Thumbodies & Thumbthings!

The girls enjoyed my fingerprint Godzilla from the other night and wanted to get into the act. And, for the first time, Mama 5 Minute Marvel, my wife, Kim, got in on the act! Awsome!

I decided to add in our typical superheroes theme into my Ed Emberley thumbnail drawings, riffing on Jim Lee’s Justice League. Sorry for the crummy pictures, the scanner is on the fritz.

Cate (Aged 6)

Grace (Aged 8) — a drawing of our family

Kim (Aged … She’d Kill Me) 

Dad (Current Age Belies Maturity) 

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Oracle by Erin Kelly & Maddy Wahl

I know Batgirl is cool and all, but I already miss Oracle. And, apparently, so do Maddy Wahl ( @H34rt ) and Erin Kelly ( @LiterateKnits ) …

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.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Gracie declared Valentine’s Day a “free-for-all” and that anyone could draw anything … as long as it was about love. The girls drew funny valentines. I drew Power Girl … a character a love with a costume I hate. So, I made a slight revision. 🙂

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.

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!