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Elvis Presley Agrees With Trump — “Show Me Obama’s Birth Certificate!”

WEST PALM BEACH — IUDEX online is reporting that Elvis Presley is offering to come out of hiding and perform in public if the President releases his actual birth certificate!

Dovetailing on possible Presidential contender Donald Trump’s accelerated investigation into the ongoing “birther” controversy, the caller purporting to be Elvis offered to appear on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice “once the certificate is released.”

IUDEX Online had no way of knowing if the caller was actually Elvis, who allegedly died in 1977. Numerous reports of “Elvis sightings” have been made through the years. “It sure sounded like ‘The King,'” said IUDEX online’s publisher. See more.

In a related story, a IUDEX online poll indicates Donald Trump would win the Presidential election hands down. “Folks are seeing The Donald as a real superhero, says IUDEX online’s publisher. “He’s certainly proven himself in both handling money and problem solving.”

Some experts view Trump’s foray as a publicity stunt, but others worry he’ll get in over his head. “Trump may have made his mark in the real estate business, but he’s got lots to learn in the handling of real state business,” said one.

Alleged insiders also say Trump is considering recruiting a squad of cheerleaders, dubbed “The TRUMPettes,” for his coming Presidential campaign.

Donald Trump as a superhero

Donald Trump may be just the superhero this country needs to help get America back on track.

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Classic Green Bay Packers VS Chicago Bears cartoons posted online

Captain Cartoon, aka Dick Kulpa, is former publisher of the teen humor-satire CRACKED Magazine, former editor-art director for Weekly World News, and has drawn three syndicated comic strips. His “Draw Play” football cartoon appeared in the Chicago Bear Report from 1988-1999.

The BIG game is drawing near! We’re not referring to the Super Bowl, but the “Super-Duper Bowl,” pitting the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers!

To commemorate the occasion, South Florida caricaturist/cartoonist Captain Cartoon is posting vintage Green Bay Packers VS Chicago Bears cartoons on his website! These originally appeared from 1988-1999 in the weekly Chicago Bear Report newspaper, published by former Bears star Doug Buffone.

Barney meets the Bears

The Captain was not always happy with the Bears' play.

“Working for the Bear Report was a challenge,” says the cartoonist. “I had a limited window of time after each game to draw up a cartoon commentary and either fax or modem it to the newspaper for publication the next morning,” he says. “And night games were the roughest.”

“I also worked full time as a Weekly World News editor and art director, and for three of those years I simultaneously drew the nationally-syndicated cartoon strip Ghost Story Club.” he said.

“Some of the cartoons are funny, others, subtle,” says the Captain. “One cartoon shows just how “hot” the Packers played that day — I drew a devil’s pitchfork burning a Bear player’s rear.”

packers beat bears

Cheesy Packers squeaked by Bears in 1997

“I worked with two outstanding editors at the Bear Report, Michael Polzin, and later, Larry Meyer. I was given significant leeway to implement my own ideas, though I suspect drawing toilet paper stuck to Mike McCaskey’s foot (after Mike Ditka was released) didn’t make me any friends in the front office,”  the Captain said.

So if you’re awaiting the pending “Packer Massacre”, check out those golden oldies! Additional archive cartoons are being posted each day, before “the mother of all football games,” and the Captain plans to create a brand new cartoon comment after the game!

And if you’re looking to get a digital or hard copy caricature of yourself or your kids, Captain Cartoon has posted samples of those works — and how to get them — on the site. Just click the caricature!

Three boys caricatured as sports stars

FREE caricature drawn at Rosalita's Tex-Mex Grill in Atlantis, FL. Captain Cartoon appears there every Tuesday evening.

Two new Wikileaks cartoons by the Captain

Julian Assange caricature

Digital caricature of Julian Assange, produced by Captain Cartoon

Julian ASSange’s appearance on Captain Cartoon’s radar has manifested in the form of two new Wikileaks cartoons produced by the South Florida cartoonist.

The first cartoon shows Assange in the presence of a naked state department “fat lady”, with the Wikileaks flounder himself holding her dress. No effort was made to actually I-D the pictured lady, but one can make an educated guess as to who she is supposed to be.

“The fun part was actually trying to envision Hillary Clinton naked,” says the cartoon Captain. He once photo-manipulated her image by throwing (stuffing) the former First Lady into a bikini during his Weekly World News days.

The Captain followed up with a digital caricature of Julian Assange, (shown above), drawn with his Wacom tablet onscreen. “I really wanted to capture his ‘pouty, spoiled brat look,” says the Captain.

Vehemently opposed to the unauthorized publication of stolen documents, not to mention the rippling, crippling effect that action will have on our country’s ability to “do business,” Captain Cartoon plans more cartoon commentary on the Wikileaks subject.

Both cartoons have been posted on Captain Cartoon’s website for free use.


Captain Cartoon’s Latest Cartoon Billboard is Up as He Launches Online Drawing Lesson!

Port Saint Lucie Billboard

Right side of the mammoth cartoon billboard in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL — When Captain Cartoon draws a political cartoon, people usually notice — and his latest cartoon opinion is no exception! Measuring 37 feet by 10 feet, this full-color monstrosity can be seen in all its glory on US 1 in Port St. Lucie!

The political cartoon billboard ranks as the Captain’s biggest ever (size-wise) — and was drawn in support of the local police department in its ongoing layoffs dispute with the city council. It caricaturistically lampoons local pols over perceived city misspending, and comes on the heels of two other “major” political cartoons produced by the Captain as billboards, all targeting “spend-crazy” politicians in West Palm Beach and Alachua County, Florida.

All his billboard cartoons were produced in support of police unions. (Note: The Alachua County cartoon was drawn “billboard-ready,” and though it was circulated on a flyer, there’s no evidence any billboard version was ever created.)

No stranger to cartoon controversy, Captain Cartoon’s political sketches were first published in his 1969 high

First Political cartoon

One of the Captain's first political cartoons published in 1969. He was 16 years old when this sketch was penned with a felt-tip. Uncle Sam looks more pregnant than fat here.

school paper, and on December 25, 1969, they began appearing in his hometown weekly. The Captain’s oft-favored subject: the local police. This would earn him his first parking ticket in 1971.

In 1977, One of the cartoonist’s most infamous sketches “inadvertantly” targeted the local police department, showing officers “on an emergency run to a local donut shop.”  Originally produced as part of a comic strip series in 1976, the strip was re-published in the Captain’s local newspaper following his election win as a city alderman.

Unaware “that” particular comic strip was published that week, the Captain became aware in a hurry after TV, radio, newspapers — and cops — began calling him.

“Everyone thought I was picking on police as an extension of my school newspaper days,” the Captain said. “And while this was accidental, the overwhelming notoriety opened my eyes as to the power of the political cartoon. I could have been elected Mayor that week, it was so popular,” he added. “People still talk about that today.”

Donut Debacle Comic Strip

Comic strip from the series "Double Eagle & Co." published originally in the Freeport, Illinois Journal Standard in 1976.

The Captain eventually re-drew the strip and published it in Petersen Publishing’s famed CAR-toons Magazine 1n 1987.

Within months of the “Donut Debacle,” the Captain produced a series of cartoons targeting his city’s then-newly appointed police chief, whose financial and procedural dealings ran afoul of several city council members. After causing the local newspaper to do an “about face” from its initial support for the chief, these led to the appointment of a new chief nearly a year later. “Essentially, these cartoons ran the guy out of town,” he quips.

A second cartoon series was produced in defense of a police department’s removal of catalytic converters from police cruisers, an issue raised by the Federal EPA. In 1978 the Feds attempted to fine the city (Loves Park, Illinois) $18,800 for the alleged infraction, and the Captain was drafted by the Mayor to target the agency with a cartoon campaign by inverting the acronym EPA to “APE.” Copies of the cartoons were sent to U.S. Congressmen and Senators, and Sen. Adlai Stevenson III, citing that the government was being made to “look foolish,” finally prevailed upon the EPA to reduce the fine down to a paltry $1,200, (covering attorney’s fees.)

Cities very rarely — if ever — beat an EPA fine. This was a first.

Captain Cartoon would go on to produce “cartoon campaigns” for a variety of causes, culminating in two separate cartoon booklets, both of which generated headlines around the country in 1985 and 1986. One effort gained the endorsement of the then-Chairman of General Motors as well as the Governor of Illinois.

But this is 2010, the 21st Century. Are “cartoon campaigns” still viable in an era of digital media? “You betcha” says the Captain, “and this latest billboard cartoon proves it!”

“It’s an art unto itself,” he says, “one needs to know just how to do it. I’ve had forty years experience! Unfortunately, it’s an era of canned artwork and digital clip art. Access to newspapers, usually running syndicated national cartoonists, has been budgetarily sparse. BUT — the Internet provides a whole new opportunity for this kind of expression.”

In an effort to spark a renewed interest in the field of cartooning and cartoon promotion, the Captain has revamped his website’s “Fun Zone” as the Captain’s “Cartoon Chest,” featuring coloring pages, learn-to-draw lessons and his own intellectual property features, past, present and future.

He’s also ramped up his “history” page, and lists his major cartoon accomplishments on a political billboard cartoon promotion page.

“Part of teaching people how to draw lies in creating ‘purpose,’ ” the Captain says. “When people see what can be accomplished via cartoons and cartoon campaigns, they might jump into the fray. It’s never really enough just to learn ‘how,’ one needs to know ‘why.'”

“Had it not been for my school newspaper, I may never have chosen this field,” he says.”There’s much more to cartooning than comic books and national syndication. I’ll never win a Pulitzer, and you’ll probably never see my political cartoons in syndication (though he was syndicated three times with comic strips). “Localized political cartoons just don’t work that way.”

“Regardless, I’ve moved mountains with my work,” he asserts. “When a labor union nearly lynched me over a cartoon in 1980, that made it all worthwhile, because I knew I had made my point.”

Captain Cartoon is a caricature artist in South Florida. You can see his work here.

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!


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?