Saturday, January 31, 2009

Random Showcase - Chris Rosko

I've been noticing more continuity in the recent installments of Cartoon by: Rosko. Here's a 6-part series!:

To see more, click on Photos in Rosko's myspace.

All this pinching reminds me of an old sketchbook page of mine, from 1996, depicting a lecherous "Mr. Cat." -

Monday, January 19, 2009

Murder Most Foul

Check out this mystery game that SHC Stephen Smith put up on his Birmingham Free Press web site: Murder Most Foul

Roam the streets of B'ham as you try and figure out who murdered Anna Himalaya! The game features some lovely art by Stephen, and some very nice photos of the city.

The Anna Himalaya story was originally printed years ago (when the Birmingham Free Press was actually in print), with the futuristic date of March 12, 2009. Now that this date is nearly upon us, the Anna Himalaya issue will be returning to the streets of the city. Look for Birmingham Free Press boxes to start popping up in March.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Us

...well, somebody!

Monday, January 12, 2009


I'd just like to say I love that Frankie Fowl!

me again

In reply to Chris's comments here:

Actually a couple of other guys created the backstory and were developing that video game. I just did some artwork for them to put together a little demo. It would have been a pretty cool game, I guess. I am not into video games so I can't really evaluate them, but it seemed pretty cool to me. It was called "Space Cadets" and it had something to do with an alien Police Academy, if I recall correctly.

ANYWAY - no graphic novel coming from me on that one, but I have just started serializing a Crazy Boss graphic novel on jabberous. If I can stick with it, it will probably take about two years to get this thing finished, so wish me luck. In the meantime, I think it may be interesting to watch this thing slowly unfold backwards.

Happy Birthday SHJ!

See birthday info below. Which prompted me to get in here and post something. Here it is. A few years ago I worked on these paintings for a video game proposal that never made it beyond the development room of the company that was developing it. Last weekend I cut up all of the scattered little paintings and am going to group them into collaged paintings that I can sell at a con, or hang on a wall, or something... someday... I took this pic to remind myself how to arrange it all if/when I get back to working on it, then I stuffed them all in an envelope, where they will probably sit until doomsday, but hey, that's me, Unfinished Martin!

Fun fact - January 11 is my brother's birthday too! Now I will never forget Salty Ham's birthday again!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our One Year Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, everybody! Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas is one year old. No, I didn't buy you any flowers. But I did make you this crazy quilt, from images on the main SHC page.

I put this image close to the top of the main SHC page, in the Mission Statement post.

There's a square for each member (38, so far, plus a square for the ham mascot, and a square for the Salty 'Ham Jam, so that it adds up to an even 40 squares). If you'd prefer a different image in your square, just email it to me, and I'll change it out. cgarrison[at] Please make it 2" x 2", RGB, at 72 dpi.

At some point, I want to transform the main SHC page from a blog-style-thing into a real web page. Do any of you web-savvy cartooneestas have any ideas about that? I mean, suggestions about hosting or design, etc.? Offers of help, perhaps?

I want to keep up the search for new recruits, but I'm really busy on my current project. So please, if you know any folks you think should join up, send them to the site. You never know when it'll come in handy to have these connections! Maybe you'd like to visit some of the artists in this Coalition of the Unwilling list, and bug them about signing on.

Here are a few nice results from the existence of Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas, that I know of so far:

I went to see my fellow SHC Chris Fason at the local sci-fi convention, and I bought some of his comic books. I wouldn't have been in touch with him, if it weren't for the SHC page.

I thought about applying for a grant from the Cultural Alliance, but I'd pretty much decided my chances of getting it were too slim to even try. Fellow SHC Don Stewart encouraged me to apply anyway. Thanks to his goading, I applied after all, and I got the grant! I wouldn't have been in touch with him, if it weren't for the SHC page. (Of course he's shaking his fist in the air now, because I got the grant, and he didn't. This is why we should never try to help others.)

I hired my fellow SHC Tim Rocks to assist me on my grant project. I think Tim is enjoying the money he's being paid, along with getting an entree into the world of cartoon animation. I wouldn't have been in touch with him, if it weren't for the SHC page. Also, when Tim was part way through working on his recent comic story (Frankie Fowl Adventures), he put it aside and started letting it languish. I encouraged him to finish it, and he did! So now we can all enjoy the fruits of his labor, partly due to my bothering him about it. And it wouldn't have happened, if not for Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas.

I was able to tell some SHC's about some possible cartoon map jobs that were available. I haven't gotten the latest scoop, but last I heard, it sounded like a couple of them just might actually be taking those gigs. Chalk up more points for Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas! (unless those guys turn out to hate drawing cartoon maps or something)

Has anybody else made any helpful connections through the page? If so, please relate them in the comments below. Or shoot me an email about it. cgarrison[at] Thanks!

Frankie Fowl clips

As you know, our fellow SHC Tim Rocks recently completed a nifty 20-page comic story, called Frankie and the Money Bags.

In case any of y'all still haven't read it, I thought I'd just post some of my favorite bits, here. To whet your whistle. Tim, is this okay with you? I'm trying to avoid any real spoilers.

These are just a few of my favorite drawings and gags:

And that's just SOME of the fun to be had, when you read the whole thing.