best of the drawing of the day: fainting couch

In September I do some themed drawings of the day as a warmup for Inktober, where I will be working to prompt list.  My usual September theme is furniture, with a different piece of furniture in every drawing. Hence, this fainting couch drawing.  I am posting it here because I like how it turned out in general, and specifically because of the cat.

My work is full of animals and specifically of dogs and doglike creatures, but I have never before drawn a cat that I feel is a true character in my own style, a cat that could appear in continuity in my comics.  Yay– I finally have a cat.   He definitely shares honorable cartoon cat roots in the designs of Fat Freddy’s Cat and Bill the Cat, but this guy is his own cat thing.  If you want to suggest a name, feel free, but I already have a working name for him that I am pretty sure I like.

(What all this means is Inktober is coming.  I’ll be posting a “best of” selection here, but look for every Intktober drawing every day on my Official Facebook Page at   This is a public page and you do not have to be a member of Facebook to read and enjoy.  If you are a member, you are cordiallyare invited to Like the page and see my posts in your feed.)


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hulk poem september, plus what hulk look like if you want see hulk.

Hulk under maple tree, make poem

  • When leaves not change yet
  • but ready to,
  • Day when looks like rain all day
  • but not rain,
  • Make Hulk feel
  • anything can happen.
  • Something happen.
  • Rain on Hulk happen.
  • Not bad rain.
  • World smell good.

(I have been writing poetry in the person of the Hulk for a few years now, and I’ve noticed that his persona inside my head has been diverging from the canon Incredible Hulk, which of course is the intellectual property of Marvel Comics and whoever owns them now. But soon after I wrote this poem I saw my own Hulk in my head for the first time and I really wanted to draw him.  So I did.  I drew him often enough that he now has an official character design. I don’t know if I will ever draw him in continuity, since I’m not sure about the legality, but if I ever put out a collection of his poetry, maybe I can get away with a picture of the author.  Unlike the “real Hulk” he wears a T-shirt with his tattered Hulk pants.  In color, his key line will be dark green, and he himself is mint or apple green and web safe tan.)

Anyway, we have a Poetry Hulk.

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pajama shark week bonus– shark week reruns

Remember how I promised you a bonus Pajama Shark cartoon to bring our Shark Week total up to seven (that is, a full week)?  I finally came up with an idea:  Thresher and his pals watch shark documentaries streaming on his laptop.  In this modern world, any week can be Shark Week.

And now it’s September, Inktober is coming, and as usual I am warming up with a set of themed drawings of the day.  It’s not quite working to a daily prompt, but it gives me a little more structure than my usual automatic drawings.  As usual, my go to theme is furniture, with a different piece of furniture featured in each drawing.  The article of domestic furnishing here is, of course, the classic crummy, tweedy American rec room couch.

Oddly, this is the first Pajama Shark drawing where I haven’t been more or less struggling to draw Thresher in various humanoid poses while staying faithful to his cartoonified shark anatomy.  Apparently a shark who is vegging out on the couch watching TV on a laptop is a shark who is doing what comes naturally– and he can be drawn as such.  Apparently the back of the same couch is also the native habitat of the toy megalodon.

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pajama shark week 6

It’s the last day of August and the first day of the Labor Day weekend, and frankly, I agree with Thresher.  Fall is on the inevitable horizon and a lot of us aren’t unhappy about that.  Grab your notebook, your cool camera in a cool old leather never-ready case, and a coffee and umbrella to your personal taste, and head out into the future in a spirit of friendliness and curiosity.

Thank you for celebrating Shark Week with us in single panel cartoons from the sketchbook.  Love from Thresher the Pajama Shark, O’Possum, and the Megalodon.

(And yes, I know a week is seven days– one of my “real time” Shark Week cartoons was a failure.  This happens sometimes.  I owe you guys a Pajama Shark cartoon, and I hope to make it up to you soon.)

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pajama shark week 5

Here’s a shout out to all of us who love those silly phone games.  Real gamers call us names, but hey, we are having some fun.   And having a faithful pal beside us, like our toy Megalodon, only makes it funner.

After yesterday’s comic, I’m pretty sure the ideal Pajama Shark Feeding Frenzy game would feature a combination of sweet and salty snacks to devour, from pretzels to cupcakes, and not just candy.  If I redraw this sketch cartoon for a finished collection, I may change up the caption a bit.

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pajama shark week 4

And of course, during Shark Week we can learn many interesting facts about sharks.  For, example, one of the worst things that can happen to a 12 foot long shark is a 20 foot long shark.  Translate that into the peaceful world of the Pajama Shark and it’s bad news for those shark-shaped sugar cookies.

Drawing Thresher’s shark-shaped cookie cutter was a fun challenge.  I think I captured the softened effect and rounded lines of a baked cookie compared to the shape of the cutter, but the relative sizes are probably way off.

I may bake some cookies this afternoon, but I’m too lazy to roll them out so I will probably just drop them.  The household sharks will almost certainly eat them anyway.

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pajama shark week 3

Among the fun things about Shark Week are all the special merchandising tie-ins at your favorite stores.  If you like shark stuff, this is the time to shop for it.  Thresher is, of course, a keen reader, and like any keen reader he loves used bookstores.  Trust the opossum (should we call her O’Possum?) to find the one joke book in the bunch.

Everyone who has seen even a few of my comics knows I love to draw shelves and piles of books.  What better symbol for both the search for knowledge and the pleasures of the hunt?  I had a lot of fun coming up with the titles of the shark-related books.  Some of them are based on the titles of real Shark Week shows.  (Shark Pie is not one of them.  It is a humorous children’s book.)

“Pelagic” is one of my favorite words.  It describes animals that live in the deepest parts of the ocean, furthest from land.



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pajama shark week 2

No Shark Week is complete without several shows about the prehistoric megalodon. That got me wondering about the relationship between modern cartoon friendly sharks and their own epic history.  I decided they  think of the mighty sharks of the past the same way we think about dinosaurs.  And that means if you are friendly shark and a kid at heart, you might very well have a stuffed toy megalodon.

Thresher’s Megalodon is definitely based on my own much loved IKEA shark.


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pajama shark week 1

Summer means Shark Week on basic cable TV, and I think cartoon Friendly Sharks probably enjoy it a lot.  And even more so now that the tone has turned from “sharks are terrifying monsters” to “sharks are ancient creatures who are amazing and fascinating and important to the ecology of the oceans”.

Thresher the Pajama Shark definitely thinks so, and I agree with him.  I drew a one panel Thresher comic every day during Shark Week, and here’s the first one.  I think this is the core cast for a potential Pajama Shark series:  The PS himself, his pal the Opossum, and his toy Megalodon.  We’ll meet the latter officially later in the Week.

And yes, the snack in the big snack bowl is goldfish crackers.

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save the doodles, ice cream edition

And … we’re back. Cartoon Shark Week is coming soon (art is done, edits are not), but we can always rely on our doodles to entertain us every day and keep our creative vision keen and sharp.  Let’s save the doodles!  These are the smaller cousins of the placemat doodles, the ice cream shop napkin doodles.  These coarse, absorbent drawing surfaces reward bold choices in drawing tools, in this case a store brand black gel pen from Staples in a 0.7 medium nib.  The ink in this pen is pretty much permanent when dry, but that doesn’t take into account the ice cream coming a little early.  So those smears are both sweet and genuine.

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