Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Juried Art Exhibit @ the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

So I went and entered "Jeeraffe" in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Annual Juried Art Exhibition. I (honestly) believed the juror would have a good laugh when he saw it, and maybe even call somebody else in the room so that person could have a laugh at me as well. And then he would toss my entry in the "rejected" pile and get on with his life.

But life doesn't always turn out that weird "normal" way, and that juror, in that little room, decided that, in spite of all the other legitimate paintings he had already tossed in the "rejected" pile (mine included), "Jeeraffe" was worthy of being included in his little show.

No, I'm not kidding.

I really don't think they understand the point of The Rots. I'm hoping this doesn't make them legitimate now; that would be the kiss of death.

The show's opening reception was November 29 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier, and the picture up above here proves everything I just said. They even gave him his own wall with his own lighting! (My apologies to the lady who found her way into the photo.)

And, strangely, the words "cute" and "adorable" came up several times...

The show
runs November 28 through February 14, and the SAMA Web site is the next thing you'll read: Link: http://www.sama-art.org/ex_ev/ligonier.htm

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dino's Sports Lounge

A little popcorn-napkin-straw paper sculpture @ Dino's Sports Lounge, 214 Rt 30 E, Latrobe PA.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

In Memory of Jason Bay

So if you're anywhere near Pittsburgh, and you're anywhere near a Pirates fan, you've probably heard that we've managed to screw up once again.

Xavier Nady wasn't enough. They went and traded Jason Bay.

I was watching a Pirates game two years ago (July 29, 2006, to be exact) when I drew this Rot in my sketchbook. Sorry about the quality; it was one of those sketchbooks with the naturally speckled, recycled paper. Jason Bay was playing, and inspired me to draw "Jasun."

I'm afraid the Pirates will have difficulty being contenders if they don't understand the point of "building" a team. But as a longtime Southwestern Pennsylvanianer and sports fan, I will gladly apologize in this very spot if they prove me wrong.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Trademark Part II

It's official! "The Rots" is a certified registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. So now, every time I use the name, I can put a registered trademark symbol after it:

The Rots®

Pretty cool, huh?

And hopefully, that might deter some evildoer who wants to steal the name for their own evildoer purposes.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Copyright stuff

Well, I just found out yesterday that the check I sent last December 3rd to the Copyright Office, along with a stack of greeting cards published in 2006, has finally been cashed. I hope that means the copyrights aren't far behind. I apologize for the wait, and hopefully those cards will be up for sale soon.

I'm also working on a complete overhaul of the merchandise available on CafePress, so here's your last chance to get the products and characters as they are currently available. I have many exciting new images which will replace the products currently listed, and I will be adding several new product choices. I'll also be working on a quarterly newsletter with Rotty news and info on the latest designs and products, and I'll post newsletter sign-up information here as soon as it becomes available.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Jordan Pond House Restaurant

My guest evaluation survey at the Jordan Pond House Restaurant, Park Loop Road, Bar Harbor ME.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Monday, June 09, 2008

Monday, June 02, 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Forwarded emails create SPAM

I know the people who think I would be interested in some email they've received aren't trying to cause problems when they forward it to me, but it turns out they are.

It's not so much in that they are forwarding, it's in the WAY they forward. This also includes any time an email is sent to everyone in an address book, even if it's not forwarded.

When you forward an email to a group of people and put the list of email addresses in the "TO:" section of the email, every one of the people on the list now has an entire listing of "live" email addresses. If one of the people on the list who received the email from you then forwards it to a group of people in their address book, suddenly a whole group of people--who you probably don't know--now has not only my email address and everyone else's on the list, but also YOURS.

With the speed of the Internet, my email address is now in countless boxes around the globe, and the odds of one of those boxes belonging to a spammer or someone who sells email addresses to spammers for cash are surprisingly good.


I don't want to stop you from forwarding me something you think I might find helpful. I'm not interested, however, in jokes, inspirations or petitions, and please don't put me on your list when you get an email saying, "Send this to 10 people...".

If you REALLY think there is something I should see, here's what I ask you to do:
  • If it's a Web site, please copy and paste the Web site address in an email. Please don't forward the address once it has come from somebody else.
  • If it's an email you've received, please copy and paste what it is you want me to see in a NEW email. Please don't forward the email as-is.
  • Please don't put me in your address book and use my address in a forward to the group of people in there with me. I don't mind being in your address book itself; of course it's easier when you have an email address handy rather than having to type it in or even remember it. I would just rather not have my email address included in a group of email addresses that is going to get forwarded, and forwarded, and forwarded...
  • Please don't include me in a bulk mailing to all your friends with everyone's address in the "TO:" section of the email, even if it's a brand new email that you started and isn't a forward.

Unfortunately, I don't have any kind of filter for my email that totally rejects anything that has been forwarded to me. I've blocked the word "Fwd" in both the body and subject of a message, but that hasn't worked. It only takes one person to get your address out there, and suddenly your BUSINESS email is inundated. That's what happened to mine.

I don't mind if you copy and paste this in an email, but please follow some Internet etiquette and don't send it to a group of people in your address book with everyone's email address listed in the "TO:" section.

And, please, stop forwarding me stuff.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Greeting cards

Still waiting to hear from the Copyright Office about the greeting cards. It's been about five months, and I finally got the postcard back saying they received the package, but they haven't cashed the check for the fee so far.

Sorry, but I only have two cards up on the site right now. As soon as I hear from D.C. I'll put all the cards up from 2006.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008


When I got home from NY, my honey had a cake waiting for me to celebrate a successful trip. I guess the lady who did the writing didn't ask.


My napkin on my train ride home, somewhere between New York, NY and Latrobe, PA.

Sarabeth's Kitchen

My napkin @ Sarabeth's Kitchen, 423 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008


My napkin on my first Amtrak train ride, somewhere between Latrobe, PA and New York, NY. (Sorry about the blurriness--we must have been on a train or something.)

Friday, April 04, 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

D's Six Pax and Dogz

A paper towel @ D's Six Pax and Dogs, 1118 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh PA.

And if eating there wasn't enough (they have vegetarian! Yay!), they went and hung up the last Rot. And not only that, they wrapped it in plastic first! Thanks, guys.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

Greeting cards

Posted two greeting cards for sale on my site. Yes, only two. Still waiting for paperwork to get through the Copyright office, but as soon as it does, there will be plenty more where that came from.

Thanks for your patience...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Leo's Pub & Grille

My napkin @ Leo's Pub & Grille, 202 N Diamond St, Mount Pleasant PA. (Sorry guys...First I spelled "grille" wrong--I see I've done that before--then the picture came out blurry. I'll try harder next time.)

Friday, February 08, 2008

D's Six Pax and Dogz

My napkin (actually, they use paper towels) @ D's Six Pax and Dogs, 1118 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh PA.

Highly recommended for their "Beer Cave." Not tellin' you what that is--you'll have to see it for yourself.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Friday, February 01, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Leo's Pub & Grille

It's been a while, but I'm feeling a little more in the mood to Rot. So here you go...

My napkin @ Leo's Pub & Grille, 202 N Diamond St, Mount Pleasant PA.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Took a bit of a break from Rotting.

It's not that we haven't been eating out, I think I've just been burning out. I've been bringing my camera in case I get in the mood, but I end up not drawing anything. With all the time I spend working, you would think I'd be making enough to live off the interest.

Still no word yet on the trademark thing. My application hasn't been assigned an attorney yet, and I'm not really expecting anything for a few more months anyway, so no biggie.