Anyone who knows me is aware that I like mobsters and the twenties. I draw them, write stories about them and love movies about them. For friends at work, I once wrote a little tool that would assign you a random mobster nickname along with your real name. I don’t know exactly what it is about mobsters, perhaps the psychology of organized crime, the opportunities for stories, the goofy character names or perhaps the music, outfits and cars. The Friz Freleng characters, Rocky and Mugsy, certainly made an impact on my childhood as well as the strange and quirky characters of Edward Gorey. We can’t forget the often bizarre and iconic face Edward G. Robinson brought to the concept of mobsters. I can’t forget the many faces and the drawing style of the old Dick Tracy comics. It has something to do with the big, exaggerated personalities that I find appealing; they seem to be a form of real life caricatures.<
I finally decided to make a place to collect my ramblings about mobsters and give myself a chance to stretch my drawing and writing muscles. I have decided on a format where I can draw a character with a name and write a little story about them for each post. I know, I know, it’s called “The Daily Mobster” and I don’t really post daily but “Daily” sounds much better than “The Twice-Weekly Mobster” or “The Couple of Times a Week Mobster.” So, join me and the characters, and we will see where this leads! See my other, non mobster work at sketchbookjack.wordpress.com.
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Want to contact me for commission work, have greeting cards made, have a custom mug shot of yourself or a friend made, or have an idea for a funny character or a drawing of a character itself? Feel free to contact me with the following form.
Regarding custom mug shots specifically: I will need a photo of you, online is fine, preferably one that shows off your features, meaning the face is not too obscured. The link to purchase your mug shot will be emailed to you directly.
Regarding a mobster submission: I love fan art and love ideas for new characters. Send me your links to your own mobsters, or if you have an idea for a Daily Mobster, send it on over and it just might appear as a post!