Famous Monsters Changed My Life

It’s almost Halloween and I always think of Famous Monsters of Film Land Magazine which was all monsters all the time. When I was maybe 7 or so I went to the candy store to buy a comic and instead ran back home to ask my Mom for the unheard of price (if I remember correctly) of 50 cents to buy a magazine I’d never seen before, the first issue of FM! Little did I realize that I was about to have my life changed by its editor Forest J Ackerman! He was a brilliant man who introduced his kid audience to Ray Bradbury and Gaston Leroux, H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley and to the world of silent movies, German expressionism as well as all those Universal monsters and creatures of the night. I never got to meet Mr. Ackerman which was a dream I had, like meeting Walt Disney, but I am eternally grateful to him for expanding my appreciation of so many authors, filmmakers and actors.

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Object of Desire

The cartoon of mine that posted today deals with a woman facing an object of desire. And how to acquire it.
Everyone seems to have an Object of Desire. Sometimes attainable, sometimes not.
A few years ago I saw a necklace in Target. I didn’t buy it. Then I decided I had to have it. When I went back…it was gone. I didn’t let that stop me… I was OBSESSED with this necklace! I tracked it down after visiting several other Targets. I still wear it all the time.
I did a mini-graphic novel about it. Here are a few of images from that featuring that very necklace! And good luck on attaining YOUR Object of Desire!


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Book Clubs

 

I love Book Clubs. I used to run one and it was really fun to read something and then have a group discussion. I also LOVE recommending books to the patrons at the library where I work. I used to call myself the Militant Recommender and eventually created a book review blog called that where I try and review books as often as possible, which sometimes takes a while because I try and do an illustration for every book I read. I only review books I LOVE. I don’t like to hurt any author’s feelings by giving any kind of negative review, so I never do those! Check it out when you have a chance!
http://militantrecommender.blogspot.com/

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Tomatoes!

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Speaking of cooking… it is tomato season and after waiting all summer they start to ripen all at once!

We do a variety of different things with them such as oven drying the plum tomatoes and freezing them which makes them SO incredibly yummy as it condenses their flavor and I also make tomato jam a recipe I got from here: http://foodinjars.com/2010/09/tomato-jam/
which is one of my very favorite uses for a bunch of tomatoes!

And, if you ever happen to visit  NH in the spring through the fall my husband sells a lot of our fresh organic veggies and preserves in our town every Saturday!

 

 

 

 

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Welcoming Mary Lawton, a Houston based Six Chix

The newest cartoonist on our roster of “Six Chix”, Mary Lawton, started a couple of weeks ago, replacing Anne Gibbons. Anne will be focusing on other projects, and we will keep you posted about that.  Mary Lawton, who is based in Houston, Texas, has a great “Six Chix” cartoon today about pedicures. But I also came across her contribution to graphic journalism in a piece she did for The New Yorker recently https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/houston-stands-up-to-harvey. 

(Might need to cut and paste link to The New Yorker.)

Here’s what Mary had to say about the volunteers helping out after the damage from hurricane Harvey:

 “It’s madness here, a crisis around every corner, but thousands of people are helping everywhere.  I just learned today that a giant truck filled with 500 huge buckets that contain cleaning supplies in each, is headed this way from Maryland.  We are getting 100 of them dropped at the church where I’ve been helping out.  So I guess it doesn’t matter where you live, you can do enormous good for the victims.”
With everything terrible that is in the news these days, it is truly heartening to see someone like Mary Lawton lending her talent and her time to help others.

Mary Lawton chats with a volunteer

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Distracted Mom

The other day I was just about to turn into the library when I paused because I saw a little boy walking along and carrying a backpack. He saw me and hesitated. I motioned for him to go ahead, but his mom, walking beside him kept going because she was staring at a screen and not paying any attention to her son or the traffic or anything. It reminded me of an extreme version of this cartoon.

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Summer Surprises

We feed the birds and as a result we also end up feeding a lot of squirrels and chipmunks. This year, the chipmunks buried sunflower seeds all over our garden and forgot about them and these clusters of sunflowers started popping up all over so as an experiment I separated some and when they started growing they were all different! So, the seeds we buy must be from a bunch of different sunflower varieties!

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Introducing Martha Gradisher and Susan Camilleri Konar

This year has seen some changes for “Six Chix”, and here are 2 of them so far. Our original Tuesday artist, Margaret Shulock, has retired, and Martha Gradisher, a long time practitioner of the single panel cartoon format has signed on. And our neighbor to the north, and Wednesday artist, Rina Piccolo, has given up her spot to Susan Camilleri Konar. Please join me in thanking both Margaret and Rina for all the laughs and great drawings through the years. And a big welcome to  Martha and Susan!

Still, someone should ask about incessant newspaper reading.

When the airplane is carrying a travel soccer team.

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River Arts Studio Tour 2017

Isabella Bannerman will be part of the River Arts Studio Tour 2017, showing on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, from 11 AM – 5 PM. The exhibit space is the James Harmon Community Center at 44 Main St., Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706. The Studio Tour features local artists from the Westchester Rivertowns of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Ardsley, Irvington and Tarrytown. Many of the artists exhibit in their studios.

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PAINTINGS from Old Family Photos & CARTOONS for Today’s Crazy World

An Exhibit of Work by Anne Gibbons

As a cartoonist, the point is to find the simplest way to get to the point. It’s been an interesting journey for me to explore painting, where a circuitous route more interesting, and I’m not even sure there’s a point to speak of. I found myself drawn to painting a series of family photos because they were so interesting to look at, so evocative of the world I grew up in.

Here are a few photos and samples from my show at An Beal Bocht, a wonderful Irish pub in Riverdale. The paintings and cartoons are on exhibit for the month of April.

Paintings & Cartoons by Anne Gibbons

Paintings & Cartoons by Anne Gibbons

Paintings & Cartoons by Anne Gibbons

Paintings & Cartoons by Anne Gibbons

Paintings & Cartoons by Anne Gibbons

Paintings & Cartoons by Anne Gibbons

My maternal grandmother, Bridget Kiefer, nee Carney, a “Have Not” in Ireland, who came alone to the United States in her late teens to make a better life for herself. She settled in Brooklyn, NY.

Paintings & Cartoons by Anne Gibbons

Paintings & Cartoons by Anne Gibbons

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