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Frankie & Annette Catch A Wi-Fi Wave

May 27, 2015

Someone fell off the blog wagon, and hasn’t posted much lately. Blush! That would be me.

My apologies to all my fans and followers. I’ve been busy with assignments. Yes, I know: a poor excuse.

I’ve been posting single images on my Facebook page. Kind of a quick and easy alternative to blog posts when I’m busy. If you’re on Facebook and would like to see more of my work, you can Like my Facebook page. Just a thought.

As noted in an earlier post, I have friends in local community theater. I help them out, and they give me free ads in their theater programs. Branch River Theatre‘s latest production is Neil Simon‘s Brighton Beach Memoirs. I came up with the following for my ad:blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

program ad for Brighton Beach Memoirs Frankie Avalon Annette Funicello on Brighton Beach parody of 1960s beach movies surfboard on computer with Google landing page joke surfing internet with shark seagull

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highI suspect my younger readers are scratchin’ their heads and thinking: “Yeah, yeah, ha-ha, surfin’ the internet, I get that, but what’s this Brighton Beach Blanket Bingo business?? Is that supposed to be a joke??”

Well, um, yes, it is. It’s a reference to the teen-oriented beach party films that came out in the early to mid-60’s. Most of them starred Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello as the romantic leads, and featured the same “teenage” actors (most of whom were in their 20’s). They had names like Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, and Beach Blanket Bingo.BlankVertSpace.4pixels

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Frankie Avalon Annette Funicello on Brighton Beach parody of 1960s beach movies surfboard on computer with Google landing page joke surfing internet with shark seagull

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highHere’s a detail image. When the folks at Google see that incredibly clever “snorkel mask” standing in for the double-o, I know they’ll want to hire me and pay me big bucks to do Google doodles. It would spoil me, of course…blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

detail image Frankie Avalon Annette Funicello on Brighton Beach parody of 1960s beach movies surfboard on computer with Google landing page joke surfing internet with shark seagull

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highHow good are the Annette and Frankie caricatures? Here are a couple of publicity shots for their beach movies.blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

Frankie Avalon Annette Funicello beach movie publicity photos with surfboard sand big bicep muscles pose gets admiring look

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highAlas, I wasn’t a glamorous teen. Glamor came to me later in life– after I became an illustrator.

Frankie and Annette, however, were glamorous “teens,” even if most of it was Hollywood fakery. But unlike many of today’s pop stars, they never took themselves very seriously. That gives them an enduring charm. They left a lot of us with some very happy memories.blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

Frankie Avalon holding Annette Funicello on beach next to dune buggy with surfboards, sand ocean in background

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Are you a Neil Simon fan? Do you have a favorite Neil Simon play?

Have you ever done any surfing?

Have you ever left a movie theater with sand between your toes??

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A Brief Illustrated Guide To Childhood

May 12, 2015

When it comes to social media images, it’s hard to beat the appeal of an illustrated quote. People love quotes. They can convey great truths, they can make you laugh, make you cry. If they’ve got a little picture, people want to share them. When they do, they help build your brand.

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Everyone quoted Dr. Benjamin Spock when I was a kid. He was the acknowledged child-rearing expert. Today, I’m quoting two other experts. So to speak.

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Robert Fulghum is a bestselling author. He gained fame with his book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.

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Mark Armstrong received his doctorate in Pediatric Illustration from Mark Armstrong University, where he was the only student. He graduated first in his class.

Punk baby toddler with shaved head and dreadlocks, skull tattoo, spiked bulldog collar, soiled diaper, drinking beer, child will normally outgrow the terrible twos

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I worry a lot about kids being exposed to bad example these days– any thoughts?

Are you familiar with “the terrible twos“? Got any successful coping techniques you’d care to share?

Do you use orange dreadlocks to compensate for thinning hair?? (if so, please upload a photo)

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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