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.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Return of Stickman #1524

Have fun tracking down the news story that inspired this strip. In the news article I read everybody was named except for the son. That little omission set me to pondering. What if the son was a minor? What if he was being bullied into going along? The real story of this strip is not the man’s crazy obsession that the reason his wife would divorce him is because she’s possessed, but the silent passenger in the car. I hope you picked up on it.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Return of Stickman #1522

I've been slacking off this month. My goal was to concentrate less on getting a cartoon out every day and more on working on my books. What ended up happening was working less on daily cartoons and doing more work for clients. I suppose that's good for the bottom line. I definitely plan on slacking off next week. But I'm going to do my best to feel the rest of this week with strips.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Twitter Tip #7

Twitter Tip #7

There are two ways I use Favoriting. One is as a bookmark, so I can go back and find a Tweet I found very useful. The other is to use it as a signal device. The person who sent out the tweet may still have their default settings set to receive a notification when a Favorite is awarded. If I like a tweet, but I don’t want to retweet it—maybe it doesn’t fit my themes—I’ll make it a Favorite so the person who sends it knows that I appreciated their tweet. Here’s the cool thing: when you unFavorite a tweet, the sender of the tweet doesn’t get a notification, so they won’t think ill of you.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Twitter Tip #6

Twitter Tip #6

Follow those you retweet.
Retweeting can be seen as a referral to your followers to follow the creator of the tweet. That referral will have meaning when your followers see that you are also following the creator. Retweets have both the Twitter address of the creator and the person who retweet – which makes it simple to check them out before Following them.

Silent partnerships grow this way. I post cartoons via my tweets. When I get a notification that there is a fellow cartoonist out there retweeting my work, I make a point of investigating their profile and past tweets. I often end up retweeting their cartoons —as long as they follow my themes. You will create a number of Twitter partnerships this way. If there is space, add a comment in the message before the retweet. And never retweet yourself.