My Take on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Travesty

As a caricature artist I’ve drawn many thousands of kids – particularly young tourists from the northeast – since 2005.  Recently at the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island (Florida), I counted a number of childrens from Connecticut as having caricatures done. That’s because I always ask where they’re hailing from.

I conceivably could have drawn one of those children, though I’ll probably never know this. One thing is certain, however: I will never get to draw them now.

This is MY take on this senseless debacle.

Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting - Santa is weeping

Cartoon shows a grief-stricken Santa crying in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

A “printable” version of this has been added to my home website.

Former CRACKED Magazine Publisher Makes Media Comeback With the Starlette Universe

BOCA RATON, FL — When author and prominent attorney Kathy Johnson approached Dick Kulpa in 2009 to help develop her Starlette Universe, his initial inclination was to decline her offer, since this entailed drawing pretty teen girly-girls and not the macho super heroes he once aspired to.

The satirical aspect of the Starlette Universe  grabbed him, however, and the rest is history. “Especially the parts with the flying pig. And a talking cow.” he quipped.

Boar attacks Starlettes

Starlette girls stymie a charging boar (who is really a shape-shifted Eva the Evil)…with puns!

Plus, these “Barbies” had attitudes, he’d soon discover.

“Kathy’s penchant for puns and poetry intrigued me to no end,” admits Kulpa, and to have a pageant judge coaching me — sometimes vigorously — as to the fine points of drawing glamorous, pretty girls proved invaluable.” After all, back in 1984 Marvel production guru Sol Brodsky advised Kulpa to learn just that.

Cover of Kathy Johnson's Starlette Universe Book 2: Eva From E-VILLE

The evil Eva is peering out a window in this Dick Kulpa-illustrated cover of Kathy Johnson’s Starlette Universe Book 2: Eva From E-VILLE. Eva was drawn digitally onscreen with a Wacom tablet.

“The Starlette Universe features six distinctively different teen girls and their”miss”adventures rivaling anything superheroes offer,” says Kulpa. Their chief nemesis is a jealous, demonic teen queen named “Eva” (the evil) who possesses the bizarre ability to shape-shift into any scary creature she chooses. “What cracks me up,” Kulpa says, “is when the Starlette girls confront adversity with a barrage of puns — and GOOD puns at that!”

The Starlettes also offer solid life lessons mixed in with their entertaining tales, something Kulpa embraces. “I have a long term history producing cartoons and comics offering added social benefit, i.e. the anti-gang “Gangbuster” comic book, as well as political cartoons, so that part is right up my alley.”

“Add to the mix that the author successfully raised a daughter to become a successful national beauty pageant contestant and now a highly respected attorney. Kathy’s record speaks for itself,” says Kulpa, who himself has no plans on entering beauty pageants.

Talking cow

Kulpa says he has to be in the right moo-ood to draw the udderly incredible Blossom the cow, provider of sage advice to the Starlettes — and for the young girl readers who read it.

The former CRACKED Magazine publisher successfully resurrected his artistic career in CRACKED’s aftermath with “Captain Cartoon,” South Florida caricature artist who’s drawn over 35,000 people since 2005. “Those caricatures are hanging around the world, from Moscow (Russia) to Mukwonago, Wisconsin,” he added. Kulpa’s also produced a coloring book, illustrated slide shows and several cartoon billboards among a variety of caricature and cartoon-based projects. Kulpa reveals he’s also written a book about his CRACKED adventure encompassing all points start-to-finish, but he’s  declined to say anything further.

Kulpa has thrown his support to Kathy Johnson’s just-launched Starlette Kickstarter campaign, and produced a first ever semi-animated video on behalf of the Starlette Universe. “It highlights Kathy Johnson’s pun technique and even uses my own music as its soundtrack,” says Kulpa.

“This o-‘puns’ up more opportunities,” he quipped. Kulpa also hints that he may include a bonus autographed CRACKED Magazine along with the rewards posted on Kickstarter for Starlette Universe support.

See Dick Kulpa’s animated video on Kickstarter (and throw some support to the Starlettes 🙂

Dick Kulpa’s blog: Starlettes Humorist Wants More Women as Comedy Writers

Dick Kulpa’s Parody & Cartoon website

Dick Kulpa’s caricature website

New illustrated series empowers tween, teen girls to make good choices

 Kathy Johnson’s “STARLETTE UNIVERSE Book 1: ‘CAT’ASTROPHE” introduces young readers to six glamorous girls who stand up for what is right

 BOCA RATON, Fla. – “STARLETTE UNIVERSE Book 1: ‘CAT’ASTROPHE” (ISBN 061561177X) by Kathy Johnson, a fashion-savvy pageant mom and part-time pageant judge, is the first installment of a new illustrated series depicting the adventures of a group of bright, beautiful girls and their irrepressible dog.

 Bursting with color, wordplay and catchy rhymes, the book introduces readers to Jinnie, Bekka, Skylar, Ashlee, Sallee, Lizzie and Punkin, Skylar’s German schnauzer. United by friendship, fashion, boys and more, the girls are against cliques, evil kids or anyone who doesn’t treat them nicely. In “‘CAT’ASTROPHE,” the gang encounters their nemesis, Eva the Evil, who uses an innocent kitty cat to lure Ashlee into danger. Racing to save the poor feline, Ashlee demonstrates her love of animals and hatred of cruelty. Cuddling the poor creature in her arms, it would be up to the rest of the Starlettes to save the day. Image

 “Along with all the fun, young girls can learn serious messages and rules for living with good advice and character lessons,” says Johnson. “After entering Starlette Universe, all readers are faced with a decision: Team GOoD? Or Team D-evil?”

Aimed at young girls and designed to appeal to their fashion sense, language and adventurous spirit, the book shares profiles of each Starlette and explains their likes and dislikes. The narrative is delivered in rhyming verse that uses hyphens and mash-ups to add new meaning to common words and phrases. The book is fully illustrated by legendary cartoonist Dick Kulpa, with full-color depictions of the girls and their adventures.

Kathy Johnson’s “STARLETTE UNIVERSE Book 1: ‘CAT’ASTROPHE”  available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

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Colorful cover of STARLETTE UNIVERSE Book 1: 'CAT'astrophe

About the Author:

Kathy Johnson is a poet, pageant mom and attorney. A longtime beauty pageant judge, she is the mother of Miss Vermont 1999 and Miss Vermont USA 2001. Her illustrated creation, STARLETTE UNIVERSE, first appeared in the pages of Pageantry magazine.

About the Artist:

Dick Kulpa is former cartoonist and publisher of Cracked Magazine, Former Editor of Weekly World News, and former illustrator of the nationally-syndicated Star Trek, Bruce Lee and Ghost Story Club comic strips.

Web:    www.starletteuniverse.com

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World’s Biggest Virtual Caricature Wall of Fame Just Got Bigger — with 41 More Faces Added!

ATLANTIS, FL — Rosalita’s Tex-Mex Grill’s online caricature wall of fame now features nearly 600 faces, as drawn by South Florida caricaturist Captain Cartoon!

The caricature captain came aboard the highly popular and acclaimed Rosalita’s on Cinco De Mayo in 2010. Since then, he has drawn 100s of faces Tuesday evenings during “Kids Eat Free Night” at the highly acclaimed Mexican food restaurant

“Some places I’ve performed at actually post copies of these caricatures on their walls,” says the captain, “but this restaurant’s highly cultural decor was not conducive to it, so we posted everything on the Web.”

Not only are customers entertained and gifted with a free Captain Cartoon caricature, they get access to a ready-made digital version online. “I snap a pic of the drawing that night, usually with my Blackberry, then open it up via Photoshop and restore the photo to as near a look to the original as possible,” says the captain.

“I’ve also posted ‘how to make greeting cards from your caricatures‘ online,” he adds, “so folks get the most out of this.”

Captain Cartoon gets requests for all kinds of sketches, and savvy entrepreneurs even come in for caricatures they use for their business cards. “Why pay lots of bucks to get these done when you can come to Rosalita’s (Tuesday eves) or Duffy’s (Wednesday Eves) and get professional renditions for free?” he asks.

See the ever-expanding “World’s Biggest Online Caricature Wall of Fame.”

Anthony Weiner for President?

Unsubstantiated rumors circulating the web claim embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner might turn the tables on his detractors by running for the nation’s highest office.

Bill Clinton set the bar on sexual chicanery in the White House during his Lewinsky affair — but fostered a great economy at the same time. Perhaps there’s a connection of talent here, one beneficial to Rep. Weiner’s potential comeback.

Satire/news website IUDEXonline just uploaded former CRACKED Magazine Publisher Dick Kulpa’s “Top Ten List” of possible slogans Weiner may wish to use during any potential Presidential run.

These are based on famous slogans from past elections. “Weiner’s the One” was borrowed from Richard Nixon’s 1972 campaign, and the obvious “A Weiner in every Bun” is derived from the famous Herbert Hoover “Chicken in every pot” slogan. There are eight more, one of them inspired by an Alice Cooper hit song!

In another breaking IUDEXonline story, the results are in on Sarah Palin’s emails, Be prepared for a shock!

Sarah Palin cartoon caricature

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin