how did you get into making things?
I’ve been making and crafting things since I was very young. I’ve always enjoyed making something out of nothing. When the first Star Wars movie came out I built a life size R2-D2 out of a barrel, a hair dryer dome and and some wood. I also sculpted a Darth Vader mask out of plaster to wear as a costume.
– why did you create MST3K replicas?
I started making the MST3K robots shortly after I became a fan of the show when it first aired back in the 1990’s. It was obvious that the robots were made out of all kinds of junk parts so I started searching for all the correct pieces to make each robot. Eventually I got most of the parts and built my own versions of Crow and Tom Servo.
– what is your favorite thing about MST3K?
I’ve always loved the jokes used on MST3K. It fits in with my sense of humor. Also they do so many jokes with every episode that it’s easy to find some you like.
– do you have a favorite episode?
My favorite episode is probably episode #402 – The Giant Gila Monster. I’ve always liked monster movies
– do you have advice for kids who like to make things?
The best advice I can give young people is what ever you are passionate about just do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it or discourage you from trying. The hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. If you really want to do something you have to take your shot.
Author Greg Grunberg & Lucas Turnbloom
Summary: Ben is learning that he is a dream jumper, and how his powers are. He has to face monsters that his friends are afraid of, that are in his friend’s dreams. Parts of the book are funny, and in other parts it’s kind of scary.
What I liked about it: It has really good action scenes, like when Ben jumps off of a cliff to catch a bunny. The illustrator did very good expressions on the faces to show emotions.
Overall review: It’s a really good book with lots of emotions and jokes.
Who might like this book: Kids who like action and sometimes scariness.
Mom says this is a character from her childhood. She says she even had the dolls that smelled like stuff.
I like this because Strawberry Shortcake has a cafe and helps others. It is a friendship story. Each comic adventure is nice and funny. I really like the comic.
One of my favorites was when Strawberry and Sweet & Sour Grape go to a food truck carnival. They served a lot of food and got a trophy for selling the most ice cream sundaes. Yum.
And remember to go to ComiqueCon tomorrow! See you there!
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Tell me a little about yourself: I am a character designer and visual development artist working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! Over the past two years, I have worked for numerous clients in the Animation, Comic and Media industry including BOOM, IDW, Dark horse, Nelvana and Facebook.
How long have you been drawing? I have been drawing ever since kindergarten but I didn’t really take it seriously as a career until Grade 11!
How did you get into comics? It was an unexpected opportunity about two years ago – I still consider myself new in the comic industry since I generally do guest strips but my first freelance offer was for Garfield with BOOM and it has been constant ever since! I still feel I have a lot to learn about comics but I am so happy to share my art through this medium.
What is your favorite comic you have worked on? So far my most favourite comic I have worked on has been Gumball! It was the most liberal series I worked on to date in which I had 100% control on the story and art style.
What are some all-ages comics you suggest? Gumball!!! It’s so funny for all ages and the characters are so diverse and enjoyable 🙂
(Bridget note: Look at her work below! You can meet Nneka at ComiqueCon this weekend)
Did you know there is a comic book series about the Disney Princesses? This is one of the comics I have a subscription to.
In each comic, there are multiple adventures by multiple princesses. Some are short and some are long. The adventures are very fun. I have a favorite princess in the series. I am not going to tell you till next post.
Just kidding.. in this series, it is Pocahontas. (Yes, I know this is not the correct story for her) I also like Mulan, Tiana and Merida.
This would be a good series for kids who like princesses and want to learn to read. Also just people who like princesses.
By Ben Hatke
Zita is about a girl and her friend who find a machine. Zita clicks a million times and a portal opens up. Something in the portal takes her friend. She clicks in million times more so the portal opens again. She then has a journey in space to find her friend before time runs out.
I like this because it is a space girl. Cleopatra and Interstellar Cinderella would love to meet Zita. I would like to go on an adventure with the three of them in space. I like the artwork. I love Zita, so much this year at ComiqueCon, I am dressing as her. Last year, I was Cleopatra.
I love reading comics because they are brain candy. There is a picture for every part of the story. It makes it easier to understand what is going on. I think kids should read comics to help them learn to read and enjoy reading.
Now I go beg for the other Zita books in the series. How well behaved do you think I need to be?