Saturday, December 29, 2012


Saturday was the best day! With a great lineup of bands, the music didn't stop until Sunday morning. And then there was breakfast in bed for 400 thousand. A bunch of peaceful happy campers, fulfilled with good music.

Monday, December 17, 2012


A pinch of Byrds, a touch of Hollies and some Buffalo Springfield were the right ingredients to a great sound at Woodstock.

Friday, November 30, 2012


About 15 years ago, I was so thrilled to have found the original site for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. Back then, except for a small monument on the corner of Hurd Rd and Westshore Rd, there was nothing but an open field which allowed my imagination to recreate the event as it was.
Last year, going back to what now is called Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, I had a strange reaction to walking around old Max Yasgur's field. It made me see some really weird stuff.
Still, preservation is a good thing!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Swami's opening remarks on stage at Woodstock:
"My beloved sisters and brothers, I am overwhelmed with joy to see the youth of America gathered here in the name of the fine art of music. In fact, through music we can work wonders... One thing I very much wish you all to remember: with sound we can make or break. On certain battlefields animal sounds are used. Without such sounds - war cries - humans beings couldn't become the kind of animals that kill their own brethren. So I am very happy to see we are all gathered to create some 'making' sounds rather than 'breaking' sounds, to find that peace and joy through the celestial music. I am honored for having been given the opportunity of opening this great, great music festival.
America leads the world in several ways. Very recently, when I was in the East, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi asked me, 'What's happening in America?' I said, 'America is becoming a whole. America is helping everybody in the material field, but the time has come for America to help the whole world with spirituality also.'
That's why across its length and breadth, we see people, thousands and thousands of people, yoga-minded, spiritual-minded. So let all our actions and all our arts express yoga or unity. Through the sacred art of music let us find peace that will pervade all over the globe. Often people shout, 'We are going to fight for peace!' I still do not understand how they are going to fight and then find peace. Therefore, let us not fight for peace, but let us find peace within ourselves first.
The future of the whole world is in your hands. You can make it or break it. But you are really here to make the world and not to break it. There is a dynamic manpower here. Hearts are meeting...
I, with all my heart, wish a great, great success to this music festival. Let it pave the way for many more festivals in other parts of the country... The entire world is going to know what America youth can do for humanity. Every one of you should feel responsibility for the outcome of this festival. Once again, let me express my sincere wish and prayers for the success and peace of this celebration. Thank you."

Saturday, October 20, 2012


In the late eighties I used to live in Venice Beach, where I met a bunch of Freestyle Frisbee players, and one of them was John's baby brother Mark Sebastian. Back then, Mark was the closest thing to Woodstock for me. He's also a very talented musician.
Nice to hear from you Sloan!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Here's papa Tom, daughter Pilar, mama Lisa (expecting a new baby) and uncle Wavy arriving at JFK on their way to the biggest picnic of the century. The Hog Farm came to help set up campgrounds at Max Yasgur's site, a concept conceived by the unsung hero, Woodstock's very own headhunter, Stanley Goldstein. He had so much to do with the success of the Festival without really being in the spotlight.
Thank you Stan!

Monday, July 9, 2012


More sketches from early studies for the book. Windmills and high jumps.

Friday, May 18, 2012


Some early studies for Hippie Hooray.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


A fictitious character of mine I brought in to an audition with Norman Lear for an animated project of his. It goes with the spirit of today's date.

Friday, April 27, 2012


While living in Sao Paulo in 1976, I became a professional cartoonist when I began working for the Brazilian version of Cracked Magazine at the largest Publishing Company in South America, Editora ABRIL. In Brazil it was named PANCADA, and half of the magazine consisted of original American material translated to Portuguese. The other half was done by Brazilian cartoonists picturing Brazil's reality back in the late seventies. It was then that I started developing my own style inspired by the great ones from MAD Magazine. Here are some samples of my very early work. I did inside material and back cover gags, the front covers aren't mine. The little girl kicking Alfred Newman's butt is Monica from the famous Brazilian little gang created by Mauricio de Souza.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


These are some publications of mine from over 30 years ago. Here are two cover illustrations done in 1980 for CARtoons magazine from Petersen Publishing Company in Los Angeles.

In 1979 I did this cover for the second issue of Cocaine Comix published by Last Gasp, an Underground Comics publisher in San Francisco.

In 1980, Playboy's sister magazine, OUI, had me illustrate this article, in the style of Animal House, about crazy things being done in Madison at the University of Wisconsin in 1978 by Jim Mallon and Leon Varjian.

In 1983, EPIC Illustrated magazine, from Marvel Comics in New York City, had me illustrate a six page story called Gridlock written by Larry Hama. Here's the first page.

I'm sure these old projects were paving my way to HIPPIE HOORAY.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Here's an album cover illustration I did for Weird Al Yankovic's first LP in 1983. It was such a pleasure meeting him back then at CBS Records, and we're still in touch. He's a really nice guy.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Local farmers were selling boiled eggs at the Festival, a snack that came in pretty handy at a time when food became scarce. It looks like Chip Monck (Lighting Director/ MC) got himself a few.
Here's a detail of Hanley Sound high tech equipment on stage. Everything was really funky at Woodstock, and that was the charm of it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Going back to that weekend in August of 1969, a year of such sharp contrast and very cool music.
Sunday afternoon at Max Yasgur's muddy field, where there was nothing but fun!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Still at Warner Brothers Animation, I worked on a Daffy Duck series called DUCK DODGERS where I had the chance to do more caricature of rock stars like Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys and Dave Mustaine from Megadeth.
In this episode, SURF THE STARS aired in 2005, Brian Wilson gives Daffy some surfing tips.
In this episode, IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU aired in 2005, Dave Mustaine brings us Megadeth.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Another animated series produced by Steven Spielberg I worked on was PINKY AND THE BRAIN. In this episode, Guru Pinky takes us to India where we meet the Beatles. It was aired in 1997.
I really enjoy doing caricatures. Here's our executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Here's John Lennon during Sgt. Pepper time (with no mustache, so we could use it as a model for the episode), and with Yoko at the Bed In for Peace.
When the FAB4 arrived at JFK in 1964, it was as if New York City was greeting visitors from another planet. Here's John and Ringo.

Monday, February 27, 2012


During my 25 year career in the animation business as a character designer, I had the pleasure to work on a Steven Spielberg's production of a TV series for Warner Brothers called ANIMANIACS. On one of the many segments on the show, Slappy Squirrel takes us to Woodstock. I did my best to keep this episode accurate to the looks of the Festival, but as an animation production goes thru so many hands, it is hard to keep control of details. It was aired in 1994, and was really fun to give the kids a little taste of Woodstock.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Inspired by the great french cartoonist Albert Uderzo and his Asterix series, I gave the Woodstock Festival a comic book look to it, so kids can see today what their grandparents did for fun in the summer of 1969.
I'm still working on the music clearance details, and as soon as it's all resolved I'll let you know when the book will be out.