Illustration Friday: Neighbor


This is my ode to the best neighbor ever, Mr. Rogers.
He was quite a big hero of mine as a child, and still is.

It’s a fast-paced world out there, kiddies.
Sometimes you just have to slow down, put on your sweater, and feed the fish.
Oh, and the occasional trolley trip to the Neighborhood of Make Believe never hurt, either.

Who’s with me??

21 comments on “Illustration Friday: Neighbor

  • on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 11:24 pm, Greg Hartman said:

    I’m with ya! Rogers rules and he was and still is inspirational in his amount of love are care for children and education.

  • on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 11:54 pm, jo said:

    Great illo, he was my first thought, your illo is perfect.

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 12:51 am, Sherry Rogers said:

    Oh Man I just love Mr Rogers. . .I mean the one in your illustration. . .I am married to one too and I love him too.

    Funny thing is my son loved to watch Mr Rogers on tv when he was little (I did too). When my son got older like in 6th or 7th grade, he came home and said he hated that our last name was Rogers. All the kids were teasing him and asking him where is sweater was.

    I just love your bunny and the frame. You are right Mr Rogers is the ulitmate neighbor.

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 7:29 am, holli said:

    I with you! I loved picture-picture!!

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 8:15 am, Barbara said:

    Well, I was never a kid with mr. Rogers, only a parent. And, even though I very much admired the MAN, his gentleness, and his philosophy, I could NOT stand the show. Did I hear someone say B-O-R-I-N-G?

    As a former puppeteer, the puppets especially used to drive me crazy. I did enjoy some of the film clips, though.

    OK. I am out of the closet.

    And I am ready to dodge the rotten tomatoes…..

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 8:50 am, Liz said:

    Barb, you blasphemer! 👿 I guess I can see your point, though- the homespun puppets and slow pace were definitely best received by 3-6-year-olds! Even now, though, I really appreciate the decidedly un-slick production values. It is what it is!

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 8:53 am, Liz said:

    Sherry- right! You’re MRS. ROGERS…cool!

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 9:13 am, andrea said:

    I agree with both you and Barb, Liz. I loved the slow, comfortable pace of Mr Rogers, but it does tend to make you nod off. Love what you did with the theme here.

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 10:54 am, roz said:

    I AM!

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 11:12 am, mike r baker said:

    Yay! Mister Rogers! I did Mister Rogers too. Very cute illo!:mrgreen:

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 11:45 am, Claudia said:

    This is my third try to leave a comment. The bot won’t let me post cuz I can’t thell if it is a 1 or a l or a i ! LOL! This should tell you how much I wanted to let you know how I love this illustration! Good Choice, good work!

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 11:49 am, Liz said:

    Claudia- thanks for the determination and nice comments! I also have issues with reading those darn codes- glad I’m not alone!

  • on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 8:47 pm, Tracy said:

    Though I was never a big fan of Mr. Rogers as a kiddo (my favorite was Sesame Street!) as an adult, I do admire all the wonderful work he did! Plus I REALLY love this illustration! Good work! 🙂

  • on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 4:28 pm, John Nez said:

    My favorites were the Mr. Rodgers operas. They were surreal…

    There was the ‘Bubble’ opera, about the scoundrels selling bubbles that were just air.

    There was the opera about the trip to africa… or was it the zoo…

    There was some opera about a storm or something, with lots of waves and everyone survived.

    I liked how Mr. Rodgers would spend the whole week building up to the final day of the opera… and then it was fabulous. When he’d get that glint in his eye and push the button to start the trolleycar to the land of make believe, you knew you were in for a trip!!!

    Of course I always thought it was odd that he rarely had any actual children on the set. They’d no doubt start making too much real trouble and stress!!!

    All those great characters… the baker, Mr. Handyman, the package delivery guy… all too wonderful.

    I always thought people who made fun of Mr. Rodgers were stupid.


  • on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 4:32 pm, Liz said:

    Oooh! Mr. McFeely! “Special delivery!”
    I think there are no kids on the set because YOU are the kid- he is always talking to YOU. Sometimes they would go on an outing where real kids would be. It’s a format that has since been “borrowed” by Dora, Blue’s Clues, etc. Mr. R. is the original!

  • on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 10:31 pm, emila yusof said:

    Oh, what a fine illustration! Mr. Rogers is lucky to have you as a neighbor!

  • on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 7:05 am, Randomyork said:

    Amen to that! You get the prize! I used to watch Mr. Rogers with my children under the pretense it was for them- but, you know, it was as much for me. What a great tribute!

  • on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 11:29 pm, jennifer gray olson said:

    Great work, great tribute. Nicely done!

  • on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 11:55 am, Halloweenville said:

    i used to LOVE mr rogers!! nice!! great work

  • on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 2:04 pm, ARVINDH said:

    this is cute!

  • on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 5:43 pm, Claire said:

    This is so perfect! What a sweet post.

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