Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas coffee break

Here's some quick sketches at the Coffee Fix over on Moorpark and Whitsett. Kind of rough, and I need more patience with the scanner. But I wanted to show my female superhero characters relaxing while doing some Christmas shopping.

Coffee Fix is very pleasant, quiet and feels very homey. This is probably because of the old store front it's in.

Cubcake, Boffette and Lady Cobra have a little Holiday toast. Boffette is sort of the "Mom", Cubcake the hothead, and Lady Cobra is the mystic. Best to all in the New Year.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mae West - I used to be Snow White

I guess this was a quote from Mae West - "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

Ah, cheesy, girly cocktail napkins, just in time for the Holidays.
Could be for Christmas, New Years, you name it.
Pretty tame now, but still insulting. Sorry.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday shopping

I want to buy a new scanner, but I'm also fighting the consumerist lemming call to go shopping on Black Friday. Still need to work on my cleanup line. Here's a quick sketch of Cubcake having a tough time, even though she's protected by one of Boffette's power suits. She's feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff people throw out.

A poor craftsman blames his tools, but this HP Officejet 5610 scanner doesn't quite do the job. I liked the Epson scanners at work. They had a better interface, as well as very good resolution. All I need is the belt to fix the old scanner at work. That would be gravy.

I wish everyone some peace of mind as we enter the Holiday Season...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Ice Wolf Goddess for Winter 2013

Winter is coming on again. And she's a force not to be trifled with! Sketch modified in Photoshop, work in progress.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lou Scheimer Filmation Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Back in 1998, I had the chance to meet Lou Scheimer at ASIFA Hollywood. This evening was hosted by Tom Sito back at ASIFA's old digs on Victory Blvd. I brought along my copy of Saturday Morning TV by Gary H. Grossman. I think Lou was amused by the book, and he autographed my picture of Sabrina and Archie on page 373.

(Artwork copyright Filmation/Archie Comics, Pink Panther copyright Depatie-Freleng)

In spite of it's shortcomings, I'll always have a warm spot for Filmation shows. Archie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Fantastic Voyage, Star Trek, Space Sentinels, Flash Gordon and Fat Albert were all cornerstones of my Saturday Mornings. Except for HB's Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Filmation seemed to be the only studio that tackled science fiction fairly well. I just found out on Variety that Lou won a daytime Emmy for the animated Star Trek.

Only later I learned that Filmation had kept many animation artists employed when so much work had already been outsourced from the mid 60's onward. Filmation had helped some artists to break the glass ceiling to get into feature animation, or at least move on to other studios.

But to sum up, Lou Scheimer and his partners Hal Sutherland and Norm Prescott got ahold of some amazing properties to dazzle my teeny brain on Saturday Mornings. Here's to 'em!,0,1131347.story

Monday, September 2, 2013

Keepin' cool on Labor Day

Boffette is showing off to prove just how heat resistant her power suit is. Her pals Cubcake and Lady Cobra can only look on in amazement. Yeah, they are too close to the heat to be safe...

Work in progress...

More 90 degree plus weather on the way for southern California this week. Rougher than usual, even for this time of year.

Here's to the working  people who gave us the weekend and the 40 hour work week. You don't want to know what I think of the people who are trying to take it all away.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Susan Sontag - Notes on Camp

Working at the May Company's ad department photo lab back in Cleveland, I learned a little about Susan Sontag and her "Notes on Camp" from the guy running the stat camera.  Camp is described as

                                    (from "Operation Rabbit - copyright Warner Bros.)

Things like the old "Batman" TV show and Godzilla movies earned some type of merit because they were sincere in their attempts at creating, well, art. Perhaps pop-art as well.

I wonder what her reaction would be with my work on this blog...

(Articles copyright their respective publishers)

Just tryin' to raise the level of discussion a little bit higher.

Are The Women In Comic Books Too Sexy For Kids?

A couple days ago, I found this article on my morning Linkedin feed. Naturally, the topic was right up my alley for this blog:

Here we go again...

Where to start? A rule thumb my friend's wife told me was "titillation, not gratification."

From this discussion, then I'd have to say yes. Unfortunately, minors are already exposed to some pretty horrendous stuff as they get into reading and absorbing media. And then reading comics in particular. Of course, we can't blame it all on the internet. Any departure, or distraction has to come with some "out". Even if you are just getting on a roller coaster, in the back of your mind you will get off at the same platform you started from in one piece. Maybe:) But now junk food is used as a substitute for good nutrition.

And then we have to drag out poor old Fredric Wertham...

From my reckoning, there has to be a cut off point where a very young child won't understand any sexual images they are seeing. Like 2 years old and under? I remember traveling through Cleveland's near west side and seeing a kid standing by the entrance of an old hot dog stand we liked. He couldn't be more than 8 years old. But he was out there on a cold winter night calling out "We buying, we supplyin'!" I didn't stop to get his story, but his life path looked fixed.

Still, my tastes and fascinations were established early on;) At least in the old Terrytoons, and other cartoons of that time, sex was used simply to distract the bad guy. Or just for cheap laffs.

I still see my female characters as the cartoon girl next, who has a secret life. I guess you can thank Saturday morning TV for that. My rule is that they are intelligent, exciting and adventurous women, but they are not floozies. The tight outfits give them movement, and protection; the big boots are for jet flight, carrying gadgets and stomping on bad guys. But then, anyone can take it step further, and walk off a cliff, sexually speaking.

Parents have the right to protect their children, but young birds leave the nest sooner or later. I worry that we have already reached a saturation point, and young people may become too numb to respect the boundaries of others. Just look at the news. It seems to be more about power. Power to get what you want, or power to punish those who disagree with you.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wander over Yonder Sylvia

Sylvia, the female dino-horse, likes a good fight. She makes a nice balance to Wander, who is all about peace, love and groovyness. First cute non-humanoid character I've seen in a long time.
I'm making her an honorary Diabolical Damsel.

Here's my take on her, after a make-over. From what I've seen, I'm pretty sure she would be furious with it. She still needs more work. I started in Flash, but wound up printing it out and cleaning up the drawing by hand. It's been years since I worked on a drawing like this. Took too much time, for sure.

                      (Art concept copyright Disney Channel)

Note: Here she is as a lounge singer. No one is clicking on her; this was my latest post on 9-29-13. Mostly webcrawlers I guess.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Armoured Lady Cobra

Hello Diabolical Damsels, I skipped out on you last month. Finally had a quiet day to myself to come up with something for you. This website helped me with a new design for a power suit for the Lady Cobra.

It took a lot of futzing with the Distort>Glass and Distort>Polar Coordinates to come up with a snake skin texture in Photoshop. But now the Lady Cobra is safely encased in an armoured power exoskeleton. She finds it stylish, but a little redundant. But the reinforced, beam deflection, acid, shock and bulletproof coatings sure help keep danger at bay...

All Photoshop, no sketch! I need to bring out her face more.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Flamingo Roller Skater Waitress returns - Bob's Big Boy Burbank

Summer is here! Have to have some fun outdoors. Finally did some more work on this simple sketch. I added MY snapshot of Bob's Big Boy in Burbank as a background. Now the perspective seems off as these cute, yet ominous roller skate wheels fill the foreground. I still seem to be in awe of the fluffiest things...

Still work in progress. I still need to nail this, really polish it.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Time Lapse Sketch _02

Still getting used to the tripod and camera being in the way. Feels awkward, especially since I'm drawing for an audience.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bulletproof Fantasies

I don't want to disrespect the victims of the Santa Monica shootings, and all the recent shootings and attacks on the public. But this seems to be my only way to comment on these things. More protection fantasies I guess. The ladies have taken to wearing heavier armour plating to fend off all the chaotic gunfire.

The cobra-girl has to ride in an entire suit like a vehicle. Fortunately, Boffette programmed in walking, running, jumping and kicking routines. The arms and gloves still just kind of flop around... unless she puts her body down a sleeve to operate an arm. Maybe to give someone a punch!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Catwoman Killed???

This sounds like another cheap shot, another way to weasel through a "turning point" in the drama of comic book storytelling. I was never a big Batman comics reader, and this sounds like a marketing gimmick. Personally, I preferred Lee Meriwether as Catwoman. And we can't forget Eartha Kitt and Julie Newmar either! These women put charm, and dare I say it, respectability in a character that I found kind of sleazy and ineffective in the comics.

Adorable Diabolical Damsels all!

(Photos copyright 20th Century Fox)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Angelina Jolie is Tigress!

 Angelina is a true warrior. Fight on!

Lord, this must take courage to get this preemptive surgery, I tip my hat to Angelina. I freak out just going in for a checkup.,0,5217359.htmlstory

(Artwork copyright Dreamworks SKG)

Link courtesy of

I have to admit: the first time I saw Kung Fu Panda was on a flight back to L.A. I don't like watching movies on a jet with headphones and the small screen overhead. But KFP kept grabbing my attention, and I kept watching it. Without sound, and the lousy monitors on the jet, I thought Tigress was a guy!

I regret not seeing KFP on the big screen. It was definitely on my DVD list when I got home.

Monday, May 13, 2013


My inner muse is feeling strident this morning, tired of all the crawlers and bogus websites sniffing around this blog. I would like to have real readers, but I'm also afraid of who would be attracted to this blog. The pretty female character is one of my outlets, but in the meantime, it's spam, spam, spam.

Spam and other meat by products manipulated in Photoshop.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

No more sexy cartoon women

Another time, another place. The Cartoon Brew article or comments say practically nothing about the women's movement, women's rights or political correctness.

Warning: The link below contains material that may be offensive to some viewers.
(Oh, now you're gonna click on it for sure, eh?)

Where the Girls Aren't (in animation)

What are the roles of girls and women in animation? My perspective managed to catch Geena Davis' attention back in 2006:

Here was her follow up:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sabrina the teenage witch

Okay, back in 1971 I had a bad crush on Sabrina, the teenage witch. Thanks to Baker's drugstore, I managed to get my grimy little paws on this Archie comic:

(Artwork copyright Archie Publications)

It took some digging, but with a little luck, Sabrina teenage witch issue # 2 from 1971 turned up at I didn't remember the cover, but I remember Sabrina turning her boyfriend Harvey into a superstar guitarist, and also "helping" Archie become an all star basketball champ (both temporarily). I think Big Ethel and Jughead had a story too. Then, Sabrina #2 gave her a run in with an honest to gosh killer in a haunted house as the finale.

Even though she had the "standard" exciting figure like Betty or Veronica, Sabrina was stunning to me with her platinum blonde hair. And she seemed like a nice person. Plus she had power. Most of the stories had Sabrina getting caught in the same binds as Elizabeth Montgomery on "Bewitched", or Barbara Eden in "I dream of Jeannie": a woman with power, but she is forbidden to use it, especially with all the insecure, presumptuous men around. 

The hook was seeing the chaos that erupted when Sabrina intervened, and then watching her struggle to get things back to normal. Sabrina had a slightly dysfunctional family with only her aunts Hilda and Agatha around. No mention was ever made of Sabrina's parents. Hmm! The publishers missed out on an entire female "Harry Potter" franchise back in the 70's.

Maybe Archie comics was jumping the shark with Sabrina, following the popularity of Bewitched and Jeannie. But to a curious 11 year old, this was pure heaven. Sabrina ranks up their as an Adorable Diabolical Damsel! Better late than never.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What makes a cute character?

I go with the word appeal, but this was a good article on Cartoon Brew.

Cubcake is experimenting with a heart shaped power suit. This was a failed Valentine's Day project. Go figure.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Can males create good female characters?

Now it strikes me: Can males create good female characters? Check out this example.

This is Kay K from Disney's Double Duck. It doesn't seem like a woman designed this. I've only seen a couple comics with her online, but I think the appeal is lost. She also doesn't make sense: She lives in a world where short, cute ducks don't wear any pants. But because she is a tall, sexy anthropomorph, she has to be fully clothed. Enticing? She seems to be there more for shock value, like Jessica Rabbit. IMHO.

I confess, I only did a quick scan of the material below. The Wikihow link seems to boil it down to 7 benchmarks. I'll have to go through my characters again to see if they measure up.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Flamingo Waitress as Green Lantern rough sketch

"I can't wear green all of the time-"

"- I mean, that would be tacky!"

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Old sketch, different, early "Cubcake" character

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fantasy Armor protection

Function versus fantasy.
Note: Some readers may be offended by the link below.

Here we go again. As a blockheaded guy, I'm still fascinated by the female character in jeopardy.
Monday was a rough day. News about the attack in Boston, and just finding out about the white ribbon campaign just leaves me more staggered about life, and what our responsibilities are toward each other. Good stories need bad guys, as long as they are confined to a screen, or the pages of a book.

Conflict is a part of life. But we have to decide on how big the repercussions will be if we lash out. Individuals and governments can lash out blindly, or with some high degrees of premeditation.

I still want to believe that cute, weird, yet attractive and vulnerable characters can get power, and deal with their attackers promptly, justly and fairly. My solution is to have them suited up for any kind of situation, like Iron Man.

(Except they would wear a flexible impact absorbing, trans-dimensional multi-polymer plastic inertia inhibiting padded alloy. Almost all the time. Oi vey.)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cubcake Power Suit

Done entirely in Photoshop. No pencil sketch. I accidentally filled a layer with black while doing another blue sketch, and thought what the heck?

Cubcake is admiring herself after being packed into a power suit Boffette made for her. Boffette is missing in action, and Cubcake and the girl-cobra have to go to rescue her. Just as soon as they look right! Work in progress.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Annette Funicello

Not Adorable Diabolical Damsels officially, but still people of importance. Annette is adorable, of course, with those beach movies and the Mickey Mouse Club. Margaret Thatcher, on the other hand, was a person with taste and charisma. As Britain's first female prime minister, Thatcher understood the use of power, even though I didn't agree with her politics. This earned her the title of the "Iron Lady".

Annette had influence as well with her exciting yet wholesome image, and much later with her battle with multiple sclerosis.,0,5659102.story,0,7418326.story

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Van Eaton Galleries "THE HB SHOW”

Wow. We didn't have this on Saturday morning. The Van Eaton Gallery was packed, I think the show was a success. The old Saturday morning has become a wild Saturday night! I had to get outta there...

Somebody has a thing for Thelma from "Scooby Doo"...

I didn't recognize Wilma Flintstone, at first-!

Jane Jetson as a Gold Key Comics Robot Fighter

Penelope Pitstop has a new ride-

And poor Barney Rubble gets it from Betty-

All images copyright their respective artists, and Hanna Barbera, Time Warner or whoever owns these properties these days...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog devalued again

Here we go again, due to web-crawlers, junk sites and the fact I'm not posting anything worthwhile, the blogger stats say Adorable Diabolical Damsels in the cellar again.

For what it's worth, I think I've finally figured out the theme of Adorable Diabolical Damsels: Walking the line between portraying exciting female characters... and guys being jerks.

Sufferin' those slings and arrows...

Krusha flaunts her armoured beauty, only to have her suit blasted by unseen forces. She survives, but obviously I can't show the last frame;)

Done in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro II in demo mode.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Madmen type Sexist ads from the past

Looks like Madmen is coming back on the air. I'm still waiting for the BBC Sherlock myself.

Will I get smacked if I say "You've come a long way baby"?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Doctor Spectrum, not so tight please...

Finally got thru Midterms and doctor appointments. I needed to post something after having no new work of my own for over a month.
Herman Bear gets taken for a ride! This is an older design for "Cubcake": She used to be much taller,  and in this guise wore a female Doctor Spectrum/Ninja outfit. The bear isn't being amorous, he's holding on for dear life! Old sketch from 2002, tweaked in Photoshop.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Phyllis Diller overlooked at Oscar In Memoriam

Born in Lima Ohio, Phyllis Diller was overlooked in the 2013 Oscar In Memoriam. She took "glamour" and turned it on its head in a fun, sardonic but still playful way. I thought she fit the mold of an Adorable Diabolical Damsel. She passed away last August 20th, 2012. She was 95. I always liked her jokes about her "husband" Fang. Darn that guy.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - Eurotrish

This was one of the few episodes of Foster's I've ever seen, and it just happened to have Eurotrish in it. I didn't get to see the whole thing, but she looked like a fun character. She has a cute face and I like her eyes. Her outfit is great, especially the shoes! But I read that her singing drove everyone crazy.

(Copyright Cartoon Network)

Hug Life

I like Philip Lumbang's work, Hug Life, instead of thug life, I guess.
He has cute characters that are bold and positive, and not just sickly sweet.

But I saw this last year on Barham across from Oakwood Apartments near Universal City. It's cool, but it looks like it was done by someone else. It's been painted over now.

It's signed "becca". Sort of like Roger Rabbit, except it's one of Philip's bears in James Bond mode. And instead of Jessica Rabbit, he has a Marilyn Monroe-esque, uh, companion. But the bear seems pretty blase' about it. He's definitely in charge. Shaken, not stirred. Maybe he's drinking because he didn't get the lead in "Skyfall". Cheers to cleaning up, after the Oscars.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Flamingo Waitress Samba dance mocap

Here is my Flamingo Waitress character dancing. The rig and mocap animation are copyright The paint weights are messed up, but that's my fault, especially on her skate wheels. But I couldn't resist trying this in Maximo. The dancing really seems to bring her to life, but it is not what I expected.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year! Year of the Snake

Happy Chinese New Year! Hope the Year of the Snake can be heroic.

Copyright Dreamworks SKG. First time I've seen a snake as a hero, and it is a female. (This time I'll leave it to the pros.)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Female Iron Man - Iron Jenny blasts off

I'm still hung up on a female Iron Man character. Sketch colored in Photoshop using smudge tool, along with dodge and burn tools. Work in progress

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Before there were Cintiqs...

An Air Force computer technician had time on his hands, and the know how to maximize one of the earliest computer graphic systems in the 1950's. It's a good thing the commies weren't trying to attack us at that moment...

There. We learned something! And it's not just about coloring doodles in Photoshop.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dino Girl! T. Rex Goddess

This female dino somehow got into a power suit. "Rowr! Me am Boffette now! Gotta luv me!"

Crazy world, ain't it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bird Girl quick sketch

Meh. Need to show newer, fresher work. Working 2 jobs, no time to tweak it in Photoshop.

Sunday, January 13, 2013