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Work on the graphic novel continues. I just completed what I think is a pretty awesome depiction of the Jungle Oasis. I’m not able to show you the whole thing, but here’s a little tiny bit…
Work on the Ellie On Planet X graphic novel continues. No major landmarks passed or anything, but what I have is looking pretty good so far. That’s saying a lot when I pick apart everything I do (there was a lot of re-doing going on). I only wish I was able to show you what I have so far. So I’ll share this sketch from one of the pages and then it’s back to work!
Something cool arrived in the mail today! Emily Fricke finished the Ellie figure I commissioned from her. Check it out, with her little treads and antenna and all. So cute! Make sure you check out Emily’s Storenvy shop too!
Then a crazy thing arrived by tweet via Jon’s Crazy Stuff. Jon Esparza included Ellie and Balloon Boy in his most recent comic, along with some of his favorite characters from other strips all showing up at a comic con. Looks like she’s in good company. Thanks, Jon!
Ellie was representin’ at last weekend’s Kid’s Read Comics festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here’s some pics!
Paul’s equally talented daughter made this incredible Ellie figure!
My pal Dennis stopped by with this fantastic homage to my college strip (which he often appeared in). Great Star Wars reference there.
And Dennis has a talented daughter who drew up this portrait of Ellie. Thanks, Al!
And here’s my convention stash.
Hi, everyone! I’m going to be at Kids Read Comics at the Ann Arbor District Library this Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great convention full of all kinds of artists and events all geared toward kids. Best of all? Totally FREE! So come on by. I’ve gathered up some Ellie stuff from the Mission Control archives that I’ll have for sale and I you might even get a peek at some art from the graphic novel!
I hope to see you there! Click the pic for more info:
I was interviewed about Ellie the other day by Lana Jaeger of the Women Write About Comics website. She had some really nice things to say, and some really good questions too. Click the pic below to read the interview. Thanks, Lana!
Last Friday myself, along with my good friend Paul, made a trip to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on the campus of OSU in Columbus, Ohio. Their current exhibit features two of my favorite cartoonists: Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, and Richard Thompson, creator of Cul de Sac.
The beautiful thing about going to a museum of cartoon art is that it gives comickers like me the opportunity to get up close to the masters in our chosen craft. Not unlike visiting an art museum if you’re a painter. Seeing Watterson’s thick brush strokes in their original size is a real treat.
The Calvin and Hobbes half of the exhibit also includes samples of some strips that inspired Watterson: Peanuts, Bloom County, Pogo, Krazy Kat, . . . even some Flash Gordon for the Spaceman Spiff comics. There’s also some of the strips he sent to the syndicates that eventually led up to Calvin and Hobbes, cover art for some of the books, and the tools he used to create the strip (be sure to check his description of the text line creator thingy with the holes).
The Cul de Sac half is made up tons of hand colored strips, along with samples of Thompson’s comic Richard’s Poor Almanac, and several amazing caricatures, plus a painting by Bill Watterson of the Cul de Sac character Petey that was donated for a benefit auction for Parkinson’s disease (Thompson had to quit his strip shortly after being diagnosed) .
So, if you have the opportunity, go see it. It’s one of the few museum experiences you’ll have with continuous snickering going on in the background. And best of all?
But wait! That’s not all.
Before you make a trip, peruse the online museum collection to see what they’ve got stored there. If you drop them an email, they will pull out anything for you to look at. I got a close up look at a Krazy Kat strip, some Popeye, Little Nemo In Slumberland, Bone, and Pogo!
Also, all FREE!
The current exhibit is on until August 3, 2014. Go! Check it out! Did I mention FREE?!