Sunday, February 15, 2009

IF: 'Cell'ebrate


What prisoners do when the ingredients sealed in a plastic bag (and hidden in the toilet) ferment into alcohol...

I actually learned about this while visiting a prison (and by visit I don't mean I was actually in prison nor was it a 'scared straight' program for artists heading down the path of a life of crime). After several of the inmates were found to be drunk (one of which broke three pairs of handcuffs...gee let's give inmates access to weights)they did cell checks...and found about 10 gallons of booze hidden in various areas, including the toilets so it would be chilled...they would shove apples, kool-aid, bread, and sugar in a bag of water (sometimes juice) and let it ferment...

And the moleman continues!



(click to enlarge)

23 comments:

Aya Rosen said...

This sounds yummy... well, probably not... I really like the illustration and the story behind it.

Oh, and the mole man is super cool to.

ValGalArt said...

What the fridge??? This is hilarious Brian, you are so darn talented and funny! It must be a joy to work on Walrus Man, I can see it and feel it :)

ValGalArt said...

oops I called him Walrus Man, i mean Mole Man :) all the bugs are amazing too!

studio lolo said...

I imagine after they drink that swill it will end up in the porcelain bowl again! Or stainless steel bowl. I'm trying to forget my hard crime time :P
Excellent concept. I think I'll celebrate your success without that beverage though.

Mole Man is un-B-lievable. really, really great pencil magic. It makes me want to do more of it. I do love a good old drawing pencil.

Detlef said...

Moleman is a thing of beauty and exquisite detail. Love it.

Those cell mates are indeed innovative, did you get try the fruits of their labour?

Gee, again Moleman rocks.

Cathy said...

Love the cartoon and Moleman. When I hear stories of things guys get up to in prison, I always feel sad that this kind of creativity and resourcefulness wasn't put to better use when they were in the outside world.

I've only ever visited prisons, but I know several people who have been inmates.

Roberta said...

I digg the Mole Man Brian... the fermented bag juice chilled in the loo....not so much... lol!

catnapping said...

after saying, yuk...this reminds me of the time our black lab got drunk from fermented figs.

in the garage, a bucket of figs left over from canning, and covered (though not actually sealed) apparently juiced right up into a doggy wine of fig.

it left me to wonder at the bizarre antics of some birds...

[today's word verification - grown] nope. not me.

Catnapping said...

I love the wrinkles in mole man's coat...and the buttons. great details.

Ammon said...

Brian, the moleman is insane! That is just awesome.

Dot said...

too funny~! and I LOVE the moleman.

Karen said...

thanks for the blog comment! Your illustrations are so creative. I love them!

Dorit said...

all I can say is "wow!" for the moleman.
and LOL for the prisoners' creativity :)

kathy hare said...

what a wonderful take on the word!! :) and I love moleman...

Peter Breese said...

The mole man is wicked... very cool stuff, can't wait to see the finished piece. Keep posting him as you progress!

Caroline said...

That's an original take on celebrate! Very funny - but not a recipe I'll be taking, thanks! Moleman continues to get more amazing. Brilliant!

Josh (musarter) said...

That is just plain sick, but a guys gotta do what a guys gotta do.

That Moleman is looking awesome.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

ew.... what a lovely pen and ink below... but ew. one would have to be trusting of their prison mate to do this. ew.

sketched out said...

Wow, that is so sick and yet so fascinating (many sick things are, hee hee.) Great cartoon and maaaaan, that Mole Man... sheepers, is your pencil work freaking fantastic or what?! I don't come by here enough. I need to savor this line work of your more often!

steve said...

The moleman is looking quite excellent Brian! As for the prisoners, I've seen plenty of episodes of Lockup and am still amazed at how jail can bring out the creativity in criminals (haha)!

krisztina maros said...

fantastic characters! also love your seahorses!

pati @-;-- said...

I'm flabbergasted. Definitely, the human being is able to find solutions to almost anything. Wow!

Also, I'm amazed for your talent and dedication. What a wonderful creature you are working on now!

Chris said...

That's wild! I never would have guessed the inmates would be up to something quite so dastardly... er, actually, I guess I would. Regardless, nice comic. I especially like the posters. The unicorn really cracks me up.

On the flip-side, the Moleman is really coming along nicely. It looks pretty incredible. I'm not sure I'd have the patience to work with details the way you do. I can't wait to see the finished product.