Saturday, August 29, 2009

possible cartoon map work?

Hey, all. I heard from our fellow SHC Joe Attaway yesterday that there may be a good deal of cartoon map work available. This is not through the group that I was doing so many maps for (see my map blog), but through somebody else.

I told Joe about a couple of cartooneestas who I thought might be interested, and I guess he'll contact them. But in case they're not available, perhaps you'd like to throw your hat into the ring. If so, contact Joe through his email address at the bottom of THIS PAGE!

To see a huge map Joe drew, which I then did the coloring and signs on, click HERE.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tim Hollis on TV

As you may know, our fellow SHC Tim Hollis has a museum of vintage cartoon memorabilia attached to his house.

Last night, there was a story about it on WBRC, as part of Janet Hall's Every Now and Then series. For those of us who haven't visited yet, it seems to paint a good portrait of Tim and all his stuff. Watch the story HERE, (after a 15-second commercial).

Monday, August 17, 2009

More forgeries

This time I mined the rich field of chipiana.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

favorite old comics moments

Ah, those were the days! Here's one of my favorite moments from the old Batman comic. There was just something about the "golden age" that we moderns lack. Well, what can you do. Anyway, I thought I'd share this since many people skip ahead directly to the Frank Miller/Jim Lee version, and forget all the history that came before...

Friday, August 14, 2009

productive week being non-productive

every week on brian bendis' jinxworld forums, there is a weekly art challenge. usually it's something like draw batman from the neck up or something simple...

this week: create a criterion collection dvd cover for a non-criterion movie. i have had an absolute blast making these things.

click for larger size:


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SHC Newsletter 002 / ballot

I just emailed all SHC members with a newsletter / voting ballot. You vote by emailing back yeas or nays on 8 questions in that email. If anybody didn't receive the email, check your spam filter. If need be, email me, and I'll resend. cgarrison[at]

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Don Stewart web site

A bit of news from our fellow SHC Don Stewart:

I wanted to let you know about my new & improved web site, still It comes complete with a new Blog,

Check frequently for fast-breaking news and human interest stories (hey, they interest me, and I’m often in a human mood) - not the least of which will be an announcement of my 50th birthday party near the end of the month. (Cheap cake, flat soda, and great deals on art.)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Salty 'Ham Slam 3 - planning stage

Hey all. I've booked the J for the next slam, on Sunday, September 13th, 2009, from 2 - 5. So mark your calendars now! More info HERE.

drawings added

I just went back and added some of the artwork that was created during the 2nd Salty 'Ham Slam to the post-slam post. So scroll down 2 posts and look at it!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Monday, August 3, 2009

Salty 'Ham Slam 2 - On Reflection

Our second meeting had a lower turnout, perhaps because of scattered showers (?). Several people who I hoped to see did not show; hopefully they'll come to future meetings.

We had a great time, though. Present were Chris Fason, Garth Potts, Kirk Creel, Tim Rocks, Chris Rosko, Sam McDavid, and myself. (And guest Paul Godbey.)

The meeting benefitted, in my opinion, from some purposefully imposed structure. From 2:00 to 3:00, we put some art out on the table that we could all look at, and just talked about stuff in general.

At 3:00, I talked about issues facing the group, and everybody gave good input. We're going to let all members vote on what directions SHC will take, so watch for upcoming emails about that.

Next, we started drawing. (Here's what Brian Ratigan drew in my sketchbook, when I ran into him a few days before the slam -- )

I asked everybody to draw in my sketchbook. We'd been talking about Free Comic Book Day, so I guess that's what inspired the following sketch by Tim Rocks. Tim, does this refer to the free comics of our youth, like the ones that advertised Captain D's, or Radio Shack's Tandy TRS-80 computer?

Chris Fason drew this very Fasonesque bear in briefs:

Kirk Creel doodled this dog with delightfully human feet. This poor animal is definitely no longer enthused about life:

Chris Rosko drew this roller-skating alien (or is he a Lovecraftian ancient god? Could be Cthulhu's cousin Kevin.) I subsequently colored him in PhotoShop:

Here's an exquisite corpse we did. 4 artists each drew one quadrant, without the benefit of being able to see the other quadrants. All you have to go on is the ends of the lines sticking into your part of the page, so that the stuff will connect.

Chris Garrison (that's me) drew the snake section; Sam McDavid drew the tongue portion; Chris Rosko created the quarter with the Gnuh!; and Chris Fason did the bubble-blowing mice.

Here's an odd collaborative effort:

Errant head by Fason; dog by me; creature by Rosko; Twinkies by Rocks; pterodactyl (?) by McDavid, maybe?

Here's a wacky comic jam:

Panel one by Chris Garrison; panel 2 was drawn by Chris Fason, but he didn't have a caption, so Sam McDavid wrote one for him; Tim Rocks drew the shocking panel three, which we all had to admit, after panel 2, made perfect sense; Chris Rosko drew panel 4; Kirk Creel did panel 5; and I returned to finish the jam with the 6th panel.

And here's another delightful comic jam:

Chris Garrison started this one with panel 1; Kirk Creel drew out the suspense with panel 2; and Sam McDavid drew the hilarious third panel. The jam was then passed to Chris Rosko, who said that panel three should be the ending. Everyone agreed, so Rosko wrote "The End" on there.

People ate cookies and candy, and fun was had. I think Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas has transitioned from what I've been calling "an online list of / gallery for cartoonists" into "a cartoonists' club with a web site." That might sound like a subtle distinction, but I think it's a big deal.