Cartoons and Comics

Do you like cartoons and comics?

I know. Who doesn’t, right? I have a cartoons and comics blog I thought you might like to check out. One of the projects I’ve been involved in is taking old public domain comic books and cutting out individual panels and enhancing them in Photoshop.

I actually have a comic book that will be published soon where I use these comic panels in the book and add what I hope is comical written narration.

Here is the Cartoons and Comics blog along with a sample of one of the cartoons.


I Hate Common Core Math

I always helped my daughter with math and now my attention shifts to trying to help my grandson. I say trying. I show him the way I come up with an answer and he shows me how they taught him, even if his answer is wrong.

So I emailed his teacher when myself and two of his aunts and uncles couldn’t figure out a problem and asked him how I could figure out this common core math and what the heck the answer was to the problem.

The teacher wrote and said the goal of common core is to teach the kids to think. Oh, and he pointed out the problem had no solution.


In my mind after that I would be inclined after a few attempts to decide there was no solution and move to the next problem.

Anyway, in my “I Hate Homework” book I decided to make fun of common core math. Enjoy.




In my opinion the comics from the past are superior to most of the comics today. Not all but most.

Peanuts is a classic that will probably be around forever and Calvin is at times somewhat dated but still funny. Here is another clip from an old comic titled The Clubhouse Rascals that I’ve enhanced. You can read the entire story on my YouTube page. It’s pretty funny.



Peanuts and Charles Schultz

220px-Charles_Schulz_crop_1993I’ve been a fan of Peanuts for maybe a gazillion years.But it wasn’t until last year when I started to learn to draw cartoon illustrations for my books that I really started to appreciate Charles Schultz.

Just look at the cast of characters he developed. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, Pigpen and the rest. Genius!

These characters are all endearing to those of us who read the scripts. But I’m amazed with the seemingly simplicity of his drawings. I saw seemingly because I have learned first hand that it is not as simple as it appears.

I was always a Calvin and Hobbes fan and I always enjoyed the simple scripts and didn’t care as much for the detailed drawings in some of the other scripts. That’s what I think attracted me to Peanuts.

It’s also why I have learned to admire Mr. Schultz. In “I Hate Homework” I am trying to develop characters that will grab on like the Peanuts characters and the Wimpy Kid characters. It’s hard.

I’ve read where Charles Schultz created some characters along the way that he didn’t think worked so he let them fade away. I’ve also compared some of his earlier drawings to his later ones. The characters developed and took on unique characteristics that made them what they are today.

Today is the 15th anniversary of his final published cartoon and I wanted to pay tribute to the man. I consider Peanuts to be the best comic ever created and the memory of Charles Schultz will live on through the Peanuts characters forever.

Here is his final cartoon. The Final Peanuts

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tale ManiaFairy tales are the rage and have been for some time now. Does anyone really see an end to this?

I doubt it. I think it’s a good thing. Fairy tales offer some terrific stories and entertainment. We need to keep them available to kids. I’ve found many really good tales that are pretty much forgotten.

I want to help restore some of these long forgotten tales as well as continuing to fracture tales to keep kids and young adults entertained. I’ve written a book on the current fairy tale mania and in another book have rewritten 10 of the forgotten Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales. Both books will be book one of new series but each book will stand on their own.

To make it easier to follow my fairy tales, I have a separate website devoted to fairy tales and you should swing on over there and check it out so you can keep updated on everything having to do with fairy tales.

The site will have lots of free tales and will eventually have most of the stories by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson, to name a few. I’ll also include videos that will make it a fun place to hang around.