Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Strange dude

I have no idea who this guy is... he just came out of my pencil and on to the paper.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

19 Spings Into Action!

Tux continued:
Although not capable of actual flight, #19 can make amazing leaps with the aid of his wings. #19 follows Jackmike's lead... when Maelstrom's skiffs get low enough, #19 springs at one, knocking the occupants off. The skiff comes to rest near Tux and she boards it and lends a hand to Jack. The other skiffs are quickly defeated and the crew return to the farmers to hand back their skiff and gun. At this point, Maelstrom communicates to the crew and the farmers that he is tired of this chase.... all must give themselves up or his ship's weapons will fire upon them.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Jackmike Moves into Action!


Tux continued:
The shadow of Maelstrom's ship swallows up Tux's crew and the farmers alike. The farmers are so distracted by the sight that Jackmike cannot pass up the opportunity to take charge of the situation. He leaps aboard the farmer's skiff, nabs their gun and shoves them off all in one deft move. Other skiff's pour out of Maelstrom's ship and Tux encourages the crew to climb about the commandeered hovercraft and hightail it from the huge threat. Jackmike mutters under his breath that he's tired of running and moves the skiff to intercept Maelstrom's men.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Herculoids: An Appreciation


So over on the TAG blog there has been some discussion about old Saturday morning cartoons that are available for watching on YouTube. I have a personal favorite... the Herculoids. It was a Hanna Barbara cartoon set on a far-flung planet with a small nuclear family and monstrous friends/pets with super powers. They would fight of invaders to the planet as well as the hostile locals.

These cartoons were pretty short on story and long on action. Chuck Jones had once called TV cartoons "illustrated radio" because the characters would always say what they were doing rather than use complicated and costly animation to tell the story. However, by this point HB had gotten pretty good at making due with very limited resources. The quality of the drawing varies wildly from shot to shot, but they have fairly complex action “gags” that are easy to follow and fun to watch.

The Herculoids also benefit from having Alex Toth for a character designer and veterans like Homer Jonas working on the backgrounds. The inventive sound FX, voice acting and music round out the package.

Watching these as I did last night I noticed a few things. One is that this is a super team, just like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Because most of the characters are “animals” of a sort, they writers can by-pass all of the time consuming character development (such as it was and is in the TV cartoon world) and focus on the action. The human characters filled their stereotypes: Mother, Father, and Son. This also streamlined the story telling. There may be some sort of back story as to why these folks are on this planet living the way they do, but it doesn’t matter… it’s all about the action.

The other thing I noticed upon reflection is that my story Tux is clearly influenced by these cartoons that I watched during my formative years. As with the Herculoids, Tux is about a super team of a sort, with animal-ish characters fighting exotic enemies. I never made the connection until last night.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tux continued:
The vehicle arrives. Tux and her crew are soon met by members of the family who own the planet. Assuming that Tux is a poacher, they begin to question her about her reasons for their being on their planet. Tux explains that they are not there to steal crops but to begin and archeological dig. She also informs them that her crew would be happy to share what ever they find in the dig with the farming family. The 2 farmers don't seem to be swayed by the Tux's explanation for being there. The are about to load the whole crew on to their skiff to take them to their local base when Tux points out to them that they may want to take a look at what's coming from the sky behind them. They do, and don't care much for the sight...

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Tux continued:
Tux and her crew have made it safely to the surface but they still have a long walk to where the map indicates the Stirsman ship is located (and where the Toad crashed). As they trudge through the algae farm that covers the planet, they see a vehicle in the distance. At first it looks to be headed for the crater that the Toad made, but then abruptly turns... and heads straight for Tux and the ex-slaves!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy Landings?

Tux Continued:
And then the Gossamer Toad Dies! And so too will it's crew if they don't get to the surface soon. The space packs on their backs are made for simple space navigation and not for landing from high altitudes. Jack, being the heaviest of the crew, runs out of fuel the quickest, but Ptol's pack has some to spare, so they all make it to the surface of the planet in one piece.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Guest Artist


So my son Tommy has done a drawing for us... He says it's "to Mommy!"

Sunday, January 14, 2007

If you can't stand the heat...

With the asteroid shield gone, the Toad starts to superheat... but Tux's crew is prepared. The are already suited up and escape the ship as it heads toward the planet surface and it's final landing. Tux looks back and sheds a tear for the little ship that that was her home.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Readers Digest



Because of overwhelming demand (both of the people who look at this site asked for it!), I am going to give little bits of the Tux story in a format that I can sort of keep up with. This won't be a daily thing, but just something that I will do as I have time and the inclination.

So, when we last saw our heroes, they had made a hole in an asteroid for a mysterious purpose. That purpose was to make an ablative shield for the Toad so that they could safely enter the planet's atmosphere. But as they enter the atmosphere, cracks form in the asteroid and it breaks apart!

Stay tuned for what happens next!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Terasaur?


I'm not sure what this is, but it's kinda fun.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Head


Nothin' special... just a sketch.

Monday, January 08, 2007

I'm back!




Crunch is done, the holidays are done and I'm back here to post things... I just don't know what I'm going to post. I do know that I have no hope of posting on a daily basis, and that I don't think I have the energy reserves to produce an on-going strip.

Instead, I'm going to just post drawings that come to mind... at least for the time being. Today's post is the invitation I made for my Daughter's sleep over party.