On the Second Day of Christmas…

…my true love gave to me:

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From the Files: Al Franken

From the Files is a series presenting choice selections from my extensive and highly disorganized physical archives here at Home Base. Here you’ll find lost cartoons, unfinished art, and forgotten doodles. Enjoy.

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A caricature of Al Franken, probably drawn during his 2008 run for Senate. He turned out to be good enough and smart enough to beat John Kerry’s Republican stunt double Norm Coleman by 312 votes.

From the Files: Francis Bacon

From the Files is a series presenting choice selections from my extensive and highly disorganized physical archives here at Home Base. Here you’ll find lost cartoons, unfinished art, and forgotten doodles. Enjoy.

This is a portrait of Francis Bacon — the 20th century artist, not the 16th century philosopher — that I made for a drawing class some years ago.

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After the jump, I’ve provided one of Bacon’s own self-portraits. Late in his life he is said to have remarked to his patron, the art critic David Sylvester, “I loathe my own face. I’ve done a lot of self-portraits, really because people have been dying around me like flies and I’ve nobody else left to paint but myself.” Continue reading →

Double Acts: Fry & Laurie

Double Acts is a caricature series featuring legendary comedy duos. Each entry includes two sketches: one by me, and one by the comedians. Enjoy!

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In this week’s edition we’re jumping across the pond to cover one of the most celebrated comedy teams ever assembled, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Alumni of Cambridge’s storied Footlights Club — where they performed with Emma Thompson — this dynamic duo have become gods of the comedy pantheon since they first burst onto the scene with their 1987-1995 sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie. Laurie became a household name in the States when he played the titular role in House, and while Fry has less international renown nearly everyone is familiar with his deep, buttery voice (and perhaps his recent tour as the British Prime Minister on 24: Live Another Day). Here’s one of my favorite sketches from A Bit of Fry and Laurie:

Mrs. Brown’s Extra Special Bitter

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I made a label for my latest brew, a British ESB infused with Earl Grey tea and lavender. The beer is named for Queen Victoria, who acquired the nickname “Mrs. Brown” from the relationship — whose exact nature is still unknown — she had with her personal servant John Brown.

In 1997, the story was made into a film starring Judi Dench and Billy Connolly: