Mission Control took a field trip to MotorCity ComicCon over the weekend. My haul was pretty small, but I brought home some sketches of Ellie by Katie Cook and Michael Roll, plus I forgot to post one more I got from Joshua Buchanan back in February at the MSU Comics Forum! Thanks all!
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A few weeks ago Mission Control received a request from children’s book author, former comics editor, and now fourth grade teacher Phil Amara: How can an elementary school teacher use Ellie on Planet X best in class?
Not being a teacher myself (although the Strang Institute Mission Control has many on staff), I turned the question over to Ellie’s Facebook and Twitter followers. The answers boiled down to teaching about space exploration, robotics, the importance of science, the fun of reading, using your imagination, sharing, and empathy. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
Then Phil’s fourth graders took inspiration from Ellie’s discoveries and made their own comics about science and exploration. Phil sent a few pics to share!
Thanks, Boston Fourth Graders! You Rock!
I just remembered to post this amazing piece of work by Jesse Hughes of CosmiCat fame, featuring Ellie and a bunch of other cool comics characters ringing in the new year! Thanks, Jesse!
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.
Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and I got to hang with a bunch of my favorite cartoonists. Jay Fosgitt of Bodie Troll fame traded some sketches with me and he drew his version of Ellie if she was a real girl (which I colored, per his request)! I’m digging her inline skates and her eye patch. Thanks Jay!
While Jules Faulkner is taking a little break from her fantastic comic Promises Promises, a few of us other comickers stepped in to take her place. Click the pic below to check out my contribution!
Here’s a few things to share with you that I did during our break at the good ol’ Strang Institute. First is a little snippet of a pinup drawn by the amazing Denver Brubaker, creator of one of our favorite webcomics, Tales Of A Checkered Man! He asked if I would add some colors and here’s the results (at least part of them). You can see the entire pinup in issue #6 of Aw Yeah Comics!
Next, I met up with some other comics creators last week for a sketch night and drew this little pic of each of our respective characters, featuring Joe Foo’s Desmond, Jay Fosgitt’s Bodie Troll, Mike Roll’s Apooka, and Ellie, of course!
And then the always awesome John Martin added the incomprehensible Vordak to thwart any do-gooding our heroes might attempt!
Don’t forget, Ellie returns Monday! See you then!
Check out this awesome Christmas card that Josh Buchanan worked up featuring Michigan based cartoonists! He’s got his character The Rocket, Rob Worley’s Scratch from Scratch 9, Jerzy Drozd’s Jerad from the Front, Jesse Hughes’ Cosmicat, Mike Roll’s Apooka, Jay Fosgitt’s Bodie Troll, Dave Woodward and Chris Sopsich’s Gordie Gnomo, Joe Foo’s Desmond, Ben Hatke’s Zita the Space Girl, and our l’il ol’ Ellie down there on the bottom!
You can find out more about Josh’s comic The Rocket, along with his other projects, right here! Click the pic to bigafy.