Saturday, July 07, 2007

Illustration Friday: Geek(y)

"Circus is coming to town," Louie said as he dipped a pink shrimp into the cocktail sauce and tossed it into his mouth. "You taking the kids?"

Charlie didn't pause in his clicking of the remote. "Too old for that." Adding with a sidelong glance toward his pal, "The kids, I mean." He slowed his trigger finger down long enough to identify a Western on AMC... The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence... Lee Marvin was tripping Jimmy Stewart... and then back to clicking. "I don't much care for circuses."

Louie mopped up some of the sauce he'd dribbled across the coffee table and grinned his cockeyed grin. "Because of Milo the Greek Geek?"

No response from Charlie, who had settled on a repeat of Law and Order, one he'd seen two or three times.

"Remember Milo the Geek?" Louie was trying to get a rise.

Charlie grunted and took a pull from his beer.

"Man, I never saw you so upset," as Louie tossed his napkin toward the trash basket, missing badly.

Charlie turned and faced his friend fully. "He bit the head off a chicken and spit it back out at the audience."

"It was fake. It was a fake chicken," Louie grinned. "I mean you could only tell."

"You don't do that kind of stuff in front of kids," and Charlie turned back to the DA's closing argument. "Freakin' pencil neck geek."

Louie laughed out loud now and grabbed the last shrimp.

Peace to all, and steer clear of those sideshow acts.

16 comments:

Focus_ret said...

I definitely agree with Charlie.

Nice illustration. I especially like the light/dark and compositional elements.

Dave M! said...

Once again, you've knocked out a classic. Dynamite form and killer concept. My Eye Friday

biteyourowntail said...

Like the style and perspective - and the concept.

studio lolo said...

Your writing always draws me completely in. I love the cocktail sauce spill and then the circus talks come up. Clever. Great illo to go with the story too!
I had a hard time with this post. I got mean...ugh. I should have looked up the definition first.

AndyDoodler said...

hahaha- grrreat writing and illustration. Very cool- or is it geeky...

steve said...

I'm really diggin' the dark, sketchy style and thick lines here. And I can't believe I missed the Planet of the Apes one from last week---excellent! "You blew it uuuup!"

md said...

nice drawn reminds me kinda of swing blade for some reason. so ozzy started his show in a side show circus tent? who would have thought it.

Bron Smith said...

I enjoyed your provocative drawing and the geek story.

AndyDoodler said...

You are tagged- but only if you want to be- no obligation of course
http://andydoodler.blogspot.com/2007/07/tagged.html

DaisyB said...

You rock twisselman! Always fun to read and see what you've got for a topic :)

Ellen Byrne said...

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is my husband's all time favorite movie!

Your illo is wonderful, as always!

Michelle Lana said...

Hehehe...wonderful illo!

swahnen said...

love the thick lines. cool illo!

Janice said...

I like the carved out look you have achieved here with your basic shapes and planes of colours.... His expression is so nicely detailed and intense that your eye just smoothly moves upppppppppp his legs.. meanders at the chickens head then rests again at the fellow staring right at you!....(Like i was gonna steal that chicken!)

HARDWAX said...

It is late, I'm up very late. but time doesn't matter much, here I think.
Fantastic! I love that terribly angry face on the geek, looks like he might bite off any creatues head, even a man's, given half a chance. Beautiful!
The story could have gone on much longer, and I was hoping it would.

scribblesk said...

Great narrative! You don't want to mess with this guy!