Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
What would the Spaceman Jax character be like done by a studio today?
If Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures were back on TV today, I’d love to see a really faithful adaptation. Sure, they’d need to update the animation, and I could see Jax rendered in CG with flashy animation, but I’d hope that they’d keep the mood of the original and especially the personality of Jax. Because Spaceman Jax isn’t really cool, and it would be awful to see a studio turn him into a backwards baseball cap-wearing, texting and social media type.
What makes Jax so great is that he has aligned himself with classic heroes of the past and set himself apart from his peers. He is out of touch, in more ways than one, and this would be critical in any new version of the show.
In fact, what would Spaceman Jax do with social media? I could see him enjoying Twitter, but being lost on Facebook. Twitter is so one-directional and that would suit his single-mindedness really well, He would send out his messages...
Are you an official Space Cadet? For a period in the early 1960s, Spaceman Jax was part of a balanced...
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
by Louis Smeedly
We wanted to take five and wish you all happy trick or treating a very scary Halloween.
Previously unpublished works by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley
It was easy to love Frank and his Friend, with its ice cream smudged logic and playful escapism. The characters charmed their way into our hearts and influenced countless cartoonists. These 52 never-before-seen images provide a glimpse into the development of one of the most enduring comics and allow us to meet Frank and his Friend all over again.
The images, dating from the comic’s early years, were lost after Dooley’s untimely death in 1984. These drawings and illustrations, seen for the first time in over 30 years, reveal much of the journey Dooley took in creating our favorite...
There’s nothing glamorous about Monday mornings. I guess if Mondays mean starting your trek through the Himalayas or the launch of your new film’s press junket – well that might be different. But for the rest of us, Mondays don’t...
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
Everything comes to a halt for a TV marathon
When I was a kid TV marathons were an annual event. Every year some TV station would show a day’s worth of Elvis movies on his birthday, monster movies in the lead up to Halloween, and all the Rankin and Bass claymation Christmas specials seemed to run in a continuous loop throughout the holiday season. Needless to say, my TV calendar was full the whole year long.
However, my favorite TV marathon was the weekend of Spaceman Jax...
When my Mom was little, they kept all of their Bunchy bottle caps in an old coffee can. They used them for checkers and poker and hundreds of rainy day projects. At some point, they had to expand the collection...
“There’s no time like the present,” goes the old expression. And with a time machine, all times can be the present! This instruction book, the Cudworth-Hooper Owner’s Manual: Operation and Maintenance for the Gadabout TM 1050, is truly one-of-a-kind. According...
Giclèe Reproduction $ 49.00 Original Drawing $ 110.00 This original production drawing by animator Jim Dewicky is from the Spaceman Jax episode “Off the Hook” in season two. This rare piece of production artwork is stamped...