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Archive for December 2010

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Christmas Knick-Knacks

The Blue Moon Crew got a late start decorating for Christmas this year, but it was fun to put stuff up quickly and just pick out and put out our favorites. Some are old, passed down from earlier generations, others hand-made, some added to the collection over the years.

In the center, the odd curly-cue Christmas Tree Lady is an addition from about a decade back, and is actually a Christmas card holder. In front is figurine Laura made last Christmas, a slug or frog holding a Bedbug, and a white frog figurine I snagged in the early-'80s. On either side are NO-EL cherub/elf candle holders. These were my Grammy's, passed on to me by my godmother, Aunt Sheri. I remember seeing these on her shelf when I was 4-5 years old. I wonder how old they are?

Both ornaments here are also very old, the little elf another of my Grammy's. The round white ornament has shown its age for a long time now, but is nice and glowy if you get a bulb right behind/next to it.

My mom gave me the sled on year, maybe '85, and had them paint "Rosebud" on it - very thoughtful, since I'm such a fan of Citizen Kane. The classic Mickey Mouse is beautifully sculpted and one of the faves of all in the house. Just to the left you can catch a glimpse of Beanish from Larry Marder's Beanworld, made with Sculpy for her sis by Laura.

Another view of the first group, including a newer angel who moves about the house, year to year.

All these and many more always bring a smile to my face each Christmas as we're decorating, and some bring a tear...not that that's too hard with me. No doubt you have your favorites that hold great emotional and sentimental value, bringing to mind childhood Christmases or those loved ones no longer with us. And someday I'll pass these on to my kids, who'll string a tree with kids of their own, perhaps. I hope I'm there to see that.

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Christmas Bunny

A hand-drawn gift from Laura for her sister, Emily. Look carefully.

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'Buggy Li'l Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Bedbugs!

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Blue Moon Girls - Christmas Drawings

As I posted earlier, my daughters got me sketching away for Christmas, and did many of their own, some for fun, and some as gifts for friends. Cute, weird, fun stuff from my (not-so-little-anymore) artists.

I love the nice, simple, supple line and subtle color on Laura's polar bear. The lifted head and pointed toe make this one special.

Cute li'l elves by Laura, one with a touch of anime style.

A dorky elf and waggy dog - a couple Christmas drawings by Laura for friends.

Christmas Fish & Penguin: these two crack me up! Laura has an indy cartoonist streak in her.

Emily gets in on the act with her own Christmas Penguin.

Her pet rat, Patches is obviously still in Laura's heart.

Merry Christmas, Every One!

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Christmas Sketches, 2010

My girls dragged me to the dining room table during the last week to draw Christmas stuff, and whaddaya know, I had a blast! What fun it is to just sit down and draw, just cuz. That last was certainly brought about by our li'l recent visitors. I'll ink and color these up for next year.

Merry Christmas!

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TothPix: Christmas Gift & Wrapping

Here's a li'l Toth Christmas present for y'all, a perty piece he did called The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Nice, eh? Even with all the clutter, the illustration is still clear and concise. All the detail of the background, in the book and in the foreground serve as ornamentation. Along with the tone, it all tends to grey out, the figure, lamp and hat forming a triangle and all the attention. Those spot colors add some interest. Looks like Toth used a white colored or grease pencil to achieve the glow effect from the lamp.

Love this! Merry Christmas from Alex!

And if you're unsure how to wrap your gifts this year, perhaps you'll follow the advice from the Toth 'toon (taken from an illustrated postcard he sent a fan):

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Li'l Santa

Thanks to U.S. publishers NBM and First Second Books, this last year I've been discovering some fantastic French cartoonists like Christophe Blain (Gus & His Gang), Fabrice Parme, and writer Lewis Trondheim. The latter two did the fabulous and funny Tiny Tyrant, about which I'll write more another time. I just finished reading my Christmas recommendation for this season, Li'l Santa, for which Trondheim teamed with artist Thierry Robin. Trondheim finds new situations and comedy in this tale of Santa, told entirely in pictures, thus:

Great cartooning, funny visual gags, and this is just the tip of the iceberg in a book that also features Santa's penguin, Feathah, The springy, bouncy Tigger-like elves, The Impies, The Snowmailmen, The scary Snow Dragon and Abominable the Snowman. These two also did a sequel, also well worth picking up, both available through our Blue Moon amazon store.

Click away for more recommendations, illustrations, memories and reviews from Christmases past.

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TothPix: Three Volumes

Today's Toth post is made easy for me by Heidi MacDonald, so all I have to do is link. On her blog, The Beat, she shares as many details as we now have that the forthcoming book on Toth, Genius Isolated will be expanded to three volumes! Click the links or image for more info.

How come I feel like it's already Christmas?!