Dogs, Fish, and Art

If all goes as planned, our house will be a two-dog domicile for five weeks later this fall while a certain bulky but mellow canine from New York named Junior (see below) edges in on what has heretofore been Lulu’s domain.

Last weekend we gave this arrangement an overnight trial run in advance to see whether the two dogs would be likely to play well together for a more extended period come October.

Above: Junior scopes out the joint.

No significant sparks flew, which is a good sign, and so far prospects look good for peaceful co-existence. Maybe they’ll even be BFFs before it’s over.

Below: Lulu keeps a bemused eye on the interloper.

Junior’s sojourn in North Adams is being precipitated by a five-week trip to Thailand that’s been booked, beginning in mid-October, by Junior’s human companion Cheryl Thacker. (Cheryl is a friend of mine from college days who went on to become a professional lighting designer for stage and television once she graduated from our shared alma mater, Birmingham-Southern.) Letting Junior board with us is far preferable, it goes without saying, to subjecting the fellow to five long weeks in an institutional environment equipped with no conversationalists as scintillating as us Cliff Street dwellers to swap ideas with. In addition, he stands to get his belly rubbed a lot more frequently with us in the room.

Having Junior around for an extended visit should do wonders for Lulu’s social skills while allowing Eddie and me to test our theory that there’s no fundamental difference between dogs with black noses and dogs with pink noses. Being true liberals, we believe that it’s not the color of your nose that counts; it’s what’s inside of it.

Below: Eddie and Cheryl engage in a futile effort to get Lulu and Junior to be photographed together without fidgeting.

Art Against Alzheimer’s
(With Sushi Thrown In)

Above: My visualization of video game inventors being creative

Back in 1982, when video games were fast gaining steam and Pac Man was already getting left in the dust, author Steve Bloom asked me to contribute several illustrations for his book about the phenomenon called Video Invaders. The goofy drawing shown here, which depicts assorted game creators lost in the throes of inspiration, was one of the pictures I came up with for Steve’s project.

It’s a drawing that has been lying quietly in my flat files for 28 years while video games themselves have become ever more bloody and elaborate. Now at last I’m able to put this artwork to socially beneficial use by offering it for sale at the silent art auction that’s sharing billing next week with delicious fish edibles at Sushi Fest 2010, a benefit spearheaded by Berkshire Elder Law Center‘s Jim Sisto. Tickets are $45, the raising of funds for the Alzheimer’s Association being the goal. The fun will take place at Taylor’s Fine Dining (34 Holden Street here in North Adams) on Thursday, September 9, from 6-9 PM.

There will be classier works of art than mine for sale that night at Taylor’s, probably, but it’s unlikely that any will be zanier. And any money you spend will increase the chances that you and your loved ones will live out your later years in a more satisfying fashion than my mother did.

Waxing Illustrious on Eclipse Mill Walls

Above: Robert Rendo‘s promotional image for the show

If you’re in the North Adams neighborhood this Friday (September 3), be sure and drop by the opening reception for Illustrious, the upcoming exhibit at the Eclipse Mill Gallery at 243 Union Street. The party starts at 6 PM, admission is free, and I’ll be there to provide my special sizzle in person since a drawing of mine (my cover drawing for the new edition of Stuck Rubber Baby) will be part of the show.

According to co-curators Charles Giuliano and Astrid Hiemer of, the exhibition will showcase "a mix of fourteen local and national artists [and explore] the theme of narrative art and publications." Astrid herself is among the exhibiting artists, whose numbers also include Barbara Armata, Susan Baker, Varujan Boghosian, Shepard Fairey, Robert Henriquez, Bruce Koscielniak, Erika Marquardt, Melanie Mowinski, Marianne R. Petit, Robert Rendo, and Thor Wickstrom. And, as I already mentioned, me.

Above: How my cover art looks framed

About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
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3 Responses to Dogs, Fish, and Art

  1. It is not fair that you get to have two dogs (and the space for them to share) and I have none.

  2. robert rendo says:


    for a laugh, here’s the link that pokes fun at jerry brown and meg whitman.


  3. robert rendo says:


    thank you very much for incorporating the promo poster and a credit with a link. it was very considerate and generous.

    much obliged, and see you and ed at the opening, hopefully!
    robert and rachel