Yeti with Handstand

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The kids were still very little at this stage and I realized there was so much for them to do and, because the story is about Makerism, there was so much they would be required to make. I realized the characters had to grow up and be older before their adventure could begin.  I recall listening to Kazu Kibuishi talk about the pressures by agents and publishers to nail down the age of his characters to exactly ten years old in order to hit the fourth grade reading demographic, but he always thought of his characters as 12 to 14.  I think there will be something along those lines in my mind as I keep moving forward with this.  Here, Walt and Val look like my own kids from a few years back but as I draw Walt and Val nowadays they do not look like my kids at all;  they have become themselves.

You can find more of my sketchybook illustrations at bradleylittlejohn.com. Follow the adventures of Val, Walt and Corey in Wiltworthy.

Otterboy

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Jude & I would go for walks and tell stories about Otterboy. We used to see him all sorts of places as we were out. His head would pop up out of the Bothell Slough while we were walking along the banks. I don’t think I get to tell stories on Wiltworthy about Otterboy for a little while, but he has been following my son and me around in our thoughts and deeds for sometime and I’m sure he will surface sooner rather than later.

Otto the Librarian Automata

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Otto has been making appearances in my sketchbooks for a long time. Maybe twenty years, maybe more. I have always loved the industrial speakers that you used to get to hang on your car window when you went to a drive-in theater. Many of the drive-ins around Seattle like Puget Park, the Thunderbird or, my favorite, the Samish Twin in Bellingham had these speakers that looked like they could be a robot. Because in my mind I always wanted Otto to be a librarian even before I had a job for him, I used to try and give him an owl-like appearance, although I love the speaker grill face the best of all.

It’s nice to see Otto pop up in the panels of Galactopera at last. I think his journey is going to be fun.

Woodsy V. Lobster

The Woodsman and the lobsters.

The woodsman and the lobsters! I think this was foremost in my mind once both of these characters came into being. I like the clash between folklore and sci-fi, magic and technology, wildness and structure. Also, I like drawing robots and I like drawing lumberjacks, so…. there is that, as well.

You can find more pages from the Sketchybooks and more comics at Wiltworthy Galactopera and Thank You Notes.  Thanks so much for taking a peak at my work here!

Walk My Speed

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I can remember having to talk with my son about walking “our speed” when we had to get somewhere with purpose- like walking my daughter to school. We couldn’t meander everywhere like we would other times. This made an impression because it set off a series of attempts to retake control by repeatedly asking, “Walk My Speed?” anytime we were marching with purpose.

This is one of the first pages in the sketchbook that kicked off Yeti Spaghetti sketches.