Dad’s Doodles – Conjunction Lantern

I’ve had a blast drawing Schoolhouse Rock with the girls over the past few days. I love Tom Yohe’s style.

While looking at the lantern from the engineer in “Conjunction Junction,” I remembered the singing Earth from “The Energy Blues” and was compelled to draw him as Mogo, the living planet lantern, and, well, the rest is history.


Green Lantern by Jamie & Tyler Cosley!

We’re excited to present the very first submission to 5 Minute Marvels by artist, Jamie Cosley, and his son, Tyler. You can check out Jamie’s blog, featuring his Webcomic, Cody the Cavalier, at

In honor of the release of the ring-slinger’s movie, starring Van Wilder himself, Tyler suggested they draw Hal Jordan. And, the results … well … amazing.

Jamie’s a talented artist, but methinks we’ll be seeing great thinks from young Tyler in years to come. But, Tyler, next time pick Alan Scott, the one true Green Lantern! Real Lanterns are afraid of wood, not yellow.


Ed Emberley’s Justice League of America!

I had so much fun drawing my rendition of the Avengers a la Ed Emberley’s style, that I had to give it a go with their DC Comics counterparts — the Justice League of America.

To learn more about Ed Emberley’s work, here’s link to his site, which has lots of fun activities.

Arisia Rrab with Joel Carroll!

 Last week, 5MM buddy, Joel Carroll, posted some incredible drawings of the Green Lantern Corps on Twitter. View them in their emerald glory here!

So, the girls and I contacted Joel and decided to draw Lantern Arisia with him. After all, what little girl could resist this spunky, fashion forward lantern? Not Grace and Cate.

I decided to be cool, take a few extra minutes, and try some forced perspective. I didn’t like it. No worries. I drew again. I still didn’t like it and got frustrated, which is something I keep telling the girls not to do when we draw. We’re supposed to be having fun and learning.

And, then it hit me … the whole process of 5 Minute Marvels has provided many teachable moments for the girls about hard work and patience. The artists the girls and I admire have honed their skills over the course of years and lots of sweat equity. And, they never stop working on and learning about their craft.

I’ve only been back drawing a short time. So, I have many, many bad drawings left in me as I learn. And, that’s a piece of wisdom I can share with my girls.

So, there’s only one thing for it. The girls and I just need to keep drawing and learning … five minutes at a time.

And, now a word from Joel!


“In brightest day, in blackest night,
no evil shall escape my sight!
Let those who worship evil’s might,
beware my power.. Green Lantern’s light!”

You know, we’re not too jazzed up about the Green Lantern movie in the Miner house. (A little too CGI for us.) But, I love the GL Corps and all the wackiness and color of the various members that flesh out their ranks.

When Cate saw Tomar-Re, one of the oldest and most alien Lanterns, she said, “Let’s draw that lizard bird man.” So, we did. 



So, DC lost me over a year ago on Blackest, Brightest, Biggest, Loudest, One Fish, One Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Day … but I have been mildly interested the wide range of lanterns out there. And, if anyone could get me to want to draw a cruel little ring wielding kosmic kitty filled with hate … it’s Joel Carroll.

Grace and I both went with kindler, gentler Dextarr. Maybe there’s hope that the Guardians can bring him around for the Green Eggs and Hector Hammond mini that’s sure to come out soon.