Saturday, August 14, 2010

NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #2 - COMING SOON!

After a long delay between blog posts, I promised an update as to what I've been working on this summer. Here's the first ...

NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #2 - Cover Design
Cover Design: NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #2

I'm very excited to announce that NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #2 has been sent to the printer, and will be available for ordering this Fall from LesPlan Educational Services Ltd.

Similar to Book #1, this 30-paged, full-colour comic book reprints all of the NetTrekkers episodes that were published in The Canadian Reader over this past year.

Episode titles include:

1. Prairie Harvest
2. Swimming Upstream (B.C.'s Salmon Run)
3. Digging for Oil (Alberta's Oilsands)
4. Orbit (The International Space Station)
5. Traveling the Ice Road (Diamond Mines in the Northwest Territories)
6. On Goal (The Stanley Cup Playoffs)
7. Hydro Power! (Quebec's Robert-Bourassa Generating Facility)
8. Caribou Close-Up
(Barren-Ground Caribou Migration in Canada's North)

One of the great things about the NetTrekkers comics is that their exciting stories help get young Canadian students reading! In the process, students learn about their country.

Each class set of 15 Comic Yearbooks is accompanied by a comprehensive teacher's guide that includes a literacy lesson plan for each story, plus photocopiable activity, extension, research and map pages. Teachers can use the comic books to support curriculum topics in Geography and Language at the Junior level in Canadian schools!

Teachers can also find details about Book #1 on the Curriculum Services Canada website.

NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1 - Officially Recommended by Curriculum Services Canada
NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1 Recommended by Curriculum Services Canada

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Tangled at Disney's Hollywood Studios

While a summer vacation with your family at Walt Disney World leaves you with more than enough joy and lifelong memories, a cartoonist can't help but be awed and inspired by the development art from a Disney feature animation ... especially one like the upcoming Tangled.



Here's but a few snapshots I took while visiting the Tangled display in "The Magic of Disney Animation" at the Hollywood Studios theme park. All artwork is obviously © Copyrighted by Disney, so I not only credit them, but also applaud them on what looks to be a wonderful addition to the annals of animation.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Tangled © Disney.
Tangled © Disney.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Walt Disney or Bust!

Walt Disney or Bust!
"Walt Disney or Bust!" Disney Hollywood Studios, Aug. 2010

Settling back in after a wonderful week with the family at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In the flurry leading up to our vacation, I was busy getting work done and neglected to blog, so my goal is to remedy that over this next week by sharing details about some exciting projects I'm currently involved with (and/or will be soon!).

In the meantime, hope you're having an enjoyable summer too!

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope