Monthly Archives: January 2005

Never Neverland

Tacoma has a large park called Point Defiance, and not far from the zoo there was a children’s roadside attraction called Never Never Land. Parents paid a few dollars admission to entertain their children with a walk through the woods amidst statues of Mother Goose characters and fairy tale denizens. Most of the houses were large enough to allow children to go in and out of them, and there were a few larger pieces that made a playground.

It was a favorite stop of mine when I was under 10, and when I moved back up here I was very disappointed to find out that it had fallen into disrepair. The characters had been removed and the leftover houses had become a picnic area. But, as you can see from the pictures, what was left was hazardous. The rest of the park was torn down just recently, and I understand Humpty Dumpty is looking for a new home. Last summer I was able to get in just in time to take a last look at it, so here it is, the final days of Never Never Land.

The entrance to the park The entrance to the park
Once home to the clock for Hickory Dickory Dock Once home to the clock for Hickory Dickory Dock
The Old Woman in the Shoe was a slide The Old Woman in the Shoe was a slide
There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile
Ding Dong Dell, pussy's in the well Ding Dong Dell, pussy’s in the well
Unidentified log cabin Unidentified log cabin
Santa's workshop was busy year-round Santa’s workshop was busy year-round
Home of the Three Little Pigs Home of the Three Little Pigs
Hansel and Gretal visited the witch here Hansel and Gretal visited the witch here
Gingerbread men detail Gingerbread men detail
Where they held live shows Where they held live shows

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Comics Artist and an Officer

Arrive late to a Cartoonist Northwest meeting, find yourself elected vice-president. Scott will be spending the next year revitalizing the club with new events, so if you’re local to Seattle, interested in cartoons and haven’t been to a meeting, there’s never been a better time. And the best place to get introduced to everyone will be at the Emerald City Con the first weekend of February. Yes I know it coincides with the Superbowl. Sunday will probably be pretty dead. But Saturday should be all the more exciting! It’s a two day event held at the Seahawks Stadium / Qwest Field Events Center in downtown Seattle. Hours are from 10 am – 6 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Comics are Online at Onlinecomics.net

There has been a lot of updates at Onlinecomics.net, in case you haven’t been there lately. New icons and a huge number of new features, some of them to the home page. I particularly like the newest updates section, the shortcut icons and the detailed stats in a prominent place. According to the site, members who read our strip also read Van Von Hunter and Monkey Butler.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter