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Fan Art: The Zaltor Show

Blog: April 5th, 2009

say___zaltor___by_poinkoDid someone say Kira and Zaltor fan art?  No? Well apparently webcomic-superstar Poinko did!  I mean, maybe he was saying that when he drew this, I have no way of knowing.  Unless…

Anyway, go visit his comics, monkeys!


Blog: Meanwhile, on The Nolans

Blog: March 11th, 2009

Spoiler!Webcomic pal Josh Nickerson has made a regular thing out of name-checking Waffledog in his comic, The Nolans. Stroll through the archives and you’ll find Dan the Dog’s licensed face plastered all over comic books, video games and sugar-frosted cereals (naturally.)

It started as a subtle nod, but when a whole dang storyline gets devoted to the movie “Waffledog Begins,” well, I couldn’t just let it slide. Go read his stuff!

There’s been a handful of other cameos lately, too! Gimme a holler if you spot any.

Blog: Italian Spiderman

Blog: February 17th, 2009

Italian SpidermanNow this is great. Italian Spiderman has nothing to do with Spider Man, or… Italy. Except for the dialogue. He’s less super hero and more red sweatshirt-wearing maniac who sips macchiatos and punches friend and foe alike. And while Peter Parker can spin webs and climb walls, can he telepathically communicate with penguins, or make someone’s head explode with his ‘stache? Stan Lee better take notes.

The first ten “rediscovered” segments of the movie are online now. Spider spider spider spider spider! Spider.


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Spotlight: Sugar Babiez

Blog, Spotlight: January 16th, 2009

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Welcome to a land inhabited by creatures known as Sugar Babies. Sugar Babies are born in a facility in Sugar County known as The Garden. Sugar Babies need sugar to function properly. Sugar Babies are born for the sole purpose of glorifying their creator The Sugar Goddess.

…That would be the plot synopsis of Sugar Babiez, a twice-weekly comic drawn by fellow RIT cadet Bob Rutan.

Bob and I were in comics club back at school (wait, sorry, Guild of Sequential Illustrators) before he went off to the magical land of animation. The comics Bob brought to club were the highlight of every meeting, as they were more twisted than a pretzel factory run by Chubby Checker. Good to see not much has changed since graduation. Mayhaps the best thing to do is read it from the beginning.

Blog: Welcome Back, Commander

Blog: January 16th, 2009

ckCats and the internet have changed in four years, I tell ya.

After a lengthy hiatus, one of my favorite comics has triumphantly returned. Commander Kitty is back with a reboot, but I’ll safely assume the new version still follows the intergalactic hijinks of several faulty felines and one ferret.

If you missed it the first time, you’re in for a treat. CK’s got a good, cartoony vibe you don’t see in too many comics. New updates go live on Sundays, so swing on by. Commander’s orders.

Sketchblog: Scroogletor

Blog: December 30th, 2008

xmas_2_and_1_skelescroogeOkay, maybe it took longer than 25 days, but here it is, the ending to the Holiday sketchblog!

That said, I really wasn’t planing to build up to a big spectacular ending on the blog. The original plan was to align each post with what special was airing on TV at the time. Still, people wanted to know what would end up as #1.

On one hand, the top slot should perhaps go to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Like the Nostalgia Critic says, it doesn’t matter which version, they’re all good. Whether it’s Mister Magoo, or the Muppets, or Bill Murray, or Captain Picard, it’s required viewing to catch one version during the holidays.

On the other hand, this is not a top 25 list. Last thing I want to do is be taken seriously, so here’s Skeletor from the He-Man She-Ra Christmas Spectacular. We had a bunch of people over last week to watch retro holiday specials, and this one came up. Not being much of a He-Man fan (almost-but-not-quite my generation) it was hilarious to watch for the first time ever. They make no effort to disguise the fact it’s a 60 minute commercial for He-Man toys, even going so far as to bash their direct toy competitors, the Transformers. And yet, this is the decade I grew up with on Saturday mornings… can’t help but love it.

So here we have a timeless classic of literature, and an animated piece of 80s pop-culture cheese. If that doesn’t sum up this holiday sketchblog, I dunno what does. I’ll leave you to decide which one of the two gets the #1 slot.

Sketchblog: Jack Frost

Blog: December 25th, 2008

xmas_3_jackfrostOkay Rankin, okay Bass, you gotta explain this to me. Is Jack Frost a good guy or a bad guy? In one special he’s trying to melt Frosty and his snow-wife, but in another he’s saving the village from the evil Cossack Kubla Kraus.

Drat, that’s the one who I should have drawn! The bad guy with the little robot/puppet sidekick. Oh well, missed the mark on that one.

Sketchblog: The Polar Express

Blog: December 25th, 2008

xmas_4_polarI feel like there needs to be an award higher than Caldecott for Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express. The book is a Classic with a captial C; probably the only Christmas tale made within the last 20 years that can make such a claim.

Yes, this sketch is from the movie version. I’m on the fence with it, honestly. Some people really, really detest the movie for the uncanny valley children or for stretching the simple story into a 90 minute thrill ride. I thought it was just okay. The impact of the ending still holds up, and there’s some really beautiful scenes that feel like they’re right outta the book.

Although Mandark’s voice does get on the nerves after a while.

Sketchblog: Pee Wee’s Playhouse

Blog: December 25th, 2008

xmas_5_peeweeYup, they had a Christmas special, too. And it was so crazy I swore I imagined the whole thing. Everyone from Oprah to Annette Funicello to Charo was on the show, making for one surreal piece of holiday nostalgia. Definitely worth seeking out on YouTube.

Pee Wee was a great show to grow up with on Saturday Mornings. A kid simply could not be bored with the show. If the action ever started to drag on in the foreground, there was so much going on in the background of every shot that the whole show was like a big “hidden pictures” game. Hey look back there, the floor has eyes and a mouth!

Sketchblog: Harry and Marv

Blog: December 23rd, 2008

xmas_6_harryandmarvFor my generation, Home Alone was our It’s a Wonderful Life.

You could not escape this movie when it came out. Macaulay Culkin’s face was plastered everywhere, from lunch boxes to Nintendo games to Pogs, you name it. Every kids movie from that point forward was a desperate attempt to ape Home Alone’s formula, mostly with disastrous results.

I watched it again for the first time in years, half expecting it to be America’s Funniest Home Videos: The Movie. But there’s some solid comedy in there: Kevin’s checkout aisle banter, the yuppie McCallisters’ antics, and John Candy’s cameo still crack me up.

Then again, I laugh every time that tarantula gets placed on Marv’s face. Keep da change, ya filthy animal.