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.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1026

I want to thank my friend Janet S. for forwarding this little moment from Port Townsend's history. I hope you all enjoyed it as well.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1025

This grand and glorious Monday morning has me feeling all bright and chipper. But, a happy feeling is like a house of cards. One little gust can bring whole thing down.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1024

All of this except for the last panel is true. I read it on the internet. And if it was me, I'd want to take full advantage of that very expensive fish.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1023

I wanted to draw the attention back to the actual damage done to the environment and how truly hard that is to measure in any terms. So, I over-anthropomorthized. What? That's not a real word?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Comic Critic Reviews: He's Just not that into you. Also, you get The Return of Stickman #1022

Normally I don’t memorize movie lines. I’m more of a visual guy, so I remember scenes much better. I knew this guy named Rick; he could remember movie lines like nobody’s business. We had great fun replaying The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, with me describing the scenes as he did the dialog. And we would have kept it up, but the folks we were with begged us to be merciful and stop. What does our little geek-out session have to do with He’s Just Not That Into You? Well, nothing really. I have these lines memorized because I was doing a lot of cross-country flying and received some sort of karmic retribution: He’s Just Not That Into You was the in-flight movie five times in a row. I’m a slow learner, but I now carry back-up movies to watch.

You're stark naked in the woods and the police have you cornered. Why? Why not go quietly? Why choose the hard way to end that particular chapter in your life? I guess you were going for as many poor decisions in a day as you could possibly manage.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1021

Little Johnny has obviously been spending way too much time playing Grand Theft Auto when he should have been watching the highly praised film Gandhi.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1020

If the guy was only wearing women's underwear when he was caught, then how exactly could he also be in possession of illegal fireworks? And, if he was in the middle of a burglary and did have illegal fireworks on him, just where did he get the fireworks? If this wasn't reality it would have some significant plot holes.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1019

A special warm thanks to my friend Lisa Shaftel at Shaftel s2do for sending in this guest strip. Yes, I know a lot of you have been sending in your contributions. They are in "vacation" queue and will be posted every time my schedule heats up. Many thanks. Keep them coming.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Returne of Stickman #1018

Last I heard the two construction guys got fired from their job and were being charged with animal cruelty. I'm not sure if they've been charged with anything related to the endangered species act. But, those particular chipmunks were endangered, particularly from bozos with nail guns.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Returne of Stickman #1016

I really do wonder what that Mountain Lion thought was so interesting in that guy's garage. Hmm. I think I have an inspiration for tomorrow's strip.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1015

I came up with this saying back in college. I was sitting behind a cash register during the late shift at the university bookstore and it came to me like a light bulb over my head. I was so pleased with myself that I didn't realize the irony of the moment. I keep this little gag on the shelf and I take it down to dust it off every now and then.

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1014

Both The Return of Stickman and The Comic Critic have been selected for inclusion in The Monsters of Webcomics exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, and will be featured in the Virtual Gallery along with a wide array of webcomics from around the globe. This historic exhibition will include over 100 artists, making this one of the largest exhibitions in the Cartoon Art Museum’s 24-year history.

Monsters of Webcomics opens to the public this Saturday, August 8, and will run through December 6 at the Cartoon Museum. You can find the full press release for the exhibition here: Additional information about exhibitions and events can be found at LiveJournal (, Twitter (@cartoonart), on MySpace, and at their Facebook “Fan” page and their “Causes” page.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1013

This 'possible' version of events might be a little extreme. But, as a frequent business traveler, I can easily say that I would not want to be sitting next to, in front of, or behind, a little boy with a plastic sword. Of course, I'm also one of the crotchety people who don’t have kids and thinks that maybe children should be stored in barrels. And whether or not the bung in thrust into the hole is as well is a matter of debate. Maybe the youth in question is stellar in his behavior, but swords, especially pirate swords, are made for swashbuckling, and there really is no room on commercial airliners for swashbucklers. Niquil, yes, swords, no.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Comic Critic Reviews: Appaloosa - 2008

Appaloosa is a slim, trim, and neatly executed Western. Driven by the depth of the characters, the story is lovingly framed with a level of set and costume detail that is hard to equal. The visuals are so tempting that, after the movie, you are left longing to know this mysterious little town’s location. I give it a very strong seven, and was very tempted to give it an eight. I nearly did it, since it contained so many of my favorite actors. I’m still tempted and will do so—if I get enough fans clamoring to sway me to score it higher.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1012

If they took my toenail clippers, they can damn well take bright red blunderbuss. True, I think flying toe nails are more dangerous, especially mine. But, I had my toenail clippers neatly stowed away in my bag and had no plans for taking them out one the airplane. Who knows what havoc that kid might have caused waving his plastic about? Actually, Stickman knows, and tomorrow it will tell you all about it.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1011

There is no rule saying that people who win a huge sum can't complain about their luck thereafter. But, we all know it's in poor taste. And by 'we' I'm talking about the bitter and envious amongst us. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go purchase a lottery ticket.