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The Cartoonist Airs on PBS

Jeff Smith’s Boneville blog has posted that The Cartoonist will be airing soon on a few PBS TV stations. The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE and the Changing Face of Comics is a documentary by Columbus Ohio’sMills James media company.

The cool thing about this documentary for me is my wife and daughter have a small (and unexpected) cameo in it. My daughter is a huge Bone fan and Jeff is her favorite cartoonist (evidently I am #2). While waiting in line for my daughter to meet Jeff (at Ohio State in 2008) the documentary’s video crew interviewed Beth and Ginny. I had no idea it had happened since I stepped away to get us a couple of bottles of water (oh, the things that happen when I step away for a few minutes). I’m not sure Beth mentioned it when I got back and if she did, I promptly forgot it (we are married after all). About 8 months later, my friend Jennifer Oliver emailed and asked if Ginny had been interviewed on video about Jeff and Bone. I told her I didn’t think so but would ask (what do I know; I’m just her dad).

Here’s a screen cap of Ginny…
…and her drawing of Bone for Jeff.

So look for Ginny and Beth (and her temporal special effect) in The Cartoonist.

The airs dates are:

Thursday, December 10th at 8:30 pm on channel 15 WDSC in Daytona, Florida.

Sunday, December 13th at 5:00 pm on channel 36 MPTV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sunday, December 20th at midnight on channel 29 MPB in Jackson, Mississippi

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Swag, Swag, Swag…

A couple of weeks ago I thought it would be cool to make a Red’s Planet T-shirt for my kid as a Christmas gift and maybe a coffee mug for my wife and myself (yes, I give myself gifts. Otherwise, how would I ever get what I wanted?). I had heard a couple of good things about the quality Zazzle‘s products compared to their competition and they were the only place I could find baseball shirts and wrap-around mug printing. So Zazzle it was! It was pretty quick and easy to upload some art and make a few gifts.

Well, I got my order this week and was very excited with the results! The shirts look really good and the mugs — awesome!! After several hours of excruciating excitement I finally couldn’t take it anymore — and gave them to everyone early! I’m such a Christmas wuss.


So I wanted to share the stuff with everyone else. I you are so inclined to have some Red’s Planet swag, then check out the Red’s Planet Outpost at Zazzle! If you order by Thursday, December 17th, your stuff will arrive before Christmas.

make custom gifts at Zazzle

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Help the Hodges

Starting this Thursday, January 21, there will be a very special auction of comic and cartoon art to to help the family of my friend and colleague, former Disney story artist and Big Idea productions director, Tim Hodge. If you’re a fan of animation, you will certainly be familiar with Tim’s work, even if you don’t know his name.

I worked with Tim while at Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida, but didn’t get to really know him until he gave me a call several years later to help out on the Veggie Tales feature film The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. Not only is he an amazing director and story-man (one of my favorites), but he is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

Now Tim and his family need some help and the animation and cartooning communities have come to his aide. The following is from

On August 22, 2009 Matthew Hodge, the 17-year-old son of former Disney story artist and Big Idea productions director Tim Hodge, was in a serious auto accident. A train struck his car at 50mph as he was crossing the tracks. While Matt suffered neither broken bones nor any internal organ damage, he did receive severe head trauma causing him to remain in a state of coma today. Matt is a high school senior, a straight A student, and a drummer in his state championship marching band.

Being self-employed, the Hodge family has short term medical insurance that will not fully cover all of their bills. Additionally, with the care they are giving Matt, full-time work is not possible for Tim right now. This loving family is relying on their faith and the love of family and friends for their survival. This is a tragic accident that will forever affect their lives as the road to recovery for Matt may be a long one.

In an effort to help the Hodge family, the National Cartoonists Society Foundation is getting involved by hosting a fund-raising auction to be held on eBay. The NCSF is a fully licensed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that not only helps fund educational endeavors for cartooning, but is there to help cartoonists in dire circumstances like the Hodges.

Please take the time to visit the site and check out all l the amazing work that has been donated for this auction. If you are a collector, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity! If you aren’t able to bid on any of these items, but can put together a few bucks, please consider donating to this family—remember, it is a tax deductible donation and there is a Paypal link on the site.

Visit for more info.

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Comics Coast to Coast Pick of the Week

As I was working in my studio drawing this week’s Red’s Planet page and catching up on my podcasts, I was very surprised to here that Comics Coast to Coast chose Red’s Planet as their Webcomic Pick of the Week! Wow, what a surprise — I’m very humbled!

Thank you Brian Dunaway & John Sanford for your very kind words! And Brian, I definitely take the Scooby Doo comment as compliment since I’m sure you weren’t referring to the Scrappy Doo era.

Make sure you check out the podcast with their awesome interview with Frank Page creator of Bob the Squirrel!

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Help The Hodges – Special Red’s Planet Offer

I told you recently about the big cartoon/animation art and memorabilia auction on eBay, to help the family of animator and director Tim Hodge. Tim’s son Matt was left in a coma when his car was struck by a train in their home town of Franklin,Tennessee. At this point, the Hodges have exhausted their medical insurance and are continuing to rack up high bills in the care of Matt (you can read more about Matt’s story at A few friends of Tim’s decided to ask other artists to donate art for an eBay auction and, before long, the auction list read like a who’s who of the world’s famous cartoonists and animators! So far, the Help the Hodges campaign has raised thousands of dollars from the generosity of the cartooning and animation community.

Being a relatively unknown artist, I know that my original artwork wouldn’t bring much in an auction, so I have been banging my head to think of what I can do to help raise money for this cause. But it turns out that I have something that you, the readers of Red’s Planet, just might like to have.

Several people have asked where they can get a printed copy of Red’s Planet. Well, it happens that there are some in existence. Last September I had a limited run of the Red’s Planet Preview printed by the awesome Ka-Blam comic printers here in Orlando. I gave these copies as gifts to friends, family and colleagues. They have never been available for sale and will never be re-printed in this format.

Ginny with the Red's Planet Preview Issue

My daughter Ginny with the Red's Planet Preview Issue

I am making available 20 copies of the Red’s Planet Preview Issue for Help the Hodges. Here’s how you can get one:

  • For a donation of $10 or more, you get a signed copy of Red’s Planet Preview Issue.
  • For a donation of $25 or more, you get a signed copy of Red’s Planet Preview Issue and a pencil sketch of Red.
  • For a donation of $35 or more, you get a signed copy of Red’s Planet Preview Issue and an ink drawing of Red.
  • For a donation of $50 or more, you get a signed copy of Red’s Planet Preview Issue and an Ink drawing of any two Red’s Planet characters of your choice.

So that’s it. If you are interested, here’s what you do:

  • Step 1: Drop me an email (click here) and tell me you are interested.
  • Step 2: I’ll send you an email and let you know that a book is reserved for you, with a link to make your donation via Paypal. Don’t make your donation until I have confirmed that copies are available (unless, of course, your joy of giving is uncontainable).
  • Step 3: After you have made your donation, forward your Paypal receipt to me to verify your donation. I will then get your book into the mail within a day (if you have requested a drawing with your book, please allow 1-2 weeks for shipment). And don’t worry, there’s no private information on your Paypal receipt.

The printed edition of the Red's Planet Preview

Though this is not an official Help the Hodges offer, I have cleared this through Chad Frye, the coordinator of the Help the Hodges auction. All donations will be made through the Help the Hodges PayPal account, and no money will be transferred through me. Help the Hodges is a fund raising effort of the National Cartoonist Society Foundation, so all donations are tax-deductible. Please follow the above instructions, and type carefully.

Thanks everyone for your interest!


Thanks so much to everyone for the great response! There are still plenty of copies available, so don’t get left out!


As of today, we’ve raised $120 $155 $310 for Help the Hodges! There are still 12 11 8 books available in case anyone is interested. Thanks so much to everyone for your donations!


There are no more copies available. Thanks to everyone who donated to Help The Hodges!

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Social Media Idol Contestant: Formspring

With so many new additions, social media is getting tough to keep up with. I imagine somewhere there’s some sort of American Idol scenario where wannabe social media concepts step up an pitch their concepts and supposed usefulness. There would be many laughable rejects, right Simon?

But Formspring looks kind of fun. Formspring’s gimmick is “Send and receive anonymous questions, and learn more about people you find interesting by following their answers.” I’ve always enjoyed Q&A interviews, so, ok, I’m in.

So now you get your chance to ask me questions (rather than some expert). You may have even noticed the widget on the left hand side of this page that allows you to submit a question with out even leaving the comfort of the Red’s Planet site. Ask me anything about drawing, cartooning, animation and Red’s Planet. I’ll even entertain other questions (like the recent “What kind of shoes do you wear?”) if I think they are fun and interesting.

So if it sounds like a worthwhile click for you, then ask away!

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Wishtales Come True

It was announced today that I have joined forces with Tom Dell’Aringa and Steve Ogden and their Wishtales publishing imprint. Wishtales is just getting started and I think you are going to see some really awesome things happening there. I can’t tell you how stoked I am to be a part of it!

Tom is the creator of one of my favorite webcomics, Marooned, which he bills as a space opera in the wrong key. It’s a great mix of humor and adventure. Steve is the prolific creator of Croker’s Gorge, Cubicle Pigs and recently won Best New Webcomic 2009 for his beautiful work on Moon Town. Both of these guys really work hard at their craft and that’s why I know that Wishtales is going to be be something special. Plus they have the coolest logo!

So stay tuned for more news on what’s to come from Red’s Planet and Wishtales!

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Red Returns!

A Special Announcement:

Red’s Planet will be returning to this screen on May 2 with the conclusion of Chapter Two!

What happens when Red awakes to find herself on a giant space ship millions of miles from home?  Will she be discovered? And who the heck are the mysterious Aquilari?  And what’s up with this buying spree they’re on?

Find the answers to these questions (well, maybe not all of them) in just two weeks, when Red’s Planet returns with new pages updating twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays!

A Personal Note to Fans:

Thanks everyone for the support and encouragement over the past few months. Though my time away has been much longer than I anticipated, I’ve made some slow but steady progress on Red’s Planet and I’m very ready to jump back in full force with the exciting conclusion to Chapter Two.

I also thought some of you might like an little creative update on the from the behind the scenes.

Over the past weeks, not only have I been scripting and designing the rest of the current chapter, but even more important, I have been writing the entire story. I can now say that the first draft of Red’s Planet is nearly finished — with only two or three scenes left to complete.

Since my influence and area of study is film, I like to write in screenplay form as it’s easier for me to visualize the story and the story structure. From that point, I adapt the script for comic pages. For a movie script, it is still a little long at 127 pages, but after a rewrite, I think it will balance out at 120 pages — perfect screenplay length.  Now the first act of the story (roughly chapters One through Four), have been locked for some time. It was the remainder of the story that I needed to tie-down and really know where we are going.

Following the rewrite, my plan is to find some trusted individuals — hopefully  colleagues of mine in the film and animation industry — to read it and give me honest feedback.

And for those who are curious  — if you were watching Red’s Planet the movie, chapter Two begins somewhere around 15 minutes into the film and ends near the 30 minute mark.

Just sayin’.

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Team Cul de Sac Auction and Book!


As many of you may remember from a previous post , graphic artist Chris Sparks launched a very awesome campaign to honor cartoonist Richard Thompson — Reuben Award winning creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac— after his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. Chris created Team Cul de Sac, a group of cartoonists, artists, illustrators, and animators who have donated original artwork for a fundraising book.  The artwork will also be auctioned with the proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation to support Parkinson’s research.

The auction, conducted by Heritage Auctions, begins this Sunday May 27 and will end June 10 . Now that I have moved the production of Red’s Planet to all digital (a topic for another time), I am producing much fewer original pieces of art and I’m too busy to take on commissions like many comic artists do. This is a rare chance to own an original one-of-a-kind illustration of Red (below) and support a great cause as well!

The artwork is also collected in a book, Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s (Andrews McMeel Publishing), to be published June. The book looks amazing and features the work of some of the top cartoonists in the world and…me. I’m honored and thrilled to have been included to be in the book and honestly didn’t expect to have made the cut. If you order directly from Chris, a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, to support Parkinson’s Disease research.

Please consider bidding in the auction and buying the book as well! I can’t tell you what a great cause this is!






Here are all the links again:
You can order the book here:
Bid on some important cartoonist’s work in the auction:
Bid on Red’s Planet art in the auction:

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