In high school, most kids study Algebra and Social Studies. I studied Shel Silverstein, Basil Wolverton and Gahan Wilson. When I was young, I wasn’t conscious of it, but I’d developed a process of visualizing in advance what I would draw. I’d created a visual vocabulary that allowed me to crank out my Freaks easily and naturally. After school, I got away from these sketches. Now and then I would do one randomly, but years would pass between them. Later, when my kids were young, I would amuse them with my goofy creatures (see above gallery) and we would have fun drawing them together. They grew up and I stopped drawing again for a long time. Then late last year, December 2022, there was a knock at the door, and they were back!
Freak Boutique is my online gallery of odd new cartoon creatures. Each Freak features its own line of T-shirts, mugs, hoodies, posters, phone cases and cards available through Zazzle. My Freak pals would love it if you would take a look at their merch lines and consider investing in a collection or two! Click on them below to sneak a peek.