Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tales From the Brain Jar, #9

I must warn you; today’s Tales from the Brain Jar is powerful stuff indeed. If you aren’t prepared for it, I’m not sure your heart will be able to take it. The sketch in question was done at Megacon in 2006. So I warn you again, click the link only if you dare!

It’s Owly by Andy Runton! Holy crap it is cute. Like seriously knock you over dead cute. Look at that happy ass brain jar. When picking a subject for a sketch book I never imagined I’d end up with so many cute entries in a book dedicated to a brain in a jar. And this is seriously cute.

Anyway, Owly is a favorite of my wife’s and as I was buying her a bunch of books Andy was kind enough to do a sketch for me. If you aren’t familiar with the book, Owly and his buddy Wormy have adventures in the forest where they meet and help new animals. There are almost no words in Owly books, everything thing is told through little pictures in the speech bubbles or just through the actions. Sounds like a simple concept, but it has to be tremendously difficult to pull off. He's won the awards to prove it too.

There are five volumes of Owly collections which are especially great if you have some younger readers around that need something to pick up. And if you see a Top Shelf booth at a convention, go by and see if Andy is there. He is just as nice as you’d expect the person who created Owly should be.

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