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I’ve been enjoying Dawn Griffin’s Zorphbert and Fred, and I’ve been listening to her on the Webcomic Alliance podcasts. So I decided to do up some fan art of her characters, since we’ve both got aliens on the brain. Her aliens just happen to be dressed up, pretending to be dogs, hoping to blend in while they study us humans. Pretty much the same mission as Ellie. I suppose if we can send little explorers out into the void to report back to us, we can’t be surprised when it happens the other way around!
Go visit Dawn’s great comic (be nice to her. She has a cold). And check your pets for zippers!
Click on the pic below to see the whole image at her website!
You can keep your USS Enterprises and your Battlestars Galactica. Give me the fastest hunk ‘o junk in the galaxy any day. I just picked up the Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual the other day from Amazon.uk (it’s not available in the U.S. until next year). If there’s anything you ever wanted to know about everyone’s favorite tramp freighter, from how the hyperdrive works to how to fly through an asteroid field, it’s in the book.
I’m a big geek for this kind of thing: making up explanations for every little thing and presenting the imaginary as real. Pair this book up with the 3D Owner’s Guide and you’ll be modifying that YT-1300 you’ve got parked out back in no time.
As a bonus, here’s a cutaway I did for a Star Wars story I wrote years ago:
I posted this earlier in the year, but seeing as tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. of A., I thought I’d repost it for those who haven’t seen it before.
Back when Ellie was launched into space in 1972, she was super popular. Beyond super popular. She was everywhere and on everything. She even had a balloon in the Thanksgiving parade that made quite a news story back in the day. This is a clipping from the Bonne Isle Bumblebee of November 24, 1972.
See ya tomorrow for Thursday’s installment!
We’ve been known to attempt a poetical waxxing from time to time, but for some really fun wordplay, check out The Daily Rhyme. Scott Emmons’ rhymes are about everything, including current events, junk food, Harvey Pecar, Betty Crocker, and even extrasolar planets. And they’re always funny. There’s some adult language and themes smattered about, so be forewarned.
Here’s one I liked:
Beware of Beast
I want a chupacabra.
It would be the coolest pet!
Though admittedly they’re ugly,
They’re low-maintenance, I’ll bet!
It would feed on unsuspecting goats
Or now and then a cow,
So I’d never have to spend a buck
On Chupacabra Chow!
It would mostly stay in hiding
When it wasn’t busy biting
And would often go a year or more
Without a single sighting.
It could keep those politician types
From blithely dropping by.
You can keep your dogs and kitties.
I’m a chupacabra guy!
A few months back, Joel Duggan of the webcomic Starcrossed made some fantastic fan art for us here at Ellie Central. I thought I’d return the favor by doing some for him. Joel was also one of three people who interviewed me back in July for Comics Coast To Coast. So do us here at Mission Control a favor and visit the excellent comic that is Starcrossed. Tell them Ellie Sent you.
The story goes that way back in the day, a young Professor Strang read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and was enthralled. That book inspired him to lead an adventurous life of his own, eventually culminating in the discovery of Planet X. He then sent Ellie on her own great adventure and the rest is history.
Pretty much everyone here at Mission Control is a big hobbit geek, and we’re all looking forward to the movie coming up next year. Here’s a little watercolor of Smaug the dragon from my sketchbook!