If you read this blog, then you saw the recent Winsor McCay Google Doodle, but if you read it regularly, then you know I love me some Bob Ross. That said, Google Doodle went for the throat this morning with a tribute for the late/great Bob Ross who was born on this day back in 1942. We still miss you Bob, hope you’re enjoying those happy trees up there in the fluffy clouds.

 

Thanks to G-Mon for passing this along- he’s got my back- and apparently my shin considering the bruise he left on it in Krav class! Ye-OUCH!

Tapping out in Tampa!

October 17, 2012

Well, not really, but I will be there this weekend for the Tampa Bay Comic Con (October 20-21) at the Doubletree Hotel on W. Cypress Street!

Comic artists Jim Fern, Cary Nord, and Ben Templesmith will also be there, plus actors C.Martin Croker, Marilyn Ghiglotti, and the guest of honor Chandler Riggs from “The Walking Dead”.

Additionally, on  Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at 12:00 PM, I’ll be hosting a panel that the program claims will involve me babbling about “…the ins and outs of how to make it in such a competitive field… you’ll gain insight into (my) experiences, thoughts and nuggets of wisdom.” If that’s what you’re expecting it should only be about five minutes long, maybe ten if I do all of my Muppet impersonations. You guys better bring questions— and wine, that should liven things up.

Hope to see you all there!

Simply amazing.

For those who don’t know (and you should- so shame on you if you don’t) Winsor McCay is one of the most important names in the history of the American comic strip, and the field of animation. He’s best known for his cartoon short “Gertie”…

…and for his comic strip, “Little Nemo in Slumberland”.

Little Nemo may not be “PC” by our current standards, yet few can deny it is the most beautiful strip ever. It was published at a time when reproduction methods could never recreate the brilliance of McCay’s art work, but even thru the off registration of colors, and faded inks, one can still see the genius.

Nowadays there aren’t as many people who know his name, or how amazing his art was, but Google has dedicated their current “Doodle” to honor the 107th anniversary of the “Little Nemo” comic strip. Even without the animation it would be impressive, but I’m glad they took the time to put it together. To truly experience it, you need to go to Google.com and pull on the bell-ringer strip to the right. I’ve pieced together the entire sequence so you can at least get a sense of how it appears.

If you read this after they’ve pulled the “Doodle”, you can see the animation on youtube— here.

Eventually, I’m sure you’ll find it in the Doodle archive, which is fun to visit from time to time.