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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.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Baby? Meet “The Tot-inator”

Given the ongoing tempest over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recently-revealed extra-curricular activities, Captain Cartoon has posted his second Schwarzenegger cartoon commentary. A devout fan of Arnie and his Terminator movies, the Captain is not taking these drawings, or the issues, lightly.

Drawing on his tabloid (Weekly World News) roots, Captain Cartoon (aka Dick Kulpa) immediately pondered as to what the “love child” looked like.  A quick sketch during a marina caricature stint brought howls of laughter from curious onlookers, but the Captain, after some considerable soul-searching, felt the newly-discovered son to be a total innocent in this case.

Likewise, Maria Shriver seems to have done nothing but right during her marriage to the Terminator.

As for Arnold Schwarzenegger himself? No problemo!

Rather than ponder as to what an Arnold Schwarzenegger “love child” might look like, the Captain instead chose to imagine Arnold himself as an infant.

In fact, the thought did occur: As a plot device for the next terminator spin-off, Arnold’s T-101 could get it on with the Terminatrix from movie 3 and create their very own “Tot-inator!”

Arnold Schwarzenegger baby pic

Captain Cartoon conception of Arnie as a baby. The "Totinator" is shown with a "dumbbell-rattle" and a bottle of Muscle Milk in this cartoon. Click image for its home web site and larger view -- there are a number of celeb caricatures and political cartoons on this page!

Hasta la vista, baby!

Alternative Osama bin Laden “Death” Pix for Folks Hot to See SOMETHING . . .

Captain Cartoon has posted his own interpretation of Osama Bin Laden’s face as it might have looked during the SEAL raid on his compound. One image reflects his looks when he first laid eyes on SEALS, and a second Osama image shows him after he was put out of his misery — at least as per the Captain’s interpretation.

President Obama’s decision to categorically NOT release the Osama death photos “is in all probability the right move,” says the Captain. “But I felt all those people waiting to see ‘something,’ needed something.”

Keeping in mind that Captain Cartoon’s caricature site is “family friendly,” the Captain did exercise some discretion in posting this imagery.”These are somewhat ‘sanitized,” he admits.

Along with these images is his latest royalty-free Obama-Osama cartoon, swiftly drawn and uploaded immediately after the death of Osama bin Laden was announced. Plus, royalty-free cartoons showing Donald Trump in superhero tights and Charlie Sheen in a “Whiners” T-shirt can also be seen.

All these images, and more, can be seen 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!


Starlette Universe Teen Girls Interview Elvis from Beyond the Grave!

The late great Elvis Presley was just poked in a satirical interview on the Starlette Universe website!
It’s an interesting combo — today’s teen girls with Elvis.
Author Kathy Johnson teamed up with former Cracked Magazine publisher and caricature artist Dick Kulpa to create this colorful cartoon panel.

Starlette teens interview Elvis Presley

Starlette teens interview Elvis Presley in this teen humor satire panel.