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24
Oct
12

“JAM WAR” by Tenhoff, Roe, Lipski & Klonowski pdf

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.

Jam War by_Tenhoff_Roe_Lipski_Klonowski

19
Oct
12

the “MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE/UPTOWN GIRL/TOMMY CHICAGO’ pdf

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…

MTOC vs UG vs TC

 

07
Nov
11

MIX 2011: A retrospecticus

    So MIX 2011 has come and gone, and I can say without hyperbole that it was the greatest comics-related weekend of my life.  I/we/Minnesota/comics are forever in debt to SARAH MOREAN for making this fantastic show happen for two amazing years.  THANK YOU, SARAH!!!  Thanks to all her staff of volunteers as well.  You are all wonderful, wonderful people and put smiles on the faces of all the exhibitors and attending public alike.  THANK YOU ONE MORE TIME!  And now…a blow-by-blow of my fabulous weekend…
FRIDAY:
    MIX began, in my mind, hours before the opening parties when the local NPR station (MPR!) had an early afternoon hour on the present and future of comics featuring Scott McCloud.  Best of all, that hour of programming opened with the announcement that is was going to be discussing comics because of–you guessed it—MIX!  Public radio loves its comics!
    Then MIX reeeeeeeeally began at 6pm with the WOMEN OF MIX exhibit at MCAD. I arrived at about 6:45.  After taking in SARAH GLIDDEN’s breath-taking pages from “HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS” I ran into old friends DANIEL J OLSON and KEVIN CANNON.  After chatting with them for a few minutes I attempted to get back to the art but immediately ran into CHRIS MONROE.  Chris and I had met last year at BOOK FEST, so we had that acquaintanceship (and Facebook) on our side.  Little did I know by the end of the weekend Chris and I would end up becoming bestest of friends. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
     Eventually people started clearing out of MCAD (the show closed at 8pm) and moving across town to the opening night DRINK AND DRAW/CLOUDY COLLECTIVE EXHIBIT at PINK HOBO (aka PUNY ENTERTAINMENT).  Chris was unaware of the event, but I twisted her arm (FREE BOOZE!) and convinced her to go. Doing my part to save the planet, I carpooled over dirty socialist/future L RON HUBBARD/amazing cartoonist MAXEEM KONRARDY and his friend/fellow cartoonist/MCAD alum ANNA BRATTON (who it was nice to finally meet. Love her and BRITT SABO’s “Francis Sharp” comic). Speaking of dirty socialists, on route we drove by OCCUPY MN and I swear to god PHISH was playing.  Anyway…
    After arriving at PINK HOBO, Chris and I hooked back up and enjoyed a Grain Belt and the Cloudy Collective show.  The show was spectacular, but the 2 stand-out pieces to me at had to be the ones by ED EMBERLEY and GRAHAM ANNABLE (its total bias, though). Chris and I then ventured into the back where the DRINK AND DRAW was going-on. And was it EVER going-on!  There were several large tables set-up, each covered in white paper, and all the tables were packed to capacity.  Eventually though 2 spots opened up, and as luck would have it they were at the same table as my friends NICK MUDGE and NICK STRAIGHT.  Also at that table was SCOTT SEEKINS
    If you’re not from MN you probably don’t know Mr Seekins, and I’m not going to get into it here, but all you need to know is he’s a Minneapolis fixture and he only does art that involves himself incorporated into it.  So Chris and I sat down by Scott Seekings and both began drawing Scott Seekins as Scott Seekins was drawing Scott Seekins.  Very meta.
    After some drawing and a couple beers I looked at the over-flowing mass of cartoonists and decided to do some mobile socializing.  But first…I’d need another beer.  As luck would have it, set-up next to the booze station was Conspirator/podcaster/online teacher/webcartoonist ROB STENZINGER, and the mobile chatting began.  Rob had brought with him MARK RUDOLPH (of the gone but not forgotten ART & STORY podcast) and SARAH TURNER (frequent guest of the aforementioned podcast), and it was great to finally meet them as people and not just the voices in my head.  Mark quizzed me on hotdish (whattya mean its not called hotdish everywhere?! MADNESS!), and a weekend-long running gag was born.
    Speaking of podcasters, I also finally met MIKE DAWSON shortly thereafter and we discussed the challenges of doing interview-heavy shows. Nice guy, that Mike Dawson.
    From there I just made the rounds talking to old friends and the MNtoonists I usually only get to see at conventions and openings.  But the night was getting late and we had already exceeded the 11pm closing time (the crowd had thinned out, but it was still VERY crowded).  Knowing I had to be up early the next day I headed out. A great opening ceremony.  Take THAT, Hong Kong Olympics!
SATURDAY:
    While the con didn’t open to the public until 10am, I had volunteered for early/morning last minute set-up.  Sarah cracked the whip and we said “How High” to get everything running smooth. After a few errands I ended up being a greeter/usher helping the checking-in creators find their spot.  It was fast-paced and very fun and I’m glad I did it.  It was a nice, quick way to meet many fellow cartoonists and put faces to names.  It was also great watching the place fill-up–over 200 creators filled three big rooms. Amazing!
    At 9:45 I turned in my gun and badge (still don’t know why we were issued those) and settled into my table which I was sharing with my friends and collaborators BUD BURGY and DAN MURPHY.  Dan was tabling on his own for the first time.  All he had were three minis in his ever-growing ELLE CIRKA saga, but they were easily some of the best things anyone could have purchased at the show.
    We were also surrounded on both sides by friends like BOB LIPSKI, LUPI McGINTY, STEVE STWALLEY and AARON POLIWODAJORDAN SHIVELEY and  BRETT WARNOCK of TOP SHELFwere across the way.  It was a great spot in the chilly “Papa Bear” room (And yes, the other two rooms were “Mama Bear” and “Baby Bear”. Bet you can figure out why).  The crowd trickled in immediately, and by 11:30 or so it was a full-blown frenzy. I was behind the table more or less all day. Sales were good enough for me to make a couple or rounds purchasing (aside from a last-minute spending binge on Sunday, all my profits went into others books. I only *lost* money on food and booze, but the food truck grub was AMAZING and booze is booze, so I wouldn’t actually call it losing).
    I was honored to be asked to be a part of the SALON SALOON panel and was looking forward to it all day.  When it finally started at 3:30 I was not disappointed.
    ANDY STURDEVANT puts on a hell of show with SALON SALOON, and even in the truncated MIX form it was still a great time.  Fellow guests CORINNE MUCHA, LENA CHANDHOK, and JOHN PORCELLINO were all really entertaining. As I’ve mentioned in the pre-MIX posts, John P was one of the main reasons I got into mini-comics to begin with, so to find myself onstage with him singing “OH, YOKO” at the end of SALON SALOON…well, it was just magically surreal, lets say that. Lena and Corinne were also super cool people (and great cartoonists) who I’m really glad I got to meet and get to know in such a fun setting.  Luckily, Andy let me record the whole thing and it’ll be available as a part of the LUTEFISK SUSHI PODCAST this Thursday.
    Salon Saloon ran a little long (fine by me!) so the con was more or less over by the time I got out.  Luckily while I was paneling ATHENA CURRIER and her booth-beard JASON ROBEY were hatching dinner plans!  Given the ‘ok’ to invite ‘whoever’ over to Jason’s for a home-cooked meal I wrangled Chris Monroe to forgo a nap in favor of a potentially awkward meal.  But awkward it wasn’t, not in any way, no sir!  The one to describe the whole scene was DELICIOUS (also: boozy)!!!  Jason is a master fucking chef and the company was fantastic!  So thanks Jason, Athena, Chris, Bud, Murphy, RYAN DOW, BRITT HAMMERBERG, DAN OLSON, and TED ANDERSON for a great time. (On a side note: Athena did the most heart-felt book signing of the weekend on her new ACTION ATHENA collection.  It seriously melts my blackened, ice-cold heart.  Thanks, Athena!!!)
     The official Saturday after-party was at HONEY, a place where vampires and clubbers go for orgies.  But on this night the nerds took over!  The dinner crew (plus MIKE TOFT) stuck together for a while, but as the official MIX cocktail kicked-in, the socializing spread out.  An old friend, and currently dormant cartoonist, MATT MUNN was there and it was cool to get to see him again (he finally got a new computer. Here’s hoping the return of his “ZED RECKONING” webcomic is not too far behind).  Also CATHY JOHNSON was there!  Cathy was part of the Conspiracy back when she was 17 or so.  One day Cathy left to go off to college.  I could have sworn this was like a year and a half ago, but NOPE! Cathy is a full-grown college graduate and all-around awesome adult now, and it was great to get to catch up (feeling like an old, old man however, not so great).  The aforementioned Mark Rudolph and I also had some more fun.  He’s seriously a great guy.
     All good things must end, however, and with the 10pm end of the party came the vampires and models and shitty, shitty dance music with which they would soon cover HONEY with their jizzum and blood and VD.  Smartly, Chris suggested we bolt for NYE’S POLONAISE ROOM, so that’s what we (along with BUD and STEVE STWALLEY) did.  As Bud bought the first round I nabbed the biggest table in the Polka bar which was perfect since we were soon joined by KEVIN CANNON, SARAH MOREAN, BRITT HAMMERBERG, JORDAN SHIVELEY, BRETT WARNOCK, TIM SIEVERT, and several others.
    Drunken mayhem was had by all–Sarah and I dueted a tune in the piano karaoke bar, Tim and I had a magical polka bonding moment, Chris and I had tons of laughs, and we all went horse shouting out our conversations.  Despite the fact it was Daylight Savings night and we *technically* could have stayed out drinking until 3am (since the clocks turn back at 2am–the hour MN bars close), people started scattering around 12 or so.  Only the drunkity-drunks (myself included) stayed until about 1:30–the last 45 minutes of which was spent nursing glasses of water and making deals with deities so we wouldn’t be *too* hungover the next day.
SUNDAY:
     That extra hour of sleep was a saving grace.  Sunday morning wasn’t nearly as horrific as I feared, in fact I barely had a headache at all (I also ate like nine aspirins before passing out).  It was pointed out in the morning that Twitter was abuzz with talk of hangovers and mix2011 hash-tags.  Totally not surprised.
    Sunday was bitter-sweet, though.  Knowing this whole magical weekend was coming to an end was sad, but being in the moment of it was heaven.  I made several more sales, got a bunch more books, and got to meet the several more people who had eluded me previously like SARAH GLIDDEN (who says she might move to Mpls. I hope this weekend helped sway her decision!):
    Also, JULIA WERTZ.  Julia claims her signature in my FART PARTY collection is the “worst she’s ever done” so I won’t post it here, but its a pretty hilarious and I’m honored to be in possession of the “worst” thing she’s ever done (“I saw your panel, I KNOW your name is Danno, so why did I sign it…Wait! Why am I drawing myself as a hunchback?!”).  Thanks, Julia!
    The day drew to a close.  Goodbyes started to be said all around to both new friends and old.  And before we knew it MIX 2011 was over.  There was a closing party four hours after MIX ended, but once I went home I was DONE.  I had gotten maybe eight hours of sleep total from Friday night until 5pm Sunday so i was not surprised to find myself dozing off around 8:30.  As much as I would have liked to taken part in the grand finale, I don’t think I could have physically taken it.  As I type this I’m still recovering.  But it was ll totally worth it!
    So, was MIX 2011 the best show ever?  Yes.  Deal with it, every other indie show.  You might have age and experience and the what-not on your sides, but you don’t have SARAH MOREAN, and Sarah Morean knows how to throw a fucking party!
   You’re the best, Sarah!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
(Photos by me, Sarah Morean, Amaya McBatman, Puny Entertainment, and Christian Erickson. All photos (c) their respective photographer.)
18
Mar
11

The Young Earth Chronicles–part 6(of 12), also: “I am not at C2E2″ and “Lipski and Bastian kinda sorta not really failed the 144 Hour Graphic Novel Challenge too”

    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.”

20
Oct
10

TC: FCBD–part 8(of 12)–by Bastian and Dank, also: “False Witness” #4 gets reviewed, and be sure to check in on ‘Continuity Guy: Chrono Choas’

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!

13
Oct
10

TC: FCBD–part 5(of 12)–by Bastian and Dank, also: ‘False witness’ #4 gets some love, and ‘Book Fest’ and ‘Fallcon’ are this weekend!

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.

ALSO: 

   As I’ve mentioned before, FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY #4 is now available for your purchasing delight.  It even got some love from our frienemies at the CITY PAGES this week!  Thanks!

 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!

03
Oct
10

TC: FCBD–part 1(of 12)–by Brian Bastian and dank, also: 24 Hour Comic Day recap

    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!

         THE COVER

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. 

      THE PAGES

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.

ALSO:

The "Dan" table--myself, Dan Olson and Dan Murphy around 2am.

     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:




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