Earth Day 2017

21 Apr

I know Earth Day is tomorrow, but I’d like to show something I made with Illustrator that portrays Yonda Globe in a brand new light. Of course, those of you who checked out that one comic page I made back in August of 2015 will recognize her bathing suit. There’s more to it, though – I brought up three new characters: Uppen Awaye (the hang glider), Marnie Marine (the pool float), and Quake Barrowheel (the wheelbarrow). You’ll also notice I’ve given Yonda the phrase “And now the world gets it” a second time – the first time was in the supermoon comic page back in November of 2016. Walter Cronkite’s phrase “And that’s the way it is” is pretty much inspiration for the phrase, and with Yonda’s interest in reporting and care for the planet, anything interesting is bound to happen. You might say she has the potential to be an Earth Day mascot.

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Just a few details I’d like to point out:

  • In the air image, the name on Yonda’s helmet is Ozone – it not only refers to the layer that shields the earth, but it fits as a brand name for safety gear.
  • In the water image, look closely at the glass of water – the ice cubes form a Hidden Mickey (yes, I’m still working at Disneyland).
  • In the soil image, you’ll notice on Quake’s visor the letter Q – it almost resembles a wheelbarrow without wheels. I love the way I give someone/something a fitting name.

Now why don’t we follow the example of Belinda Carlisle’s song and make heaven a place on Earth? Also, a new film by Disneynature, Born in China, is out today. Go see it.

April Fools’ Day (2017)

1 Apr

This time around, I’m doing just a single picture, which pretty much speaks for itself.

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Lately, remaking animated Disney films as live-action counterparts has been becoming a thing (not that I have anything against it), and I noticed how beloved Hanna-Barbera properties were being reinvented in ways that don’t reflect the source material in comic book form. Observing these particular circumstances, I wondered, “How would Jacken DeBox look if he were to be revised?”

If took me slightly longer to to draw the fake Jacken, which turned out just fine, but I do love the way I drew the actual Jacken – the body language, curvature, eyes, and mouth are quite pleasing.

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

18 Mar

Top o’ the mornin’! You might expect Tipper Tawp in this one, what with his green highlights. You’ve also seen some green on some of my other characters (Helix’s midsection, Inchbean’s neck, Luman’s shoes, Arby’s chassis and tires, Nespa’s eyes and brim, Featherly’s arms). This time around, I went in a different direction. For the past few weeks, I had an idea of what I could try for my take on the holiday dedicated to everything Irish.

IMG_1049As you can see, Punchline’s ‘p-p-pose’ is based on that of the Norte Dame Leprechaun. I made sure to make him as unique and recognizable as possible, though.

I was also able to create a couple of new characters – little figurines of anthropomorphic clover cousins: Shammer and Rockcorry. Fun fact: they’re named after the two villages in Ireland. What a great way to make things work out!

Lunar New Year 2017

5 Feb

One of twelve creatures of the Chinese zodiac. 2017 is the year of the rooster. Although I’m a couple of days late, my wit and humor couldn’t be more fitting. I even found a use for Kao Kaitao, the kite/acrobat I created when I made my “Congratulations!” sign back in 2015.

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For a while, I got the idea of Chickpea McCluckading having a brother named Cocktail. When my chance came, I threw in the reference. It was tricky to pinpoint one less obvious difference between Clumpy (calling himself ‘Clucky Drunstickbottom’) and Cocktail, but I was able to find it one day before I finished this piece.

Also, I think the name ‘Mei-Din Chinatown’ has a clever ring to it. I ought to copyright it.

 

Jolly Keith the Holly Wreath (December 25th, 2016)

25 Dec

Behold my image of an icon I created for Holly Day.

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“Jolly Keith the Holly Wreath is here to spread some cheer.
“Residents can watch him work his magic every year.
“Some say he’s a follower of all that love can bring.
“Not a storm could ever stop this leafy-coated ring.
“With a staff on which he hangs, across the land he’ll spread
“happiness and gaiety to keep all safe from dread.
“Should you have a warming heart, well, you can thank the Wreath,
for he has given lots of love, the Holly Jolly Keith.”

Supermoon (2016)

16 Nov

The super moon came around on November 14th and I had a pretty good idea bring some attention to it. It took me at least one week before before then to think up the concept, type the script on Word Pad, draw everything on one sheet of paper, and add the colors. The result: comical writing and images, an astronomical lesson, and a visual aid all wrapped together into one piece of edutainment.

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Like I said before, my expanding on certain characters makes my series look promising. A moon orbit model around Yonda? Very fitting! It has been quite a while since I drew Damsel 5000, but I found one good use for her. Other uses for her remain a mystery, but I’m sure something will come along in the future. Plus, I came up with a (one-shot) character called Supermoon and some background camera characters you see running behind Vivian. You know, Blockopolis wouldn’t be much of a city if it didn’t have more citizens.

Veterans Day 2016

11 Nov

Occasionally, I thought about coming up with a piece of art to honor our nation’s veterans. Now you can view it! We have Tipper Tawp and Helix Coptimus to get us into the spirit. veterans-day-2016