Friday, April 10, 2015

Billy Joel Concert Sketchbook April 3, 2015 Madison Square Garden

Here it is... drawings done on the spot during the concert from Section 113 row 9. Great show, but then again I can't think of one bad Billy Joel song. The set list is posted somewhere on endless internet fan sites. He sang one of my favorites: Zanzibar. 

I sold Billy several paintings years ago. Last I heard... he still has them. Whenever I bumped into him the Hamptons he was always gracious and kind but when I asked him if I could sit in on a rehearsal for an upcoming concert he politely told me, "No." He said it would have been like having someone sit and watch me draw. LOL. I laughed and said I understood. It's only taken me 20 years to get to a show and do these drawings from a great vantage point. I'll be going back on July 1st and I will add to the video version of this.

Betty, my mother, taught me a lot about music. I certainly can't sing but she instilled in me a love of a well crafted song and that, Billy, she said, was one of the best. He certainly has written a ton of them. This show could have been 6 hours and he wouldn't have scratched the surface of everything he has written.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Lili and Derek Commercial

Here is the new commercial for the Lili and Derek digital book available at

You can get your copy of the book here Lili and Derek: Volume One.
It's a compilation of 96 daily comics from where Lili and Derek runs six days a week. Other volumes will be available soon, but for now this should tide you over.

I will soon be posting my drawings from the Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lili and Derek Comic Strip, November 25, 2014 on

Lili and Derek Comic Strip, November 25, 2014 on

This is the latest comic we're working on. Lili is a very self centered Westie and Derek is her best friend. He's a mild mannered German Shepherd.

Lili and Derek

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Another exciting episode of Lili and Derek

Lili and Derek Comic Strip on

Hello all, it's me, your favorite Westie. Don't you love my pink heels in today's episode of Lili and Derek. IT's wonderful... they really did a bang up job on this one. Please share.

Have a Lili-icious Day.

 Lili and Derek

Friday, October 31, 2014

My Latest Dan's Papers cover for Halloween.

Here it is... My 100th cover for Dan's Papers. I actually lost count but there have been a lot of them. And please don't forget to read the new comic I'm working on with Maria Bruno: Lili and Derek.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach 2014

Well this was a fun evening in Westhampton Beach. Sketches from the evening performance and then painted in watercolor the next morning.

It's the Zoppe Family Circus!

If you get a chance to see this during it's tour, please don't miss it.

Add Before the show...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lili and Derek: The New Comic Strip

It's time for yet another comic strip this time about two dogs I've gotten to know over the last few years. I hope you all give it a read when it starts on August 1, 2014. AT first it's only going to run three days a week due to my work on Green Monkeys. It might switch to weekdays soon if I can figure out how to two comic strips at the same time.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My Umpteenth Dan's Papers Cover

I really did lose count of how many covers I've done over the last 25 years at Dan's Papers. In the beginning I only did one a year but later on I started doing at least four and sometimes five a year, so it added up.

Someone at the paper suggested a painting of mine for a summer cover and I had to inform them that it was already used sometime in the early 90s. I couldn't remember the date but I sure as hell knew it was on the cover.

Anyway, here is my cover ( I did one last year for this same event) for Taste of the Two Forks, hence the chefs with the two forks. Not that clever but it works.

Lili of Lili-Land is in the background as is Dan and a few of my best friends.

What's next? Not sure. Maybe a cover for the Book Fair in East Hampton.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sculpture for Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach

Well, here are a few of my suggestion for a new sculpture at the Gabreski Airport. I don't suppose anyone bothered to ask any local artists. The current piece of crap standing there is a piece of junk.

I don't know what anyone at the airport or in Westhampton was thinking when they picked what is there now.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Junior Kroll from 1990. Betty Paraskevas started it all with this little poem.

Betty wrote this little poem way back in 1990. I clearly remember this day. I looked at her and told her it was a book at that we were going to embark on a path that would get us an animated series on some network. 

Sadly it wasn't Junior Kroll that got produced but Maggie was just a good. She said to me once that she didn't think she would have created Maggie and the Ferocious Beast if it wasn't for all her weekly poem writing on Junior Kroll. It was a great fun. Junior ran weekly in Dan's Papers from June 8th 1990 until she woke up one day and told me, "I'm done with little Junior. I've got nothing left to say about this guy." 

In all she wrote about 416 story poems. I have to count them. We published 4 Junior Kroll books with Harcort Brace and 1 extra book with Cookie Jar.

We had a deal at CBS but for some reason Betty got angry that the network wanted the dog to talk. She walked away. We also had a deal at PBS but there were too many changes they wanted and we substituted Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse. I guess they didn't care. Marvin was a big hit.

Junior is around. Sometimes he appears in The Green Monkeys. My old friend Junior will live to tell his story.

Betty, I miss you everyday and nothing makes me happier than look at Junior's smiling devilish face and thinking about all the work we did together. 

I should have written this on Mother's Day. Better late than never. 
More stories of Betty to come.