Free Comic Book Day… get your free issue of Hogan’s Alley

Free Comic Book Day is this weekend (Saturday, May 3rd), and it looks like there is going to be a lot of marvelous stuff available for free at comic shops around the world. In addition to the stuff in comic stores, the wonderful comics history and cartooning magazine Hogan’s Alley is offering a free issue to those who email them for one on Saturday.

Here’s the info:

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 3: Free Comic Book Day!
Send us an e-mail ON THAT DATE with your mailing address, and we’ll
send you a FREE issue of Hogan’s Alley! No obligations, no strings
attached; the only thing it will cost you is several hours as you
enjoy the issue. (This offer is valid for all U.S. residents, whether
you’re a current subscriber or not.) Remember the one condition–we
must receive your e-mail request on Free Comic Book Day, not the day before or the day after.

The email address is hoganmag at gmail dot com.

Welcome to STWALLSKULL, please kick back and stay a while

I just got another plug on the fun and widely read Metafilter blog (thanks Metafilter!) for my Monkey Cartoon posts. Since this seems to be driving a lot of traffic my way today, I figured I’d write up a post on the various output of the STWALLSKULL Media Empire in hopes of keeping some of the traffic coming back.

First of all, I’ll just subtly mention that you can


Assuming you use a newsreader. For those of you not using newsreaders, they are awfully useful… Google has a very good free one if you’re interested.


The biggest attraction on this site is probably the old historical comics I scan and reprint under the heading


Most of these comics have not been reprinted since they first appeared on a comics page… many of them are over 100 years old. Clicking on the above image will take you to the Crumbling Paper Index, a listing of the various stuff that has been posted so far.

I’ve also been running the ridiculously titled


for some time now, although it has been quite a while since it has been updated. Only 119 to go!

The Obscure Images category features rare and interesting comic art that I found around the web, rather than stuff I scanned.

I post a lot of historical animation that I find around the web as well, under the cleverly titled “animation” category.

Other features come and go as well, but those are the most notable ones. Recently we’ve been having Brother Theodore Wednesdays, which will continue until I can’t find any more footage of the great man.


This site was initially built as a place to house my comics and other artwork. You can see much of that stuff by rolling over where it says “comics” above and clicking around in the links. Or you can just refer to this list:

Much of it is old and embarrassing at this point, and it varies greatly in quality… but most of that stuff has already been out there for years, so what the hell.


In addition to the STWALLSKULL site, I maintain a sporadically updated webcomic about a dead mentally-challenged chicken with a neck of undetermined length at You can read the entire Soapy the Chicken archive here.


That site also has a feature called Rogues’ Gallery, in which I introduce you to a variety characters you would never want to meet. You can read those here.


I recently started a site called cute li’l guy of the day to amuse my daughter and myself. Unlike much of the above, it is kid friendly, so please pass it on to the kids in your life if you think they would like this sort of thing. Note that if you have a blog or social networking site and are looking for some free content to add to it, you can easily add the cute li’l guy of the day widget to it… go here to do so. You can subscribe to the cute li’l guy of the day here.


I’m a founding member of The International Cartoonist Conspiracy, a loosely-organized, informal group of cartoonists which currently has over 20 cells operating around the world of varying degrees of activity. I maintain the website for the group, which you can see at Any cartoonist anywhere can start a cell of the group. The site features a group blog (subscribe here), a message board, and a newsfeed of cartooning tips and tricks from around the web (subscribe here), among many other things. You can read a summary of many of the Conspiracy’s accomplishments here.


If you are in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy local is organizing it’s third fantastic Lutefisk Sushi gallery show/enormous boxed set of Minnesota mini-comics which will be happening next month… you can get more information about that here.


The BOOM! is an older and more obscure conspiracy I’m involved with… I haven’t updated the site for the group in ages, unfortunately. I’ll get back to it one of these days.


If you dig STWALLSKULL, and want to help support my activities, mentioning it and linking to it on blogs, social networking sites, message boards, etc. is always greatly appreciated. I sure do enjoy comments as well!

Currently I make no money doing this stuff, but if you want to make my day with cold, hard cash you can buy something from me in one of my Cafe Press stores:

cute li’l guy of the day store
Soapy the Chicken store
Mall of America Mandrill store

Thanks much for reading!

Subscribe to STWALLSKULL

I’m currently having my best day for traffic on this blog ever. In an attempt to keep folks coming back for more, I wanted to encourage visitors to subscribe to this blog.

A lot of people don’t know what it means to subscribe to a blog or rss feed. It basically makes it so, rather than having to visit a website to get new content, the new content is delivered to you via a newsreader. I recommend doing so highly… it will save you a lot of time if you visit a lot of websites and blogs with rss feeds, and it costs nothing. For a newsreader, I highly recommend the free, powerful, and easy to use web application Google Reader.


Rest in Peace, Eric

My friend and fellow cartoonist conspirator Eric Lappegard passed away this morning from complications after a car accident that had left him paralyzed earlier this month. Eric was a charming fella, full of passion and enthusiasm, and talented as hell. Please take the time to check out some of his wonderful comics and get a glimpse of what we’ve lost.

His family will be incurring considerable expenses from this horrible tragedy. Please consider giving a donation. Donations can be made to:

Account of Eric Lappegard

Voyager Bank

500 Marschall Road

Shakopee, MN 55379

There will also be a benefit event September 8th in the Twin Cities which will include a gallery show and comics anthology, a bike race and live music. You can get current information about it as it comes together on the Cartoonist Conspiracy blog. I hope to see you there.