Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 sketch

Hello "Damsels", I'm tired out, and I'm supposed to have my mind on "higher things" for work in 2015. Have to swipe work from my other blog to post something here.
I would still love to be flirting with you, but duty calls.
Here's to better days...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wander over Yonder - the Gift

Couldn't resist this.

It's always embarrassing for Sylvia, and maybe for all of us, to be all "dressed up" for the Holidays.

(art copyright Disney)

We are learning more about Sylvia, after seeing "The Rider" episode. She was turning into quite an outlaw after leaving her relatively happy world of Marshfalaffle Apple Meadow. But being with Wander let's her share in his magic, and so she can tolerate being decorated with jingle bells as they deliver gifts throughout the galaxy.

Wander is still a mystery, and maybe he should be left that way.
It leaves some things to the viewers imagination, and makes the show more fun.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cobra Suit

One plot thread I've been struggling with is Lady Cobra trying to rescue Boffette in a situation where her old suit fails. The objective is to bring a new power-suit to her.

The joke is that Lady Cobra has to ride inside the suit, and gets banged around like a sock in a clothes dryer. 
Fortunately, the suit has walking, running and flying routines programmed in by Boffette.
 Using the arms is a little more tricky for her.

All Lady Cobra has to do is find Boffette. 
But how will she be protected when she gives up the new suit?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ham in a Roll - Goofy Gophers

While I'm on the subject of chorus lines and Can-Can dancers, here's one way to attack one's manliness: forced femininity. And so, another waste of my time archiving the work of horny animators from the golden age of animation. But the innuendos here still fascinate me.

A quick search indicates this was directed by Bob McKimson, and released in December 1949.
These are my screen grabs from a post on Vimeo.


(copyright Time/Warner)

And all the while, the victim is comically missing the point. The dog, which is a charicacture of the actor John Barrymore, starts getting the punishment even before the The Goofy Gophers, Mac and Tosh even show up.

The bitter lesson learned here shows that we ought to be happy with what we have. Things could be a whole lot worse I suppose.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dancing Octopus - Porky's Poor Fish (1940)

Well, I've finally caught up with a ghost from the past that has tantalized me for years:

This comes from an old Porky Pig cartoon where there was a series of underwater gags involving fish and other sea creatures. One scene showed a stage with the curtain raised only half way up revealing a line of fabulous dancing legs.

These "legs" drew cheers and wolf whistles from the audience all right, appearing to belong to a "kick line" or a group of Can Can dancers.

(artwork copyright Time/Warner, screengrab by Steven Hartley)

Then the curtain was raised up all the way to reveal this gorgeous creature. Har dee har har. Just one more turn of the crank to twist a young person's perceptions of sex, and what a positive female image is supposed to be. Oh well, the damage is done.

The title I came across was Porky's Poor Fish (1940). Hat's off to Steven Hartley at his Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie blog and his research on this.

According to Steven, this animation came originally from an earlier Bob Clampett short,  "Porky's Five and Ten" (1938). Still, I guess it's all in fun. Be careful what you wish for, right? Imagine her bills for shoes and stockings.

Also credit to http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/miscelooneyous/reused/ for providing the lead.

Ahh... Now I can rest easy.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wander Over Yonder - the Date

Stumbled across this on
Mochi posting stuff...


(screengrabs by Mochi, art copyright Disney)

According to Wikipedia, Sylvia has to go on a date with Lord Hater. Hater's date doesn't show up, and he decides to destroy her planet out of revenge. Wander talks Sylvia into taking the place of Hater's missing date, and keep him from blowing up this unnamed world.

Looks cute!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Not Marge Simpson

Nope, it's Sylvia again...

(art copyright Disney and Fox)

 The headaches she gets from Wander must approach the stress levels Marge gets from living with Homer. Still, even with all the abuse, both remain faithful to their partners.

Some quick Photoshop on a hot night...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Captain Universe - Sylvia Wander Over Yonder

Well it had to happen-

(copyright Marvel/Disney)

Sylvia is tapped by the Uni -Power (Enigma Force?) to become Captain Universe!
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I couldn't resist it.

Imagine all the butts she could kick now ;)

Happy late Labor Day, it's not the same without Jerry Lewis.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jet Puffin color

Boffette in her standard suit colors, with a turing generated background.

Work in progress.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Disney Fantasia Ostrich Ballerina meets Wander over Yonder Sylvia

Hoo-ha Damsel fans, and webcrawlers everywhere. Finally back from my Canada trip with no internet access for over a week. (Just got back from Illinois, locked the front door, oh boy, look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn...)

Speaking of fantasies after a long trip, here's a quick mashup of Wander over Yonder's Sylvia, and the Ostrich Ballerina from Disney's Fantasia. I wonder how long Sylvia would put up with "Mademoiselle Upanova's" haughty attitude...

(All artwork copyright Disney Corp. strangely enuf.)

Probably a whole 2 seconds.

Monday, July 28, 2014

No Comic Con - More Jet Puffin Sketches

More rough sketches of Boffette and company I'm trying to cleanup and color. Most of these are from 2013.

"Eek what's that?!?"

"Oh, it's THAT."

Cubcake and Lady Cobra suit up to head to the rescue...

But Lady Cobra finds that getting into a humanoid power suit is trickier than she thought, especially when the suits have their own basic sense of sentience!

Finally, the cavalry is on it's way.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Party Animal - Wander over Yonder

Hello A.D.D. Been busy this summer. Sorry I haven't posted in a while.

Poor Sylvia, in trying to stop Emperor Awesome from destroying a planet with one of his world ending parties, she has to become the thing she despises...

(Images copyright Disney Corp.)
Screengrabs from http://wandernews.tumblr.com/

The over the top Party Chick!

Her plan was to sneak into the crowd, "charm" her way onto the stage, take Awesome by surprise, and punch his lights out. That was the plan anyway.

Unfortunately, Sylvia is caught off guard, and trapped in a Go-Go dancer cage, much to Emperor Awesome's delight.

While Sylvia does her best to break free, and tear Awesome to shreds, it's Wander who saves the day. Wander wanted to join the "fun" right at the start, but Sylvia didn't trust him. She ends up tying Wander to a post. Wander is left alone, like Odysseus tied to the mast, tortured by the song of the sirens. Sylvia is finally forced to call out to Wander to join the party and dance, Dance, DANCE when she realizes he is their only hope. By kicking out some incredible dance moves, Wander out-parties the "Party Animal", Emperor Awesome. The dance poses and animation for this episode show some incredible work by Craig McCracken's crew. (I think Michael Jackson would have approved!)

Needless to say, it's Sylvia who takes the abuse again. I have to admit, I see Sylvia as an appealing female character. But seeing her dressed as the Party-Chick is disturbing. Her direct approach in confronting the villain never seems to work. And her sacrifice in changing her "hair", wearing "clown makeup" and uncomfortable shoes was all in vain.
In contrast to Lord Hater's fear mongering, Emperor Awesome wants everyone to worship, admire, and envy him. Especially the females. But Sylvia's "Ewww" perfectly expresses her revulsion at Awesome, and his whole chauvinistic scene.
Still, let's still hear it for Sylvia, the Noble Fighting Lady who never gives up!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Violence against Women

I found this article on the North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch: Most women feel afraid to walk home alone. But here I am again, placing cute sexy female characters in danger. I guess I still fantasize about women who can handle themselves. Maybe we should envision a world where less situations like this exist.

Boffette's suit is damaged and low on power after a rough battle. Then a hand grabs her from the darkness as she tries to make her way home. This is just melodrama here. But the headlines don't seem to focus on:

Violence against women
Women as second class
Women are seen as not in control of their own bodies




Monday, June 9, 2014

Sylvia as Star Sapphire

Can't seem to let this go...

But I did keep the outfit toned down... As much as I could. Sylvia would have been an easy candidate for the Red Lanterns.

Maybe Sylvia has more Love in her than she realizes!
(copyright, with more apologies to DC Comics, Disney and Craig McCracken)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tove Jansson

I stumbled across a copy of "Who will comfort Toffle" while on an expedition to Hi-De-Ho Comics in Santa Monica. I had seen some of the Moomin books before, but it never quite clicked in my head that it was all written and drawn by Tove Jansson.

Anyway, there were some interesting characters in Jansson's work, besides the Moomins. Her female characters like the "Fillyjonk" and this horse lady caught my eye. Earnest, yet surreal at the same time, Jansson's characters grapple with the mysteries of life, along with the humdrum chores that go with it. And also some very strange neighbors:

Something about the work made me feel young again, as corny as that sounds. It took me back to when I was little, and all ladies were lovely, mysterious giants.

(all artwork copyright Tove Jansson)

Sorry I didn't find these books sooner. But it made sitting on the 405 with an overheating radiator worth the trip.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Wander over Yonder Sylvia Fan Art

It seems I have a fan out there...


Someone liked one of my Sylvia drawings, A LOT, and used it to give her a new swimsuit. She looks cute. I'm a little bit angry, but I'm also flattered. I'm not on deviantART. I'm not comfortable with that type of exposure.

Granted, Sylvia is a Disney character, although I'll bet you'll never find her in any of the Disney Princess Collections. In fact, they show another side of her "action girl/mama bear" personality:




Friday, May 30, 2014

The Snake in the Garden

Instead of offering the Apple, she's disguised as a giant scallion-

on a roller skate! 
(Quick sketch colored in Photoshop)

Juicy tomato cobra

Don't know how I got this idea, but I wanted a cobra punching through a juicy tomato...

Rough sketch colored in Photoshop.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hatta Mari daffy duck

Hello, it's been a busy spring so far, and I haven't posted anything since April. This has been on my mind for a while, and I would like to reexamine the forerunner of Jessica Rabbit; Hatta Mari. I was never a fan of Jessica anyway, but if Jessica and say, Tweety Bird had a child, she might turn out like this:

                                               (Images copyright Time/Warner)


Here is that femme fatale stereotype: The seductive, mysterious woman who charms males, and then leads them to their doom. I don't know where the inverted "hourglass" shape came from, but it sure means trouble. Hatta has broad shoulders, long legs, a "wasp waist", but with narrower hips. Now I realize she is more of a super hero, or in this case, super villainess.


                                               (Images copyright Time/Warner)


She's also quite tall, physical, menacing, and, in my humble opinion, not very appealing. But just the concept of her intrigues me. The cute bird face has been distorted with the sly, evil expressions, along with way too much makeup. But at the time in 1944, Warner Brothers had the nerve to put her on the screen. Of course, this was during WWII, and the Looney Tunes shorts was meant for a more mature movie audience.

Apparently, Hatta was designed for shock value by Frank Tashlin and his crew at Termite Terrace. Perhaps the reason was Hatta was a symbol for the perversions and hostility of the Third Reich. A similar seductive lady duck would follow in 1952 in the "Super Snooper".


Hatta was quick to use violence, but had no real power compared to my characters. An obvious Diabolical Damsel, but one to be kept at a distance.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jet Puffin Andy Warhol

Just foolin' around with some different color schemes for Boffette's power suit.

Not quite an Andy Warhol. She could be like the original Iron Man, Star Sapphire, Green Lantern, or, just as herself with some variations.

Quick sketch colored in Photoshop.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Brianne Drouhard's character designs

Check out Brianne Drouhard's work at


Brianne has designed for the Teen Titans and Amethyst TV animated shows.
Maybe TOO adorable??? But I still like it. Another U.S. take on anime'.
Got to see "Curse of the Tiki" back at Cal Arts some years ago, nice designs, tight little story:)

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Powerful yet charming, I stumbled across Donna Dodson's sculptures a few years ago. She sculpts  supernatural beings that fuse animal spirits with confident female archetypes. Her work also has a sense of humor: These are women of power, and yet the simplified animal heads make them seem playful and approachable.

                                 (Art copyright Donna Dodson, photographer unknown.)

Most seemed dressed for a night on the town with long gloves, and the natural flow of the wood suggests they are wearing sophisticated, well tailored dresses. Even though they seem to come from the distant past, their supernatural poise puts them in touch with classic style and fashions. I would hold a door open for them. (You could almost hear them saying "Yes Ken, you had better. But thank you very much!")

Dodson's sculptures are also, well, voluptuous. And these ladies are not shy about it! The work reminds me of native American art with some Vogue magazine blended in. Suggestive yes, there's also a Joseph Campbell flavor running throughout the work. The bold shapes and stony silence of the pieces give Dodson's work a special place in the realm of Adorable Diabolical Damsels.



Friday, February 21, 2014

Boyfriend-Best Coast

And a different band with a similar theme: Best Coast. I got them confused with the Summer Twins, but this tune also has a romantic oldies vibe. I picture Cubcake singing this with the others as backup singers. *How dreamy*

Okay, back to reality. Cocktail hour is over.

Summer Twins - "I Will Love You"

Aw, what the heck. It's Friday evening, and it already feels like summer in So Cal. So here's a little cruisin' music. I was lucky to catch "I Will Love You" on KPFK one late (boring) Sunday afternoon last year. The Summer Twins bring a fresh bounce to good old doo-wop rock n' roll.

Even though they are not magical creatures, and they have no special powers, I'm making them Honorary Adorable Diabolical Damsels. Their music has a magic all its own.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day date odd pair up

Old sketch of Herman Bear and Lady Cobra from 2008. Here she towers over Herman, but still keeps her charm.

They looked a lot different back then. I used more colored pencil and pastels.

Valentine's Day secret love!

This sketch has been sitting around since 2010, and I don't think I will ever finish it. In this fantasy world, Herman Bear has had some relationships, believe it or not. (He's holding some candy and flowers.) Each would-be mate has amazing abilities and backgrounds, so Herman is never sure if the fault lies with him, the lady, or just the species-gap. Who can say?

Starting at the top going clockwise is "Boffette", the high tech jet puffin girl, then Azure, a gazelle lady. Next is Cubcake, the squirrel, kitty, whatever girl. Herman and Cubcake are just friends, they even get on each others nerves like brother and sister.

After that is Sapphire, a horse-lady from his college days. Nuff said! At 9 o'clock is a vixen, name unknown. There have been a lot of lovely vixens running around in this world, but being a bear made it hard for Herman to keep up with them. Last but not least is Lady Cobra, who is actually quite a sweet heart. They met when Herman Bear saved her life but that's another story.

All of these romances and relationships have a story. I'd like to tell them someday, but I don't want my work to get thrown in with the rest of the online trash.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Flamingo Roll Skate Waitress puppet

Well, here she is. She was cut from a scrap of cedar in my Dad's workshop. She is still very rough, I used a scroll saw to cut out her silhouette. She's nearly a foot tall! And I didn't just want to use a plastic lawn flamingo from the hardware store.

Don't know when I'll get around to fleshing her out. I especially want to work on her skates. (The skates are one of the few things that are sexy about her.) I was going to tear apart some cheap Hot Wheels-type cars from the dollar store, but I didn't have the heart to destroy them. Their wheels weren't quite right anyway.

Hope to get back to her soon and have a charming Maquette.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Beware Rule 63

I don't know why I'm posting this, other than the title (and, that I needed an entry for tonight). These artists really went the extra mile for some lame jokes. But it still falls within the concerns of this blog: my idea of female characters really having some power (mostly for justice). Most of the art, while well rendered, is, well, just not appealling to me. And it's definitely NOT for the kiddies.

You have been warned.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Winter 2014 sketches

Actually did these during Christmas and New Years... Happy belated New Year and Year of the Horse! Which is supposed to make it hard on us Rats I hear. I'm working on it so it won't get me down. I haven't had time to work on Adorable Diabolical Damsels until this SuperBowl Sunday.

Here's Jet Puffin again...

Miscellaneous sketches...

And an Ice Wolf with Herman Bear.

So begins 2014!