The folks at “Oh, Brother!” would like to use this space to wish “Happy Father’s Day” to all the fathers out there who are fans of “Oh, Brother!” We hope you have a great day!
As we like to do on Sunday, attached below is the Sunday title panel for June 19, 2011. It doesn’t have much to do with Father’s Day, but it is still a beautiful piece of art. Print it out and give it to dear old Dad!
Check out the latest Sunday title panel. In this week’s panel, it’s clear that Bud is willing to do BOTH the crime and the time. He doesn’t look very remorseful! How funny is it to see Lily scouring the floor for her lost money, only to then see Bud casually saunter by with FIVE scoops of ice cream?
“Finders keepers, losers weepers,” indeed!
The “Oh, Brother!” title panel that Jay creates each week to introduce the Sunday strip is not included in the online version of “Oh, Brother!”. Now, you no longer have to miss out on enjoying these wonderful title panels and mini-masterpieces!
Starting this Sunday, and continuing each week, you’ll find Jay’s spectacular title panels posted here in the “Oh, Brother!” blog. Be among the first to comment on this week’s title panel, which features Bud appearing as one of his favorite movie heroes — the unforgettable Captain Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Everyone who likes this new feature say, “Aye, aye!”
Today’s “Oh, Brother!” panel features the winner of our “Oh, Brother! Is Your Kid A Character?” contest. An expert panel of humorous and lifestyle bloggers from the RoleMommy.com network judged all of the contest entries and selected one child to be featured in our comic strip. It was a tough decision because there were many funny stories to choose from, but the judges made their selection. They declared Chiara, a 7-year-old girl from Columbia, Missouri, the winner! See a photo of her below.
Chiara’s mother submitted the winning anecdote about why her daughter is a character:
My kid is a character because she can always turn a bad situation into a good one! Her random funniness is what gets me through my day. Last week, we were talking and she said, “Mom, I’m never getting married.” I asked her why and she said, “Because boys like to take your paycheck and play video games all day, and I don’t have time for it, Mom!”
Chiara is a character, and we are very happy that she could be a part of “Oh, Brother!” for a day! In addition to making a guest appearance in today’s “Oh, Brother!” panel, Chiara received an autographed print of the original drawing signed by Jay Stephens and Bob Weber, Jr.
Congratulations to Chiara and her mother Tanisha! Well done, ladies!
RoleMommy.com recently sat down with Bob Weber, Jr. and asked him to share his advice and best practices with any budding cartoonists out there, and this is what Bob had to say:
“If you like to draw and aspire to be a professional cartoonist, all you need to get started is a pencil, paper, and the determined desire to draw every single day. The more you practice drawing, the better your cartoons will be. Many aspiring cartoonists spend a lot of time drawing faces. That’s fun, but you’ll need the ability to draw a wide range of things in order to effectively illustrate your jokes or stories in an interesting and convincing manner. Go to the library or bookstore to find cartooning lesson books. These books can be valuable resources for learning to draw faces, hands, motion, backgrounds and perspective. You might also want to consider taking a cartoon class in your area.
Another terrific way to greatly improve your drawing skills is by studying the work of cartoonists that you admire. Allow yourself to be influenced by the styles and techniques of successful cartoonists. In most cases, the cartoonists you admire were themselves influenced by cartoonists that came before them. Don’t worry about your art looking too much like those you admire. Over time, as you continue to practice, your own unique drawing style will develop.
Finally, a cartoonist needs an idea before he or she draws. Being a good artist isn’t enough. You need to be somewhat smart, clever and witty. The more you know about the world around you, the more brain food you have to feed your imagination, and the more interesting your cartoons will be. Read as much as you can. Pay attention to the people and world around you. By observing the everyday activities that take place around you, you will soon find that you have plenty of ideas to draw from.
Now go find a pencil and draw, draw, draw!”For more great advice on cartooning, visit our “How to Draw” section.
Posted in the Activities section is a brand-new activity that both the young and young at heart are invited to do. Donna Erickson has created a wonderful heartfelt craft that arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day!
A handwritten note is a great way to express all the things you love about your favorite Valentine! If you had to guess, what do you think Bud would say in his Valentine’s note to Lily? What would Lily say to Bud?
It’s the weekend!!! Bud and Lily are happy to get a break from the books. From today’s comic, it looks like Bud is going to spend the majority of his weekend pulling pranks on Lily and his parents.
Let us know if you have any fun plans for the weekend!
If you live in the Northeast, you know that the weather outside is frightful. It’s cold, wet, slippery and just downright miserable. Did we mention cold?
When the weather is keeping you indoors, sometimes you have to find ways to have fun indoors! If you could have a “playdate” with your favorite comics character, who would it be? Who, in your opinion, would be the BEST character to spend time with on a snowy/rainy/cold/damp afternoon?
Step aside, Ken! Barbie has a new man in her life! In today’s “Oh, Brother!,” Bud is talking to a Barbie doll. Lily gave her doll to him, so Bud would have an imaginary friend and leave her alone for a minute! It’s pretty funny to imagine Bud having an in-depth conversation with Barbie, the keeper of all his most sacred secrets!
This comic reminds me of the movie, “Toy Story.” Who hasn’t at least thought once that toys come to life at night when we aren’t playing with them? “Toy Story” is a a great movie, and today’s “Oh, Brother!” is a great comic strip!
Today’s comic begs the question: When you were a kid, did you have an imaginary friend?
Those of you who live in cold climates where snow and ice are common in the winter will especially enjoy the new activity that we’ve posted. This snow craft is fun, free and a great way to chill out and add a warm glow to a cold winter night!
Copy and paste this link to get instructions on how to make sparkling ice candles. http://ohbrothercomics.com/activities/sparkling-ice-candles
Please make sure you ask an adult to help you and watch over as you create these lovely ice candles. This craft requires lighting a candle and we don’t want you to burn yourself! So please, be careful and have an adult supervise you.