Home Grown Indiana Fungi

November 2, 2009

Fungus1

…slacker…

Fungus2

…overachiever…

It’s fungus growing season here in beautiful northeastern Indiana! Every fall, tourists flock to the hoosier state to see our fabulous fall fungus growing in it’s natural environment. These two treasures were found in the front yard and the woods behind our house. Indiana is quite the wonderland this time of year… Indiana is quite the wonderland any time of year…

The Comments

Don Jones

What do you do with those things? Put ‘em in a salad or mulch ‘em with the mower?

Doug Jones

What’s the big deal? It rained so much in my neighborhood this summer that you could just drive down the street and see mushrooms growing in everybody’s yard. I think you should try to punt that big one through the uprights for extra points.

Dennis Jones

…oh yeh… well, do your Nashville shrooms have hockey pucks growing in them like the Indiana ones do? …huh? …do they?

Doug Jones

well, no… around here they are full of guitar picks. you have to spit them out like seeds. Vince Young ate one yesterday that seemed to help him out a bit.

Dennis Jones

…he actually had a surprisingly good day… I was happy for him…

Jeff

You might try a 9 iron on the first one and go straight to the slaphot on the second one..

Dennis Jones

…the first summer that we moved up here, Karen and I decided to plant a garden…

…Karen came home with an entire flat of tomato plants (about 36 plants if I remember right) and if memory serves me correctly, those plants produced 16 kazillion tomatoes… We couldn’t even give them all away, so I did take a hockey stick to a ton of them…

…my youngest son, Pete, recently found some old video footage he shot of me demonstrating the proper way to execute a tomato slap shot…

Don Jones

The beginnings of the patented and delicious Weasel’s SlapShot Salsa.

Jeff

Good idea, bang all the ingredients up against the garage door, snow shovel them up, put it in a jar.. Packed with yummy goodness

Jeff

Of course the “Weasel’s slap shot salsa” must have a creative label.

Nik

And have a really cool distict looking jar like no other and lettering…

Dennis Jones

Jeff

I’ll take a case..I want the extra chunky..Thats when you don’t sweep the driveway before you make a batch.

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Frozen Tundra CheeseHeads

November 3, 2009

TundraCheeseHead

Things are really heating up in the ESPN Fantasy Football Church League I play in. Today I am formally lodging an official complaint against the Frozen Tundra CheeseHeads because they have really sharp corners on their helmets.

(I have always been way more into the fantasy part of fantasy football than anything else)

The Comments

Don Jones

This illustration is “extra sharp”…  Isn’t it time for lunch?

Jeff

Just bring crackers and a cheese knife to your next match-up and the rest will take care of it’s self.

Kirk

Why the Bears C on the helmet instead of the G??? Are you trying to tweak Packer fans?

Dennis Jones

…well, yes and no… the Frozen Tundra Cheeseheads owner is obviously a huge Packers fan, but the “C” stands for CHEESEheads…

…of course, if I can add further tweakage by making the “C” look like a division rival Chicago Bears “C”, so much the better…

Doug Jones

I have a very similar player on my team. SpongeBrett SquareFavre. The helmet is almost identical… but it’s a sponge…

Dennis Jones

…well, the Frozen Tundra CheeseHead helmet is not! Here’s my official league complaint I filed earlier today…

I am officially filing an official complaint against the Frozen Tundra Cheeseheads. Their new helmets have really sharp corners and my players refuse to close-line tackle them anymore which gives them an unfair advantage. I hope the league commissioner will act promptly on this serious matter and issue sanctions and some sort of food embargo against them.

Jeff

I agree!! The clothes line tackle is a much neglected skill in the environment of todays football league. We have to turn to a fine sports documentary ” The Longest Yard ” to see this beautiful tackle executed well.. Fight the good fight Dennis!

Don Jones

Dennis: “Hey Doug, Donald keeps calling me the “E” word!” Doug: “The “E” word? What’s that?” Dennis: ”’Idiot!””

Dennis Jones

…boddaBING!

Don Jones

Stole that joke from Janson.

Job

November 4, 2009

Job1Job2

I was digging through my external hard drive yesterday and happened upon a series of halftone pictures I had done for a job several years ago. I pulled this one out, and slopped some color onto it during lunchtime. The color is a little dark, but then again, so was Job’s life.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Was Job the original Zombie?…

Jeff

Poor guy!! Nice work though…

Don Jones

Les miserable! Is that French? Les itchible…

The “Ripleys” Guy

Had he not had on sandals and a cloak, I would have thought it was the Castaway Hanks.

Dennis Jones

…WILSON!!!

Nik

Great to see old work. you should put Wilson in there from Castaway.

Jeff

Or the Nagging wife that was the “Pillar of Support” throughout the early chapters.

Oscar Martin

Perfecto!

Dennis Jones

…wow, Oscar… I love your artwork… and your book really has a great look to it. Is it available in the U.S.?

Oscar Martin

Unfortunately not translated into English 😦  The first thing I remembered seeing your work was to Jack Davis. I love it.

Dennis Jones

…rats …so many of the illustrated books I like are from other countries and are not published in English or even available here in the U.S. …maybe someday…

BroJo Bear

November 5, 2009

BlueTeddyBear

If you do what I do, (and it just so happens that I DO do what I do) you are going to draw the same sorts of things over and over and over. When you do that you tend to come up with “go to” characters. I came up with a teddy bear that has made countless appearances in my artwork for the last several years. Button eyes, (one missing) heavy stitching (to show it’s not a real bear) rounded paws.

With the cold weather kicking up again, I find myself sitting in front of the fireplace at night and trying to entertain myself while my wife grades papers. The other day I decided to make a sock version of that little bear I’ve been drawing for all these years.

The Comments

Don Jones

A great face and like that shade of blue!  One cute lil’ bugger.

Doug Jones

is that a Kolts bear?

The “Ripleys” Guy

I know this is a stupid question, but consider the source….is that bear for sale?

Dennis Jones

…well, this particular bear has a “K” on it because it was part of a fabulous birthday celebration for my wife Karen, but I suppose you could arm wrestle her for it…

Don Jones

Karen gets all the good stuff.

The “Ripleys” Guy

Wouldn’t want to do that! But darn, those things would sell! A good agent could make you a billionaire!

Jeff

Has the bear made as many “Guest appearances” as the little bird or Twitchy cat?

Don Jones

Mr. Ripley… Billionaire? I don’t believe it! Dennis is already working on making his second million… he gave up on the first one.

Dennis Jones

…boddaBING!

Nik

KACHING!

Don Jones

You RING?

Dennis Jones

…hey, check out this trailer for the new Dreamworks movie… looks like it’s right up our alley here…

Nik

That looks like an awesome movie!

Jeff

Thats a must go!!

Coats Win Again

November 9, 2009

HoustonTexans

The Houston Texans road into town and almost beat our beloved Indinaplis Coats again… almost. They have almost beat the Coats here for the last seven years.

The Comments

Jeff

YEEEE HAAAAAAAAAA! And the Dallas Plowboys snatched another victory out of the jaws of defeat… The only consistant part of their game is inconsistancy.

Dennis Jones

…that was quite the dogfight they had there in Philly…

Jeff

Yes it was, but when you watch them there is never a point you can turn the channel because you KNOW they will win. Last time I did that,, They lost. Go Figure. By the way where is the little guys Shootin Iron?

Nik

That was sooo great, Eagles didn’t have any time outs left!!!

Jeff

Dennis, Im embarrassed, Dog Fight, Michael Vick.. That was a great pitch and I missed it.. Sorry.

Dennis Jones

…woo …a crazy day. …right after posting this I ended up driving down to Indianapolis for a day of miscellaneous stuff…

…Jeff, I did a job that needed a great big word with a little tiny cowboy riding on it, so I did the word and the cowboy separately, and then put them together in Photoshop… this is the cowboy part of that and the publisher for this particular project would not have wanted a shiny pair of six shooters on his hips, so, there’s your answer…

…by the way… if you look real close, you might even see a little bit of a resemblance to a fabulous Rangers hockey jersey from way back when…

Jeff

I see it….I still have one just no way to put a picture up.. That is a great Jersey.

Dennis Jones

Dennis Jones

Jeff

Yup thats the crazy little High Stickin Rascal…. That was one seriously sponsored team.

Jeff

Was that Peters Jersey or yours??

Dennis Jones

…that ones mine… hey, I don’t think you ever saw the goalie helmet I did for that jersey… give me a second and I’ll load a picture of it up here for you…

Dennis Jones

Dennis Jones

Dennis Jones

…the helmets a little beat up now… I played goal in a men’s league in Fort Wayne when I first moved up here and would occasionally show up in my Ranger jersey and helmet for practice…

…I kinda quit doing that because it seemed to be way too much fun for the guys to aim at my head when the fancy helmet was on…

Jeff

It’s called shot placement practice…LOL Dont take it personal.. Great Helmet!

Nik

That is really cool helmet!!!

Gopher It!

November 16, 2009

GopherIt

When I was a freshman in college, big Brother Doug took me on my very first ski trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I saw a rental shop there called “Go For It Ski Shop” that had a gopher in it’s logo and I thought that had to be one of the most clever things I had ever seen in my life. Yes, I’m easily impressed…

The Comments

Jeff

Was this before you first saw Caddy Shack?

Dennis Jones

…yes it was. After I saw Caddy Shack I decided THAT had to be one of the most clever things I had ever seen in my life… easily impressed…

Jon Slone

GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nik

Thats cool.Congrats to the Colts!

Jeff

…4th and 2 deep in my own zone. Late in a game… Go for it??? WHATTTT?? Christmas came early for the colts. Congrats… Meanwhile in the United States of Texas, the plowboys found themselves in a big whole, and forgot to quit digging.

Jeff

Hole Whole,, Same thing right?

Dennis Jones

…going for it on fourth and two on your own 30??? …you don’t even do that when you’re playing Madden Football…

Doug Jones

The motto of the Patriots is “Gopher it!”

Jeff

This too should be the war cry of the Weaselfoot tribe..
Big Chief Tablet..

Dennis Jones

…I love it when we throw in the Indian lingo… DancesWithWeasels

Don Jones

I just realized, I have yet to weigh in on this here blog… I want to ‘go fer it’ and go on record by saying the past Sunday night game between the Colts & Patriots was the BEST game I have ever watched. Bar none.

Jeff

Better than the Texas victory in the Rose bowl?? Really?

Dennis Jones

…better than that classic vibrating football game Dennie and Donnie had between the Chiefs and Raiders back in ‘71? …really?

Jeff

Nothing beats the Vibrabowl.

Dennis Jones

…those vibrating football players had a mind of their own… they liked to run in circles for a while and then gather in the corner of the end zone and celebrate together as the guy with the football ran the wrong way…

Doug Jones

It was fun to tweak those little plastic things under them and try to get them to run straight. And passing… that was a real challenge… hey… what’s your verdict on Community Coffee? It is consumed by some of your family… you like it?

Dennis Jones

…I always hated that metal passing quarterback for the vibrating football game… everything made sense until you pulled out that flat metal Goliath to throw the football with… very unstable…

…I drank one bag of Community Coffee. I can’t remember it being bad, so I’m guessing it must have been pretty good… high praise, eh?

Don Jones

As you recall, Fred Biletnikoff (#25) ran perfect hook patterns after we broke his plastic ankles.

Dennis Jones

…I seem to remember we came up with additional rules to help game play. After the first 3 seconds of play vibration was turned off and we could then turn one or two players in the right direction and then vibration…I mean the game, could resume…

Don Jones

Yes. The stop in vibrating action bode well for us. I also hated the goliath QB/Kicker. His field goals usually ended up in a twenty minute search for the ball in the next room.

Dennis Jones

…he was a mighty good kicker…

Don Jones

… no doubt he was juicin’…

Jeff

Roids…For sure..

Nik

It’s important to have a great kicker….

Jeff

Did you have the flat flex foam ball?

Dennis Jones

…nope …an ole school, magnetic metal football which was definitely a choking hazard…

Don Jones

I liked sucking on it with a little chocolate milk at halftime of our games.

Poster Inspiration

November 21, 2009

DonsPoster

My little brother Don called the other day needing an emergency poster quickly for one of his publications. He said the theme was kinda cowboy related, and told me to do whatever… typical instructions you can expect to get from one of the Brothers Jones. I thought Don might be interested to see where the inspiration for his poster came from.

The Comments

Jeff

Without any other instruction “Gopher it”!

Doug Jones

Your blog seems to have come down with the Spam flu. Thanks for showing this… I was wondering how you did the comic book deal…

Doug Jones

There were a bunch of SPAM comments here… but when I posted my comments, it all went away! It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!

Jeff

Spam for thanksgiving,,, Just like Mama used to make.

Don Jones

Is it too early to break out the egg nog? I’ve been playing Christmas Island by Leon Redbone for the past month. Awesome poster… ANY inspiration is GOOD inspiration I say.

Dennis Jones

…I have taken control and proclaimed myself the official Spam Czar of the Brother Jones Empire… I logged onto Don’s page over the weekend and deleted several spams that had shown up there and then deleted the ones on my page earlier this morning. I vow to use my power only for good…

Jeff

Every good Super Hero starts off with the same good intentions. But absolute power……….

Dennis Jones

…yes, it is a heavy burden to bear… I find myself already scheming up ways to corner the spam market and after that perhaps… deviled ham?…

Jeff

I know this is already rolling around your brain, but have you come up with Spam Mans official uniform? Every good crime fighter needs cool threads to fight injustice..

Nik

This is awesome. A great supervillan name would be “The Spammer”! And congrats to the Cowboys at another wild n crazy game! whew

Dennis Jones

…introducing …SPAM MAN!!

Don Jones

“In darkest pantry or coldest fridge light,
no canned meat shall escape my sight,
let those who worship the deviled ham,
beware my power,
Huntington’s own SPAM MAN!”

Dennis Jones

…I’m carving that into my refrigerator door as we speak…

Jeff

Yiikkesss!! Thanks Nik.. I fell asleep between the 23rd punt and 2nd missed F.G. attempt..

Jeff

I dont think I have ever bought Spam on purpose…I think the ingredient list includes “parts”.. I’m not O.K. with that…..Sorry Spam Man

Dennis Jones

Span Man Tuesday Morning Report

It seems our spammers hit between 7-7:30 EST… I deleted 2 from this page and 4 from two of Don’s pages…

Spam Man… ever diligent… ever watchful…

Jeff

Good Work Spam Man.. Gotham is a safer place…..

Dennis Jones

…thanks Commissioner …don’t forget to flash the giant spam spotlight into the nighttime sky anytime you need help…

Don Jones

INCOMING SPAMOLA! Where are you SPAM MAN?

Jeff

I can see this will be a Never Ending Thankless job…

Doug Jones

Dennis has found the secret to logging high comments numbers… spam…

Dennis Jones

…incoming span …sapping strength …don’t know how long I can hold on… must use …spam blaster ray gun… before all is lost…

Jeff

Add Pineapple… Spam is the #1 meat in Hawaii ya know. That should increase the beam strength.

Don Jones

Jeff, consider yourself the official Brother Jones Spam Connoisseur Consultant and Commenter of the day! Congratchulashunz!

Jeff

I will begin my job as S.C.C. with a recipe for Spam and Cream Sauce… It is a Thanksgiving tradition..

Nik

Me too when I can create oven roasted Spam.

Jeff

Turns out Spam is NOT a big hit on T-Day