October 31, 2014


October 29, 2014

October 26, 2014


Writing something like The Big Book of Superheroes means taking notes. Lots of notes! And I just looked over them and saw I had plenty left over for this bonus superheroes quiz!

1. True or False: Batman buried his butler, Alfred, alive.

2. Newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson sure hated Spider-Man! One reason for this was because…
a. he hated spiders
b. Jameson’s son, John Jonah III, was an astronaut about to be launched into space—and Spider-Man was stealing all of his attention.
c. No, seriously—spiders really creeped him out!
3. In real life, this man was named Terrence Cotta. But as a supervillain, he was called…
a. Brickface
b. Welcome Back Cotta
c. The Mason
4True or False: The Fantastic Four has always included the same four superheroes.

5. This superhero surprised readers by shooting and killing a criminal in the very first issue of his own comic book.
a. Bullet Man
b. Batman
c. The Flash
6. The first superhero to swing from place to place on spider webbing that shot from the wrists was...
a. Spider-Man
b. Boris the Spider
c. the Spider Queen
7. The weird thing about the original “Human Torch” is that he...
a. wasn’t human at all
b. burned everything he touched.
c. was easy to find when playing hide-and-seek. (“You’re getting warmer…warmer…uh oh! Does anyone know where the fire extinguisher is?”)

8. Comic writer Daniel Clowes wanted his teenaged character, Andy, to get super-powers in an unusual way. So after Andy…
a. skipped showering, he became super-popular
b. smoked a cigarette, he got super-strength
c. wore a turtleneck, he became invisible   

9. (Short answer) When young Billy Batson says “SHAZAM!” he turns into the mighty Captain Marvel. This superhero is as strong as Superman—and he doesn’t fear kryptonite! Now pretend you’re a supervillain and think of a good way to stop Captain Marvel that doesn’t involve bananas.

Answers below!

Holiday Gift Guide entry: Bow-Lingual!

Your dog has something to tell you! "I need a hug."

October 25, 2014

Dave Stelts grew a really big pumpkin!

Now that he's seen its weight, Dave could best be described as:
a. shell-shocked
b. out of his gourd
c. making plans for carving a stagecoach after midnight.

October 24, 2014

History's greatest "Epic Fails"

Hey teachers—I had a lot of fun writing this "Epic Fails" series for an educational publisher. They're high-interest nonfiction chapter books written from a “comedic point-of-view.” (Translation = They have comics!)

October 21, 2014

Important Announcement

My first novel will be published by Hyperion Books (Disney’s publishing division) in the not-too-distant future. 

It’s a funny science-fiction story about a young birdwatcher caught up in an adventure.

P.S. Yes, I am very excited! 

October 17, 2014

“Trick-or-treaters! Beware of my GARDEN GATE OF DOOM.”

—“But wh-what’s on the other side, mister?” 
—“Well, the nasturtiums are just lovely this time of year.” 
*screams, sounds of children fleeing*

Some days, everything goes your way.

Other days, you forget to put water in your cup-of-noodles.