Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Top Hat Tautology that was my 2013 Comic-Con

I've had Top Hats on my mind a LOT lately and I can't begin to hazard a guess why.
I've had a thing about how cool top hats are since I wore on when I was 10 years old as part of charity ball pint-sized honor guard for President Truman in 1961.
Actually I don't remember wearing the top hat at all but pictures don't lie...that' me alright.

It's all rather funny because over most of my life I rarely wore hats voluntarily.
(Now I do for health reasons)
But I sure do love drawing hats...the sillier the better.

Late last spring to start hand crafting little bits of leguminous treasure.
Pretty early on I stumbled upon these wee top hats in a crafts catalog.
I ordered them without knowing what I might do with 'em.
The main result is shown below:

I didn't really have a name for 'em--didn't matter 'cuz every kid that came to my table at Comic-Con under the age of 10 instantly called them "Magic Beans" and who am I to say differently?
So that's what they are.

Also seen in the pic are a few of the little rings I made.
The rings were an afterthought after a suggestion by Charles Brownstein
who said "Those DC Green Lantern rings are pretty popular" when he came through town in May.

He is right of course, I still have my Black Lantern ring that someone gave me years ago.
So I ordered some inexpensive blank, expandable  bases and cooked up rings.
I didn't make very many and I was happily surprised at how fast the were adopted off my table.
This one picture is worth a thousand words:

I've barely cracked the surface of what loony Leguminous Finger Loops can be.
I suspect they will be a permanent staple for a while to come.

The drawing below has nothing to do with anything except I drew it at Comic-Con.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


This is the fifth year that cbldf and tfaw teamed up for the annual San Diego Comic-Con auction. 
A great overview of my participation in the project is here.
Below is the actual artwork I donated to the auction. 
I was very pleased with the result and will be doing other works like it in the future.

As is my habit as a doodler, I drew somethings on the cards during the run of the con.
I used sketches in the Goofy Service Doodle Books as springboards.
A gallery of the TFAW cards that made it back to the studio can be found here.

Monday, July 15, 2013


Small Press
A whole lot of leguminous stuff the
likes of which you've never seen before!

Lots of one-of-a-kind unique handcrafted (yes, by me) items

(Well some of you have seen a few of these before...
but no one has seen them all!)