Thursday, September 07, 2006

This blog has moved!

I've been farting around with WordPress and have installed a blog on my portfolio site Craig Taillefer dotCom.

I won't be updating this blog anymore, except to change all the links once they are final, as I had originally signed up for this one assuming I could feed it to the front page of my personal site. Now that I've figured out how to do a blog on my site, this one is redundant.

The Wahoo Morris work blog will remain where it is.

Monday, July 17, 2006


I've been working on this for a little while but I've been too swamped to post any advance art or write about it. Here is the press release, which I cribbed from Newserama, plus the first days strip. Enjoy!

Press Release

Robert Tinnell, writer of the Eisner-nominated graphic album FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES, has teamed up with artist Craig Taillefer (WAHOO MORRIS) to launch THE CHELATION KID - a strip which documents the efforts of Tinnell and his wife as they attempt to recover their son from autism. The strip can be seen at and updates every weekday.

"It's the toughest thing I've ever done. My son was a normal kid until he was two years old and then he just - went away. Writing this has forced me to relive this whole nightmare. But we believe he was poisoned by the mercury present in his vaccinations and that people need to be aware of what happened - and what continues to happen. The strip will chronicle our efforts - some successful, some not - to try and get him back."

Chelation (pronounced "key-lay-shun" refers to the process of attempting to remove heavy metals - such as mercury - from the body. With the tidal wave of autism being likened to an epidemic, and public figures like Don Imus and Robert Kennedy, Jr., fighting to bring the issue to the public's attention, Tinnell felt the time was right to tell his son's story - but not in maudlin fashion. "Look, there's no way we were going to do this and be all whiny and self-pitying. We're making every effort to create something that, while it's honest and
thought-provoking and sometimes painful, is also funny and entertaining. And Craig's art is simply superb."

THE CHELATION KID is available, for free, to anyone who would like to carry it on their site through 'tooncasting. All one must do is simply paste in this code:

src="" width="504"
height="234" alt="The Chelation Kid - copyright and TM Robert Tinnell
and Craig Taillefer, All Rights Reserved" border="0" ismap>

A working screenwriter, Tinnell is best known to comics fans as a writer of horror graphic novels such as THE BLACK FOREST (co-written with Todd Livingston and drawn by Neil Vokes) and the recently-released SIGHT UNSEEN (with artist Bo Hampton). A visit to covers Tinnell's comic output in greater detail.

Taillefer has branched out from comics to work in TV animation, although he continues to produce his popular WAHOO MORRIS webcomic among other projects. For more information visit

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A Solo Acoustic Gig....

I got asked to open up for George Stryker and the Bandits on July 2nd. The gig will be taking place at Malone's in the Dow's Lake Pavilion (Carling and Prince of Wales, Ottawa, ON).

I'll be playing a solo set, just me and my acoustic guitar, for about 45 minutes before the feature act. I'll be playing mostly blues with a few folky & rootsy songs thrown in for good measure.

There are few samples from my demo at for the curious or uninitiated.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

WAHOO MORRIS book one cover mock up

I did a quick colour mock up of the cover to the first WAHOO MORRIS trade paperback. I'll probably make a lot of changes between now and October, but this will do for now for the Previews solicitation...

Monday, June 05, 2006

Wahoo Morris Cover Art

The line art for the upcoming Wahoo Morris Trade paperback collection, fresh off the drawing table....

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Viva Las Vegas!

My friend Ian talked me into attending the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend this past weekend at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. Four days of Rockabilly, Rock 'n Roll, 50's R&B, Western Swing, Psychobilly, and Doo Wop. I'm suffering from severe jet lag, but it was worth it. I haven't taken a major trip that was not work related in years so an actual vacation was long overdue.

The Gold Coast was sold out pretty early being the host hotel for the concerts, so we ended up staying at the Stratosphere a bit of a ways down the strip. The first morning we took a walk down the Las Vegas strip. I'm still getting used to having a new camera, so it just doesn't occur to me to take pictures... but I got a few. The thing that really struck me is that most of the new hotels going up are all themed hotels trying to cater to a family clientele. Yet there are slot machines built into every available surface - the only available space that doesn't seem to be used is the back of the toilet stall doors! Every street corner has box after box of "Adult Personal" newspapers; Trucks drive by with advertisements for girls to your door 24 hours a day; Men stand on street corners handing out business cards for hookers; Billboards advertise "Gentlemen's Clubs" next to the billboards for Celine Dion and Howie Mandell. Vegas is one big theme park, but it's an adult theme park and I'm mildly disturbed by the efforts to attract families and more disturbed by the number of adults with children in tow we saw. It's Sin City after all: Leave the kids at home! Ok. Off the soap box.

We headed to the Gold Coast to register for the show around 3 in the afternoon. There was plenty to see and do. The music ran non-stop from 3 to 3 most days on 3 different stages. The largest stage was the Ballroom upstairs with the big vendor room across the hall. On the main floor of the Casino was the Showroom, an equally large stage, and a lounge outside which was free to all. On the other side of the Casino and upstairs was another pair of vendor rooms.

Anything you can think of that would be of interest to the Rockabilly and 50's culture crowd was available for sale. There were two record shops from the UK. There was more vintage clothes and new "Vintage" styles for sale than you could take in, from dresses, shirts, pants, shoes, belts, and lingerie. One guy was selling unused vintage glasses frames and another was selling vintage lace panties!

We were both pretty exhausted so I didn't get to see much music the first night but I made up for that over the rest of the weekend. I honestly have no clue who half the bands are I saw. I'm trying to make sense of it using the date stamp on my camera and the program guide. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera on the Saturday and my batteries died Sunday. I'm also still learning how to use the camera and most of my indoor shots didn't turn out too well, but I got a few.

Music didn't start most days until 3 PM so I found the hotel pool and spent my mornings swimming and reading in a deck chair. The pool was on the 8th floor of the first tower and there was quite the view of the Las Vegas valley and surrounding mountains, unfortunately I didn't bring my camera with me as I was alone and there were no lockers.

Friday I stuck pretty much to the ballroom. I saw a few minutes of a surf band down in the showroom before heading over to a restaurant for supper. While Ian did a little gambling I staked out a table in the Ballroom. Being so far back, the few clear pictures I got are all from far away, but I got to see the Cordwood Draggers from the UK who I got a few OK pictures of. Next up was Marti Brom who was pretty good, but my one picture is pretty fuzzy. Following was The Stars of Rockabilly Review featuring original rockabilly artists Lew Williams, Sonny Burgess, Art Adams, Joe Clay, Ray Campi, and Alton Lott. The backup band was made up of members of Big Sandy's Fly-Rite Boys, and each singer got to do between 2 and 4 songs each. I wasn't impressed with Art Adams or Lew Williams, but Joe Clay was fantastic and Ray Campi was a lot of fun. I got an ok picture of Ray Campi but I didn't even try to take one of Joe Clay unfortunately. Sonny Burgess rounded out the review. I've never been crazy about Sonny Burgess, but I had to admit he is a good performer and put on a good show. The evening was rounded out by Wildfire Willie & the Ramblers. Exhausted and just slightly drunk, we left after a few songs and I can't honestly remember a thing about them.
I did get one of my better photos though along with one of my worst yet still interesting photos. I kept experimenting with the different settings trying to get the best results with some... interesting... results before I found that using the sport setting would get the best shots of musicians in motion. I'm still not getting enough light in though. Supposedly there is an indoor party setting but I haven't found it yet.

Saturday, after a late breakfast and a leisurely swim, I headed over to the Gold Coast for the opening acts. I forgot my camera but I managed to see bits and pieces of every act in both the Ballroom and Showroom including the Hellzaboppers, Rory Justice, Chop Tops, Lauren Marie, Arsen Roulette, Two Timin' Three (fantastic), Deke Dickerson's Guitar Geek Show, Amber Fox, Burlesque Competition, Amber Fox, Doo Wop Legends featuring Herb Cox, Harvey Fuqua, Earl Carrol, and Eugene Pitt. I caught a few minutes of Devil Doll before taking off exhausted.

The vintage car show was also on Saturday. I didn't get a chance to check it out, but it attracted quite the crowd including gang members from LA. The crowd in the casino was mind boggling. Just as many people as come for the music come to hang out on the casino floor to see and be seen. The show itself attracts people from all over the world including large contingents from the UK and Japan, with age ranges from couples in their 70's to 20's with the majority of the people being from LA's Rockabilly scene. The tatoos on these people are amazing. The men and women alike are tattooed from the neck on down. It's an odd juxtaposition of these girls dressed in evening dresses and/or dressed in hoop skirts looking like 1950's teenagers yet every bit of skin showing is covered in ink.

Then there is the dancing. It's a pretty amazing sight to see the ballroom floor packed with jiving couples, all dressed in costume, ranging from retired couples who were into the music and the dance originally down to tattooed neo-rockabillies. I tried to take some video as still pictures can't capture the movement, but that's how I drained my batteries!

Sunday was an interesting and long day. We had prebooked a round trip shuttle to and from the hotel and airport. 24 hours before our flight we were supposed to confirm the shuttle. Well, our flight was 6:45 AM Monday morning and the shuttle company gave us one time and one time only they would pick us up - 3:45. So.... seeing as the last act we wanted to see ended after midnight, it was going to be a sleepless night. I did my usual breakfast followed by pool time and made it to the show by 3 PM. The acts had started at 1 on the last day so I missed a few, but I caught the last half of the Lustre Kings, a decent trio, followed by a few unidentified acts and rotating acts. The remainder of the acts on the Showroom stage seemed to be a shifting group of musicians more in line of a jam, but there was some good music. I took off to eat and came back to find Big Sandy singing with a Doo Wop group. I made it up to the Ballroom to see a decent trio from the UK called the Sugar Creek Trio. They shortly brought out another UK singer for the rest of the set. A Jiving Contest followed which I missed. But from 8 on there was the Stumbleweeds, followed by the Stargazers an excellent Bill Haley styled jump band from the UK. Ruth Brown was the act we were waiting to see, but unfortunately she was a bit of a disappointment. She could still sing and was obviously touched that this huge crowd of "kids" knew her music and were so appreciative, and if you were at the back and couldn't see it would probably have been a good show. But, we were right up front and I just couldn't watch for long. They had a chair for her to sit on and a music stand with lyrics for her, which I didn't have a problem with, but she had obviously not rehearsed with the band or even looked through the lyric book before coming on stage. She kept bitching at the band to watch the tempo and alternately smiling at the audience and looking back at the band and rolling her eyes. It sounded great, but I was uncomfortable and feeling bad for the band - which again was made up of members of Big Sandy's Fly-Rite Boys so you know it was a great band. A bit of a disappointing conclusion to a great weekend.

We took one last circuit of the vendor room before having an early breakfast and heading back to the hotel to get ready to go. I had a shower while Ian did some final gambling and we were off to the airport. We left Vegas at 6:45 AM Pacific time and arrived in Ottawa 5:30 PM Eastern time having been up 29 hours so far. Before I made it to bed it had been a full 36 hours on no sleep. I slept for 12 hours straight and needless to say I was rather jet-lagged the next day. I'm still feeling it two days later but I'm thinking very seriously about going back again next year if I can find someone to travel with!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Alicia & Sybil

Here is a new piece, freshly inked. It is intended as a spot illustration for the back cover of my upcoming Wahoo Morris Trade paperback collection. I'm working on the front cover as we speak...

First Post... Nothin' to say!

Well... I've joined the new century and signed up for a blog... but I don't have much to say really. I'm not one to ramble about what I ate for dinner or watched on tv last night. This site will mainly be news posts about my upcoming comic book releases, musical performances, and comic convention appearances, with the odd bit of crap off the top of my head. I might also post the odd bit of art as it comes off my drawing table.