Sketch Monsters & Spiral-Bound

Grace and I both got books over the holidays we loved … and that love led to sketchin’. In Grace’s case, it was Sketch Monsters by Joshua Williamson and Vicente ”Vinny” Navarrete. Grace wanted to draw “The Love Monster.” For me, I went with characters from Aaron Renier’s “Spiral-Bound,” which was just made available on Comixology. (I’ve already gushed several times here about my love of Renier’s “The Unsinkable Walker Bean” for which I need a sequel, like, now.) Enjoy! And, buy.


Stout! (from The Unsinkable Walker Bean)

One of the absolute best graphic novels I’ve read over the past several years has been Aaron Renier’s The Unsinkable Walker Bean. One could be tempted  to dismiss this book as “Harry Potter on the High Seas,” but it’s so much more than that and filled with characters and imagery adults and kids can love.

Case in point … Stout, the ship’s stawlart steampot who springs to life when properly heated. He’s a fun little character and one Grace enjoyed drawing. Grace has been working very hard at learning to draw with shapes (as you can see with the pencils under her inks) and it’s payin’ off!

I highly encourage ya’ll to go here and read more about the book on Aaron’s Web site. Oh, and pick up a copy while you’re at it!

Gen! (from The Unsinkable Walker Bean)

No graphic novel I read in 2010 captured my imagination like Aaron Renier’s “The Unsinkable Walker Bean.” Unlike so many comics which fit snugly into “adult” or “children’s” categories, Walker Bean is a truly all-ages book — offering something for readers of ever age, from thrilling “Harry Potteresque” adventures to beautiful art punctuated by breathtaking colors. But, what keeps the reader coming back are amazing, well-realized characters. And, for a girl who has a mom with beautiful red hair, Gen, the pirate girl with two sabres, a hair trigger temper and big, wide open heart …  it was a natural for Grace to want to draw her. I think Grace really captured Gen’s constant look of skepticism and aggression.

Do yourself a favor … stop reading this and go check out Aaron Renier’s Web site forthwith: