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To help celebrate the fourth anniversary of his comic Tales Of The Brothers Three, Joshua Hauke asked me to sit in for him this week! Go check out his amazing strip about, well, three brothers who have a bit of sibling rivalry going on while they’re out having some fun adventures. There’s monsters, dinosaurs, killer sweatpants, and even a mounted moose head that talks! As a bonus, there’s some fatherly advice from Joshua’s dad on the site as well. It’s a lot of fun and four years is enough time to get a pretty big archive going.
Congratulations on four years, Joshua!
Click the pic below to gaze upon the strip I did:
The Strang Institute is closed today for Memorial Day here in the U.S.A. – which is why there wasn’t a new installment from Ellie this morning. She’ll be back on Thursday this week. Meanwhile, I wanted to share a few things going on for Kids Read Comics, an upcoming comic event at the Ann Arbor District Library on June 22 and 23. I’ll be representing Mission Control there and will have a few things Ellie related to sell, like comics, buttons, and prints. Right now this will be the only place to get your Ellie swag (until the Institute gets an online gift shop set up).
First, here’s the bookmark I designed, featuring a new interpretation of this event in Ellie history:
Next, I’m putting together a little manga-sized sketchbook inspired by the cool sketchbooks that Chris Sanders does. Hopefully these will be ready on time as I’m still finishing it up. Here’s a spread of Ellie related stuff, but there’ll be a whole variety of fun things to look at inside.
Finally, I made up this fancy banner to hang behind the booth!
Lastly, don’t forget! You can still have your kids vote for Ellie On Planet X for Favorite Webcomic at the Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards! The winners will be announced after the Kids Read Comics event next month!
Thanks for reading and Ellie will be back on Thursday!
One of the problems that befalls me because I’m working digitally is that I have the ability to zoom in really close to my work. And sometimes I get too caught up in the details. And sometimes those details don’t look so clear when you zoom way back out. Such is the case with today’s strip.
So here are some close-ups of a few overly detailed parts of the strip, plus the sketch from the last panel where I liked how Mr. Wallowmuck looked, but sorta lost his form under all of that mud.
We’ve been watching a lot of Star Trek lately here at Mission Control. Last week we all headed out on a field trip to see the new movie and that prompted us to go back and watch a bunch of the best from the original series, including the awesome one where Kirk and Spock team up with Lincoln and Sarak to beat the baddies.
The Comic Creators Mini-Group I belong to has a weekly sketch challenge and this one nicely coincided with all that. Here’s my contribution below, and see a ton more amazing Trek art at the Mini-Group Tumblr.
Here’s a nice surprise! Everyone at Mission Control just found out that Ellie On Planet X is nominated for the Kids’ Comics Revolution 2013 Awards in the category of Favorite Webcomic!
From the website:
“KCR hosts Dave Roman and Jerzy Drozd have teamed up with Chris Duffy (Nickelodeon Magazine) and the Ann Arbor District Library to honor some of the best kids’ comics to come out in 2012. You can vote by picking up a ballot in the Novella Room (2nd floor, Toronto Reference Library) at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and Kids Read Comics, or use the online ballot below. Winners will be announced June 23rd at a special ceremony at the conclusion of Kids Read Comics in Ann Arbor, Michigan!”
We’re really excited! We’ve never been up for an award before. And we’ve got some awesome comic friends included in the category too, like Nemu-Nemu, Nedroid, My Sister the Freak, and Cucumber Quest! It’s a big deal just to get nominated!
If you’re a kid and Ellie is your favorite webcomic, go to the Kids’ Comics Revolution website, download the ballot and give us a vote! Thanks ahead of time!
I still have a few exclamation points left over, so here they are:!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! !! !!!!! ! !
We’re running behind schedule with today’s comic. Instead, I’ll tell you the story of how Jay Fosgitt and I sat next to one another on Free Comic Book Day at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan. And how Jay does this fantastic comic book called Bodie Troll, which is just flying off bookshelves. And also how he sketched out this amazing little drawing of Bodie and Ellie going for a spin (I love Ellie’s treads)!
And then how I scanned it in and colored it up just for fun.
Ellie’s next transmission will be showing up Tuesday morning. Maybe we’ll find out what the deal is with Muffin and the deep, deep hole he’s digging!
Hey, everybody! Just letting you know that I’ll be representing Ellie and the Strang Institute on Free Comic Book Day at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn Michigan! Come out and say, “Hi,” and meet all kinds of other talented an amazing cartoonists!
Comic artist and illustrator Vince Dorse and I did a little fan art trade a few weeks ago, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share both with you. Vince is the creator of the Reuben Award nominated (kind of the Oscars for comics) Untold Tales Of Bigfoot! So I decided to sketch up a little illo of his main protagonists, Bigfoot and Scout. He reciprocated with his versions of Ellie and Jeff.
I could go on and say how wonderful Untold Tales Of Bigfoot is, but since it’s nominated for a Reuben, that’s pretty much all you need to know. Vince’s comic tells the story of a lost little dog who accidentally makes a much larger friend. The story’s really just getting started, so get in at the beginning. Below is a little sneak peak at the pin-up I did. Click it to see the whole thing at the Untold Tales Of Bigfoot site. And while your at it, check out Vince’s other illustrative work. It’s fantastic!