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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
9:06 am
New grotesque face drawing from my sketchbook

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

I love drawing these!

2014-01-14

Sunday, January 12th, 2014
10:17 am
Guest Post On “A Moment Of Cerebus”

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

I’ve written a guest post at A Moment of Cerebus, a blog dedicated to the enormously influential but also very anti-feminist comic book “Cerebus.” My post is about the artistic ends of things, not the anti-feminism.

(Note: “Cerebus” as a whole – which is over six thousand pages long! – includes some definitely adults-only material, so I don’t recommend it for kids.)

Included in the post is a page from my sketchbook in which I drew Cerebus in my character Mirka’s clothes:

cerebus_the_yeshiva_girl

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
9:47 am
How I Foiled A Criminal In The Very Midst Of His Dastardly Crime!

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

Well, not so much “foiled” as “politely greeted.”

I got home at about 11:50pm tonight; as I was walking in our front door, I ran into a man I didn’t know walking out that same door, wheeling a bike.

This is not especially unusual; my housemates have friends who I don’t know, I often don’t recognize even people I’ve met several times, and Portlanders habitually bring their bikes indoors with them (for security and for dryness) when they visit a house.

I said something like “hi there!” and he – perfectly calm and friendly – said something like “Hi. Just heading out.” I walked in, he walked out, and my housemate Charles walked in from the kitchen at that moment. I asked Charles if he knew who that guy had been, and Charles, glancing over my shoulder, recognized his own bike being wheeled away and gave chase.

I ran out after Charles, and caught up with them on the sidewalk in front of the house; Charles had grabbed one end of the bike and they were having a tug-of-war, and Charles said “no ****ing way, ********.” The guy ran away at that point, and Charles and I brought the bike back indoors. Hanging off the bike’s rack was Sydney’s backpack, and in the backpack was my housemates stuff – Kim’s laptop, Kim’s e-cig, Jakes’s Playstation, and Sydney’s headphones. (All six items – bike, pack, ecig, laptop, playstation, headphones – had been in the TV room).

We also found an open window, leading into our TV room from the alley in back of the house. We called the cops, but the guy got clean away. The police advised us to lock our windows (good idea!), and to get curtains over the windows.

Oy! Second break-in in four months. That doesn’t mean anything, statistically – it’s not especially unlikely for two robberies to occur in the same year just by random chance – but still not a happy thing.

Note to self: Next time I run into someone in my house I don’t recognize, don’t assume that they’re here legitimately.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
8:38 am
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
5:44 pm
Profile of Barry in “The Bee.”

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

An article in “The Bee,” a local Portland paper.

Foster-Powell cartoonist creates books for global readers

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

In his Foster-Powell studio, Barry Deutsch works on a page from his second book in the &quot;Hereville&quot; series.

In his Foster-Powell studio, Barry Deutsch works on a page from his second book in the “Hereville” series.

While pausing for inspiration, artist Barry Deutsch glances up, and looks out at Laurelhurst Park from inside his Foster-Powell Neighborhood studio.

An idea pops into his mind, and Deutsch goes back to work, as he stands, drawing on a Wacom Cintiq – a combination of a high-resolution computer monitor and digitizing tablet.

Although his work shows he’s a gifted artist, Deutsch says he doesn’t consider himself an artist, illustrator, or graphic designer. “I am a cartoonist,” he says.

He wanted to be a veterinarian in high school, Deutsch recalls. “But then, I took my first biology class when they had us dissect things. It turns out, the insides of a frog are really gross. Disgusting, in fact!  That was pretty much the end of my becoming a veterinarian.”

However, he’s always been a big fan of comic books, he explains. “It was natural for me to switch over to creating comics.

“I started drawing at school, and also in my free time. My teachers were okay with it. In fact, I was very lucky, in that I had a good drawing instructor in high school. I learned a lot of basic principles of drawing. Even though I skipped a bunch of my other classes so I could go to drawing class more often, things worked out okay.”

For several years, Deutsch says he worked as a wedding coordinator and assistant manager at the Old Church, downtown. “It was a fun job, actually. There were very nice people there, and it helped pay the bills while I continued working on my drawings.

“I’ve been making a full-time living at this for the last five years or so, since my work on ‘Hereville’ began.”

Hereville is a series of two illustrated hardcover comic books, explains Deutsch. “I’ve had other things in print. But, two Hereville books are in print, and I’m currently working on the third book.”

The heroine in these books is Mirka, an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl, who wants to fight monsters.

“She came about because I wanted to do something that would make a fun adventure comic; something that I would like to read. I’m kind of sick of all these ‘action comics’ about muscular 30-year-old white guys in New York City who punch each other a lot.

“And, I’m Jewish. This is a topic that enabled me to do a lot of research about Judaism. It all came together in Hereville. I don’t think anyone in the world but me would have come up with the idea to make this comic book.”

It’s similar to Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, the creators of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, he says. “What made them special wasn’t the fact that they had what some considered to be a silly idea. They saw that they could actually tell appealing stories with these characters. Perhaps Hereville will never sell that well, but it is appealing to people.”

He’s both somewhat astonished, and pleased, Deutsch smiles, that a publisher actually picked it up, then a second book – and is now waiting to publish the third in the Hereville series.

What surprises him, he adds, is that Hereville, which started out as a web comic, appeals to all ages.

“It’s no secret that I write and draw for myself,” Deutsch muses, “It wasn’t until I got an agent that I found out I have been creating a kids’ book. So it could be that I’m brilliantly creative – or, that I’m very immature!”

The modestly-priced books make a great gift for a birthday, Hanukkah, or Christmas, Deutsch suggests. They’re available at many local booksellers, or online at Amazon.com.</p>

And, to see much more of his work, visit his website: www.hereville.com

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
11:47 am
A List Of Must-Have Graphic Novels For Any School Library

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

This is by no means a comprehensive list – I haven’t read everything out there! And there are plenty I’ve read that I’m probably forgetting at the moment. But librarians ask me often enough for graphic novel recommendations that it seemed worthwhile to compile a list.

These are all graphic novels I’ve personally read and enjoyed. They all have genuinely top-notch cartooning, and I’m confident kids will enjoy them. I’ve tried to make a list that includes both “obvious” graphic novels, and lesser-known works that are nonetheless excellent and entertaining.

Some graphic novels for all ages.

  1. Bone, by Jeff Smith.
  2. Smile , by Raina Telgemeier.
  3. And also Drama, by Raina Telgemeier. Raina’s books are magic; she has a direct portal from her drawing board to the hearts of young girls everywhere. It’s uncanny.
  4. Beanworld, by Larry Marder.
  5. American Born Chinese by Gene Lee Yang
  6. Inuyasha, by Rumiko Takahashi.
  7. Castle Waiting, by Linda Medley. I love both Castle Waiting books; fantasy that emphasizes friendship and humor rather than danger and daring, and somehow is fascinating rather than cloying. Plus, no one draws castle architecture better than Linda Medley.
  8. Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon Hale and Nathan Hale.
  9. Courtney Crumrin, for those kids who like stories that are gently macabre.
  10. Jellaby, by Kean Soo. Out of print, as is the sequel, but available secondhand and worth it; sweet and unique.
  11. Meanwhile, by Jason Shiga. A completely fresh take on the choose-your-own-adventure genre.
  12. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, by Nathan Hale.
  13. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  14. A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, amazingly well adapted by Hope Larson from Madeleine L’Engle’s novel. I’m not generally favorably inclined towards adaptations, but this one is an exception.
  15. Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma.
  16. Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke.
  17. Friends with Boys, by Faith Erin Hicks.
  18. Babymouse, by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm. (Okay, this one isn’t “all-ages,” it’s for little kids.)
  19. Amy Unbounded, by Rachel Hartman.This is a “hidden gem,” long out of print and available only used. A fantasy comic full of accurate details about the daily life of a bright ten-year-old girl in the middle ages.
  20. The Baby-Sitters Club, by Ann M Martin and Raina Telgemeier. I normally tend to recommend more “indy” titles, but the charm and excellent cartooning in these three books is irresistible.

Superhero Graphic Novels. Gotta have a few of ‘em, I guess. Other than Superhero Girl, these are for older kids rather than all-ages.

  1. The Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks. More of a parody of superheros than a standard superhero book, this one can be enjoyed by both superhero fans and superhero skeptics, and contains no grimness and next to no violence.
  2. Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection, by Scott McCloud. This is my favorite superhero comic. It is optimistic rather than grim, and although it has moments of intense adventure it’s not especially violent. A teen coming-of-age novel in superhero form, the hero’s girlfriend Jenny is at least as much the protagonist as Zot himself is. There’s an earlier color Zot! book, which I also like, but the black-and-white book is better and can be read on its own.
  3. Runaways, by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Joss Whedon and Michael Ryan. Fun superhero action with a diverse cast of main characters. Like most superhero comics, Runaways can get rather grim and violent; there are betrayals and some characters die. I only recommend the first eight volumes, after that the quality plummets.
  4. Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. THE classic of the superhero genre, much better than the movie of the same name. WARNING: Extreme grimness and violence, and some sexual scenes depicted non-explicitly, including one panel depicting a rape.
  5. Batman, Year One, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. If you’re going to stock just one Batman graphic novel, this is the one. Christopher Nolan clearly kept this book by his bedside while he was making “Batman Begins,” but the version on paper is much better. Grim and violent, however.

Graphic Novels For Older Kids – books with death, tougher themes, etc.. Some of these may be fine for mature middle-school readers, but given how much standards vary, librarians and teachers should read these before recommending them for pre-high-school readers.

  1. Incognegro, by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece.
  2. Maus, by Art Spiegleman.
  3. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi.
  4. I Kill Giants, by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Nimura. (Might be okay for middle school kids, too. I need to reread it to see. But it has some tough themes about bullying and trauma, so I’m putting it here for now).
  5. Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol. WARNING: The main character – who is wonderfully written – smokes and swears. (Although I think she quits smoking by the end of the book).
  6. Aya, by Marguerite Abouet. As well as being a gorgeous comic book, this is the one of the best portraits of daily life in Africa (specifically, the Ivory Coast) you’ll ever read.  Again, might be okay for middle schoolers, but I’d have to reread to be sure.
  7. The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot. Excellent graphic novel about a girl recovering from sexual abuse.
  8. Ivy, by Sarah Oleksyk. A realistic coming-of-age novel about a young girl and wannabe artist, nearing high school graduation and exploring her options. This book contains R-rated nudity, sex, drug use, and swearing, so may not be for every library, despite its high quality.
  9. Paul Joins the Scouts by Michel Rabagliati. Gorgeous, mostly-autobiographical story about being a young Quebecker boy joining the Scouts in the early 1970s. (On this list rather than the all-ages list because it includes brief nudity and character death.)
  10. Troop 142, by Mike Dawson. Another scouting sleepaway camp graphic novel, notable for its very realistic dialog and depiction of the (sometimes ugly) social dynamics among both the teens and adults at camp. A terrific book, but not for folks looking for the sugarcoated version of camp.
  11. Blankets, by Craig Thompson. Maybe the best coming-of-age romance graphic novel ever. (Includes sexuality, swearing, and I think some nudity.)
  12. Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud. An entertaining comic book textbook about the medium of comic books, this won’t appeal to all kids, but the intellectual nerdy comic book fan types may dig it.
  13. Making Comics, by Scott McCloud. This is the number-one book I recommend to high schoolers who are beginning to get serious about making their own comics.

Some All-Age Classics

  1. Pogo, by Walt Kelly
  2. Peanuts, by Charles Schulz
  3. Uncle Scrooge, by Carl Barks
  4. Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
  5. The Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackham’s Treasure ) and…
  6. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, both by Hergé. Normally I don’t recommend particular books within a series, but if you get only 2 Tintin books, get these two (which form a single two-part story). They’re both an example of Hergé’s cartooning at its best, and also an example of a Hergé book without any offensive racial stereotypes to worry about. (Although one character is an alcoholic.)
  7. Moomin, by Tove Jansson.

And hey, while you’re at it, please consider picking up a copy of Hereville. :-p

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
1:07 am
I will be appearing at Puyallup Mini-Con This Saturday!

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

It’s a free event! And I’m doing a presentation of my own at 3pm. Please come say hi if you’re in the area.


Monday, September 2nd, 2013
3:05 am
Sketch: Mirka and Layele dancing

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

Layele is one of Mirka’s sisters, and is about 6 years old. She really didn’t appear much in books 1 or 2, but is a major character in book 3.

One thing I’m trying to do is make a different sibling the “primary sidekick” in each Hereville book. So in book 1 the “primary” sibling character was Zindel, although Gittel and Rochel got some nice screen time too. In book 2 the “primary” sidekick was Rochel, and Zindel was present as well, but poor Gittel barely appeared. In book three, Layele will be the primary sidekick. I have an idea for a plotline in which Gittel is the primary sidekick – which would be interesting, since Gittel is older than Mirka and would try to assert authority over her – but that would be for a future book.

mirka-and-layele

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
8:27 am
Sketchbook: “Starface”

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

2013-08-22

My newest sketchbook page, “Starface.”

I saw the “field of faces background” in another cartoonist’s drawing on Facebook and thought “I am definitely swiping that idea,” but now I can’t find the other cartoonist to credit her. Sorry, whoever you are.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013
11:57 pm
Sketchbook page with a grumpy tongue

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

2013-08-08

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
6:23 pm
A fish from my sketchbook

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

2013-08-01

Monday, July 29th, 2013
3:37 pm
Sketchbook scan

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

2013-07-13

Friday, July 26th, 2013
12:40 am
Deleted Scene With Mirka and her Mame from Hereville Book 3

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

Here’s a scene that I ended up 90% rewriting, between a very small Mirka, years ago, and her Mom. I like this scene, but what I replaced it with fits better into the larger story.

These are what I call my “stick figure layouts,” where I don’t do any actual drawing, but I figure out the final script and the layout.

001-rejected

002-rejected

Friday, July 12th, 2013
3:46 pm
Steven Bergson Interviews Me About Hereville 2

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

superman-rocket-origin

It’s always fun being interviewed by Steven Bergson of Jewish Comics Blog, because he’s so prepared and knowledgeable. Here’s the first few questions from the interview he just posted:

Jewish Comics Blog : How has your life changed since wining the Sydney Taylor Book Award and having its sequel recognized as an SBTA Honor Book?

JCB : In my last interview with you, you told us to expect a wedding in the 2nd book. Yet, that wedding never materialized. Why did you change your mind and will we be seeing a wedding in a future Hereville book?

JCB : It has already been speculated by comix scholars that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster may have been alluding to the Kindertransport when they had Superman‘s parents send him away from a world on the verge of destruction to the safe haven of Earth. This was mentioned in Harry Brod’s recent book Superman Is Jewish? In Hereville 2, you cleverly made a parallel between Mirka’s great-great-bubba’s journey from the Old Country to the New Country (presumably because of antisemitism, though that’s never mentioned) and the separation of the meteorite from her meteor sisters. Were you inspired at all by the Superman origin story?

To read my answers to these and Steven’s other questions, head on over to the Jewish Comics Blog.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
8:27 pm
“AJL Reviews” on Hereville: How Mirka Met A Meteorite

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

The latest issue of “AJL Reviews,” published by the Association of Jewish Libraries, includes a review of the second Hereville book! Here’s their concluding paragraph:

Fans of Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, will not be disappointed in the latest installment. Deutsch’s illustrations are as quirky and engaging as Mirka herself. The artwork, done primarily in shades of green and orange, is fresh and visually stunning with a unique panel layout on each page. Like the first novel, Yiddish is sprinkled throughout the text and Jewish rituals are observed from an Orthodox point of view. Shabbat is lovingly portrayed as a sacred and spiritual time. Hereville is a unique setting for a fantasy, but it’s clear that it faces the same challenges as all communities when bullies threaten Mirka. Readers of all levels of observance will connect to the story, and its elements of fantasy will appeal to girls and boys. The powerful theme of accepting yourself as you are makes this book a winning choice for all libraries. Strongly recommended.

Thank you to Aimee Lurie, who wrote that review (and I’ve met her in person and she’s totally nice, too!).

Saturday, June 29th, 2013
6:21 am
Just Saw “Rear Window” For The First Time

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

Just saw “Rear Window” for the first time. What a stunning, amazing movie!

Actually – hard as this is to believe – as of a few days ago I had never seen any of Hitchcock’s movies. Now I’ve seen “A Shadow of a Doubt,” which was wonderful (and surprisingly feminist in some ways), and “The Lady Vanishes,” which didn’t do as much for me.

But “Rear Window” was so perfect that I have a hard time imagining any of his other movies will match it, for me. As well as being incredibly cleverly written, it has a lot of elements that I’ve always found appealing: Storytelling constructed around a severe technical limitation (in this case, that nearly all of the story is told using shot angles that Jimmy Stewart’s character could see from his window), a claustrophobic setup, the close urban neighborhood, and the comic-strip like storytelling of the neighbors lives viewed in panel borders (aka windows).

If you’re familiar with “Rear Window,” I’d recommend taking three minutes and watching this amazing version of the entire movie as a single panoramic view.

Bechdel test report: All three movies pass the Bechdel test, although “Shadow of a Doubt” just barely passes (because of a conversation between the protagonist and a grumpy female librarian). I was also struck by the “no one will believe you, you’re a woman!” theme in all three movies – even in Rear Window (where the male protagonist is also disbelieved), the police detective shows a special disdain for Grace Kelly’s testimony, and comments that he’s never heard a theory from a woman that hasn’t been a waste of time.

Sunday, May 26th, 2013
6:49 pm
A recent drawing from my sketchbook

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

…And the same drawing rotated 180 degrees.

sketchbook-page-180

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
4:29 am
Over a hundred thousand sign petition against Disney’s Merida Makeover

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

To celebrate Merida of the Pixar film Brave “officially” joining the Disney Princess line, Disney released some new illustrations of her. In the new illustrations, Merida is even thinner than her already-thin movie version (as Alyssa put it, “what appears to be rib-removal surgery”); her dress has been redesigned into an off-the-shoulder number; she has much thicker eyelashes (and in general, her face seems much more stereotypically feminine); her hair has been changed from out-of-control curls to waves; and her attitude is much, well, flirtier.

I’m not sure that Disney’s Merida makeover represents a conscious strategy on their part. At the, er, official coronation ceremony at Disneyworld, Merida’s appearance seemed modeled on the movie version, not on the new illustrations. (See this photo, for instance – note the covered shoulders, and curly wig.) Nor did Disney seem to shy away from Merida’s tomboy aspects – she made her entrance on horseback, and finished the ceremony by posing with her bow and arrow.

But because it (probably) wasn’t conscious doesn’t mean that it’s not bad. It suggests that Disney subconsciously and reflexively turns their female characters into the same dull and predictable flirty, glittery pin-ups without any thought even being required. (Ever notice how impossible it is to find any Mulan merchandise showing her dressed up for war?)

Put another way, for the folks in Disney marketing, the path of least resistance appears to be a very sexist path.

Except that this time, they’ve encountered a lot of resistance. A petition started by girl-power website A Mighty Girl has gathered 130,000 signers (and counting). The petition says:

The redesign of Merida in advance of her official induction to the Disney Princess collection does a tremendous disservice to the millions of children for whom Merida is an empowering role model who speaks to girls’ capacity to be change agents in the world rather than just trophies to be admired. Moreover, by making her skinnier, sexier and more mature in appearance, you are sending a message to girls that the original, realistic, teenage-appearing version of Merida is inferior; that for girls and women to have value — to be recognized as true princesses — they must conform to a narrow definition of beauty.

Disney seems to be taking note: As InsideTheMagic notes, the new Merida design has disappeared from the Disney Princess website, replaced by images of Merida as she appeared in the movie.

One really unusual thing about this is that Merida’s creator, “Brave” writer and co-director Brenda Chapman has gone public with her unhappiness about the makeover, calling it “a blatantly sexist marketing move based on money.”

I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida. When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.

They have been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to give their consumers something of more substance and quality — THAT WILL STILL SELL — and they have a total disregard for it in the name of their narrow minded view of what will make money. I forget that Disney’s goal is to make money without concern for integrity. Silly me.

* * *

Alyssa writes:

To a certain extent, Disney’s attempts to democratize what it means to be a princess are admirable. You don’t actually have to be born into a royal title, or obtain one by marriage. [...] You don’t have to be white, or European, or in the case of Ariel, the star of The Little Mermaid, necessarily based on land.

But two restrictions remain. You have to be young. You have to have a very particular body type and long, perfect hair. The edits to Merida reflect those priorities.[...]

If it’s important that girls of color and girls of different economic classes be able to recognize themselves and find aspirational stories in the Disney Princess line, why shouldn’t it also matter that girls with wild hair and variable body types see themselves there too?

Although I agree with Alyssa, it’s important to note that Merida’s body type, as seen in the movie, represents only the smallest of small departures from the Disney standard. Don’t get me wrong – I love the movie Brave, and I love the work Pixar did to present Merida as someone who delights in the things her body can do, rather than the way she looks.

But the range between Merida’s body and face type, and that of the typical Disney princess, is pretty darn small. The top of my wish list for Disney princesses – even higher than my wish for a Jewish princess, already! – is that Disney, or Pixar, add a fat character to the princess line.

More reading:

Seriously, Disney, I’m Trying to Take a Little Break Here– MUST YOU? Peggy Orenstein points out that Merida’s makeover is actually part of what seems to be an ongoing project to make all the Disney princess characters more vapid than their movie versions.

Disney’s makeover of its Brave princess is cowardly | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Comment is free

The Problem with Merida’s Princess Makeover

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
12:49 am
So what’s with all those tiny pigs?

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

If you’ve met me at a comic book convention, you may have noticed the little herd of toy pigs decorating my table. I bought those when I was drawing the first Hereville book, to help me draw the pig character! I took hundreds of photos of those plastic pigs, from every angle and height, and used them as reference while drawing the comic.

pigs-and-drawing-side-by-side

You can see a pattern on the pig in the photo above. This was contributed by one of the two small girls I live with, at some point when I wasn’t in the room to stop them. :-p

I didn’t use the models during book 2, since the pig only appeared in one panel. But I still have the little herd of pigs, and when they’re not appearing at cons they stand in my drawing area, near a Peppermint Patty figure.

pigs-at-studio

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
12:37 am
My Niece Makes Tin Foil People

Originally published at hereville.com. Please leave any comments there.

jemma-with-tin-foil-figures

When kids read my rather depressing and angst-ridden short comic “How To Make A Man Out Of Tin Foil,” they pretty much all react the same way: They make little tin foil people, just as my character Joel did in the comic! Which I think is kind of awesome.

This photo is of my wonderful niece Jemma Andersen. :-) And here are her tin foil superheroes:

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