Schoolhouse Rock!

I’m not ashamed to say it … I love Schoolhouse Rock and have since the 80s. And, I’m proud to say that the fever is catching. We took the girls to see Schoolhouse Rock Live! two weeks ago … and they’ve been singing ever since. And, tonight, we drew inspiration from Tom Yohe, the artist whose style was a perfect complement to the music and gave birth to so many memorable characters. Here’s a link to a fantastic article on the creation of “Unpack Your Adjectives.”

Princess Jasmine!

It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from our buddies, Maddie Wahl and Erin Kelly. But, they have pretty good excuses as Erin’s been a writing and acting machine and Maddie is a freshman in college. And, as you can see, she’s studying art. This is beautiful work that calls to mind the elegant simplicity of Mark Buckingham’s style.

Welcome back, ladies!

Muppets! Beaker and Dr. Bunsen

“It’s time to start the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to get things started on the Muppet Show tonight!”

So, we’re full on crazy for the Muppets in the Miner househod right now … and, as a child of the 70s and 80s, I’m thrilled about that. It’s truly sad that Jim Henson’s miraculous Muppets have slumbered for nearly a generation. But, I’m hopeful that the new movie will breathe much deserved life into Kermit and Kompany. The girls’ interest in the Muppets started with our trip to Disney this fall. Instantly, Beaker was a favorite, so picking characters to draw tonight was easy.



Happy (Belated) Birthday, Doctor Who!

So, I’m more than a little embarrassed that I let the 48th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who pass without a post on Nov. 23. And, Grace was kind enough to help me rectify that by drawing a Dalek. I was struck with a need to draw Davros, the cantankerous creator of the Daleks  as everyone’s favorite blockhead.

I have two great geek loves – comics and Dr. Who.  I began reading comics and watching the Timelord around the same time. While other shows (Farscape, Galactica, LOST, V (the ORIGINAL)) have captured my fancy from time to time, no passions burn more deeply than my love of comics and classic Who.

Happy Birthday, Doctor! May you pilot that beautiful blue box for many, many years to come!

The Hobgobbler & Scott Pilgrim!

Grace, Cate and I enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and hope you did, too. And, while we weren’t postin’ … we were drawin’ the whole time.

Grace wanted to draw a Thanksgiving themed comics character, and a quick search on Google drummed up the Hobgobbler, a character from Marvel’s short-lived series from its Star line – Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider Ham. I’m sure new comics fans have never heard of this fun little book from Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong, but it came out not long after I started reading comics. Grace loved it and convinced my dad to draw, too.

And, I decided to take the occasion to draw my boy Scott Pilgrim as, well, a pilgrim.

Marina (After J Bone)

Waaaaaayyyy back in October, Grace and I received an unexpected honor. J Bone left a comment here and referenced our sketches of his brilliant Marvel High concept on his Facebook page: What? A dad and his daughter found my Marvel High drawing (from 2007) and used it for one of their Five Minute Marvel posts! Cool! 

We were very flattered and have since gone back to his blog — a treasure trove of coolness – regularly. Recently, we were inspired by his fun, playful take on Marina, a character created by John Byrne, who has often been played as a melancholy psycho … and the bride of equally broody and unpleasant Prince Namor, the Sub Mariner. But, why couldn’t she be lighter? I, for one, love the idea.