Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Spit-Toons Comic Strip Up!


New Spit-Toons strip up on the site.

Friday, December 30, 2005

New Comic In The Chicago Reader...

The "Year In Review" comics issue of The Chicago Reader came out with strips by me, Ivan Brunetti, John Hankiewicz, Lilli Carre, Jeffrey Brown, and others. Below is a sample from the strip I did called, "Holy Warp".
You can read the full strip on my site here.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Friday, December 16, 2005

Appreciate Your Wiener...


Chicago and its wieners... You got your Kielbasa, your Red-Hot, your Smokie, your Bratwurst, your Frank and all that and they all go best with the cheapest swill you can find in Chicago - typically Old Style or Pabst.

Although it's not pleasent to think about what goes into a hotdog, I still have to make a trip with my pal Erich to "Budaki's" on Damen and get my wiener action. David King and I used to drive around and find new hotdog stands to eat at - places like "Shelly's Freeze", "Wiener's Circle", and "Demon Dogs". What appealed to us was probably the cartoon hotdog mascots made of fiberglass squirting mustard down their "belly" in an erotic way, the nostalgia, the working-class joes sitting on the barstools staring out the fogged up glass out to the street, the fifties modern designs... Anyway, here's some wiener appreciation for you:
Chicago's "Superdawg" stand.

There's some great hotdog logos on Joel Solomon's site, as well as other logos.
"Hotdog Holiday" by Chris Cilla

And of course, you have to know the anatomy of the Chicago hotdog (courtesy of Gold Coast Dogs).

Here's some stuff that may go into hotdogs:

* Lips, Assholes, Bone Marrow - your typical stuff
* Intestines, Livers, Kidneys, and other organ meat
* Dandruff, Nail Clippings, Scabs, Sweat, Hair
* Cotton Gloves, Safety Glass, Fingers of Factory Workers
* Tupperware, Yogurt Containers, Sporks
*Tobacco, Sawdust, Mop Heads
* Fake Moustaches, Eight-Track Cassettes, "Muscle" Shirts

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Doodles Up - Shoboshobo Showdown...


A couple of new doodles are up. Above is a doodle I did in "retaliation" for a fight that Shoboshobo and I are having on MySpace between them and Cartoon Turtle On A Four-Wheeler. You can view their Flash first attack here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Shoboshobo Drawings!

There's literally hundreds of drawings to see at the Shoboshobo site. They're what looks to be a French collective of artists influenced by the sort of artwork you'd see made by the guys in Paperrad, Fort Thunder, and various flat Japanese graphics.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Monday, November 28, 2005

Print/Ceramics Sale at College of Dupage - John Hankiewicz News...

John Hankiewicz (of the comic, "Tepid") mentioned to me that he'll have some of his fantastic etchings at a print/ceramics sale show at The College of Dupage just outside of Chicago. If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and check it out. Here's the info on the print/ceramics sale:

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1, 10 am - 7:30 pm

Where: College of DuPage, Student Resource Center, Second Floor (by the Library)

Address: 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

John's prints seem to be getting better and better, as he's exploring new art styles and the use of color. Also, check out some of his sketches here. Below is one of his numerous etchings.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Christian Northeast's Illustrations...

I came across Christian Northeast's site recently and I swore I had seen his work before. Sure enough, looking through his portfolio, I saw his contributions (which include comics) to the Fantagraphics anthology, Blab! I don't need to go on about how cool his work is, so instead, just go to his site. His illustration work has not only appeared in Blab!, but also in Rolling Stone, Time, Entertainment Weekly, GQ Magazine, Forbes Magazine (example below) and other high-falootin' publications.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Sunday, November 20, 2005

New David King Mini-Comic in the works...

(Page from David King's "Cavalcade")

My pal, David King, tells me he's working on a new mini-comic, tentatively called "Reliable Comics". He's a swell cartoonist who draws influence from Archie Comics, Gluyas Williams (and other "old-timey" artists), and 40's classic & 50's modern cartoons. His comics blend absurd goofiness, some dark humor, and what seems to be some revamped ideas of older comics that tickle his fancy. On his site, he's got his comics for sale, some samples of his cartoon art, and a cool gallery of Gluyas Williams' comics/art. (Ah, and I should also mention he has some gag cartoons in "Gag-Hag" as well.) Below are some rough ideas for his upcoming mini-comic.




Saturday, November 19, 2005

Ivan Brunetti's Doodle Blog...

Ivan Bruentti has a blog of his doodles that's really quite inspiring and neat to look at. You get a sense of his character design, notes to himself, and the general sense that the guy just compulsively doodles. He comes back to the blog now and again with a new batch so check it out once in a while. Ivan also tells me he'll have a limited doodle collection in small boxes soon, so get ahold of him once he announces it's finished.

Oh, and if you haven't heard, the long-awaited Schizo #4 is due out soon, so be sure to pick it up! Here's the cover:

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Chris Cilla - Cartoonist/Illustrator...

Fellow cartoonist and pal, Chris Cilla, has been a favorite of mine for quite some time and had some gags in the anthology I put together, "Gag-Hag". He's been in the mini-comics scene for a while now and I hear he'll be appearing in an upcoming "Kramer's Ergot" - that fancy art/comics book that's made everyone and their dog cream their pants. Chris also makes screen-prints (and is quite good at it too); above is a screen-print of his. Go to his site and check out some more of his comics and artwork (I dig the covers for comics that don't yet exist - like the one below). Go and buy some of his mini comics at either USS Catastrophe or Poopsheet.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Venting about the office...

Here's a gag I wrote when I was working as a temp in a bank. It was published in my mini, "Spit-Toons #1" (which I'm selling in the Shop). My job was to pull staples out of large volumes of stock info print-outs and then run them all through a document scanner and to then staple them again and file. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time doodling and writing down contemptuous stuff about office work in a journal I kept. Here's a list (though really dumb, I figured hell, why not post it?) that I wrote when I was working there:

1. Journey to the center of a Ding-Dong
2. Pay Your Rates
3. Cardiac Arrest Spreadsheet
4. Still touching your base
5. The CEO ate my virgin daughter
6. Phoney greeting while fantasizing about homicide
7. "There's some cocaine on your lip, sir."
8. Precision Porking with Peggy; a Powerpoint Presentation
9. Trade stocks until you implode
10. Willy the mail-boy smells like pee
11. Still quoting numbers, even in the after-life
12. Around the water-cooler, chattin' about The Third Reich
13. Corporate noose is good noose
14. Temp working on a permanent basis
15. "Yes, the report's ready, massah!"
16. Daily metaphoric anal sodomy
17. Affinity for AK-47's
18. Company Mission Statement: "We Like Rape!"
19. My mug says, "Already Dead."
20. "My secretary's fat and I deserve better."
21. Cost-effective fucking with people's livelihoods
22. "That pension plan gives me a hard-on."
23. How to run a better company by patenting your employees
24. "Vicky complimented me on my new silk tie."
25. Rock-n-Roll mail-merge
26. Profit-sharing with a cock in your mouth
27. Increase productivity by mandatory blood-letting
28. 99 ways to sleep on the job without being caught
29. "Bring Your Guns & Bombs to Work Week"
30. Portrait of the artist as a wage slave
31. Old McDonald (CEO) had a cube farm
32. Four ulcers and no sick-days left
33. "Put down the bull whip, I'll 'CC' Linda..."
34. Brett jizzes in Mindy's eyes, but it's okay 'cause she has vision coverage
35. "Mr. Henderson, I just took a bifurcated shit."
36. Gradual lobotomy with stock options
37. "Didja see my main man Jonathan's figures for July?"
38. Sign above desk reads: "Feel Whorish & Miserable Here"
39. "Did you get my memo about burning your house down?"
40. Satanic blood orgy written off as business travel expense
41. "Hey everyone, look! Cindy's 'on the same page' with me!"
42. Ergonomically correct coffin
43. Retirement party with no memory of achievement
44. Using "petty cash" to buy a bottle of Ripple Wine
45. Entry-level position: on all fours with ass in the air
46. Weather Underground screensaver on my desktop
47. Hidden misanthropy in flow-chart

Benjamin Marra's Illustrations...

It's a little late at night, but I wanted mention that I came across Benjamin Marra's illustration portfolio - which blew me away! Some of the drawings are in a bound book of graph paper done with inks and colored pencils incorporating comics characters, pulp styles, and pop culture in a surreal way. Check out his stuff fer sher!

New Doodle Up - Cartoon Turtle On A Four-Wheeler!

New doodle in the Doodles section. This character is also a "MySpace " user. Check out his rampin' here.

Nate Williams...


I took a further look into Illustration Mundo and one of its collaborators (Nate Williams) and I came across his very cool portfolio site chocked full of illustrations, screen-prints, and all around great design work.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

My girlfriend's (Ryoko) MySpace page...


Here's my girlfriend's MySpace character, "Miss Her-Shit" (drawn by her) and her page. Ryoko says that Miss Her-Shit wanted to be a Hershey's chocolate, but instead is an eight foot tall pile of poo. Eh, that's how it goes, I guess.

Link on Illustration Mundo...


The kind folks over at Illustration Mundo have added my site and a sample illustration of mine over at their site.

Hell, I even made the "Editor's Choice" cut! ...thanks Nate!

11-15-05 News


11-15-05

A new doodle, 2 new illustrations, and 2 new color drawings (for sale in the shop) have been added. I have also recently finished 5 pages for an upcoming
Fantagraphics anthology called "Hotwire" edited by Glenn Head (of the old anthology, "Snake Eyes"). Due out in April 2006. Over and out.

Archived News from Onsmith Comics...

8-29-05

A new doodle and a new item in the "Extras" section: photos from Karl Wirsum's house. Enjoy!

8-15-05

A new doodle up. A small package for my pal, John Hankiewicz. Say, have you seen his new "Guessbook" and "Martha/Gregory" minis? Well, if not, go to Poopsheet or maybe USS Catastrophe and spend some money on this guy. He's damn good!

7-27-05

Photos from my trip to the San Diego Comic Con 2005 are up in the "Extras" section. Have a look-see!

Onsmith Comics News has moved to a blog...

Yep, the text table on my homepage just wasn't cutting the mustard anymore, so I've moved on to "blogging". Check back for more news and other stoopid stuff I'll be posting.