From the promo poster I did for the Minneapolis cell of this JAM WAR you can get a pretty good idea of what it was. I did my Jam War contribution with SEAN TENHOFF, QUILLAN ROE, and BOB LIPSKI. It was a really fun waste of 12 hours with friends.
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This is a comic book crossover born of a convention fever dream and released one year later at said convention. It was co-plotted by myself, BRIAN BASTIAN (Tommy Chicago), and BOB LIPSKI (Uptown Girl). Brian wrote the blasted 40-some page thing, Bob penciled most of it and I inked it. There were a few pages that I penciled and Bob inked and those are maybe my favorites. I didn’t include this tale in the final MANLY TALES trade cause…”legal issues” aside…it’s just plain weird. But it is MANLY TALES canon as far as I’m concerned (so is Brian with TOMMY CHICAGO. Bob…not so much), so bone up, MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE experts…
There. I sent the bomb from part one back in time. That plot hole is all closed up. Now to open up some more. OH! And I was big fan of MICHAEL CHERKAS art on the ‘SECRET INVASION’ comic growing up, and I think these 3 pages really show that.
ALSO: So right now I should be in Chicago with DANIEL J OLSON at the second annual C2E2 comic convention thingy. We went last year and had a blast being in artists alley and the plan for this year was more of the same. But for me anyway, life got in the way. So Dan is there and I am not. Wah. One of the key reasons for us going and sharing a table this year is that I am the plotting mastermind behind the final 3 issues of Dan’s SUPER MAXI-PAD GIRL series, the first part of which debuts at C2E2 TODAY! So if you’re there–pick it up! Or buy it from Dan at one of the many Minnesota cons he’ll be doing in 2011. Or, you know, I’m sure it’ll be available soon on his website.
FINALLY: I had totally forgotten about this, but BOB LIPSKI and BRIAN BASTIAN kinda sorta not really participated in the 144 Page Graphic Novel Challenge. Here, I’ll let staplegenius.com(ics) regular Brian Bastian explain:
“Bob told me about the 12 page per month thing and asked if I wanted to write for him for it. We decided to combine two story ideas I had come up with for the ill fated uptown girl cartoon. I started just working on it during my downtime at work, seeing as I only had to write 12 pages a month. And then the whole thing just seemed to fall apart, with everyone quitting on it. So it just sat, not just unfinished, but barely started.
Then Bob was stopping the monthly book and wanted to do original graphic novels and he wanted to do the story we had been working on. So I dusted it off and finished it up. I think I ended it at page 140 so as to give him 4 pages to play around with. And let me tell you that script was a piece of shit. The non-plot bits were good, but the story made no sense, had weird leaps of logic and was just shit. Bob started drawing it (even though it was shit. I can’t stress that enough) and he was extending a lot of the pages because I had crammed a lot into each page. And he started asking me plot questions and about clearing some stuff up (I’m sure he knew it was shit too) so then I started rewriting pages, adding some pages, clearing up the plot a lot. So this combined with Bob taking his time drawing it and extending pages added quite a bit.
When he was close to done, he sent me a list of scenes/rewrites/etc he wanted and I worked all that out. Then I also spent an afternoon in a coffee shop looking over the pages, reading it and making sure it made sense, then I went and added more stuff, until we were both happy with it. And it was a whole lot better. I did get to spend a couple days with a proof copy and I made one last run through looking for spelling mistakes and changing and tightening up some more dialogue. And now hopefully it’ll be out at springcon. And also hopefully people won’t think its shit. Although if they do, I’ll be really glad we didn’t go with the first draft. So yeah, that’s what I remember, Bob might have more memories why we didn’t do the 144 challenge, but if he doesn’t say anything about how much the first script sucked, he’s lying.”
BASTIAN: Hey kids, do you think that history is boring? Well it’s full of atrocities like cannibalism. You just need to do a little more research than what’s in your school books. Remember that for your next school report. Or find a movie that’s based on a horrible world event and write the report on that. Today’s classes are too crowded for anyone to really check up on your work.
DANK: All this flashback business serves two purposes–1) to clue in any “new” readers, and 2)to cram in more of our over-flowing cauldron of story ideas. Over-all it was fun to draw since I got to work in the murder of BOB LIPSKI and the kid which I’m pretty sure wasn’t in the script.
BASTIAN: I love those skeletons. I’ll say when a script calls for death or gore, you don’t dink around. Bravo.
DANK: FUN FACT!– Brian and Bob would debut these books every year during Free Comic Book Day at JIMMY JAM COMICS in Rochester, MN where Mark worked/managed. In the time between when we started this issue and when FCBD occurred Jimmy Jam closed up shop, so we had to give this book to Mark when we saw him at Spring(nee Micro)Con. Wait…that wasn’t that fun of a fact.
ALSO: The 4th issue of FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY is now out, and some reviews are starting to come in! CITY PAGES and Comic Book Resources’ ROBOT 6 both did nice little promo things, but the real deal is the review on THE TALKING POINTS MEMO. The reviewer liked it despite himself! Nifty! As for my role in this issue…Well first off the whole issue was drawn by LUPI McGINTY and JAMES POWELL. James inked all his work on the ‘flashback’ sequence, but I did all the inking on Lupi’s ‘God in the Bar’ sequences:
Lupi, James, BILL PRENDERGAST (the writer), and I all did the ever-changing backgrounds, though I ended up doing a majority of them. KEVIN CANNON also did the brilliant opening page (and let me tell you it was AWESOME seeing Kevin’s rendition of Lupi and I’s ‘God in the bar’ sequence). Finally, I (and my friend Photoshop) did the Wrathful God back cover:
I have done work on all four issues of FALSE WITNESS, and I can say without a shadow of doubt this is the best issue both in terms of art AND story. I highly recommend you go BUY IT TODAY. Hell, buy all 4. They are totally worth it!
AND AS IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH: I honestly can’t believe the outstanding work BUD BURGY has been doing bringing my script for CONTINUITY GUY: CHRONO CHAOS to life. Seriously. His best work ever. Hands down. So be sure to check in on Continuity Guy and company every week. I’d say right now is a prefect jumping-on point for new readers, but honestly these stories never make too much sense until about 5 pages to the end. But it’s a fun ride getting there!
BRIAN BASTIAN: I have one regret about this page, and it’s not my horrifying death by fist. No, I probably should have swapped Bob out for you, since when I wrote the scene he was going to draw it, and then he wasn’t. Lucky for me you had the presence of mind to add youself getting crushed by a bookcase on the next page. And we finally took out that Buffy stand up
DANK: One of the weirdest things about part 1 of this trilogy was that BRIAN worked himself and then-TC artist BOB LIPSKI into the story. I really like that he took it one step beyond in part 2 by killing himself off. And page 10 here is quite simply the best page of not only this story, but probably the whole trilogy. Maybe one of the best TC pages I’ve ever drawn. Brian sort of freed me up to go nuts, and go nuts I did. Haven’t you always wanted to see SOMEONE eat HEROCLIX? I know I have.
FINALLY: Both BRIAN BASTIAN and myself will be IN PUBLIC and SELLING OUR COMICS (including the all-new collection for the TOMMY CHICAGO mini-series we did together) at separate events this SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th! I will be at the TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL in Minneapolis, and Brian will be at FALLCON in St Paul. Stop by either–or both!
Thoughts on this years 24 HOUR COMIC DAY and what you are about to read of the TOMMY CHICAGO: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY epic by writer/creator BRIAN BASTIAN and myself to follow the pages below, as per our usual. Enjoy!
BRIAN BASTIAN: I had wanted to see this specific parody cover for a long long time. When I finally saw it, I had it printed up to a giant size and framed and put on my wall.
DANNO KLONOWSKI: I have 3 thoughts when it comes to the cover. 1) Brian really digs ‘parody/homage’ covers(**see bottom of post). Me–not so much. But this MR MIRACLE cover was really fun to do and turned out pretty good. Also, unless you KNOW covers I don’t think it smacks as being too rip-offy. 2) Prior to doing this I had never read any of the JACK KIRBY ‘FOURTH WORLD’ saga. Within a few months I would be madly devouring the hardcover collections. Such amazing stuff. Consult your local library or comic shop to learn more. 3) Brian was so impressed by the cover he made a couple of POSTER SIZE versions of it, one of which he gave to the REAL Jimmy Jam Comics in Rochester, MN (RIP). Store manager MARK was equally impressed and the poster hung with love in the front window until such time of the stores closing a couple of years later.
BRIAN BASTIAN: I really don’t remember if I wrote this story knowing you were going to draw it, or if it was originally meant for Bob and he wasn’t going to be able to do it and you rode in like Robocop on a unicorn to save the script. I do know that is not at all how I imagined Avid Reader looking, but it was so horrifyingly wonderful that now I can’t imagine her looking any other way.
DANK: Quick breakdown of the posters in the comic shop: FLYGIRL was the FCBD book Brian and BOB LIPSKI did two years before this one(2006). WORLD WAR SHE-HULK was an homage to my trip to JIMMY JAM COMICS the previous year(2007) cause they had WW HULK stuff everywhere. It was right before the book was released and I had never heard of it, but thought it sounded right stupid. ‘ULTIMATE SPEEDBALL’ by BENDIS and SOMA is a shout-out to both one of my favorite comics of the 80’s–SPEEDBALL–(and 90’s if you count the first 30 or so issues of NEW WARRIORS), but also to TAKI SOMA who drove Brian, Bob, and myself down to JIMMY JAM’s that first fateful year. As it happens, Taki ended up moving from MN to marry MICHAEL AVON OEMING a year so after I drew this. As you may know Oeming draws POWERS which is written by his buddy BRIAN BENDIS. To this day I am shocked that the Bendis/Soma ULTIMATE SPEEDBALL title has yet to appear. It just seems like a million dollar idea.
24 HOUR COMIC DAY was this weekend, and for the 7th year in a row it was a big success here in MINNEAPOLIS, with nearly 40 cartoonists showing up! I finished my 7th 24 hour comic and have officially spent a week of my life doing them–crazy! You can see some HIGHLIGHTS from the night–including a ROCK BAND break I tore it up at–on the official MPLS 24HCD blog. Many, many thanks once again to DAVID STEINLICHT for all he does to record the day in blog form! And to SARAH MOREAN for the snazzy 2am photos! And ROCK BAND runner LEMON for giving us some love! It was a great day. I have some PLANS for my 24 Hour book, so you’ll be seeing it in NOVEMBER following the TOMMY CHICAGO story.
** So anyway…like I said: BRIAN LOVES PARODY/HOMAGE COVERS!
DANK: In the case of the TC: FCBD trilogy the homage covers became a running gag and increasingly more elaborate. After part 3 was finished we were going to collect the whole thing and repackage it as a very NOT FREE collection for people to ignore at conventions and local stores and the what-not. This never happened, but I did draw-up a cover for it. Again–a parody. Again–Brian picked it.
BRIAN BASTIAN: The Captain America parody cover is just amazing. I’m not closing the door on someday collecting all 3 of these issues, but it was Convention talk, and the only thing more unreliable than Convention talk is drunk talk. You just go so excited to be around so many artists and writers and people who do what you do, that you pretty much agree to everything put in front of you.
So here’s the never-before-seen TC:FCBD collection cover which ‘homages’ CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 by Simon and Kirby: