Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

On the Set for a Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Judith Viorst’s classic children’s book Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has been adapted to a motion picture starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, which opens on October 10. Last year, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon on the set. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

GeekDad Exclusive: Announcing Abigail and the Snowman

Abigail and the Snowman #1; cover art by Roger Langridge.

Roger Langridge returns to Boom Studios with not one, but two new projects. First up, on October 1, it’s Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow. Then, in December, Langridge will present his first original creater-owned project since the Eisner-winning Snarked; Abigail and the Snowman is a four-issue miniseries for all ages that might be described as “Lilo & Stitch meet Calvin & Hobbes.” Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Behind the Scenes With Big Hero 6

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Continuing the streak that began with Tangled, Disney Animation’s next feature is also their first animated adaptation of a Marvel property, Big Hero 6. Not long ago, I was invited to spend a day at the studio with the artists behind this new film. We met the producer, directors, designers and artists, many of whom also worked on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. We saw storyboards, concept art and several extended sequences of the heroes in action and spoke with the animators who put it all together. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

It’s Not Hawkeye’s Fault!

Jeremy Renner watches Joss Whedon attempt interpretive dance.

Hawkeye’s bad archery is not Jeremy Renner’s fault. The latest photos from the set show director Joss Whedon demonstrating an alleged “archery pose” for actor Jermey Renner, and suddenly it all becomes clear; Renner’s archery mistakes in the first film can be laid squarely at Joss Whedon’s door. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Retro Review: Phantom of the Paradise on Blu-Ray

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Shout Factory continues its tradition of re-packaging an eclectic inventory of cult classics with a 40th Anniversary edition of Phantom of the Paradise, complete with an extensive collection of special features. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

10 Things Parents Should Know About Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is poised to be the biggest movie of the year; last weekend 93% of ticket pre-sales at Fandango were for Marvel’s space epic. In a time when almost all big movies are prequels, sequels, reboots, or spin-offs, Guardians stands as a fresh, original and totally unlikely movie, one that doesn’t feel like it was written by committee, created in service to the special effects or licensed merchandise (though they are going to move a lot of it), or dissected and rewritten by focus groups prior to its release. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Meet the Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy

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The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy assembled at the Disney studio for a press event; participants were director James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill AKA Starlord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (Groot), and Benicio Del Toro (The Collector). The conversation ranged from favorite songs on the soundtrack to how hard Zoe Saldana can kick. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Word Nerd: A Man of Principals

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Today’s Word Nerd came about after seeing a banner promoting a local concert series; somehow, these banners, several dozen of them, were designed, approved, printed and installed all over the city without anyone ever noticing the error they contain. If you look below Michael Feinstein’s name, you’ll see the words “Principle Conductor.” It should be “Principal.” Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Sneak Peek: Pixar’s Inside Out

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Pixar provided a behind-the-scenes look at their next film, Inside Out, for a small audience in Los Angeles, exactly one year prior to its scheduled premiere date of June 19, 2015. The preview included a look at the opening five-minute sequence (much of it in the form of storyboard images), character and set designs, concept drawings, and some brief scenes from the film. The audience was also treated to a preview screening of Lava, the animated short that will accompany Inside Out in the theaters. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Rejected Princesses: Too Much for the Mouse

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A former effects animator at Dreamworks, Jason Porath has created Rejected Princesses, a website devoted to notable women who are too awesome, awful, oddball or horrifying to ever appear in an animated musical. The site is not at all appropriate for children (Jason’s a bit, shall we say, blunt and colorful in his language, and some of the featured ladies are sure to raise a lot of uncomfortable questions from young readers), but several of the stories, particularly the real-life women, might serve as subjects for school assignments for high school students. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

“The Crowd-Funded Franchise Resurrection”: A Middleman Reunion

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On Saturday, May 24, the original cast and writers of the short-lived ABC Family show assembled at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles to perform a reading of the script for an upcoming new graphic novel, as we previously mentioned during the Indiegogo campaign that funded it. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Word Nerd: The Bear Facts

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Here’s yet another in the endless parade of homophones (or heterographs, if you prefer) that spellcheck happily ignores. This time we’ll cover the distance between carrying a heavy load and taking off your clothes, and we’ll throw in a big scary animal while we’re at it. We’ll look at bear and bare. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

9 Things Parents Should Know About Million Dollar Arm

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A sports agent named JB Bernstein gets the idea to look for raw pitching talent among the cricket players in India; he stages a reality TV show and finds two finalists; he brings them to America to train for an eventual pro try-out, becoming a surrogate father to them along the way, changing his life. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Jon Hamm, Lake Bell Talk about Making Million Dollar Arm

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The producers and cast members of Million Dollar Arm assembled for a press event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills recently to discuss the making of the film; present were producers Gordon Gray and Joe Roth, actors Jon Hamm and Lake Bell, and the real-life subjects of the film, JB Bernstein and Rinku Singh. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Word Nerd: Flushing Out

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Today’s Word Nerd is one of those cases where two very similar phrases exist, and because of being misheard, the wrong one gets used. Yes, it’s a mondegreen. Like “for all intensive purposes” or “all the sudden” (and please don’t ever say either of those), “flush out” crops up where it makes no sense, due to people having misheard “flesh out.” Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Word Nerd Index

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This week marks the one year anniversary of the Word Nerd feature, and it finally occurred to me (after a few people emailed suggesting words I’d already done) that there really ought to be an index, so that those who are interested can find previous installments. So here it is. New installments will be added to the list as they are posted. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, formerly a professional balloon animal twister, and a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green.) A father of three, he and his bride of 27 years co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.