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.

“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.