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Today’s episode is a little different.

I have a lot of stuff going on in my life like many of you out there do.  Today’s show  is an attempt by me to make sense of it all.

So you can either hop on the Man vs. Art bus or stay on the curb. Either way I’m fuckin’ driving.


First Stop: The 2013 San Diego Comic Con Souvenir Book.

2012 Comic Con Souvenir Book cover, rough pencils, inks, and final image by John Romita Jr.


That is the free fat-ass book full of articles and artwork that you are given when you pick up your badge.  CCI describes it as “a huge, full-color trade paperback featuring bios and photos of all of Comic-Con’s special guests, plus special articles and art built around Comic-Con’s themes and anniversary celebrations.”

Maybe you were unaware of this, but anyone can submit work for this. The deadline this year is 19 April; all artwork must be in color and articles must be based on the themes celebrated this year.

You’re probably asking “What themes?”

Keep your pants on.

Themes for the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir Book.

10th Anniversary of Aspen Comics


20th Anniversary of Strangers in Paradise



 20th Anniversary of Milestone Comics


These three were immediately axed. I don’t know enough about them.  So CHOP!

20th Anniversary of Bongo Comics


Bongo comics are awesome. I know a couple of people that work on them and they definitely do a fine job. I just didn’t feel like drawing the Simpsons, so buh-bye!

25th Anniversary of The Tick


The Tick. Hmmm. The Tick is pretty cool. I thought the cartoon was funny, but it didn’t give me much of an “art-on” . NEXT!

25th Anniversary of Sandman


The Sandman. Ooh! This I like. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is one of the best comics ever done. Drama, Horror, Sex, Revenge, Brutality, Love, Loneliness, and even humor are contained within the pages of Sandman. Neil’s darkly elegant and sophisticated writing coupled with the incredibly varied and hauntingly awesome art of  his collaborators is a real treat!  I almost picked The Sandman but then I realized any Sandman tribute art I did would have to be emo and well, I’m not emo.

35th Anniversary of Elfquest


Wendy and Richard Pini’s long-running graphic novel series about  elves, which was started in 1978 and concluded in 2013.  Elfquest surprisedeveryone with its strong focus on character drama and pathos, discussing topics such as racism and genocide right from day one. The series quickly gained fans, because there was nothing else that came close to its gorgeous art, heartfelt  characterizations and sophisticated storyline. The full epic saga spanned centuries  and included very mature themes that were handled with taste.  I almost picked Elfquest. Almost.

50th Anniversary of Dr. Who


Dr. Who   is celebrating his 50th anniversary. It debuted on the BBC in  1963 with the first of what would eventually become 11 Doctors.  Dr. Who’s popularity has grown over the last 50 years and is one of the most popular TV shows  in the world. I love it, but it’s a live action show and I didn’t feel like drawing that either.

50th Anniversary of Marvel Superheroes – The Avengers, X-Men and Dr. Strange


In 1963  the Marvel Age of Comics began with the creation of The Avengers, The X-Men,  and Doctor Strange which made  Superhero comics re-surge in popularity. I love The Avengers, X-men, and Dr. Strange. But I couldn’t decide which of the three I would draw. Damn.

75th Anniversary of Superman


Still super after all this time, The Man of Steel is still going strong after 75 years. Superman the beloved American cultural icon is as popular today as he ever was.  He was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1932 and sold to Detective Comics Inc which later became DC Comics in 1938. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 June 1938 and subsequently appeared in  Radio, TV programs, Movies, Comic strips, and Video Games. With the phenomenal popularity of his adventures, Superman helped  create the superhero genre and establish it as the top genre in American comics.

I couldn’t say no to the Big Blue Boyscout! Here is my Submission to the 2013 San Diego Comi-Con souvenir book.


Superman by Raul Aguirre Jr.

Superman celebrates 75 years!

Special thanks to Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Curt Swan, Max Fleischer, and Alex Toth, and Alex Ross for their contributions to Superman that inspired me to create this.

Submission Rules to the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con’s souvenir book here.



Interviewed by my intern Kristen Bell.

Kristen bell sketch by me.

Kristen bell sketch by me.

My intern at Moonscoop productions Kristen Bell needed to interview me as part of her assignment in college. So I recorded the interview and cut it togehter for you guys to check out. Lot’s of tips on getting into the animation business and staying there as  well.



Minion Mailbag


A listener from the UK has spent the last 15 years teaching himself 3D digital animation and wants to know how he can take the things he sees in his head and draw them on paper. Good stuff!


Part 4

Man vs. Art meets the FBI


I’m standing outside the studio having a smoke when all of a sudden I’m surrounded by Federal Agents. Talk about a WTF? moment. You’ll die when you hear this. I almost did!



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