Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sweet Dreams

Kroger Kids

When I first got this box, I didn't think much of it. But I saw it the other day and found that it had really become appealing to me. Nothing like little kids with tounges stuck out ready to chow down on cereal.

Kroger Corn Flakes box

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Fall Leaf

I never get tired of painting leaves with faces.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Monkeyhouse Toys

I just dropped off some Mr Toast dolls and comics at Monkeyhouse Toys in Silverlake. Mayra runs an incredible store packed with toys, books, designer vinyl, art and all sorts of goodies. Also starting on Dec. 2nd, they are having a Doll and Plush exhibition.

In other plush news, I have been asked to be part of PLUSH WEEK 2: Eclectic Boogaloo at Gallery 1988 right here in Los Angeles. The show is in January and I have to get right ot work on some stuff to show. Also I think Mr Toast might be making an appearance at the opening More info as the show gets closer.

I Love Harvey Comics

Actually I love Harvey Comics covers from the 1960's. They are all about character and gag. Each character has their trait which is dealt with in a humorous fashion each month. What funny thing will Richie RIch do with money since he does not care about it or how will Little Dot obsess over dots this month. The stories inside are not nearly as satisfying as the covers but the cover is what sold a comic back then and these were the best.

Harvey Comics

Harvey Comics

Harvey Comics

Harvey Comics

Harvey Comics

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Everyone's Wearing Them

My New Favorite Book

Hoorah for the Octonauts. This new kids book is by the desing group Meomi and is a great one for kids and adults. Follow the intrepid Octonauts in their undersea adventures from the North Pole to the South Pole. So cute and fun to boot!

Ralphie the Tummy

Mr Toast has a new friend - Ralphie the Tummy. Tummies are made by the Hyper Bunny and sold on etsy. Each is one of a kind and hand knitted and each one has a special place to hold your stuff in their tummies...anything from candy to monkeys. Such fun.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Mr Toast in Washington DC

Mr Toast likes to take trips. Today he is in Washington DC across the Potomac River from the Jefferson Memorial. Inside the Memorial is a large bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders of the United States.

A Faustian Exchange

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Feel free to stop by Mr Toast's house to have some turkey, mashed potatoes and some jellied cranberries. It should be quite a festive time.

Webcomic Review

My old friend Mike Payne has written an article over at the Webcomics Examiner about "The New Cute". In the article he talks about my webcomics! Check it out

The New Cute

Sunday, November 19, 2006

New Cereal Collecting Website

If you are a fan of cereal old and new check out the new Cereal Bits website. Join the forum and buy and sell or just dicsuss your childhoood favorites. Tell your friends, everyone is welcome.


Saturday, November 18, 2006

Kids Food Fun

Jerry over at the always great Cartoon Brew blog just linked to me about cereal stuff. So if you want to see some of the classic stuff go to my site or my Kids Food Flickr set.

Kids Food on Flickr

Tick Tock Archives

Shooting Star

Friday, November 17, 2006

Elephant Finger Puppet

I made this little guy when I was about 8 years old. He is just made of modeling clay but has firmed up quite a bit over the years. I am not sure how he has survived this long but I am glad he did. I find it pretty interesting that he does not look too much different from the characters I create today.

Elephant Finger Puppet

Elephant Finger Puppet

Kids Love Teddy Snowcrop

Teddy Snowcrop decal

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Candy Corn Family

I figure that the little ones start out all orange and then grow white tips slowly. Finally growing the yellow bottoms as they mature. That is just what I figure.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Kite Fun Books

Kite Fun Books were a big part of my childhood. I remember getting them every year although I don't remember how. I always marveled at the plans inside but I don't think we ever tried to make kites. We always just bought the cool ones at the store when we had a kite day at the park.

Magilla Gorilla Kite Fun Book

Bullwinkle & Dastardly Kite Books

Friday, November 10, 2006

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Shaky Bacon Dolls

The Shaky Bacon dolls have arrived. I don't have many so if you want one let me know. They are $10 + shipping. He is 12" tall and very floppy like a real piece of bacon.

Long live Shaky!

Little Golden Books

Another thing I am always on the look out for are nice vintage Little Golden Books. I don't remember having them as a kid but but as an adult artist, I find great inspiration in them. Mary Blair, JP MIller, RIchard Scarry. Gustaf Tenggren, Alice & Martin Provensen are just a few of the many talented illustrators that Golden Books employed through the years.

Little Golden Books

Little Golden Books

Monday, November 06, 2006

Dell Mapback Books

Dell Mapback Books

In the 1940's and 1950's Dell books produced a series of paperbacks that had stunning covers and cool maps on the back. Most of the Mapbacks were mysteries but they also did some science fiction including H G Wells. I picked up a few at the flea market today and I love 'em.

Dell Hitchcock Mapbacks

Dell Hitchcock Mapbacks