Category Archives: Fun Stuff

Annular Solar Eclipse

Here’s a slideshow of pictures that I took during today’s eclipse. The sun wasn’t as red as it looks here, that was just the tint from the filters. Enjoy!

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Memory Lane: Comics

For Illustration Friday this week, I’m showing some “Memories” of mine.

I just launched my own Web Comic called Backyard Frontier. It’s a 5 day a week comic about a boy and an alien and their adventures as they try to make sense out of this crazy world.

Have a look and let me know what you think! Hopefully the new stuff is better than this stuff that’s 20 years old.

The following strips are all of the work I did on a comic strip I was trying to create in High School. It’s called Caesar and it’s based on our dog that we had at the time. This was in the late 80s so I guess that would explain all of the big hair. [You can click on them for a larger view]

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Star Trek: The Experience

I recently went to Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. Wow, that was really cool, and really brought out my inner geek.

Ok, so I’ll admit that my inner geek isn’t ever that far from the surface.

I’ve just heard that this attraction is scheduled to be closed in the fall. Bummer. I was really hoping to take my family there someday. It sounds like Paramount will likely try to find a new home for it somewhere. That would be nice.

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Pin the Tail on the Werewolf

So, my 7 year old daughter arrived home from school the other day holding a piece of paper with a bunch of names of the kids in her class written on it. She shows it to us and says excitedly, “These are the kids who signed up to come to my Halloween party!”

“Uh, what party?” was the instant reaction of both my wife and myself.

Well, we had to debate for a while on whether or not to let her have this party. On one hand we were upset because she didn’t talk to us first, but on the other hand, we were impressed that she would take the initiative and plan it out so well—which is much more than I would have even thought to do when I was 7.

I guess you can tell by the painting that I’m featuring on this entry, that we decided to let her have it. This painting is for one of the games she thought of to play: “Pin the Tail on the Werewolf.”

At first I just wanted to do something quickly and wasn’t very concerned if it turned out well or not—I was only thinking that it would used once—so I got some cheap poster board and used some cheap craft acrylics to paint it, but it turned out much better than I thought it would. My wife is even taking it to be laminated so we can reuse it.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been experimenting with painting in Photoshop and trying to get a hand painted texture to it. With the way this came out I’m really getting the itch to brush up on my painting skills (not pun intended).

Pictured here are also a few of the tails. i think I made around 10 of them.

The party is today. There should be about 10 kids coming.

I have a happy daughter.

If you would like to download PDF files to print so you can play “Pin the Tail on the Werewolf” at your next Halloween or Twilight party, see the links below!



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