Wall Street vs Main Street Upside Down Cartoon

The cartoon used in this clip was created in response to the original Wall Street Bail-out. 

I am currently in the process of doing a video series demonstrating how to draw a variety of “Upside-down cartoons”… Cartoons, that when turned upside down, turn into something else. 

As I watched the evening news one night, I decided to do my own commentary using the cartoon as a backdrop. This cartoon was included in one of those training clips.  Now, you can draw it yourself!



I got this cartoon idea listening to some people talking about the Rainbow Diet.  The general drift of the conversation seemed to be: “Color is more important than nutritional value”.  One of them was saying, “Green is green… it counts the same if you have Iceberg Lettuce or eat Kale.”  I will never be accused of being a nutritional genius but even I know that’s not true!  There is a BIG difference in the nutritional value of Iceberg Lettuce vs. Kale…. and, these were adults talking!  I’ve decided “Older is NOT necessarily wiser…”

I began to speculate what they were teaching their kids and only had to guess how their kids viewed nutrition.   In the cartoon, I visualized Timmy as their son.  The fact he is portrayed as a little portly is intentional.  (My attorney encouraged me to point out  Fruit Loops and M&M’s are not necessarily the villain here. He’s right.)  Eating what I call “Food Substitutes” is the real villain.  Highly processed food, with vitamins and artificial coloring added is the problem.  Nature Knows Best…  Teach kids to eat  fresh, whole food as the healthy FIRST choice… not the alternative.

Recently, with this in mind, I wrote and illustrated a Children’s book, “Discover the MAGIC of Rainbows”  to encourage kids to think about eating a true Rainbow Diet of Fruits and vegetables.  Lets engage our kids in conversation about their diet and the need for daily exercise… their lives truly depend on it!

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You all know the saying… “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.”  Have you ever wondered what happens when the farmer or rancher goes into town?

I drew this cartoon for the owners of a Wine bar and Bistro.  I had been shown a similar drawing with a Bull in the tub but, to me, it didn’t fit.  What self-respecting bull would take a bubble bath?  It appears the cow has romantic ideas with the scattered petals on the floor and lit candles.  She even has a extra wine glass to work her plan.  You fill in the blanks…

I imagine the rest of the animals took advantage of the situation, too.  After a hard day of farming, why shouldn’t the animals unwind in the hot tub?  Kick back and toast the good life with a glass of fine wine.

Now, I’m going to leave it up to  your imagination as to what the farmer found upon his return home… Needless to say,  College kids are amateurs compared to these characters.  These are REAL PARTY ANIMALS!


You hear a lot these days about blending Western medicine with age old Chinese medicine.  I met a person practicing Acupuncture recently.  What he said about his practice made sense.  Shortly after that, I saw an episode on The Doctors where they demonstrated it.  That started me thinking… a dangerous undertaking to be sure.

With Western medicine so enamored with the pharmaceutical approach, ie, “There’s a pill for that!”, how would the blending of the two disciplines look?  I then realized Western medicine is really not about pills… it’s about DRUGS!  When I had that break-through in thinking, I knew how they could blend the two in a logical way.  So, I drew it.

This is where the Doctor says, “You might experience a little momentary discomfort… like a pin prick.”  Easy for them to say!  I can hardly wait for the disclosure sheet about the possible side effects…

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So, what does the cover of “Discover the MAGIC of Rainbows” and the “CAST” of the book have to do with “BODY BINGO“? 

After a blog entry, through the magic of  Twitter, I got notified I was being “watched” by Diane Cantwell, the originator of BODY BINGO.  As I usually do when being watched, I checked out her information to see just who this person was who was watching me… I knew by her name she wasn’t Big Brother.  Other than that, I knew nothing about her.

Much to my delight, she seemed to be a kindred spirit… a person motivated (You MUST read her story!) to make a difference in the lives of children by promoting a wonderful program called “BODY BINGO”.  BODY BINGO is designed to encourage kids to exercise and eat a healthy diet.  She wants to tackle Childhood Obesity head-on.

I wrote “Discover the MAGIC of Rainbows” to help parents with the important task of teaching kids to eat a rainbow diet of fruit and vegetables.    Body Bingo does that AND adds the other key component to good health… Exercise!  Check it out… BODY BINGO is an awesome program!…Then, use the MAGIC of the internet…TWEET your friends about it.