Old Newspaper Cartoon: Somebody Cares, Chuck.

Here’s an old, old ‘Birds cartoon. It seems like Chuck T. was writing a diary?

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The Other “Tom Shout-Out(s)”.

I think I feel the loss of Tom Petty more than ever today.
Because of what might have been.

When I was a teen, we got the fan club letter several times a year, and at first when I received it it was called Popular Defective. It was loaded with info, fun stuff, photos, and, short of waiting for magazines to come out with any little article, it was what I (and, I am sure, many others) doted on for info and updates, and pictures of the band.

I know I saved mine, and I can’t find them all for some reason. But I did find the most important one.


I received a total of four copies of this issue, because whoever was running the label making machine printed out four labels for me! So here are the first two:

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The other two hilariously read, “Elizabeth”, and then it was as if someone just said, “Oh, Screw it,” and labeled it “Rock Fan.”

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Chuck T. Rooster, also known now as Tom, exists as a puppet.


Here is the handsome, gorgeous Chuck Rooster, one of my most beautiful puppets ever. And expensive!  His tail feathers totalled about $40 in 1989.

Chuck has the unique honor of being seen by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.

At the National Puppetry Festival held at MIT in Boston, 1989, Chuck performed at the infamous “Potpourri Night”, during which anyone can go up onstage and do anything(as long as it’s under five minutes). This was on the same day that I met Jim Henson and Frank Oz,who were attending the festival, and I was a nervous wreck to know that they were also in the audience this night, but at the same time, I hope I performed my very best for them.

To my credit, some spies I had in the audience, who were sitting near Jim and Frank, heard Jim turn to Frank and say, “She’s good. She’s really good.”
This performance is for Tom, for Jim, for Frank,and most of all, my loving husband, who after seeing this encouraged me to bring out the puppets again:

Inaugural Post! The Head Toss.

This is the first cartoon I tried to do with some sort of format; I was in a hurry so i just threw what was in my sketchbook straight into a frame and called it a day.
The backstory on this cartoon is something funny that Mike does in the Heartbreakers’ “Letting You Go” video…it’s a little toss of his head that you can tell he’s doing to be funny, trying to look all rock-god-like. The others are amused by it, too. You can watch it at the link down below. I was also still calling them “Betty’s Birds”, but I discovered that was a wedding products site or something.

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To see the actual head toss, wait for the line “you’re by the fire, keepin’ warm and dry”. 🙂