My Big Biker Weekend

May 5, 2008

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I decided this weekend would be my big, “get back into biking” weekend. I dug around and found some of my old riding gear, a styrofoam helmet, one glove and my Nike biking shoes. Upon further consideration, I decided I would rather die than be seen in any of this stuff, so I rolled up my jeans, put on my Chucks and a ball cap and hit the road.

I went to Ft. Wayne to ride because there are supposed to be some really good bike trails up there. I managed to find one of the trail heads and headed out on my rusted black beauty. It was really fun. The trail system runs for miles along the St. Joe and Maume rivers. I did get lost at one point and found myself peddling thru the skyscrapers in downtown Ft. Wayne, (I’m still not sure how that happened). I ended up in a downtown park with about half a brazilian people standing in line for something. I asked what was going on and it turns out some fellow named Obama was speaking in a pavilion there about something.

As I biked on I grew more confidant and tried a very aggressive shift which threw my chain off the front sprocket and it wrapped itself tightly around my front peddle. That took a while to fix. I got home around six and was determined to fire up the computer and make a picture to post here instead of this, but after I took a shower I laid down on the bed and found that I could no longer move my arms and legs… so I stayed on the bed and watched the Bourne Ultimatum on TV… and then kinda dozed and woke thru the entire Stars-Sharks game… including all three overtimes… STARS WIN! HOO HOO!

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Cool Nikes! Nice and bright… I guess you don’t need reflectors while riding at night when you have those Nikes on.

Nick Jones Everybody

What happened to the other half of the brazilian people?

Dennis Jones

…they were over at IPFW listening to some lady named Hillary… I hear there’s some sorta election or something coming up…

Don Jones

It appears Indiana is very prized turf. Must be the corn. The funky time zone? Did you stop for nourishment on this bike outing?

Doug Jones

Sounds like you had a real adventure! Chucks look so cool… but they feel so FLAT to wear. I need some arch support… therefore I am not cool…. oh well…

Dennis Jones

…I stopped and had a LemonLimeStawberry Gatorade and it was delicious… wearing Chucks is about as close to going barefoot as you can go…

Doug Jones

I luv my asics running shoes… every step is like walking on cushy carpet… I am totally addicted

Nick Jones Everybody

I just think it’s funny that you used to wear a styrofoam cooler on your head… How exactly does that help in a wreck? The handles break off those things when you put half a bag of ice in there…

Dennis Jones

…ahem …that styrofoam cooler helmet was the latest in hi-tech gear when I got it… 20 years ago…

…of course, I always was kinda curious as to how well that helmet would work when I was screaming down a hill, the bike was shuddering violently and I feared the wheels were going to spontaneously combust……

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Wardman

May 7, 2008

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What happens when you run out of time and try to finish a sketch up quick? Instead of having a cool picture of some intimidating looking character you somehow end up with a guy in a green bathrobe that needs a shave.

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Very interesting, makes me think of The Thing, from Fantastic 4.

James

How did you come up with that type of background?

Don Jones

I heard on the radio yesterday, that along with the IRONMAN movie now showing, in the near future there will be a THOR movie and one on the AVENGERS. Comic book heroes have become a cash cow.

Doug Jones

I am the walrus… coo coo ka choo….

Dennis Jones

…James, when I do these little color studies all I want to do is paint the subject, so I don’t usually expend any time painting a background… I have a file of miscellaneous, uhm, background kinda stuff and I will just choose one or two and toss them into the background…

James

It makes Wardman pop from the background and the color used works with his green bathrobe…I see Wardman has summer teeth and no drool, Nice!

craig schutt

Just at quick tip concerning the (excellent) Iron Man movie. DON’T LEAVE until after every last credit is over. There’s a short but very special scene that should make comic geeks (like me) giddy. Giddy geeks…I like it.

Hey, I Won Something!

May 21, 2008

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I just returned from my oldest son’s wedding in Baton Rogue, Louisiana and found an attractive red box sitting on my doorstep. Inside was a Platinum Book Award for the Read With Me Bible I did back in the early 90’s. It has officially sold over a million copies and apparently you get a heavy chunk of leaded crystal to prove it. Being a hockey player, I immediately strapped on a pair of inline skates, hoisted the trophy over my head and skated it around our neighborhood.

The Comments

Don Jones

WOO HOO!!! That will look awesome in the Brother Jones Indy trophy case. Congratulations!

Doug Jones

the trophy is OK, I guess…. but that box is FANTASTIC!

Jason Bourne

Congrats. Thats pretty cool… Can never have enough trophies.

Dennis Jones

Don Jones

Where’d you get that jersey? VooDoo Mart?

Doug Jones

I am imagining thunderous applause from the squirrels and rabbits as you skated through your neighborhood…

Don Jones

And a walking ovation from a few deer…

Roballoo!

Congratulations! You must be rich with all those royalties from all those sales coming in. Donald Trump must be envious of the fortune you’ve amassed.

Jason Bourne

Nothing like a victory stance with a silver hand…

Doug Jones

I’m glad to see from your picture that you did not get the big head from receiving this award. hey, point up into the sky and say “de plane… de plane… ”

Dennis Jones

…unfortunately, I tripped right after this picture was taken and two squirrels and an armadillo were injured…

Dan Lietha

So now it becomes the “Bleed with me Bible”? Congrads Dennis!

James

WOW, a Gretzky pose and the tongue hanging out of the mouth like Jordan…yep, you’re the man. Congrads D

Garth

Hey, I helped you win that award! I’m one of those million buyers! Congratulations! My kids and I have really enjoyed it!

Josh

Congrats on that! I, too, am one of the million. I don’t have kids, though—just love the illustrations.

Bucky Jones

Dennis, congratulations!!!

Emily Albright

Dennis, We love this Bible! Isaac is using it for his Quiet Time right now, and he loves it! Congrats!

A Blue Klatooinian

May 27, 2008

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I suppose it’s time to post something new, but I have nothing new to say… so I’m going to post an email I just received and hope the emailer doesn’t get mad at me…

(emailer) How in the world do you come up with all these characters and things? And advise for a want-to-be artist… finding little motivation lately…

(me) …after a while I sometimes just run out of ideas to draw… but I still want to draw, so I will find a book or magazine and start drawing what I see in them… I found a book on Star Wars a few months ago and have been doing a lot of those characters lately… at my moms house I found a magazine article on colonial Williamsburg and you will probably see historical characters popping up next from me… we can only get better at art by continual practice and experimentation, so find some subjects that interest you and keep pounding away at those drawing skills… Thanks for the email…

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Excellent question. I get drawing block as well and try to think up something different. You just keep on keep’n on.

Dan Lietha

I’ve been waiting on some Indiana Jones humor, being that YOU are THE Indiana Jones, of the Jones Brothers.

Dennis Jones

…INDIANA JONES AND THE PENCIL OF DOOM…

…I haven’t seen the new movie yet, but Doug says it’s pretty good…

Don Jones

What is this? The Doug Jones Vanilla Comment Show?

Dennis Jones

…Doug and I are working on getting one million comments posted on this page we don’t really care whether there are actual words on the comments or not, we just want the big numbers… if you would have attended the last Brother Jones board meeting you would have been up to speed on this issue…

Bernard

Dennis, I’ve been waiting and hoping that my favorite team wins this years Stanley cup just to see your tribute sketch…but I’m I’m afraid we’re down 2 games to none right now and haven’t even scored a goal yet!

Cindy

Uhhh what was the original question? And no, I’m not mad. Thanks for your quick response. You’re awesome! Ps 115:1

Dennis Jones

…thanks for giving me something to post, Cindy!

…Bernard, I think I’m slowly becoming a closet Penguins fan… Crosby, Malkin, and that goalie they drafted as a franchise player seem to all be working out pretty well… that’s a young team… and good… they should be competing for the cup for the next several years!

Doug Jones

did a little spring cleaning on your page today… swept all those pointless little comments under the rug… more room for hockey talk now….

Dennis Jones

…ah MAN… now I’m down to just 9 comments… well, now 10…

Don Jones

3 comments forward…. 4 comments back. That’s negativity as I see it.

Jason Bourne

This is #12. Whew. Can we still make it to a million…?

Dennis Jones

…I was really enjoying watching Doug try to post a picture here yesterday and was kinda hoping to be able to archive his efforts forever on this page… oh, well…

Doug Jones

ha haaaaaaa…. tough luck, weaselboy…

Dennis Jones

…I still don’t know what the picture was you tried to post…

Cindy

Is this number 16?

Flying, uhm… Bird Guy…

May 29, 2008

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I don’t have any idea what this picture is all about. I drew it on the plane ride back from Baton Rogue. I don’t know what kind of creature this is or what he’s flying in, and I don’t particularly like the way the picture turned out… but staying true to the exceptionally high standards we set here at Brother Jones, it’s good enough for me to post today.

The Comments

Doug Jones

look, up in the sky… it’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s STEAMPUNK BIRD DUDE! I like it!

Bernard

Gee, I liked this piece until I read your own review! You must have had a bad seat on the plane, or worse…no peanuts with your drink? I do know what it is though. It’s a Pittsburgh Penguin getting the H, E, double hockey-sticks out of Detroit and back to the burg!

Dennis Jones

…yes, yes, I’m seeing it now… I had a revelation on the plane ride home that the Pittsburgh Penguins would fly home from Detroit down two games only to rise like a phoenix and smite the mighty Redwings in game three… yeh, that must have been what I was thinking… it’s all so clear to me now…

Don Jones

I caught some of that NHL Stanley Cup action last night. I must agree that this is definitely a Penguin… in leather. Steampunkin’…

Bernard

Ouch! Sarcasm doesn’t feel as good on the receiving end…all kidding aside I hope you can see that all I’m trying to do here is bug the greatest artist of all time into doing a Pittsburgh Penguin sketch! smile. you being a hockey player/fan and all. more smiling. Sincerely, Justin Brownozer

Jason Bourne

Swanky by far. I love this, its like walking through the jungle, you never know what you will see.

Don Jones

pork.

Dennis Jones

Bernard

Yikes! I guess I should be careful of what I ask for…judging by this little guy’s expression I sure hope this is not a prophetic illustration. Thanks Dennis! I’m typeless.

Doug Jones

puke… er… poke…

Doug Jones

we lost Locke on Lost?

Don

Locke had way too much color in his face to be dead. I say he was napping.

Dennis Jones

…yes, I agree… that was a flash back to a flash forward of Locke napping in real time right before he flashes back to the flash forward future… quite simple if you think about it…

Dennis Jones

…Bernard, I’ll get a hockey player done for ya, but this month is going to be tough, so it might be later on in the summer…

Doug Jones

Den… just flash yourself forward and do the hockey player… doesn’t time travel simplify things?

Dennis Jones

…the electo-magnetic field in the bunker under my house is on the fritz again so the time travel thing just isn’t working for me right now…

Doug Jones

I just put on my heavy coat and went down a deep tunnel to a large frozen wheel that I turned. Then my house disappeared. I hate when that happens…

Dennis Jones

…did you hear whispering as you were turning the big wheel… that was me time traveling by… I said hey…

Doug Jones

That was you? I think you dropped a coconut as you went by…

Bernard

…Lol! you guys are so funny I can’t remember if I’m here for the art or the jokes! And it’s all FREE! Except that penguin art. Send me a bill with an autographed ( hologram verified ) and I’ll be happy to pay it. er…do you barter?

Don Jones

I believe Jin turned into shark chum.

Dennis Jones

…I don’t remember losing a coconut, but I am missing a Mounds bar… is that what you’re talking about?

Doug Jones

If you’re missing a Mounds bar, I’d check Hurley’s pockets….

Dennis Jones

…that’s a good idea… nothing goes better with a 15 year old sack of crackers than a Mounds bar…

brett

Thats great!I like him.How did you put that penguin online on your comments? That would be awesome.

Dennis Jones

Brett, thats html code stuff… the code is…

…but you have to have your picture published on the internet somewhere first and be able to snag it’s info in order to insert it into the code…

Dennis Jones

…oops …I wrote the code for you and it published a nothing… oh, well…