We were excited to see our buddy Stephanie Buscema‘s new venture — Saturday Morning Webtoons. This is a super cool site that collects weekly updates of 7 webcomics by 9 fantastic creators. Looking at it, the girls were taken by Andi Watson’s “Princess at Midnight” and wanted to draw. P.S. Steph B. just did a cover for Adventure Time’s comic. Check it!
Move over Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Grace has gone Kirby and is in full-on creator mode. Her first two creations are the heroic turtles — Super T and his sidekick T Tot. She was very specific in the design instructions, down to the bowler hats.
And, the world building has already started. These two have a rogues gallery — a married couple of evil turtles, Dr. Flop and Frogula, and their daughter, Deathany. I wouldn’t be too surprised if they show up on the blog soon!
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 www.1979semifinalist.wordpress.com. 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!
So, after drawing lots and lots of heroes and villains from the Big Two, Grace and I are having lots of fun exploring the world of indy comics and Web comics. The styles are are often compelling for Grace to imitate and the characters are fresh …
This week, we stumbled upon www.HeyPais.com, a Web Comic devoted to the life of Paisley the Cat. If you’re a cat owner, this should be required reading. Grace loved it. Check it out!
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!
Wow. Super-Cool, Comics “It” Girl, Ming Doyle, dropped by to draw Jubilee, a favorite of hers from the Fox X-Men cartoon show growing up. (Yeah, we’re standing by the title we gave her. We think it could be like when Aint It Cool News called Kiera Knightly the “Sexy, Tomboy Beanpole.” Don’t laugh, it stuck … kinda’.)
Okay, amazingly talented and Marvel’s “Girl Comics” illustrator, Ming Doyle, sent us an incredible sketch of Jubilee that makes you wonder, “How can someone do THAT in five minutes.” Want to see more? Of course you do! Check out more of her work at www.MingDoyle.com!
Thanks, Ming! Cate asked to sit this one out, but Grace had a ball. Once I told her Jubilee was a teen-ager, she added what she thinks all teen-agers say … “Peace, brother!” (Don’t ask me.) I added Jubilee’s bubble gum.