Comic Stuffs for Joe Quinones & Maris Wicks

It’s hard to believe it, but this time next week, we’ll have enjoyed the first day of HeroesCon. (Okay … we’re really excited.)

Two folks we’re really looking forward to seeing are Joe Quinones and Maris Wicks. Apart, they’re awesome. Together? It’s hard to imagine that must amazing working in one studio at the same time. The girls and I had fun rummaging around their blogs for inspiration … and you should, too.

And, now a word from Joe!

A Word from Grace & Cate on our 2nd Anniversary!

We are proud to say that today is our second anniversary on 5 Minute Marvels! It’s been a long way, baby from our first drawing of Quicksilver on 2/22/10 … and Grace and Cate have something to say to you and to all our pals who have drawn with us …

Our second anniversary was all the sweeter learning about Cartoon Network’s plans for a series of DC Nation Shorts … including Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld by Brianne Drouhard (creator of Billie the Unicorn!) and Super Best Friends Forever led by Lauren Faust of My Little Pony & Milky Way & The Galaxy Girls fame. A show about teenaged Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl … !?!? We can’t wait. Thanks, Cartoon Network, for understanding that girls love comics, too! So … we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate two years than to draw.

Wonder Woman!

As the father of two daughters, I’m more than a little attuned to the way women are portrayed in the comics I love so much. And, most of the time, I’m rather disappointed. Yesterday, David Brothers posted the first of a series of articles on the oversexualization of women in comics on ComicsAlliance.com. It’s great and you can read it here.

In the piece, Brothers praises artist Cliff Chiang for his work on the New 52 Wonder Woman. I have to agree. She looks strong and beautiful. She has more … “heft” than previous incarnations. I can really see Cliff’s WW kicking a bad buy to the moon. But, she’s feminine at the same time. So, in honor of David and Cliff, the girls and I drew the famous Amazon last night.

And, for a little extra fun, I drew Wonder Woman again. I wanted her to be fighting someone, so I created Dr. Pork. I don’t know why. Please don’t tell my therapist.

Ed Emberley’s Watchmen

I needed to chill out and sketch a little today. So, I decided to draw the Watchmen in Ed Emberley’s style, like I did with the Avengers and the JLA. Enjoy.

Tigers! Tigers! Tigers!

The girls, Kim & I were fortunate enough to visit the circus this last weekend … and Gracie was quite taken with the tigers. She drew the picture above while the tumblers were on. I loved it, but was compelled to draw some famous tigers — Prince Tuftan from “Kamandi,” Shere Kahn from the “Jungle Book” and Mr. Tawny Tawky from Fawcett’s Captain Marvel.

And, one more to grow on … Tony!

Green Lantern Corps (a la Art Baltazar’s “Tiny Titans”)

When asked what she wanted to draw tonight, Gracie yelled, “Tiny Titans.” I’ve said it before … and will again: Art Baltazar’s art is an incredible way to engage kids and teach them how to find the essence of a character with simple shapes and lines. Art’s work can help develop the eye and talent of artists of any age. We can only hope that he’ll release a “How-To” book of his own. To learn more about his work at DC, check out this cool interview.

And, to see more of his Lanterns … dig this!

 

Dad’s Doodles – Jack Kirby’s Kobra

Tonight’s 5 Minute doodle (okay, maybe 8 minutes) is for my good friend, Josh Bowron. Knowing of my fondness for all things Kirby AND my penchant for reading “fun, but failed” comics concepts, Josh bought me Issue 1 of Kobra, which is one of (if not THE) last issues Jack ever penciled for DC.

Josh is a comics nut with wild, eclectic taste, an aspiring comics writer and a priest at my church. A comic reading priest … why did I have to wait 38 years for this? Learn more about Father Josh, his thoughts, faith and interests at his blog, Discernland. 

 

Gracie’s Doodles – Bat-Man & Woodie

Grace fell behind a bit over the past few days and drew Bat-Man (LEGO Bat-Man) and Woody from “Toy Story.” She used a Disney instruction guide and did very well. I love Woody’s eyes and mouth.

 

Dad’s Doodles – Conjunction Lantern

I’ve had a blast drawing Schoolhouse Rock with the girls over the past few days. I love Tom Yohe’s style.

While looking at the lantern from the engineer in “Conjunction Junction,” I remembered the singing Earth from “The Energy Blues” and was compelled to draw him as Mogo, the living planet lantern, and, well, the rest is history.

Captain Carrot with Jon Morris!

Tonight’s post combines two favorites … Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew and Calamity Jon Morris – the brilliant illustrator behind Cornered and DC Fifty Too (which, if you haven’t read … shame on ya’).

Jon’s been a friendly collaborator over the course of 5 Minute Marvels. When we suggested Captain Carrot … he already had one in the can he was planning to put on his own blog. How’s that for kismet? Hey, DC Comics, here’s a fantastic property to bring back! I had so much fun drawing Cap, I drew an extra picture of his magical partner, Alley-Kat-Abra.

Dad’s Doodles – Dennises the Menaces

It was a long day at work, so the only way I could think of to unwind was to draw the US and UK versions of Dennis the Menace as Captain Marvel and Black Adam. Totally logical right?

It was a really long day.

Womanthology!

Watch the video above and 50 seconds in you will find something familiar — a drawing by 5 Minute Marvel co-founder and my daughter, Ms. Grace Miner. It’s an exciting achievement for her. And, I’m excited to announce that Grace will be one of the child contributors to Womanthology, a massive anthology comic showcasing the works of women in comics. The book is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels. And it’s taking the comics world by storm.

Just two weeks ago at ComicCon, a fan questioned DC Comics Executive Editor, Dan Didio, about the lack of female creators participating in the DC relaunch. He responded by asking her who she thought he should be talking to. Now, I wasn’t there, and perhaps it didn’t sound as bad coming out of his mouth as it reads in print. Maybe he was having a bad day. But, Dan, there are hundreds of female artists who could help your books innovate and reach new audiences. Maybe some male readers aren’t ready for that, but it’s their loss. And, Womanthology is aptly timed to demonstrate that.

When Womanthology creator Renae De Liz issued an open invitation to women to contribute to her idea a few weeks ago, I can’t imagine she dreamt it would generate the response it has. And, when she tentatively sought $25,000 in funding on Kickstarter, I know she didn’t think they’d be pushing $100,000 with 71 hours to go. She has shone a light on the amazing work women are doing in comics. And, she’s demonstrated that mainstream comics are lagging behind.

Grace is thrilled to be a part of Womanthology, and I’m proud of her. But, most of all, I am grateful to Renae for the opportunity to show Gracie that there should be no barriers to her creativity, especially not one founded in gender.

Please click this link and help Womanthology reach $100,000: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/renaedeliz/womanthology-massive-all-female-comic-anthology

Krypto the Superdog! with Loston Wallace

We had the very great fortune of finding the work of Loston Wallace over at KirbyVision, where some of his amazing, Kirby inspired work was recently featured. Loston has had an extremely varied career – illustrating everything from Flash Gordon and DC Licensed Products (like Krypto!) to Elvira and Lorna, Relic Wrangler.

What is really great for us (and any artist) is Loston’s ability to provide clear instruction on illustration.  Case in point, his “How To’s” on drawing the Superman Logo or The Thing from the Fantastic Four.

Here are some great words of encouragement from Loston: Drawing should be fun, and that’s the most important thing to keep in mind when you’re putting pencil to paper.  If you’re having fun when you draw, you’re doing it right! Drawing is also about learning on the job.   Every time you draw, you get just a little better at it.  That, I can guarantee.

Click here to see more of Loston’s Work. And, look below our work for tips on drawing Superman’s faithful hound, Krypto.

How to Draw Krypto the Superdog (from Loston Wallace):

  • Krypto’s snout is straight on top, and round on the bottom to form his mouth.
    His actual nose is kind of shaped like a slice of watermelon, and is a very similar shape to his snout. It’s straight on top, and round on the bottom like a circle.
  • Our Super Dog pal has three small freckles on his snout, stack triangularly with one on top and two on the bottom.
  • Krypto’s lower lip only extends about half the distance of his nose just under his mouth.
  • Krypto’s eyes are circular in shape, and his pupils are large dots.  Usually, two little marks under the eye farthest from his snout are used to indicate his cheek when he smiles.
  • The Dog of Steel has thick, black eye brows that kind of look like check marks. In a 3/4ths view, the outer most eyebrow tends to be more of a chevron shape.
  • The top of Krypto’s head is only slightly rounded. When the top of his head meets his snout, the outline shape of his head might look a little like a playground slide.
  • Krypto has two ears of course, and both should be visible in a drawing. The ear that is farthest from Krypto’s snout tends to look like an upside down triangle with slightly rounded edges. The other ear closest to the snout is much different in its shape. It more closely resembles the number 7, and even looks similar in shape to one of Krypto’s feet!
  • Krypto has a long neck that is more narrow near the head, and wider as it connects with his torso.
  • Our dog’s body is kind of interesting. The Super Dog’s chest is round and larger than his belly. He has almost a whistle like shape to his torso.
  • When drawing Krypto’s arms (front legs) remember that they taper sort of like a baseball bat. They are wider at the top, and narrow at the ankles.
  • Krypto’s feet look similar to the head of a golf club. The bottoms of his feet are straight and flat, with the heel of his feet coming to a point. The area near the toes rounds upward from the bottom and curves back into his ankle.  His back feet are longer than his front paws, and are flatter on top.

Belated Birthdays — Gracie & Evan Shaner!

So we’re a little behind on wishing Happy Birthday to two important people at 5 Minute Marvels. The first is Gracie, who turned 8 last Thursday. She wanted to celebrate by drawing her superhero identity, Saving Grace, in a new costume. I drew her as a teenager.

The second is for our pal Evan, Doc Shaner, crazy good artist and the world’s mightiest fan of the world’s mightiest mortal, Captain Marvel! For him we draw the diminutive menace of Mr. Mind … a brilliant creation from C.C. Beck!

Yankee Poodle!

We’re not quite done being patriotic today. We bring you the incredible Yankee Poodle!

Grace had a good time drawing this character and I think it shows in her work. My relationship with this character goes back to my earliest experiences with comics, being given a copy of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #9 while trick-r-treating one year in Nashville. I really dug all the colorful characters, but Yankee Poodle, with her white afro speckled with stars really stick out to me. Dear, DC Comics, please bring these characters back for kids. They’re great!

Happy Birthday, Kelly!

 

Almost two years ago, when we were trying to get a fledgling little Web site called 5 Minute Marvels going, Grace and I came by someone who would go on to be a cheerful supporter of ours and a trusted friend — Kelly Thompson of Comics Should Be Good! and 3 Chicks Review Comics. She’s been our biggest supporter and a ready ear for many, many ideas.

In honor of hir birthday — and her devotion to strong women in comics — we draw more Jack Kirby creations, Big Barda and the Female Furies. (Psst! Kelly, all of them have high collars … just for you.) We drew two Bardas for her — helmet and no helmet.

And, Cate wanted in on the act, too. She’s on a kick drawing characters from the Little Mr. and Little Ms. books … so here’s Little Miss Birthday! (Yes. She’s a real character.)

 

Cassandra Cain!

I’m a big fan of the “3 Chicks Review Comics” bi-weekly podcast by Sue of DC Women Kicking Ass, Maddy of When Fangirls Attack and Kelly Thompson of 1979 Semi-Finalist. (Grace isn’t in on this one. It’s not exactly “G” rated.)

A pervasive topic on the podcast is the badassery (and lack of continuous use) of Bat Family member Cassandra Cain, who was recently given the mantle of Black Bat. So, for our favorite 3 Chicks … we draw!

Holy Cow! Cate is Back!

Don’t fall out of your chair or anything, but while Grace was away at Girl Scouts, Cate wanted to bust of the DC Encyclopedia and draw. She chose Black Canary and set to work. “This is the best I can do!” she exclaimed with a sonic scream of her own. I love the pigtails on Dinah.

Captain(s) Marvel! by Grace (7) & Dad

Grace and I love to see what the boys over at ComicTWART are going to draw this week. And, today, they started C.C. Beck’s Captain Marvel (or Shazam!, as you may know him). He was up in our rotation, so it was perfect timing.

But, having already drawn Marvel’s Monica Rambeau version of Captain Marvel, we decided to draw a few of the 56,736 characters who have born the Captain Marvel name … including this silly version.

Bat Villains! by Grace (7) & Dad

After watching a little “Bat-Man Lego” on the Wii, Grace decided to take down some Bat Villains. And, I think her Penguin is terrific. She gave him the long, nasty hair from “Bat-Man Returns” and “The Animated Series.”

Then, we drew Mr. Edward Nigma … The Riddler …

And, I was having so much fun, I kept on going …

Dad’s Doodles by … um… Dad (Tim Miner)

I was able to buy a pack of brush pens on sale … and I’m totally in love. So, I’ve been making a few 5 Minute Marvels on my own.

First up is a new costume for Valkyrie in response to an open request from 1979 Semi-Finalist’s Kelly Thompson. I happen to agree with her that it’s 2010 and … well … steel breast cups are out.

And, then I decided to explore the differences between DC’s Etrigan the Demon and Marvel’s Gargoyle. Turns out there aren’t many. But, I love them both.

Art-O-Rama! Drawing with Your Buddies

It’s been a few days since Grace, Cate (YES! She’s back!) and I last posted, but we’ve been busy.

Last week and this, Wednesday brought us comics from our friends Jim McCann (www.JimMcCannOnline.com) & David Lopez on Hawkeye & Mockingbird and Chris Samnee (www.ChrisSamnee.com)  on Thor: The Mighty Avenger.

And, Evan Shaner (www.EvanShaner.com) created an awesome Mary Marvel on his blog. So, Grace and I decided to draw for our buddies. And, Dan McDaid, my fellow lover of all things Kirby and Doctor Who (seriously, he and I were seperated at birth) proposed the Sandman for www.ComicTWART.com

Away we go!

Kudos to Jim and David for breathing new life into two characters who have lived on the fringe of the Marvel U. for many years. I have always loved the Phantom Rider (Long live the Rangers!), but Dominic Fortune … not so much … until now. Jim and David have made him the Han Solo of the Marvel spy game … and I look forward to his brief appearances almost as much as I do for Hawkeye & Mockingbird — my two favorite comics characters. That’s some feat.

And, what can I say about the majesty that is Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel’s new Thor book for reads of all ages? I know … BUY IT! Daniel Von Eggidy at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find (our comic shop in Charlotte, NC) called it “Frank Capra’s Thor.” Man is he right. From Chris’ playful art, to the lush colors by Matt Wilson and writing by Roger Langridge, this book is everything that got me into comics into the first place. It just has a great heart. And, that’s somewhat hard to find in comics these days.

This week, a fave — Ant-Man — showed up to battle, then befriend Thor. So, we drew. Grace knows Ant-Man’s helmet is silver, but she got to use the “grown up” black marker to ink her work … and she took full advantage.

And, finally, Evan “Doc” Shaner — the world’s most passionate fan of Fawcett/DC’s Captain Marvel — put an awesome drawing of Mary Marvel up at www.EvanShaner.com. We were inspired. Grace’s Mary looks a little weary, but I love the way she drew Mary’s eyes … and she spent a lot of time on the hair.

Over at www.ComicTWART.com, the weekly theme is The Sandman … and how many choices there are. Most of the TWARTers have gone with the DC hero, Sandman — a great choice. But, I think Dan McDaid, who proposed Sandman, was leaning toward the Marvel villain Sandman. So, we chose to go in that direction and to draw him in his late 60s/early 70s costume designed by Jack Kirby. Ah, feel the Kirby Krackle!

I know I’m partial to her work, but I love Grace’s Sandman here. He just looks like so much fun to be around … like a day at the beach. (Oh, that was a truly poor choice of words …)

The Crime Syndicate! by Grace (7) & Dad

I know that DC’s Earth-2 by Frank Quitely and Grant Morrison made The Crime Syndicate of Amerika ultra-cool. But, me, I love the goofy, silly and innocent first appearance of the Syndicate back when Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky were calling the shots at the Justice League of America. To me, Sekowsky’s style was so inviting, so fun, so comic-booky … so Grace and I went there.

And, I’m proud to say, we polished off the whole Syndicate in just 10 minutes.

P.S. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE Grace’s “big head baby” version of Power Ring.

P.P.S.S. Cate promised to draw tonight … but, yeah, she’s still on strike. Grace says she’s “retired.” At five.

Harley Quinn & The Joker

So, it’s taken us a while to get here … but a counselor at Grace’s day camp requested she draw The Joker. Eager to oblidge … and always interested in a character’s love life, Grace was more than game to draw the Joker’s therapist turned partner-in-crime, Harley Quinn!

Disco Nightwing! by Maddy, Erin and George Wahl

They’re back! The Wahls have sent in a boatload of art, starting with this ode to Nightwing (flown from the nest Robin, if ya’ don’t know) and his original, George Perez designed disco outfit. Bravo, ladies!

Catch-Up!

Wow. You take one day off … and it becomes six. We haven’t been posting, but Grace and I have been drawing. (Umm … Cate, not so much. She is making a statment at home by not drawing … flexing those 5-year-old muscles.) I am especially proud of Grace’s cat. She got a book on drawing for her birthday last Wednesday and has been tearing it up drawing portraits of her favorite counselors at day camp and taking on animals. Check out the cross in the middle of the cat’s face. See … she’s using it to arrange the facial features! Joy!!!!

Happy Birthday, Kelly Thompson!

Tonight, Grace and I decided to draw in honor of our bestest buddy, Kelly Thompson, who celebrated her birthday by giving 5 Minute Marvels a bunch of shout outs over at “She Has No Head!” at Comic Book Resources  and her own super awesome blog, 1979 Semi-Finalist … and then she nominated us for a Kreativ Blogger Awards! Thanks, Kel.

In honor of Kelly and her constant quest for more realistic and positive and … GASP! … three-dimensonal portrayals of women in comics, Gracie and I decided to draw female heroes in Art Baltazar’s style from Tiny Titans. Happy birthday, Kelly. You truly are the best!

Ultra, The Multi-Alien! by Grace (6) & Cate

Buried in that box of old comics my dad gave me was a ragged copy of Mystery in Space #103 — the debut issue of this odd hero. Like Metamorpho, his body is divided into four quadrants. This time, an unlike astronaut is “zapped” by four different alien species at one time (don’t you hate it when that happens?). The net effect was that he was granted a share of each of their special abilities and became … ULTRA, THE MULTI-ALIEN.

Say what you will, he is a visually interesting character … and a lot of fun to draw.

Metamorpho! by Grace (6) & Dad

When I was young, my dad brought me a giant box of old comics my uncles and he had collected. There was lots of goodness in there. And, it fired my imagination. One of my favorites from the box, was the colorful Metamorpho, the Element Man. I’ve been dying to draw this one. You can read about him here: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Rex_Mason_(New_Earth)

Proud father moment #5,367. Grace drew and colored her picture and then excalaimed, “I forgot to ink it!” She promptly went back and added thick black lines. They obscure some of the delicate work she did on this, but the fact that we have progressed to her understanding that comics start with pencils and proceed to inks and colors … well, she’s getting serious, folks.

Cate is still on strike. 🙂

Mites! by Grace Miner

One of Grace’s favorite subjects we’ve drawn … and one she talks about often … is Bat-Mite. She’s been on a creative tear lately and came up with this … the mite family. She drew them for Jim McCann, not knowing the difference between DC and Marvel — as we are equal opportunity when it comes to subjects of our art here at 5MM. He did a great job of being gracious as he accepted a tribute to the Distinguished Competition. 🙂

Black Canary! by Grace (6) & Dad

Tonight’s sketch was suggested by a Twitter follower (thanks). And, it wasn’t too hard to convince Grace to draw a character who overpowers bad guys with sonic screams…

Bat-Tastic! by Grace (6) & Dad

Grace created her own character … a fashionable member of the Bat Family she named … Bat-Tastic! She narrated what she wanted as we drew … blonde hair … a bat mask. A bat on the clothes. Two sets of wings. But, our drawings turned out just a little different.

Clock King! by Grace (6), Dad & Grandpa Miner

Grace wanted to draw “a bad guy with the face of a clock.” Little did she know that many years of studying the obscure corners of comics would enable me to pull out Clock King! Yeah, he’s legit. And, was featured on one of the best episodes of Justice League Unlimited, I might add.

Green Arrow! by Grace (6) & Dad

… and speaking of archers, Grace chose to draw the guy across the street from Hawkeye … the irascible Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. She’s a sucker for the goatee. (Psst … no one tell Jim McCann.)

Catwoman by Maddy (15), Erin (23), George (10) & Mom

Rawr! The Wahls’ daily installment is Selina Kyle herself … CATWOMAN. And, now … a word from the irrepresible George:
A word to the wise to the catwomen (by George the awesome vampire and zombie slaying gun-slinging space cowboy saver of shoes from vicious puppies rock star ninja of doom) — STAY AWAY FROM ACE THE BATHOUND!