Whiskerino 2009

No trimming! No shaping! Embrace the Whiskerino!

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  • posted: February 28 @ 8:45am
So what did we learn from all this?

1.( SKELLO WINS ) We need villains . Not only do they give us a sense of right and wrong but sometimes their own evil curiosity helps us complete stories. ( and puzzles)

2.( BURNEY'S death ) Don't get too attached to things or people. Love them, appreciate them. root for them. But one day just like that they can be taken from you with the toss of an axe and you have to be ready to move on.

3.( the incomplete puzzle ) It's never over. Only under any circumstances you have to keep going.

4.( Long live things like the pip ) It's not the art of the contest, It's the art in the contest.

5. and finally Everyone is a king. ( Michael taught us that )

Happy Trails Beards. I enjoy calling some of you old friends and some new friends. Hope we see each other again soon.

Cast and photographers - Cari Carmean, Trey and Erin Wales, Amber Haliman, Candi and Hamilton Carmean, Carolyn, Swan Burrus, Megan O'Connell, Rodney Munez, Jenny Davis, Jenine Civil, John Lara , John Carlin , David Knapp, Rima Dari, the guy that hit me on my Vespa and All the Beards . They all took time at one point or another in helping me keep this going. I couldn't have done it with out your help. Thank you.

P.S. I learned at the throwdown that some of your children started to "tune in " to Burney so the lack of blood these past couple days was a cartoonish choice.

take care.

~Mac ( BURNEY )


Flotsam & Beardsam says:
I'm in love with your sensibility. I particularly like the thematic contribution that the milk makes. It really ties things together from a mind-body perspective.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:50am -
Yogi Beard says:
Truly astonishing how much effort was put into this. You are the man, now and forever.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:52am -
hankbobs says:
This was a very fun journey, thank you for staying in character for 4 months! The art in the contest was brilliant, and I enjoyed every day of your story. say Hey to Cari for me, and I hope to see you in May!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:54am -
tedford says:
this was an amazing effort. your calendar view is just spectacular to look at. really enjoyed seeing this play out.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:02am -
Furricane says:
haha, added to the pose list :)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:06am -
specialshoes says:
this story was/is amazing! you are a master of your craft. i salute you...also, YOU WIN...at life!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:13am -
benfrank says:
i want to help you make a film. i love this so much. it has been so awesome. thank you for your daily commitment.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:14am -
runningantelope says:
craziness, i'll have to think about this one
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:14am -
runningantelope says:
although it is kind of selfless in a humble kind of way that you would kill yourself in your own comic strip
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:16am -
michaeljstraub says:
I couldn't have envisioned this any better. Well done sir ... well done
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:23am -
mims attack says:
clap clap clap clap clap. great story and great photos
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:24am -
Dave says:
Well done sir!! your time and thought into this was enjoyed by all!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:30am -
SoulGlo1976 says:
WHAT? Anti-climactic, like The Sopranos or Seinfeld finales.

But you are awesome. Great to meet you at the bowling alley.

Nice growing with you!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:47am -
robberfly says:
Great ending! Best wishes.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:01am -
Katie says:
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:09am -
Ploafmaster says:
Wow, what a finish.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:21am -
yourfavorite says:
What a great ending. Thanks for not going all hollywood-happy-ending on us. I have thouroughly enjoyed your story this year. You are quite the wizard. Thanks so much for all that you've brought to this place. I just reread your story from start to finish. It truly is a fun story. See you in May friend.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:37am -
sariebell says:
Your efforts have been entertaining, confusing, and bad ass. Thanks for all of it!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:45am -
jnonfiction says:
Bravo, @BURNEY. Bravo. Bravissimo.

I'll miss you too.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:46am -
mynameisjason says:
this was so so so so so so so so






Thanks for putting on the best show of the year.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:00am -
jclutch says:
I will see you in May sir, congrats on this epic archive too, shit is insanely awesome.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:17am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
YES!!! lol!!!

What a twist!!!
i love this ending!!
THANKYOU for you and your teams work!!

& just might see you in may!!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:52am -
Beard Goggles says:
This was great.

Words can't describe how great his was...

I will see you in May.

And your goodbye is tops.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:55am -
[j.kent.r] says:
Congrats on a fabulous 4 month series! Also, your words for today's caption are truly inspiring. I give you one of my two king votes today. You and Mackle.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:58am -
brandon says:


I will see you.

In May.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:26pm -
Grower&Shower says:
I'm going to spend the next couple weeks revisiting this story line. Very well done!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 12:49pm -
c dub says:
BEST SERIES FOR WHISKERINO EVER. Well done. Glad we got to chat a bit at the throw down wind down. i'll definitely be calling on the LA crew in June when i'm out there. Like the 13th 14th something like that. Be seein you before then in May on the OTHER mackle awesomeness dot com ; )
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:36pm -
mOtke says:
So very glad you did this whole story. Your follow through, determination, sacrifice and constant dedication to the art of your story and shots was inspirational. Best of luck to you in the near and distant future, and I hope that our paths cross again.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 1:38pm -
julialikesbeards says:
Amazing, text, series, meeting you, the whole shebang.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:07pm -
Tolleson says:
Ultimately, the best story I have read in some time. Always on the edge of my seat! Imaginative, action-packed and gorgeous!

I wish I had met you at the throwdown and still can't understand how I missed you. I have enjoyed these 120 days and am glad to say I was along for the ride as it happened this year.

It was grand. All of it!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:16pm -
Smurf says:
*Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap* Awesome dude, it was fun to watch and read this over the past four months, and with the see you in May on the puzzle I guess I'll be seeing you for Mustache May then. Til then take care Burney!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:24pm -
Robfrenzy says:
soooo good. thank you for this.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:37pm -
keifel says:
it's been fantastic. see you on words with friends. thank you for sharing your amazing vision with us all.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:40pm -
mattyc says:
As much as i found it disagreeable that you killed you off... this final caption more than makes up for it
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:57pm -
mattyc says:
Your story was very awesome to follow and hella intriguing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:57pm -
mattyc says:
not to mention creepy as shit sometimes.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:58pm -
mattyc says:
kinda wish you'd have had another month or so that you could have used to flush out a couple more things...but 4 months be the limit...and you did a hell of a good job with it.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 2:58pm -
Jar says:
Bah! This has to be one of the most epic themes in the history of themes. Love it! Thanks for being here and being so great the whole way through!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:04pm -
mattyc says:
ending with the Pose is brilliant... too? totally awesome.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:05pm -
Boaz says:
hopefully there isn't an end to this epicness... thank you; see you in may
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:23pm -
Davis says:
mac, was awesome meeting you. this is a fantastic end to basically the most epic thing whiskerino ever saw. congrats.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:32pm -
chadmcclarnon says:
You totally rule man, see you in MAY!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:33pm -
GrizzlyDex says:
Enjoyed your story from start to finish :)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 3:34pm -
TheStride says:
It's been a great ride. In a small way I'm thankful for you letting the villain win.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:31pm -
Phil says:
If there was a king for themse, surely you'd win it. You rock socks consistently. See you in May!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:38pm -
shularbrau says:
This whole damn thing was just awesome.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 4:56pm -
Pip says:
Great, GREAT lessons here.

This has been the Theme of the Year; I've enjoyed every day of it. Your dedication to is has been monumental, and we really appreciate it.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:20pm -
Dschonn says:
You've been unbelievably creative this Whiskerino. You've pushed the boundaries of the Whiskerino format and told a story in a way that no one else ever has. You're brilliant, Mac, and I'm glad to know you.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 5:58pm -
9schwander says:
I king you today, simply for putting the most dedication into story and personal theme of probably anyone here. Thanks for your consistency and incredible imagination.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:09pm -
Shotgun Willie says:
that was quite a story. glad to have had the chance to talk a bit at throwdown. enjoy!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:18pm -
zackle says:
The way you have spun this narrative throughout the duration is mind-blowing. Kudos for that.

I hope to see you around in May. I also hope you finally change your shirt by then ;)
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:37pm -
Keith says:
thank you so much for your commitment and creativity. It was really incredible and fun to follow. I'll check up on you in may.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:54pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
This is still a puzzler! lol.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 6:59pm -
EdwardTeach says:
kinged. this was one of the most fun aspects of whiskerino. thanks for the story.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:00pm -
dizzywizard says:
it has been a pleasure growing beard with you.
great series. love puzzles. loved it!

Slán agus o n-éirí an bóthar leat

Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 7:59pm -
mixel says:
Mac, your dedication amazes me. Thank you for your entire series, and for being awesome. Hopefully I'll see you again someday when you come to Austin (come for sxsw again some year, and we can wander 6th street together again!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:09pm -
mixel says:
Oh and see you in May too. I've been growing my moustache in preparation for 3 weeks.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:10pm -
jonshell says:
this has been epic. thank you!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:21pm -
themightyjones says:
You're archive is so truly unique. Thanks for your dedication, general awesomeness, and a great story. Take care!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:24pm -
David Knapp says:
Your dedication is number 1, not to mention this series not only looked great, but was an awesome story to boot!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 8:38pm -
Karl says:
Your story has alternately confused and inspired me. Thank you for creating perhaps the most unique narrative I have ever experienced. I have some friends down near L.A., so perhaps one day we shall meet. Take care, and so long.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:22pm -
Poe says:
nice work Berny. I have huge respect for the dedication you put into this story. I'll see you in May but I may not be growing.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:35pm -
Eric the Beard says:
KING! and with that...Goodbye.

NAH! Just kidding.

ok now goodbye
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 9:59pm -
wondermade says:
I loved the theme. But I really love looking at these images out of context, much like I enjoy reading Rex Morgan MD one panel at a time.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:03pm -
damnweather says:
hey burney. you managed to tell a story and do it with a series of awesome photos that totally stand on their own. nice work. glad we got to hang out a little last weekend. it's sad that those of us on the west coast don't see more of each other but la is big and scary. i'm sure our paths will cross in the future. good luck and take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:46pm -
l_etranger_ says:
Burney, good to meet you at the TD. I'm longtime friends with @davidknapp and I'm so glad you guys decided to catcht the red-eye to Nashville. Maybe we can spend more time together i ever get out to LA. Bon voyage!
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 10:54pm -
Fofe says:
I love the lessons. I wanted a happy ending but not every story ends happily. This was an amazing endeavor. Thanks for all the work it took to put it together. I really enjoyed the images and story. Its been a pleasure to grow with you during this final chapter and I hope to see you in May for the moustaches! Take care.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:25pm -
Wheat Beard. says:
So yea, this series was without a doubt a big highlight of Whiskernio for me. And when I found out we were bowling on the same lane I totally fan-boyed out a little bit.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:30pm -
Ace says:

haha... i like you. youre good people. ill probably run into you again soon.
Posted: Feb 28th, 2010 - 11:50pm -
P-Funk says:
killer ending.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:56am -
Daniel says:
You are a true master and grow a great beard. Thank you so much for the story.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 8:11am -
Kevin! says:
Well done, sir. I enjoyed following your story very much. I'd love to see it as an action movie. Bye Bye.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 3:39pm -
Noelix says:
EPIC series. Thank you again for being a great LA host. I hope to hang with you again, you are super nice and super creative.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 4:44pm -
hale. says:
i am happy to know you. it is an honor and a joy. we shall see each other soon.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 6:48pm -
BryanHunter says:

Thanks so much for your great story and the wild work involved in pulling of this super theme.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:22pm -
J-Ho says:
This whole series was amazing! Thanks for being so committed. It was great meeting you in brief at the Throwdown too!
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 7:45pm -
Army of Whiskers says:
120 days. No shaving. Take it in, it's no small feat. We made it! Congrats.
Posted: Mar 1st, 2010 - 11:27pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.