Monthly Archives: September 2010

Why Caricature “Walls of Fame” are GOOD for Everyone!

ATLANTIS, FL — South Florida Caricature artist Captain Cartoon just added another whopping 40 full color caricatures to his latest restaurant “virtual” wall of fame!

Customers are bringing their families in droves to Rosalita’s Tex-Mex Grill to get their free color caricatures.

“A ‘caricature wall of fame’ holds great appeal to folks, whether it’s an online wall, or an actual physical one,” says the caricaturist. “That’s because people feel more a part of something, which they like — and are, actually.”

Caricature “walls of fame,” or “walls of shame” have existed for years all over the world, and make for a great decor in any eatery or restaurant. Themes range from celebrity and sports figures to favored customers. “Nobody ever gets tired of looking at these,” says the Captain.

“My ‘wall of fame’ spotlights the customers, and kids especially love to see themselves on their favorite restaurant’s wall,” he adds. “I draw a softer ‘cartoon portrait’ rather than the wildly exaggerated kind, since kids are more susceptible to any perceived negatives. Adults are different, however, and I’ll take liberties there.”

caricature of friends Taylor and Raachel

Caricature drawn at Rosalita's Tex-Mex Grill in Atlantis, Florida.

Unfortunately, most restaurants don’t have the space for the literally hundreds of customer caricatures potentially generated, so Captain Cartoon created an online alternative: The Virtual Caricature Wall of Fame.

“This works perfectly,” he says. “It projects a restaurant’s popularity immediately to the viewer, and gives folks incentives to come to the restaurant to get their own caricature done.”

Plus, “Virtual Walls” are willingly shared via social network sites and email, given that family members want their friends and family to see their pictures,” he adds. “So the restaurant suddenly sees a groundswell of support. It’s all good and good — for everyone involved,” he adds.

Full color caricatures can take anywhere from 6 – 10 minutes to do, depending on theme, whether a figure is added, or “the length and width of a little girl’s hair,” chuckled the Captain. “I try to draw whatever is wanted,” he says, and he uses his Blackberry as an instant computer image morgue file, in case a certain image he’s unfamiliar with is desired. “If I need to draw a ‘statue of liberty’ theme, I Google the image — and there it is.”

“You can’t do enough for a customer these days,” he says. “And they’re getting ‘professionally-drawn’ portraits as well — something one can pay lots of money for.”

Speaking of customer gains, another immediate advantage of the “virtual wall” lies in instant access to digital copies of the hard copy caricatures. “Now folks can go to the Rosalita’s “Virtual Wall”, download a larger version of their caricature, and post or send it anywhere, ” says the Captain.

“The restaurant benefits because now they’ve got people like me blogging great things about them,” he laughed. “I go the extra mile — and I promote my venues.”

He incurs no cost (other than time) in posting the online wall, since Captain Cartoon serves as his own webmaster. He is, however, training his daughter and her boyfriend in the art of posting virtual caricatures. “It’s a great capability to have,” says the Captain.

Captain Cartoon is considering creating more “Virtual Walls” for other restaurants — as well as for other caricature artists.

Visit Captain Cartoon’s official website, and stay tuned as the results come in!


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Captain Cartoon Posts “Virtual Caricature Wall of Fame” online

boy on skateboard

Kids are drawn however they want to be at Rosalitas Tex-Mex Grill in Atlantis, Florida.

ATLANTIS, FL — South Florida caricature artist Captain Cartoon just posted 48 caricatures on a Virtual Wall of Fame!
The “Virtual Wall” features full color digital snapshots of caricatures drawn for customers of Rosalita’s Tex-Mex Grill.
“I value my appearances at restaurants,” says the cartoon captain. “I land many parties through these popular venues, and I’ve developed the http://www.southfloridafuntimes.com website to help promote the restaurants I appear at,” he says.
The colorful caricaturist has produced over 25,000 caricatures since his 2005 start.
He appears at Rosalita’s every Tuesday evening from 6-9 PM.

Cartoonist Pounds Dismal Economic Recovery Efforts!

Cartoonist Dick Kulpa continues to pummel what he terms “lackluster” and “uninspired” efforts at reversing the economic meltdown.
“Bailouts” and “stimulus packages” only serve to maintain the status quo,” says Kulpa. “This country is in dire need of an economic overhaul,” he adds.

Kulpa, former nationally-syndicated comic strip artist and ex-Weekly World News Editor, recently launched his news-satire IUDEXonline.com, giving him an outlet to get his points across.
Back in the 1970s-80s he served three terms in elective office.

“I’ve just posted several cartoons and commentaries about the economy, and what we as a people must do about it,” says the politician-artist.
“We need to inject common sense back into the system.”

Little Shop of Horrors themed satire cartoon

All stimulus packages can do is keep the current monstrous economically-skewed system afloat, says Dick Kulpa

Mounting Debt to China May Be “Bad Noose” For Us!

Cartoon depicts possible Chinese threat to U.S.

Our growing indebtedness to the Communist Chinese may mean "bad noose" for US!

Never in my 57 years have I seen this country in such dire financial straits. To top things off, we’re head-over-heels in debt to Communist China, something I’d never expected.
Try $2.5 TRILLION dollars!

In researching all this tonight, I stumbled across a few other poignant items relative to our Chinese “saviors”, which leads me to believe that “we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!”

I’ve posted this cartoon,  story and several links to my news satire IUDEXonline website, but sadly, this is anything but funny. More importantly — does anyone care? Thusly, will we continue to mindlessly finance China’s offensive weaponry, as we cancel our own defense options due to our mounting Chinese debt?