for an upcoming children's book. A cute lil' chimp and a big ol' gorilla.