Monthly Archives: February 2010

Figure Skating Is On All the Time

Not just every four years. I am getting really annoyed tonight with Dick Button. I would like him to stop comparing Evgeni Plushenko to a sledgehammer. It’s a plus when you don’t skate like every other skater always has. Figure skating is my sport and I watch it throughout the year – thank you everyone for taking the time out during the Olympics to watch it with me.

I posted the first Ask Maridee short yesterday, and the one comment so far proves once again that satire is difficult to grasp for some. It’s been two nights of work and I’ve completed the dialogue synch and all of the eye blinks for the next short. That’s a lot quicker than I remember it used to be.

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

Hydrant in HD

I was chatting with another webcomics artist the other day and he made a suggestion: a good way to get the word out is to put up some animated cartoons on YouTube, but of course he was sure I would have figured that out on my own. At which point I kicked myself because no, it really hadn’t occurred to me. It should have, because in 2000 we produced a short in Flash (back when that was a novel thing to do) and a few years later I made three animated sketches in which Maridee answered reader questions in an amusing way. I’d never posted any of it anywhere but on our own websites and none of it ever reached a wide audience. So I made up for lost years yesterday and converted all four shorts into YouTube-ready video. I’m going to spread out the postings a little in order to give myself a little time to put together something new. I’ve got another “Ask Maridee” in the works and maybe something even more exciting. How about hearing Ferret’s voice for the first time? We’ll see… In the meantime, I present Hydrant, the very first cartoon we produced while still working in Atlanta. Scott drew and animated the characters, everything else was me.

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

Avatar Blues

I gave in to peer pressure on Saturday and went to see Avatar. I would like to show you some pictures from my experience. Like this one… Wait, that’s not from the movie? Must have been this one… Oh, that’s a different psychedelic world. Well at least it had an original story… Oh. At least it’s an original concept… No? Well it sure was cool the way things lit up at night, now what did that make me think of… Oh right. No wonder something reminded me of college.

So not an original look, not an original story, up for lots of Oscars. “Unobtanium” is what my engineer dad used to call materials that were hard to get as a joke, and I just watched people talk about it for three hours without cracking a smile. Wow. If you think that’s bad though, check out excerpts from the original script. What do you know, it wasn’t enough for everything to look like an acid trip, Jake was actually supposed to have one. So not living on Pandora is giving some people post-Avatar depression? I’d be depressed if I was living there. I didn’t see ANY snuggies, lap dogs or hot cocoa. In conclusion, if you don’t know what this is you should learn more about it, so you know when the movies are selling you a bill of goods, Kimba.

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