Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

How Great Can This Day Be: Lori Henriques Makes Music for All Ages

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When it comes to music, young children like simple rhythms, funny rhymes and repetition. A lot of repetition. They can listen to the same thing over and over forever. And they will. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself listening to insipid drivel that will make you want to stab your eardrums with a pencil, unless you proactively seek out the good stuff. Lori Henriques writes the good stuff. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Word Nerd: I’m a Looser.

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We’re back! And with three different illustrations this week. Here’s another one of those words that a lot of people get wrong simply because spellcheck doesn’t catch it, and it’s another of those in which the mistake typically only goes one way. People often write loose when they mean lose, but I’ve never seen anyone write lose when they meant loose. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Alexander and the Pretty Good Movie

Science class goes awry for Alexander in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
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Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, has been transformed into a new film from Disney, and the adaptation actually works pretty well. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Meet the Cast of Alexander

The cast of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day assembles to meet the press.

The cast and producers of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day assembled at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills last week to discuss their film. Director Miguel Arteta, Producers Dan Levine and Lisa Henson, Writer Rob Lieber and actors Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Ed Oxenbould and Bella Thorne answered questions about their work on the film. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

Hot Diggity Dog! The Middleman Returns!

The cast of The Middleman at the reading of "the Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation" in June, 2014.

The long-awaited new Middleman graphic novel that combines the characters and continuity of the television and comic book versions of the short-lived series has finally emerged. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

The Technology of Big Hero 6

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Disney’s Big Hero 6 is set in an alternate reality that differs from our world in two major ways: the culture is a melding of American and Japanese influences, and the technological development is slightly more advanced than ours. Let’s take a look at some of that technology. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

11 Things Parents Ought to Know by Now

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So somebody over at the Huffington Post wrote this thing about raising boys, and the blogosphere went a little crazy. It seems some of her observations were a little on the obvious side, and at least a couple of them read to some folks as more than a little sexist. So let’s take a look. You can read the original over at the Huffington Post; here are my comments. Continue reading

Jim MacQuarrie

About Jim MacQuarrie

Jim MacQuarrie is a comics and animation geek, a professional cartoonist and graphic designer, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.

On the Set for a Very Bad Day

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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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they 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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they 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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they 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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they 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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they 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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they 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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they 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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they 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, professional balloon animal twister, a certified archery instructor (and yes, his arrows are green), former homeless person and occasional gadfly. He has three children who are all grown up, and an incredibly patient wife who is waiting for him to do likewise. Together they co-write the lifestyle blog Blue Collar, Black Tie.