Monday, January 22, 2007

Barbie Dolls and the Book of Mormon

"Oh no! Bobby will be here any minute!" shrieked Annette, playing her Barbie-doll Patty. "I can't let him see the house like this with the walls all splattered with green jello! I'm so embarrassed!"

"Yeah, we should have known better than to try to make Jennifer's special exploding jello for company -- the recipe's just too complicated!" said Lynn for her doll Tuesday.

To think that Lynn was already twelve years old and in Young Women's at church. For ten-year-old Annette to still want to play Barbies was already kind of borderline. But I supposed it wasn't too embarrassing if they just did it at home with nobody else around.

It was so annoying that Mom and Dad insisted I set up my drawing table and paints in the toyroom where Annette kept her elaborate doll house! I got to have the joy of listening to two giggly little sisters while trying to concentrate on creating my masterpiece graphic novel.

"Uh-oh, he's here now!" said Annette, driving a Ken-doll up to the house in a red convertible. more ->


Sister Mary Lisa said...

I love it! I'm thinking I need to just order the book so I can read it all now....

:) Great writing.

C. L. Hanson said...

Thanks SML!!!

I had such fun writing these stories, so I'm always happy when people like reading them!!! :D

Just one of many said...

I can't wait to read the rest!! Love the pics as well :)

C. L. Hanson said...

Thanks JOOM!!!

Illustrating it has been almost as much fun as writing it!!! :D

I haven't quite finished all of the illustrations for part 1 yet, but I've got a few more silly drawings just waiting to be posted... ;-)

Lemon Blossom said...

I forget, did you grow up in Utah?

I'm enjoying so far and will probably have to do the same thing as SML - buy the book!

Sideon said...

You're brilliant, gorgeous, you write AND you draw?

Is there anything you don't do well?

*insert green-with-envy picture, here*

C. L. Hanson said...

Thanks Lemon Blossom!!! That would be cool!!!

I didn't grow up in Utah, I grew up in Minnesota. That's where this part of the story is set, as you'll see in the next chapter. :D

Thanks Sideon!!!

Draw? Well, let's not exaggerate -- I can cartoon anyway. ;-)

Actually, the computer is amazingly helpful for this type of drawing. I generally draw the different characters and backgrounds on separate pages and then scan them in and superimpose them (and color them in). It's cool because I can focus on the task of drawing each element without being distracted by getting them placed right with respect to each other.

Lemon Blossom said...

Minnesota? Hm, ok. I was wondering because I grew up in Idaho and visited Utah a lot growing up. We always called soda pop "pop." Gluby and I moved out east for awhile and now I call it "soda." It became this big thing for me trying to figure out where the differences are. :)

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Lemon Blossom!!!

I had to learn to say "soda" when I moved to the East Coast too!!! I think it's "pop" starting from the midwest.