Friday, April 29, 2011

Toxic Goo Sketch

No deep meaning or political references.
Just a sketch of some creatures caught in toxic goo.
With an exhalation of Kirby Krackle thrown in for good measure.
Have a good weekend.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Marble Bust

Marble bust gathering dust
It appears to float
Like some lost ghost
Of emperor, or god
Or poet lost to time
Illustration by Jay Larsen

Coolest thing I've seen today

Ken Robinson's presentation about reforming education is beautifully enhanced with RSA Animate's incredible illustrations.
Thanks to Boing Boing for the link.
Another reason why everything should not be run like a corporation.
Divergent thinking decreases with "education".
Makes you wonder what we are "educating" people for?
Apparently to be isolated, standardized, and less creative.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kirby News Mash Up: The Ryan Budget Cometh!!!

Harry Reid is going to make Senate Republicans take a stand on the hugely unpopular Ryan Budget, you know, the one that kills Medicare and cuts taxes for the richest Americans, again!

America has the resources to take care of old and sick people, but we let our politicians dance this absurd dance every year.  And then we don't hold them accountable.  It's crazy...

Oh, yeah.  Thanks Dr McNinja.  I almost forgot.  Life is absurd!
Carry on Congress!!!!
It's News Mashed Up with Comics, some Kirby, some not (but still awesome).
Comic images from (in order of appearance) Jack Kirby, Jack Kirby, Ethan Nicolle, and Christopher Hastings
Snarkyness by Jay Larsen.

Hell is Other People, in Space

This post may or may not have any meaning or any underlying reality.
But you should still go watch Star Wars as interpreted by  French existentialist writer Jean Paul Sartre.
It is more interesting than it sounds.
As evidence of my theory, I present naked projections of my angst:

Echoes: Sometimes a Death Star is just a Death Star.
Just thought I would slip that in, Sigmund...

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Best Comic Ever Written by a 6 Year Old

I met Ethan Nicolle, who draws Axe Cop, at Stumptown.  He was drawing a bad guy with a chain saw, and we all know we need more chain saws.  Unfortunately, Malachai Nicolle, who is 6 wasn't at the show.  But these brothers are producing an insanely funny series of wild comics.
You can check out online issues and the hilarious, Ask Axe Cop, at
Ethan was nice enough to sign some books for me.

That's Ethan, the Artist, on the left, and Malachi, the author, on the right.

It would not be much of a stretch to say that ALL the Best Comics writers and artists are the ones that still let their inner 6 year old out to play on a regular basis.  The Nicolle Brothers are doing that in a more overt way, and the results are a joy to read.
It is strangely liberating to know that there do not need to be so many rules when it comes to plotting a comic.  Why shouldn't T-Rex wear sunglasses and have Gatling guns for arms?  And how do you defeat the entire US Army?  You steal them while they are asleep.

So dial up One Jillion BC on your Laser Portal Gun and jump to Axe Cop, hurry before the genius writing this stuff grows up.
Signed copy of Axe Cop #1, Bad Guy Earth, from Dark Horse Comics.
Picture of the brothers from the back of the same issue.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SOL v1e7 New Episode, Only 200 Calories

There is a new episode of Super Ordinary Living: Kosmic Koffee, or Little old Me?

Nebulus has finally found something on this ordinary planet that is worth consuming!
Click on over and have coffee with Baron von Domino and the gang
at Super Ordinary Living.
See how these former super villains are coping without their super powers.
Echoes: Pen and Ink drawing, scanned into the computer and digitally colored.
All by Jay Larsen.
If you haven't read any of my web comic: Super Ordinary Living,
Now is the perfect time to jump in and catch up.
SOL, brought to you by Qoke.  Things Go.  Better have a Qoke!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Coffee Shop Sketches

Why is Nebulus having coffee with Evelyn?
I'm sure they are up to something...
Something Super Ordinary.
Echoes: sketches by Jay Larsen
Sugar is no replacement for the power kosmic!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

And a bonus: Buck Owens

Color Him, Kids!
What color is kids?
Red, White, Blue, or Bakersfield Brown?

Ninja Monkey

A Ninja Monkey from Chipmunk Bay by Justin Parks.
Click the monkey image to embiggen it.  No, really.  Click it.  It gets bigger.
No, not there.
Be nice to your monkey.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More Stumptown Pictures

Molly Crabapple's amazing mural (she kept tweeting the whole time she was drawing.)

The handstamp that got you in and out of the gate.
Chani and Evely taking pictures.

Stumptown Comics Fest 2011: Some more random pictures.

Stumptown Memories at Comics Reporter

Comics Reporter has links to sites on the web that posted about the Stumptown Comics Fest 2011 in Portland, including yours truly.
Go check it out.

Sad News for Who Fans

According to the BBC, Doctor Who star Elisabeth Sladen, who was also in spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, has died aged 63.
Sladen appeared as Doctor Who assistant Sarah Jane Smith in the BBC television sci-fi series between 1973 and 1976, opposite Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.
The Liverpool-born actress appeared in four series from 2007 of The Sarah Jane Adventures on children's channel CBBC.
Sladen had been battling cancer for some time and leaves actor husband Brian Miller and daughter Sadie.
CBR has a nice tribute with several videos.
Sarah Jane was probably the best Companion the Doctor ever had: smart, funny and likable.
Elisabeth Sladen will be missed.
And I wonder what K-9 will do now....

SOL v1e6: New Episode at Super Ordinary Living

A new episode of Super Ordinary Living went up last Sunday, or maybe knot...
You can find out by clicking over to SOL.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Stumptown Comics Fest 2011 this Weekend

The Larsen Clan will be going to Portland this weekend for the Stumptown Comics Fest.
A show that prides itself on artist-centric and alternative comics.  You never see the big corporate comic publishers exhibiting at Stumptown.
Of course I will post some pictures and updates from the show.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kirby Breaking News Mash

It's today's breaking news, mashed up with Jack Kirby comics panels:

First Up: Barry Bonds found guilty of obstruction of justice when he lied about not taking steroids.
Big surprise there.  Or should I say, Bonds got bigger and bigger, but we were not surprised that he lied.

Second: The President vows not to let Republicans take benefits from the poor to give tax breaks to the rich.
How's that working for you, Prez?  Remind me: what was your opening bid last week? 7 billion in cuts.  What was the Republican counter offer? 33 billion.  What did you end up with? 38 billion.  Keep on ducking, cause those are some superhuman negotiating skills you got there.

Last But Not Least: Jack Kirby drew great comics.  And that's all the news that fit to smash! (Well, not really, but it's all the news I have time to smash.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Who Comes to America

It's true, Doctor Who is coming to America.  They filmed several episodes here.  And America is getting to view the episodes on the same day as British fans (a Doctor Who first).
And while the Doctor always fixes things in the end, it is true that things usually have to get pretty fouled up before he will show up in the first place.
I think America is ready...

Saturday, April 09, 2011

I know I'm kind of an odd sort

Chani, aka POE, created a really great comic verse.
She said I could post it here, because I really love it.
"I know I'm kind of an odd sort,
But one day you'll see."
Way to go POE!
You can click the image to see it bigger.

Welcome to the Raccooniverse

Yes, Raccooniverse.
Rocket Raccoon initiating some bad guys into the Raccooniverse.
and inventing a new word.
That's one raccool raccoon...

Friday, April 08, 2011

I like the little Thunder Cloud

Gotta like the little Thunder Cloud over his head.

Illustration by Dan Hipp.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I Got Nothin...

But Jack Kirby always has somethin.
Behold, Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom
Lo-Karr from Fear # 4 (July 1971), pages 1, 3, and 5. Story originally published in Journey Into Mystery # 75 (Dec 1961), Kirby/Ayers.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Market Forces and Corporate Power

Hey, there's something trickling down....
Maybe the free market is working...
Oh, that's just my own blood.
I haven't been posting about politics lately.
It's not that I don't care--I do.
I've been trying to create things instead of just complaining.
But as our government seems almost certain to shut it's self down this week,
I thought I would just throw this out there:
It is the job of our congress to govern.  To make laws and write checks.
They seem more interested in their parties than they are in their jobs.
And while the congress is arguing about which social programs to cut and how much.
No one is putting the largest budget items on the table: War.
Why don't we reduce the Pentagon budget by 10%, raise taxes on billionaires by 3% and watch the budget problems go away?
Because congress works for big companies and billionaires.  Simple.
I'm amazed the press has such trouble with the analysis.  Oh, yeah---that's because the press is owned by billionaires and the big companies, who don't want Americans to look at the basic numbers.

Oh, and Mister President.  Last time I checked, you can't declare war.
The congress is supposed to do that as well.
I don't care which party you are with, you should at least follow the basic rules.
But you didn't.
Because you work for big companies and billionaires.
It's simple.

And that's why I haven't been posting about politics lately.
It's simple.

Now if somebody had some idea of how to reclaim our government from the billionaires and big corporations, I'd be interested in that.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Non Sequitur Marketing Theatre Presents:

It Came From Injection Molding Machines!!!!! In Simulated 3-D.

SOL?  I don't that means what you think it means, tin man.
It means web comics, radioactive bonsai beast!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

New Episode of SOL, Don't Miss It!

The best web comic ever by a blogger named Jay, even if I do say so myself.

What has the reporter from The Seattle Free Weekly found?
Who is Flavio dela Toyota?
And who else from Super World has joined us in Ordinary World?

Find the answers at Super Ordinary Living.
What are you waiting for?

Friday, April 01, 2011