Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A Sugar and Spike Halloween, Night 1: Don't forget to check your candy for spikes

BWAHHHHHHH! (In my spooky vampire voice.) It's once again time for that orangy-and-blackiest holiday of them all, Halloween! Which is coming up in only thirty-one short, chilly fall nights, so you'd better stock up on candy to hand out now. I really mean it. Do not run out of Halloween candy! This month, all month, you should be checking my humble little puppet-town cow-blog for titanic tales of those terrifying tots, those beastly babbling babies, the carrot- and tow-headed kids of komedy, of whom it has been said, and well-said: bplsfhh! That's right: it's time for the pair that's a precious as a pumpkin but in more mischief than a monstrous mummy: it's A Sugar and Spike Halloween! And, as in pervious spine-tingling Octobers, I'm once again part of the Countdown to Halloween web ring of Halloweeny horror! Because, y'knowm two kids, not toilet trained yet...horrific! Be sure to visit the other members of Countdown to Halloween for lots of other fun stuff leading up to our scariest day, because I'm pretty sure you'll find witches, goblins, ghouls, vampires, and a Frankenstein or two in there.

So, in the words of Bernie the Brain: let us commence our celebration of A Sugar and Spike Halloween!

Splash panel from "Sugar and Spike Tackle Halloween" in Sugar and Spike #31 (October-November 1960); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paper Doll Month, Day 30: They're the cross-dressing Stone Age family

Yes, what once started out as a cute and charming toy for little girls to cut out and play with, has eventually produced this: Gender-Swapped Flintstones Paper Dolls.

"Fred and Barney Paper Dolls" from The Flintstones and the Jetsons #4 (DC, November 1997), pencils by Glen Hanson (?)

Yep, it's from an issue where Fred and Barney wish that they could have the "easy life" Wilma and Betty do, staying home in the house day after day while they have to slave away in the rock quarry, so Harvey Korman The Great Gazoo makes it so!

Cover of The Flintstones and the Jetsons #4 (DC, November 1997); pencils, inks, and colors by Glen Hanson

But hey, what happened to Wilma and Betty, you ask?


In concluding this Paper Doll Month: I'm sorry that I wasn't able to bring you anything from Bunty, but I'm pleased that I was able to keep my promise of no Katy Keene.

A special Movin' On Up to the East Side Bull-Prize to my good pal "Marvelous" Mike Sterling for getting this altogether wacky comic into my sweaty little hooves!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Paper Doll Month, Day 29: Car-tozia Talk

Just to prove that paper doll pages are not only features from by-gone fashion and romance magazines or modern-day spoofs, here's a couple paper dolls from Cartozia Tales, the shared-world indie-comics anthology series edited by my good pal Isaac Cates!

Issue #5 of the series has just been published, featuring new work from Eleanor Davis, Shawn Cheng, Corinne Mucha, and Luke Pearson, plus a beautiful fold-out full-color adventure map by Jason Thompson! The series has been a fave of mine (you can read my gushing review of it here, not merely because of, but certainly contributing to my love of it...paper dolls!

Postcards: "Cartozia Tales Paper Figures: Reshii and Sylvia," published to accompany Cartozia Tales #2 (September 2013); art by Lucy Bellwood
(Click picture to Cartosisize)

"Cartozia Tales Paper Figures: Reshii and Sylvia" from Cartozia Tales #2 (September 2013); art by Lucy Bellwood

Rather than providing a larger format of the paper doll clothes just above here on my site, clicking on the clothes image will take you to the Cartozia Tales website where you can download a printable PDF of the outfits! And while you're there, take a look around for news, sample stories, creator bios and much more! You can order the comics right here, as well as follow Cartozia on Twitter!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Paper Doll Month, Day 28: Patsy Walker, Then and Now

"Patsy's Fashion Page" from Patsy Walker #119 (February 1965), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Sol Brodsky, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Sam Rosen

"Patsy Walker's Battlesuits" from Marvel Romance Redux: I Should Have Been a Blonde one-shot (July 2006), new script by Jeff Parker, new colors by Tom Smith, new letters by Dave Lanphear

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Today in Comics History: It is Scott Pilgrim's birthday and he is all about PWNing it

Panels from Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (February 2009); script, pencils, inks and letters by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Today in Comics History: Scott Pilgrim finally dates a girl his own age

Panels from Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (October 2007); script, pencils, inks and letters by Bryan Lee O'Malley; colors by Nathan Fairbairn

Paper Doll Month, Day 27: Wake up Maggie I think I got paper clothes to stick to you

"She's a (Paper) Doll!" from Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Maggie one-shot (October 2012); script, pencils, and inks by Sergio Aragonés, colors by Nathan Hamill
(Click picture to Homer-size)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Paper Doll Month, Day 26: In which I prove that Rob Liefeld anatomy is workable, as long as you make that his mutant power

Paper doll pages from Strong Guy Reborn one-shot (September 1997), script by Todd Dezago, pencils by Scott Cohn, inks by Harry Candelario, colors by Matt Webb, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History: Odin does not care for your Midgardian emoticons

Panel from Thor: Season One graphic novel (October 2013), script by Matthew Sturges, pencils and inks by Pepe Larraz, colors by Wil Quintana, letters by Cory Petit

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paper Doll Month, Day 25: Remember Alf? He's paper doll form!

"ALF's Dress-Up Dali" from ALF #33 (Marvel, September 1990), script by Michael Gallagher, pencils by Dave Manak, inks by Marie Severin, colors by George Roussos (?), letters by Rick Parker (?)

And nope...Marvel never published any reader submissions for ALF's fashions in the comic book, which was cancelled with issue #50. I do have to say this about Marvel: they gave ol' ALF a better saga wrap-up and story finish than NBC ever did.