Over the past 12 years or so, it’s been a hobby of mine to work my way through (no fast forwarding!) every single animated/puppet/talking dog holiday special ever produced. I’m sure all this knowledge will become useful to some alien visitors someday. Till then, I figured I’d share the weirdest things I discovered this year (so far).
Cosmic Christmas (1977, cell animated)
A human boy & his pet goose escort three aliens through a rough urban sprawl, to help them better understanding the concept of Christmas. I really love the 70s style, hand-drawn animation produced by Nelvana. And the alien designs are pretty cool! This one is definitely weird, but has enough charm and quality that I actually recommend it with full sincerity.
The Monsters Christmas (1981, live action)
A young girl in New Zealand who is well studied in monster lore, infiltrates a witch’s cave to recover the lost voices of three monsters so they can sing a rendition of Silent Night. The pace is too slow to recommend watching it start to finish (though I certainly did!), but maybe skip around? Because there are some really neat things within: the friendly monster costumes are amazing in a Sid & Marty Kroft meets Power Rangers way, the New Zealand setting is pre-LOTR epic, and the golem-style creature (called a Nasty) will give you nightmares. Plus, the child actor looks like she honestly believes she is hanging out with monsters for real. Did I mention the witch likes to Jazzercize?
The Tiny Tree (1975, cell animated)
Directed by legendary animator Friz Freleng. A little girl in a wheelchair falls in love with an anthropomorphic pine tree. Seriously. There’s also a lot of drama surrounding a vegetarian hawk and the local forest creatures, accompanied by super sincere songs.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree (1995, live action w/puppets)
Directed by Sesame Street’s Jon Stone. Featuring a performance by Robert Downey, Jr that is bizarre in a way that’s really hard to describe. Leslie Nielsen plays his butler and Kermit the Frog serves as narrator. As a huge Muppets fan, I was at first in awe that I had somehow never seen or heard of this special before. But sadly, despite all the great people involved, it’s mostly boring and too repetitive to recommend except as a curiosity piece.
Comics Are Great continues their tradition for the end of the year Holiday gift giving episode: Comics for The Holidays! I join Jerzy Drozd, Anne Drozd & Raina Telgemeier to help recommend all sorts of books for every type of person on your list! Why not share the love of comics this Christmas?
I’ve also been an active part of the Saturday Supercast, a podcast dedicated to enthusing about our love of cartoons.
Episode 40: The American Rabbit
Episode 41: Big Hero 6
Episode 42: Over the Garden Wall
For a limited time I’ll be selling Astronaut Academy t-shirts online!
Printed on a heather gray, super light, ultra soft American Apparel 50/50 blend, this will be your most comfortable shirt to wear! It features space hero, Hakata Soy being powered up by a book!
Available sizes: Unisex Extra Small, Unisex Small, Unisex Medium, Unisex Large, Unisex Extra Large; Ladies Small, Ladies Medium, Ladies Large.
$23 (includes shipping)
Order before Dec 15th to insure we can get it out to you before Christmas.
T-shirt Order Page
Jerzy Drozd & I collaborated on an action-packed comic called “Summer Spectacular” that appears in HELLO 40: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to Hello Kitty. This hardcover book is filled with forty gorgeously illustrated stories featuring one of the world’s biggest icons. Jerzy went above and beyond in taking my silly ideas (like having Hello Kitty battle a robot shark, and outwit bandits in a tricked-out super car) to high octane extremes!
I’ll be returning to the Miami Book Fair in November! Here’s where to find me:
Graphic Novel Space Adventures!
Saturday, Nov 22nd 1 – 2pm
Storytorium Stage (in Children’s Alley)- with Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl). Discussing science fiction in graphic novels for kids & teens + live drawing! Followed by book signing and demonstration of wormhole travel.
Dixon Place presents
CAROUSEL for KIDS!
Cartoon Slide Shows and other projected pictures
Hosted by R. Sikoryak and Neil Numberman
Featuring: Jon Chad, Charise Mericle Harper, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, & Alexis Frederick-Frost.
Stories, gags, & live drawing! For kids of all ages.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at 2 pm
Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYCTickets: $8 kids, $12 (advance), $15 (at the door), $10 (students/seniors)
Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org (212) 219-0736
When I was a student at SVA, my favorite place to see shows was Irving Plaza. So getting to see a former classmate perform there was a once in a lifetime thrill. I couldn’t be more stoked about the awesome music, comics and art Gerard Way continues to put out. I was floored that he gave me & Raina a shout out in the middle of his show. Just further proof of what a sincere and thoughtful person Gerard still is after all these years. #letsmakeawesomestuff
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I had a lot of fun decorating the windows for Halloween this year.
Ready for the trick or treat brigade!
Raina and I had a great time at the Sheboygan Book Festival!
Participated in drawing jams.
Signed lots of books for cool people.
Hung out with amazing authors like Jesse Klausmeier and Laura Purdie Salas!
Explored the beautiful Bookworm Gardens, a must see destination for all kidlit fans!