Monday, November 23, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Well, it happened
Mr. Silver handled the majority of the crowd,
who were artists:
But the writers,
and fans of poorly spoken Japanese,
hung out with me:
my translator Akiko
was able to reconstruct my sloppy,
poorly spoken Japanese (and English)
into sentences the kids could understand.
So this year I brought a project for the
students to rock:
"LET'S WRITE CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR!"
"First, think of a kid problem"
Each of the students were asked to come up
with 5 kid issues.
So they got to thinking:
They came up with ideas like:
I DON'T WANT TO GET OUT OF BED
I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL
PARENTS WANT TO HAVE FUN
INSTEAD OF TAKING CARE OF THEIR KIDS
"Next, make that problem into a person"
How do you PERSONIFY the kid problem?
If you're trying to stay in bed,
what if a
GIANT ROBOT MADE OF ALARM CLOCKS
busts into your room?!
"Now, think of an evil"
What is the alarm clock robot doing?
Trying to wake up kids to make them do more school work?
"Next, think of a SOOPER evil"
How do you make things get WORSE
for your hero?
Maybe the alarm clocks are SO LOUD
that they're causing earthquakes that are destroying the earth itself!
And what can the Kids Next Door do to stop it!
The students came up with some
was by this girl:
Her KND operative didn't want to go to school.
So she and her teammates skipped class and went to a park.
Then, from out of nowhere, a giant monster attacked and swallowed
them all in one bite.
The next thing the operatives know,
they're trapped in a classroom in the monster's stomach.
And class will never end!
Where was this girl when we we
needed KND stories?!
Thanks to Mr. Silver for having me
come and hang out with these fun kids!
Can't wait to do it again!
Monday, November 9, 2015
So a couple weeks ago
Disney TV Animation
treated us all to a new sketchbook.
Actually, it's more of
a notebook or journal
since it's filled with lined paper.
So what to do with it?
Maybe draw a character in profile
Here are a couple from my first couple weeks:
The only rules are that it has to be quick:
And it has to be a profile:
It's fun coming up with daily exercises
to keep yourself drawing.
Don't worry if you don't like it.
Just move on to the next page.
It's not like you're getting graded.
Just shut up and draw something.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
and perfectly placed within
We especially loved this kinetic sculpture called
Monday, October 19, 2015
Halloween is coming up!
And if you're a true Kids Next Door operative
then you remember when the KND
had the honor of being all over
was pretty cool.
There was even a fun little game you could play on
And guess what?
It's STILL there:
It's a little less
KND-centric than it was originally:
But you can still find
lurking about the game:
Hit 'em up for some candy over
Monday, October 5, 2015
And that one day there'd be a
whole book of them?
And if you were lucky enough to go to
his book signing at
you could have seen this
sign promoting his
And you could have heard Fran talk about his
You could have seen a whole bunch of his sketchbooks:
And get in line to have him sign a copy of his book:
He would have even drawn you a picture:
And then you could go home and
read all the awesome new
Deep Dark Fears:
But if you weren't there,
you can just order a copy