Sunday, November 26, 2006


Newsarama's Matt Brady interviewed Paul Dini on the up-coming comic THE BAKERS MEET JINGLE BELLE (Dark Horse), slated for release December 13

Paul Dini's popular live journal
has a page from the book (see Nov 17th entry).

Everyone says it but it's true: Paul Dini is so nice!

And more important posts to come...


Thursday, November 23, 2006

Kyle's Animation on Class of 3000 Tonight

On Friday, November 24, 2006 at 8 p.m. (e/p) Kyle’s animation will be featured on Cartoon Network's new series "Class of 3000"

And the show is a hit...
Class of 3000 Scores as Cartoon Network's Biggest Original Series Premiere Since 2004

Cartoon Network's Class of 3000 from André "3000" Benjamin (OutKast) and Tom Lynch (Romeo!), earned the network's highest kids 6-11, boys 6-11 and boys 2-11 delivery and ratings performance for an original series premiere since 2004, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The animated series, featuring original music from André "3000" Benjamin, also ranked as Friday night's (7 p.m.-12 a.m.) #1 telecast on all television—both broadcast and cable—among boys 6-11 and boys 2-11. Compared to the same time period last year, the 8 p.m. premiere charted impressive double-digit gains across all target demos, including kids 6-11 and kids 2-11 delivery and ratings. A Saturday morning encore presentation at 10 a.m. also earned significant double-digit growth.

"We're extremely pleased by Class of 3000's premiere performance last Friday, particularly with its #1 ranking for the night among boys," said Jim Samples, executive vice president and general manager, Cartoon Network. "Audience response to the series has been overwhelmingly positive. It's just what we hoped for."

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Publishers Weekly Review of The Bakers: Do These Toys Belong Somewhere?

KYLE BAKER. Kyle Baker (, $18.95 (96p) ISBN 0-9747214-3-3

Baker, the outrageously talented Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning artist behind such diverse projects as KING DAVID, PLASTIC MAN and cult classic WHY I HATE SATURN, has turned his attentions to more personal matters with this full-color collection of cartoon vignettes about family life. The family in question, based on Baker's own, consists of three irrepressible children and the harried couple who are their parents. In this world of alternatively angelic and screaming kids, no detail of domestic life is too petty for good-natured skewering. Feeding techniques, getting kids dressed, and secret tips for frustating parents all make an appearance. No surprise that Daddy Baker, who comes complete with dreadlocks and credit card, is frequently depicted with a smile bordering on a grimace. The tumult and confusion of this world is implied rather than spelled out. The brief comics are virtually text-free, with exaggeratedly cartoonish yet expressive artwork doing double duty as both explication and illustration. The physical comedy of the family's silent movie exploits gives the cartoons a silent retro feel that echoes the antic humor found in MAD magazine. This combination of Baker's inventive visual gags and chuckling familiarity makes the project endlessly appealing.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Cool Stuff To Do in NYC...

If the sitter isn't evil, we plan on attending these events...

p.s. We had planned on taking Lillian to Raina Telgemeier and Abby Denson at Rocketship last Sunday, but unfortunately could not make it. Drats!

November 16
Women Comic Artists: influential comic artists discuss how women have contributed to the development of the comics medium, 6:30 pm

Leela Corman, Joan Hilty, Sabrina Jones and Trina Robbins at The Jewish Museum

p.s Thank you Christina at Dark Horse Comics for Trina and Anne Timmon's new GO GIRL. Lillian: "It was very good. My favorite story was when they get trapped in the computer. It was cool because they went Manga."

November 20
Scott McCloud will be at NYU at 7 pm, promoting MAKING COMICS. His website has more info about the book and the McCloud Family US tour!

We have REALLY enjoyed Scott and Ivy McCloud's young daughters Sky and Winter's Winterviews!

November 29
Comic Superheroes Live on the Silver Screen!
At 92Y at 7 pm
Arie Kaplan and Eddy Friedfeld
With no fewer than four movies featuring comic superheroes this past summer, it appears Hollywood has been taken over by men in capes and leotards. Looking
at clips from some recent movies, the fantastic duo of comics writer Arie Kaplan and entertainment journalist Eddy Friedfeld explain why comics have become the new American mythology.

Mad magazine contributor Arie Kaplan is the author of Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed! Eddy Friedfeld is the coauthor of Sid Caesar’s autobiography, Caesar’s Hours.

Monday, November 06, 2006

More on Class of 3000

Cartoon Network Enrolls in Class of 3000

Joe Strike chats with Tom Lynch about collaborating with André “3000” Benjamin on Cartoon Network’s new animated series, Class of 3000.

"...Lynch and Benjamin’s greatest coup may have been lining up an all-star roster of “guest art directors” from both within and without the animation world. Each episode features a music video sequence with its own unique look, set to an original André 3000 tune. Talent on the order of Ren & Stimpy’s John Kricfalusi, comics artist and illustrator Bill Sienkiewicz, cartoonist Kyle Baker and Aeon Flux creator Peter Chung will be overseeing segments that Benjamin compares to “mini-Fantasias” within each episode."

and from The Sunday Paper

"...every episode will feature an original Benjamin composition and an accompanying music video, created under the watchful eye of "guest art directors" including John Kricfalusi ("Ren and Stimpy") and celebrated comics artists Bill Sienkiewicz and Kyle Baker."

The brilliant Overton Loyd was also a guest art director -Liz

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Class of 3000

Kyle contributed to The Cartoon Network's Class of 3000, starring Outkast's Andre 3000.

The live premiere was Friday November 3 at 7pm (e/p); Kyle worked on the November 24th episode (also Lillian's 8th birthday!)

Here is a New York Times review

Class of 3000 producer Joe Horne (2nd from left, in black cape) celebrated his birthday and Halloween with friends, including Kyle (on right, in mouse ears...the kids LOVED that!)

Kyle forwarded just the photos to me; if anyone can identify these folks, please do. Thank you!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween photos

Batman, non-evil fairy and "evil fairy guardian." We have been reading a lot of Brian Froud lately.

Doesn't Lillian resemble a coal-mining Deborah Harry?

p.s. Kyle commented that the kids weren't smiling. Isaac IS smiling, but the mask is covering it, Jackie is a tiny diva and does not smile on-demand, and "evil fairy" Lillian wanted to stay in character. It is miraculous all three kids are sitting still (see cartoon on page 15-16 of THE BAKERS, available at


The plan was to march in a Halloween parade with friends, then a party and trick-or-treating in their building.

But the “parade” was actually a short stroll ending at a PACKED playground party. Like something from a BAKERS cartoon, all three children vanished into a sea of pumpkins, princesses and their pooped parents. My friend wisely brought her sitter, so an Eye Witness News disaster was averted.

There was free juice and donuts (in case children didn’t get enough sugar), as well as a podium and microphone. But instead of delightful Halloween tunes, we heard: “We have a four year old forest elf missing. Please, please, look around you: if you see a little girl covered in leaves...” or “Zoe, this is your mother. Come to the podium NOW.”

I forgot my cell phone, so when I heard “Would Elizabeth please come to the podium” I immediately grabbed my Dark Knight by the arm and went to investigate.


It was an Isaac-sized masked ninja: Ahh! Wrong kid! He wasn’t frightened, though, probably because I was wearing benevolent fuzzy bug antennas.

I found Isaac, got to the podium: Ahh! Wrong Elizabeth!

The party in my friend’s building was a blast: elaborate spooky decorations, eyeball punch, graveyard cake, finger-shaped finger cookies (in case children didn’t get enough sugar) and 12 floors of blissful trick-or-treating.

As Lillian (aka The Sugar Queen) said: “I should have dressed like an angel, because this is heaven.”

Thank you to our gracious hosts!