Jeffrog...just posting some work...

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This part of the forum hasn't gotten so much traffic. Also, I asked for this forum so I don't wanna let it go to waste.

Hope you folks don't mind. I'm gonna start posting my work as often as possible in this here thread. Figured maybe it'll encourage more of the art folks to start threads to show their work. Anyways, my work is only cartoons, but I think you'll see "Fishtown" in alot of it. The sketches of Fishtown I'll post somewheres else.

I'll start this with a comic about one of my heroes...Randall "Tex" Cobb. You might've seen Tex around town. He's not a Fishtown resident, but he's made Philly his adopted city. He's a helluva guy. A survivor, and always out for redemption.

I always liked him in the movies as a kid, and who could forget the Holmes fight (the fight that ended 15 round fights). Later, while attending Temple, I met Tex around campus. A couple years ago, I was lucky enough to attend a party with Tex a week after I finished this comic, so I gave him all the original artwork. He's one of the strongest, wittiest and nicest guys I ever met in my life.

[img:2827da071e]http://pcs.tequilapress.com/deartexcobb.jpg[/img:2827da071e]

kelly's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

from years of design school crits i know i am not supposed to just say that something is good without some sort of reason why i think so. but considering that it is early morning on a monday i am going to say just that- your work is very good :D

Larry99's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Excellent stuff Jeff. I was telling some of the others at the last happy hour that your work was really good. ...looking forward to seeing the 'sketches' material.

Jeffro's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Thanx alot. I'm posting some more.
Here are two pages of a comic I'm self-publishing
with another local cartoonist named Scott Derby.
Every issue is a self-contained short story that
takes place in a small working class neighborhood.
The comic is called "wonderful".
Originally it was called "Greetings from Fishtown".

But that article came out in the Phila Weekly with
the exact same kinda graphic on the cover that we
had for our logo. Plus after that, I realized that
my version of Fishtown isn't the same as other folks
who lived here. So I didn't wanna use the name and
misrepresent my neighbors. And even though my
stories are based on my life in this neighborhood,
Scott Derby hails from West Chester. So I thought it
wasn't right to use the name of Fishtown with his stories.
That'd definitely be misrepresentation. His stuff is more
of a "Film Noir" style. A romanticized version of how
he thinks city neighborhoods are. It's kinda funny to me, actually.

Anyways, my first story has to do with my Mom's illness.
She passed away in January after years of lung disease.
I started writing and drawing this about a year before.
Even though I've been taking notes and rewriting some
stuff since her passing, I can't yet bring myself to pick
the pages back up and draw yet.

Anyways, here's a couple pages.
There is a page or two missing in between.
I draw myself as a bear because I am fat, hunched and hairy
('cept for the top of my bald head)...

[img:75e8599b13]http://pcs.tequilapress.com/fishtown_p2.jpg[/img:75e8599b13]

[img:75e8599b13]http://pcs.tequilapress.com/fishtown_p3.jpg[/img:75e8599b13]

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Another One-Page comic about the Bear. This one was published in a couple different places, including the "Prophecy Anthology" and High Maintenance Magazine...

[img:e8577b2c86]http://pcs.tequilapress.com/sneaks.jpg[/img:e8577b2c86]

kelly's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Hey Jeffro, I have a question...it says you are an art teacher in your profile, do you mind me asking where you teach and how you got into that? I would love to eventually be a teacher.

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

[quote="kelly"]from years of design school crits i know i am not supposed to just say that something is good without some sort of reason why i think so. but considering that it is early morning on a monday i am going to say just that- your work is very good :D[/quote]

I waited to follow form and have a reason other than it looks darned cool. Critical comment 1: I love the detail and shading in the faces.
Critical comment 2: I can't type that neatly, let alone print. :lol:
Critical comment 3: The Tex pages remind me of the Ripley's believe it or not, and while there is an order to it, you can let your eyes wander over it and the intent isn't lost.

[quote="Jeffro"]I draw myself as a bear because I am fat, hunched and hairy
('cept for the top of my bald head)...[/quote]

Hmm. Fat. Hunched, hairy except on top. Wears a jeff cap. Are you my good twin? :twisted:

-Joe

Kat's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Jeffro -

Your stuff rocks. I was an artist in my former life. Dang seems like a milllion years ago!

You've got a gift and alot of heart Jeffro.

Kat

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Thanx, Joe. My twin? Please kind sir, don't wish that on yourself. The Tex strip though - it's my version of the sports heroes comics they usedta have in the Sunday papers. The ones that profiled baseball players and stuff. Just with my personal take on the format (which had a very similar format to the Ripley's strips).

When I started it, I was doing sports cartoons for Philly.com, stuff about the Sixers in the playoffs, etc. But the fella I was working for got let go, so the project fell apart. "Dear Tex Cobb" never saw publication on the site. It did get published eventually in "The Funny Papers of Philadelphia" and that "Prophecy Anthology" - a big comic book with a bunch of different international comics makers.

dan's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Jeffro... your artwork is amazing! (I've thought it before, just never posted it.)

(and I haven't forgotten your offer to do work with the kids. Just still trying to figure out how to work it out best.)

brooke's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Jeffro--

Any place your stuff is on sale? I checked out your website and your work looks very cool.

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Elvis and some early holiday stuff...

Here's a picture of Elvis I did for my friend last year as a Christmas gift:

[img:e4b5e88b4a]http://pcs.tequilapress.com/elvis_reds.jpg[/img:e4b5e88b4a]

Also, here is a link to a page of holiday cards the Phila. Cartoonist Society
did for the kids at the Crisis Center last year:

http://pcs.tequilapress.com/kids/cardpage.htm

The point was to have every kid and employee at the Center get a
hand-made card from a local cartoonist or artist. This year, I am going
to have the students at North Catholic make the cards.

Also for this upcoming year, 12 members of the group designed a set of
cards to be printed and sold in local shops. All the proceeds will benefit
the Crisis Center. We're having a kickoff party at La Colombe next
month to show off the original art and finished card designs. Here is a
link to what my card looks like:

http://pcs.tequilapress.com/yf/kilpatrick_websize.jpg

Kat's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Jeffro - I may have missed your answer to Brooke's question - is any of your stuff for sale? The Elvis piece is awesome. I am a big Elvis fan...not just for his music. Growing up, my uncle wrote a few Elvis movies. He still tells the greatest stories and has the coolest memorabilia (that you will never find on ebay!) :wink: I used to hang out in his den with my cousins and look at all the old scripts with Elvis' notes...one classic was "Tony, why am I always singing to animals?" I guess before all the drugs he was pretty hilarious....of course, as usual, I digress. Anyway, is your stuff for sale Jeffro?

Let us know!

Kat

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Sorry about that, Kat. I answered Brooke in a private message.
A comic I did called "Petey" is available at the Rocket Cat Cafe on
Frankford and local comic shops...

[img:6d1b5834b5]http://pcs.tequilapress.com/peteyfrontcover.jpg[/img:6d1b5834b5]

Some other comics I've done with groups are available at local shops
or online. Like the last two issues of Meathaus Anthologies...

http://www.meathaus.com

Also, last year I won a contest with Dark Horse Comics. They have that in a book:

http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=12-971

I also display work a few times a year at the Well fed Artists Gallery
(51 North 3rd Street in Olde City). My next show is in December...

http://www.wellfedartist.org

That's probably the only place I really sell original stuff at. Most of the work
I do is for print and publication or for charity. Anyways, thanx for asking.

By the way...my friend Sue, who I did that picture for, is a HUGE
Elvis fan. She's also from Fishtown.

Jeffro's picture

Jeffrog...just posting some work...

My cousin and I went to see Harvey Pekar speak tonight
at the Free Library. I love Pekar's work. He makes me
have faith that regular working people can make great art.
If you feel like it, check out American Splendor, the movie.
HBO has it on demand all month.
And the comics are also really cool because they're so honest.

Anyways, I did this sketch tonight and got him to sign it...

[img:294b247b4d]http://pcs.tequilapress.com/harvey_web.jpg[/img:294b247b4d]

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

A T-Shirt Design I did for Jackie Moore earlier this year...

[img:36c968d457]http://pcs.tequilapress.com/shirtdesign.jpg[/img:36c968d457]

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Fresh Pretzels!!!

I think I mighta posted this somewhere on the board before, but...

[img:e56934c2b7]http://hingeonline.com/issue05-1/images/subs_jeff_04.jpg[/img:e56934c2b7]

This was a comic book I was working on in Summer 2003, but I had to shelve it because regular work and other stuff didn't allow me the time for another elaborate project. But I still really want to do something with it.

I want to do a story about the adventures of a Pretzel Boy in the neighborhood. Have him run into not only customers, but crazy stray dogs, aliens, etc. I was a Pretzel Boy as a kid. I'd go to Furfari's with my allowance on summer and weekend mornings. Buy some pretzels, walk around singing at the top of my lungs. And by the time I was done I'd have made a nice profit. So I wanna have the kid in my story be an orphan who's making his own way in the world. Hoping for a better life.

But instead of making this into a comic book, I am going to try to make it a weekly strip in the Spirit. That way it's not an overwhelming project. I hope it comes together.

Anyways. below is a link to some more of my stuff in a local online arts magazine. I may have posted this here before too. I dunno:

http://hingeonline.com/works_visual.php?contribID=10&vi=5:1

Happy New year, Fishtown.

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

I think this particular series will be very nostalgic for many of us 'natives'. I didn't have to walk with my pretzels too much since I could set-up in front of my mom's paint store, but I learned a little bit about business (and overhead....all those mustard eating people cut into my profits!!!) and had enough money to buy new pimple balls since we always seem to put them on the roofs of Penn Treaty.

You don't see too many kids hawking pretzels these days. The world's changed.

-Joe

dan's picture

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[quote="jmminarik"]You don't see too many kids hawking pretzels these days. The world's changed.[/quote]
We have a kid in our church who was hawking pretzels when it was warm out.
I tried to give my pretzel business to him whenever I could.

Also, Jeff... I love your artwork there!

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Thanx. Not as many kids hawk pretzels today. Joe's right. When I was young it was really competitive. We'd all wake up as early as possible to beat the rest of the kids out. I remember being in such a hurry in the mornings, I'd eat pickles for breakfast right outta the jar. Man, I love pickles.

Nowadays, young kids don't seem to want to work that hard for their money. I dunno if that's good or bad. Maybe it's good that they live more comfortably. Or maybe they're just lazier these days.

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[quote="jmminarik"]

You don't see too many kids hawking pretzels these days. The world's changed.
[/quote]

Also, I wonder, do kids these days enjoy comics like Jeffro's? Judging from my son and his pals, if it's not high-tech adventure, they're easily bored.

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

I dunno if kids read the funny pages anymore in the paper. The syndicates have crunched everything down so small, it's a chore to get into it. Plus they've homogenized so much of the work - the ideas, the characters - that it doesn't provide the same entertainment. It's not like the old days of brilliant witty Peanuts strips or full page Krazy Kats and Little Nemo. Every now and again, you get something so good (Calvin & Hobbes, the Far Side) that it stands out even within the constrictions of syndication.

But I do know there is a high market for cartoons, comic books and comic book style artwork, even in children's books and magazines. Even the government is getting hip. I just landed a freelance gig using comics for education, literacy, etc. Plus, we always have a great turnout every time we run a comic book workshop.

I think you can hold a kid's interest depending on how you pitch it to them. Or when or where they're exposed.

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

There was still a kid(s) hawking pretzels every summer up until a year or two ago. We used to buy them all the time. Growing up in port richmond we had nothing like this. When I first moved into my fishtown house in '93, I can distinctly remember lying in bed one sat morning hearing his voice on the street below through my open bedroom windows.

[b:79806b9ac8]FRESHHHH PRET-ZULLLLS .....ALL REAHHH-DEE !!!![/b:79806b9ac8]

...got pretty used to hearing that over the years.

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That's my favorite song ever.

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[quote="Jeffro"]
Nowadays, young kids don't seem to want to work that hard for their money. I dunno if that's good or bad. Maybe it's good that they live more comfortably. Or maybe they're just lazier these days.[/quote]

There are any number of factors that could be contribituing to the decline...not the least of which might be 'stuff' is cheaper than it was years ago. Ok, it may be less well constructed, but now many houses have more than 1 TV, console video games cost the same in absolute dollars as my Intellivision did 25 years ago and so on.

Americans may or may not be lazier...won't really know until we have generational historical data, but it's also possible the 'industrious' kids today are being industrious in ways you can't see as readily as a kid trying to earn a buck. Like my young neighbor who is learning html and PC applications, or my nephew who works out and/or trains 6 days a week when not actively competing on a sports team.

Heh...thinking about this reminded me of hawking pretzels and sodas to the people waiting in line at the old Arco station where Lou Wolff's lot is now. This was during the gas crisis...I had a hard time comprehending how people could just wait in line like that, but I didn't ponder about it too much. There was money to be made. :-)

-Joe

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

...Plus the cost of pretzels have been raised. Furfari can't afford to sell them at a flat rate of 11/dollar anymore. I dunno if that's what drove the pretzel boys away or if it's a result of no money coming in from pretzel boys.

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[quote="Jeffro"]...Plus the cost of pretzels have been raised. Furfari can't afford to sell them at a flat rate of 11/dollar anymore. I dunno if that's what drove the pretzel boys away or if it's a result of no money coming in from pretzel boys.[/quote]

Don't forget the cardboardy machine stamped pretzels that seem to be all the rage in CC. Hard to compete by hand when machines stamp'm out by the rackful.

-Joe

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

[quote="Jeffro"]I dunno if kids read the funny pages anymore in the paper. The syndicates have crunched everything down so small, it's a chore to get into it. Plus they've homogenized so much of the work - the ideas, the characters - that it doesn't provide the same entertainment. It's not like the old days of brilliant witty Peanuts strips or full page Krazy Kats and Little Nemo. Every now and again, you get something so good (Calvin & Hobbes, the Far Side) that it stands out even within the constrictions of syndication.

But I do know there is a high market for cartoons, comic books and comic book style artwork, even in children's books and magazines. Even the government is getting hip. I just landed a freelance gig using comics for education, literacy, etc. Plus, we always have a great turnout every time we run a comic book workshop.

I think you can hold a kid's interest depending on how you pitch it to them. Or when or where they're exposed.[/quote]

Well, come to think of it, my 10 year old does read religiously, tho somewhat absentmindedly, the cartoons in the Sunday paper. When I used to commute by train, I always brought home the Metro, since both my son and I are fans of Get Fuzzy.
I try to turn him on to older stuff I like, such as Little Nemo, Asterix and the great French comics I grew up with.

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

[quote="snailgem"][quote="Jeffro"] the great French comics I grew up with.[/quote]

I always like Dean Martin better than Jerry Lewis. :o

-Joe...practicing for 1/1011/11111010101's frenzy

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sorry to bring the conversation off its current track, but the first cartoon in this is perfect. jeff, tex and i hung out for a while at temple, he was registering at continuing ed the same time i was. manute bol, tone loc and tex are my holy trinity of b-level stars i've had the pleasure of hanging out with for a while.

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Jeffrog...just posting some work...

Thanx, Tommy. Tex is the man. I was serious with that strip by the way. Over the years I'd gotten to know him some. He's one of my heros, one of the strongest people I've ever met. He's got alotta heart.