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PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pgs 8 and 9(of 11), also: Kevin Cannon, Magnificent Son-Of-A-Bitch


pgs 8 and 9

This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.  I’m giving you two ages today cause to not not would just be wrong.  Anyway,  some thoughts on todays pages…

RYAN DOW:  Page eight–Danno actually asked me if it was okay to have a lot of gore when inking the shredding tentacles.  He didn’t really need to ask.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  I didn’t want to offend your delicate and introspective sensibilities.

RD:  Also, the last panel was really difficult to draw.  I drew that pose about fifteen times before I got it close to right.  It’s not like I could photo-reference myself jumping off a roof.  Or can I?

DK:  You could have, but thankfully you didn’t cause Single-Payer Health Care is off the table.  The bastards.

RD:  Page nine–This is awesome.  In one version of the script, Jabbagazule swallowed Plunger-Man and Plunger-Man burst through his stomach.

DK:  Now THAT would have offended MY delicate and introspective sensibilities!

RD:  I’m so glad we went with this version.  It has so much more energy.

  Yay!  Two pages!  That was fun.  Anyway, if you don’t already know (and if you are reading these words you probably do), KEVIN CANNON has posted his I-Con wrap-up.  As I mentioned yesterday, Kevin did some amazing drawing last Saturday including the following wonderful FLEMING HAZMAT pin-up:

Kevin Cannon Icon09_fleming_

   Also, in the newest MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE (#6–which you can get from me next time you see me. It’ll also be up here sometime next year), I have a little fun with Kevin’s ARMY SHANKS character.  So Kevin has some back.  And he wins.

Kevin Cannon Icon09_shanks

     In addition to what you see here,  Kevin’s posting over at the BIG TIME ATTIC BLOG also includes Shanks on ice, a self-portrait by your’s truely, and pure horror. 

*** BTW: just cause you’re getting the PLUNGER-MAN milk for free, you should still totally buy the MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS cow.  It’s full of a ton of great stuff from some wonderful creators.  But…you don’t have to take my word for it.


PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 7(of 11), Also: i-con drawings and ‘CONTINUITY GUY’

pg 7

This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.  No some thoughts on todays page…

RYAN DOW:  I was really struggling to come up with a ridiculous boast for Jabbagazule, like, “I am older than atoms!  More powerful than the Sun!”  It popped in my head while shopping at Goodwill.  “Older than God (which became Yaweh)!  More powerful than Jesus!”  Awesome!

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yaweh is my favorite silly name for the Judeo-Christian God.  Glad you changed it.

   Also:  The plot is really thickening over at CONTINUITY GUY.  Check our BUD‘s amazing art for this weeks page.

   Finally, as you may know I went to the I-CON comic convention in Iowa over the weekend.  It was a bust in about every way imaginable.  The only few exceptions being spending lots of times with dear friends, and the great drawings that came out it.  Here’s a couple… 


    So if RYAN DOW, DANIEL J OLSON, KEVIN CANNON, and myself took over the chores on Marvel’s “AVENGERS” it would look something like that.  Scoff if you must, but one kid saw that drawing and asked if he could buy from us the issue that this drawing is the cover for.   

    Also, remember when I mentioned CONTINUITY GUY a paragraph or so ago?  Well, one of the things Bud and I want to include in the print edition (due April 2010) is a little back-up feature that lets you in on all the stuff that came before the CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella, specifically info on the IT’S WAR series.  The only real catch here is that I never finished the IT’S WAR series, so I’m going to have to create some original artwork.  Here’ s something I did at I-CON I’ll probably include in that:


     Ok, one more.  Remember good old DOC HEADULON from “PHENOMENAL TANGENTS“?  Well one of the few things I sold at I-CON was a copy of ‘TANGENTS’ to a savvy reader who from the cover alone got that it was a Jack Kirby-esque book.  Once I showed him ‘TANGENTS’ nifty fold-out feature he was, in his own words, “SOLD!”  This got me thinking about Doc.  Then I noticed I was surrounded by Kirby covers.  Now I have a seed of an idea for a follow-up story.  So, enjoy this possible sneak-peek (STEVE…we need to talk):


   That enough for you?  Well, that’s not all!  For I dare say the best is yet to come, as that fellow I-CON survivor KEVIN CANNON did some pretty amazing MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE drawings.  Sadly, I don’t have those to share right now.  But hopefully there will be up either here or over at the BIG TIME ATTIC blog sometime later this week.  Keep your eyes peeled, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

*** BTW: just cause you’re getting the PLUNGER-MAN milk for free, you should still totally buy the MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS cow.  It’s full of a ton of great stuff from some wonderful creators.  But…you don’t have to take my word for it.


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 14(of 14)–by Zander Cannon and Brian Bastian

pg 14--art: Zander Cannon, words: Brian Bastian

pg 14--art: Zander Cannon, words: Brian Bastian

   BRIAN BASTIAN:  Will be giving you a piece of his mind on Mondays post.  For serious.

   ZANDER CANNON:  Once upon a time 9 years ago I showed a very rough and crude mini-comic called STAPLEGENIUS (#2, I believe) to Zander Cannon and he laughed.  Not at it (though he should have), but with it.  This laugh inspired me greatly since I had been one of the eight fans of CHAINSAW VIGILANTE, the TICK spin-off Zander did.  Then, years later, Zander said to me on at least two seperate occasions that MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE is his favorite mini-comic.  Again…inspiring!  But this time not just cause of some silly, short-lived series he did in the early 90’s, but because of his later work on REPLACEMENT GOD, TOP TEN, SMAX, and his many science-based books he’s done with his studio-mate KEVIN CANNON like BONESHARPS, COWBOYS, AND THUNDERLIZARDS.  Also, he’s a Co-Conspiratorand friend who has faith–actual faith!–in my work.  Frankly, I couldn’t see any other way to end this GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR then with Zander, cause let’s be honest–this whole website and the comics contained herein are at least 28% his fault.

   All that gushiness aside, the GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR doesn’t TECHNICALLY end here…  Come back Monday for the traditional MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE “end of the issue” PIN-UP!  I shall warn you here and now–it’s SPECTACULAR!!!  See you then.



pg 5--art: Kevin Cannon, words: Brian Bastian

pg 5--art: Kevin Cannon, words: Brian Bastian

   Welcome back!  Hope your weekend went well.  And if it didn’t I defy the above page not to melt your heart.  Now lets meet the creators who made that beautiful image possible…

   BRIAN BASTIAN is a writer–a damn funny writer who I love to work with as often as I can.  For instance, he writes TOMMY CHICAGO which I draw, and sometimes we do short stuff like RALPH THE PREHISTORIC BUTCHER.  Brian also wrote MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #4 which will be posted here soon.  Brian writes other comics as well, like BOB LIPSKI’s UPTOWN GIRL (currently Bob is working on the first several hundred page UPTOWN GIRL original graphic novel that Brian wrote), and he even writes the occassional movie.  You should work with Brian too, if only so I can see his head explode from all the deadline pressure.

   KEVIN CANNON.   Geez, what to say about Kevin Cannon?  Does “local god already on his way to building a global church” about sum it up?  How about we just let his work speak the volumes my limited vocabulary can’t, like his stuff with his BIG TIME ATTIC studio partner ZANDER CANNON (no relation):  T-MINUS.  STUFF OF LIFE.  BONE SHARPS, COWBOYS, and THUNDER LIZARDS.  Then there are his amazing array of mini-comics which can, without even trying, beat up your mini-comics: ELEPHANT BEARTIME TRAVELOUR ENDANGERED CARTOONISTS.  He also does 24 Hour Comics.  Some would say he mastered the 24 hour comic his first time out and then just kept going to out-do himself:  THE NEXT 24 HOURSEXIT STRATEGYA GENERAL THEORY OF LOVESLOTH FORCE SEVENBLOTCHMEN.  He also does co-plots the new TOP TEN series for WILDSTORM, as well as some other upcoming works with his brother Zander.  Kevin was the featured artist for LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘C’, and he pretty much deserves all the credit for making it possible that BIG FUNNY even exists.   Oh yeah, and there’s that 288 page challenge that turned into a 400 page book that’s probably the best thing you’ll read this year: FAR ARDEN .  All this and not only is he one of the nicest guys alive, he doesn’t even require you tithe.


FAR ARDEN–debuts at MOCCA today!


    My friend Kevin Cannon’s book from Top Shelf FAR ARDEN is now available, and he’s got it at MOCCA this weekend!  So if you’re not in NYC go buy it from your local comic merchant(it should probably be there for this weeks ‘comic day’), and if they don’t have it hassle’em to do so. If all else fails, go right to the source:

   CONGRATS Kevin!

    Kevin is probably one of the best cartoonists I’ll ever meet, and I am more than flattered he keeps the FAR ARDEN pin-up I did for him (the one on the top of this post) above his desk at Big Time Attic ( He inspires me, and about every other cartoonist I know, greatly (well, when we’re not debating slicing our wrists cause of his unmatchable brilliance), and I hope all the best for this book and his career.  In other words:


   Go buy FAR ARDEN today.



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