Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Lili and Derek Book

It's finally going to press. The first collection of Lili and Derek Comics that have been running daily since 2014. We've selected the best of them and had them published in this really cool super large edition and it's coming in August.

The really cheap low price is $20.00. Email me at jrkroll@mac.com for information. We'll be announcing book signings soon.






Monday, July 13, 2015

Penn and Teller on Broadway, July 12th

Still fun after performing together for almost 40 years, Penn and Teller. They are my favorite act. Just go see them live if you get the chance. I was lucky enough to sit down front where I'm most comfortable. I'm a real seat snob.

They ended the act with the Fire Eating and not the usual bullet catching which for me was a big improvement although I talked endlessly about the bullet catching act to the group that was with me.... the lovely Maria looked at me and said.... where's the bullet catching? None the less... she was thrilled to be there as was her Mom and sister.

And yes, Penn and Teller actually pulled a real rabbit out of a hat.

Here is the colored sketchbook from July 12th show that Penn and Teller were kind enough to sign for me.

We might go back to see them again. It's cheaper than flying to Vegas.

OH, I have to add...if you haven't seen Tim's Vermeer you really should. It's on demand on most systems.

The signed sketch that I added the color to when I returned home last night.

The rabbit... note there were not three hats used I just drew it in the wrong order when I was sketching. The hat in Teller's hand is actually the hat that Penn is wearing.

Teller during the Metal Detector Bit.

Ball and String

Mike Jones plays piano before and during the show.

Penn plays bass as the audience files in.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lili and Derek


Time for more of Lili and Derek. You can read all of them at gocomics.com. It's been running daily for a while now and it's been a lot of fun. We don't run them on Sundays since we've reserved that slot for the Green Monkeys.

We are also working on a hardbound collection of the best from this first year. It should be completed sometime this Summer. We'll keep you posted.



Lili and Derek


Here is the commercial for the Kindle Book. Enjoy.




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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Artie Shaw Orchestra May 3, 2015 Sketchbook from the third row.

We got to see the Artie Shaw Orchestra in Patchouge NY and we all had a blast. I like events like this because I can draw for a solid two hours. I'm going to let these drawings stand as they are. I don't think I'm going to add color. I like the black and white quality and the quickness of the line.

I will leave you with the drawings.



























This last drawing is my favorite and it was the last one I got to draw before the band finished.

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.































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