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Nina’s Gifts

by David Dedrick on October 8, 2015

We’re not sure if you remember way back to Episode 100 – our first live anniversary show with guests David M. and Ben Mills – but it was at that show that Nina Matsumoto handed me an envelope with the instruction that I not open it until she had gone.

When I opened it I was amazed to find an ingenious and imaginative retelling of our 100 episode history in the form of an Al Jaffee Mad Magazine fold-in.


It’s all in there: my job as a farrier, me working on a fishing boat, Ian as a dancing pumpkin, Titmouse, the Hate Crime jar (boy, that sure disappeared, didn’t it?), us crossing the border, Ian doing improv, and lots more.


This is what it looked like when it was folded. Pretty clever, no?

If you listened to our 200th episode, you’ll know that Nina crazy outdid herself with some beautiful sculptures of Sneaky Dragon as himself and as My Sneaky Dragon. (I’ll admit it: there were some tears because it was so damn great.)

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She was kind enough to let us take a behind-the-scenes peek at her making the sculptures:

Step 1: Nina based her version of Sneaky Dragon on the Sneaky Dragon drawn for the Episode 36 title card.

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I don’t think I have ever drawn Sneaky Dragon the same way twice so there are no worries about going off model. You can see the guide sketches Nina made of Sneaky D so she could accurately shape the armature underneath the figure.

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Here we can see the wire frame and the tin foil used as filler.

Step 2: I’m sure this image cuts out all the swearing and tearing out of hair as Nina turned a glob of Super Sculpey into this dragon.

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He seems to be missing his arms, but don’t worry, Nina isn’t finished yet.

Step 3: You see? Arms! Nina has finished sculpting Sneaky Dragon. (She even remembered the wings, which is more than I can do!)

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Step 4: Here he sits in his little cooking tray, ready to get baked. (Insert clichéd Vancouver pot smoking joke here.)

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It looks like a little silver soap dish!

Step 5: Unfortunately, two of us do the show so Nina had to make two sculptures.


Her second sculpture was based on the title card to Episode 88 where Ian, Sneaky D and I got the My Little Pony makeover. A really inspired choice for a figurine, I think anyway. (I took this one for my own.)

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Here you can see the wire armature for My Sneaky Dragon. Notice how Nina has sketched out a guide image of Sneaky D with a rough skeletal system that she has duplicated with the wire. I had the easy job drawing Sneaky D in a flat one dimension. Nina had to take that and imagine it in three dimensions.

Step 6: Look at that! Unbelievable. Oh, wait, it doesn’t have any horns yet.

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Step 7: Aah, there we go. Horns and an absolutely beautiful job turning my drawing into a 3D object all ready for the oven.

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Step 8: Here they are post-baking.

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Apparently Super Sculpey always gets slightly burned in the oven. Unlike a kiln, where the heat source is behind thick insulating kiln bricks, a regular kitchen oven’s elements are close by and really, really hot.

Step 9: A little primer covers up those sun burns!

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Now the figurines are ready for paint.

Step 10: Both characters painted in Sneaky D’s trademark green and purple. (And by trademark I mean trademark Pete’s Dragon 1977)

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Apparently Nina forgot to buy some purple acrylic paint so she had to mix the purple colour. (No wonder our sales of Sneaky Purple are going nowhere.)

Step 11: Sprayed with a clear satin finish and lookin’ so fine!

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Here are those shots again of the two sculptures from different angles:

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And here is a shot of My Sneaky Dragon where he lives near our miniature Orkney chairs. I love it so much.


Nina would like to thank her sculptor friend Emily Coleman whose book Fantasy Creatures in Clay was a great help with this project. You can find it here.

Fantasy Creatures in Clay

And thank you, Nina!

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Tintin at the Movies

September 9, 2015
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This week on Totally Tintin, David and Ian postpone the inevitable and take a look at Tintin in the movies. Some are pretty good and some are pretty bad and some are TERRIBLE. Want to know which? Well, give us a listen. If you’re curious and you’d like to check out some of the movies […]

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Tintin on the Moon

July 20, 2015
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46 years ago today, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. In honour of this historic event, Hergé sent Neil Armstrong an amusing drawing that simultaneously celebrated this historic achievement and shone a little reflected glory on the Tintin books. A year later, the French weekly Paris-Match asked Hergé to create a strip […]

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Sneaky Dragon Episode 179

May 9, 2015
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Buenos dias, Sneakeros! This week on Sneaky Dragon: we hope everyone’s ready for a new household maintenance show: Ian’s Shock Talk; Dave has nothing to bring to the show this week; they both saw the new Avengers film – Dave has some reservations, Ian less so; the new Star Wars trailer does not work in […]

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Show Notes – The Blue Lotus

April 29, 2015

When I started putting together this edition of the show notes, I thought there wouldn’t be much to say about The Blue Lotus. Hergé actually changed the book very little during its updating to colour in 1946. It had a special place it had in his life, but it is also a watershed moment in his […]

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Show Notes – Cigars of the Pharaoh

April 21, 2015

On this week’s show notes, we’re going to take a look at Cigars of the Pharaoh, strangely, the last black and white Tintin book converted to colour. For whatever reason, Hergé didn’t get around to updating the book until 1955 – almost ten years after the other books had been transferred to the now familiar 62-page colour […]

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Totally Tintin Show Notes

April 14, 2015
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Hi everyone, Ian and I hope you are enjoying the show! In case you’re wondering what the heck we’re talking about though, I thought it might be good to post some of the alternate images here so you will have an idea what we’re talking about during these episodes. Tintin in the Congo First, Tintin […]

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Sneaky Dragon Episode 172

March 22, 2015
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Bonjour, Sneakers! Ian and Dave have a big announcement this week, that they don’t make, but apparently they have a new podcast in the works called Totally Tintin! (Details will follow, I suppose.) They want you to help friend of the show, Branwyn Bigglestone (three time guest!), with her campaign to raise money to help […]

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Sneaky Dragon Episode 161

January 3, 2015
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Hello, Sneakerinos! This week on the show we welcome in the New Year…or do we? Ian and Dave are all ready to put 2014 behind them and get a head start on 2015. Discussed on the show this week: the porn rainbow; recording in an igloo; and mom troubles. The guys spend a lot of […]

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Fifty More!

December 31, 2014
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Everyone should have traditions and it’s becoming a tradition here at Sneaky Dragon HQ that, when we reach fifty new title cards, I take a moment to look back on almost a year of inserting a drawing of a dragon into various pop culture references. This is the third in a series (you can find […]

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