Storyboard Art by Irv Spector

storyboard artist Irv Spector animation cartoon art Paramount Famous Studios Noveltoon

Another generous helping of
vintage Irv Spector storyboard scans
has been posted by his son and biographer, Paul Spector.

Check out the storyboarding goodness
at the Spectorphile blog:


I had been to CCO…(so whats new??) and I am soo proud of myself..I controlled the urge to buy tons of stuff just for the sake of buying.
I only picked few products….everything from the old crème team collection that was released in February this year. Not a very old collection…
The CCO had products from Rose Romance aswell. So many things from new collections (almost new) were available there.

My CCO had everything from Lavender Whip to Just a Pinch gel blush. Also, the
old and gold items like Other wordly blush and Afterdusk blush that i had missed
on. That’s probably one reason I don’t feel like buying products from new
collection when they release and I am fine with buying a product bit later, if i
can get it at discounted price..:)


Ok, so firstly I picked Lavender whip lipstick. It’s a lovely shade, that I had passed in the past, because I didn’t knew how to make a purple lipstick work on my skin tone.
Later when I tried other Lavender shade products, they worked and then the hunt for Lavender whip began…
It’s a cream sheen formula, so very moisturizing on lips. It is one of those formulas that have decent pigmentation and is not drying. Glad its a permanent finish of lipstick.

Swatch of MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick

Other things I picked were the Cremesheen Glass

MAC Cremesheen glass

I picked them simply because they looked soo pretty in tube. I knew that they are one of the sheerest formulas for lips, in varying degree of pigmentation. Its not that I have aversion to nude lips or sheer lipglosses. Its just that owning too many of sheer stuff hardly makes any difference on my lips after application. They all appear same.

Cremesheen glass in Melt in your mouth, Petite Indulgence, Creme anglaise

The colors I picked are Melt in your mouth, Petite Indulgence, Creme anglaise.
Later I checked Temptalia and as per her observation, I had picked the most pigmented ones of the lot.

Swatches of MAC Cremesheen Glass

The creamsheen glasses are soft and smooth. Less sticky than Dazzleglass. They practically have no shimmers. They are pretty similar on application like the dazzle creams, but a tad less pigmented.

Cremesheen Glass in Lovely Colors

I see myself layering it over a lipstick, rather than wearing these alone.

Melt in your mouth, Petite Indulgence, Creme anglaise, Soft and Slow,
Full on Lust, Sock Hop, Eclectic Edge (Miss Marble is Missing)

Good for me, At a fraction of price, I did get the cremesheen glasses, though a little late in the year.

Jimmy Thompson's Tenure on "Robotman"

This week, guest blogger Frank M. Young continues his encyclopedic look at the life and comics of Jimmy Thompson: Golden Age Comics' Best-Kept Secret

Part Two:
Jimmy Thompson's Tenure on "Robotman"

by Frank M. Young

Jimmy Thompson did not create "Robotman." The concept came from "Superman" creator Jerry Siegel, via Eando Binder's "Adam Link" science-fiction stories. Despite its obvious debt to the Binders' concepts, "Robotman" was a genuinely fresh idea for the comics.

Siegel infused the character, as with his creation, the Spectre, with a sense of fatalism also seen early installments of "Superman." Siegel's heroes, like Steve Ditko's "Spider-Man" of the 1960s, all exist on the periphery of the regular world. They mingle with the "little people" but cannot truly be a part of them.

This troubles them, and they talk at length, to themselves, about this aspect of their existence. In this sequence from the feature's second story, Paul Dennis/Robotman asks a flesh-and-blood woman out for a date, then slumps into a chatty depression about how things can never really work out with a real live girl:

Robotman comic book scans SS8-EXC

Siegel soon abandoned the feature, which began a predictable slide into mediocrity. Like most DC secondary features, it was filler--sometimes-clever, sometimes-lively, but still filler.

When Jimmy Thompson inherited "Robotman," it had most recently been illustrated by Don Cameron, whose characters' lock-jawed grimaces often suggest the less pleasant sensations of a colonoscopy.

Such angst--and such perfunctory status--were not part of Jimmy Thompson's agenda.
He gave "Robotman" a whimsical, breezy touch from the moment he inherited the feature, with issue #25 of Star-Spangled Comics.

Thompson contributed a six or seven-page story for the next 57 issues--plus another 17 for Detective. Thompson left the series after issue #154. It would prove his last work in the super-hero genre.

The Grand Comics Database credits Joe Samachson, with the scripts for this series. (God bless the GCD, which is as riddled with errors as the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide!)

Regardless of who scripted the stories, Thompson's sensibilities take center stage in this series. His staging, direction and "acting" are unmistakable.
As we have seen in Part One of this series, a bold sense of design, innovative use of typography, a deft blend of comical and dramatic elements and a tendency to explore eccentric characters and narratives distinguish Thompson's seven-year run on "Robotman."

In his tenure on the feature, Thompson created a DC equivalent to Jack Cole's popular "Plastic Man." The features share a frequently whimsical outlook, and interlace cartoony drawing with serious, sometimes-sinister themes of crime and punishment.

--Frank Young
Text ©2009 by Frank M. Young
Coming up next: "Robbie, Come Home!" from Star-Spangled Comics # 69, is a charming example of "Robotman" at its least super-heroic. Thompson's graphics are at their smooth, cartoony and designy peak here. Don't miss it!


I love these Vintage Sister Promos....:)

MAC Dazzleglass Creme Collection -- Fall 2009

MAC Dazzleglass Creme

Flashing Flecks of lustrous glimmer give the lips a new kind of high-beam shine,
while the balm-effect of the pillow-top comfort creme keeps the supple going and
going. Ultra-luxurious, no sticky smack or drag. Aloe and Vitamin E enrich, keep
lips lightweight but strong-willed, for long-lustre, ultimate luminosity. Wear
it alone for medium-sheer, dewy coverage... For dazzle with absolute comfort,
it's better than brilliant. And the accompanying applicator brush is a

Dazzleglass Cremes: $18.00USD/$21.50CAD (LE)

Soft Dazzle - Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl
Sublime Shine - Light coral brown with gold pearl
My Favourite Pink - Light blue pink with pearl
Perfectly Unordinary - Bright yellow pink with gold pearl
Luscious Spark - Light orange with gold pearl
Do It Up - Bright blue pink with pearl
Totally Fab - Bright yellow red with pearl
Amorous - Deep brown red with pearl
Creme Allure - Bright yellow plum

Swatches of MAC Dazzleglss creme and Lipglasses

I got this new dazzleglass Creme from the new Dazzleglass Creme Collection for Fall '09 that released recently. The shade I got is Luscious Spark.
I always found Dazzleglasses to be very glittery and overly sticky, so i wanted to try the Dazzleglass creme before buying numerous shades from the collection.

I am very happy with the consistency. Its not as sticky as Dazzleglass or even Lipglass. Its creamy, but then not very long lasting. Multiple application is needed. This product is a lovely combination of Dazzleglass and cremesheen glass rolled in one.
These are not shimmery or glittery. So thats a plus for me.
Luscious spark is this corally orange creme shade. I didn't had anything similar. Its sheer, but still noticeable when worn alone.

Swatch of MAC Dazzleglass creme in LUSCIOUS SPARK

I liked the formulation a lot and would try to B2M for a few more shades, though many of these appear sheer and similar to many other lipglosses i have from MAC or other brands.

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009
Info courtesy: Source



So finally I got my Photorealism quad!!!
A friend of mine was to pick this for me because, I had picked some stuff from my CCO for her. But due to personal reasons she couldn’t send the quad earlier to me.
Even though the whole MAC Fall craze has died down, I am pretty excited to get my quad and here are my two cents…

MAC Photo Realism quad Swatches

So firstly, this quad is beautiful….its not green as I had expected…but it has its own beauty…
4 shadows with some great finishes like Veluxe pearl and Frost, it’s a great addition to any collection.…not to mention a decent price tag…pretty cool..J
I liked the gold color (highlighter one) and the darkest color, which resembles blue green pigment.
The other two colors are nice too, but personally I am not fan of such colors. That’s one major reason I don’t have colors like Aquavert or any sea green at all.

Swatches of Photo Realism, Fresh Approach, Grey Range, Image Maker

With CULT OF CHERRY COLLECTION in 2008, MAC has set very high standard for FALL quads. That was probably one reason I had high expectations and hopes with Fall Quads this year aswell.

I had high hopes with this quad and it was on my wish list from day one. But when I started to see swatches I realized this was not what I had expected.
The colors did have a great color pay off. Over a Black base, blue base, green base and white will altogether transform itself into various shades of greens, blues, greys.
There are tons of swatches over various bases for this quad…so I didn’t feel like doing all the work for my blog…J
Once I use it for a couple of times, I will get an idea what exactly comparable colors I have.
I would love to buy Notoriety quad aswell, but as I liked only 2 colors from that quad, I would wait for it to hit my CCO.

Bobbi Brown shimmer Brick -- GOLD


Some days are lucky…on one such day, I got to bring home some products from my sister’s stash that she was not reaching for often. We did a little make-up swap at home. Good for me. Personally I had never tried any of the shimmer bricks by bobbi Brown. I always found them overly shimmery for my taste. I even find MAC’s MSF shimmery, so obviously shimmer bricks were not for me.


The one I got to try is GOLD shimmer brick. I guess this is some LE stuff. I don’t follow BB’s LE products. So my thoughts on this very loved famous product.

This limited edition Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick is a great set of colors to highlight
almost any skin tone. The compact includes five shades of ultra-luxe, pearlized
pigments that blend together to create a soft golden glow on the eyelids or
cheekbones. Wear it with your regular shades to add some extra sparkle or on its
own for a natural-looking glow.


Shimmer brick is a great product to put over any blusher or alone. Depending on the color stripes, it can be used as highlighter or a complete cheek color. Different shimmer brick suits different skin tones. These contain very fine shimmer, BUT NO GLITTER…


It is also a great product to dust lightly over the whole face with fan brush or a stippling brush like 187 by MAC. Overall, shimmer brick is a versatile product. I brick in GOLD very very pretty. I always found shimmery products tend to make my pores visible. So I avoid dusting it at certain areas, but this one, even though had shimmers in it, in no way was glittery or made my pores visible. All it gave was lovely sheen. I am soo impressed with this one product! I used it over my blush and it gave a pretty lovely glow.

I am not sure if this is the case with other shades aswell, I mean if they are less shimmery or more shimmery…but this one sure is going to stay in my stash. This is a very delicate and fragile product. If not handled carefully, I am sure it will wreck. I have to travel carefully with this.


Now that i liked this product, I will browse through Bobbi Brown counters when I go to my CCO next time…
Please suggest some great Shimmer brick shades that anyone of you have tried.
Suggestions awaited...:)

Robotman Part 3: Battle of the Beasts

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This is the third part of guest blogger Frank Young’s celebration of the life and comics of Robotman artist Jimmy Thompson -  Golden Age Comics' Best-Kept Secret

Part One features an in-depth biography of Jimmy Thompson’s early years, along with some gorgeously pulpy scans from "If I Were Robotman" from Star-Spangled Comics #26 

and today’s installment features "The Battle With The Beasts" from Star-Spangled Comics #36

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Next time, an even more in-depth look at the next steps in Jimmy Thompson’s cartooning career!
These posts are brought to you by Frank Young and his Stanley Stories Blog…The place for all your John Stanley comic book needs!

Back to MAC aka B2M Goodies...


Free Goodies are always welcome, and if the free stuff is MAC...its more than welcome...:) This week i went to MAC to have a look at new collections. Nothing impressed me much, but i did get a chance to B2M a few goodies.


Because we share your commitment to the environment, M·A·C accepts returns
of its primary packaging through the Back to M·A·C Program. By returning six [6]
M·A·C primary packaging containers to a M·A·C counter or M·A·C Cosmetics online,
you’ll receive a free M·A·C lipstick of your choice as our thanks to you.


Even though the lipglasses i chose have a crapy wand, the colors are beautiful enough to justify owning them. To top it all they were free!!!


I read it on Specktra or somewhere that Miss Marble is a color thats really pretty and its like MAC Lust and MAC Lovechild had a!! I don't know to do such great comparisons....but yeah, it sure is a pretty pink shade, more on warmer side. Soft and Slow and Full on Lust are my few favorites and I love them soo much that i have Back-ups. Miss Marble resembles very close to these shades....and I am happy i picked it.

(Full on Lust, Miss Marble, Vivaglam V, Lovechild, Soft and Slow)

Eclectic Edge is a pretty lavender shade and i like the way it looks on me. So that was another choice. Eclectic Edge swatch here.

MAC Lipglass Swatches

THE BALM -- HOT MAMA BLUSH Review n Swatch


The packaging of The Balm, Benefit and Urban decay always attracts me. Especially the vintage looks of Benefit packaging.
This Hot Mama blush was on my list since quite sometime and I did pick it a few weeks back.
It looks pretty similar to Orgasm blush. I don’t have Orgasm, but who hasn’t seen Orgasm…lol!!
I have Deep throat.
What it is:
A true all-in-one essential: sexy shadow, striking blush, subtle
highlighter, and light-reflecting lip finisher tucked inside a go-anywhere

What it is formulated to do:
The pinky-peach hue adds a splash of color to cheeks, a hint of shimmer to
the lids, and illuminates your finest features.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
Synthetic Fragrances
Synthetic Dyes


Ok, back to Hot Mama….
This is a peachy, coral blush with gold flecks…(So, what’s new?). I personally love this color family of blushes a lot and I find them flattering on my skin tone, hence the reason I have cheek products that are similar


It has gold shimmers and is decently soft and pigmented. Its not chalky at all. Its not even loose, powdery. Its perfect. Nars Deep throat was much matte in comparison to this and it is more on pink side.
Pigmentation of a product is pretty subjective. I mean people who love deeply pigmented blush would not consider this as pigmented. Anyone over NC 42/43 in MAC foundation range would need to pack this on.
The color is buildable, but the only downside is the more you try to pack on the color, the more gold shimmers are deposited.


I use it has a highlighter over my peachy/coral blushes. Infact the gold shimmers looked more pretty as highlighter over another blush than using it as blush all on its own.
I even used it as highlighter over NARS Portofino and the combination just ROCKED!!!
No, seriously…I don’t say I looked Gorgeous….but the cheeks did look Gorgeous!!!!


In a nut shell,

1. Cost effective for $19 a piece.
2. Decently Pigmented
3. No Smell/Fragrance
1. Cardboard packaging. (light weight, but gets dirty easily)
2. Shimmers can bother people who prefer light shimmer or matte product.
Would love to know what blushes you suggest in the same color family...:)

Robbie the RobotDog in “A Sniff in Time” – Robotman Comics by Jimmy Thompson

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In our last post, guest blogger Frank Young (of the terrific Stanley Stories blog) began a three-part comprehensive look at the career of cartoonist Jimmy Thompson. Thompson is most famous for his work on the comic book adventures of Robotman. Today’s story, “A Sniff in Time” features Robotman’s trusty cyber-canine companion, Robbie the RobotDog!
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Check back soon for our next Robotman adventure: “the Battle With the Beasts!”

..and be sure to check out Frank Young’s Stanley Stories blog for the best of John Stanley comic book scans!

Did you miss Part 1? If so, CLICK HERE!
Robotman Part 1
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Smashbox- Photo Finish Foundation Primer-REVIEW

Smashbox Photo finish Primer with Dermaxyl Complex

Prime, protect, and correct in just one step! This anti-aging primer
creates the perfect canvas for foundation application. Worn alone or under
foundation to increase its longevity, this unique formula helps to reduce the
appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer skin. The revolutionary
formula contains DERMAXYL COMPLEX™, an advanced peptide treatment clinically
proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time, SPF 15 to guard against
harmful UVA/UVB rays, vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea for
antioxidant protection.

The Pump (dispenser)

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

What it is:
Smashbox makeup artists use this product to create a perfect canvas for foundation application.

What it is formulated to do:
The silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smoothes and perfects skin, while the unique formula helps to inhibit the destruction of collagen, and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish

Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer (the original one) is clear, and goes on clear. It primes the face and prepares the skin for the application of foundation and other make-up. It also helps fill in small lines and wrinkles, and make the skin appear to have an even finish.

The consistency

It comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser, which is very handy. The PhotoFinish primer is a silicone based product and it glides easily on skin. Its like applying thin layer of oil. The consistency is neither too thick nor too liquidy. It may sound gross, applying oil on face before make-up, but it does help in winters, especially if skin is more on drier side. Once applied, after few seconds the product sets itself and the skin appears smooth, soft and silky. Very little amount of product is needed. A pea size amount would cover the whole face, or may be abit more.
Unlike the Cargo Blu-Ray Mattifier, i didn't find it turning from cream to powder or giving a matte finish. As i mentioned this glides easily, like oil...not powder.

Original PhotoFinish is clear, but it still evens out the skin tone.
I tried this original formula in a sample size tube, and later got the one with Dermaxy complex in a Smashbox kit.

This one is slightly peachy/apricot in color, but that doesn't affects the skintone. It works like the clear one. The only plus point with this formulation is that it has SPF of 15 and thus imparts some protection from the harmful UVA/UVB rays. It has no offensive smell or scent. A tiny tiny amount is needed to cover the whole face.

It has vitamins and Anti-oxidants, that claims to slow down the aging process...(hehe...u knw what this means to all of us)

In a nut shell,


1. Awesome, non-drying, light weight.
2. Fragrance free.
3. Works on all skintones.
4. Evens out fine lines and dimineshes pores. (it really does)
5. Glides easily.
6. Comes with an easy dispenser, a pump.
7. Plastic, sturdy container.
8. Product consistency is not very thick or not very fluidy.


1. Silicone based primer.
2. Oily skin people may find it bit oily by end of the day.
3. Price...a whopping $42 for 1 oz. bottle.

What are your favourite Face primers? Please suggest and share your thoughts if any in the comment section...:)