Sunday, December 31, 2017

Bee Amazed!


Bee Amazed, a mobile game I’ve been working on for a number of years with my friend Jaynee Howe, just went live on the Apple App Store. Bee Amazed is real-world, science-based content that teaches the youngest children about the importance of bees and the different roles they have in the honey hive, using mazes and other fun activities. Last spring we were invited to spend six weekends demoing our beta version at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. We got tons of great feedback from kids, parents and scientists, and it’s all built into this final version of the game. Go download it now:


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beeamazed-full/id1025619742…






http://whelon.com/bee-amazed/

Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017


Here is the Planet Urf Entertainment holiday shopping guide for 2017. Fun stocking-stuffers for the more demented members of your family. Great for keeping your kids off their devices for up to 5 minutes. Or just give up and get them the Kindle editions…


New for 2017:


World Travel Puzzles & Mazes


http://amzn.to/2B5qI4q



Good Times Puzzles Mazes:


http://amzn.to/2B3Ww9M



Still Available:


Wizard Pickles Original Edition


More challenging puzzles for smart-ass kids: http://amzn.to/2B4DOz4



 


Not yet Banned:


Pewfell Books 1-5


Just like YouTube, in that it’s officially inappropriate for kids under the age of 12, but Donald Trump is President, so who cares?!


http://amzn.to/2BCwJH6



http://amzn.to/2iQ23GK



http://amzn.to/2kZILmO
http://amzn.to/2BA2z76



http://amzn.to/2BCKt4z


Talking of El Presidenté


Different Donalds


All the Donalds, any way you want them.
http://shrsl.com/otf0



The Bacon Flag


Join me in celebrating the United States of Bacon.


http://shrsl.com/otev





http://whelon.com/holiday-gift-guide-2017/

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jokes, Riddles & Tounge Twisters

What do you get when you cross hundreds of hilarious jokes with bucketloads of brain-stretching riddles and terribly tricky tongue-twisters? Full of silly puns, gigglesome gags and wacky wordplay, this book guarantees hours of fun. Get ready to give your funny bones a seriously side-splitting workout! Perfect for children aged 7 and above.



http://whelon.com/product/jokes-riddles-tounge-twisters/

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sci-Fi San Francisco




This is the cover to “Sci-Fi San Francisco”, a new anthology of 20 comics set in the future of our fair city. It’s from Skodaman Press who published “The Comic Book Guide to the Mission” a few years back. This one hae been a while in the making, but it looks like publisher Lauren Davis has done an incredible job of putting together the work of some fantastic local comic creators. Check it out here:








http://whelon.com/sci-fi-san-francisco/

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Resistance is Useless

 Alan Watts has something similar to say. It applies to purple monsters too:


http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/08/12/15-life-altering-gems-from-the-new-alan-watts-book-out-of-your-mind/



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/resistance-is-useless/

Friday, November 3, 2017

Congressman Crow Explains the New Tax Bill.


 


One minute to midnight – just in under the wire!!! very late, but I’m making up for it by being super-topical!



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/congressman-crow-explains-the-new-tax-bill/

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

$Hitcoin$


Also, unlike Bitcoin, the have intrinsic value – as fertilizer.



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/hitcoin/

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Super slack


 


Only just under the wire with this one… I am terrible, I already burned through my buffer. OK, I will try to get caught up this week. I forgot how much work it is to do it daily. If you want to help support the strip, go back me on Patreon here: http://www.Patreon.com/cartoon


 



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/super-slack/

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dr. Quack testifies to the health of the Drumposaurus.

Apologies for the lateness of today’s strip. I forgot how demanding this daily strip thing is.



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/dr-quack-testifies-to-the-health-of-the-drumposaurus/

Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Feeling a bit weird about posting this one, given what is happening north of here right now. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is having their lives torn apart by this latest tragedy to affect our country. Please, everyone, do what you can to help your neighbors, and support the people who are risking their lives to save ours!


I first wrote this comic years ago, first drew it months ago, and had it scheduled for release today since I launched the series a couple of weeks ago. It is very strange how things line up sometimes, but that is what the vortex is all about. So for better or worse, this is what I have for you today.



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/10952/

Monday, October 9, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

You need to think in at least 4D for this one.

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For more on my theories about the shape of the universe, see here: http://shrsl.com/kai6



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/you-need-to-think-in-at-least-4d-for-this-one/

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Universal Problem #1 - Hats

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This comic is for my bro, Mike Jordan. I was chatting with him about hats, when I had this thought. He said I should make a comic out of it: “The World According to Chuck”, and that’s when my ideas for this strip really started to come together.


I got very into the idea of “Pilgrim” hats last November. They are good for Thanksgiving, Halloween, Charades, Wizardry, Solomon Kane Cosplay, and Educating People About Puritanism. More people in the USA should remember that the Puritans won the English Civil War, Then they executed king Charles I, and set about persecuting everybody so badly that after 12 years the people restored Charles II to the throne, established the current Parlimentary system, and booted the Puritans off  to America, where they’ve never stopped complaining about how everybody persecutes them!



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/universal-problem-1-hats/

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

You should have already realized this by now...

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These things just write themselves.


 



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/you-should-have-already-realized-this-by-now/

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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I guess I am going to post these on Saturdays. Hooray! I wasn’t sure if I would. 😉


The basic idea of this one is something I was toying with quite a few years ago when I was first starting to think about making this strip. It’s a bit meta, but kind of key to the whole concept. As for “The magical binding power of ink on paper”, here is what Alan Moore has to say:


“There is some confusion as to what magic actually is. I think this can be cleared up if you just look at the very earliest descriptions of magic. Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as “the art”.  I believe this is completely literal.  I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic.  Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness.  The very language about magic seems to be talking as much about writing or art as it is about supernatural events.  A grimmoir for example, the book of spells is simply a fancy way of saying grammar.  Indeed, to cast a spell, is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness.   And I believe that this is why an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world that you are likely to see to a Shaman.


I believe that all culture must have arisen from cult.  Originally, all of the faucets of our culture, whether they be in the arts or sciences were the province of the Shaman.  The fact that in present times, this magical power has degenerated to the level of cheap entertainment and manipulation, is, I think a tragedy.  At the moment the people who are using Shamanism and magic to shape our culture are advertisers.   Rather than try to wake people up, their Shamanism is used as an opiate to tranquilize people, to make people more manipulable.  Their magic box of television, and by their magic words, their jingles can cause everyone in the country to be thinking the same words and have the same banal thoughts all at exactly the same moment.


In all of magic there is an incredibly large linguistic component.  The Bardic tradition of magic would place a bard as being much higher and more fearsome than a magician.  A magician might curse you.  That might make your hands lay funny or you might have a child born with a club foot.  If a Bard were to place not a curse upon you, but a satire, then that could destroy you.  If it was a clever satire, it might not just destroy you in the eyes of your associates; it would destroy you in the eyes of your family.  It would destroy you in your own eyes.  And if it was a finely worded and clever satire that might survive and be remembered for decades, even centuries.  Then years after you were dead people still might be reading it and laughing at you and your wretchedness and your absurdity.  Writers and people who had command of words were respected and feared as people who manipulated magic.  In latter times I think that artists and writers have allowed themselves to be sold down the river.  They have accepted the prevailing belief that art and writing are merely forms of entertainment.  They’re not seen as transformative forces that can change a human being; that can change a society.  They are seen as simple entertainment; things with which we can fill 20 minutes, half an hour, while we’re waiting to die.  It’s not the job of the artist to give the audience what the audience wants.  If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience.  They would be the artists.  It is the job of artists to give the audience what they need.”



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/10908/

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ferdinand #4

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If I’ve been talking to you recently, I’ve probably been going on about how all houses are like Dorothy’s spinning in the tornado in Wizard of Oz. The Buddha says your house is on fire, Iy say it spins in the vortex. It only seems like it’s stable, but the older you get, the more you see it is not. That’s the fact of our existence, and just one more reason why we all love that movie so much.



http://whelon.com/ferdinand/ferdinand-4/

Amazon

http://whelon.com/amazon/

Wednesday, September 20, 2017