Weird Science

This is a new series of dioramas, where I’m exploring some ideas inspired by my recent exploration of comix. It looks super cool under a black light.

Early Drawings

Here are some more drawings from my very young self.

Epic battle with Batman, Spiderman and Hulk
Epic battle with a crabclaw monster
Epic battle with Godzilla
Crow-dude, a character of my own invention.

Harry and Hazzel in Haunter Hex

In doing some research for a school project, I found this comic I made as a kid.

Back then, I was deeply inspired by both Tom & Jerry comics, and The Cricket in Times Square.

Cover page to comic
Look at that storm! It was a very dark and stormy night!
car driving in the rain
I’ll translate my youthful handwriting. The top panel reads “Driving home, from a trip, in a car they built, Harry, Hazzle, Jester, and larry feel uneasy about the storm.” Then, “The car is very neat. It has jets in the back, and ??? in the front.” The next panel reads “The bridge the(y) had to cross was down.”

I always made my characters live in over designed houses, and drive over designed vehicles that they made themselves.

A formidable castle in the distance
“They saw this and went in.”
“Look! We can park over there. See.”
“Alright.”

The castle (there probably wasn’t a motel anywhere) was on a cliff, of course. And you can see the purple door, even from this far away.

A huge castle door
“Look how far up that is!”
“Just for a door!”
“Lets see you find a peep hole in that thing!”
“It sure is lopsided!! It has weird carvings on it.”

I remember thinking the door was off when I drew it, so I worked that into the conversation, as though it was on purpose.

I can’t find the rest of the story. I know they found a smaller door and gained entrance to the castle, and had adventures inside. But, I can’t remember what happened.

Street Comics of San Francisco

I went, in part, to San Francisco to learn about the history of Underground Comix, and the role the city played in its development. I wrote about that elsewhere.

As I walked through the city, however, I encountered many examples of comic narrative at the street level. I’m sharing a little of that below.

You are great (in the Haight).

You are Great (in the Haight)

Not sure if this is social justice, but it was huge, surprising and cool.

Pacman Shield Ghost

The next two drawings were in a window, mostly likely drawn by a child. I wonder if they knew it would been seen by someone from the other side of the county, and posted on the Internet?

Help clean the Environment
resist fear poster

The next photos were taken in an alley in the Mission district. They were stunning, powerful and inspiring.

All these drawings and scenes were viewed by a visitor, documented and shared. And I saw a lot more, too. This tells me it’s worth making things like this and sharing them. You never know who will see it.

The Meek Inherit the Earth

Here’s another grouping of dioramas in tin boxes, showing the potential outcome of a nuclear holocaust, potentially caused by misguided tweets, potentially giving rise to new dominant species on our planet. There’s a bright side to everything! Life will go on.
The Meek Inherit the Earth

The Meek Inherit the Earth

Meekness in the Darkness

covfefe idiots

Ant and Cockroach

E. coli & Amoeba

Artificial Intelligence

And, as a bonus:

Coffee talk with Ant and Cockroach

E. Coli blinking