Pencil/Ink prelims for Liberty Meadows panels
Uncle Frank, is Brandy Real? IF SO, WHO IS
SHE MODELED AFTER?
Brandy IS real, according to a dear befuddled
fan from Detroit. Actually Brandy is a composite
of several women whom I have lusted after
since 2nd grade. She's based on Lynda Carter,
Bettie Page, Candy Loving, and 2 girls from
my high school, who, one of them particularly,
looked like Brandy. If you were to meet her,
you would see where I got Brandy from. But
personality-wise, I just kind of made her
up. To be honest with you, I don't know how
the minds of women work... So I just made
her the most rational, sane character out
of the bunch.!
IS "FRANK THE VET" SUPPOSED TO
No. I'm Frank the trouser monkey.
IS BRANDY'S ROOMMATE, JEN, REAL?
I knew that this question was bound to appear.
Jen, similar to Brandy (body and size),
modeled after somebody real. Jen is
after an old high school acquaintance
mine. She was a hottie. But, the personality
of Jen is completely fabricated. I
Jen to be the complete opposite of
Jen is bad while Brandy is good. Jen
that she is hot, and she has no qualms
using her looks to get what she wants
wotta woman!) Oh, I have big plans
. . . Stay tuned.
When are going to update and add Oscar and
Jen to the character sheet
on your syndicate's website?
Soon. Very soon. Everything will be updated,
once my new website is launched. Be
to watch for my gallery of censored strips!
Dude, in that strip with Jen, she was wearing
a t-shirt with the letters "SCA".
What does "SCA" stand for?
It stands for "Satan's Concubine
Just kidding, Chester. It stands for
of Creative Anachronism". It's
bunch of people dressed in medieval
who party until they puke their mead
Have you ever thought of putting a real "Jen
Cam" on the internet?
BATGIRL IS ©DC COMICS
Do you sell your LIBERTY MEADOWS originals?
No. My wife won't let me.
Do you take commissions?
No. My hectic schedule won't let me.
Where can I get an original Frank Cho art?
On Ebay. From time to time, I put up
on Ebay. Your best bet is check Ebay
regular basis, especially during tax
What tools do you use to draw Liberty Meadows?
I use Micron Pigma pens (size 02, 05, and
08) on Strathmore Bristol board (regular
surface). I also use a regular Winston-Newton
brush with Speedball black ink to block out
large black areas.
How big is it?
That's a personal question.
No. No. How big do you draw your originals?
Daily strip - I draw on a 8" x 18"
paper with active area of 4 3/4" x 16"
(Active area is where the actual image is
drawn on). Sunday strip - I draw on a 12"
x 25" paper with active area of 8"
x 23 1/2".
How do you draw? (Please be detailed as possible.
I want to become a cartoonist like
With my right hand, I first pencil in the
figures using a # 2 ½ Sanford
pencil (or any #2 pencil lying around)
a Strathmore Bristol board (300 series.
or vellum surface, heavyweight paper.
lbs). After I tighten up the drawing,
over the pencilled lines using a Pigma
pen (usually size 08). Once the ink
(after several seconds), I erase out
remaining pencilled marks using a white
Mars Plastic eraser. It's just that
"Do you do any other type of artwork
besides comic strip art, Uncle Frank?"
Yup. Growing up, I wanted to be an comic
book artist or a book illustrator. I never
wanted to be a syndicated cartoonist because
all the newspaper comic strips sucked (except
for Bloom County, Far Side, and Calvin &
Hobbes). My heroes were people who knew how
to draw (Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta,
Al Williamson, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Loomis,
etc). Although I'm a nationally syndicated
cartoonist now, My first love is realistically
rendered illustrations. For fun on my spare
time, I draw pulp and comic book inspired
illustrations. Right now I'm working on a
new hardback novel by Talbot Mundy. I'm doing
lots of great illustrations for this book
that will be in comic book stores in October.
The book is called JIMGRIM AND THE DEVIL
AT LUDD. You can order it through your local
comic store, now. Meanwhile, you can see
some of my other illustrations on this website:
|WARNING! SOME OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS CONTAIN NUDITY
Go to the art gallery section of that website,
you're gonna love it. Dinos, monkeys, and
If you are a Edgar Rice Burroughs fan,
Uncle Frank's Art Gallery
So, when's that CAVEWOMAN book that
been promising us monkeys, gonna be
Whenever I get off my lazy ass and
damn thing. No, seriously. With my
full of other projects and the way
are unfolding, it should be out sometime
Where can I get the stunning Tiffany Taylor
art print that you drew?
It's a signed and limited print (#1000).
We haven't finished signing them, but
will done soon and in time for Christmas.
I'll only be selling them at book signings
and conventions. I think Tiffany will
selling them on her website, www.tiffanytaylor.com
, for those who can't travel. Tiffanytaylor.com
IS AN ADULT SITE, so no youngsters
I mean it, don't make me come down
and smack you.
There's a "Draw your own Liberty Meadows
strip" contest on your Liberty
website (under Brandy's Fun Page category).
Can I submit and what's the deadline?
Yes, it's open to everyone and there's
deadline. It's an ongoing contest and
winner is voted by the you, the fans.
booty (the prize, you sick perv.) is
crap off my desk. So crank out those
Prelim for Liberty Meadows "Bathwater"
"Uncle Frank, tell us about your background"
Well, I grew up in Beltsville, Maryland(Between
Laurel and College Park), Right by the USDA
(United StatesDepartment of Agriculture)
and BARC (Beltsville Agricultural ResearchCenter).
In fact, I married the daughter of one of
the senior scientists at BARC.
I attended High Point High School (1986-1990),
then Prince Georges County College
I transferred to University of Maryland
of Nursing in downtown Baltimore. I
with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
1996. Why nursing, you say? Simple.
women, and I look good in white. While
University of Maryland Nursing School,
drew a daily comic strip, UNIVERSITY2 (pronounced University Squared) for the
student newspaper at the University of Maryland
main campus in College Park. This college
strip eventually put me on the road to syndication.
LIBERTY MEADOWS was created in Baltimore,
Maryland while I was finishing up my
semester of nursing school (In an interesting
twist, LIBERTY MEADOWS was picked up
Washington Post, but not by the Baltimore
Sun newspaper). The strip is now in
5 countries and numerous websites.
Frank, darling, why won't you answer my eMail?
Very good question. Due to the sheer
of eMail and fan letters, it's physically
impossible for me to answer the eMail.
take it to heart, if you don't get
reply from me. I DO read all the eMail
I receive, so keep those letters coming,
"Do you like pie?"
I read you lift weights for fun. How much
can you bench press?
My personal best bench press is 300 pounds.
That was about 7 years ago when I was
for Judo (when you're short and wear
you have to learn to defend yourself
early age). In a recent local weightlifting
tournament, I benched 285 pounds.
Hey Monkey Boy, did you go to an art school?
No, I went to special school. Just kidding.
No, I never went to an art school.
myself how to draw and paint through
years of practice.
"Uncle Frank, do you own a wiener dog
in real life?"
Yup. My wife and I have a little black long
haired wiener dog named Truman. He's
2 years old and hyper as a baby chimp
"speed". Those of you who
in the Columbia, Maryland area, you
see me walking the little cuss every
As we speak, Truman and I are in a
power struggle for authority...and
I currently reside in Columbia, Maryland
with my lovely new wife, Cari, and
long haired wiener dog named Truman.
You often comment about your short stature
in your strips. Exactly, how tall are
in real life?
I'm 5'5" tall and weigh 145 pounds (average
height and weight of an American woman.
What's your favorite color, Uncle Frank?
What kind of beer you drink?
I don't drink anymore, on account I
mean and sleepy. Two beers and I'm
a light. Yeah, I'm a cheap date.
What's your favorite monkey (or ape)?
Your mom! HA! No. No. I kid you. My
primates have to be chimps because
so damn wacky and the perfect caricatures
of humans. Also they fling their own
which is so funny on many levels.
What's your favorite food?
Sushi. Mmmmmmm. Bait.
Can I have your baby, Frank?
No, my wife got dibs on that.
SKETCHES AT SHOWS
1) I'm not a morning person. So don't waste
your time waiting for in the morning. To
catch me at my booth, your best bet is after
2) Please bring books for me to sign but DO NOT BRING JUST A PIECE OF PAPER for me to sketch. I'm just going to automatically
tag you as an eBay profiteer and not do a
3) I'll be more than happy to do a free head
sketch of my characters but no female characters.
4) I will not sketch someone else's character
(unless I've worked on that book) or sketch
a comic book character that YOU CREATED so
that you can print it later in your book.
5) I don't do commissions so please don't ask.
I hope these guidelines are useful and will
help avoid any misunderstandings in the future.
I'm a young struggling cartoonist. Can you
give me any advice or secrets on breaking
First and foremost, LEARN HOW TO DRAW! 99%
of all professional syndicated cartoonists
can't draw worth sh#@! If you know how to
draw, you automatically double your chances
of being picked up by a syndicate. Second,
WRITE WHAT YOU THINK IS FUNNY. Don't let
anyone else dictate how you should write.
If it's funny, do it. Nothing sacred. Don't
be scared to be funny. If you put out an
honest well drawn strip, people will read
it. Don't be like most of the syndicated
cartoonists out there who hack out crappy
politically correct nonjokes. Stay true to
Do I look fat?
Depends on the lighting.
I'm tired of waiting tables and laying out
breakfast trays every morning. I want
be a syndicated cartoonist. I have
idea for a strip but I don't know what
how to submit to the syndicates. Advice?
Well, my waiter friend, here's what I sent
to the syndicates to get LIBERTY MEADOWS
syndicated. I s ubmitted about 6-8
worth of daily and Sunday
strips (NEVER SEND ORIGINALS). This
the syndicate see if you're consistent
writing and art. I put my proposed
strips in a booklet format. (It's quite
Just take it to your local photocopy
I drew a nice eye-catching cover (with
information). Inside I included:
1 - the introduction letter
2 - a full character sheet (roll call,
3 - A page devoted what the setting
where the main story takes place
4 - 6-8 weeks of strip
5 - my contact information (phone #
6 - and the back cover.
When you send your strips to the syndicate,
be sure to include a self addressed
Now after you send it, be patient.
receive thousands of submissions a
so it takes a while for them get through
all of them.
It took me, on average, about 3 months
I heard anything from the syndicates.
COMICS & BOOKS
PRELIM FOR CAVEWOMAN
I know you like comic books. What comic books
do you currently read?
I cut down on my comic reading due to time
restraints. Quite frankly, I'm 28 years old
and I have a family to take care of. But,
here are the comic books that I DO read on
a regular basis:
BONE by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books).
Gorgeous art and superb writing. I
say enough good things about Jeff Smith.
He is a true master of the comic medium.
TRANSMETROPOLITAN by Warren Ellis and Derick
Robertson (DC/Vertigo Comics).
Absolutely the funniest book around. Inventive,
fast, and laced with sardonic wit, it's great,
CAVEWOMAN by Budd "AssMan" Root
I love this book. It's has everything I love
in it. Dinosaurs, a big monkey, busty women
and guns. Now if this isn't entertainment,
then nothing is. Go check it out. Tell Budd
that Uncle Frank sent you (I gotta warn you.
This is not for everyone. It's violent and
has some nudity. It's rated PG14, but it's
DAMN fun book!).
Your drawing is absolutely fantastic.
style reminds me of the Great Walt
brush work. Have you studied Walt Kelly?
I stumbled upon Walt Kelly by accident. I
discovered Walt Kelly's artwork through
Smith's artwork. For those who don't
Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith is the writer/artist
of BONE, a fantastic cartoon book for
ages. Jeff Smith is, in my humble opinion,
the greatest modern cartoonist currently
working and a legend
in the making. Many of my artist friends
told me that Jeff Smith was inspired
Kelly and I should check out POGO.
those who don't know Walt Kelly, he
greatest cartoonist of ALL TIME! Walt
is the creator of POGO, an American
strip masterpiece. Walt Kelly is through
and through the purest cartoonist who
ever lived. To answer your question,
I studied Walt Kelly.
What's your favorite newspaper strip
I don't read much. No. Not because I went
to public school. What I mean is I
read very many comic strips (because
down right depressing! Most are unfunny
poorly drawn, and all are printed too
small). But I do read a few comic strips
on a daily basis. Besides from my own
(looking for mistakes and unannounced
I read PIRANHA CLUB, MUTTS, BLONDIE,
DOONESBURY. This may come as a shock
of you out there, but my favorite strip
running is FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
Johnson. I think Lynn Johnson is the
cartoonist right now, bar none!
Read any good books lately, dude?
Yes, I have. I just finished reading the
entire "Little House" book
by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House
the Big Woods, Little House on the
Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek,
the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long
Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy
Years, The First Four Years). Now don't
I quite enjoyed it immensely, and no,
not gay or on crack. You bastards.
Next Question, Do I have a woody?
"Uncle Frank, does the syndicate censor
Yup. Here are some strips that have been
*June 15th- (Ralph and Leslie are in a stream hunting
Censored line: "I never met a
I couldn't lick".
*June 18th- (Dean sees Brandy holding a captured beaver)
Censored line: "Nice beaver, Brandy".
*June 20th- (Oscar, the wiener dog crawls into Brandy's
shirt while she trying to demonstrate
to properly hold a dachshund).
Censored image: Brandy's breast reduced.
Deemed too sexy for children.
*July 11th- (Sunday Strip: Truman dressed as a cowboy
ride Oscar like a bronco)
Censored line: "You call this
I've seen more action on a waterbed".
*July 24th daily strip (Saturday):
Panel 1- At a cookout, Brandy is holding
a hotdog and asks Frank for some mustard.
Frank being a nervous freak accidently
some mustard on Brandy's shirt.
PANEL 2- Frank profusely apologizes
Brandy reassures Frank that it's no
and tries to calm Frank down by placing
hand on his shoulder.
PANEL 3- Frank, excited with love by
touch, squirts the mustard into air.
The 3rd panel was completely censored.
powers-to-be thought the last panel
Frank had premature ejaculation. No
dude. They said the mustard bottle
phallic in symbol, and might cause
amongst female readers. Folks, the
business is a weird and frustrating
They are so uptight when it comes to
funnies, yet so lax in other areas
newspaper. Go pick up a major newspaper,
and see how many "bra and panties"
sales ads you can find. Oh, did you
that I can't say the word "bra"
in a comic strip, but I CAN say the
"brassiere" instead (check
May 5th LM strip).
The 3rd panel was ultimately replaced
a drawing of a spilled "white-out"
bottle covering most of the the image
the "squirt" sound effect.
*July 31 - Jen, Brandy's roommate is licking and sucking
her fingers after eating BBQ chicken.
Man almost censored the entire strip
we reached a compromise and just deleted
the sound effect word "Suck"
the strip. They reasoned that it implies
Jen is having oral sex. Good gravy!
they read the Ken Starr Report?!
*August 12 - Jen starts a new website and installs an
internet video camera on her home computer
which she shares with Brandy. After
caught in an awkward situation (singing
from "Grease" in her underwear)
by the internet camera, Brandy wants
camera disconnected. So she and Jen
argument. The final payoff panel is
are watching the entire scene on their
The punch line is, Dean asks Ralph,
When are they gonna take their clothes
Well, this entire strip, not being
oriented", was censored. Actually,
replacement strip explaining why the
strip was censored turned out funnier
the original. You guys will see it
Original: Third panel. Ralph, drunk, picks
Apparently, a cartoon bear picking
is an affront to the American way.
Original: Last panel. Ralph in a dress yells,
I can't say the word "hell"
a family newspaper or "Jesus"
that matter, unless you're Johnny "Messiah"
Original: Last Panel. Dave Letterman says
to "Head Bean" Gary, world
teddy bear maker, and to Ralph. ".
. So 'Head' (Can I call you 'Head'?)
stupid pet trick is Ralphie here gonna
Ralph answers, "I have a trick.
gonna make my foot disappear up your..."
Da Man replaced the word "Head"
to "Bean" in the Letterman's
and completely deleted the words "up
your . . ." from Ralph's reply.
told me that calling someone "Head"
has a sexual connotation to it and
children everywhere especially their
moms who like to write to newspaper
The "I'm gonna make my foot disappear
up your . . ." bit was just wrong
Original: The picture of Star Wars Episode
1 boxer shorts (spoofing the wanton
craze) had Jar Jar Binks on it saying,
Gottsha Force Right Here!" Da
wiped that slogan out. They said it
but it was offensive to asexual people
Original: Last Panel. Ralph swears off booze
and drugs, and decides to be a Born-again
Christian. Ralph is baptized by Johnny
BC characters. Ralph yells, "I'M
My syndicate really flipped out on
My syndicate is Creators Syndicate.
my strip, Liberty Meadows AND Johnny
strip, BC. For those out there who
know about Johnny Hart and his strip,
Johnny is a hardcore Born-again Christian.
He became a Born-again about 10 years
His strip, BC, was once a very funny
in its hey days, but drastically changed
to preachy fire and brimstone Jesus
when Hart was reborn. Anyway, Johnny
is Creators Syndicate's most vital
and I'm not. The President of Creators
came down on me hard. He simply refused
run my BC spoofing strip, unless I
it. I, of course being young, dumb,
of sperm, didn't back down. I told
go to Hell with Johnny. Well, my syndicate
in not so many words then said that
willing to let Liberty Meadows lose
rather than offend Johnny Hart (cash
They said that it will run a completely
strip for that day. I, of course, blinked
and backed down. I replaced the BC
with Will B. Dunn (Kudzu) and the country
preacher from Snuffy Smith comic strip.
moral of this story is "Don't
Original: Tick bite episode. A giant has
Oscar the wiener dog in its mouth (visual
gag). Frank can't get the tick to release
Oscar. Brandy shows up and frees Oscar
punching the tick in the stomach. The
then says the punchline, "Oooh,
my sack." This line needless to
was censored outright.
Original: I spoof Charles "Sparky"
Schulz by drawing the entire strip
shaky style. Although, I didn't use
Schulz's characters, the dickweeds
put in an apology line to Schulz. Sheesh,
everyone is so damn sensitive.
OCTOBER 23, 1999
They changed the phony telephone number on
Khan the Catfish from 1-800-flip-you
They only changed it because some dickweed
actually dialed the phone number and
a psychicphone line.
Original line: Damn! (third panel)
be surprised that this was changed
replaced with "Darn!"). The
thing that DID bother me was that it
changed without my notification. Usually
my editor calls me if there are changes
be made. We would discuss the alternative
word(s) or graphic changes more suitable
for the mass audience (newspaper definition
of "mass audience" is "My
5 year old kid"). However, when
the advance proof sheet, no changes
made which is a sure sign that everything
in the strip is fine. When I saw the
newspaper version (Washington Post)
was altered. I'm not sure who made
the newspaper or my editor, but it
December 4, 1999
Original line: Double Damn! (third
It was replaced with' "Double
December 8, 1999
Original line: "Holy Moley!! Someone
call Johnnie Cochran. Looks like O.J.'s
the prowl again." It was replaced
"Someone call Johnnie Cochran.
like his client's on the prowl again".
Obviously, I can't make fun of O.J.
December 14, 1999
Original version (Second panel) had the Evil
Brandy standing, legs slightly apart,
the doorway against the hall light
dramatic shadow effect. The light filtering
between her legs was completely blacked
Instead of Evil Brandy looking like
wearing jeans, she looks like she's
a skirt. I guess women standing with
legs apart is no-no with the print
Someone should notify Shania Twain.
January 19 thru February 1, 2000.
From Evil Brandy storyline: The original
episodes of Pokemon assassin droid
short. My editor thought it was tad
to copyright infringement and overall
violent for children.
March 11, 2000
Third panel original line: "Tell'em
about that sorority sister who can
March 15, 2000
Fourth panel, Sound effect original line:
"Ow! My nads". (I sometimes
to sneak in a word or slang to see
if I can
get away it.)
March 23, 2000
Fourth panel original image: Dean's chest
is swollen like a woman's bosom. (My
thought a pig with womanlike breasts
March 24, 2000
Third panel original line: "Zounds!
Fourth panel original line: "Can I get
April 4, 2000
Original image: Brandy just woke up from
sleep, and is standing wearing panties.
editors changed it so that it looks
she's wearing sweat pants.)
April 10, 2000
Fifth panel original line: "Got milk?"
(Dean is practicing pick up lines.
said that it was offensive to women.)
April 11, 2000
Third panel original line: "..Fist says
hell no." (Hell is one of many
that I can't use in a family newspaper.
April 12, 2000
Second panel original image: Oscar accidently
rips open the comics page and a giant
ad is seen through the ripped hole.
April 15, 2000
Third panel original line: "Come and
get it while it's nice and hot!"
is holding up a shovel of Oscar's poop
Frank the vet to do a stool sample
My editors said that it was verbally
April 18, 2000
The entire strip was censored. The original
strip had Dean begging Frank to drive
to Al's Treetop Tavern. Frank, busy
computer, ignores Dean and tells him
Dean pulls out a pistol and shoots
computer screen. Frank, scared, agrees
drive Dean to the Tavern. My editors
that the entire sequence was too violent
for impressionable children and they
act it out in school and home. A very
reason to argue against after the whole
incident. Personally I like to give
credit to the intelligence of our kids.
replacement strip was pretty much the
gag except Frank is now rearranging
Wars collection and Dean threatens
shoving a stuffed Ewok toy into his
Doesn't quite have the same impact
original. But what can you do?
Pretty sad, isn't it. And people wanna
why I hate the whole syndication process.
I'll update you on more censored strips
it happens. Oh, and you should check
my new comic book series LIBERTY MEADOWS where I get the chance to put the original
punch lines back into my strips!
Read censored strips online here: