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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Not a Creature was Stirring, except for some Raccoons

Although I’ve never had raccoons make a mess on Boxing Day ,the day after Christmas, I have learned the hard way that if I have any particularly appetizing garbage – like lobster shells for instance – it is best to bag it and leave it inside the house overnight. Just be ready to hand it directly to the sanitation worker the next morning. Raccoons can be very dextrous – they have 5 fingers on each of their 4 legs. Find out more about “Monday’s Six Chix” ,Isabella Bannerman, here

 http://www.isabellabannerman.com/isabellabannerman/Isabella_Bannerman.html

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Tips to improve your Job Security

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I imagine this robot costume could actually be comfortable, as long as you had a little motor oil for the joints. But I’m not sure it would really improve your job security.

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Me and the Phantom

The first time I ever saw or read anything about “Phantom of the Opera” was when I bought my first issue of “Famous Monsters Magazine” when I was around 7! It changed my life! I learned a lot because the Editor, Forest J. Ackerman, was a very intellectual and cultured man who loved the classic horror films and introduced its readers to the literature behind it as well.
The first book I ever sent away for was “Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux. I was about 10 and I’d seen an ad for it somewhere and my Dad wrote me a check.
That was just the beginning of a loooong relationship!ph-b-1-s

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Remembering John Zacherle

photo-zacherleyAs kids growing up in NY we had the best television. Everything from westerns to the Mickey Mouse Club… but the best of all were the  horror movies hosted by John Zacherle or “Zacherley” as he was known and also called “the Cool Ghoul”. He was witty and inventive and would interrupt the low budget films to comment or create his own action that was more fun then the movie. Whether wearing a pith helmet or cutting up a brain (or cauliflower) laughing throughout, he commanded your attention and devotion. I had a huge crush on him. I mean, he was very striking, in make-up or without, and that voice!!! He was 98 when he died, somehow, fittingly, during the lead-up to Halloween. A loss to his fans everywhere.

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Halloween Countdown

Every year on my own blog: http://stephanie-piro.blogspot.com/
I try and do a Halloween Countdown, and because of one thing and another, it usually comes after months of not posting anything because we have a huge garden and that just takes precedence over everything else. Anyway, I am going to inaugurate the countdown here and then repost it there! Here is Halloween cartoon # 1:hfriendsbw1s

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Happy 30th

Monday, October 10th, was the 30th Anniversary of Phantom of the Opera and all around the world phans tuned in to see a live broadcast from Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. There may be a Chix cartoon on the horizon commemorating this but since we work waaay ahead, I did this one to share:
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Kathryn LeMieux – 2008 Presidential Election – Six Chix

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Kathryn LeMieux muses on the 2008 Presidential Election.

We are  close to the Presidential Election, and since it is “Throwback Thursday”, I thought I would post an oldie but goodie from Kathryn LeMieux, who left Six Chix a few years ago to pursue her fine art career http://www.kathrynlemieux.com/blog. There is a lot to like about this cartoon, but one thing I only just noticed are the smiley faces on the daisies.

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