Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Los Smidgeones

     Just the latest installment in me wishing that we shared the planet with a civilization of miniature cartoon characters.

I mean... Wouldn't that be sweet?!?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy VILLAINtine's Day!

     Like most nerds fans, I do my fair share of dream casting. When it came such classic Batman villains as The Riddler and The Penguin, I always thought Richard Ayoade and Peter Dinklage would be good for the roles respectively. Unfortunately for me though, caricatures were never my strong suit. After getting frustrated over several failed attempts at depicting the actors as the two villains, I finally gave up and just drew the characters as... well... the characters.

Maybe just imagine them as voice actors.

The Riddler

The Penguin

Monday, February 4, 2019

Here and There and Everywhere

     After working on the Disney Afternoon the last few years, I've just now finished the entire lineup of Gummi Bears with Gruffi and Cubbi... It's a big deal. Get excited.

Here they both are along with the rest of the gang, in case you missed them from earlier.

Gruffi Gummi
Cubbi Gummi
Sunni Gummi
Tummi Gummi
Grammi Gummi
Zummi Gummi
     And you know what? While I'm at it, I'll go ahead and add Gusto... even though, as I've said before, he's not exactly a favorite of mine.

Gusto Gummi

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tweet Tweet On The Street!

     So I just read that Aquaman has officially surpassed The Dark Knight in the box-office. Now I'm sure that profits aren't completely a fair judge of popularity, but in a sense, Aquaman is a more successful character than Batman. 

This is the world we're living in.

     This talk of superheroes topping other superheroes has got me thinking about the pantheon of caped crusaders out there and which one is my favorite. It isn't Aquaman. It isn't even Batman. No, the character that I love more than all of the sea kings and dark knights put together is none other than the Boy Wonder himself... Robin.

     So yeah. He's not technically a superhero. He's a sidekick... but he's THE sidekick! A tech-savvy whiz kid who gets to tagalong with the most bad-a hero there is... freakin' Batman! I'm not sure why the most recent incarnations have him be so dark and broody. That would be a BLAST! Here's hoping that, as DC ventures further into this cinematic universe of theirs, someone decides to take a risk and give the Boy Wonder his time to shine.

Hey. It worked with Aquaman.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A Great Disturbance in the Holidays

     Every year, I hear a lot of talk about how we forget the true meaning of Christmas, or that the holiday is getting lost in the commercialism. As a Christian who is close with his family and attends church on a fairly regular basis, I have to say, my Christmas didn’t suffer from any of that… BUT as we ring in a new year, I’m noticing that there was one special aspect of my holiday season that was sorely missed.

Star Wars.

     When Disney purchased Lucasfilm and decided to start making new Star Wars movies, they originally planned for them to be released in the summer, but for whatever reason they were pushed back one by one to a December release date. As a result, I had a new Christmas tradition. Along with the family get-togethers, the tree lightings, and the nativity plays, there were now lightsaber duels, funny robots, and epic battles between good and evil. What could be more merry?

     Things went this jolly way for three years and then Lucasfilm finally got that summer release date they originally wanted. Just like that, my 2018 Christmas was one tradition short, and let me tell you… there is no number of times that a person can watch Rudolph to efficiently make up for a lack of new Star Wars. One thing I can do, however, is wax nostalgic about those few magical years that I was lucky enough to have. Therefore, rather than looking to the future at the start of this new year, I’m using this post to look back.

Here now are my rose-colored recaps of the films that have made my recent holidays just a little more bright.

Episode VII - The Force Awakens
     I can’t think of a more daunting undertaking than having to make a sequel to the Star Wars trilogy, so saying that in order for this to work, Lucasfilm would have to start strong is an understatement. In my opinion, they didn’t disappoint. I had ZERO idea what to expect when I first sat down to watch The Force Awakens. All I was promised was a return to that galaxy far, far away with a cast of new characters sharing the screen with the beloved originals. What I got was that and more! This movie served as the perfect reminder (as if I needed one) of why I loved Star Wars so much in the first place, and several viewings later, it still does.  

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story
     But while nostalgia might have been enough to fuel our interest for the first go-around, Lucasfilm would have to try their hand at something new if they were going to keep audiences the right kind of riveted. Rogue One marked the first installment in this endeavor and… you know what? It’s still more nostalgia. Like… a LOT of nostalgia! All throughout this movie I’m going, “Ooh! I know who that is!” or “Ooh! I recognize that thing!” Why am I so pumped to see Jimmy Smits? He walks on screen and my heart actually skips a beat! What is that about?! Was I that enthralled with the way he sat while speaking in the prequels? Or maybe it was the scenes where he walked slowly while speaking. Whatever it was, I see Mr. Smits walking while speaking here and I’m giddy, so he’s crushing it apparently.

     What I love most about Rogue One though, is how, for the first time, I actually feel like I’m in the Star Wars universe rather than just watching it. That may sound a little ridiculous, but it’s true. The film’s break from format allows for a much closer look under the hood of the revved-up sports car that is Star Wars! And what’s even greater is now we have some variety in how we enjoy this stuff! Whether it’s the tried-and-true serial style of the saga films, or the more tangible grittiness of the spinoffs, there’s plenty of options in the foreseeable future to keep us Star Wars fans loyal and united!

Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Oh. Riiiiiiiight…

Okay. So maybe not that united.

Solo - A Star Wars Story
     Hey! Let’s move on! Solo was the first summer release of Disney’s Star Wars and the real reason my 2018 holidays were found lacking. But it still falls in with this new lineup of films, so I’m going to talk about it.

     I think it’s kind of a shame that people refer to this one as the first Star Wars flop. In 100 years, if a person is shown Revenge of the Sith and Solo back-to-back and asked to pick which one was considered a disappointment, would they honestly guess Solo?! And what about Caravan of Courage? Or that Clone Wars crap where they just butted three episodes of a cartoon show together and called it a movie? No. The one with Childish Gambino and the Kessel Run. That’s the flop!

     I once considered recasting Han Solo and telling a compelling pre-New Hope story with this character an impossible task, but I found myself pleasantly surprised. It's not the best Star Wars film out there, but it's certainly not the worst either! If you ask me, studio execs need to get their heads out of their bank accounts for two seconds and give this film a little more credit!

Is anyone asking me? No probably not.

     Luckily, the highly-anticipated Episode IX will see the franchise’s return to that holiday release date. As for what the future holds after that, time will tell, but I’m at least glad to get one more year of Force-filled festivities in the books. Peace on Earth might be all well and good for the Christmas season, but when it comes to that galaxy far, far away… I need me my wars, yo!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Topping Off 2018

     Well, 2018 is officially behind us. Some may like to spend this time looking forward to everything the new year has to bring. Me? I'm looking backwards! 

At blog headers.
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Magic Of Christmas

He travels around the world in one night.
He slides down chimneys.
He can fit all of those presents into one bag.

     I'm sure I'm not the first one to come up with this theory, but I'm convinced that the entire Harry Potter franchise spawned from J.K. Rowling coming up with a way to explain Santa Claus.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Prisoner of Azkaban - Hermione Granger

     I've drawn Harry... and then Ron. I couldn't let the year end without completing the trio, so here she is: my latest take on Hermione Granger!

     We all know Hermione likes cats... maybe it comes from practically being one for a while. That being the case, I thought it'd be fun to give her a cute kitty-cat headband.