Tuesday, November 25, 2014

She's a Wonder - Wonder Woman

 Wonder Woman
inspired by the work of George Perez (1987)
India ink and marker on comic book backing board

 Wonder Woman
inspired by the work of Jim Lee (2011)
India ink and marker on comic book backing board

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TAGS - Aug. 26 & 27, 1994

08/26: End. Over. End.

08/27: Tableauxs and Cheers.

August 26: There are sixteen characters in this one strip!

The strip also introduces the idea that the hand cars tow some sort of converted carriage that accommodates several passengers. 

This suggests that the hand car races are a relay event. If in the tradition of Disneyland’s Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes this also a theme park attraction by day, then only two persons are driving multiple cars carrying the weight of 6-12 persons – and up and down hills at that! Come to think of it, I don’t doubt that frequently the canoes are likewise only paddled by their two Cast-Members. 

Otherwise, this is a bridge installment to get out of the races and into Stacy’s pancake diner.

Note: this is an even mix of the two teams, but only Al and Monster are wearing white “Defiant” team tee-shirts, while the others are wearing black “Pump You Up” tees carrying over an idea from 08/24.

Roll call (L-R): Rudy (pig, 8th appearance), Al (beagle, 7), Edie (squirrel, 9), Murray (cheetah, 11), Rodney (lion, 5), Bingo (snake, 6), Nick (skunk, 16), Barron (stuffed bear, 16), Checkov (dragon, 10), Connie (cardinal, 4), Jill (reindeer, 5), Michelle (weasel, 5), Heidi (gopher, 9), Monster (monster), Polly (penguin, 24), Carolyn (raccoon, 7).

August 27: Basically, morning races aren’t for every one. 

Yes, in panel two, amongst the “Cheers” are scribbled “mumble”s.

Yes, in panel three, Al is holding a toasted bread slice.

Roll call: Rodney (6), Al (8), Heidi (silhouette, 10), Rudy (silhouette, 9), Monster (silhouette), Michelle (silhouette, 6).

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween Tricks

This week’s post features a Halloween themed drawing.

Focusing on costumes, I was inspired by the classic Mickey Mouse Club and particularly with its Circus Day. The Mouseketeers routinely performed in costumes. For western skits, they may have had galloped around with what I’ll call pony-dolls that had stuffed legs hanging off both sides for the illusion of them being the rider’s legs. You can find images of this from Disneyland’s opening day with the Mouseketeers in their western wear. So here, an elephant-doll, sans stuffed rider’s legs, is the same idea.

In the end, it doesn’t look like “Halloween.” If only Halloween had landed on a Thursday this year, then the thematic link would have been stronger, since “Circus Day” on the MMC was traditionally on a Thursday.

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“Here Comes the Circus” from the Mickey Mouse Club:

Mouseketeers on Disneyland’s opening day July 17, 1955:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Disney Princess/ Marvel Heroine Mash-Up, part 4

In this final installment of my sketch card mash-up series, I have the most challenged pairing. 

However, let me present the final 5 royals.

Rapunzel, kidnapped princess with magic hair that glows when she sings.
Medusa, queen of a race of super-humans with who can manipulate her long super-strong hair.
… because of shared long, long hair.

Merida, eldest child of a Scottish King, whose magically granted wish transforms her mother into a bear.
Black Widow, Russian super spy who allies herself with international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and the super-hero team The Avengers.
… because both are good at shooting things (red hair is a plus).

Vanellope von Schweetz, ostracized racing avatar in a video game who is revealed to be the land’s ruling princess.
Shadowcat, a young woman with the mutant ability to phase through objects and walls.
… because Vanellope, like Shadowcat, passed through walls when she “glitched.”

Elsa, crowned queen with the ability to create, control and manipulate ice.
Storm, former queen consort of Wakanda, with the mutant ability to control the weather.
 … because both can create snow storms.

Anna, sister to Elsa who, through an accident, is struck by Elsa’s ice powers.
Emma Frost, once known as the White Queen with numerous mutant abilities including shapeshifting into a solid diamond form.
… because Anna as a result of Elsa’s powers is transformed into super-strong ice, which is similar to Emma Frost’s ability yet lacking mobility.

btw, Vanellope was a last addition not included in the sketch cards I had at comic cons the year.

While most folks seemed amused by the mash-up game of figuring out the princess/ super-heroine connections, consistently at every con, at least some one person challenged me that Elsa should be paired with Emma Frost. I don’t argue that the idea is a very good mash-up. A natural combination really. Both are powerful, blonde queens (of sorts) who wear sexy, light-colored, monochromatic costumes. 

The problem is then, with whom to pair Anna? Suffice it to say, I’m not not clever enough to pass over Ms. Frost.

That all said over these four posting, I am very interested in hearing what you think.