The Dopamine Chronicles

An almost daily cartoon about Parkinson's

We were soldiers…

But they told me “Doc, don’t touch your gun! We don’t want you accidentally shooting one of us.”

New drawing style using an iPad and Adobe Ideas. The brush tool has a wonderful thick and thin quality to it. This is a picture of me, my brain (which I didn’t know at the time was being affected by Agent Orange), and my helmet.


Written by martyworld

October 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

Posted in Parkinson's

I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way… (Jessica Rabbit)

Bob Hoskin’s died at 71. Of pneumonia, with Parkinson’s. Not just a comic character, but a serious actor too!


Written by martyworld

October 16, 2014 at 6:30 am

Posted in Parkinson's

The Preacher in Winter

I found this portrait of Billy Graham to be haunting and moving at the same time. He is in his mid-nineties and suffers from Parkinson’s. Yet there is still some kind of wild flame in the eyes, enfolded in the wrinkles and mottled skin.

And the hand, it isn’t menacing, it seems to be beckoning.

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Written by martyworld

October 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

Casa de “Weirdo”

Okay, I know I told myself I wanted to get back to drawing landscapes, normal stuff. But I have been doing “weirdo” stuff probably longer than landscapes. So to inaugurate my new portable building/studio, here is the first drawing done in the new space!


Written by martyworld

October 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

Robin Williams

One of the hidden symptoms of Parkinson’s is depression. Undoubtedly it aggravated a longstanding condition. What demons drove him to the edge we may never know. Let’s rather remember laughing our collective ***** off every time we saw or heard him.

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I hold a firm hope to see him again. His favorite storybook series when a child was “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Written by martyworld

October 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

Taking a Shower Together

Not as romantic as you might think! Being a Parkinson’s patient, I’ve got to avoid exposure to pesticides. So what’s the problem? You’ve never lived in Louisiana (much less RURAL Louisiana!) We got roaches the size of VW’s! Had one in the shower with me this morning. Sent him to a watery grave…


Written by martyworld

October 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

The Rats in a Hot Tub Drinking Wine Coolers Test…

I was privileged to hear Don Weller, a West Coast Illustrator, speak in the early ’80’s. He had decided that the rat race, grindstone way of doing design was not for him. So he shut down at 4:30 on Friday and hits the beach with Chacha his wife. A client called at 4:20.

“Don, we need you to do an illustration for our magazine” Don says “We are going to the beach!” the Client says “It’s black and white”, “Still can’t do man, we are headed out!” “Don, it’s a picture of rats in a hottub drinking wine coolers…” “OH, I can DO that!”

Stress is the great symptom maker for a lot of PD’ers. So I have decided to prune back on the number of jobs I am taking on (looking for LOW stress.) I will be applying the “Rats in Hot Tub Drinking Wine Coolers” test to any and all potential jobs. If the project isn’t THAT cool to do, I won’t do it…


Written by martyworld

September 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Posted in Parkinson's


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