Sunday, January 8, 2012

Post Holiday Wrap-Up, and Happy New Year!

Happiest of New Years to you all!

I hope that the faithful, and even the not-so-faithful,  readers of this blog had a happy Holiday season, no matter what wacky Holiday rituals your local culture chooses to follow.

We here at Casa de Blanco had a wonderful Christmas, as usual. Perfect Wifey and I had a nice,  quiet day, pretty much all to ourselves. The day started with the traditional opening of Christmas swag. Once again, I made out pretty well (Again, I must wonder if Santa is even bothering to check his "Naughty or Nice" list anymore). I won't bore you with a detailed list of of the assorted items I received,  but I do want to mention a "Gift of the Magi", experience: Perfect Wifey and I both got each other the same gift!

A few weeks before the Holiday, PW and I were in a toy store, and we spotted action figures based on the film  "Gremlins 2". We both were tickled by the figure of the character "George", a sort of cranky Mogwai, based on Edward G. Robinson. I was having trouble deciding what to get PW for Christmas anyway, and, since I feel her collection of action figures is somewhat underwhelming, I decided to get it for her. Imagine our surprise on Christmas morn, when we discovered we had both bought each other "George the Mogwai"! I know, it was a moment that would make O. Henry proud: Two adults buying each other a toy based on a crappy movie. Still, it was a reminder to the both of us that truly, we  were meant for each other. A frightening thought, I know. (BTW, if you are a fan of such things, I highly recommend getting one of these figures. They are really great!)

One disturbing note: For the first time in recent memory, I did not receive even one Doctor Who action figure! A glaring omission, one that makes me feel that perhaps Santa is keeping tabs on that whole naughty/nice thing. Or that maybe PW is getting sick of all the Doctor Who stuff "cluttering up the house". All was not Who-less, though, as Fabulous Sis #2 gifted me with a really cool TARDIS tee shirt. This was a gift that was all the more meaningful, because FS2 really isn't in to the whole Doctor Who thang.

Later in the day I prepared a dinner of Roast Beef for PW and I. I have never attempted to make a roast before, but thanks to the assistance of several cookbooks and the advice of my Perfect Sis #1, it turned out pretty good. I also made Yorkshire Pudding, which, to the surprise of all, also  turned out pretty tasty. After this heavy meal, PW and I were stuffed to the gills, and rolled around groaning like Chewbacca after a Kessel Run. The rest of the day is kind of a blur.

For the New Year Holiday, we went to visit Newport, RI, a place I had never been. Newport is a beautiful town full of wonderful architecture and history, but the  highlight of the visit for me was winning big at a slot club off the highway. Truly a magical start to the New Year!

Ah, yes, but what will the Bill White Cartoon Blog have in store for its readers in the New Year? I'm glad you asked! I don't know. Blogger does has a new format that makes posting images easier, so at least the site will look better. Also, I have recently picked up a few books on cartooning that I will talk about soon. Other  than that, I am open to suggestions: If there is something you'd like to see from me, just let me know in the comments section (Speaking of comments, please leave one, even if you have nothing to say. It makes me feel like people actually read the blog. Unlikely, I know, but often illusion is all we have). One thing is for certain, hilarity and insight will ensue.  Well, not "for certain", but at least "somewhat likely".

To all of you out there, I wish you a happy and prosperous year!

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Blogger John F said...


. . . and you cook too . . . if I could only get the better half to try roast beast.

Another great image - I REALLY dig the way you handle drapery. Looking forward to this year's posts - how about one on the tools you use to accomplish the blog's illustrations?

Some nuts & bolts . . . .

January 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Thanks, John!

I may do a post about my work methods and materials, if enough of my readers are interested (HINTY-HINT!). I fear it would be a "yawn", or even worse, a source of derision, for those that already know their stuff, as my methods and materials are somewhat "primitive".

January 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger David said...

Happy New Year Bill! I'd like to see a post of your drawing process, step-by-step. I'd also like to hear more about your time at Harvey.

January 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger eeTeeD said...

bill white wrote, "...Speaking of comments, please leave one, even if you have nothing to say. It makes me feel like people actually read the blog..."

have you considered moving to facebook? i am not a fan of facebook, and i do not use it, but i think you would get a lot more traffic if you set up shop there.

i know a certain cartoonist who used to blog, and he totally abandoned his blog for facebook because he got so much more traffic there.

many cartoonists cover both bases and put identical posts on their blog and on facebook. you might want to consider it.

January 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Thanks for the Facebook tip, eeTeed. I am hesitant to go there, though. PW has an account, and it seems that all it attracts are people from your past that you never wanted to see or hear from again. PW has posted links to my blog on a couple of occasions, and has gotten NO responses. People on FB seem more interested in posts that are along the lines of: "Had a swell morning, now off to Dunkin's for another coffee, LOL!"

Really don't need to associate with these people, but if I get desperate, I might. Question to any blog owners out there: Has FB increased your traffic at all?

January 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hey Bill,

I have a FB account and actually created a page for David Wasting Paper. I have seen an increase in hits...probably 15-20% from it. I also got a boost from creating a Linkedin account. Remember, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Also, just because the people from your past who you don't want to have any contact with (I have MANY!) can find you doesn't mean you have to accept their friend request and give them access to writing anything on your page.

Give me a call if you want to and we can discuss FB and Linkedin further.

January 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Bill White said...

David- I MIGHT give ya a call sometime, if I had your number. The danger of that though, is we would start chatting about all things geeky, and our "better halves" would start into glowering...

I DO have a Linkedin account, but it has done nothing for me so far. Other than posting on FB that I have a new post up (which all would ignore) I dunno what I would post there that I wouldn't post here. Your FB page has all kindza fun links, though. Readers: Go "Friend" David!

January 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM  
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January 13, 2012 at 4:21 AM  

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