Every year for more years than I care to remember I've done a custom Christmas (excuse me, Holiday -- usually Saturnalia) Card which I send to friends, colleagues, and clients (real or imagined). Often they're topical. Some years they serve as a kind of personal award to the most ludicrous new trend of the year. One year it was the dancing Santas that showed up in every store and swiveled their hips to "Jingle Bell Rock" or some equally wretched computer generated tune.
Another favorite of mine was How The Grunge Stole Boxing Day. Let me start by saying I admire Dr. Seuss's work very much. I also liked Chuck Jones' work on the cartoon. I found it surprisingly easy to lapse into Dr. Seuss' style. Scratchy crow-quill inking comes naturally to me. Doing a Dr. Seuss pastiche made me appreciate and easily recognize the difference between a Seuss Grinch and a Jones Grinch.
The 2007 card was extremely well received, I'm happy to say. If the planetary status of Pluto sounds like an unlikely topic for holiday greeting ... take a look.
But I digress. Happy holidays!
|2009: What do you REALLY want for Christmas?|
|2008: Santa Identity Theft ... now in color!|
|2007: No Christmas on Pluto|
|2006: Guilt-Free Christmas|
|2005: It's Humongous!|
|2004: Rudolph the Stop Light Reindeer|
|2003: Your Gift is in the Mail. It is the mail!|
|2002: Christmas Spam|
|2001: A Merry Homeland Security Christmas|
|2000: How the Grunge Stole Boxing Day|
|1999: Jingle-Rock Santa|
|1998: Mewwighh Kwizzhmug|
|1997: Vote for Santa Claus!|
|1996: Too Much Christmas Stuff!|
|1995: Keeping the Holiday Spirit Year-Round|
|1993: When Kids Take Over Christmas ... If the art looks a little funny (and I don't mean funny ha-ha) this is one of my earliest attempts at drawing on a computer with a stylus.|
|1992: Only 111 More Shopping Days|
|1991: Merry Christmas from you Bank|
|1990: Celebrate Christmas 1990 on 1/15/1991|
|1989: Santa Gives Part of Himself as your Gift ... The original was drawn on onion skin paper with zipatone (remember zipatone?) which has yellowed. This is the best scan I could get.|
|1988: This Year it's Santa's Turn|
|1987: Merry Christmas to you and your species|
|1986: Little Timmy strikes it big on Christmas morning|
1984 - 1985: What, didn't I do Christmas cards these years? I don't find anything on file!
|1983: Santa makes a list and checks it twice ... with these newfangled computers|