Monday, February 20, 2012

The fight for good spending habits in Utah

Last Friday I was notified by Sutherland Institute, Utah's premiere conservative think-tank, that a very important spending bill was receiving undue negative attention in our state Senate.

They hired me to create some cartoons to help simplify the vital concepts, as well as the political situation, behind the bill and visualize why the bill is unpopular with lobbyists and special interest groups, but is in the best interest of us citizens and of the state as a whole.

This bill, which is a beautifully written 1-page amendment to our Utah State Constitution, basically says that before we swipe our credit card (as a state) we talk about it first in our legislature. It also states that when we have a surplus in our budget, we make savings accounts for things like natural disasters, which we currently don't prioritize.

If you live in Utah, please do these things:

  • Check out the academic research that supports the bill. (Bottom of page)
  • Check out the bill.
  • Check its status. This is important so you know whether to email your Senator or Representative. (Whether the bill is in the Senate of the House of Representatives right now.)
  • Then email your senator or representative using this cool engine that figures out who that person is for you. Tell them that you want it to pass and they should support it.
Thanks for making a difference! This bill is VERY IMPORTANT! Please help it along! California had a similar bill, but got rid of it in 1990, and has since gone bankrupt.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


For those of you not following my Book of Mormon Comic Blog, now would be the time to subscribe. All my work and effort is being put into developing it and a large portion of my artwork the last year (and in years to come) will be exhibited there rather than on this blog.

And some morning warm-ups.

Friday, September 23, 2011

From the Dust - the Book of Mormon Graphic Novel

For interested parties that aren't yet following my graphic novel blog, that's where you will find a lot of my recent posting. I apologize for the neglect here on Getting Fancy the last few months. If you're interested in providing feedback for the storyboard version of the first installment of the graphic novel, just let me know. It will be ready at the end of September. It currently 46 pages with 30 pages of additional material.

From the Dust tells a unique story of hope during the Bible's darkest hour--600 BCE.

The Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the Old Testament) records that the Israelites--the same people Moses led across the Red Sea--had fallen into complete apostasy--they had become murderers, liars, adulterers, and worse, and their destruction had long been foretold. It is in this world of darkness that a wonderful family fights for goodness and refuses to give up on their society. But more than this--they refuse to give up on each other.

It is in this world of darkness that the story of the Book of Mormon begins--a story of pure, true love and the family-centered values that are at the heart of the Hebrew Bible, and the heart of all those who believe in it--Jew, Christian, and Muslim alike. We all have the Hebrew Bible as part of our canon. We are all Abrahamic religions.

If you enjoyed Dreamworks' The Prince of Egypt and it's story-centered, multi-faith approach to the Bible, you'll love From the Dust. It tells the story of the ancient origins of the Book of Mormon--without being preachy. It focuses on familial relationships and the things humanity has in common--not the little differences that divide us.

Here are some storyboards and a peek at what the finished comic/graphic novel will look like.

Dragons in From the Dust? See Jeremiah 51:34.

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Friday, June 10, 2011


This is my last Wizard of Oz post. Frank Baum included a load of wonderful creatures in his novel, one of them being the Kalidahs, a chimeric mix of creatures rolled into one. Among other of my favorites were the armless hammer heads who's head popped off at lightning speeds and could bop you into oblivion.

I really love this story adaptation and hope to return to it someday. I feel it stays truer to the spirit of the original than any interpretation I've seen, but there are four or more coming out in Hollywood in the next few years and I'm sure some of them will be stellar.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Journey to the Promised Land Begins

Pack your bags and say goodbye to Jerusalem, because we're going to the promised land. Check out the blog and like it on Facebook. Gonna be a long journey but I think it will be fun...and ultimately worth it for all involved.

The comic book series will be perfect for Latter-day Saint families looking to provide wholesome and edifying entertainment for their children, as well as provide an excellent and non-intrusive way to share our beliefs about the Old and New Testaments with our friends and neighbors.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Troupes of Oz

The fallen circus world of Oz is filled with all kinds of vagabonds and runaways. Among them are many that didn't make it into MGM's classic movie. My version stays way truer to the original book while embellishing them, like the whole story, with the same inspiration that inspired Frank L. Baum: the circus!

I haven't written bios for all of them, but here is what I've got. This project is being closed so it is what it is.

Winged Monkeys - Primate Cannonballs
Their one-way ticket is controlled by the possessor of the Golden Cap.

Quadlings (Glinda/Red Top)
Four-armed fire-wielding clumsy oafs. You can always trust them to blow something up...accidentally.
Zey are German.

Freakshow (Emerald City/Green Top)
8’8”, 425 lbs. big enough for you?  Or would you prefer to see the bearded lady?

Munckins (Wicked Witch of the East/Blue Top)
Living Tunisian architecture.
They are so in tune with each other they can finish each other’s sentences. Their collective brainy horsepower won't get you very far, though.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A change

This is an asset from work that didn't make the cut due to some miscommunication, so I got permission to post on the blog. I've done hundreds of these things, and most are not very glamorous.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Wicked Witch of the West
A gluttonous hag that gave up on kindness long ago...shortly after her first ballet class.

Filthy, nasty, dirty, wicked.  This sickened, over-stuffed gaucho violently abuses the Winkies to fill her bottomless pit. The mountainous leftovers rot where they lie, making her Yellow Top an amorous compost of liverwurst and sauerkraut casserole gone rank. The morbid irony is her demand for spotlessness--which her minions half-heartedly attempt in her presence, but instantly “respot” when her back is turned.  The ignition switch for her anger flips and the cycle begins all over again.  This witch has become one with her domain, so coated in muck that her true self is lost in the filth.  But sometimes, very rarely, she can be seen dancing like a ballerina in private.  Could it be her wickedness is only grime-deep?

Monday, May 09, 2011

Miss O'Riley

Miss O'Riley
A beautiful Irish saint.

Miss O'Riley is too regal to marry.  Too kind, too beautiful, too educated. She runs a local orphanage in Boston, and though she has a policy not to play favorites, one little girl and her black dog win her heart. Miss O'Riley's ultimate joy is to place this special girl in a family home...halfway across the continent.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Uncle Henry and Auntie Em

A strong-willed, weathered plainswoman who has never had children.

Dorothy’s happy laughter causes Em to scream in fright when she first hears it.  This gray woman is highly sensitive to her own lack of color.  There are two generations--and half a continent of culture--between Dorothy and Em, and they both know it.  Not only this, but Dorothy refuses to work, which is the one virtue that Em clings to and binds her family together.  Will strong-willed Em and bull-headed Dorothy be able iron out their differences?

A powerful, if aging, man that is determined to be a good father.

One of the first American homesteaders, Henry knows virtually nothing else.  He works hard and he loves his wife.  Neither of which, however, will be enough to help Dorothy become a part of his family.  He finds himself trying to learn to love--to change--in ways he never before considered.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

New Hobby

Works fried me, so I needed to do a personal piece. Although I am not ecstatic to be embarking on another long, hard project, I think that this one will be worth it.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The Collector

This is the collector that comes a-calling after the death of Dorothy's parents. He plays a very minor role in the film. He's only in two shots and doesn't say anything.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Susanna and Teddy

A poor but dedicated husband and father.

A city boy with few advantages in life, Teddy at an early age knew he had little more to offer anyone than the clothes on his back.  As such, he invested in himself: his courage, his personality, his humor.  He overcame his shyness and won the affection of his dream girl, Susanna.  Together they raise a special daughter who’s talent and ability intimidate them immensely.  Nevertheless, he makes great sacrifices to provide food, shelter, and a high-quality, if not high-income, lifestyle for both of them.

Teddy works double shifts in the factories to pay increasing debt they have accrued in their first years of marriage.  Eternally optimistic, he has dreams of one day working in a hotel.

A young mother who lives life to the fullest--and teaches her daughter to also.

A sun hat and bare feet are the trademark of this young American mother.  Beautiful since birth, Susanna could have married any man in the city, but she chose Teddy not for his big nose or freckled cheeks, but because he knew how to lead a rich, fulfilled life of memory-making.  Her dream is to be a mother of five, and live out her life having fun with those she loves.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Tussels

Mr. and Mrs. Tussels
A big softy and a small toughy.

The local police chief Mr. Tussels is friends with everyone near Boston Commons, his home turf.  He keeps the streets safe, strong-arming crime out of town or into prison.  He always thought of himself as tough until he finds himself knocking on the door of a neighborhood girl who has just lost her parents.

Mrs. Tussels, an accomplished seamstress, was acquaintances with Dorothy’s mother, Susanna.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Joey, the Scarecrow
An imbecile with the occasional stroke of absolute brilliance.

A clown of the scariest sort, Joey’s idiocy is a top-notch comedy act that will leave you groaning for more.  After learning to walk, this nitwit becomes the self-appointed translator extraordinaire for Tinny, the mouthless metal menace.  These two compatriots provide Dorothy dimwitted defense against the sharper fangs of Oz.  Indestructible straw-filled Joey cannot feel pain, and often finds himself dangling happily in the jaws of death.  This scarecrow would give every gram of his whole-grain fiber to save Dorothy, because it was she that first saved him, and, quite literally, taught him everything he knows.  What Joey's brain lacks in horsepower it makes up for with childlike optimism.

His dangling eyes and simplified, puppet-like design make Joey’s on-screen presence hilarious just to watch.

"Joey" is old circus lingo for "clown."

He tries not to move too much, but when he does it is with the finesse of a 1930s rubber hose animation.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tinny, the Tin Woodsman

Tinny, the Tin Woodsman
An obsessed metal trash can with an axe. Don’t let him wander unsupervised.

With innocent, Ewok-like curiosity Tinny scours Oz hoping to find his lost heart under a rock or in a birds nest--or--yes, scarily enough--even inside somebody else.  He is endlessly curious about other creature’s hearts, but without a conscience of his own he doesn’t know when to stop “axing.” Only his friends can repress his habitual living autopsies of birds, butterflies, and anything that his ADD mind admires.  These nearly-tragic moments provide endless opportunities for suspense, humor, and tenderness.  It is a comedy of what “could” happen, but never does.

Tinny is melodramatic, not unlike a four-year-old.  His lack of a mouth forces him to communicate in pantomime.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Larry, the Cowardly Lion
A gentle giant who’s dream is to be in a musical.

A lover of raindrops and roses, this whiskered kitten is the flabbiest and gabbiest you’ve ever seen.  Nothing pleases him more than bouncing his big body to the beat.  A poet, a songwriter, a singer, a dancer--any father would be proud...except of course the King of the Forest.  Although his parents have long since passed away, the legacy they left Larry was a tainted pysche--he’s so terrified of failure that he doesn’t even try.  He longs for courage, and to scare people with his roar, but it seems hopeless.  What he doesn't know is that his path to rule the kingdom may be less like the king’s, and more like “the King’s,” than he ever dreamed.

*"larry" is 19th century circus lingo for something that is broken.

The plan for this character, besides adding an incredible personality to the film, is to poke fun at MGM's classic Wizard of Oz. Think Lancelot's trapped prince from Monty Python mixed with Winnie the Pooh.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bingum Bartolomew

Until I figure out what to do with all of my Wizard of Oz work (which includes 20+ character designs, 70+ pages of script, and much more), here's a character from the film.

Bingum Bartolomew

The greatest showman on earth.
Representing the great circus men of American history, this highly moral, exceedingly dedicated showman will stop at nothing to bring the magic, mystery, and wonder of the world to the lives of its citizens.  The tent is his home and his fellow performers his family.  He invests enormous capital to ensure the circus maintains its integrity, safety, and trust for all involved: viewer, performer, and animal alike.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Artist Envy

Just posting because I'm trying to justify my existence after having perused a bunch of Avalanche Software artists' blogs, including but not limited to Jason Kim, Tom Scholes, and Jon Diesta. I both love and hate all of them. :)

These are some characters from a story I'm developing. Each of you need to post more often. And Jon, I will look for your laptop on the black market.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Birthday Gifts

Happy Birthday to me! I got a number of presents, but as usual Caleb's was my favorite. He drew me as a lightning wizard and named me Mikern Thundarnos. I was hoping for something more unpronounceable but I was proud nonetheless.

I asked if I could someday redraw one of his many character designs in my own style, and he said "No way in HECK! You try to do that and I'll take you outside and give you a Southern-style WHOOPIN'!"

He's from Alabaman and I'm from Georgia and all Southerners know that ain't no drawin' worth no cans of whoop being broke ope.

Caleb also included some free advice as part of his gift. He prefaced it by saying, "This is the best advice I could ever give you."

He's probably not far off.

Thanks Caleb, for making it a great birthday. I wish more people in life were overflowing with this kind of untainted personality.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Caleb Edwards Drawing

Probably my favorite person in the church I attend is a man who was (really) kicked in the head by a horse as a child. It causes him some physical discomfort, and mental challenges, but as a bonus he's been blessed with out-of-this-world creativity. And who doesn't need a little more creativity in their lives?

He came to me tonight and showed me a character for his newest story. I had to question him about some of the aspects of his drawing, and it has been annotated with his explanations.

I asked him to pleeeeeease bring me more drawings in the future so hopefully I will be able post some other characters.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

A fate Weetch

This weetch predicts peoples' fates. She's a character in my friend Matt's role-playing campaign. I still believe that traditional role-playing is one of the best exercises for the imagination. I don't do it much anymore, but when I look at my life a lot of the things I'm best originated in skills developed as a role-playing teenager. That and creative writing.

I'm tired. Off to bed.


Monday, February 07, 2011

Just another sartorialist post. Practicing new techniques is all. Experimenting...

Friday, February 04, 2011

Roman Taxi Concept Art

Here's some more Roman Taxi concept work. I did 44 of these since last what, a week and a half? In all it was about two full weeks of work (hours-wise).

My favorite I think is the pimp wagon. I wanted it to be low-rider but alas, we had to concede to the tech team. These are being farmed overseas, hence the notations. Lots and lots of fun, but also a lots and lots of work.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011