Adventures of Guy Man

So as I mentioned earlier, I visited the Willington Public Library in my old hometown…the NEW library, in fact!  When I was a kid, the middle school’s library served as the public library.  They closed gates across the hallways to the rest of the school in summer, and just kept the library open.  I used to ride my bike down there every day in the summer and spend most of the day reading, or borrowing books and returning others, because I’m a huge nerd.  Mrs. Passardi was always there to get me more books and hear about what I was reading at the time.

The new library is WAY nicer, like an actual real town library!  I did a little talk on how to make a comic book (aimed at an audience of small kids and their parents), and we had a really fun time learning about how make a page and lay out panels, how to think up funny drawings to put in the panels, how to make sound effects and balloons, and what goes into printing a comic book.  I also drew a lot of doodles for the demanding and creative audience.

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During the demo part, the kids came up with a story and I drew it in hasty little doodles on the board.  They decided the story was about Guy Man, a hero who is also a horse, and is very cool, so he wears a cool jacket and sunglasses.  He also has a medal from the mayor, for being so cool.


He had to stop Evil Guy from stealing three dollars and fifty cents, so he chased him, while the evil guy tried to evade him in a car/motorcycle/helicopter hybrid.

"Yo bro," Michael suggested as dialogue for Guy Man, "I’m too cool."  And truly, he was.

Eventually Guy Man won by hitting the Evil Guy with a frying pan, so hard that his mustache flew off!

"You coward, I busted your hat," Mia quipped, and onto the comic it went.

So the day was saved at last.  The mayor rewarded Guy Man with the recovered money and he used it to buy fifteen hamburgers.  It was a pretty gripping tale!

Everyone came up to sign the picture as co-creators, since they helped create the story:

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I got a couple exclusive autographed drawings from the kids, and I fully intend to frame them for my wall at home. 

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Mia drew a comic of her own, about a guy who drives into a tree, because he’s not very smart, while her brother chose to draw some very cool Minecraft creations.

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Julia drew a fantastic plethora of pictures, while Rainbow Dash looked on in approval!  By the end of the presentation, I was pretty much wearing Julia as a backpack…she snuck up on me when I was sitting down and latched on.

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Steven and his mom showed me some of his cool Megaman comics that he drew in his school books.

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For 12 years old, he’s really good!  He was stunned that I knew what they were from, and that I used to watch that very same cartoon (the old Megaman cartoon from the 90’s) when I was his age, and made similar comic drawings about it in my own notebook at school!  I even showed him a page in my new graphic novel, The Elephant Book, where I hid a little drawing of Protoman in the background.  My question is, how does he know about that specific show?  It’s been off the air for for 20 years and the DVDs are super hard to get! (I should know, I own them all).  Probably that pesky internet is at work here.

Steven also drew this thing, which I find fascinating:

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My old librarian Mrs. Passardi even showed up to see me!  I was so happy to catch up with her and let her know that even though she’s retired from being a librarian in Willington, she somehow got the job of new town librarian in Bizenghast.  All in all, wonderful times were had.

On the way out, Julia’s dad helped me carry some things of mine to the parking lot, and asked about the second job I briefly mentioned having.

"Oh, I’m a birthday party princess," I replied.  He looked at me, then at Julia, who was wrapped around my waist with both arms and making Rainbow Dash high-five my elbow.

"I believe it," he said.

Long story short, great trip back to my hometown.  Just a reminder, I’ll be appearing as Queen Elsa for a free Frozen-themed library event at Willington Library THIS MONTH, the day before Halloween!  Elsa will read stories to the kids, talk, sing, do photos on her throne and other fun stuff, and it’s totes free!

So bring your kids and parents and cats and dogs and goldfish and congressmen and come on down to my hometown library for a fun free Halloween party on the 30th!

Special thanks to my dad for the photos of the library visit! :)
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Birthdays and FBs!

Hey y’all!

One: it’s my birthday. Happy YayDay to my face!

Two: I finally got around to making a Facebook page for my various princessing shenanigans!  Click and Like our FB page for fantastic prizes!

Three: Actual fantastic prizes!  I’ll be doing regular giveaways on my new Facebook page, so get in on that to win crazy silly swag!

Four: I’ll be appearing as Queen Elsa for a free library event at the Willington Public Library in Willington, CT, THIS MONTH, the day before Halloween!  I was talking with the library folk after I did my little comics workshop for the kids and they said they had no one to help do a Halloween party this year, since all their high school volunteers went off to college.  Well that is some sort of shame!  So I offered to do a free Elsa event for anyone who’d like to mosey on over that day. 

So bring your kids and parents and cats and dogs and goldfish and congressmen and come on down to my hometown library for a fun Frozen-themed Halloween party on the 30th!

Five: There’s no five!

-M!

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New Elsa costume, new Elsa shoes.  Made ‘em myself! :3  I’m doing a charity visit to a young boy with a spinal disease tomorrow, who really wants to meet Elsa for his birthday.  If that’s not a good enough excuse to totally overhaul my costume, I don’t want to KNOW what is.

The day after THAT (this Saturday, the 11th) I will be at the Willington Library in Willington, Connecticut…my hometown!  I’m doing a free little workshop for kids and teens at 1:30 PM, all about working in comics.  So if you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and pick up a free mini-print! 

http://www.willingtonpubliclibrary.org/Events.html

As always, these pro-bono visits are supported in part by your donations to this blog through Patreon.com…so thanks very much!

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If you’d like to support more visits and library events like these, why not consider becoming a patron of mine?  I REALLY depend on readers like you to support both this blog and my charity work!  For as little as a dollar a month, your support will directly fund both the regular updates here AND my charity work for children in need, helping wonderful kids receive free parties and visits at local homeless shelters, children’s hospitals and fundraisers! You also get access to cool patron-only content, videos, posts and lots of special extras!  Visit http://www.patreon.com/PartyPrincess to become a patron today.  And thanks!)

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Nyan-Con!

Just a reminder that I’ll be at Nyan-Con in Mentor, Ohio tomorrow!  Come by and see me in the Dealers’ Room, pick up a signed print or just chill with Fish Puppet, who will be doing interviews all day!

:3

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BREAKING NEWS!

Ryan is headed home!!

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From Ryan’s Facebook:

After 43 days at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Ryan is FINALLY coming home!! Although, he is still in chronic pain and on pain meds we are so happy to bring him home. My husband and I have to give Ryan his pain meds and all other meds through his feeding tube which will be a challenge considering it’s brand new to us. He is on 18-hour feeds, which requires us to constantly change his formula, flush his tube, and change the bag every 4 hours. CHOP also set up a nurse to come to the house to check with his feeding tube and meds. Ryan is so happy to be coming home but still has many restrictions.

Even with all the challenges ahead, this is great news and I’m so glad for Ryan and his family!  Please continue to help with his GoFundMe to assist his parents with the massive costs involved in home care and medical expenses.  Every tiny bit REALLY helps and is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!! <3

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Hell Yeah Princess Tips

For the last post of the month, I did a special video about some emergency princess tips and tricks.  Also, fun with vaseline!

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Ryan’s Hedgehog

Hey guys!

Well, thanks to all your generous donations and support, Ryan had an AMAZING day.  Not only did he get to hang with his buddy Elsa again, but his family said they were overwhelmed by the amount of support and concern from people online.  They feel truly blessed that so many people would want to help their little boy.  But who wouldn’t?  After all, he IS the Mayor of the ward!

My day started yesterday with fixing up my Elsa dress for the visit.  I also modified a little plastic crown, to wear as my new accessory. I know Elsa’s crown is gold in the movie, but I actually really like the blue of the plastic one.  It matches my outfit better!

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My roommate and I scoped out stores for the biggest card we could find, to fit everyone’s messages on.  We managed to find one that was absolutely HUGE…I wish I’d measured it before I left!  It was so big it barely fit in the gift bag! 

After that, I put in a book of fairy tales that I got for Ryan, so he’d have something to read with his folks at night.  Ryan suffers a lot at night when he’s trying to get to sleep…the pain seems to act up most then, and he needs hot compresses and pain meds to get through it sometimes.  I thought a nice bedtime story might help take his mind off things during those moments.  I used a silver pen to write “To Ryan, from Queen Elsa” inside the book cover for him.

But these were not the big present, oh no.  I told my roommate yesterday I was on a mission.  A mission to find a big reindeer toy, like Sven in Frozen.  If you read my blog, you know I’m a big fan of stuffed friends, because they’re very comforting, especially when kids have to be away from home.  So I wanted a BIG stuffed friend for Ryan!

I went from store to store, but no one had a reindeer anywhere!  You’d think with Frozen out, you’d find lots of them!  But I was getting more and more frustrated as the day got later and I had to get home to change into Elsa and leave for the hospital.

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All right, Toys R Us of Willow Grove, you’d BETTER have a reindeer in that store somewhere!

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Ugh, this is the only one? I got the store clerks to help me hunt through the store, and the ONLY reindeer we could find was one tiny Sven, just big enough to fit in your hand.  No way was that good enough for Ryan…it was too small to even hug!  There had to be something else.  I looked and looked, but a giant pink teddy bear or an overpriced FAO Schwartz giraffe just wasn’t going to cut it.

Oh my god, what’s THAT?

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THAT HEDGEHOG IS AMAZING.  It’s so cute! And so BIG!  It’s almost the length of a skateboard!  Like the card, I wasn’t even sure it would fit in the gift bag, but I had to have it!  It was just the right size for hugging and would make an excellent lounging pillow as well.  Plus it’s SO FUZZY!

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What a cool hedgehog!  And he just barely fit in the bag, with the tip of his nose sticking out.


I gathered up all my items, wrote out everyone’s donations messages in the big card and headed over to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

When I walked into Ryan’s room, his family was there with him and Ryan was all smiles.  He was so excited to see his friend Elsa again and he gave me a MASSIVE hug.  We read some of the card together…I included everyone’s messages, and I added the names of everyone who donated but didn’t leave a message.  He was really impressed that people from Australia and England knew who he was!

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There were so many messages and names, they filled up most of the back of the card too!  And it’s a BIG card.

We also checked out Ryan’s new book, looked at the pictures and I read him part of a story.

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But it seems the book would have to wait until later, because that hedgehog was the sensation of the day.  From the minute I gave it to him, he had it all snuggled up against him and was petting its fur and giving it hugs, right up until I left.  I’m so glad I didn’t find the reindeer after all!  The hedgehog was WAY better.  It even made friends with Ryan’s monkey pal and fellow patient, Bongo!  Ryan said he’ll let me know what he decides to name it.  We’re still not sure if it’s a boy or girl hedgehog yet.

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Ryan’s sister turned on “Let It Go” on her phone and we sang along to it…with me and the hedgehog doing an odd duet. ;)

After a big group hug from the whole family, I had to leave.  Ryan, always the gentleman, walked me out and down to the atrium before saying goodbye, along with his sisters and parents.  The family gave me a beautiful thank-you card and a gift, which I was very touched by.  The card is now in a place of high esteem on my princess wall.

I just want you all to know how MUCH your support has meant to both me and Ryan’s family…both in the amazing support shown to his GoFundMe page and to this blog itself!

I know I always ask you at the end of a paid post like this one to support this blog by becoming a patron of mine through Patreon, but I don’t think you understand just how MUCH of your support from that goes directly to helping wonderful kids like Ryan.  I don’t just sit around on my ruffled butt and collect checks from my blog to spend on banana bread and shoes.  Yesterday’s visit cost almost 80 dollars in travel and supplies alone.  That includes:

22$ for the hedgehog

8.50$ for the giant card

7.99$ for the gift bag

21.40$ for the book

4$ for parking

2.50$ in tolls

8$ for gas

Plus a full day of my time, which otherwise I would have to spend doing commissions to pay my rent, instead of having the free time for a hospital visit…anywhere from 50 to 80 dollars in work hours. 

YOUR Patreon support helped pay over 120 dollars just for yesterday’s visit!  And I just want to say THANK YOU for that.  Even if you only donate a dollar a post, or two dollars a month, your generosity is directly funding visits and gifts for kids who really need some comfort and cheer in their lives…and their happiness really lifts the spirits of their families, who are often tired, worried, stressed out and constantly traveling between home and the hospital to try and be there for their kids every minute of the day.  As much as the kids enjoy these visits, I think sometimes the parents enjoy it even MORE, because anything that makes their children happier during these stressful times is wonderful.

So thank you ALL for your continued generosity and support!  I literally could not do this without any of you! <3

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(If you liked this post, why not consider becoming a patron of mine?  I REALLY depend on readers like you to support both this blog and my charity work!  For as little as a dollar a month, your support will directly fund both the regular updates here AND my charity work and visits for children, helping wonderful kids receive free parties and visits at local homeless shelters, children’s hospitals and fundraisers! You also get access to cool patron-only content, videos, posts and lots of special extras!  Visit http://www.patreon.com/PartyPrincess to become a patron today.  And thanks!)

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