What would happen if you wore a Swatch watch today?

A Swatch watch adds cache and the smell of plastic to your manicured hand.
"We see a lot of gentlemen turn their lives around with the right Swatch watch."

It’s a wonder those talented artists at Illustration Friday allow me in their group. The subject this week is CLIQUE.

Remember when people thought wearing a Swatch watch meant you were in the “in” group? Well, I still think that way! I just love them, and I must have a dozen of them, mostly bought on ebay. I love the plastic, the colors, the really exquisite art work and design. They get the top designers in all areas to do work for these watches, and it shows.

The only downside is that after 3 or 4 years (or less or more) the plastic starts to crack on the band. :(  I wear them until they fall off, but it still makes me sad that they’re kind of human that way. Also, does anyone know of a store that sells them at discount prices? They cost way too much in the Swatch store in the mall in LA. read more

The mysterious and funny Jones is in my top 8.

Oh, I guess I should say I have lots of great, great friends in MySpace, but some are more special than others.

I don’t know who Jones is, and I can’t remember how we became (MySpace) friends. Is he a sitcom writer? A latenight standup comedian? He seems to have a lot of friends from Phil Hendrie… Or is he just an ordinary funny Joe? In any case, I hope he’s very highly paid.

I check out his bulletins every time I spot one. (And on MySpace, a good portion of bulletins are mind-numbing tedious surveys of 30 or 40 questions that explore WHO YOU REALLY ARE, in case you forget.) Here’s Jones’ latest bulletin (which looks mysteriously like a Facebook quiz.) read more

My first Sarah Palin cartoon, gun included.

I am all kinds of thrilled that I’ve been invited to submit political cartoons about the election to a major publication!!

I’ve never done any editorial cartoons before. (My father used to suggest that if I did them, I would be a “real” cartoonist,  but fortunately – I think it wasn’t until he held my first book in his hands – that mantra has stopped, or at least slowed down. Well, here I am, Dad!)

I don’t know any cartoonists who mix the genres, actually; you’re either funny or serious, and I always choose funny! (Plus, what about those arrows and signs and symbols and nametags and scrawling ink splotches all over everything in editorial drawings? Kind of messy.)

I have certainly made my opinions known about Los Angeles political figures in my Los Angeles blog, but I’ve never thought of cartooning as my favorite way to prove anything. Words are faster.  So no LA cartoons…but national politics are easier to find the humor in, I find!

This current campaign season certainly has the drama, and so I’m ready to dive right in and try something out of my comfort zone! (Plus I always like the challenge of studying something new to make fun of.)

One of the caveats of this project was: Don’t try out for a Pulitzer, please.

Speak for yourself, sir. Aim high. I have a few ideas simmering, but I thought I’d present this one here, as an example of how to rework, work it, baby.

The Drawing
Hope you can read the caption: Sarah Palin as a child with gun: &#