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Pixar Gets a Deal

Animation Nation is alive today as Disney and Pixar announce their merger. Oh, you heard Disney bought Pixar? That’s the technical term for it, but Steve Jobs is now the biggest stockholder on the board and John Lasseter is taking over the entire creative side of Disney, including imagineering. For those of us that were supporting Roy Disney during his exile from the company, for those of us that got out of animation during the lean years, for those of us that hated watching what Eisner was doing to the traditional feature company with an amazing history, this was historic.I believe we are looking ahead to an exciting era for the parks and a revival of traditional animation brought to you by the people who hold those things dear to their hearts. And what’s next for Michael Eisner, who stepped down this last year? I hear a talk show.

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

Who is Maridee?

Some great folks on Animation Nation recently asked me who Maridee is based on. For starters, it’s exciting that people I don’t know are aware of Maridee at all. Secondly, if you aren’t aware of this already as a regular reader of this space, it’s the writer of this strip (Georgia, that’s me) that writes these updates. So Maridee is at least partly based on myself. Through Maridee I can make fun of some of my worst inner impulses, those materialistic, emotional, feminine impulses that my better nature usually rises above (usually). If she weren’t seriously flawed after all, she wouldn’t be identifiable or funny. She’s also based on someone I knew in Atlanta who encompassed all of those “hot girl” qualities: superficiality, naivete, poor taste in men and when it came to new relationships, eternal optimism.

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

San Diego Con 2004

San Diego Con 2004. This was actually my first San Diego Con, Scott’s second. I wish I’d gotten to relax a little on the trip, but this was yet another working saga, so no rest for the wicked. Brian and Tracy Reynolds picked us up at the airport and we headed down for San Diego, where we managed to hit unbelievably bad traffic twice. Our hotel room was not memorable, but I really didn’t notice, we used it mainly to collapse after two very long days.

My favorite part of the Con was the costumes, and there were some terrific getups. The first person I noticed at the gates not only had a very detailed Ben Kenobi outfit, but he matched it with real gray hair. Some other standouts I didn’t get a picture of included a Poison Ivy, a perfect “Pirates of the Carribean” Keira Knightly complete with rum, three Nightcrawlers and a Snowbird from Alpha Flight. All other notable costumes pictured here.

Brian and Tracy did other things at the Con, and so did my sister and her boyfriend. We spent most of it talking to friends, acquaintances and people we deeply admire. Among the friends who were there: Bill Barnes, Durwin Talon, Mark Kneece, John Lustig. Aquaintances and mentors: Pat and Shelly Block, Scott Hampton, the folks from Prism. People we admire and got to meet: Terry Moore, Mike Kunkel, Tom Bancroft, Jeff Smith (although Scott met Jeff for the first time at the Pogo Festival). And the biggest event for me: going to see Ray Bradbury talk about his life. He is one of my three favorite writers, there is none superior.

Scooter and Ferret got much better feedback then I could have hoped for. The most promsing reception came from the shirts, which we were frequently asked about. Are we going next year? I believe the answer needs to be yes, and probably with a booth of our own.

This was the first thing I saw at the beginning of the convention. Something to wake up to isn't it? I haven't figured out how Wonder Woman and Klingons fit together, but I'm sure it all makes sense on some cosmic level.. This was the first thing I saw at the beginning of the convention. Something to wake up to isn’t it? I haven’t figured out how Wonder Woman and Klingons fit together, but I’m sure it all makes sense on some cosmic level..
The San Diego Convention Center The San Diego Convention Center
I've seen Ghostbuster costumes before. I've seen very good Ghostbuster costumes before. But this was my very first Dana costume and Ghostbuster Elvis. I’ve seen Ghostbuster costumes before. I’ve seen very good Ghostbuster costumes before. But this was my very first Dana costume and Ghostbuster Elvis.
Brian Joines is from the Northwest and writes 7 Guys of Justice. It's similar to "The Tick" and lots of fun. Brian Joines is from the Northwest and writes 7 Guys of Justice. It’s similar to “The Tick” and lots of fun.
Floyd Norman is a regular on Animation Nation. He's a terrific talent and he's had a long, impressive career; we bought his book of cartoons from his days at Disney. Floyd Norman is a regular on Animation Nation. He’s a terrific talent and he’s had a long, impressive career; we bought his book of cartoons from his days at Disney.
Clearly not women. Clearly not women.
We found my sister Jessie and her boyfriend Marlon waiting to have their Shellcat Studios portfolios reviewed. They waited in line for a solid six hours. We found my sister Jessie and her boyfriend Marlon waiting to have their Shellcat Studios portfolios reviewed. They waited in line for a solid six hours.
We've known Durwin Talon for ages... he was a Sequential Art professor at SCAD before he left for the University of Indiana. He's promoting his two very good books on comics techniques. We’ve known Durwin Talon for ages… he was a Sequential Art professor at SCAD before he left for the University of Indiana. He’s promoting his two very good books on comics techniques.
I think it's called "Ugly Doll." Or "Giant Scary Blob With Eyes That Pierce Your Soul." I think it’s called “Ugly Doll.” Or “Giant Scary Blob With Eyes That Pierce Your Soul.”
Prism Comics had just recently spoken at our Cartoonists Northwest meeting. They're a gay comics advocacy group. Prism Comics had just recently spoken at our Cartoonists Northwest meeting. They’re a gay comics advocacy group.
Pat and Shelly Block were mentors for Scott while he was still in college. Pat gave him quite a compliment by telling him that he's always expected to see Scott turn up in comics again. It's not everyday they meet a student that reads Donald Duck comics. Pat and Shelly Block were mentors for Scott while he was still in college. Pat gave him quite a compliment by telling him that he’s always expected to see Scott turn up in comics again. It’s not everyday they meet a student that reads Donald Duck comics.
I'm convinced that this actually was Wolverine. I’m convinced that this actually was Wolverine.
John Lustig is another Donald Duck comics mainstay that we've really enjoyed getting to know since joining Cartoonists Northwest. He's here promoting his hilarious Last Kiss books and merchandise. John Lustig is another Donald Duck comics mainstay that we’ve really enjoyed getting to know since joining Cartoonists Northwest. He’s here promoting his hilarious Last Kiss books and merchandise.
Anne Timmons and Trina Robbins create the teen girl comic Go Girl. They occasionally collaborate with John Lustig. Anne Timmons and Trina Robbins create the teen girl comic Go Girl. They occasionally collaborate with John Lustig.
Easily the best costume of the convention. This guy was quite a mystery. He showed up alone, he looked the part, his costume is absolutely authentic and he wandered all over the floor doing that stumbling thing Johnny Depp did. I think the sole purpose of his existence was eye candy. Easily the best costume of the convention. This guy was quite a mystery. He showed up alone, he looked the part, his costume is absolutely authentic and he wandered all over the floor doing that stumbling thing Johnny Depp did. I think the sole purpose of his existence was eye candy.
Bill Barnes went all out with his booth, and it was very eye catching. We manned his table for a few minutes while he took a much-needed break, and we got to meet a couple of his librarian fans. What would Dewey do? He'd spend a long day at the con. Bill Barnes went all out with his booth, and it was very eye catching. We manned his table for a few minutes while he took a much-needed break, and we got to meet a couple of his librarian fans. What would Dewey do? He’d spend a long day at the con.
Scott Hampton is sporting our business card. This was our first chance to tease him since his appearance in The Bristol Board Jungle as the mean guest professor. We don't remember his guest shots at SCAD as being quite so bad-tempered, and for the record neither does he. Scott Hampton is sporting our business card. This was our first chance to tease him since his appearance in The Bristol Board Jungle as the mean guest professor. We don’t remember his guest shots at SCAD as being quite so bad-tempered, and for the record neither does he.
Here's the culprit, Mark Neese, signing our copy of The Bristol Board Jungle. Mark is still slaving away at the college, teaching comics writing. Here’s the culprit, Mark Neese, signing our copy of The Bristol Board Jungle. Mark is still slaving away at the college, teaching comics writing.
The crowd we spent the evening with at Buca da Beppo, downtown San Diego. The crowd we spent the evening with at Buca da Beppo, downtown San Diego.

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