I'm a writer. I read a lot of comics. My friend Jojo is an artist. She doesn't read any comics.

At lunch, she draws super heroes from memory. Her memory is not always very good.

As you look at these drawings, I can not stress enough that Jojo is a professional artist, and a full grown woman. It's important to remember that.

~ Friday, May 17 ~
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Today Jojo draws Tony Stark’s Mark 17 Armor!
Jojo got unexpectedly busy but I’m still going to make her draw all the armors I can think of from Iron Man 3! There’s like, forty of them in the movie. How many will Jojo draw? Probably less than forty! LET’S GO!
The Mark 17 is called Heartbreaker. I couldn’t really tell what it’s specific deal was supposed to be so I told Jojo the name and told her to go nuts. And nuts she did go. She hit the general heart break theme pretty hard, and she made him pink and red, because hearts.
I just want to note that after she drew the Silver Centurion armor, I showed her a picture of what it’s supposed to look like. In fact, every time she’s drawn Iron Man, I have shown her what he’s supposed to look like. 
And yet, there’s all these great mistakes she keeps making. She always gives him eyebrows and a nose. She also likes to give him what I can only assume are metal nipples.
As she was drawing this, she tried to remember what Iron Man’s helmet was supposed to look like, knowing she’d just seen it the day before. When she couldn’t, she actually turned to me and said, “I just saw it yesterday. Why can’t I remember it? What’s wrong with me?”
I don’t know Jojo, but I hope it never gets fixed.

Today Jojo draws Tony Stark’s Mark 17 Armor!

Jojo got unexpectedly busy but I’m still going to make her draw all the armors I can think of from Iron Man 3! There’s like, forty of them in the movie. How many will Jojo draw? Probably less than forty! LET’S GO!

The Mark 17 is called Heartbreaker. I couldn’t really tell what it’s specific deal was supposed to be so I told Jojo the name and told her to go nuts. And nuts she did go. She hit the general heart break theme pretty hard, and she made him pink and red, because hearts.

I just want to note that after she drew the Silver Centurion armor, I showed her a picture of what it’s supposed to look like. In fact, every time she’s drawn Iron Man, I have shown her what he’s supposed to look like. 

And yet, there’s all these great mistakes she keeps making. She always gives him eyebrows and a nose. She also likes to give him what I can only assume are metal nipples.

As she was drawing this, she tried to remember what Iron Man’s helmet was supposed to look like, knowing she’d just seen it the day before. When she couldn’t, she actually turned to me and said, “I just saw it yesterday. Why can’t I remember it? What’s wrong with me?”

I don’t know Jojo, but I hope it never gets fixed.

Tags: comics Marvel Comics Iron Man tony stark drawings Iron Man 3 Robert Downey Jr heartbreaker
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~ Monday, April 9 ~
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Today Jojo draws Effie Trinket.
That’s right everyone, Jojo and I have been bitten by Hunger Games fever! I saw the movie and am in the process of reading the second book, while Jojo saw the movie and is in the process of forgetting everything in it. Let’s see what she retained!
This drawing of Effie is a classic “right idea but every detail is off” Jojo drawing, like when she drew Galactus or Silk Spectre. As a citizen of the Capitol, Effie wears tons of gross make up, awful wigs, and terrible dresses. Jojo hit all those beats. Effie never wears this exact outfit in the movie, but it’s a valid interpretation of the character.
She was worried that her drawing was too awful, saying, “It was hard to be compassionate to a character that is such a horrible person.”
Looks like today, the odds are NOT in Effie’s favor! HIYOOOOO! Stick with us tributes, it’s going to be jokes like this all week.

Today Jojo draws Effie Trinket.

That’s right everyone, Jojo and I have been bitten by Hunger Games fever! I saw the movie and am in the process of reading the second book, while Jojo saw the movie and is in the process of forgetting everything in it. Let’s see what she retained!

This drawing of Effie is a classic “right idea but every detail is off” Jojo drawing, like when she drew Galactus or Silk Spectre. As a citizen of the Capitol, Effie wears tons of gross make up, awful wigs, and terrible dresses. Jojo hit all those beats. Effie never wears this exact outfit in the movie, but it’s a valid interpretation of the character.

She was worried that her drawing was too awful, saying, “It was hard to be compassionate to a character that is such a horrible person.”

Looks like today, the odds are NOT in Effie’s favor! HIYOOOOO! Stick with us tributes, it’s going to be jokes like this all week.

Tags: hunger games effie trinket catching fire mockingjay drawings fan art
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~ Thursday, October 20 ~
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Video Game Week, Day 4: Master Chief.
We’re almost done with our week of Jojo drawing video game characters from memory and we’re closing out the week strong with this one.
Jojo had the right idea with this Master Chief drawing, and says that she has fond memories of getting shot in the head over and over while playing Halo in her youth (fond is probably not the word she used).
She did get the colors wrong, and the mask is not right, also the armor looks weird… and I think she tried to draw the Needler gun (she liked it because it was purple) but she drew it as a weird bracelet thing. She knows it’s a gun though, while she drew it she said, “This is his gun… that’s the shooty part.”
Honestly, I think he looks more like Matt Trakker from the 80’s show M.A.S.K. Who’s with me? No one? That’s fair.

Video Game Week, Day 4: Master Chief.

We’re almost done with our week of Jojo drawing video game characters from memory and we’re closing out the week strong with this one.

Jojo had the right idea with this Master Chief drawing, and says that she has fond memories of getting shot in the head over and over while playing Halo in her youth (fond is probably not the word she used).

She did get the colors wrong, and the mask is not right, also the armor looks weird… and I think she tried to draw the Needler gun (she liked it because it was purple) but she drew it as a weird bracelet thing. She knows it’s a gun though, while she drew it she said, “This is his gun… that’s the shooty part.”

Honestly, I think he looks more like Matt Trakker from the 80’s show M.A.S.K. Who’s with me? No one? That’s fair.

Tags: Halo Master Chief X-Box Video Games drawings
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~ Wednesday, October 19 ~
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Video Game Week, Day 3: Spyro the Dragon.
Yesterday, when Jojo drew Princess Zelda, she lamented that she didn’t think to color her dress purple. So I figured if Jojo wanted to draw something purple, who’s more purple than Spyro?
This is a good drawing of Spyro, Jojo really captured the weird cocky/angry smirk that the hero of every American platform game is legally required to have. The tail is a little off but I know why. You see, Jojo is quite a fan of My Little Pony, which has it’s own purple dragon, Spike. She drew Spyro with Spike’s tail, but honestly I’m surprised this doesn’t look even more like Spike.
I don’t know where Jojo came up with those weird floppy ears though. I don’t think any dragon has ever had those.

Video Game Week, Day 3: Spyro the Dragon.

Yesterday, when Jojo drew Princess Zelda, she lamented that she didn’t think to color her dress purple. So I figured if Jojo wanted to draw something purple, who’s more purple than Spyro?

This is a good drawing of Spyro, Jojo really captured the weird cocky/angry smirk that the hero of every American platform game is legally required to have. The tail is a little off but I know why. You see, Jojo is quite a fan of My Little Pony, which has it’s own purple dragon, Spike. She drew Spyro with Spike’s tail, but honestly I’m surprised this doesn’t look even more like Spike.

I don’t know where Jojo came up with those weird floppy ears though. I don’t think any dragon has ever had those.

Tags: Spyro the Dragon Playstation My Little Pony drawings
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~ Thursday, October 13 ~
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Star Trek Week, Day 4: Worf.
Me: “Jojo, you’ve seen some Star Trek: The Next Generation, why don’t you draw Worf?”
Jojo: “Ok!”
SEVERAL HOURS LATER
Jojo: “Alright, here it is. This is what Bork looks like, right?”
We might as well say this Klingon’s name is Bork, because while it looks generally like a Klingon, it really doesn’t look anything like Worf. She didn’t put him in a Starfleet uniform and she gave him an Amish beard instead of his reverse-Hitler goatee.
I will give her points for drawing a much more correct Starfleet insignia than on her previous drawings. She’s learning.

Star Trek Week, Day 4: Worf.

Me: “Jojo, you’ve seen some Star Trek: The Next Generation, why don’t you draw Worf?”

Jojo: “Ok!”

SEVERAL HOURS LATER

Jojo: “Alright, here it is. This is what Bork looks like, right?”

We might as well say this Klingon’s name is Bork, because while it looks generally like a Klingon, it really doesn’t look anything like Worf. She didn’t put him in a Starfleet uniform and she gave him an Amish beard instead of his reverse-Hitler goatee.

I will give her points for drawing a much more correct Starfleet insignia than on her previous drawings. She’s learning.

Tags: Worf star trek Star Trek: The Next Generation drawings sketches
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~ Tuesday, October 11 ~
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Star Trek Week, Day 2: Captain James T. Kirk
Today we continue our week of having Jojo draw Star Trek characters from memory.
This Capt. Kirk is basically right. The hair is a little off and Jojo actually draws the Starfleet insignia upside down (well she ACTUALLY draws it as a weird squiggle line). She went with “Fat Kirk” but she only made him pudgy in the middle, very restrained by Jojo standards. Also his command chair looks more like an upholstered living room loveseat, but that’s not totally out of character for Kirk.
All in all, she captured the essence of the character. He’s a a leader who confidently leans in his chair, while spreading his legs wide to accommodate his (cartoonishly) large package. 

Star Trek Week, Day 2: Captain James T. Kirk

Today we continue our week of having Jojo draw Star Trek characters from memory.

This Capt. Kirk is basically right. The hair is a little off and Jojo actually draws the Starfleet insignia upside down (well she ACTUALLY draws it as a weird squiggle line). She went with “Fat Kirk” but she only made him pudgy in the middle, very restrained by Jojo standards. Also his command chair looks more like an upholstered living room loveseat, but that’s not totally out of character for Kirk.

All in all, she captured the essence of the character. He’s a a leader who confidently leans in his chair, while spreading his legs wide to accommodate his (cartoonishly) large package. 

Tags: star trek captain kirk spock Star Trek:TOS drawings sketches
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~ Monday, October 10 ~
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Star Trek Week Day 1: Spock.
Star Trek popped up on Netflix Instant a while back and since then, all I do with my free time is watch Star Trek. So I thought it would be fun to have Jojo draw Star Trek characters. And before you say, “Hey, they aren’t super heroes”, remember there have been plenty of Star Trek comics.
When Jojo sent this to me online, she included some notes. Those notes are funnier than any comments I could come up with, so here they are:
"i wanted Spock to look bad ass, no hand thingy bullshit, i don’t need to draw that to confirm to the internet that i know who Spock is.
i know there are phasers, i don’t know what they look like. i imagine they’re gun things that don’t have to be very big cause it’s the future. like, in the 80’s there were ghetto blasters, now we have tiny nano ipods.
the only reason his shirt is blue is because red shirt people die and i think yellow is the captain? maybe it’s green. i’m hoping it’s purple. (it never is purple)
when i got to his feet i really thought about what kind of shoe one would wear in space. they’re probably black and boring, so i ignored that intuition and gave him some sweet kicks. that also match his shirt.”
Well, she got everything right but the shoes and at least she admits she just made those up.

Star Trek Week Day 1: Spock.

Star Trek popped up on Netflix Instant a while back and since then, all I do with my free time is watch Star Trek. So I thought it would be fun to have Jojo draw Star Trek characters. And before you say, “Hey, they aren’t super heroes”, remember there have been plenty of Star Trek comics.

When Jojo sent this to me online, she included some notes. Those notes are funnier than any comments I could come up with, so here they are:

"i wanted Spock to look bad ass, no hand thingy bullshit, i don’t need to draw that to confirm to the internet that i know who Spock is.

i know there are phasers, i don’t know what they look like. i imagine they’re gun things that don’t have to be very big cause it’s the future. like, in the 80’s there were ghetto blasters, now we have tiny nano ipods.

the only reason his shirt is blue is because red shirt people die and i think yellow is the captain? maybe it’s green. i’m hoping it’s purple. (it never is purple)

when i got to his feet i really thought about what kind of shoe one would wear in space. they’re probably black and boring, so i ignored that intuition and gave him some sweet kicks. that also match his shirt.”

Well, she got everything right but the shoes and at least she admits she just made those up.

Tags: Spock Star Trek drawings sketches
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~ Tuesday, September 27 ~
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Today Jojo draws Doctor Strange.
Like with Wolverine, Jojo has seen me wearing a Doctor Strange shirt, probably once a week. Also, I had told her that he was a surgeon, who became a wizard, and is a super hero. With this drawing I think she tried to hit all those marks. Let’s see how she did!
Surgeon: Check. He’s got a lab coat and bone saw. He’s ready to kick your ass.
Wizard: Check. He’s got a wizard’s hat. Although she admitted it looks more like a nightcap.
Super Hero: Check? She gave him red and blue skin… for some reason? Strange did used to have a blue face but there’s NO WAY Jojo knows that. And she gave him a, um… 
I can’t do it. This drawing is ridiculous. I can’t defend or explain it. Normally I can tell what Jojo was thinking when she does these. When she drew Doctor Octopus as a literal octopus man, I understood. When the only thing she knew about Psylocke was that she was Asian and had big thighs, that made sense. Heck, even when she drew Booster Gold as a can of beer, I could sort of figure out why she did it.
Not this one. This drawing belongs to you now. Make of it what you will.

Today Jojo draws Doctor Strange.

Like with Wolverine, Jojo has seen me wearing a Doctor Strange shirt, probably once a week. Also, I had told her that he was a surgeon, who became a wizard, and is a super hero. With this drawing I think she tried to hit all those marks. Let’s see how she did!

Surgeon: Check. He’s got a lab coat and bone saw. He’s ready to kick your ass.

Wizard: Check. He’s got a wizard’s hat. Although she admitted it looks more like a nightcap.

Super Hero: Check? She gave him red and blue skin… for some reason? Strange did used to have a blue face but there’s NO WAY Jojo knows that. And she gave him a, um… 

I can’t do it. This drawing is ridiculous. I can’t defend or explain it. Normally I can tell what Jojo was thinking when she does these. When she drew Doctor Octopus as a literal octopus man, I understood. When the only thing she knew about Psylocke was that she was Asian and had big thighs, that made sense. Heck, even when she drew Booster Gold as a can of beer, I could sort of figure out why she did it.

Not this one. This drawing belongs to you now. Make of it what you will.

Tags: Doctor Strange Silver Surfer The Defenders marvel comics drawings sketches
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~ Monday, September 26 ~
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Today Jojo draws Silver Surfer.
Me: “Jojo, do you know what Silver Surfer Looks like?”
Jojo: “He looks like a Capri Sun commercial from the 90s, right?”
Me: “I can’t argue with that.”
I don’t have much to add, except that by giving him hair, ears and (very noticeable) nipples, it draws a lot more attention to the fact that he’s got nothing between his legs.
Actually, that’s not true. I don’t think anyone will notice anything but the nipples.

Today Jojo draws Silver Surfer.

Me: “Jojo, do you know what Silver Surfer Looks like?”

Jojo: “He looks like a Capri Sun commercial from the 90s, right?”

Me: “I can’t argue with that.”

I don’t have much to add, except that by giving him hair, ears and (very noticeable) nipples, it draws a lot more attention to the fact that he’s got nothing between his legs.

Actually, that’s not true. I don’t think anyone will notice anything but the nipples.

Tags: Silver Surfer marvel comics drawings sketches
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~ Friday, September 23 ~
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Today Jojo draws Yellowjacket.
This is the third installment in our unofficial, unrequested, Hank Pym week, where Jojo draws all the different super hero identities that Pym has had over the years.
Here’s the thing, normally after Jojo draws a hero from memory, or just guesses (like with Animal Man), I then show her the real character. Often I’ll tell her a little bit about the character, mostly to see the astounded look on her face when she realizes that they’re even sillier than what she made up. So after she drew Ant-Man and Giant-Man, I think I mentioned that later on, Hank Pym becomes Yellowjacket and hits his wife during a time when he was worried the Avengers were going to fire him. So today I asked her to draw Yellowjacket and what do we get?
A man, in a yellow jacket, hitting a woman while holding a “rejected” letter, presumably from The Avengers. Probably nothing could sum up Pym better than that. As a bonus, Jojo also did a sketch of the aftermath:

See? He feels really bad about it, and he’s crying. That makes it OK, right? Oh, it doesn’t? Not even a little? That’s fair.

Today Jojo draws Yellowjacket.

This is the third installment in our unofficial, unrequested, Hank Pym week, where Jojo draws all the different super hero identities that Pym has had over the years.

Here’s the thing, normally after Jojo draws a hero from memory, or just guesses (like with Animal Man), I then show her the real character. Often I’ll tell her a little bit about the character, mostly to see the astounded look on her face when she realizes that they’re even sillier than what she made up. So after she drew Ant-Man and Giant-Man, I think I mentioned that later on, Hank Pym becomes Yellowjacket and hits his wife during a time when he was worried the Avengers were going to fire him. So today I asked her to draw Yellowjacket and what do we get?

A man, in a yellow jacket, hitting a woman while holding a “rejected” letter, presumably from The Avengers. Probably nothing could sum up Pym better than that. As a bonus, Jojo also did a sketch of the aftermath:

He feels bad about it at least. Does that help? Oh, it doesn't? Fair enough.

See? He feels really bad about it, and he’s crying. That makes it OK, right? Oh, it doesn’t? Not even a little? That’s fair.

Tags: Ant-Man Giant-Man Hank Pym Marvel comics drawings sketches Wasp The Ultimates
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