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#991; The Chipmunks, and What Came After

It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I realized the Chipmunks (which I had always known as cartoon characters from my childhood) were actually, as pop-cultural entities, much older — dating back to their eponymous novelty Christmas record in 1958 or, arguably, the “Witch Doctor” song all the way back in 1952. There was a short-lived cartoon in 1961, but the Saturday-morning cartoon that I and people of my generation are most familiar with didn’t come around until more than 20 years later (1982-1990).

The audio trick that creator Ross Bagdasarian used to create the sound of the Chipmunks’ voices was so simple, and the resulting songs so popular in the late 50s and early 60s, that I figured they must have spawned some knockoffs. Sure enough — enjoy the squeaky sounds of:

The Nutty Squirrels (singing “Uh Oh”)
The Grasshoppers (singing “Shortnin’ Bread”) (More info)
The Three Happy Crickets (“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”)
Woody Woodchuck’s Christmas Sing Song (info only)
Sing Along with the Busy Beavers (album download)
BONUS LINK: The Happy Hamsters sing “Ghostbustin’”, a few decades later. Full album here.





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The Bounty at GenCon Booth 541

If you’ll be at GenCon this weekend, come visit me at the Blind Ferret booth, #541! I’ll have all the usual stuff, plus this WORLD PREMIERE:

ROLLIN, ROLLIN, ROLLIN

MY HERO

MY VILLAIN

32 pages of fun! I’m still hoping to do a bigger, more comprehensive Roll-a-Sketch book soon (and I know I still owe some kind folks PDF copies of that when it’s done!), but in the meantime, there will be this. Any left will go on sale online after the con!

HOORAY



Comic-Con Roll-a-Sketches!

Here are just a few of the over 50 (!!!!) Roll-a-Sketches I did at Comic-Con this year!

The dedicated Roll-a-Sketch blog, by the way, now has its own URL: rollasketch.com. These new ones will be added to the queue and will probably be seen there sometime in early 2016.

POLKA + ZEBRA + CONSTRUCTION + BREAKFAST

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CONFIDENTIAL TO ALEX G.M.: Email me and I’ll mail your drawing to you!

FURIOUS + GOAT + TRUCK + POLKA

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DOOMED + BATMAN

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LEGO + DRAGON

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ZEBRA + DETECTIVE + TRUCK + FURIOUS

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MOUSTACHE + SHARK

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Roll-a-Sketch Postcards

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I’ve made postcard versions of some of my favorite Roll-a-Sketch characters! They each feature a full-color illustration on the front, and biographical information on the back. The postcards are available in a set of 12, or if you want just a couple, that’s cool too!

You can also mix & match postcards with greeting cards — say, order a 3-pack of either, but then indicate (via the instructions box at checkout) that you want 1 greeting card + 2 postcards, and tell me which ones. No problem!! YOU THE BOSS



Video: Wikipedia Dis Raps

As I wrote on Tumblr this Saturday:

Sometimes you have an idea in the shower, and you are willing to sacrifice everything else you have planned for the day because you know otherwise, it will never get done. This is what I call ‘Chasing your enthusiasm’ and I have rarely regretted it.

WIKIPEDIA DIS RAPS on YouTube

GET THE TRACK on Bandcamp