2014 Monster Month: Day 18 – The Duel

October 24th, 2014

Little can be more tragic than two brothers fighting a duel to the death, unless of course those brothers happen to be conjoined twins. Not only is turning and facing each other a slight difficulty, but who really wins when one gets shot? The results are truly monstrous indeed.


gun duel

On second thought, perhaps having to wear a powdered wig is the most tragic thing in this scene.

2014 Monster Month: Day 17 – Marshall Monster

October 23rd, 2014

It is not often that I collaborate with another artist, but this year I came across an up-and-coming creator whose work was so young and vibrant that I knew it was impossible to pass up an opportunity to work some magic together. His keen eye for various color combinations using his preferred tools of the watercolor pencil medium brings such incredible energy to any two dimensional composition presented to him.

I drew bears and birds and even a reptile or two for this artist, and every one of them came to life with his unique sense of color. Then it dawned on me that those subjects were but a trifle to his skills. They were so easy that they were almost an insult to the mysterious workings of his technicolor mind. What this artist needed was a real challenge – something from the realm of phenomenal fantasy. What this artist needed was . . . a MONSTER!

What better subject could there be than a creature no one has seen before nor have they lived to tell about it?! I quickly sketched the mystical beast, and my collaborator proceeded to reach into deep wells of whimsy as he applied the workings of his wet media. The results are quite stunning.

So, without further ado, may I present to you the drawing by yours truly, painted by my fellow artist (and nephew) Marshall Frye, age 7.


Marshall Frye

Striped candy, and a candy striped beast - perfect together.


Tomorrow’s monsters will take sibling rivalry to a whole new level.

2014 Monster Month: Day 16 – Play Ball!

October 22nd, 2014

Yesterday was the first day of the World Series! In honor of baseball (a sport I LOVED playing when I was in school), here is a monster about to show up “hit king” Pete Rose.

Now, of course I realize that the Cincinnati Reds are not in the World Series. However, a good friend of mine is a huge Reds fan, and I made this big red monster for him earlier this year whilst the Reds were in the fight. Swing away!


baseball beast

This one gets to pitch to himself since he ate the pitcher.

Stan Freberg Live Tribute – November 2!!!

October 21st, 2014

I’d like to briefly interrupt my Monster Month posts to bring you some news about a tribute being staged in less than two weeks for my friend, the legendary Stan Freberg. Stan is one of funniest guys I know, and he was a big part of voicing things like the classic Warner Bros. cartoons (alongside Mel Blanc who got all the credit), the Beaver in Lady & the Tramp, and even in Brad Bird’s great Family Dog animated episode for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology series. I have said all this and more in a post from two years ago where you can see lots more pictures and clips by CLICKING HERE!

For now, though, you can read the official press release below to see how you can get tickets to the tribute at Hollywood’s famed Grauman’s Egyptian theater where you may have a chance to actually meet Stan….


Stan Freberg



American Cinematheque at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater will showcase the astonishing versatility of beloved humorist Stan Freberg in “The Genius of Stan Freberg: 70 Years of Creative Entertainment” on Sunday, November 2nd at 7pm.

This special evening of tribute will be hosted by actor-satirist Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons,” “Le Show,” “This Is Spinal Tap”) and will feature special appearances by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Micky Dolenz, award-winning filmmaker Bob Kurtz, animation experts Jerry Beck and Eric Goldberg, and many other Freberg colleagues and celebrity fans.

In addition to spontaneous humor and live musical performances, the program will present a dazzling array of favorite clips chosen by Freberg fans, as well as rarely-seen examples of Stan’s ground-breaking writing and performances in radio and records, television series and specials, animated films and of course his hilarious TV ads. Stan will also explore his own career and legacy in a lively exchange with his wife and partner, Hunter Freberg.

Celebrated as much for inspiring others as for his own creativity, Freberg has been named as an important influence by a wide range of artists. In addition to Harry Shearer and Al Yankovic, Freberg is revered by director Steven Spielberg (who has referred to him as his boyhood muse), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, and actor-comedian Billy Crystal. Perhaps the greatest tribute to Freberg’s gifts came from another genius, Albert Einstein, who once famously apologized for leaving a Cal Tech meeting by explaining, “you’ll have to excuse me gentlemen, but it’s Time For Beany.”

A clip from that classic kids show, “Time for Beany,” is just one of the timeless Freberg performances to be showcased on November 2nd. Others include excerpts from recorded comedy classics “John and Marsha,” “Saint George and the Dragonet,” “Banana Boat,” and “Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America.” Also featured are rare segments from Freberg’s television specials “The Chung King Comedy Hour” and “The Federal Budget Revue,” as well as Stan’s hilarious Clio-winning TV ads for Sunsweet Prunes (featuring sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury), Jacobson Lawn Mowers, (“Faster Than Sheep!”), a dazzling production number for Great American Soup, and because his fans demand it, the Lone Ranger and Tonto promoting Jeno’s Pizza Rolls.

Among his other notable achievements, Freberg is credited with creating the word “Grammy,” and Ad Age has dubbed him “the Father of the funny commercial.”

Information about the evening is available at the American Cinematheque website, www.americancinemathequecalendar.com, and advance tickets can be purchased at www.fandango.com.  Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $13 for students, and $11 for American Cinematheque members.

In addition, there will be some autographed items of Stan’s for sale, and if you hang around, he will sign any merchandise of his that you bring along for a fee of $25 per item.


2014 Monster Month – Day 15: The Tenant

October 21st, 2014

Who is to say that one monster’s face cannot be the comfortable warm home of another monster? This just might be the way to live for the upwardly mobile. Well, mobile to be sure. Living in this manner would prove challenging to accept your packages from Amazon, but it might be a decent tradeoff considering you wouldn’t have any grocery bills. I personally prefer less saliva in my living room, but the world doesn’t revolve around my opinions.


cavity creep

...and remember kids, brush your teeth at least twice a day to prevent cavity creeps!

2014 Monster Month – Day 14: Snotty Snobs

October 20th, 2014

Matthew 7:5 - Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. (KJV)

sleep apnea

Welcome to our third full week of monsters! Come back tomorrow for a dental lesson.

2014 Monster Month: Day 13 – Malffs of the Mist

October 17th, 2014

Meet the Malffs who rise up majestically from the moist mist while moving their marvelous mugs in magnificent motions timed with their own merry music. Moreover, their mobile members morbidly meander in a most malleable manner to suggest the majority of their bones have no meaningful mass, at least none that can be measured. Contemplating the whole mess can make your mind melt.

Today’s creature is brought to you by the letter M.


Malff monster

More monsters on Monday!

2014 Monster Month: Day 12 – Salty & Sweet

October 16th, 2014

One of my favorite places to eat is at the Colington Cafè in the Outer Banks (OBX to the initiated) of North Carolina. It is a classy joint at the beach in an old house set back off the road amongst some giant old and twisted trees. It is just a little bit of beach elegance.

I, of course, had to bring it down a notch by drawing on the tablecloth. Care for a little Old Salt of a monster with some sweet dessert?


Old Salt

Sailor monsters always come ashore for fresh chocolate cake.