From the Archives: The Famous Travel Sketchbook

Yesterday, Roger Ebert posted a story in his blog which was accompanied by some selections from his own travel sketchbook. People gushed over his drawings – and they’re quite wonderful, in fact – and he said something that inspired me to comment, something that I rarely do on “celebrity” blogs. He wrote: Those are not…

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RIP Blinky the Clown

If you were a kid growing up anywhere in the Denver Metro broadcast area anytime between 1966 and 1998, you already know who that is in the picture up above. Russell Scott, aka Blinky the Clown, was a weekday morning institution for generations of kids in Colorado. He retired from television in 1998 and spent…

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Halloweek – The Bride of Frankenstein

We’re only a week away from Halloween…so why not some Halloween-themed drawings? Do you suppose that anyone aboard the Enterprise who wears a red shirt and isn’t named Scotty or Uhura draws lots to see who has to go on the landing party with Kirk, Spock and Bones? Okay, okay, redshirt jokes are nothing new….

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“…and I was to be a ham.”

Amongst all the indelible images from To Kill a Mockingbird – both the novel and the film – for some reason, the image of Scout in her ham costume for the Maycomb County Halloween Pageant (“Maycomb County: Per astra ad aspera: A Pageant”) sticks with me very strongly. Going back and reading the scene again,…

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Pity Poor Aquaman

There was a story on NPR’s Morning Edition today about the great Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s appearance in the current issue of Action Comics in which he helps Superman locate Krypton. Dr. Tyson, in addition to being funny and engaging as always, takes the opportunity to get in a couple of digs at the Whipping Boy…

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Illustration Friday – “Music”

They say you never know when inspiration will strike, and boy is that true. This week’s Illustration Friday topic was “music,” and I racked my brain for a good long while today to come up with a good idea. It seemed boring to just draw a band or a musician or something like that. This…

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What Should We Do With Him?

I’ve always been kind of fascinated by Guy Fawkes Day. The English like to say that Guy Fawkes was the only person ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions and joke about whether Bonfire Night is a celebration of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot or of the excellent idea behind it. Here in America,…

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Halloweek : It’s a Good Life

Today’s Halloween-themed drawing comes from my very favorite episode of The Twilight Zone which is, naturally, the one that more than any other scared the bejeezus out of me when I saw it as an impressionable lad: Young Anthony Freemont of “It’s a Good Life,” aka “The one where the kid from ‘Lost in Space’ likes…

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Halloweek : A Still Life by Request

My wife suggested that as part of this series, I draw a piece of urban mythology. Immediately, I thought back to a conversation we’d had a few days before: In spite of all the hysteria, all the puff pieces you see on the news about the local hospital X-raying Halloween candy for free and scare…

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