May 25, 2017

Vacation Doodle

It's nice to be able to draw for the heck of it sometimes...

January 5, 2017

Thank you Mark Hamill

(Click any of the images to view bigger)

In light of recent events involving Carrie Fisher, this is a personal post in the hope that at some point Mark Hamill will be able to read it. So from here on out I'll just be writing as if I were addressing him  personally.  For the rest of you feel free to talk amongst yourselves.

Mr. Hamill,

In the past week or so my wife and I have both found ourselves getting choked up over the loss of Carrie Fisher even though we had never known or met her in real life.  She apparently had such a large effect on the world that even though I had only known her through Star Wars and movies like The Burbs and When Harry Met Sally, I suppose even we felt like we had lost something.  A kind of "by proxy"  influence of her personality?  Naturally this type of event starts the mind going and I thought that I should take a moment to write to you.

I just wanted to say thank you.  It seems very unlikely that I will ever have the chance to meet you in person and this is probably just a drop in the ocean of adoration you must receive on a daily basis.  But I wanted to say thank you for the positive effect you've had on my life.  There's something to be said for good role models and you portrayed (and continue to portray) a good natured character of strong moral principles and growing up I really took that to heart.  

It's weird to say that I've known your face for as long as I can remember.  Probably true of a few generations by now.  The Jedi Luke action figure from 1983 was my security blanket when I was young and my parents carried around extras in their pockets in case their screaming child misplaced his.  I drew a quick messy comic at work one day to illustrate that, as seen above along with some other stuff.  More than Luke though in all the interviews I've seen and the celebration talks it's really heartening to see how open you are to the crowds. It's a great feeling when your childhood hero comes across as just as great in real life.  So I'll wrap this up by saying thank you one more time.  My world and those around me are all the better for your influence. 

All the best,

Sean Krummel

September 26, 2016

Official 2016 Krummel Halloween Viewing Guide

I hate how little there is in the way of films that actually focus on the Halloween theme.  Therefore steps were taken to find Halloween Specials like those I grew up.  So I present this year's official Krummel family Halloween Viewing Guide.  Watch in whatever order you want just so long as you watch them all.  With exception to numbers 19, 22, 24 and maybe 23 all are family oriented.  I'm terribly excited.  Happy Halloween!!!!

August 21, 2016


Work weirdness.  Random nonsense thought while walking to the bathroom. 

August 19, 2016

Work Doodle Weirdness

The first weird work doodles. Probably going to transfer the Wendigo into here sometime.  The first one is called "13 Bends".  If there is one consistency when it comes to the very few folk lore spook stories from the place of my birth it is that nobody can agree on anything.  I assume that's how it is for all ghost stories that people tell and we only think of them as concrete after they've been published in authoritative places like books.  I mention it because this tale is frequently associated with Coulterville.  A town with one road into it with seven bends in and six out and a cemetery at the end of it.  But in all my reading on the subject I have yet to find a road that even matches that description.  Also reading the comments online shows people contradicting themselves left and right adding ten other locations all sworn to be the TRUE location.  So as far as I'm concerned (and I'm not biased in any way at all) I believe the other likely option, that 13 Bends is Happy Hollow road.  Ironic.

Anyway, I have a vague memory of riding in a car with my mother and her telling me that the road called Happy Hollow (five minutes from my childhood home and near my old high school) was referred to as 13 Bends for having thirteen turns in one direction while only having twelve in the opposite.  The "spook" aspect of the story comes from it's association with an orphanage that burned down (or a boys/girls boarding house or numerous other things depending on who's telling the story) and the children that died there.  Supposedly children hand prints appear on your car after driving through at night and possible ghost children are seen or ghost vehicles chase you. Again, consistency.  Needless to say, we never saw anything.  And don't bother counting the bends in the drawing...there are three.
So for a doodle sketchbook devoted to the weird and creepy I thought it would be fitting to start with something somewhat personal.  I actually intend to include my childhood home in this group at some point based purely on the ghost stories my dad and his dad said they experienced (again I never saw anything despite the creepiest basement on the planet).  I also discovered we have a Dead Man's Hollow not super far from where I used to live and again the stories associated with it are varied and coming up with a doodle for it is proving difficult.  Anyway.  Back to inking the Smacked In the Head comic.  Enjoy.

August 18, 2016

Where The Weird Lives

This book was a gift from my mother-in-law. It's so freakin' fancy and the paper is crazy, I had no idea what to use it for.  Decided it will now contain the afore mentioned monsters, cryptids and spooky places doodles that pop up when I can't stand to look at the comic anymore.  Just got some new pens as well.  I can finally lay my old Staedler 05 to rest.  A moment of silence please.  

August 15, 2016

The Wendigo

Thinking about starting a new sketch book purely dedicated to doodles of monsters, cryptids and spooky places.  Probably a little influenced by Guillermo del Toro's Lacma exhibit going on now.  Blue pencil, pen and marker.  

August 3, 2016

Update From the Invasion

FINALLY got around to finishing this.  Personal trading cards, an attempt to prove to myself that I could do some artist cards if TOPPS ever asked me to contribute to a future series and a love note to Mars Attacks.  Colored with colored pencil.  Managed to not completely ruin them by adding color. I really dig how vibrant they are.

See the original post/inks/befores, here:

July 11, 2016

Dreaming of VHS

Two pen drawings from work downtime.  Did the bottom one first and added modern movie titles to it for fun.  The second one is a reminiscing of a time when I used to fantasize that somewhere out there is a parallel Earth where Gary Kurtz and George Lucas never had a falling out and they continued making wonderful Star Wars movies throughout the 80s and into the early 90s.  The drawing is supposed to be an artifact from that parallel world showing the three prequels that that duo would have made in a format reflecting the kind of tapes I owned growing up (before eventually buying them legally).
The titles are -
1. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (It's a fine title and the story would introduce the villains and their motivations.)
2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (I swear when the second one was coming out everyone just believed that it would be called this.)
3. Star Wars: Fall of the Jedi (Kind of just made it up.  I guess you could also go with Rise of the Empire but whatever it's my parallel universe.  Call it what you want in yours.)

I'm actually a bit relieved that the prequels turned out how they did.  I was heavy into Star Wars for a long time (still kind of am in different ways) but their failings freed up my mind and started pushing me to create my own universe and stories and I'm kind of grateful for that.  

July 9, 2016

Work Doodles

Two more work doodles.  Fiend Without a Face 
and of course, The Monolith.

July 4, 2016

B-Movie Saturday

Work doodles.  Usually by Monday I'm ready for B-Movie Saturday again.  Top to bottom: Ro-man (Robot Monster), The Venusian (It Conquered the World), Martian (George Pal's War of the Worlds).

March 19, 2016


Messing around with props.

January 16, 2016


Drawn on breaks at work.  I was looking at the more recent series of cards for Mars Attacks, in particular the artist sketch cards and most of them are really really wonderful.  MY sketch cards are in response to the terrible, nameless, ones whose claim to fame is that they are drawn terrible and to see if I could do better.  Drawing terribly is not a style.  It's lazy and it drives me crazy.

What I learned while doing this exercise into interplanetary world domination:
1. It's nearly impossible to cut a bunch of card stock all to exactly 2.5 x 3.5 inches despite the use of a t-square and matte cutter.   
2. It can be difficult fitting all the detail you want into 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  

The two part card at the bottom was based on the shrink ray card from the set.  I thought it would be cool if they had a "biggifier" ray that made a martian giant.  He was originally going to be fighting a King Kong type monster but I thought it'd be funnier if he's just screaming, marching and blasting the city. The top right is also sorta borrowed from one of the Army of Darkness posters.  I like to think that the Martian women would be just as ugly as the men and you'd be unable to tell the difference. The next step is to color pencil these bad boys and hopefully not destroy them in the process.  I'm not affiliated with Mars Attacks or Topps but after doing these I humbly think I should be, at least in the artist sketch card department.

January 11, 2016

Lost and Found

A true story...

December 24, 2015

There is... another... Sky-walker...

A true story...