The Home of the Creative Mind

Welcome to PooBahSpiel, the online voice and home of the creative mind of Mark Monlux, Illustrator Extraordinaire. Prepare yourself for an endless regaling of art directly from the hand of this stellar artist. And brace yourself against his mighty wind of pontification. Updates are kinda weekly and show daily sketches, current projects, and other really nifty stuff.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Return of Stickman #921


This strip was inspired by the news of Goody's liquidation, which came as a brutal surprise to it's corporate employees.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Comic Critic Reviews Z Channel


I enjoy watching the occasional documentary. And I have fans that have been asking me to review more documentaries. When I learned of Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession I immediately added it to my must see list. The Z Channel was a cable channel that was only available in a small area in California. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, our family received Showtime as part of a basic cable setup. Cable was still very new, and like the rest of the world, our only television experience until then was broadcast. Now, as you might guess, I love watching movies. And having Showtime was like having manna from heaven. And thanks to the Z Channel and its influence on the industry I was able to enjoy the benefits. I was able to see Heaven’s Gate in its full-uncut glory. And that was just one of a hundred pleasures I was able to experience due to the influence of the Z channel.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Return of Stickman #920


I was a huge fan of the The Prisoner. My imagination was especially captivated by the Rover. My friend Bill, one of the creators of Unshelved, is also a big fan and he liked this strip enough to post about it in his blog.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Return of Stickman #919


I've already received a flood of mail informing me that the correct quote is SOFT Corinthian Leather, not smooth, not rich, but SOFT. Thank you all!

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The Return of Stickman #918


What did I do for New Year's Eve? I ate some sushi and watched fireworks on television.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Comic Critic Reviews Just Add Water


Just Add Water is pleasant movie. Well, some of the subjects touched on are not pleasant. But, what is pleasant is the nice even pacing of the film. I enjoy a movie that doesn’t hurry itself and has an even approach to the characters that’s in keeping with the storyline. The grittier moments in the film compliment the dark humor that’s constantly underneath the surface, humor that might look possibly look campy otherwise. And that would spoil the tone of the film. This is a quiet little morality film that doesn’t preach or scream. But, while it might have been overlooked in the theater I don’t think it should be overlooked at home. It’s perfect if you want something a little milder than the normal fair but with plenty of heart.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Return of Stickman #914


This bit of news came out of a reporter’s interpretation of an interview with the son of the Big Bopper. The real story is a lot less titillating.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Comic Critic Reviews Keeping Mum and The Return of Stickman #909


A story involving murder doesn’t have to contain huge amounts of suspense or crescendos of violence to be entertaining. Sometimes all you need is a little warm humor and a nice solid whack. Oh, and a sweet endearing little old lady--that helps a lot. And secrets. Yes, murder is all about keeping secrets. Or, at the very least, trying to keep secrets. So, if you want to see a slightly heartwarming film that just happens to contain a murder or two in it, you might want to add Keeping Mum to your list.



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Friday, January 2, 2009

The Return of Stickman #462


I drew this strip, and then discovered another cartoonist also was having fun with the story. Check out this strip on PVP.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Return of Stickman #907


My New Year Resolution was to be just a wee bit less self censoring. I don't know if that means edgier strips or my willingness to use odd real life stories more. We will see how long this resolution lasts.

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