Posts Tagged ‘OK Panic’


Thursday, March 30th, 2017

It was seven years ago this month that a nefarious criminal mastermind, whose name, if any dare speak it aloud at all, is whispered in hushed and terrified tones as if one were speaking it in a library, unveiled a website he christened “Ok, PANIC!” Its purpose, as he himself confessed, was to “showcase the talents of his favorite artists in an online collaboration.” Oddly, this modern-day Moriarty, whom I shall call Wheeler Hall for the sake of convenience, invited me to be one of the contributors. One of his conditions was that each artist had to have his own website, a thing I had never considered and had no idea how to even create. Thus, in a remarkable display of generosity and forbearance, Mr. Hall created a site for me, the very site you are looking at now! And for the last seven years everything on this site has been his doing. All I do is send him a drawing with some more-or-less relevant accompanying text. Wheeler does all the rest. He’s quite a guy, despite his repeated attempts to enslave all of London. I would send Wheeler an inked sketch for PANIC! and the majority of the time he would color it electronically. My first submission was in pencil, however. After all these years I still recall Wheeler saying he tried coloring it but, because it was shaded in pencil, the results did not meet his standards. So now, a little belatedly and as a thank-you to Wheeler for these past seven years, I redrew the image in ink, aging the characters seven years naturally, for Mr. Hall to perform his magic. I trust you will enjoy the colorful result.

Mr. Potter aka Sherlock Bones

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hi. This is Mr. Hall. And while Mr. Potter’s words are very kind and I appreciate them very much, he is the true genius. I am a mere dilettante (as you will see from feeble colors on this piece) who he allows to color some of his art. Ok, Panic was a blast, and I’m so glad that I could be a small part of it.

Mr. Hall aka Moriarty

Uncle Creepy

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

There’s not much to this drawing. I did it in the morning while waiting for the rest of my family to stir from their caskets. If there is any “inspiration” behind it, I guess it would be the following:

Eric Shonborn, my fellow OK, Panicker, is accepting commissions at his website. On those rare occasions when I’m not flat broke, I invariably have him draw an Uncle Creepy or Cousin Eerie for me. I always wanted to try my own monstrous hand rendering those two, and today I had the time.

Sarah recently checked out a library book detailing the history of “Mad” magazine. It’s unarguable that Jack Davis is a genius, but I had forgotten just how astounding he is until I saw his rendition of Ernie Kovac’s Percy Dovetonsils. Amazing! And, as all good little ghoulies know, Jack Davis created the images of both our avuncularly jolly Uncle Creepy and our charming Cousin Eerie for the dearly departed Warren Publishing.

Finally, my father was a strikingly handsome man for all his ninety-plus years and I always assumed I’d look just like him when I grew up. Alas, the mirror shows instead I look more and more like Uncle Creepy with each passing day. Maybe that’s why Kathy wakes up shrieking every morning. What a sore loser.

For the Birds (Alternative Colors)

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Sarah, my daughter, had a different vision for the OK, Panic! Batman Villains piece I drew. Wheeler re-colored it to her specifications and agreed to post it here. Sarah’s response:

“Your recolored Penguin meets my standards.”

Forbush Noir

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

The new OK, Panic! is online and ready for your perusal. Hope you enjoy it. It’s called “Feldman: Man, Myth, Magic!” and the theme was chosen by Kurt Dinse.

What does that have to do with Forbush Man you ask? Well, about a month ago, Eric Shonborn chose “Noir” for his Panic theme. Since noir means “black” in French, we decided to color one Forbush and leave the other rendered in stark b&w. Because the other artists on the site left their craftwork in b&w, Wheeler suggested we submit our colored version to be different and publish the b&w Forbush on Sketchbook. So, a month later, here it is. (Special thanks to Sarah Potter for lighting a fire under Sketchbook’s web administrator; otherwise, with his bad memory, he might have never posted the piece).

Roger Ebert Tweets About ‘The Birds’ by Jason Young

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

As many of you know, OK Panic is a Web site art project by Wheeler Hall and his cohorts (me, Jason Young, Eric Shonborn, and Pat Kain). What many of you don’t know (and what I’m announcing here) is that Roger Ebert, the film critic, recently became aware of our Web site and tweeted about it to all of his followers online. He specifically mentioned Jason’s piece ‘The Birds’ which was drawn for the theme ‘If Poe Wrote Pogo.’ Needless to say, all of Panic and its fans are in a tizzy over the news. If you’re a little late on the uptake, you can read Mr. Ebert’s tweet (hosted at the Chicago Sun-Times blog) here:


OK, Panic!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

OK, Panic! is a site administered by my friend, Wheeler Hall. He asked me and three other local artists (Pat Kain, Eric Shonborn, and Jason Young) if we would like to be a part of his bi-weekly art collective. Click on the thumbnail above to see a larger version of the self-portrait I sketched for the site.

Here’s how it works: Every two weeks, the artists are presented with a theme from popular culture. Each, then, envisions and realizes an illustration or other piece of art in the style of his choosing using the established theme as a jumping off point. There’s a lot of freedom and fun to be had in this collective, and I am happy to be a part of it.

That’s why I’m sharing it with all of you in this post. So, hurry up! Head on over to OK, Panic! and check out some really cool art. And remember to go back again and again (at least once every two weeks) to see my new posts there.