500th Post! Little Ms. Captain Marvel!

It all started one night when Grace drew Ms. Marvel on a piece of paper about the size of a post-it. She was 6. That night, we posted it on the Internet.

A few nights later, she asked me to draw with her. A few weeks later, Cate decided it might be fun to join in. 5 Minute Marvels was born. And, It’s been so much fun these last two years, creating memories the Miner family will remember forever.
We’ve made so many friends around the world — professional comic book creators, aspiring artists and writers, kids who dream of making comics someday and adults who’ve never stopped dreaming about it.

Here is art created to celebrate this 500th post by just a few of our many wonderful friends. Thank you so much for being part of this journey. We hope to draw with you for years to come!  And, for those of you who’ve followed us and drawn with us — I hope it’s been half as much fun for you as it’s been for us.

Grace Miner (8)

 Cate Miner (7)

Dad

Kelly Sue DeConnick: http://kellysue.com/

Kelly Thompson: http://1979semifinalist.wordpress.com/

Tara Abbamondi: www.tarabba.com

Jordan Gibson: http://flavors.me/jordangibson

Joel Carroll: http://www.joelcarroll.com/frontpage/

“Calamity Jon” Morris: http://calamityjonsave.us/

Erin Kelly: http://literateknits.wordpress.com/

Jamie and Tyler (10) Cosley: http://www.jamiecosley.com/

Janet K. Lee: http://www.j-k-lee.com/Home.html

Calliope den Ouden: http://www.inktspatten.nl/

Karine Charlebois: http://kantharasloft.net/   

Meredith McClaren: http://iniquitousfish.blogspot.com/

Philip A. Buck: http://www.philipabuck.com/ 

J. Robert & Samantha (6) Deans: http://icrvn.com/blog/

Josh Bowron: http://discernland.blogspot.com/

Jason & Marghread Enright: http://wecomics.com/

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Dazzler!

 As I’ve said before, fashion and superheroics are a winning combination in the 5 Minute Marvels household. But, when you add popstar into the mix … watch out. Dazzler is just about the ideal superheroine for Grace. (P.S. Yes. Cate is on strike  … again.)

Popping over to Project: Rooftop for inspiration tonight, we didn’t have to look much further than Erica Henderson’s many, many redesigns of Dazzler’s costume. But, it was this, clearly Gaga-infused, model that was Grace’s pick.

Amazing work, Erica. We hope to draw with you soon!

 

Ninjasaur for Jason Horn!

One of our favorite aspects of HeroesCon in Charlotte this year was the fact that a bunch of our favorite artists – Stephanie Buscema, Joel Carroll, Mike Maihack, Dean Trippe and Jordan Gibson – were all teamed up in one area. An artist we didn’t know on their row was Jason Horn, creator of the Ninjasaur webcomic and super nice guy. Here’s his site!

We bought the latest book, Ninjasaus Vs. Dr. Deadbones, and had a ball with it. And, perfect for aspiring artists leaning their craft, was a how-to on drawing Ninjasaur with shapes. See below and draw!

And, to learn more about Jason, here’s a link to a great interview he did with Tim O’Shea at CBR!

And, now a word from Jason …


 

Lois Lane – Girl Reporter!

Oh, what could have been …

Dean Trippe has been a tremendous friend to us at 5 Minute Marvels. He is an incredible artist and a creator who sees the best in comics — the most wonderous, magical potential in comics. Potential that can reach the kid in all of us. I only wish the powers that be would realize what he could do for them.

Case in point … Lois Lane, Girl Reporter, a pitch Dean made to DC comics to bring the adventures of a teen Lois, Clark and Bruce to young adults. To read more about it, go here.

Well, DC may have passed on this (Grrr… shaking virtual fist in frustration), but we can dream about it. And, as Grace and I did, we can draw it, too. And, we can see Dean’s incredible work here and over at Project: Rooftop. Dean … we couldn’t love this more.

And, now a word from Dean Trippe!

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 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!

Hyperion! by Cate (5), Grace (7) & Dad

The guys over at Comic TWART are drawing Superman this week, so we thought we’d draw Marvel’s “homage,” to the Man of Steel — Hyperion of the Squadron Sinister/Supreme!

 And, Holy cats! Cate has come out of retirement to draw Hyperion. She was inspired by an episode of “Super Hero Squad.” Give her love, ya’ll. We need to keep her drawing.