Bugs of Ball Point: Shinglewing


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Demented Detroit: Contemporary Comics and Cartoons from the Motor City

I’m in a show opening this Friday at Henry Ford Community College’s Sisson Gallery. It’s curated by Sean Bieri (who is no stranger to this blog) and features a bunch of extremely talented local folks (some of whom also have done sketches I already have or will eventually post here, too).

More info: Featuring comics and illustrations created by eleven area artists, “Demented Detroit” is an eclectic sampler of cartoon artwork, including humor, horror, whimsy, adventure, social commentary and more. With art by James Anderson, Suzanne Baumann, Sean Bieri, Matt Feazell, Victor Green, Kelly Guillory, Jane Irwin, Kelly Larson, Crystal Mielcarek, Vicki Shepherd and Ted Woods. The show runs thru March 20.

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Bugs of Ball Point: Shoal Roller


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Dante’s Furnace (Pompton Lakes, NJ)

Restaurant_DantesFurnaceNew sketchbook theme, as promised. These are restaurant names I found in a 1966 edition of the National Restaurant Association member directory. The Association still exists, but no longer publishes a list of members.

Dante’s Furnace seems to be long gone. The only evidence I was able to find of its existence was this 2-sentence observation  from a 1964 New Yorker article.

As for the artist on this one: I’m not sure. All I remember is that I met him that same day, and he was pretty excited about getting to make a literary reference.

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Bugs of Ball Point: Rosemauler


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BRAVO CONE: “Motto — Remain as the delicious and loveable cone from all nations forever.”


by Craig Bogart

Craig Bogart is the creator of The Ineffables and part of the PANEL collective. His website seems to be down right now.

As for Bravo Cone, the Haitai corporate site says: Bravo Cone, which was first launched in 1970, has become a leading ice cream brand through the commercial music song “Let’s meet at 12. Bravo Cone!” Bravo Cone has been recorded in the Korean Guinness Book as the oldest ice cream product. Bravo Cone is the best and the oldest ice cream in Korea and will continue to build its fame and reputation.

That “commercial music songhas been used since the 1970s. It’s quite the earwormBuu-ra-bo Co-oone!”

Also, while I don’t think this is a Bravo Cone commercial, I feel compelled to share it: Apparently, the 1980s gave South Korea an ice cream cone that comes with a free Love Is… sticker?

We’ve reached the end of the Haitai sketchbook. New sketchbook theme next week! Stay tuned.

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Bugs of Ball Point: Brother Hangup



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HOMETOWN HOMEMADE DUMPLINGS: “For abundance, great taste comes from the cook’s fingers!”



by Jim Ottaviani

I asked Jim O. if he remembered drawing this and he responded: I think it’s mine. The writing sure looks like my own, but it’s hard to tell about the image. I don’t draw often enough or well enough to have a distinctive style…

Jim Ottaviani is the writer and all-round mastermind behind G.T. Labs, which boasts a fine library of biographical and historical fiction comics about scientists. A new one is in the works. His blog is well worth a read, too.

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A Return to Forum

MSUCFheaderAnnouncing a new addition to the schedule: I’ll be participating in the Artists’ Alley of the 2014 MSU Comics Forum in Lansing, MI this February 22nd. The forum actually kicks off on Friday the 21st with keynote speaker Stan Sakai, so come both days if you can!

I haven’t set up in Artist’s Alley for this show in a couple of years and I’m looking forward to coming back. I’ll have minicomics which haven’t shown there before; including, if all goes according to plan, a brand new comic (the first in a brand new series)! Things are brewing here at Fridge-Mag HQ. More news soon.

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Bugs of Ball Point: Random Nuisance



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