Entries for May 2013

May 31, 2013

More From The Idea Dump Pile

[This post is part of an idea dump.]

Here are more ideas on my list of blog posts I won’t get around to writing:

• A house on stilts that resembles an AT-AT

• isthisasingleservingsite.com

• Arnold Schwarzenegger doing a British accent. This is just something that I want to hear. Unfortunately I have no access to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Has he ever done one in any of his movies?

• A video game where the player’s perspective is from beneath an invisible floor, looking up. That’s as far as I got. I’m not sure how this would factor into the game mechanics. What kind of game would use this perspective? Maybe you’re a janitor and you have to scrape gum off the bottom of desks?

• Gwhack-a-mole. It’s a wackamole game but instead of plastic moles popping up that you hit with a mallet, they’re avocados. And as you whack them, they get mashed up. And when you’re done, you have guacamole. Just add cilantro, onions, salt, lime juice, and some diced tomatoes.

• An internet cafe with a meme-themed menu like:
      • A sandwich on a Rickroll
      • A side of Godwin Slaw
      • Peanut Butter Jelly Time Sandwich
      • Chocolate Rain Sundae
      • 2 Sodas 1 Cup
      • Diet Coke and Mentos

More next time…

May 3, 2013

I wrote it, you made it: Cartoons I Didn’t Draw

A couple months ago, I posted some ideas for cartoons I wanted to draw but didn’t, for lack of time or (more likely) talent.

Since the internet is an amazing place, I received some absolutely fantastic responses from people who made my cartoon ideas real. And some of these people are actual working illustrators whose work you may have seen elsewhere. I’m humbled.

First, Sean Chen, who drew Iron Man for several years along with dozens of other Marvel titles, sent me this:

Awesome. I couldn’t believe how much work he did to illustrate something I just typed on my computer. This must be how Brian Michael Bendis feels.

Sean thought it would be fun to see how some of his fellow artists would take on the same concept as a creative challenge, so he passed it around. So next I got this take from Bernard Chang, who currently draws Green Lantern Corps and has a long history with DC comics:

The gator’s face in the rear view mirror is subtle. Click the image to see it big.

So awesome.

The next one comes from Gregg Schigiel, who both writes and draws for companies including DC, Marvel, Nick, Disney, Comedy Central, etc., and who notes that he wishes he spent more than 15 minutes on it:

Completely unrelated to Sean’s challenge to his artist friends, I got another take on the same idea from Ben Reinhardt:

Even though I listed 10 different comic ideas, all the above artists took on the same one. I only got one submission from anyone who tried one of the other ideas. This came from someone named Sam Saper:

Those are all awesome, and I’m totally humbled that such great talent went into making my silly ideas into art. I could never have drawn as well as any of the above people. If anyone wants to try their own hand at the “gator” comic or any of the others I couldn’t draw, feel free to send them and I’ll do a followup Part II.

Idea: A Natural History T-Shirt

I saw this drawing the other day on an informational sign about ungulates at the American Museum of Natural History. They should really put this on t-shirts to sell in the gift shop.