Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Alternative Monster Cereals Part IV: Creature from the Froot Lagoon

Here's the last drawing in my alternative monster cereal series. I hope you all have a safe and spooky Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Alternative Monster Cereals Part III: Raisin the Dead

This drawing shows what happens when a California Raisin comes back from the dead. I imagine him shuffling around and moaning, "Brrrraaaaaannn"

Monday, October 29, 2007

Alternative Monster Cereals Part II: Nosferatutti Frutti

This one is based on the silent vampire movie 'Nosferatu'. I guess this guy would be related to Count Chocula.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Alternative Monster Cereals Part I: Giant Ape Grape

I thought I'd try my hand at some original monster art. The next few posts are my ideas for alternative monster cereals.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Monster Cereals Part V: Yummy Mummy

Wikipedia helped me remember this discontinued monster cereal. Yummy Mummy was introduced in 1987 and discontinued in 1993. I vaguely remember this one being on store shelves but don't know if I ever tried it as I was in high school/college during it's run.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Monster Cereals Part IV: Fruit Brute

I have to be honest, I don't remember this one at all. However, doing my diligent pre-drawing research I found a wikipedia entry for each of the monster cereals. Turns out this cereal was introduced in 1974 and discontinued in 1983.

According to wikipedia, Quentin Tarantino is a fan of this cereal as a box appears in both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Monster Cereals Part III: Boo Berry

This is my least favorite of the monster cereals, though my brother Eric swears by it. Like Franken Berry this cereal is only available around Halloween now.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Monster Cereals Part II: Count Chocula

This is my second favorite monster cereal, though mainly because there are so many other chocolate cereal alternatives. This is the one monster cereal that remains available year-round, though I have to say I don't see it advertised very much any more. (and with three kids I watch enough kid vid to see lots of cereal commercials)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Monster Cereals Part I: Franken Berry

In honor of the upcoming Halloween festivities I thought I'd post some drawings of the various "Monster Cereals" from General Mills. First up is my personal favorite: Franken Berry.

Franken Berry is hard to find these days. However, Target and Wal-Mart seem to carry it every year around Halloween. I buy a box every year to relive my childhood, but my kids have gotten hooked on the cereal so I usually only get one bowl a year. (sigh)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Popeye Part V: Poopdeck Pappy

Popeye's father also appeared for the first time in the "Goonland" cartoon. In the cartoon he's called 'Pappy' but I believe his full name is Poopdeck Pappy.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Popeye Part IV: The Goon

This guy came from the 1938 cartoon "Goonland" in which Popeye rescues his Pappy from the Island of Goons.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Popeye Part III: Eugene The Jeep

Yet another character who's background story I don't know. As far as I know this guy's only job was to track down Swee'Pea when he wandered away. He could turn invisible, walk on the ceiling, walk through walls, and fly.

Rumor has it the military nicknamed their 4x4 truck 'Jeep' because the vehicle could go anywhere, just like the cartoon character.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Popeye Part II: Swee'Pea

I have to admit I don't know the story behind Swee'Pea. Who's kid is it, Popeye and Olyve's? (gasp....out of wedlock)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Popeye Part I: Wimpy

I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post. I must have had a worse case of workis interruptis than I thought. (sigh)

The next few posts will be black and white drawings of various Popeye characters in honor of the new DVD, Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938, Vol. 1

Here's Wimpy (full name - J. Wellington Wimpy) who's catch phrase is, "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."