Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste


Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Pen & Ink

March 11, 2015


I’m still in the process of looking for the ink illustration I mentioned in my recent post, A Comforting Face. (If you missed it, check it out here.) While prowling through my files, I came across a few more pen & ink caricatures. This time I thought it might be fun to have you guess who these folks are. It’s an odd assortment of people, but I bet you get them all. The answers are at the end, so don’t scroll down until you’ve guessed.





 Number #1








 Number #2







Number #3







Number #4







Number #5




Scroll down for answers









 #1 Carroll O’Connor (Archie Bunker)


#2 King Louis XIV


#3 Dolly Parton


#4 Sir Isaac Newton


#5 Gustave Eiffel





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Well - I got one out of four - I had 1. Bill Murray 2. Brian May 3. Dolly Parton 4. Jon Bon Jovi 5. Tom Jones I'm not sure I was concentrating in School.
By: Glen on March 11, 2015
#4 I guessed William Tell...duh #5 I guessed Eiffel even though I didn't know The tower was named after a person...again duh.
By: Cranky on March 11, 2015
I got the king's number wrong. (I had it narrowed down to either one of those old time kings or Howard Stern.) BTW, you are amazingly accurate. :)
By: Scott Park on March 11, 2015
I missed #1...thought it was Winston Churchill! Cheers-you are so talented!
By: Kathe W. on March 11, 2015
I struggled with number 5 but I love them all, especially good old Dolly. What amazing woman she is.
By: LL Cool Joe on March 11, 2015
i got 3 out of 5 and saw the eiffel tower (but didn't know who he was.) very creative stuff!!
By: TexWisGirl on March 11, 2015
I got most...but didn't necessarily know the complete name. Good job.
By: Tabor on March 11, 2015
I got them all--LOVED your view of Eiffel!!
By: fishducky on March 11, 2015
I also got four out of five.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on March 11, 2015
Couldn't remember the kind's number, i always mixed them up in school, too.
By: mimi on March 11, 2015
Got three solid but wasn't sure of the kings number and missed #5 completely. Wasn't aware the tower was named after a person. That was fun.
By: Akansas Patti on March 11, 2015
Diverse group of characters. I got 3 out of 5... thank you adding the apple, otherwise I wouldn't have known. I bet Dolly required a little extra ink. ;-)
By: Daniel LaFrance on March 11, 2015
I got 4 out of 5. Great likenesses.
By: Bouncin Barb on March 11, 2015
Stephen: What an amazing gift you have as an artist, and especially with pen and ink! I couldn't even imagine attempting anything on this level! I enjoyed this very much.
By: Michael Manning on March 11, 2015
I give myself a score of 3-and-a-half. I guessed Archie Bunker/Carroll O'Connor, Lewis Carroll, Dolly Parton, Isaac Newton, Some French Eiffel Tower Dude.
By: Val on March 11, 2015
Yey! I got one! I like caricatures.
By: red on March 11, 2015
All but the Eiffel fella. But, I would have guessed "Eiffel" because of the pose. Very clever.
By: Al Penwasser on March 11, 2015
I got 1. Carroll O'Connor; 2. King Louis the 16th (oops); 3. Dolly Parton; 4. The gravity guy, couldn't think of his name; 5. I gathered it was the Eiffel Tower but thought the guy was that little French dwarf who painted hookers. As I get older I'm losing the ability to remember names.
By: Catalyst on March 11, 2015
I actually knew them, except for Eiffel, but your drawing gave me the answer. Those are great drawings. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on March 11, 2015
Very clever! I, too, guessed William Tell for #4. Why is that so stupid?!?
By: Tom Sightings on March 12, 2015
P.S. Love the hair dryer!
By: Tom Sightings on March 12, 2015
Great work fueled by a great artist's imagination
By: John on March 12, 2015
Nice work! Drawing caricatures that well takes real skill, especially in pen and ink. You nailed every one of them, even Eiffel who wouldn't be very recognizable otherwise.
By: Leenie on March 12, 2015
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By: Leenie on March 12, 2015
I got Carroll, Isaac, & Dolly :)
By: The Bug on March 12, 2015
I guessed William Tell for #4 as well. The hair dryer with King Louis XIV confused me...so I thought Robespierre. Not sure why. And I recognized the Eiffel Tower, but not Gustave. Heh. You have great talent!
By: Pixel Peeper on March 12, 2015

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