Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The "Dude and Dude" Studio (The Dude-io!)

Dudes have been asking, it is,
the "Dude-io"    
     This is where most of the drawing, creating, preparing and sending of my "Dude and Dude" comic strip ( Dude and Dude at ) happens.
     A small, little studio/office in Orange County, CA (The OC). It is actually my office for the camp I work as Marketing Director for (the camp I grew up going to), so Dude and Dude time is in the off hours and weekends!
     The pics aren't great because I shot them with my non-Smart phone. I apologize, I haven't moved into the world of using a phone for everything but calling someone yet!
You also see bits and pieces of my writing and speaking career, mixed in with my likes and hobbies. But, my favorite spot is "The Chair" (dude, awesome chair!), where I sit, think, relax and fall asleep trying to conjure up the daily cartoon concepts that will hopefully keep Dude and Dude relevant, entertaining and funny! Heavy emphasis on the "funny"! I'm sure as soon as it isn't, or if it isn't to you, you'll let me know!
     Fans have asked if I prepare my comics differently from other cartoonists because the colors seem more vibrant and backgrounds tend to be repetive and similiar. You dudes are sharp!
     Because I wear so many (too many) hats, my cartoons are prepared in a less conventional way compared to most daily cartoonists, whose work pays all their bills. They have the time to, and luxery of hand drawing the majority of their work, where I must settle for reusing characters and backgrounds from a preserved library that floats around the edges of each new cartoon, just waiting to be called into action.

     Trust me, every new character, setting, background, building, piece of furniture, coffee mug, etc., at one point, is either hand drawn or created in a computer graphics program by me. I'm not that far removed from the fact that I am a cartoonist. I'm just using what's out there to save time right now.
     If you fans decide to make Dude and Dude my one and only source needed to survive, trust me, I'll adjust....dude!

     I love talking cartooning and all things "Dude!" Let's talk!...I'll be over in my chair waiting to hear from....ZZZZZZZZZZZ

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Awesome Dude Series: No. 2 - Bhutan

Bhutan? No. 2 on my Awesome Dude Series?

You're thinking, "Dude, Bhutan is a country, not a dude! A country can't be a dude, can it?"

I beg to differ, dude!

I say, if a country announces that its' Gross National Product is "Happiness", then makes casual robes on men the required dress of the day, and demands that relaxation be included in every work day, then they are a dude!

Bhutan even became a country by a large group of dudes slipping away from the big country they were apart of "The Man" and found a place so remote, they're hard to find on a map.

Bhutan is also so casual that they don't promote tourism. They'd rather be left alone to live the life they want, at their own pace, their own way, with their own kind; the very definition of a dude! They actually didn't even introduce tourism as an option until 1971when they were being hounded, daily, by hippies (dudes) looking for a place to disapear, check out and grow old.  Their government still fights for allowing the Bhutanese to "keep on keepin' on" in their own mellow lifestyle by charging tourists $200 a day just to hang out. Discourage City, or what!

Dude, there number two sport, right behind archery, is darts! How kickback and non-confrontational is that! Peace, Love, Bhutan!

If you want to know where Bhutan is, sorry, dude: You'll have to look it up yourself. Us dudes never give away a secret spots where dudism can flow. All I can say is, find the Himilayas and go left!

For a great read about all things Bhutan, check out Lisa Napoli's book, Radio Shangri La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth and when you're done, you'll realize what I did; that a country can be a dude, and that Bhutan is one.

Tell us about your secret "dude" getaway spot (and don't charge us
serious fundage to go there!). We won't let anyone but a dude check it out!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

"Dude Digs"

If you've been following along, Dude and Dude are on the search for their own digs, "Casa de Dude". Their motivation to move out of the convenient confines of mom and dad's place, like much of their motivation, came from good old dad himself. Wanting to kick-start their lives - he politely kicked them out. Dad then kicked in $250 a month to help. Money the "Dudes" feel will be enough to secure a great pad with plenty of living space...and an ocean view. Enter a serious dose of reality!

Time to wake up, indeed. You can just imagine, and will soon learn if you follow along, that the neighborhoods that can provide a two-man, personal dwelling for $250 a month are not neighborhoods you want to walk around in at night (or during the day, for that matter).

Where were you when the "It's time for you grow up a bit, get out there on your own and learn some responsibility" monster came knocking? If you were caught off guard, totally bummed, fought it at first and are maybe still fighting it, then you just might be a "dude".

My "Get a full-time job, go to school full-time, or get out!" speech came at age 19 from my dad, attempting to motivate me in any direction. His approach, following many subtle hints for months, was finally a yelling match across a dining room table. A table that kept us from probably having our first fight ever that would involve physical contact. I love that table today; my dad would have creamed me!

What did I do? What would a dude do? I took all that anger towards my dad, the confusion and the spite, went out into the world a full-time job as an editorial cartoonist and graphic artist for a local trade publication in 4 days. I never thanked my dad properly either...dude.

Their eventual humble dwelling, "Casa de Dude", came to me following a conversation with a person who works at a small natural food place (The Stand) in Laguna Beach, CA who rides a bike to work, is saving money to travel the world playing guitar, and rents a room in the hills of Laguna from an older woman who converted a closet into a bedroom for just such an occasion...dude! A closet is a "Casa de Dude" for sure!

I hope you're living where you want to be living, no matter how humble! If it works for you, it's right!

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