Doot Doot Garden: The Blog of Craig Thompson
Doot Doot Garden: The blog of graphic novelist Craig Thompson
sockman’s salvation April 19th, 2008

My brother Phil and his wife Ami just visited for a week. No pee-fights this time around,
though in our last couple of hours together we did collaborate on a jam comic.


It stars characters crafted by my brother in our childhood – Sockman, Detective Skelly, Robot Egg, and Ninja Thrasher!
( ~ my character designs were always lame & milquetoast…) Apologies to you blog-readers,
but I had to post this to at least amuse our childhood buddy Evan.


These “salvation army” battle scenes were doubtless inspired by our father’s plumbing occupation
and our family exclusively shopping at thrift stores.


26 Responses to “sockman’s salvation”

  1. Jocelyn Says:

    Hey Craig! I was just thinking about you tonight since it was prom in the Megapolis of Mosinee and I remember a” few” years back when we all went to prom and you and Aaron wore your “Moo Deal” shirts! Good times!! I am really happy that you are doing so well and I wish you the best! Jocelyn

  2. Billy Fore Says:

    This makes me feel great inside. I have often asked myself what the Salvation Army would look like. I guess I expected something more religious :]

  3. KesheR Says:

    Wow! I’d really like to read that Salvation Army Wars saga! I want to know more about Robot-Egg who didn’t get dialog this time.

    This a good family meeting, unlike those my family does. They don’t even know what a comic is!

    Cheers, Craig.

  4. elle Says:

    I was an only child for a long time, but I had cousins around my age who were practically brothers. We never collaborated because all they wanted to draw was Kaazam fan art. No joke. They burned it later, too.

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  6. Marianne S Says:

    Neat! My friend Ottar and his brother always makes cartoons together :

  7. Jordi Says:

    What happened to Robot Egg? Cheers!

  8. EhC Says:

    The return of — NINJA THRASHER! Ahh… Ally Comix. ^_^

    Next time WE do a jam, I’d love to do the same thing — feature our “classic” characters. I’d be a kick!

    Thanks for the smile, bro. :)

    ~ Evan

  9. Liz Says:

    Side note… But I really hope you tour with Habibi. I’m having a hard time bribing people to get me your autograph at Stumptown and Portland is just too far a drive from Chicago, haha.

  10. luria Says:

    It’s been a while since i have discovered your blog and i am, every time i come, quite delighted to find there a piece of your universe! Thanx for this and hurrah!! for this Salvation Army battle scenery! (but who won this battle?)

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  12. EhC Says:

    A little history:
    From 1989, nearly 20 years ago… :)

  13. Stuart Livingston Says:

    Haha what a blast! I would love to have a drawing session like this with my sister someday. Great stuff man

  14. Dao Says:

    No photos of the pee fight please when it does happen.
    Just want to add my praise for “Blankets”. I recently read it and stumbled onto your blog. Very interested to see what you have next.

  15. Jose de Leon Says:

    Craig: I met Phil 😉 and Ami last November at the Joe Sacco signing in the Twin Cities, and they were wonderful hosts at a time where I really needed it. I cannot thank them enough for the good fortune of meeting them at that time.

    I’ll see you in a couple of days 😉

  16. T-money Says:

    alright, i know this is waaaay off topic but i think you should go visit Wisconsin in the next few weeks because Johnny Depp is filming a movie there right now. (maybe you can meet each other and take pictures–hint hint). Anyway, i’m doing a project on Blanktes where i make a game board (11th grade). I can’t wait to present it, but i still have to write a paper to go along with it, which is why i’m still up. well. better get crackin!
    More Robot Egg!

  17. izas Says:


    how are you?
    every time i come around, it looks like you are busy 😉

    regards to phil and ami (they are wonderful)

    ps. it’s only a possibility, but… i’m planning a trip to usa in october :)
    i’ll tell you

  18. Isaia Says:

    Thanks for the blog updates, Mr Thompson.

    Looking at the jam comic images is really what I needed to keep me goin today, (inspiration and emotion-wise)


  19. Jackson Says:

    I love that photo at the top; my sister and I have one single thing in common (dance) that when we do together, brings us together like nothing else…I love that all siblings seem to have some sort of similar connection.


  20. amanda Says:

    this is delightful and wondrous

  21. tita Says:

    Ooh love the drawings, especially the purplish one at the bottom!

    I read here that you will attend the Stripdagen Haarlem in The Netherlands in June. Wish you lots of fun and do upload some photos from the event, please!

  22. Rachael Says:

    Don’t apologize–this blog reader, for one, found this post delightful. I’d love to see more Salvation Army Wars. :-)

  23. Katy Says:

    I don’t get if Phil is left handed or right handed? in any case, keep doodling, please

  24. Nick Tabron Says:

    I love Your work Yur drawing ability is great.. I am a frelance cartoonis who is curently developing a strip. Would love to talk with You about shop stuff, such as which pens Youuse paper ect. You can email me at thanks Nick

  25. Steven Says:

    This reminds me of the days when my best friend, Josh, and I used to draw epic G.I. Joe battles on giant sheets of graph paper in the school library. Those were good times. Of course, none of our doodles were as creative or clean as yours. Keep up the amazing work!

  26. grace Says:

    Hi Craig

    It’s my boyfriend’s birthday on oct. 30
    is it ok if you greet him for me as my gift? he loves ur works.

    his site is


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