Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah … Batman!

It’s hard to believe that after a year of drawing together, Grace and I haven’t gotten around to The Dark Knight before today. But, after a little two-player action on the “Batman: Brave & the Bold” Wii game, we were ready to take on Gotham City’s protector. I love Grace’s take on the cape.  So enthralled was she that she forgot his arms until the last minute. As for me … I just could not figure out how to do the gloves.

But, we had a lot of fun with Bruce Wayne.

Shadoweyes by Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell was one of the very first professional artists to draw with us on 5 Minute Marvels — an awesome sketch of Domino. Check it out here.

So, it’s totally cool that Ross offered to help us kick off Year Two on 5MM with a sketch of his original character, Shadoweyes. If you haven’t seen Shadoweyes, you can learn more about her story at Ross’ site or … better yet … you can buy it at! For an extra side order of coolness, see Ross’ amazing ideas for the the New Mutants/Generation X on Project: Rooftop.

Gotta say, Grace and I have made many pals with 5MM, but Ross is in the running for “Nicest Guy in Comics.”

And, here’s our take. (P.S.  We wanted them to be extra good so, in truth, we took 10 minutes.)

Dots for Eyes

One of our favorite discoveries over the last year has been the amazing art of Maris Wicks. Her blog, is filled to the brim with awesome sauce, especially 100 single-panel strips featuring the adventures (sometimes psychadelic) of a black stick figure and a white blob with … dots for eyes.

This summer, Maris and Galen Longstreth released a children’s book through Tugboat Press called, “Yes Let’s.” Grace and Cate adore it. As it’s about parents taking their kids hiking, they think it’s about them. It’s a fun little story punctuated by Maris’ gorgeous art. And, people … it’s just $6. Amazing. Run (don’t walk) here and buy it now!  

Maris has a graphic novel coming out later this year, and we can’t wait to see it!

Mega Man by Joel Carroll

Good things come to those who wait … unfortunately, this time, we made the artist wait. Oops.

Months ago, artist Joel Carroll offered to draw with us. But, we couldn’t get it together. But, the New Year offers opportunities to try again. And, this week we decided to draw Mega Man! Check out Joel’s incredible video and this final product.

Here’s Joel’s. You can see more of his work at

And, here’s ours. Grace went Manga. I decided to go old school Nintendo!

Happy Anniversary!

It’s been a few days since our last post. Sorry, I was on the road last week and I missed a very important date — THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF GRACE’S FIRST FIVE MINUTE MARVELS!

It was January 18, 2010, and I had just unlocked Ms. Marvel on the Super Hero Squad Wii game, and Grace was inspired to draw. And, a family tradition was born.  And, here it is …

I know I’m a proud father, but Grace has come a long way in a year … learning what she can about anatomy, facial features, drawing with a pencil, inking with a pen and learning the most important lesson of all — having fun while drawing. To celebrate the year, here is our first anniversary take on Ms. Marvel. I think it’s fun to see how Grace has progressed. Along the way, I remembered how much I love to draw. And, Grace has reminded me to have a good time and not be a perfectionist.

We had no idea the journey this little blog would put us on and how many friends we’d make along the way — Colleen Coover, Maddy and Erin, Ross Campbell, Stephanie Buscema, Ming Doyle, Evan Shaner, Adam Koford, Dan McDaid, Mitch Gerads, Chris Eliopoulous, Kate Beaton, Francesco Francavilla, Chris and Laura Samnee, Jon Morris, Joel Carroll, Alexis Farjado, Chris Houghton, Tara Abbamondi, Katie Cook, Ben Cohen, Janet Lee, Joey Weiser, Dean Trippe, Jen Richards, Ryan Cody, Jason Garrattley, Nathan Fairbairn, David Lopez, David Gallaher, Jill Pantozzi, and more. The fact that these amazing individuals and many parents embraced this concept of kids drawing comics was amazing. And, a whole lot of fun. Watching Grace walk around a convention and hand out art is amazing. There is a pure joy and lack of self-consciousness about that gets lost with adulthood. I hope she never loses it.

But, there are no better friends of this blog than my lifelong pal, Jim “Uncle Jimbo” McCann and Kelly Thompson of Jim restored my love of comics and has encouraged Grace, and Kelly has believed in us early on, guided us and has had flawless timing in encouraging us to keep going. Thanks to you both. You are wonderful friends.

And, there is no more appropriate way than to end with Kelly, who joined our celebration with a Ms. Marvel of her own. You’re awesome, KT!

Secret Science Alliance

To prepare for Kelly Thompson’s “Ladies Comic Project: Part II,” Grace and I are reading “Secret Science Alliance” by the amazingly talented Eleanor Davis, Drew Weing, Michele Chidester and Joey Wesier. It is a tremendous book, great for kids and inspired Grace to draw the lead protagonist, the unflappable Julian Clanedar –