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Too Many Ideas, Too Little Time

Too Many Ideas, Too Little Time

Thinking about those 52 images in Finding Frank and his Friend that were previously unpublished really gets us wondering about why Otis Dooley set them aside.  We asked Dooley’s son Lance about it at the book’s presentation this summer:  “You know, we never saw the same thing that he saw...

Grown-ups in Frank and His Friend

Grown-ups in Frank and His Friend

If they’re not with us, they’re against us. In the world of Frank and His Friend, relatives come in only two categories: Those bearing gifts or cookies, and those that require everyone to wear their uncomfortable Sunday Best. Although the main characters are often seen addressing the audience as a...

The Rocks in Bloom

The Rocks in Bloom

You’d almost think you were on Tarloc XIX!  While out and about today, I cam across these blooms for sale at a local flower shop.  I stopped in my tracks – aren’t they the spitting image of the terraniums from Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures? The terraniums were one...

Philip La Carta

Philip La Carta

Originally from Italy, Philip La Carta was the main character designer at PUD Films in the 1960's. La Carta was the strong hand behind the styling of Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures and Brigadier Buffalo TV-Shows, both sponsored by Sunningtong Morn.  Before landing a job at PUD Films, La Carta worked...

Clarence 'Otis' Dooley: Always Drawing

Clarence 'Otis' Dooley: Always Drawing

“My Dad was always drawing. Even when he wasn’t working. He would draw at the dinner table or waiting in line at the Post Office. The only time he wasn’t drawing, actually, was when us kids were drawing. He loved sitting down with us when we had the coloring books and crayons and big...

Frank and His Friend: Inspiration from the Dooley Household

Frank and His Friend: Inspiration from the Dooley Household

“We didn’t get in trouble a lot as kids, but we were…pretty spirited. I can remember one time my Mom had her Sandusky Women’s Musical Appreciation Society and Bunco Club meeting at our house, and Jamie and I wanted to show off our new gymnastic skills – I think the...

Cudworth-Hooper 1952 Memorandum

Cudworth-Hooper 1952 Memorandum

This memo was sent from  Cudworth-Hooper President J.P. Cudworth to Burt Stradder, Division Head of Training Films & Manuals, which was one of the 14 divisions the company had at that time. Like much of the printed ephemera associated with the Gadabout, this was from the estate of Howard Dillinger....

Cooper MacDougall: Biography

Born in 1941, Cooper MacDougall showed an interest in drawing, painting and sculpting from an early age, often building totem poles from household supplies and painting in vivid colors on the walls of his room. After finishing the School of Art Institute in Tacoma, Washington, he started working as an...

Conduit Beetle

Next to the AZR-0 robots, the conduit beetle is the only life form on planet AZR. The conduit beetle channels static electricity from its surroundings into painful charges, described as an annoyance similar to the bites of fire ants (source: Verdie Z. Goodsey, Field Journal, 2378).

Verdie Z. Goodsey

Verdie Z. Goodsey

Verdie Z. Goodsey was born in Reta, North Exie on Malnar in 2350. Early on she became interested in biology and robology and won a Blankton Scholarship to Fleebus University where she earned a degree in robonetics. She then joined the University of Xanthum as a doctoral student in robo-behavioralism...

Aether Instruments

Aether Instruments

Aether Instruments is a well established brand of laboratory supplies and equipment, including vials and beakers, as well as a line of print products. Their journals, like the one robologist Verdie Z. Goodsey uses for her solo field trip to the planet AZR, are specifically made to cater to the...

Hog Oiler

A hog oiler is a mechanical device employed on farms to be used by hogs to provide relief from insects and offer skin protection. It consists of a reservoir to hold oil, and a means to distribute the oil onto the hog, often via grooved wheels or cylinders. Hogs seeking...
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