My son is really into video games. And while I’m OK with him playing them, I totally don’t understand him watching other people play them.
Hence this Fast on the Draw Christmas cartoon:
I love Christmas, and I love Spider-Man. So when I saw this Spider-Man’s Christmas coloring book on eBay, I knew I had to get it and share it.
Written by Suzanne Weyn, drawn by Jim Mooney & John Tartaglione, and printed in 1984, this wonderfully weird Christmas coloring book lets you color scenes like Peter Parker walking…
Peter Parker at work…
and Peter Parker shopping.
But then things start to get interesting as Peter gets his foot stepped on…
gets knocked down by an old lady…
and gets the holiday blues.
OK, we’re already 10 pages in, not much has happened, and we’ve ignored the fact that Peter’s Spidey-Sense would have totally negated the toe stomp and the cab grab, but don’t worry – Aunt May to the rescue!
And things start to heat up. Or do they?
Turns out that landlord is also conveniently Spider-Man’s arch enemy!
Now, 14 pages into this 32-page coloring book we finally get some Spider-Man.
I don’t want to ruin the rest of the story for you, but it includes Aunt May apparently sprinting and beating Spider-Man to the Green Goblin’s apartment…
an army of Goblin elf robots…
and Spider-Man giving the Goblin the ol’ Gwen Stacy treatment.
Wanna see how it ends? Feel free to download a free PDF of the entire Spider-Man’s Christmas coloring book and get coloring!
Christmas is just a few days away now, so here’s a sampling of some of my favorite Andertoons Christmas cartoons and blogs to help you pass the time while you’re waiting for Santa. Enjoy!
Peruse these fantastic holiday cards from 1951 over at Flickr. Heck, you could probably even print ‘em out!
Or, if you’re just looking for a good laugh, enjoy some Andertoons Christmas cartoons.
Whatever you do, have a happy holiday!
The holidays are fast approaching, and this year I thought I’d show you how to draw your very own cartoon reindeer!
When you’re finished, feel free to tweet, pin, email or otherwise share a pic of your reindeer with me and I’ll post it over at Pinterest! And if you’d like to grab the tutorial to post on your own blog or website, you’re more than welcome to. (A link back would be appreciated.) Enjoy:
Easy, right? You should try out my other how-to-draw tutorials too! Here’s just a few:
Feel free to check out my Christmas cartoons too!
Christmas is coming up quick, so I thought I’d share this year’s batch of Christmas cartoons. Grab some cocoa and enjoy:
I don’t know a lot about Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, so I’m a little uncomfortable writing cartoons for them. For that matter I also avoid the religious aspects of Christmas, preferring to stick mostly to Santa, etc… But every year I do try to offer at least one winter-themed cartoon to round things out a bit more, and I’m really happy with this one.
I worried that it might be a bit subtle, so I gave the Dad snowman four buttons instead of three to drive the point home. Seriously, this is something I think about.
This is one of those Christmas cartoons that needed a little help. The joke was always there, but when I was shading I noticed that I’d drawn the leg the boy is sitting one much smaller than the other. Honestly, Santa looked like a pirate or maybe something out of an old Twilight Zone episode. (The boy gets his wish but is then horribly and ironically disfigured!) Anyway, it was Photoshop to the rescue and Christmas was saved!
This one took the most most effort of this year’s batch of Christmas cartoons. Firstly, it’s a really long caption that I had a lot of trouble nailing down. So the number of words written, then rewritten, then revised, then thrown out completely and restarted was absurd. Secondly, drawing all those little Christmas tree branches and needles and lights… Ugh! And it didn’t come out right until about the third ink. Then it was on to shading which meant testing all kinds of brushes and patterns and opacities to get the tree just right. Finally I showed it all to my wife and she didn’t get it. Did! Not! Get! It! But after a few more rewrites I think it ended up pretty good. Mostly I’m just glad it’s done. (Bah! Humbug!)
When I get stuck for a caption I like to take the subject I’m working on and put it in a banal business setting to see what happens. So you put some overworked elves, that burning empty carafe smell, substitute cocoa for coffee and you’ve got yourself a cartoon!
There are a lot of more straightforward ways to write this caption:
And normally I advocate for trimming captions as much as possible, but for whatever reason this cartoon felt like it needed a longer caption.
OK, the aforementioned tree cartoon probably took the longest of this year’s Christmas cartoons to draw, but this cartoon took the most time to conceive visually. It’s a very specific caption as far as the ornament goes, so you can’t really fudge the art. I spent quite a bit of time in Google images researching DIY yarn decorations, mouse shaped ornaments, and how yarn looks close up. All in all I think it turned out well and I think it rings true.
So that’s it for this year’s batch. Looking for more? Head on over to the main site and check out the rest of my Christmas cartoons!
And here’s some other Christmas blogs you might like: