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Been meaning to do a portrait of Little Richard, since hearing about his death. Earlier last month, one of the founders of a musical genre we all know as Rock n’ Roll passed away on May 9, 2020. He was was 87 years old.

Rock and Roll would not exist if it wasn’t for both black and white musicians, both coming from poor backgrounds. It was created by combining country, bluegrass, swing, and blues. Thus creating America’s most famous bi-racial child. We often hear about Elvis. Don’t get me wrong – watching early footage of Elvis before the ’70s, you can see Elvis’ natural charisma shining through. Elvis had that superstar quality. But there were others in the early Rock and Roll game. One of best from that era was Little Richard.

Heavily influenced by Esquerita, Little Richard was one of the first crossover artists with  integrated audiences during the segregation era. Despite many venues having segregated entrances – i.e., separate entrances and seating for white attendees, and for black attendees. His songs topped the charts in both the U.S, and the U.K. Later on many of those same songs were covered by white performers. Among his peers were Buddy Holly, Bill HaleyJerry Lee Lewisthe Everly BrothersGene Vincent , Eddie Cochran and yes, even Elvis Presley himself.

My mother would occasionally tell me what a huge fan my aunt was back in Liverpool, England. Needless to say, my mother NOT being a rock and roll fan, was annoyed by my aunt constantly playing “Lucille.” In my mother’s defense, her tastes were more aligned with Roy Orbison, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. My mother accidentally got caught up in music history, when she was dragged by her friends to see a certain band called The Beatles. That’s another post altogether.

Speaking of which, Little Richard’s influence was felt by such acts like The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. Little Richard himself had a ’60s comeback after having a turn at evangelism. (Little Richard would also flip flop on sexuality) He would go back and forth from music to religion, then back again. During 1964, Little Richard hired a then unknown musician named Jimi Hendrix to play in Little Richard’s backup band, World Famous Upsetters. Unfortunately, Little Richard and Hendrix clashed a bit, over matters like lateness, wardrobe, Hendrix’s stage antics, and money. It worked out for Hendrix in the end, as he later became one of the most famous guitarists of all time.

Little Richard kept on performing throughout the ’70s, up until his final concert in 2014. He also made appearances on talk shows, award ceremonies, and film. In the end, he was acknowledged as The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll.

Wrapping up this blog post, here’s an illustration I did earlier tonight. Done in pen, ink, watercolor and shimmer watercolor. Although the scan never picks up on the shimmer. Here’s Little Richard during his iconic heyday during the 1950’s.

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Little Richard. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo. June 2020. Pen, ink, watercolor, shimmer watercolor. 

One of my own heroes, filmmaker John Waters, discusses meeting Little Richard:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/nov/28/john-waters-met-little-richard

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/john-waters-little-richard-996961/

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Here’s an illustration finished earlier today. It’s archangel Michael, better known as St. Michael. Done in pen, ink, regular watercolor and shimmer watercolor. Too bad the scan doesn’t pick up on the shimmer paints.

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Archangel Michael, or St. Michael. Pen, ink, watercolor. Illustrated by Michele Witchipoo. April 2020. 

Here’s a prayer for St. Michael, Roman Catholic version:

“Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”

 

 

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Created this illustration back in 2015.

Now in 2020, we’re dealing with a global pandemic.

The pandemic was inevitable. Planet earth needed a break. The environment was being disrespected, and people were disrespecting each other. Greed became the new God. Intelligence is no longer valued. What smarts people have, it’s used to manipulate others. That all had to stop ASAP.

Instead of moping about being quarantined, use this a time for introspection. If you’re healthy, realize you’ve been given a gift. Officials failed us. Of course our government failed us. Any minute New York City will resort to what happened in Italy – make the call deciding who lives and who dies. Covid-19 is real, and it’s here.

This novel coronavirus is a form of population control. Culling the herd. Staying alive is the best protest. Breathing is your revenge. Don’t waste your life. Treasure every waking moment. Self educate yourselves. Don’t take health for granted. Don’t ever dare put others in danger just because you think it’s an inconvenience. If you think 20 seconds is a long time to wash hands, then use some hand sanitizer.

Have compassion for others. Have gratitude. Think about what’s really important in life. Learn how to combine both logic and emotion. Humor always helps. As they say, laughter is the best medicine. Because if you can’t laugh, you’re going to cry, and right now there’s not enough tissues to pass around.

Unfortunately there’s collateral. Innocent people will be harmed. Some will die. The takeaway is this. Now we’re finding out the truth. We’re learning who the good people are, and who isn’t. The masks are falling out, and I don’t mean the surgical ones. Everything you ever assumed was an illusion.

The earth will still be here long way after humanity is gone.

We can get through this.

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Pen and digital color. Drawn and illustrated by Michele Witchipoo, Feb., 19th, 2015.

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Well it’s been one hell of a week. Make that two weeks. The novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19 has shut the whole world down. On my end, the causality list included my radio show, and having a table at Cradle Con’s artist alley. The year barely started, but let’s just say 2020 has been officially canceled.

While I should be upset or sad, strangely I’m not.

Of course, Psycho Bunny decides to opportunistic. Which doesn’t work out.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for March 19th, 2020.

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The Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Psycho Bunny sells Coronavirus tee shirts. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. March 2020.

Social Media (Because we’re all quarantined and have nothing better to do):

Facebook: Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt

Want to buy some of my designs? There’s RedBubble: Witchipoo

Finally, don’t forget to purchase my Squeaky comic. $4.00. Venmo: @Witchipoo.

Before you hit on the next blog post, check out this song I discovered from Facebook. This should be the official COVID-19 theme – and I’m not even a Hip Hop fan.  It’s by Detroit rapper Gmac Cash. You can download the song from iTunes or stream here: https://empire.ffm.to/corona

Then there’s this. It’s on both Facebook and Instagram.

The video made me laugh so hard. Only in America.

Be safe everyone.

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The headline says it all. Thanks to the arrival of this novel coronavirus – formerly known as COVID-19, everything has been getting rescheduled or canceled. In my case, since the radio station was connected to a college, guess what. It was canceled.

Actually all the shows on that station were canceled, but I’m not upset. It had a good run. While this might continue as podcast. Right now I’m taking a break. In the meantime, you can listen to last season’s/semester’s episodes on Anchor.FM. It’s on six platforms, including Spotify.

Keep in mind, this is not the complete end. WHCSradio.org is working on a plan to possibly keep the station running, but only under safe circumstances. If the show returns, please not only support my show, but others as well.

Here’s an article about how college stations are dealing with the pandemic at this crucial time. Published on the Pitchfork website.

 

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Just like what the title suggests. I’ve posted some episodes from the past season from my radio show. The show was originally streamed live on WHCSradio.org. The program is in hiatus now.

Not all the episodes were posted for one simple reason: I ran out of space on Soundcloud. Yeah, I know, it sucks. The entire season will be uploaded onto another site. In case you’re curious, here’s a few to quell your interest.

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While I was doing this show, I discovered a brave new world called podcasting. What sealed it was when I went to Cambridge, MA for MICE 2019. Next door to MICE was another convention called Podtails. It was the first ever Podtail con. This peaked my interest.

As I’ve said before, not all the interviews were posted. I have very short interviews with Diane Noomin, Jamie Hernandez, and a few others. You guessed it, stay tuned for further details.

Doing a radio show was a learning process. Looking back, I was doing it at a breakneck pace, cramming into my already busy schedule. I suspect there were times I sounded tired. Could’ve used a good sleep. Yet I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. The pros outweighed the cons. So if I put together season two, now I know what to do.

Check out my Soundcloud to hear a sample. You’ll hear interviews by Squiddly Sprinkle, Danielle Draik, Mindy Indy and Justin Melkmann. Others will be posted at a later time.

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Pardon the short notice. If you’re in the NYC area, particularly Bushwick, Brooklyn, then check out the monthly Trans-Cen-Der events at Brooklyn Fire Proof. Artists of all mediums and media show slides of their work. Then give a quick talk. I’m among one of the five artists this round. Admission is free, but seating is limited. The event runs from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Trans-Cen-Der is hosted and co-curated by artist Tim Gowan.

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This is extremely short notice. This Tuesday, July 30th, 2019, I will be giving a small talk about my illustrations and artwork at the monthly Trans-Cen-Der. The event runs from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. The location is at Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick, Brooklyn NY. There will be four other artists as well, working in all mediums. Admission is free but seating is limited.

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Monthly Trans-Cen-Der artist event/lecture at Brooklyn Fire Proof, in Bushwick, Brooklyn NY.

This Saturday will be a busy day. During the day I’ll have a table at the Trashland Zinefest II, located at The Footlight in Ridgewood, Queens NY. Admission is free, the event runs from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. I’ll be selling my comics, greeting cards and other items.

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Poster for the Trashland Zinefair II, taking place at The Footlight NYC. Located in Ridgewood, Queens NY. Event August 3rd, 2019.

At Trashland Zinefest II, copies of my latest comic The Temptation of Squeaky will be on sale. Drop by my table and buy your own copy.

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The Temptation of Squeaky. Latest comic from artist and writer Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. 2019.

On Saturday evening, I will be attending the MF Gallery opening party for their Rocky Horror Picture Show art exhibit. Opening party is from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Costumes and Rocky Horror cosplay is encouraged. There will be a screening of the classic cut film as well.

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MF Gallery’s flyer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show art exhibit. Opening party Sat. Aug. 3rd, 2019 in Brookyn, NY.

Below is the painting I did for the Rocky Horror art exhibit. It’s classic Dr. Frank-N-Futer. The mediums were acrylic paint and glitter, inside a refurbished vintage wooden frame.

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Painting of Dr. Frank-N-Futer, main protagonist of the classic cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Mediums: acrylic paint and glitter, inside a refurbished vintage wooden frame. Painting by Michele Witchipoo, July 2019. Painting for sale.

If you’re local in the NYC area, then come down to at least one of these events.

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Yesterday I discovered the Sketch Lottery website is no more. From 2014 to 2018, I would occasionally submit pop culture sketches to the site. It had a good run. In the meantime, I’ll slowly re-post some of those same sketches in my blog.

Here’s one done of a minor droid from the Star Wars series. IG-88. IG–88 is a bounty hunter shown very briefly in 1980’s Empire Strikes Back. The assassin droid is only a blip in the film series, but featured more prominently in the comic books.

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IG-88, droid from the 1980 film Empire Strikes Back. Minor character from the Star Wars series. Originally seen on the Sketch Lottery website. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo, 2015. 

When I was a kid, I was very keen on Science Fiction and Fantasy. During my teens, and of course, due to the influence of my friends, got more into horror and “cult”/obscure films. The past ten years I’ve returned back to Sci-Fi. Including the Star Wars series, something I’ve enjoyed since childhood. Even if Disney owns the franchise now.

Stay tuned for more former Sketch Lottery postings.

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Since ‘Caturday’ is tomorrow, might as well have an early start. Here’s Squeaky, along with her feline roommate Nettie, MeeShee Gamera the bossy turtle, and her mysterious demon friend. From the soon to be posted webcomic.

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Squeaky, Nettie, MeeShee Gamera and the mystery demon make music together. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. March 2019. 

Below is a photo of the real Squeaky Squeakums.

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