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. 

 

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Scott Pilgrim & Ramona Flowers by Eden & Jason Garrattley!

Grace and I got a very nice, little surprise over the weekend — these fantastic drawings of Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers all the way from the UK by illustrator/designer Jason Garrattley and his nine-year-old daughter, Eden. Great stuff, guys!

Jason runs some incredible blogs you should check out … well … right now:
KirbyVision: the fan art blog affiliated with the Jack Kirby museum
BetweenClarkAndHilldale: Jason’s blog with his art and design work
AncientAndForever: an AMAZING Dr. Who fan art blog

 

 

MODOK & MOBLOCKHEAD! for Spitballin’ Comics

We love following daily and weekly sketchblogs and have made many friends at incredible blogs like Cornered, ComicTWART and Bristolwhip. So, we were excited to surf our way over to a new sketchblog with some awesome new talent — Spitballin’ Comics. Check them out now!

We were doubly excited when Michael Walsh asked us to participate in this week’s theme … Jack Kirby’s supreme creation – MODOK!

Grace had a lot of fun with this one … and I think it shows in her work. Great expression. Good pencils and tight inks. I was still having fun with my classic funnies/comic book character mash-ups and decided to blend everyone’s favorite blockhead, Charlie Brown, with everyone’s favorite flying head.

Stitch! (for Priscilla Tramontano)

Just a few weeks ago, Project: Rooftop, the dead center of awesomeness in this universe, featured some amazing redesigns from Brazilian artist, Priscilla (Pris) Tramontano. She is currently working as a colorist on IDW’s Transformers books, but she is an incredible illustrator of her own rite. Check out her fantastic body of work on her site here.

We were ecstatic when she agreed to draw with us, sending the watercolor of Disney’s Stitch above. Beautiful.

And, she sent along some advice for artists of all ages:

Drawing is what I love the most. That said, I’m always drawing, studying, practicing, getting inspired by everything around me, things that I love and by other people’ work. “Not a day without a line drawn.”

Thanks, Pris! You inspired us.

Giant Monsters!

The theme over at Comic TWART is Giant Monsters … one of my favorite comic genres. I showed the girls a bunch of old Jack Kirby monster covers. Grace suggested we create our own monsters. Seriously brilliant.

Cate created “The Poofinator,” an alien who uses her untamable hair to attack humanity. Grace chose “Gracezilla,” a monstrous half cave girl/half ballerina who hits people with clubs and sticks her tongue out at them. I pulled from my campus theatre experiences to create “Dramaaa,” whose giant, histronic tears will drown the world. Too much fun!  

American Barbarian!

 Grace and I decided to celebrate America’s birthday by drawing Tom Scioli’s new character, American Barbarian. Grace’s quote of the session was, “This dude should be Captain America’s brother with that hair!” What American Barbarian IS all about is Tom Scioli’s postapocalyptic loveletter to Jack Kirby, Thundarr the Barbarian, 80s/90s Nintendo games and He-Man … which, for me, is an intoxicating mash-up. Check out the comic as Tom draws it at AmBarb.com

I first saw Tom’s work on Godland with Joe Casey and have followed him since, really digging his Xeric Award-wining solo project, “The Myth of 8-Opus.”

I’ve had the good fortune to meet Tom several times at HeroesCon, and he’s always been nice to me and to Grace and extremely enthusiastic about his work. Check him out!

P.S. I really like Grace’s nose here (shades of Grace’s love of Maris Wick), but we did have a chat that his legs should at least be longer than his … ahem … loincloth.  

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.)

 

The Super Skrull!

Last week, we learned of Logan Riley, an artist who has dedicated himself to drawing a new comic book character every day out of his love of comics and desire to improve his skills. Well, that’s a noble pursuit we can appreciate around here. You can check out Logan’s art at http://literarybandit.wordpress.com/

I contacted him and he suggested we draw a Kirby Klassic — The Super Skrull. And, away we go!

Here’s Logan’s!

Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy! by Jon Morris, Grace (7) & Dad

Grace and I are the proud owners of the incredibe sketch of two of my favorite Kirby Kharacters of all time — Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy. They were rendered by the uber-talanted artist, Jon Morris, who drew them for a 30-days of Marvel he unertook on his blog — www.Ape-Law.com. Best of all, there are several other works from this event available for an amazing $10 each at Jon’s Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CalamityJonSaveUs

So, tonight … we drew. And, I think this is Grace’s best work yet. Grrrrrrrrrrr!

Nick Fury! by Grace (7) & Dad

It’s no secret that Grace and I are fans of the gentlemen over at www.ComicTWART.com. Last week, Mitch Gerads, creator of Johnny Recon over at www.PopGunPulp.com and 5MM fan suggested 60s Nick Fury, the Marvel Comics ultra-spy created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and rendered forever cool by the genius Jim Steranko. So, we thought we’d play along with our 5-Minute version of ol’ Nick.

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!!!!

Medusa! by Grace (6) & Dad

So, Cate decided to draw “someone with lots of hair.” So,we decided on Medusa of Marvel’s Inhumans.

Then Cate decided not to draw.

Silver Surfer! (For Joe Sinnott) by Grace (6) & Dad

Tonight, it was my pleasure to achieve a boyhood goal … I spoke with legendary penciler/inker Joe Sinnott for 45 minutes on the phone. He was everything I’d hoped he would be. Engaging. Charming. Kind. And, full of so many stories about his 60-year-old career in comics. And, at 84 … he’s not done yet. He and Stan Lee still create the Sunday Spider-Man strip in newspaper syndication together.

It was so much fun … Grace and I decided to draw the Silver Surfer (who he helped create with Jack Kirby and Stan Lee) for Joe … complete with lots of cosmic squiggels. (Psst … I may have spent 7 minutes.)

And, check out Joe’s work at www.JoeSinnott.com … AMAZING!

Cosmic Pizza! by Cate (5), Grace (6) & Dad

Cate’s a little focused on pizza right now … this is her third time drawing pizza this month. So, we each had our own interpretations. Cate drew a pizza pizza. Grace drew a Pizza Man. And, I decided to draw Pi-Zah! the Herald of Galactus with pepperonis standing in for the Kirby Dots. What are Kirby Dots? Why, educate yourself here … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirby_dots

Galactus! by Cate (5) and Dad

After a long week at school, the girls were bushed tonight … so they took the night off.

Never fear, though. We have some art on standby for the nights were even 5 minutes of sketching feels a bit too long. And, oh, what a sketch. The hungriest dude in the universe … GALACTUS!

Hulk! by Wyatt (4) & Stephen Locke

They’re back! This time, the father and son duo take on the Green Goliath … the Incredible Hulk. And, Stephen was having so much fun, he showed what an extra five minutes and a little color can do to accent the image!

Paste Pot Pete! by Grace (6) & Dad (Tim)

Cate chose to sit out this little homage to one of Jack Kirby’s silliest villains — Paste Pot Pete. Yeah, he attacks you with a glue gun. Stop laughing … I’m serious.

Thor! by Ella (5) and Mom (Tricia)

A 5MM premiere for the work of Ella and her mom. Ella is one of Grace and Cate’s best buddies, so the fact that they’ve gotten her thinking about … and drawing … the mighty Norse god of Thunder is, well, smashing!

Volstagg the Voluminous! by Cate (4), Grace (6), Dad & JIM MCCANN!

All I can say is  … WOW! Jim McCann, writer of Marvel’s upcoming Hawkeye & Mockingbird series and the world’s foremost Dazzler fan, sent in this drawing of the chubbiest viking from the pages of Thor … Volstagg the Voluminous! Dig it! The girls lover drawing the beard. Thanks, Mr. McCann! Follow Jim on Twitter here!

Jack Kirby Saturday! by Cate (4), Grace (6) & Dad (36)

It was my pick tonight … so I went to some of my favorite characters … the residents of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. And, for kids, Kirby is fantastic … bold shapes, lots of contrasting light and dark and very interesting and colorful characters. The girls both said their favorite part was drawing Big Bear’s crazy hair …