Saturday, February 27, 2010

Neil Gaiman in Alabama

Neil Gaiman gave a reading in Tuscaloosa, on February 18th. Our fellow SHC Andrew Willmore was in attendance; you can read about it on his blog, HERE. And you can read Neil Gaiman's take on it, HERE.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Class Warrior

This is a custom t-shirt design I just made for a friend of mine based on an idea he had.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Did y'all know that your fellow SHC Ed Abernathy has a YouTube channel? GO THERE and check out the over-the-shoulder drawing videos he's posted. Why is it always so fun to watch cartoonists at work?

And Ed, why do you always save the pupils for last?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

that reminds me

The post below prompts me to try to get rid of some stuff I have too.. Maybe several of us could team up and have a big SHC garage sale? I don't have much of a yard to do it myself. Nor maybe enough stuff.

some items would be:
-a giant light-table (I think I listed this here once?)
-a very antiquated fax-machine/phone (but in working order)
-a big box of art books and unusual books
-a cheap Lexmark printer that may print with a thin streak, or may not if you can figure it out
-a good quality standing bike pump

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Art / Yard Sale

Our fellow SHC Pat Snow is having an art sale on Friday, and a yard sale on Saturday. More info:

Start Time: Friday, February 19, 2010 at 5:00pm
End Time: Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:00pm
Location: 549 59th Street S. Birmingham Alabama 35212

I am having an Art/Yard Sale. I am cleaning the house/studio and raising funds to buy supplies for several shows I have in the fall. (Why is the paper I like $84 dollars a sheet at retail?)

Anyway, Friday the 19th (5pm - 9ish) I will have a lot of drawings and paintings in the house for sale at very low prices ... Shhh, don't tell the collectors! I have drawings and paintings that have never been shown, and probably won't be shown, that I need to move to make room for new work. I will take cash, checks and credit cards.

Then Saturday the 20th, I am having a yard sale. There will be big art books, art supplies, easels, clothes, old photos, kitchen stuff, Alabama football stuff, tables, tools, power tools, cds, dvds, musical instuments, foot pedals, mexican figurines ... If I haven't used it in the last couple of years, it will be for sale ... It's sorta like spring cleaning of the soul ...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tim Hollis Interview

Remember our fellow SHC Tim Hollis, the accomplished author with his own museum of pop culture ephemera and cartoon memorabilia? Well, he was recently interviewed on WBHM's Tapestry! If you didn't catch it on the radio, you can find a link that allows you to download the 5-minute piece HERE (scroll down to this picture).

Sunday, February 7, 2010

volunteer opportunity

Want to paint some cute, cuddly murals, for free? I found this on a bulletin board at UAB, outside a painting room:

Hello, my name is Martin Taylor, and I work for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Our executive director is interested in artistically painting some of the rooms in our facility to provide a more comfortable place for pets, and a more visually appealing and educational atmosphere for potential adopters. She would like to have students from local universities complete the project, as she feels it is a good volunteer opportunity, as well as a way to leave a mark on something permanent, that will help increase the facility's educational tools. All supplies will be provided by GBHS. If you could please help us with this endeavor, or know someone else who might, please feel free to call me at 205.397.8539, at your convenience.

Thank you,
Martin Taylor
Director of Development
Greater Birmingham Humane Society -
direct: 205.397.8539
I thought maybe some Salty 'Ham Cartooneesta could have fun at this, if the job allows for enough creativity on the part of the artist. You could get some practice at painting on walls, and add some mural work to your portfolio. If you don't mind working for free. And hey, it's for a good cause!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

And Then There Were Five

. . . five Chris's in the Salty 'Ham Cartooneestas, that is. You're familiar with Chris Fason, Chris Rosko, Chris Davis, and me, Chris Garrison. Now meet the new one, Chris Adkins!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

KoronisFest PSA/Poster Competition

Here's an announcement from the UAB School of Public Health: They're having a PSA/Poster Competition. Want to do some public health-oriented animation or poster work (or a live-action spot)? Your work could be screened at KoronisFest (at the UAB School of Public Health), and you could win an award and a cash prize. There's a tight deadline, though: March 12, 2010. More info HERE.

If you have any questions that aren't answered there, email:

Steve Rudd - steverudd[at]
Joan Ohrn - johrn[at]

Monday, February 1, 2010

Student Art

I've just been scanning and restoring old slides of some of my high school and college art. I put up 12 pieces on my sketch blog. They're not that great, but if you want to check 'em out, go HERE.