Record Store Day 2016

16 Apr

Last year, I found out about a day that comes every year on the third Saturday of April: Record Store Day. I went ahead and made my own album cover for my signature character, Jacken DeBox. I bet some of you never knew he could also be a musician. See how he gaily plays Squeezen, his concertina (that’s what you call a small accordion).

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Now, if this had a track list, it would look something like this:

  • Hop, Stomp, and Twirl
  • Open the Door
  • It’s Tipper Time
  • Picture Day Delight
  • Wobble and Clumpy’s Studio
  • Under the Spring Sun
  • Room of Enchantment
  • Turn on the Radio
  • I Would Like a Book
  • Quick and Steady
  • Nothing Wrong with Polka
  • Boomer Brings You Back
  • Up and Down Clown
  • Hiding in Place
  • Need More Batteries
  • Living Like a King
  • What’s Poppin’? (Make it Snappy)
  • Backwards Pizza
  • Doll off the Wall
  • Ridin’ with Nespa
  • Jokes for Dessert
  • Homecoming Hurrah
  • Ringing My Hat Bells
  • World on Yonda’s Shoulders
  • Electric Carpet
  • Two Eyes, Blue Eyes
  • Soup for the Chicken’s Soul
  • Little Big Storage
  • Punch out of Line
  • Very Merry Pear
  • I Don’t Wear Shoes
  • Root Beer Shower
  • Educational Buddy
  • Jacken DeBox’s Theme

If my Blockopolis series ever gets launched, I’m sure the record deal could happen.

April Fools’ Day 2016

2 Apr

Nearly eight years ago, I gave Jacken DeBox someone who is what Pete would be to Mickey Mouse or what Buzz Buzzard would be to Woody Woodpecker. I’m, of course, talking about none other than Punchline DePunch. The last name used to be ‘DeBop,’ but I did a little change to see if it would have a better ring to it. Still unsure of what that last name should be as of now. Anyway, I came up with this little story earlier this week and decided to work on it before April 1st. And I must say, it’s really helping me expand more on my Blockopolis series and make it a little more promising.

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In this latest feature, Punchline is excited about the 1st day of April, which we all recognize as April Fools’ Day. He comes up with this idea of pranking the residents in alphabetical order (the ones I came up with so far anyway) as follows.

  • A – Sticking letter magnets to the right side of Arby so the words say, ‘ARBY IS A ROAD HOG’
  • B – Telling Boomer about Great Barry finding a nicer adventurer
  • C – Delivering a fake cake to Chickpea; the fake cake turns out to be Clumpy, who’d been duped into turning into a cake in preparation for a dessert art exhibit
  • D – Handing Dwight some trick gum that leaves the mouth oozing black liquid when chewed
  • E – Putting an opaque fly mask on Edgar
  • F – Sticking a rubber spider on Featherly’s net
  • G – Telling Great Barry about Boomer finding a braver boat
  • H – Gluing Helix’s landing skids to the helipad
  • I – Swapping out Inchbean’s scanner with a vacuum (Punchline himself didn’t trick Wobble with anything by himself, so Wobble doesn’t count)
  • J – Throwing a water balloon at Jacken inside his box (this one is backfired)

It’s eventually revealed that Jacken and Tipper, standing on the other side of the wall, were one step ahead of Punchline, with Tipper providing the controls of the Jacken Decoy’s workings.

For those keeping track of my works, I did not include Damsel 5000 because Luman Shein most likely has a security system keeping anyone from tampering with her. Also, in Punchline’s thought balloon, there’s no impediment used when a P name/word is used. That’s because was thinking, not speaking.

And one last thing: there’s a Hidden Mickey in the panel with the character whose name begins with D, which is the first letter in the name Disney. Pretty clever, right?

Sweet-Tooth Bunnsen and Ogo Pogo

28 Mar

So far, I’ve drawn over 20 unique characters in my Blockopolis body of work. The most recent ones I’m showing just in time for Easter are a plaid rabbit and a pogo stick.

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Sweet-Tooth Bunnsen is the mascot and founder of the Bunnsen Bite-Bites Candy Factory, home of the famous Blocolate. On special occasions, this calm, fast-paced fellow takes time to pass out tasty treats to the residents of Blockopolis, and because his legs aren’t particularly good for jumping (even though he resembles a rabbit), he prefers to go high and low on his trusty pogo stick, Ogo Pogo.

Bunnsen Bite-Bites – Better than nibbles and chomps! (Trademark)

Mixels Continued

22 Mar

A year and a half ago, I talked about my interest in Mixels, made with the collaboration of LEGO and Cartoon Network. Since then, I’ve purchased every single one of them. Of course, I had to get Krader (of the Cragsters), Flurr (of the 2014 Frosticons), the Electroids, and the 2014 Infernites from Amazon.com because the LEGO store never had any in stock at the time I started collecting them. As of now, I have all seven series, giving me all kinds of possible (and creative) combinations.

For example, here I have mixes of the bright-eyed Glowkies and the melodious Mixies. I threw in a Cubit (which comes with Gurggle of the 2015 Glorp Corp) to show which Mixels I combined.

I also noticed some Mixels, even in separate series, are voiced by the same person. For instance, there’s Jeff Bennett, who so far provided the voices of Jinky (of the Klinkers), Dribbal and Gurggle (2015 Glorp Corp), and Camillot (Medivals). Just for fun, I made a mix of Mixels voiced by Jeff. Turns out you can mix more than two together.

Maybe I’ll do more like this in the future. I could even do one of Flain (2014 Infernites), Seismo (Cragsters), Teslo (Electroids), Tungster (Lixers), and Berp (Munchos), who are all voiced by Tom Kenny. And it might be tricky to take on Jess Harnell, since he voiced not only Vulk (2014 Infernites), Shuff (Cragsters), Zaptor (Electroids), Meltus, and Burnard (both 2015 Infernites), but also Vaka, the top half of Vaka-Waka of the Munchos. Waka was performed by Daran Norris, who did Snoof (2015 Frosticons), Spugg (Lixers), and Tiketz (MCPD).

There are a couple of things that baffle me about the TV series.

1: The voices of Kraw (Flexers) and Scorpi (Spikels) were never shown in the credits, so online sources have no clue about them whatsoever.

2: TV specials come at least once every six months with little to no advertising. The latest TV special, Every Knight Has its Day, hardly did much to let all of series 7 shine. The MCPD had less than a minute of screen time, Tapsy only appeared in the intro sequence, and Trumpsy had no major role despite appearing in the classroom. I can only hope some of the Mixels in the next wave don’t get the same treatment.

I have an idea of what LEGO and Cartoon Network could try if they decide to wind down the franchise: bring every Mixel/group of Mixels in various situations leading to other situations, similar to what was done in an episode of the Netflix exclusive show Turbo FAST (Turbo Does Laundry), in which vignettes showcasing characters (and features) from previous episodes are played. Maybe then Cartoon Network will give certain Mixels a chance to shine and the credits will finally show the people who performed Kraw and Scorpi. I’m thinking it was Fred Tatasciore (performer of Slumbo (2014 Frosticons), Jawg (Fang Gang), and the Nixels and Major Nixel in 2014) who did Kraw, but nobody has any proof, which is pathetic really.

Leap Day 2016

29 Feb

I was quite busy with college work during the Spring of 2012, so it never occurred to me I could make something like this. In fact, I never came up with Stella Scope, the telescope astronomer, until August that same year! Also, I opted for a little sibilance in Stella’s speech,  which is why there’s a gap in her teeth. Anyway, 2016 is a new leap year, so…

Leap Day 2016

Since this day is called Leap Day, anyone who takes things literally, including ragdoll Rags Aplenty, will find some way to celebrate it. It’s funny how the characters I made work well with particular ideas.

By the way,  since I’m now in the DCP, I included a Hidden Mickey as well as a Hidden Jacken in this piece. (Hint: they’re both in the same section.)

Happy Holly Day!

31 Dec

This is merely a play on the phrase “Happy Holiday.” I know there are other holidays apart from Christmas that are celebrated, so I thought, “Why not find a way to acknowledge other holidays in a single phrase and use something associated with a festive influence?”

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The characters in silhouette are the same ones I used in my Valentine cards back in February 2015.

Now as 2015 comes to a close, I’d like to show this picture made with Illustrator and Photoshop…

DCP Picture Enhanced

As you can see, I got into the Disney College Program (at the Disneyland Resort) while I was taking a class in drafting technology at Palomar College. I start on the 19th of January, so I’ll have a little more time to be prepared. You might say I’m an inch away from proving my worth!

Jacken-o’-Lantern

12 Nov

I know it’s been 12 days after Halloween, but I figured I should go right ahead and put up these images and show that I can do more than just drawing and graphic art. Give me the big orange fruit and I’ll go to town!

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