Frosty: Agent of I.C.E.

I partook in watching Rankin and Bass’s 1969 Frosty The Snowman cartoon a couple weeks back. We all know the one. I haven’t sat down and watched it in decades. It still looks great to this day and it’s remarkably shorter than I remember. I had Frosty on the mind (brain freeze?) the following days and most of this came to me in a dream. 

I literally woke up in the middle of the night recalling a snowman riding a polar bear. I continued and dreamt of Frosty with a snow-gun violently shooting snowballs. “Agent of ICE” echoed through my head. Perhaps this is a gift from God himself. 

If that’s the truth, it’s good to know he has a sense of humor.  

I’ve really been hitting a stride with my concepts this past year. Though bizarre and ridiculous, I feel like they present a neat little package of my art style and creativity. A snowman isn’t necessarily a Christmas thing. Where there’s snow, there’s snowmen. So an idea of an animated series centering around Frosty working for a secret counter terrorist organization was super enticing to me. Something not as, say, serious as G.I. Joe…but with the same firepower and action. For some reason Captain Planet was in the back of my mind when drawing these. 

Frosty still “laughs and plays”….but around Christmas time. What does he do all those other days? I mean, the magic he has…what is he capable of? He’s inherently good….can he protect us? A shower of solitude fit the other pieces of this into the puzzle. 

When Frosty first melted away, his remains were collected and studied by various factions of US Intelligence. Was it truly “magic in that old silk hat” or a mystery within the very molecules that made up the snowman? The conclusion wasn’t made public knowledge, but it was clear that Frosty was capable of more than “laugh and play”. 

Frosty the Snowman was recruited to the secret counter-terrorist organization International Crime Exterminators (I.C.E). Due to Frosty’s uniquely natural sub-zero abilities, he solely  operates within the winter division overseen by senior director Kris Kringle. 
Frosty’s potential has evolved beyond just ice and snow, as the “magic” he inhabits absorbs the abilities of any hat he wears. Making his set of skills near limitless. A mere fairy tale to us, Frosty the snowman is alive as he can be…and as dangerous. Villains beware, if you notice a sudden chill run up your spine, you’re about to face Frosty: Agent of I.C.E.!

I hope 2023 may be kind, healthy, and generous to us all. Personally speaking, I plan on doing more of the same content (but improving) when it comes to this website. Articles, comics, concepts, and (hopefully) a couple podcast episodes! All that cozy comic culture I’ve been sharing for the past going on 12 (!) years.

Merry (belated) Christmas to all!

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Lone Ranger: 3049

The Lone Ranger represents a bygone era of Americana that we may never experience again. Whether or not we need entertainment like that is up to your personal tastes, but regardless I still love to experience pop culture’s past and appreciate it in my own way. No, I do not mean taking “I Love Lucy” and reinventing with robots (I like that actually) but instead taking COWBOYS AND REINVENTING IT WITH ROBOTS DUH.

With concepts I create I always put myself in the situation where I need to re-conceptualize for no other reason than to disrupt what’s familiar. Take away everything that makes Yogi bear iconic. Take away Batman’s money and class. Take away Ghost Rider’s motorcycle and era. Make Sonic The Hedgehog for children and not adult misfits with a furry fetish. I believe I create like this because of my current disappointment in modern pop culture. The endless streams of reboots, retellings, retreads, and requels zapped of creativity, direction, and imagination.

It’s a mindframe of “reimagining” where I just think “Okay, let’s take away what people expect , dumb it down to modern direction, and maybe even disrespect the fanbase.” Is that the right way of going about a project? Of course not. But it’s certainly the current way. So I sort of imagine myself in these corporate cogs of creation where I’m given an intellectual property and give it a dumb ‘ol makeover. And here’s my newest one walkin’ the runway: The Lone Ranger: 3049.

Intrigued by this take, or even liking it, doesn’t make you part of the problem…mind you. I worked hard on this and had a great time regardless. I just know Lone Ranger fans (the 12 that are alive anyway) would roll their eyes at me and call it trash. And I take pride in that. Hi, Ho S1LV3R!

The Yogi Showgi

Yogi Bear is one of my top 5 favorite cartoon characters. Which makes sense since the “Honeymooners” Ed Norton is one of my favorite television characters. Yogi’s roots in animated antics are simple in story and execution. He was never a complicated character, yet still became a household name throughout the 50’s and 60s. He’s made it solo, had his own movies, a comedy album with the Three Stooges, a comic book series, been rebooted a few times, he’s been in space, had his own video games, and made tons of cameos. He even has a line of successful camping resorts all around the country. 

He currently has his own cartoon show, yet again, this time on HBO Max. That’s what inspired me to make these concepts. While Jellystone is entertaining, it falls into the hyperactive meme route that so many modern cartoons strive for. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing either, I’m simply presenting something different yet familiar. 

With “We Bare Bears” as a major influence on the style, I decided to take Yogi (and Boo Boo) back to Jellystone Park. Both bears have an undying obsession with food. Ranger Smith (and his team of dedicated Forest Rangers) wage a slapstick war on Yogi and Boo Boo as the bear’s appetites grow. Taking the classic route of the original Yogi cartoons along with the addition of modern technology, views, and humor…The Yogi Showgi would consist of several 7 minute shorts involving Yogi and Boo Boo’s Pik-a-Nik antics as addition to solo shorts featuring Boo Boo, Ranger Smith, Cindy Bear, and several new woodland critter characters. 


Visually I tried to do the opposite of what one would expect: from axing Yogi’s collar and classic hat to Boo’s bowtie. Ranger Smith is a completely different looking character, going more of a Yosemite Sam route. He would be unapologetically hardcore in this iteration as well, determined to end Yogi and Boo Boo’s mass consumption at nearly any cost…except killing (he’s a nature lover afterall). Yogi still would retain his rhyming lovable oaf persona, but Boo Boo would be a silent partner with an appetite seemingly bigger than Yogi’s. Overall, I’m proud of how these turned out. Yogi Bear has been around for over 60 years which is an enormous accomplishment for a non-Disney character. And I hope Yogi is around for another 60 more! He’s smarter than your av-er-uge bear afterall.