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, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Comic Critic Reviews "Fido", and The Return of Stickman #1048

October has been “Zombie Month” here at the Comic Critic. This version of the walking dead places us in an idealized 1950s America. Except all the cold war paranoia has been replaced with Zombie paranoia. And those mid-century high ideals have a hard time meshing with the gruesomeness of the living dead. Both zombie film aficionados and John Q. Public are in store for plenty of laughs as homage is doled out to early American sit-coms. Fido is a lot of fun.

Every time I start writing a comment on a Stickman strip I come up with another idea for a stickman strip. I wonder if this topic is a dead horse yet. Will that stop me?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Return of Stickma #1047

Lots more to this study. I'm tempted to do another strip. Wait and see. My first thought was, "Who is spending the money to do this study?"

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1046

What a bummer for the car dealership guy. First he doesn't get a commission, then he looses his iphone, and you just know he's going to get grilled when he gets back to the dealership. It's enough to make you want to change careers.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1045

I can understand the guy not calling the cops. I wouldn't want to be part of a death-risking high speed chase either. But, just how well will your situation go down with your boss when you call it in?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Comic Critic Reviews "Die You Zombie Bastards!"

Die You Zombie Bastards! is a great title for a movie. It lures you with the promise of a wholesale massacre of zombies. Woe be unto you, you hapless soul, if you saw this movie without first reading a description of it. Even the one I read gave me some hope:
“Red, a serial killer and cannibal, battles against an evil bent on filling the world with Zombies.”

But to be honest, I was already enticed by the title alone. For my pains, I was rewarded with a cruel, visual bludgeoning of this campy farce. At every turn, it tried to overact, over-ham, over-gross, over-digest, or otherwise to leave its audience with an icky feeling: they would be better off without their eyeballs. It was bad for the sake of being bad, awful for the sake of being awful, and it somehow made full-frontal nudity an eyesore of a memory.

General moviegoers might be under the impression that zombie movie fans have a higher tolerance for awful plots and terrible dialog, all for the sake of watching some gore on the screen. But that’s not the case. We can be as deeply disappointed as the next guy when we are served up a heaping portion of swill.

Yet, even after watching this tragedy, I still want to buy a t-shirt with the film title emblazoned on the chest. And I can’t get that accursed theme song out of my head.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1041

I've always been a fan of country fairs and largest pumpkin contests and the like. I wonder where the ribbon for this one will go.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1039

Check out my Night of the Lepus movie review. The funny part was the stampede footage was obviously lifted from a much older generic cowboy movie. But, the movie did show what a threat giant bunnies pose to the world.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1038

Just why didn't they report how much rabbit scat was involved? Just what poses a threat, the amount of rabbit scat, or the radioactivity?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1036

It was pointed out to me that I might have missed a number in the sequence. Oops. Well, at least the story for this week is still in sequence. Honest, this IS the plan the government came up with for the radioactive planet poop.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1037 and The Comic Critic Reviews Zombieland

I saw this film with Elliot Trotter and several of his friends. Elliot is a co-founder of The Cartoonists’ League of Absurd Washingtonians, otherwise known as The CLAW. I’d hoped some fellow members of CLAW would also be able to make it, but it was just the small group of us. After the film, as we waited through the credits to see what sort of surprise might have been tacked on, we had the following discussion:

“So? What rating are you going to give it?” Elliot asked.
“I’m going to give it a seven,” I responded.
“What?! Only a seven?!”
“Okay, maybe I will push it to an eight because of the (insert spoiler here).”
“No. Really? Tell me what you thought was wrong with that film.”
“I can tell you what’s wrong with you.”
“You have movie afterglow.”
“Ha ha ha ha ha,” We both laughed, “Ha ha ha.”
“So, you’re telling me that movie is a ten?” I asked.
“Well…” Elliot hedged.
“Tell me what rating you would give it.”
“I’ll have to think about it.”
There was a tack-on after the credits and we watched it.
“Ha ha ha ha ha,” We both laughed, “Ha ha ha.”

Radioactive rabbit scat. How come I'm the only cartoonist drawing about this? It's

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1035 Columbus Day

I'm still looking for the true answer of which european landed on the continental United States first. Mainly so that I can blame them for everything bad that happened to those already living there.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mark Monlux participates in the 24 Hour Comic Challenge

The 24 Hour Comic Challenge is where a cartoonist must conceive, write, sketch, and ink a 24 page comic book in 24 hours. Several comic book stores and cartoon related organizations organize this marathon to fall on one day each year. This year it was Saturday, Oct 3rd. The location was Comic Book Ink, my favorite comic book store in Tacoma. Amongst the other participants were my friends from The CLAW.
The CLAW at 24 Comic Challenge 2009

This is my story for this year. If you want to see the whole strip click here.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1033

Yesterday's strip offended a lot of pirates. Yup, pirates. That's the story I'm sticking with. Maybe Chinese pirates, but pirates none the less.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Return of Stickman #1032

My interest in movies is once again showing itself in Stickman instead of staying in The Comic Critic where it belongs.