Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Old Water Hole


While looking through samples for a presentation I will be giving this weekend I came across a lot of work I had done for Children's magazines that I had forgotten about. For instance, this Water Hole/Crossword Puzzle piece done for Crayola Kids Magazine! This was fun stuff to work on!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Need A Drink...ing Cartoon!


Just received news that a sizeable freelance job I was counting on got the axe, due to budget cuts. OUCH, THAT HURTS!
I'm not a huge drinking man...but this almost calls for a drink...or a drinking cartoon, anyhow.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Today's 'Social Networking' Gag Cartoon


In this day of Social Networking you really need to make sure you communicate clearly and articulately.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Back when I was pregnant!


Ha! I was looking through some old photo albums recently when I discovered this polaroid taken when I was 24 weeks along in my pregnancy back in 1989. __Okay, so I wasn't preggers, but just having some fun with my wife (and dalmatian, Samantha) in the nursery before we started decorating it.___Oh, I felt it kick!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hanging with the boys in Lincoln, NE!


This Friday I will be hitching a ride over to Lincoln, NE, with my friends, Tom Richmond and Cedric Honstadt! We are part of the North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, and on Saturday we will be doing some serious judging of a particular category for the NCS Reuben Awards (to be held later this year in New Jersey). But first we have to get through (survive) our social time Friday night!___I can't wait!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A new gig with AdMavericks!

Check it out! I'm lucky enough to be working with the AdMavericks now!
http://admavericks.com/2010/02/16/ad-mavericks-buck-jones/

Monday, February 15, 2010

My Wife, The High School Softball Coach


Not only am I crazy about my better half, I am also extremely proud, very happy and excited for her as she was named the new Urbandale High School Varsity Softball Coach earlier this morning!___UHS is her alma mater....and even though she'll wanna beat me up...here she is in her softball uniform, circa 1977!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day and more snow!


Okay, it's Valentine's Day, my wife and I exchanged Valentines, shared a hug and a kiss...and then headed outside to, ONCE AGAIN, shovel and snowblow five driveways. It's cold, sweaty work, but both of us are able to appreciate the beauty that is winter.__ That's not to say that looking at this photo of our backyard from last May, didn't make us not look forward to Spring! Oh yeah, we're looking forward to it!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Be My Valentine!


This was a doodle that evolved out of itself the other night. Just start doodling the fat mouse and the rest just happened. Anyway, it was befitting Valentine's Day and thought I'd use it to wish...anyone...that actually views this blog, ha...a VERY HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY tomorrow!

Friday, February 12, 2010

This weather has everything grounded!


This ongoing bad winter weather is the reason behind my canceled trip to see my friend this weekend. The bad weather also reminded me of this cartoon about the Flying Nun...when she gets old and how she is forced to be grounded, too.__Lovely, I know.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cancelled Trip Means I'll Be Home For Valentine's Day!


Unfortunately I was forced to cancel a planned road trip for tomorrow to see my best friend, Myron Melton, and his family.
The upside is I will now be home for Valentine's Day. Now, whether that's good news or not for my wife is another thing :-)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Brain vs. Butt


An interesting doodle I came across in an old sketchbook of mine. Was I just goofing or making a profound statement? Seems a case could be made for each side. I kinda like that :-)

Daydreaming about the beach & bikinis


After spending, yet, another morning shoveling driveways...and another 5 to 10 inches of new snowfall being forecast...really has me daydreaming about warmer weather, the beach...and all the fun that comes with that! Ahhhh, yesssss!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Anything worth having is worth working for!


I realized a long time ago that anything worth having in life will require work...maybe a lot of work. For instance, like in this cartoon, if you desire to have a chiseled chest, the answer isn't in a bottle. The answer is in a lot of hard, physical work.___Unless your goal is big ol' man boobs...then maybe the answer is in a bottle :-)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Valentine Worth Pursuing


Sometimes we pursue Valentines' that seem to be out of our league. As someone who likes to think he married 'UP'...I highly recommend it!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Dog Poops on Sidewalks


My basset hound is so low to the ground, and the snow is piled so high...thus, she refuses to try and GO out in the yard. Which results in my deck and sidewalks being peppered with doggie bombs...for lack of a better term. Oh yeah, it's lovely......ugh.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Parenting 101: Set a Good Example


I take great pride in being a good father to my two children, and I totally believe in setting the good example for them in everything I do__as witnessed in this photo from the 2000 Iowa State Fair, where I demonstrated, on my son, Satchel, the proper way to mark your young. ___ Phew!____Anyhow, both my kids have turned out to be wonderful people of whom I am most proud...despite my being their father :-)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

1992- Baby's Room


Another old newspaper article I came across was this one from October, 1992. The photo shows 3 year old Satchel sitting in a rocking chair in the nursery Kim and I had created. Satch's little sister, Riley, would be born two months after this photo appeared.___We had a dalmatian, Sam, at the time and went with that as the room's theme...thus all the spots, plus we created cartoon characters on foamcore, cut them out, painted'em and hung them on the walls. Wooden shelving units were made, not by me, to look like gym lockers. Oh, and there were glow-n-the-dark stars all over the ceiling. It was a lot of work....but very rewarding and so worth it!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Joneses make the news...circa, February, 1995


Wow, time flies! Just found this newspaper article from February, 1995,...15 years ago. The article was about a line of apparel my wife had created using our 5 year son's artwork. The line was called, SATCHMAN, after our son Satchel's nickname, Satchman. The apparel was created to honor his big brother, Max, who passed away shortly after birth in 1988. A percentage of the proceeds went to charities.___Proud stuff!