Lunar Toons

Mooning the Earth.

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The phases and faces of the moon, by a gibbous baboon.

Nuff said. These are Lunar Toons with sound, comics and comedy.

In space no one can hear you read but they certainly can in the library!
Apart from the Baboon butt, (the Babutt) this is a educational and rambunctious show!

What effects does the moon have on Earth? It’s atmospheres, it tides, it’s people! Charlie Williams is a fine example.

The Jest of the Story

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Audio Visual Storytelling using foley, mouth-sounds, comedy and cartoons.

chazinausjanCharlie Williams is scene and heard!

Don’t know much about history? Each vignette is a few minutes long and the audience helps build the ambience. Fun for the whole family!

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Commercial parodies of Bose radios and Truck Driving school, Charlie has a background in radio and was inspired by Paul Harvey’s the “Rest of the Story.” Kids may not remember or know PH, but Charlie does a great imitation of him- and also sounds like the gopher from Winnie the Pooh.

Which is the Loudest cloud? What was the first man made invention to break the sound barrier? Lewis and Clark never had a disagreement -or did they?
Don’t google the answer! Watch, laugh and learn.

Did you know… Cats not only keep your feet warm in bed and act as a great doorstop; they also give you a workout lifting them up.

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Also.. Did you know…

That spooky, scratchy sound at night coming from outside…

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..sounds like a grave digger… is your friends house haunted?

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No, it is the cat in the litter box. And now you know the jest of the story!!

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Earth Sciences with Chicken Lil!

Earth Sciences
First-second grades.
Enhanced curriculum, WA state
school district approved.

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1.) The Loudest Cloud. Heat, water, atmospheres. The personalities, the science of
weather. Is the sky really falling? Grab a helmet.

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2.) Green Means Grow. The succulent space scouts come to Earth looking for a nurturing environment to live and grow. Cactus Kirk and Mr Stalk star.

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3.) Surfin Safari. How to ride the waves of water energy! Drippy stories of motion in the ocean. “The Brig of Doom.” Christopher Columbus’ Gold, a leaky Brig and a ghost hurricane.
Enjoy the wave watchers scrap book.
Sound vibration + slobber + literacy = Onomatopoeia!

4.) Rock Concert! The Rolling Stones sing songs about big words. Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic foundations of the Earth. Tunes and toons.

5.) A Loony Tale, phases of the Moon. (Lunar Toon?) Tying it all together, a gibbous baboon looks at gravity, tides, atmospheres and orbits of our nearest influential neighbor in space.
I love the Nightlight!
Dancing in the moonlight!
Insert song cue here.

Retail Tales

Now that Toys R Us has closed, I am revisiting my memories. TRU was one of my first retail jobs! Sniff!

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Cartoons from the days of working at Toys R Us, in Port Richey Florida and drawing cartoons for school at UMSL. (ST Louis)  1988-1992

I Don’t wanna grow up!

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Geoffrey’s secret identity. This went all the way to Corporate.

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Then more work while attending UMSL and working at National Supermarkets.

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Then I started drawing a cartoon strip of my lil aliens living on a ranch in Big Butte Junction, Wyoming. (1995-1998)

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Nowadays it looks like this:

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Wakka Chikka Boom!

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You voice is your instrument!
Noiseguy will teach your to play.
Beat boxing, tunes and toons.
Soundtracks for stories and the history of music!
Yes libraries rock, like a rolling stoooooone! 
Charlie does a good Bob Dylan too.

 

Noises, Tunes and Toons. Charlie the Noiseguy creates mouth sound tracks and beats
for his doodle rumpus, you can too! Shake a tale and rock the room!
Onomatopoeia, storytelling and shenanigans.

 

Doodle Rumpus!

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Rumpus.
noun, plural rum·pus·es.

  1. a noisy or violent disturbance; commotion; uproar: There was a terrible rumpus going on upstairs.
  2. a heated controversy: a rumpus over the school-bond issue.

Doodle.
verb (used with or without object), doo·dled, doo·dling.

  1. to draw or scribble idly: He doodled during the whole lecture.
  2. to waste (time) in aimless or foolish activity.
  3. Dialect. to deceive; cheat.

Southern colloquialism, generally taken as meaning “goofing off.”

Here’s Pygmalien in front of the Observe-a-story.

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Here’s what I look like trying to get a good idea:

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Lesson plan: How to draw, design, develop a concept or gag as dexterity in a laboratory.

Charlie wrote and illustrated a daily cartoon strip, Big Butte Junction for the Daily Times and Star Tribune, in 1995-1998 in Wyoming. It was about life in the rural west.

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How to keep journals, write gags, make comedic lists and recording your thoughts. All elements of your personal style. Dreamin’ I like dreamin’.

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Regardless of what the publishing industry says, the audience is your ultimate editor:

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Sketchy beginnings:

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and the final on sketchbook pro/adobe flash on the computer.

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Here’s one from when I was in middle school!

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and a recent one from 2017.

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My current strip is called Funny in the Head and can be found here!

When I was in 5th grade I used to deface magazines and newspapers. (with Mom’s permission of course!) It’s a good way to critique content and the ridiculousness of your realm. It’s not heckling, it’s postulating.

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Journals of doodles, people sketches, funny ideas.

Don Martin was my inspiration and I practiced defacing magazine ads and newspaper stories. I was a budding heckler as early as the 2nd grade. A sense of humor is our strongest shield in today’s world.

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Well, shut my mouth!

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Hi! I’m putting the dumb in idiom! This is a retrospect in hindsight.

Officially my first time on stage doing noises, was in the 9th grade. 1982. I did sounds for a talent show at Prin! I loved using a BIG sound system and that train sounded real!

I practiced noises in school! Here’s proof.

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In 11th grade my friends and I entered a teen talent competition and were finalists at the Fabulous Fox Theater in St Louis.

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Here is the video!!


For the last 20 years I have been working in schools, libraries and festivals across the US, Canada and Australia! (Me onstage for a July 4rth festival on the Mall, in DC!)

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I loved the audiences and meeting new friends. But being my own boss was tough, I had to fire myself a few times and managing the open field of creativity was a trial!

Well, my brain is under new management and the days of being right side dominant are past. Left side rules the roost now, which is kinda like having Spock in charge of the Enterprise.
It is a different style. Funny, safe but definitely otherworldly.

Don’t worry this is not a “SUBSCRIBE NOW” sales pitch. I’m sure you are like me (I know I am!) and you smell ssssssales lingo a mile away.  This is just my story.
I like LIVE shows, in person where I can see faces. Not the ego of having a camera on MEEEE. (altho I am part Blorg!) Love the Mic! (as a tool heh heh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started off in the Funnybone comedy club in Westport, St Louis, back in 1988.

comedyyI had only recently graduated from High School!coverarange

I remember being so nervous to actually speak. I used to do a set of just noises in the form of a comedy story.

A old car making noises and racing a train.

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At the time I was going to UMSL for ~early childhood, ~art and ~hard knocks.
Here’s the 62 Bel air Chevy my vignette was based on.

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I started working at McCare, a preschool for McDonnell Douglass. This is where I started working the comedy, sounds and stories into kid friendly story-times. Then in Wyoming, I started working at the public library. I got to do story-times and lend a hand with books, I loved it!

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From there I started doing programs for schools and libraries across the ‘ol West. Then the South, Midwest, then the South-East Upper Mid West.

Creativity was fun, I would write content when the mood hit and stare out the window and dream. But now, logic is kind and the content is written in reverse, I must have the objectives lined up before I launch a vignette, story or book.

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I also see that having my own job and being free range Charlie is great for self expression, but I ran my life arc in reverse. Most folk get a steady job first, then they seek a career change into self expression. I am doing that backwards too. For 30 years (I include comedy and side jobs as I was working as a waiter, in produce, in preschools and libraries) I did whatever I wanted to do. Now I must do what I have to do. Balance?!

Well I published a compendium of cartoon strips that ran in the state paper in Wyoming. I taught cartoon strip creation and I’m still drawing.

It’s better to burn out than fade away? Well how about both? How about burning brightly, then doing a fade out on the coda? LOL

Neenerr neenerr neeah-nerrr

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I toured libraries and schools in Australia and Canada and 49 of the 50 states. Nowadays I am a freight damaged Noiseguy, slightly used but the mileage sure shows. My random, case-by-case shows are labeled “As Is.”

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Funny in my own state! (of mind)

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Und now….. an explanation of hobby trails and avails. ?=!

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Show biz. It’s like a hobby OK? ~Not like commercial art/fine art debate. The ol safety net of viability below the trapeze act. We he fall or astound us all? Let’s watch and see!!

This country has an entertainment addiction. It’s dangerous, it’s a facade. A distraction.

From Lincolns assassination at the theater, (watch yer back in postwar days!) to the US watching Kennedy’s assassination over and over again, (really? the top down in Texas? what was he thinkin’?) we love the gladiator drama. Fear and wonder, a powerful combination. (movie ref, ahoy!)

Commercial art if working your craft into the status quo, fine art is when you specify on your craft but need a Miss Havisham type sponsor. (FWOOF!) Commercial artists are considered “sell-outs” and fine artists are considered “snobs”. I think both are funny and need to work together! Here’s how:

You need a base of operations. Like an aircraft carrier. It’s where you eat, sleep and train. It has power and light and is HUGE yet mobile. A sortie is a mission, an activity strike. But the jet and the purpose of the sortie are tied in with the base of operations.

Why it’s important to prioritize on the job. You know the adage measure twice, cut once? It’s the same with concepts and communication. Think twice, speak once. On the job you must behave. You think of what you’d like to say and you vent on your break. That 15 minute window summarizes up the whole day.

Life, creativity, work.  A home base to send sorties from. Creativity is on the job, when you are workin’ for “the man” there’s a subtext scrolling across your mind. Plus, pulling pranks at work is a good way to subvert other peoples cognizance. I like to be like the pirates of cognizance. We work hard enough to not get fired but just enough to get paid. Why not? It’s my milieu. You live life, multitask your brain, plan for the cavorting that you do on the free range field. Now get back to the work farm.

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~Doodles of campers I observed in the kitchen while I was coloring boards at a table. Art observances.

Pranks make people snap to. Wake up. It’s our duty as citizens to keep people on their toes. A balance between hyper nation and hibernation.

That job is zen in it’s task. Creativity ad hoc. You gotta set your alarm, shower and make yourself presentable. Whats more zen than hygiene? Help people with your version of customer service. Work is like going to church when you were a kid. Get all dressed up in uncomfortable, itchy clothes. Smile nice, listen politely then get home, get into shorts and get your toys into the backyard mud pit.

The shower is the essence of creativity. You are in there to get clean and that H2O activates the creative side of your brain. You are busy scrubbing bubbles and singing a soap opera. You are miles away in a blue lagoon and your imagination powers up! Work is like a mental shower. Think of what someone said at work and what you shoulda said. Options in motion.

Break, tell stories, say it, vent, breathe, rejuvenate. High tide low tide! It’s lunar and looney.  VOLCANO MOON ORBIT ARTWORK

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Keep it in perspective, that rock star dream of when you were an optimistic kid. I am gonna do what I want and make that cash, oh yeah. Well it is still work, there is always work. Always something to do. Thank goodness boredom is an abyss.

It’s harder to look busy than actually be busy. Be your own boss? I’ve fired myself repeatedly. I even sued myself once for harassment. I settled out of court. The racquetball court.

Bye ya’ll! It’s been real!!
(or has it? Dr. Tesla curse yoooooou!)

 

 

 

Hurry Cane stories

No, not the sensational, yellow-journalism of “Storm Stories,” Geez. remember when the WC used to report just the weather? Kinda like how MTV used to run music videos? Well I guess reality-type, over-exaggerated, TV dramas sell. Gotta feed the need. OMG.
Oh and I bet many small towns in America think Jim Cantore is the angel of death.

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When I was a kid, Publix printed up hurricane tracker charts on the paper bags. (ya’ll in the North, it’s pronounced “Pub Licks.”) We used them to track hurricanes in Cub Scouts, back when the National Hurricane Center used to report air pressure systems and fronts. INFORMATION. Before news went all kattywompus. Tears are used as a hook and I heard from the mouth of a TV reporter at KING 5 “If we don’t come back with video of someone crying, the segment producer gets snippy.”

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We had radio broadcasts and updates in fact form only. Not all the speculation and projected bla-bla-bla that sound bytes have morphed into.

The 1967 season was the only year during the period in which a storm did not affect the state. That was the year Charlie was born. (Hurricane Charley was later)

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In the period between 1975 and 1999, Hurricanes Eloise, David, and Opal hit Florida and the gulf coast region as major hurricanes.

Andrew was in 1992. Homestead took it the hardest! Also there was the Storm of the century in 1992, an unpredictable storm that caught everyone off guard and created night flooding in New Port Richey. (where we lived!) Opal struck Bama 1995. Took down trees in Brewton, where we were living at the time.

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The strongest hurricane to hit Florida during the aughts was Hurricane Charley, which was the strongest hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew. Additionally, hurricanes Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Wilma, and Irma made landfall on the state as major hurricanes.

Charley hit FLA twice. 2004. I did the same thing. Moved away to St Louis, then came back to do more damage. Hey be careful what you name storms. (like yer pets! Don’t name a pet cat “scratchy”)

Hurricane Elena, in August of 1985 moved into the gulf and then… just sat there and kept us all high alert.
I was supposed to start my senior year at Prin in St Louis, but the entire gulf coast was on alert and flights were cancelled. We all waited for days as it sat churning, then moved one way, then doubling back. Some arm bands buffeted our house and I climbed a tree to feel the winds.
I also got to evacuate the house when they thought it was turning toward Florida and I had 10 cats in the car. Cats hate riding in a car -and hate water. They got plenty of both and I got scratches all over me. (Scratchy!) Picture a cat in the car while going thru a car wash! Well the storm didn’t hit us head one, it turned off and we got to go back home and I started school, late.

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Hurricane Arlene was a popular hurricane name. Like Brittany for babies in the 90’s.

I was in bama for shows in 2005. That’s when the phantom storm brushed us. Shows went on, since nothing was really happening, all eyes were upward as clouds rushed by, I wanted to see the effects or the storm surge which were large waves that splashed over the connector bridge. (on that road from Pensacola) I think I caught two waterspouts as well. I about drove off the road!

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Most hurricanes start as a tropical wave. ~An angry zephyr. N-S direction is like a tropical trough, and hurricanes gravitate towards a low air pressure cycle.
The butterfly in Africa flapping it’s wings etc etc. bla bla bla. High pressure is like a mountain, low pressure is like a skateboard park for clouds. Fronts act as walls and can make a hurricane reverse or turn quickly. I learned that as a kid, not from a hyper weatherman groping for ratings.
Contrary to what the forecast models tell you, they still display unpredictability. Even Farmer’s Almanac is wrong sometimes. Havent’ we figured that out yet? No need proof? Look around, you’ll see that chaos theory everywhere. Jeff Goldblum imitation here.

Coming soon: How to build own barometer, with a jar a balloon, a straw and a rubber band. I learned that in scouts. More soon!

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