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.

“Hawkeye, World’s Worst Archer” – The Rest of the Story

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Back in March of 2012, when GeekDad was still part of Wired, I wrote an article about Hawkeye’s actual archery ability as seen in the trailers and publicity photos for the Avengers. The article got a lot of page-views, and I heard from some readers; I got some nice emails from people who liked it, a few from people who wanted to argue some of my points, and one hilarious message full of invective and profanity from somebody who was outraged that I would malign his favorite superhero. Recently I got an email from somebody who read it and had a different reaction. Since it is the nicest response I’ve ever received from anything I’ve ever written, I thought I would share it with you (with the author’s permission, of course). 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: Listen for Your Queue

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Today’s Word Nerd starts with an abbreviation. Just for the sake of symmetry, we’ll also end with one. We’ll look at the difference between cue and queue, and we’ll throw in que and kew for good measure. 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: Insure Yourself

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Today’s Word Nerd is an exercise in specificity. All three of these words are closely related, with the same root. At some point they separated into distinct but similar meanings. We’ll look at the difference between insure, ensure and assure. 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.

Merchmakr: Desktop Screen Printing Shop

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The Merchmakr compact screen printing system is a Kickstarter project that looks very interesting, mostly because of its unique approach to printing multiple colors, which they call “HotSwap.” 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: St. Patty’s Day

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Today’s Word Nerd strikes close to home for me. I’m half-Irish; my grandfather was from Galway and my grandmother from Cork. My grandfather’s name was Patrick, which is also my middle name, which brings us to today’s topic: St. Patrick’s Day. 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.

7 Things Parents Should Know about Need for Speed

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After 20 years as a video game franchise from EA, Need for Speed has now made the leap to film; the result is pretty much what one would expect: exciting action scenes involving cars doing semi-impossible things, punctuated by earnest scenes of drivers challenging rivals and enjoying their friends. It’s not a deep and thoughtful film, but it isn’t meant to be. 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.

CAPS Auction to Benefit Stan & Sharon Sakai

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On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses. 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: Run for the Boarder

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Here’s another pair of words where the mix-up seems to only go one way. I constantly see people write ‘boarder’ when they mean ‘border,’ but never the other way around. 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 10 Greatest Gorilla Suits

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Today is National Gorilla Suit Day, a holiday invented by Mad’s Maddest Artist, the incomparable Don Martin, in his 1963 book, Mad’s Don Martin Bounces Back! In honor of this auspicious day, let’s take a look at some of the great gorilla suits and their wearers. 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: Guerrillas in the Mist

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Friday is National Gorilla Suit Day, a holiday invented by MAD‘s Maddest Artist, Don Martin. In honor of such an auspicious day, we’ll look at a problematic misuse of the word gorilla and its homophone, guerrilla. 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: That’s Not Cannon!

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Today we come to the one word that was the cause of the Word Nerd feature coming into existence in the first place. A friend on Facebook had posted a comment about a comic book story plot-point and said “that’s not cannon.” I responded “people who talk about the Marvel cannon should be fired out of one.” 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.

On the Set With the Muppets

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As a life-long Muppets fan (I used to watch them on the Ed Sullivan Show in the mid-1960s), I was thrilled when the Disney people invited me to visit the set of the next Muppet movie, Muppets Most Wanted, to meet and talk to the cast and crew. 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.

8 Things Parents Should Know About Saving Mr. Banks

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After 20 years of steadfast refusal, author P. L. Travers, in need of money, grudgingly agrees to entertain a movie offer from Walt Disney for her book, Mary Poppins. She flies to Los Angeles to work with Disney’s production staff, including screenwriter Don Da Gradi (Bradley Whitford) and songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak). Travers constantly clashes with all of them, as well as her affable chauffeur, Ralph (Paul Giamatti). 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.

Saving Mr. Banks: A Cast and Crew Roundtable

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Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of Walt Disney’s effort to film Mary Poppins; author P.L. Travers reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to meet with Disney and consider his offer, which she had previously rejected for 20 years. The intractable Travers and the relentless Disney clash repeatedly over differences major and minor; she objects to the use of animation, the casting of Dick Van Dyke, the inclusion of singing and dancing, and even whether the father in the story should have a mustache. Songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and B. J. Novak) and screenwriter Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) bear the brunt of Travers’ constant objections, while Disney tries to figure out some way of getting her to sign the contract. 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.