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My buddy BRITT HAMMERBERG does a webcomic called FAMIB that updates every Monday(ish) and Friday(ish) and is pretty fun. It’s about a malcontent boy, the murderous dragon he’s connected to, and his bestish friend/guardian whose job it is to kill the dragon. Catch up on about 10 years worth of it today!
Soon after I agreed to take over the art chores on TOMMY CHICAGO (after BOB LIPSKI felt he had to bow out due to impending fatherhood), TC writer/creator BRIAN BASTIAN hit me up to do the 2008 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY special. I agreed as it would give me a chance to refine TC and Jimmy more before we got to work on issue 1 of the regular series. The 12-page FCBD special would pick up where the previous years special had left off, and be part of TC FCBD trilogy, suitable for re-printing one day as its own 36 page spectacular. Well, here it is 2010 and still no collected special. Ah well…that just means I get to take this fun little yarn about comics, demons, and zombies and present it to you all thru October as a precursor to HALLOWEEN!
…The only problem is Brian and Bob did the first 12 pages, not Brian and me. So instead of posting 12 pages of a comic I had nothing to do with, allow me to present this 2 page RECAP of that tale–in GLORIOUS COLOR, no less!
Writer BRIAN BASTIAN had this to say about that first FCBD special:
“I wanted to do something special for Free Comic Book Day. The Jimmy Jams store down in Rochester was a really nice store. The employees were nice, the customers were (mostly) nice, the other artists were nice (and talented). My first idea was an interactive comic, but this idea was quickly discarded because of the very real chance of Bob’s arm falling off. So I went with the “Tommy Chicago comes to Rochester” story that is recapped here. It was also the first real Tommy Chicago parody cover (of Flash #163). I was really happy with how it ended up, and thought it was a nice little story. Little did I know that it was soon to become an epic story…”
So there you go. We’ll pick up on Monday with part 2 of the FCBD special. In the meanwhile…24 HOUR COMIC DAY is this weekend. I’ll be there for my (*ugh*) SEVENTH YEAR. If you are so inclined you can check in on me and my equally insane drawing friends via our official MPLS 24 HOUR BLOG. And if you’re in town you are of course more than welcome to come down to the MN CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS and say ‘hey’ in person. Just don’t feed us after midnight. That never ends well.
FINALLY: As I posted on Monday, some cartoonist friends of mine and I went “camping”. We swore an oath to do a comic each about the experience. So far (myself included), we’re up to 3! First up, ATHENA CURRIER does a nice over-view of sweet, drunk, campfire talk:
And BRITT HAMMERBERG does the sadly accurate follow-up:
One of my favorite things about doing a series like MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE is seeing other people’s drawings of the MTOC cast, and I’ve been lucky enough to get lots of said drawings. Recently I got a whole slew of’em (yay!). The first came from Milwaukee cartoonist, ‘MUSCLES and FIGHTS’ co-contributor, and a guy I feel I can (after a weekend of hard-core nerd partying) actually call a friend–MATT CHICOREL:
You might remember Matt from some rad LOST jams we did together last spring. And while he lives far away, there is always a chance you might be seeing us do something else together in the next year or so. Maybe.. Just sayin’…
ALSO: It was a big weekend for me! Not only did I get to hang out with some friends and guest host on their THE GEEK REPORT podcast (with special guest/old friend ALEX KUNO) I also went camping with some of my other friends for the 1st ANNUAL CARTOONIST CAMPING TRIP. Not surprisingly, all hell broke loose:
So yeah…I was pretty drunk…and I’m MOSTLY sure events didn’t go down EXACTLY like that. For instance…
Here is KEVIN CANNON and I enjoying each others company–about 10 beers and a couple of glasses of Lemonade/Root Beer/Whiskey concoctions before the ‘pretty lights’. So who else was nearly killed you may be asking…
ATHENA’s “BOOTH BEARD” JASON , myself, ATHENA CURRIER, LARS MARTINSON, KEVIN CANNON, JAMIE SCHUMACHER, BRITT HAMMERBERG, LUPI McGINTY, and SARAH MOREAN (Click on their links to your immediate right for more on them and their wonderful works. NICK, MARK, and STRAWBERRY MAMA not pictured). Thanks for fun times, gang! Can’t wait for next year! And thanks again to MATT CHICOREL! YAY FRIENDS!
As you may have heard me mention (to the point you probably blocked me on Facebook yesterday) LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opened last night. As always, I came armed with my camera:
I got there around 6pm as the AE crew and some of the “LUTEFISK SUSHI QUORUM of 12” members did some last-minute gettin’ ready for the 7pm public opening.
The wonderful signage KEVIN CANNON made. Now everything was SET! We were ready to face the public! The artists were starting to roll in and……..my camera died. Well, it said I had filled the memory to capacity (after 4 pictures), which I found weird since I had dumped all the photos on it earlier in the day. Anyway…people filed in. Talking was done. Art was admired. Gin was poured liberally from my trunk stash. And the a couple hours later…
My old buddy and pro photographer KRISSY DRAKE arrived and showed my wife how to make the camera work. Huzzah! This is also the point at which we all turned into red-eyed vampires. THAT was weird, lemme tell ya.
SEE! I couldn’t resist the ‘dark gift’ of vampirism and immediately turned my wife.
DAN “Van Helsing” OLSON rushed in and tried to stake me to stop the madness from spreading. Luckily, he failed.
Despite cash bets to the contrary, MATT KRISKE shows up…and is immediately attacked by Lestat-esque blood-lust.
Once we were all Twilighted-up, we got back to the socializing at hand. It was nearing 10pm and the once-massive crowd was thinning, but good times were still being had by local legends such as WILL DINKSI, AARON POLIWODA, TIM SIEVERT, ZANDER CANNON, SARAH MOREAN, STEVEN STWALLEY, BRITT, MARK McGINTY, VanHelsing, and longest-time collaborator DAN “DON” MURPHY.
My wife NICHOLE chats it up with LUPI and VanHelsing’s wife AJ.
Look! There’s AE founder and all around awesome person JAMIE SCHUMACHER!
TIME JUMP!!! At 10pm AE turned into a pumpkin, so some of us headed over to the official Conspiracy watering hole–the world-famous YACHT CLUB! There’s STEVE STWALLEY’s wife LEIGH-ANNE chatting it up with cartoonist and Roe Family singer ADAM WIRTZFELD, the delightful RITA PANTON, and Conspiracy Founding Member MIKE TOFT.
The newly christened DON chats it up Quorum member KRISTIN THOMPSON, while LANCE WARD and STWALLEY gab.
ZANDER and SARAH are chatting about how much the upcoming MIX–MINNEAPOLIS INDIE XPO–is going to rock (I’m assuming–about their conversation. MIX is most certainly going to rock. We can call that fact).
“D” and “C” enjoy drinks and mull over where to have the annual retreat/hazing initiation of “D” with “A” and “B“.
Have I mentioned how much JAMIE SCHUMACHER rocks?! Seriously, we should all be so lucky to be so awesome.
Anyway…that was more or less it. People started peetering out. Festivities for me ended around 1am. It was easily one of the best nights of my life.
More pictures and re-caps of the night can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and even HERE at the CITY PAGES. Thanks again to everyone in the teeming crowd–friends both old and new, and strangers alike– who came to the show, making it such a massive night. It’s one I’ll never forget!
“LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ is go! MN Cartoonists–start your brush pens!!!”, also: several pages of the crossover and some other crap
The 4th installment of LUTEFISK SUSHI (vol. D) is now accepting submissions! Lutefisk Sushi D is a silkscreened bento box filled with original mini-comics from Minnesota artists. The celebration of mini-comics that is ‘LSD’ is in August, but submissions are due JUNE 15th!!! So what does it take to be a part of LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’? Well it’s shampoo simple:
1) Be a cartoonist/artist who is a current (or former) resident of Minnesota.
2) Make a mini-comic. The content and length are up to you. It just cannot exceed 8.5″x5.5″ to fit in the SUSHI BOX. Also, the box will be in 3-D and include a pair of 3-D glasses, so if you’ve ever wanted to do a comic with 3-D elements–the time is NOW!
3) Make 160 copies of said mini-comic. Sure the economy sucks, but we have a printing sponsor this year and that just rules! FLAIRE PRINT COMMUNICATIONS has agreed to sponsor LSD by printing mini’s at a discounted rate! So why go to an overpriced corporate giant more interested in shipping than printing quality when you could join forces with a neighborhood printer who wants to invest in a project you love?! WHY?! WHY I ASK YOU!?!?!
4) Scan your cover (You will need a jpeg of it for the next step), Fill out a submission form HERE, and then drop off or mail your mini-comics to: Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 Comics must be received by JUNE 15, 2010.
5) Frame some art for show! So after all the comics are in, we collate them into a fancy, screenprinted box. Said box then debuts at ALTERED ESTHETICS GALLERY on AUGUST 6th at a corresponding art show featuring original art from the minis. This is your chance to make some bucks back by selling your art to the teeming masses.
7) Finally, toss these dates on your e-calendar:
- JUNE 15 — Mini comics due
- JULY 31 — Framed artwork due.
- JULY 31, 1-3pm — Artists’ Potluck (come and hang out, meet fellow cartoonists, and drop off your artwork).
- AUGUST 6, 7-10pm — Show opens at Altered Esthetics.
- AUGUST 21, evening — Party at AE with the Sushi crowd and the folks from the Minneapolis Indie Xpo.
It’s just that simple! So start scribblin’ today…June 15th will be here before you know it!
Ok…so back to the usual crap…
The UPTOWN GIRL vs TOMMY CHICAGO vs MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE crossover from 2008 was written by BRIAN BASTIAN, pencilled (and inked) by BOB LIPSKI, and inked (and pencilled) by me. Brian and Bob are here to join me for some reflections on this project, and a friendly reminder this whole mess will be done 2 weeks from today:
BASTIAN: This is the most fighting I’ve ever written for Fleming Hazmat or Tommy Chicago. Usually they’re just running away or dodging or just letting events happen around them, but there’s just something about putting the two of them in a room that makes me want to have them fight.
LIPSKI: Fight scenes can be hard to pull off. I don’t draw them that often, mostly its endless talk in ‘Uptown Girl’ but the graphic novel I am working on has a ton of fighting in it. It’s hard! I think the choreography is the hardest part….like what happens next, what to put in and what to leave out.
DANK: I can’t believe all the talk about fighting for this page, the last panel is the best one, and the most true to these characters. Well…it is true they hate each other.
BASTIAN: I couldn’t have them kill the cow, and I don’t think you find beef just lying on the ground. So I had to have a butcher shop. A butcher shop in a prehistoric land. I’m going to use that guy again someday. Oh wait..I did! There’s more Ralph in the future. I hope. And I can’t go without mentioning that Awesome T-Rex. It’s awesome.
LIPSKI: I freaking love this butcher. The design of him comes from a character called ‘Dave the Butcher’ who appeared in the pilot of the failed ‘Uptown Girl’ animated series. I use a lot of photo references these days, not so much when I was drawing this story….see the cow from a few pages back. Anyway, dinosaurs can be hard since there really isn’t anything besides fossils and skeletons and stuff. I love dinosaurs and I have a lot of books on them but the most useful reference I relied on for this was ‘The New Frontier’ by Darwyn Cooke.
DANK: Panel one of pg 43 is one of those great panels where I followed Bob’s pencils and it turned out fantabulous. And despite what Brian says, the dinosaur is TERRIBLE! Why? Cause thats a panel where I TOTALLY DIDN’T follow Bob’s pencils and it looks horrible (to me, anyway). The T-Rex is back in a few pages and I did much better with those. Also, as much as I don’t know if we could actually fill a whole book with RALPH THE BUTCHER, I’d sure like to see us try.
This “one week only” tale was written by now-frequent collaborator/writer BRIAN BASTIAN. It was originally the second story featured in MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #0, but also a part of our submission for LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘C’ . Brian is here to join us–once again!–for some behind-the-scenes retrospectacizing on this 6 page epic:
BRIAN BASTIAN: Here’s element #1 that went into this issue. I had caught like 20 seconds of “Jedi” either on TV or out in the world somewhere, and this dialogue was stuck in my head. I had to do something with it in either the real world or in something written, and people don’t usually accuse me of being overconfident. Probably because I’m not good enough. I would have ended up shoehorning it into Tommy Chicago but then I had a better idea. This story!
DANNO KLONOWSKI: And I’m glad you did. I’m pretty sure I set some things aside to do this short. Why? Cause more than anything I wanted to draw what appears tomorrow. So…uhh, that doesn’t really help in talking about this page, though. This page was pretty dull to draw though. It gets us to tomorrow. And thats all that matters.
ALSO: I was going thru the Staplegenius Vaults over the weekend looking for whatnot and stumbled upon the following sweetness…
So anyway, that was written and pencilled by me one wintery night back in early 2005 at SEAN TENHOFF’s house. Sean would later ink it and make it not only “look-at-able”, but made it totally amazing. In fact I dare say you can’t even really tell that I had anything to do with it…and thats a good thing. Back then I was for shite. I still think I am, mind you. But at least now it’s look-at-able shite. Anyway…I miss Sean Tenhoff. Both the man and the cartoonist. Write home soon, Sean.
Luckily I’ve also made lots of other wonderful cartoonists friends in the years since the above was done, and one of them is BUD BURGY. He’s nearly done drawing our book CONTINUITY GUY. In fact it’ll even be a real book soon too! And soon enough the iPAD, I’m sure.
FINALLY: For as much as I was looking forward to this Daily Goal Sketch, I sure don’t like how it came out. Ah well, the client loves it.