So now you know I'm talking about Ciro Nieli, right? We friended over at the ol' Facebook thing and later realized we grew up in the same part of Northern Philadelphia!
We even went to the same comic shop! R&B Comics in Montgomeryville--- Man, I used to love that old comic book smell when you walked into that place!
Anyway, we decided to grab some lunch and chat about cartoons, skateboarding, his parent's pizza place and a thousand other things.
And, of course...
I got him to draw me something:
Mr. Nieli's got a TON of sooper amazing stuff in the works that I can only tell you about if I promise to kill myself. And I'm waaaaaaaay too busy to kill myself so you'll just have to keep it locked to see what he's got in store for ya'll!
We don't have to feel helpless. We can help. Our small actions together will ripple outward.
That's the mantra written on illustrator Kelly Light's new blog that she's created as a way to help the animal victims of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.
"But sooper handsome Mr. Warburton," you say, "How can a blog help clean up animals soaked in oil by irresponsible corporations?"
Answer: SKETCH CARDS!
Hundreds of fine folk have been drawing, painting, gluing, pasting, charcoaling and doing who knows what else to little sketch cards and then posting them up on the Ripple blog.
And each one...
Is selling for ten bucks.
Take a looksie here at some of my favorites:
Fun, right? And ANYONE can post one. You don't have to be famous. You don't have to be an illustrator, graphic designer, cartoonist or anything. All you have to do is want to help. And, of course, make a card! Then e-mail a scan of it along with a little bio of yourself and maybe some words about how this whole yucky spill thing is making you feel. And there ya go:
But okay... so you don't want to make a card. Why not buy one?
They're only ten bucks each and will look great on your wall. Believe me. I've seen the art you've got hanging around your house. Yuck.
So what did I do? You know me... I'm a pain in the butt so I made THREE cards that'll be sold as a set. Check it out: Sorry it's so small.... I can't seem to get blogger to make it any bigger. (suggestions, oh ye blogger geniuses out there?) If ya click it you'll get a better look.
Rumour has it that my cards are going up on July 1st! First come, first served! And I hear another rumour that July will have some pretty awesome cards coming up by folks like Jarret J. Krosoczka and Sean "Cheeks" Galloway.
So then... on your way.
Make that ripple spread as far as it'll go HERE. And check back often! New cards go up EVERY DAY!
You absolutely MUST watch this highly informative internet video regarding commercial real estate syndication by Richard Freiman, CFP, CPA, EVP, ETC! He's a certified planner (yes, CERTIFIED!) from JB Handauer and Company (my favorite)! I'm telling you, this video is the cat's pajamas! He talks about dollars and real estate and syndication and all that stuff I LOVE.
Don't forget to go HERE and come up with a caption for this photo of me and Mr. Bob Boyle:
And the host of this contest, one Lisa Yee, just pointed out that Fuse #8 aka Betsy Bird aka the highly influential head of the NY Public Library's Children's Room posted this about the contest:
The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things. Like shoes and ships and sealing wax and Lisa Yee’s 75th (ish) Annual Bodacious Book Contest. Every year author Lisa Yee (she of the aforementioned fun covers) has a photo caption contest ah-going. This year is no different and the photo in question features one of my favorite fellows, Mr. Warburton. I hear lovely things about his partner in photo crime, Bob Boyle, as well. Animators. Gotta love ‘em. In any case, give the pic a looksee and then tell Lisa what it should say. It’s like the New Yorker caption contest, only with 95% less shark-related images.
I like being referred to as a "favorite fellow".
I really do.
So why not become one of my favorite fellows (or fellinas) and go make a caption?
The prizes (and secret celebrity judges) are listed on Lisa's blog today... And you can bet I'll throw a signed copy of 1000 Times No into the kitty! (Hopefully the kitty won't throw it up)