Thanks to everyone who believes in this odd place called Drawger. It's somewhat remarkable that we've been at this for (count em) eleven years now.
Many thanks to Jody Hewgill for the 2016 Poster image! She somehow managed to sum up a really weird and disorienting year with a single outragious stroke of flamboyant insight with this piece.
Big Changes Coming
For 2017, Drawger is going to see a big update that I'm working on now and I'm looking forward, perhaps slightly terrified would be a better way to describe how I feel about the next steps for this beloved place, to seeing how it floats.
Since 2006 the good people here at Drawger have somehow managed to wrap up an annual show and make a gift of it to everyone. As the proprietor of the Drawger situation, it's my distinct privilege to see these entries arrive before the annual is finally unwrapped.
This year, my former bodyguard Harry Campbell was good enough to offer up a poster for the show. How he had time to do this while being the most popular and rugged illustrator in the history of print is beyond me, but he delivered the magic about an hour after I groveled at his door asking for help. Harry is not only the most dangerous man on the mountain, he can shoot an illustration bullseye from 300 yards.
We're a bit late releasing the show this year because the Society of Illustrators have had me in solitary confinement while I finished the upgrade for their online competition site. If you entered Illustrators 57, I hope you enjoyed using thier new software. It was a load fun to program and I'm especially grateful to Kate Feirtag and Anelle Miller for trusting me to make this happen for everyone who loves the Society as much as I do.
I hope everyone enjoys the 2014 Annual as much as I've enoyed watching over the show as it arrived in digital packing crates. Thanks to everyone here who made this happen!
What's the biggest news in baseball as the major leagues move into the post-season? - it's the nine and ten years old illoz Bandits!
Since 2008 illoz has sponsored a fall baseball team and sure-enough, we're back again with some cool kids playing the best game ever!
You wanna know how cool these kids are? The one pictured to left, his name is Truck. That's not a nickname. It's on his birth certificate people!
As the commissioner of Fall Baseball leagues in Western North Carolina I have to round up a lot of coaches. Sometimes it ain't easy to get coaches, I tell ya.
This year was lousy for coaches in the 9 and 10 year old division. I had to ask some friends to help out.
The Bandits coach was a fellow that stepped up. He's Zach Alberto, pictured left and I want to thank him for setting aside his drum sticks and coaching the illoz team this season. His assitant coach is Kelly Barrow, who I'm lucky enough to say is my girl friend and I sure do hope she stays my girl friend after this! Admittedly, Kelly doesn't know much about baseball, but she knows how to keep kids supplied with bubble gum and encourage a smile on their dirty little faces!
Who likes boring team photos? Nobody! Especially Bandits!