Oh! Hello there! Back again already? Well, we are more than halfway through October now and Halloween is rapidly approaching! I don't know where time goes exactly, but it sure would be nice if we had more of it every so often. But enough rambling. It's time for some art! Enjoy...
Zombie Boy, has long been a dear friend of mine. He was the first big artist to befriend me on Twitter and has become a mentor in many regards. Much like Tim Green, there aren't enough words to describe how great these guys are and how much I love their art. Hopefully the Halloween spirit has inspired some new comics from them!
That's all for this week. Come back next time for some inspired Halloween art and a message from Bubble Fox himself! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Welcome back CRAZIES!!! We are now in the art portion of October! And I couldn't think of a better way to kick things off then with an homage to the evilest little girl in ALL of comics! Who is this little hell cat you say? Scroll down to find out! Enjoy...
Well, that's all for today. We'll be back next week with an homage to another web comic pal that's equally spooky and fun! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Well, that's all for today. We'll be back next week with an homage to another web comic pal that's equally spooky and fun! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Sexy Dumb And Dumber cosplay. Some things just aren't meant to be sexy!
Hey Arnold! cosplay! "Helga" had the perfect unibrow going there!
Cholo Peanuts! This is a variant I can get behind!
Some great The Mask cosplay happening here!
My favorite cosplay of the con! Hard to tell in the pic, but his vest and "Lightning" lit up!
Couldn't get to close to this dude. He nearly put an eye out!
Spy vs. Spy, friendship is mayhem!
And the most creative use of a "Hoverboard" award goes to Aladdin!
One of the cooler things LBCC has is the laser tag arena they put up in the exhibit hall every year. They also had a gaming arena set up on giant screens where people took part in Mario Kart and Smash Bros tournaments the whole weekend!
She put a spell on Billy!
Slapshot cosplay! It's about friggin time!
She's Mary Poppins y'all!
"Peace among worlds!"
The Justice League was there and ready to take on their worst foes yet: Film Critics!
Sorry dude. The Festival Of Fools is in Washington, DC right now!
His spidey sense was tingling at the thought of a non-MCU Venom movie!
I've seen plenty of Mad Eye Moody cosplay since the Goblet of Fire came out, but this is easily the best one!
Little Flash, meet R2!
One step ahead of the Sith...
The new It hadn't come out yet, but I'm almost certain Pennywise cosplay will be dominating all the cons next year!
And that was Long Beach Comic Con 2017. Despite the circumstances leading into the weekend, I still had a good time. It was somewhat of a down year for LBCC. Attendance-wise, it was probably the most people I've ever seen there. Doing it during Labor Day weekend helped as they didn't have to compete with the NFL on Sunday this time. However, they also did it during the same weekend as DragonCon in Atlanta and Fan Expo in Toronto, so many of the big name vendors that usually go to LBCC weren't there. At least 13 regulars that I see there every year didn't come. Hopefully next year they'll be back. I did get some awesome action figure and trading card scores at least! I'm always on the look out for obscure treasures, and one booth had them in spades! Overall, I needed a weekend away and it helped out a lot. It was a good time and I look forward to being back next year!
That's all for today my CRAZIES. We'll be back next week with some art celebrating the very personification of Halloween! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
To understand my dad is like studying nuclear physics. He was as complex as he was hilarious. I suppose a little back story is needed here to understand the kind of man he was.
My dad, sometime in the 1970's, surfing San Diego's famed Imperial Beach
My dad's full name was Dante Alejandro Esparza. He was born and raised in San Diego. He loved sports, especially track and football, and thrived in both sports. To this day, he's still regarded as Montgomery High School's best football player, even winning the Golden Helmet Award in 1974 as San Diego's top high school football player. After high school, he worked construction and surfed. He loved surfing. It was about the only time he ever seemed to be at peace with life when he was out riding the waves. He was one of Imperial Beach's most popular surfers and amassed a large collection of custom boards from legendary IB board maker, Jay Novak. The art at the top of this page features a take on his trademark board. He loved it so much, he often referred to it as his third son. From there, he got married and started a family. He was often called "Big" Dante by friends and family, especially after my older brother was born and named Dante as well. Things pretty much went south from there.
My dad with his granddaughter, Kristen, in 2008
At some point in his teens, my dad got hooked on drugs. Like most addicts, he started small and worked his way up. For a while, he seemed to have somewhat of a grip on things, but then his dad passed away, and depression hit him hard. Soon after, he lost all drive and ambition. After several years, my mom could no longer take his antics. As more time passed and more bridges were burned, he sunk to new lows and worse habits. For the rest of his life, he'd never be the dad I knew as a kid.
"Big" Dante with my brother, "Little" Dante behind him and his grandson, "Littlest" Dante, on his shoulders, in 2008
As my brother and I got older, we remembered the good days with our dad. His funny stories. His insane practical jokes. His ability to make any situation, no matter how bad it was, fun. We saw the good that was still hidden deep within and wanted to help him. Sadly, it just wasn't meant to be. Years and years of drug abuse took their toll on him, both physically and mentally. He often thought we were keeping him locked up when in reality, his multiple conditions just didn't allow for him to do anything. It was heartbreaking to go through. He'd already suffered one serious stroke prior to the big one. When the second stroke hit, we knew it was over. After 20 months of suffering, he finally passed on.
My dad and I front and center, with my Uncle Bruno beside my dad and my Uncle Victor beside me, in 2002
Could have, would have, should have will always be the sad tale that was my dad's life. In the end, it's not gonna change anything that happened. I know I loved him. He knew I loved him. My brother and I did everything humanly possible to help him. You just can't win them all. These days, I do think of the bad times. That can't be helped. But I think of the good times too. Thankfully, there are many to remember. When I think of my dad, I think of a funny fat man who wore rainbow suspenders and knee-high socks, despite looking ridiculous. I think of an avid Chargers fan who stuck with them no matter what. I think of the great cook who barbecued better than anyone. I think of a man who even at nearly 300lbs at one point could still outrun and out-surf anyone who challenged him. But more than that, I think of a man who was generous to a fault that would not hesitate to give you the shirt off his back if you asked him. When my first car died, he gave me a fairly new one without even asking him. When my brother needed a home, dad gave him his. If that's doesn't count for a good heart, I don't know what does.
Father and sons, May 1987
Alexander Pope once said "To err is human." If there's any truth in that quote, my dad was certainly the most human of us all. He wasn't perfect, but who is? He was simply human, as fragile and frail as any. Dante Alejandro Esparza was called many things during his lifetime. I just called him dad.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Sheesh! Try saying the title of today's post five times fast! We are now more than halfway past September 2017! So much time passes so quickly these days. I keep thinking there's a big box somewhere that all the lost time falls into, but alas, I've yet to find it. But at least we got art to keep us entertained until that box of lost time is found, right? Anyhoo, enough chit chat, here's some art! Enjoy...
Poor little bunny. Well, he's actually a fairly big bunny now, but still, he just seems so startled by it all! It's not his fault he makes such an adorable balloon! This theme came from the Daily Doodle who put out the idea of a bear and bunny. I figured there just wasn't enough alliteration with a bear and bunny, so I tossed a balloon in as well! But then I thought to myself, "Why stop there? Why not make the bunny a balloon?" Next thing I know, a simple drawing becomes a one-panel gag cartoon! See? These things practically write themselves sometimes!
And that's wrap for today! We'll be switching gears next week and close out September with a look back at my recent trip to Long Beach Comic Con. So recent in fact that as of this writing, it hasn't actually happened yet! I think I might be qualified to be a Timelord at this point! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
And we are back! September is chugging along at a frantic pace, or at least I assume it is. I write these well in advance, so I tend to do a lot of guessing here. What I can say is that it IS a new week, and that calls for some NEW art! So here it is! Enjoy...
Hippos are quite the snappy dressers! My memory fails me again here as to whether or not this theme was from Sketch Dailies or the Daily Doodle. All I can recall was that the theme itself was to simply draw a hippo, and I felt he needed to be jazzed up a bit. Enter a top hat, cane and bowtie, and you got one dapper hippo! Thanks to cartoons, I've spent my entire life thinking that all one needs to be fancy is simply to add a top hat and bowtie to their wardrobe. If I ever actually get nominated for an award, I'll be sure to wear both to the ceremony!
And that's all she wrote today. We'll be back next time with a goofy bear and his "Uplifting" method of cartoon alliteration! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
September is upon us CRAZIES!!! We have unofficially hit Fall, which means my favorite time of the year is here! Pumpkins and vanilla! Turkey and stuffing! HALLOWEEN!!! I know school's back for so many, but aren't these awesome holidays more than enough to soften the blow? Besides, school was actually more fun in the Fall, probably because we had so many wonderful events to look forward to! But that's enough of that. Y'all came to see some art, and I intend to deliver! Enjoy...
Good old Horton. Loyal to a fault and more dedicated than any to his job! I can't recall whether this was a Daily Doodle or Sketch Dailies theme, but one of them said to draw Horton the Elephant, so I did! Of course, I took a bit of CRAZY license with it, implying that Horton himself laid the egg! Elephants are a lot of fun to draw. Their shapes are simple, making them natural cartoon critters. I really need to draw them more often!
And that's all for this week! Hope you enjoyed my Fall Kickoff. We'll be back next week with another rotund critter looking to step out! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Anyway, before we jump into today's art, I figured I'd give y'all a heads up about the start of Guest Month over at Bubble Fox. September has more or less become the one break I take each year from cartooning as it's pretty busy for me at work and on the home front. So to help me get a little relief, some dear pals have stepped in to take the reigns of making sure that Bubble and his pals are thoroughly inflated with enough CRAZY gas to keep them floating the whole month while I'm gone! It'll be a fun time for all, so be sure to stop by and take a look! Anyway, speaking of Bubble Fox, his girlfriend Willow is the star of today's post! Enjoy...
They don't get any more fantastic than Willow! This was a Daily Doodle post that asked for fox art. It was also coming off the heels of a Roald Dahl-themed week that also had a Fantastic Mr. Fox day, so I thought I'd present another fox who's equally fantastic, if not more! Bubble may be the star of the comic, but Willow is definitely one of the most popular characters in the series. I always enjoy creating stories centered around her. She's the lone voice of reason in a world full of wiseguys!
And that's all she wrote for August. I guess I should also mention that my break only affects the Bubble Fox site as this blog will still have new artwork posted to it. Why this site and not the other? Simple. The work for the blog's cartoons aren't as time consuming! Anyway, we'll kickoff September right, I promise! I'll also be walking around at the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend, so be sure to say "Hi" if you spot me! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Welcome back CRAZIES!!! Hard to believe, but August, and Summer, is almost over! The older I get, the more time seems to speed up. It seems like the month's we're supposed to have the most fun in go even faster than others! I suppose that's just the way it is, but hey! At least we got a dancing duck to soften the blow a little bit, right? Enjoy...
He's got rhythm! I'm pretty sure this was a Daily Doodle theme as they simply wanted a duck. Well, ducks are right up there with cats as being naturally cartoony, so I went a few steps ahead and made him a dancing duck! For those unfortunate enough to have lived through the 70's, disco music reigned supreme throughout the decade. Among the numerous one-hit wonders the genre produced was a parody song by Los Angeles DJ Rick Dees called Disco Duck. The song, which was done to sound like Donald Duck was on lead vocals, was a joke that more less caught on, getting national airplay. Thankfully, disco music eventually faded out and Disco Duck was placed in the same closet that The Macarena, The Electric Slide and Call Me Maybe all reside in.
And that's all she wrote! We'll be back next time with double the art to close down August as CRAZY goes on vacation! Se be sure to come back! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
And we're back! Hopefully y'all are having a nice week as Saturday rapidly approaches. If not, well, maybe this CRAZY cat will help make your hump day a little more tolerable. Whatever the case may be, enjoy...
Never come between a cat and its string. The results could be lethal! I honestly can't recall who came up with the theme, but I believe it was a Daily Doodles entry. Cats are naturally cartoony, so it's always a pleasure to draw one when the opportunity presents itself. Especially calico cats! Don't know why, but they're just so darn cool!
And that's all for today! Come back next week for some duck art that will hopefully "Quack" you up! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
After nine long weeks of all-Comic Con pics, we are back to a relatively normal state here at the CRAZYVERSE. Or about as normal as things can be on a site run by me! Yeah, I'll miss the bliss that is SDCC, but life must go on! Besides, I'll have some Long Beach Comic Con pics to post soon, so all will even out eventually! Anyway, there's been a severe lack of colored art on the blog lately, so why not remedy that with a piece I did for charity recently! Enjoy...
Well, that's all for this week. It feels good to have some art back up on here. We'll be back next time with a feisty feline who needs a fix. Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
As for me, the show got off to a rough start but thankfully evened out by Saturday for two of the best days I've ever had at SDCC! Picked up plenty of swag and nabbed some pretty rare books that I'm itching to dive into! But first, how about we dive into some Comic Con pics instead? Comic Con 2017 is/was a go! Enjoy...
Among the biggest free offsite events was put on by Amazon promoting the second live action series based on The Tick. I only got to do the first part as the second stage of the experience had too long a line out in the hot sun. I'd like to say it was a fun activation but, sadly, Amazon's employees weren't up to task and pretty much were the prime reason the lines here were taking so long. But, I got a pair of Tick antennae out of it, so it wasn't a total loss!
Hey! It's Mr. Poopybutthole! Glad to see he's fully recovered from his Beth-inflicted wounds!
Strawberry Shortcake and Spider-man love them some MST3K! Seriously now, who doesn't?!?
The Dawn Of Justice/Justice League Batmobile! The DCEU films have been polarizing to say the least, but I think one of the few things everyone can really agree on is that the latest incarnation of Bruce Wayne's wheels are pretty badass! It's like a mix of the Burton and Nolan Batmobiles. I actually saw them drive it out of the building Sunday night during the load out!
Ms. Frizzle! Not exactly sure why so many Ms. Frizzle cosplays are showing up at cons these days, but I really do love it! Not-The-Norm cosplay is my favorite kind of cosplay!
After a pretty lackluster offering in 2016, the Petco Park Interactive Zone returned in a BIG way this year! Pepsi hosted celebrity interviews and gave away free food and sodas, as did Xfinity and Heartstone, and there were plenty of interactive offerings to keep those without badges entertained for hours on end like the IT VR Bus Experience or the Kody Kapow Challenge Course! Pepsi's food offerings were inspired... LITERALLY!!! You see, they were serving free food based upon popular fandoms like Game Of Thrones, Deadpool or Naruto. In the end, the "Wookie Cookie" and "Fire and Ice Float" were all I got to try, but the Ramen Taco certainly raised my eyebrows!
The LED wall at the Lucasfilm booth! Proud to say I once again built this one!
Two Disneyland classics made the trip south for a change! I won't lie. Guardians Of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout is an AWESOME ride and a HUGE upgrade over Tower Of Terror. Still, I really loved TOT and was so sad to see it go! At least the Florida version is still up. Unfortunately, I have no firstborn to barter Disney World tickets with!
The Adult Swim On The Green Carnival! Once again, all I could really do was stare from the outside. Had my nephew and niece with me and since neither are 18, we couldn't go in. Even on the weekend, when I was on my own, the crowds swarmed all the free events, squashing my efforts to get in. Guess there's always next year...
Does me heart good to see the original TMNT movie get some pop culture love! That first film in 1990 is very underrated and among the most faithful (and best) comic book adaptations ever! Not to mention thosee turtle suits, some the Jim Henson Creature Shop's best efforts ever!
If it weren't for all the tattoos, this would be a pretty spot-on Bulma cosplay!
Say his name not once, not twice, but THREE times, and the ghost with the most will appear!
Dr. Hammond is still out and about looking for some willing archeologist testimonials!
In honor of Spaceballs' 30th Anniversary, Barf showed up with quite a few other Mawgs to represent one of the best space epics ever!
The Average Joes took a break from The Ocho to take on any challengers Comic Con may offer up!
The Wild Thornberries closely examine Comic Con's own varied wildlife population!
Mary and Bert get ready for a ride in the Batmobile thanks to a helpful Mattel attendant!
Penelope Pitstop got through her perils and made it to SDCC just in time to save the Anthill Gang from getting mowed down by Dick Dastardly and Muttley!
Check it out! It's Tiny Joel! With his own homemade Tom Servo! This kid clearly has cool parents and a great future ahead!
By Grothbar's Hammer! Dr. Lazarus and Rick are chilling at Comic Con!
And that was Comic Con 2017! I tell ya, I was there practically from start to finish, setting it up, attending it and taking it down. The last part is never easy. Besides just being worn out by con's end, taking it all down is like putting away the Christmas decorations times 1,000! You know it has to be done, but it's just such bummer! Other than that, it was really business as usual. Was bummed to see a few more longtime con booths disappear, like Adult Swim and Legendary Films. Also bummed that for the second straight year, there was no Star Wars programming or Xbox Lounge. These were SDCC staples that seriously need to come back! Crowds and lines, which are to be expected at this point, got a lot of attention from media outlets. I hate saying it, but at this juncture, it might simply be time to make Hall H a premium that costs extra if folks wanna go in that badly. Saturday especially would be the day they could probably test it out on, because those are the gold ticket panels. As far as crowds go, if SDCC is gonna continue to include pop culture elements that aren't really relevant to the show, it's gonna keep bringing in extra crowds that no amount of convention center expansion is going to fix. Ultimately, the simplest solution is to just cut out crap that shouldn't be there. Come what may, we are now 50 weeks away from Comic Con 2018! Who's excited?!?
And that's all she wrote for the 2017 CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN! I hope you all enjoyed the last nine weeks of past SDCC glory! And don't be so sad that it's over. Comic Con may be 50 weeks away, but that just means we're 41 weeks out from the next countdown! Not to mention other con pics will be posted in between, so stay tuned! Next week, we return to normal with some CRAZY Charitable art! So be sure to come back and check it out! Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!