SPACE is coming up next weekend and Pop Smoothie will be there with some mini-comics and children’s books for sale.
This is the cover for my mystery mini-comic starring the Ultimate Sinister with a dash of Agatha Christie, Jeeves and Wooster and Downton Abbey.
Hope to see you there!
I have been super busy lately between book contracts and preparing for SPACE, the Small Press Comics Expo. (More about that next post). On the side, I just finished two paintings for a local art show at Neon’s celebrating the Red’s Opening Day put on by the Ghost Empire Collective.
Although I am not overly a sports fan, I am a mascot fan and these paintings fit very comfortably in the Pop Smoothie Prime Directive. (Yeah, that’s right, we actually have one…)
I have watched Downton Abbey since the first season… When I thought of this cartoon, I could not resist drawing it. The impetus was hearing about Pebbles’ 50th birthday…
After the ending of season 3, this scenario is plausible to say the least…
If you read my regular blog, you have seen my thoughts and ideas for Downton Abbey Season 4.
But for now, pip pip and a yabba dabba do!
By the way, I am looking for a Wodehousestone version of Yabba Dabba Do…Ideas?
The name says it all really. I tried to fit it all in: weird holiday specials, the 70s, weird variety shows, Mayans, zombies, the year of the dragon… Points to anyone who gets all the references.
A note about 70s television: I am not sure if it was on the whole “worse”, there just seems to be a lot better TV now because there is so much to choose from. Even if the percentage of good is less, there is so much that the number is greater.
There was a time when mimes had a prime time show and Charro was on everything, but everything was not very much content. Maybe that is why I read a lot more as a kid or played outside.
I actually do not mean to even knock Shields and Yarnell. They were pretty entertaining to us at the time. I was in school and got the Dynamite magazine where they were on the cover. As I drew this comic, I was surprised to find out that Robert Shields actually has an art career now. There is some pretty cool stuff on his site.
And of course, people look at the Star Wars Holiday Special now with horror, but back then after years of Sid and Marty Krofft shows, as kids, we watched it and even liked it. We all liked the movie so much back then that if the show had been a Han Solo Hypnotoad, we would have probably tuned in…
Anyway, assuming I am not clinging to a bit of molten rock after the 21st, I look forward to a second year of Pop Smoothie…
I am just adding color a very, super special spectacular, spectacular pop smoothie epic holiday special. Enjoy this tiny tidbit from the comic while you wait. Did you doubt there would be a dragon???
In other over-hyped holiday news, we are seeing The Hobbit tomorrow. I did art for the card game back in the 90s and am a HUGE Tolkien fan. I hope this will not be disappointing.
I also wonder which movie was more fun for Martin Freeman (the actor playing Bilbo) to make, The Hobbit or Love Actually? I am guessing Love Actually, but he would probably never admit it… He was certainly not acting with dwarves in that movie…
Anyway, below are several LOTR/Hobbit images. Yes, I painted these a little while ago…
I meant to put this up earlier. Part III of X. Read all three together here.
Part 4 will be soon. I am in the final stages of painting a picture book so time will be limited. I hope to squeeze a page or two in before Christmas.