Thursday, November 22, 2007


Here's a little project I've been working on and off and on for the past couple of months: re-sequencing the tracks of The Little Mermaid soundtrack in the order presented in the motion picture.

Why? - Because I'm just that way.

1. Fathoms Below
2. Main Titles
3. Fanfare
4. Daughters Of Triton
5. Flotsam And Jetsam
6. Part Of Your World
7. Fireworks
8. Jig
9. The Storm
10. Part Of Your World (Reprise)
11. Under The Sea
12. Sebastian And Triton (Final)
13. Destruction Of The Grotto
14. Poor Unfortunate Souls
15. Les Poissons
16. Bedtime
17. Tour Of The Kingdom
18. Kiss The Girl
19. Wedding Announcement
20. Eric To The Rescue
21. Happy Ending

Track 12 is from The Music Behind the Magic - The Little Mermaid, part of a four disc collection of demo and work recordings from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's work on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

To that I added various cover versions as bonus tracks.

Make Mine Marvel

Merrill Hagan, who I expect will have a new Tuff-Girl script to me VERY soon, got
mentioned on the Marvel site for his contribution to Marvel Comics Presents Spotlight: The Beginning. What's more, the good folks at Marvel listed "Tuff-Girl" as some of his recent work.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Digital color over scan of black Prisma Color pencil on paper.

This a drawing of the Maid of Might incorporating design features I liked from the Bruce Timm (Batman Adventures, Justice League Unlimited) television shows. After my days of drawing Disney's Mulan, I put a lot of "S" curves in my drawings. Timm seems to like the boldness of simple "C" curves.

The red jacket is borrowed from the Superboy (1993-2006) design introduced in the "Death of Superman" storyline. Clark on Smallville (2001-present) would also have a red jacket.

The most curious thing, I think, about this piece is the bird. Flying people are a staple of comic books, but the bird definitively says that this girl is flying.

Holiday Times are Tuff

"Happy Holidays with Tuff-Girl and Ruff," squibbill Christmas greetings, 2007
30.0 cm x 20.5 cm (12.25" x 8.375")
Carmine Red Colerase pencil on paper.

I rushed to make this year's Christmas card design. That I'm always looking for ways of marketing Tuff-Girl obviously served as the subject for this year's card.

In previous years, I had designed Christmas cards as sets of three or four. This meant that co-workers could receive different cards. The hand made greeting usually were simple double folded letter-sized sheets delivered in Baronial (5.75" x 4.375") envelopes. I hand-traced them initially, then I color photocopied them, then ink-jetted them at home.

This year, I'm giving them a more finished look by having them printed. I'm using the same company who I used to print the postcard advertisement of my Silver Comics/ Tuff-Girl book signing, Modern Postcard.

Designer at CN, Jay, recommended them to me. I was pretty happy with the postcard. I'm sure the Christmas card will turn out just as well.