Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sunday, November 06, 2022

Cover Art for Short Story Anthologies

 Every year we publish an anthology of short stories by readers at the newssite fark.com.  I help edit it, and I do the artwork as well. Here is some of my favorite work from over the last 5 years.

Steamboat/Riverboat Casino theme for 2019

an element from every story in the anthology is shown being dragged into the wormhole - holy smokes, we had a story about a virus the very year before Covid 19 broke out!  should we feel guilty?

Mystery - woodcut style illustration of Magyck the goat dressed as a victorian detective, smoking a pipe,  standing beneath a tall streetlamp, walking stick in his other hand.
each year the antho is divided into 4 genres. Majyck the goat, a character in one of our first stories (by Brian Bander)  has become our unofficial mascot.  This year we opted for woodcut-style illustrations. here he is as a victorian detective, for our Mystery genre.

Magyck the goat as woodcut illustration of a dancing skeleton
Magyck the goat as woodcut illustration of a dancing skeleton for the Horror genre

magyck the goat as a medieval woodcut of a sea monster
magyck the goat as a medieval woodcut of a sea monster for the Fantasy tab

Magyck the goat crossed with a chicken eating a banana - obviously for the comedy section!

The squirrel is our other mascot. better not to ask.  But he has a penchant for sitting on slatted chairs.

yup. you're gonna need help pretty soon, squirrel.  this is from 2021, the year we all stayed home (if we were very lucky) and read books while death stalked the streets.

2020. the year the Plague hit.  Our sympathies to those who lost loved ones.

Majik makes us feel better, even when eating priceless antique manuscripts.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

The Little Prince and the Queen

a small ripoff of the great Antoine de Saint Exupery. Just a gift for some friends:  a couple whose travel photos included one picture of him as a long-haired youth wandering the sere lands of central Asia. happy and burned, and lots of photos of her sitting at a table alone smiling at some exotic breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, snack. Presumably he joined her after taking the photo.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

DIY - Four New Do-It-Yourself Tasks

Do it yourself:  we used to have experts help us with important things.  Now we have to be our own lawyers, publishers, travel agents, and accountants.  What's next?


Sunday, January 16, 2022

You Are Marching: MLK, Trekkie

Frame 1: we see a drawing of MLK at about 10, in his best sunday suit and tie, giving the vulcan salute and smiling. “You are marching,” Martin Luther King Jr., Trekkie. Frame 2: a picture of the Starship Enterprise flying through the deep space  “one of MLK’s contributions to civil rights began with his love of star trek.  Frame 3: Two little children watching a 1960’s era television on which Mr. Spock can be seen. “it was the only TV show he allowed his children to stay up and watch.” Fram 4: a picture of a beautiful young black woman in a Star Trek uniform busy at the communications console of a spaceship.  “One day, at an NAACP fundraiser, he met Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Commander Uhura.” Fram 5: We see King and Uhura at a gala ball, chatting together.   “Ms Nichols had just that week decided to leave the show. MLK advised her not to.  “You are marching,”  he said.” Frame 6: We see a little Whoopi Goldberg, only 9 years old, running happily in her living room, shouting “Come quick! Come quick! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!”.  “so she stayed...and was an inspiration for generations to come. “ Frame 7: A scene of the bridge on the starship, with 9 women in uniforms sitting and standing.  “as Captain Kirk said, and all the other captains would agree, There is no room for bigotry on the bridge.”   there are many other women captains in Star Trek - i just didn’t have enough room.   Names of the captains shown here  Capt. Erika Benteen Capt. Phillipa Louvois Capt. Rachel Garrett Capt. Tryla Scott Capt. Silva La Forge Capt. Philippa Georgiou Capt. Michael Burnham Capt. Kathryn Janeway Capt. Kasidy Yates-Sisko

 Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Sources:  https://screenrant.com/star-trek-female-captains/  | http://www.yurtopic.com/society/people/mlkjr-facts.html| Https://www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132942461/Star-Treks-Uhura-Reflects-On-MLK-Encounter