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4: Countdown to C2E2

   C2E2 begins Friday in Chicago, and I’ll be there mooching table space from co-Conspirator DANIEL J OLSON.  To prepare for this show there are few new projects I’ve been working on…

   Last year during the GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR, local cartooning god KEVIN CANNON designed a perfected version of the MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE logo.  Kevin has happily let me steal this logo, and so one thing I’ve been working on is new covers for MANLY TALES 1-5 to give the series a more streamlined look.  I also used it on this flyer I’m going to give out at C2E2 to people who buy something I did/am in and/or have some kind of passing interest in what I’m doing (sitting uncomfortably):

    ALSO:  I’m going to try something different at this con: Instead of laying out an eyesore of a table full of individual issues, I’ll be selling 2 different ‘packs’ of comics at C2E2–MANLY TALES 1-6, and the MANLY TALES specials.  Each pack will be “priced to move”.  Quantities are limited, so fight your way thru the 8 billion people who will be at C2E2 to get one!

    FINALLY:  There will even be a few NEW things to buy at C2E2, including SUPER MAXI-PAD GIRL #3–which features a story written by me and drawn by table-mate DANIEL J OLSON!   Here’s a sneak peek: 



     I apologize to Will Shetterly and Vince Stone for the liberties I took with this “cover”.  Issue #8 (which you can read–along with every other issue–here) is about CBI Assistant Director McCauley having to deal with the repercussions of the media getting the truth out about Captain Confederacy.  It also gets more into the other ‘heroes’ of their world (who get serious screen time in the second Cap series).  The cover of McCauley reading the magazine with an “Aww, fuck!” look on his face pretty much sums it all up.  But I just couldn’t resist having this bad-ass government official “pull a Homer”. Sorry guys.  It’s just my nature.

   FYI:  I’ll be in Chicago at C2E2 next weekend with my pals DANIEL J. OLSON and BUD BURGY.  Hopefully we’ll be making some fans, friends, and bucks.  Sadly, this’ll mean I won’t be posting the “cover” for CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #9 until April 24th.  So if I don’t see you in Chicago, I’ll see you then!


UPTOWN GIRL vs TOMMY CHICAGO vs MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–by Brian Bastian, Bob Lipski, and Danno Klonowski–pg 51 and 52(of 60), also: “Lots to do before next Thursday” and “He’s no Black Racer, but he’s pretty offensive”

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, the final week of posts for this project.  Woot! :

BASTIAN:  Growing up I always got mad when I’d read a story or see a cartoon or something where people got wishes and either didn’t wish for more wishes, or were told that they couldn’t wish for more wishes. Then I got older and wrote this story, and realized that they couldn’t wish for more wishes, so now I understand. I guess they could have wished that they could wish for more wishes and then wish for more wishes. That would be a loophole right? On page 52, I think “Suck it.” was the most profane thing I’d written in a comic up to that time. I was actually a little worried because I knew Bob’s readership can skew a little younger than mine or Danno’s, but at the same time it was just the perfect moment for Hazmat. And we get another chance for him to hit on, we should just do a book where they go on a blind date. It would write itself.

LIPSKI:  And after 50 pages of nonsensical plot, we discover that there really was no point in the hard work because the guy with money just bends the rules.  It’s the 2000 election all over again.  Tommy Chicago’s wish in panel 1 (of pg 52) was, I think, going to set up the plot for the second crossover but….well, it doesn’t anymore.  Brian’s got the plot for the next one all figured out but he won’t tell me and Danno. Ask him, maybe he’ll tell YOU.

DANK:  While what TC wished for no longer sets up a sequel, what Fleming wishes for became MANLY TALES cannon.  And the Brian asked if he could have it destroyed in a story he wants to write.  So now its a race against time to see if I get to use it before Brian breaks it.  Also, in reference to what Brian wrote, I agree the degrees to which Brian made Fleming a bastard on pg 52 have really helped shape the character in ways I was kind of leery of steering him.  But now I’m glad he’s there.  Dickwads rule.

    ALSO:  Hunh.  C2E2 is next week…I should probably get on that….

   FINALLY:  Of all the late 60s/early 70s racist superheroes, todays Daily Goal Sketch had to have been the most obvious.  Kudos to Marvel for getting there first:


UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 40(of 60), also: “10 days to the ‘CONTINUITY GUY’ book, one day of ‘Cross Hatch’ love” and “I like the Venture Bros version better”

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:

BASTIAN:  I was really slow to figure out that the lightbulb was in the background (it is in the background, right?) but it makes the page 22.3% funnier. Also I don’t think I’d ever have been able to pull of a helmet gag like this in a regular Uptown Girl story, so I was thrilled to include it here.

LIPSKI:  I’m always amazed how Danno can have Atlantis Lad express himself to the point where no dialogue is needed.  My characters talk endlessly to drive home a point, but Danno nails it.

DANK:  Thanks Bob!  And as far as the light bulb gag goes…if I recall correctly Bob had pencilled a lightbulb.  I’ve never been a terribly big fan of the lightbulb cliché so I thought it would be funny to make the lightbulb a part of the scene.  Aparently it worked–at least 22.3% of it did.

  ALSO: Here we are..another Tuesday…and no new CONTINUITY GUY page to post.  Instead I’ll remind you that the PRINT VERSION is at the printers and will debut on APRIL 2nd at ALTERED ESTHETICS GALLERY  (UPDATETHE DAILY CROSS HATCH shares some CONTINUITY GUY love.  Thanks Athena!) .  Not only will it be there, but if you’re in the greater Chicago area between APRIL 16th and 18th it’ll be available at C2E2!  Neither Bud or I have a table, but our good friend DANIEL J OLSON will be giving us some real estate at his table! But more on C2E2 in the days to come…

  FINALLY:  Dr. Strange…add’em to the list of Marvel characters I’ve never wanted to read and learn more about.  Maybe the original Ditko stuff is good, but until my public library carries it I’ll never know.  Ah well, at least DR ORPHEUS rocks:


UG v.TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pgs 37 and 38(of 60), also: “SMV: WALKABOUT” sneak peek, and “Colin Farrell worms his way onto this blog AGAIN!”

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:

BASTIAN:  Whenever I find I’ve written myself into a corner, I fall back on “Tommy Chicago is ignorant and/or outraged”.  So far it hasn’t failed me.  Although his rant is something I have wondered about from time to time.  You never see anyone selling/ordering “Cow” in a restaurant.  Why not?  “Because” is the answer I usually get.  Anyway..I also love the cow in the headlock.  Great stuff all around.

LIPSKI:  Yeah, that’s a guy wrestling a cow…  I really can see Tommy Chicago’s point in his argument here.  It also is similar to why an orange is called an orange but a banana isn’t called a yellow.  Did the name of the color come first?  Or did the fruit?  Which is it?

DANK:  I think the heart of these pages (cow headlock aside) is the pure hate that exists between Fleming and TC.  I almost think Brian and I have to do an ‘ODD COUPLE’ adaptation featuring these two.  Ruby Tuesday and Uptown Girl can cameo as their respective put-upon ex-wives.  Stage play adaptation starring your own creations is the future of the comics industry.  You read it here first….and now I have to go call Top Shelf…

   ALSO:  ERIK NELSON is a cartoonist, plumber, future husband, and all-around great guy.  I’m glad to already call him friend, and now I can call him COLLABORATOR!  Erik and I have done a SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE short together that will debut at SPRINGCON (and I may possibly even have some copies for C2E2).  This short was written by me, the re-written and pencilled by Erik.  I came in with the inks, and the end result is the weirdest thing I have done in quite some time. It’s psychedelic, political, and violent.  Fun Stuff!   Anyway, here’s a sneak peek:

   FINALLY:  Todays Daily Goal Sketch–BULLSEYE–is total Kismet considering who we based the “villain” of the UPTOWN GIRL/TC/MANLY TALES crossover on.  And yes, he was the only good part of that awful Affleck vehicle:


UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 15(of 60), also: Dan Olson rocks the party, and”Stock Profile #7″

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:

BASTIAN:  This is my favorite part of the book, and it almost didn’t happen. Originally this was going to be a 48 page book, so I just started writing, confident that I’d figure out how to end the story by the time I near the end (see also: Everything I had written up to this point).  So when I got near the end I realized I was going to need more pages, and also I needed some more character interaction, which I’ll go into more detail later (we do have 45 pages left to go) but “Fleming hits on Ruby” just popped into my head, and I knew right away it had to be done, as long as Bob and Danno would approve adding 12 pages to the story.  I think I had Danno right when I said “Fleming hits on Ruby” and Bob…well I went to the hospital the day after his daughter was born to visit, and I asked him as I was leaving. I’m pretty sure he thought I was just a leprechaun offering him some delicious candy.  The point is it was worth it.

LIPSKI:  My characters don’t date. They don’t date each other or anyone else, so it was fun to see Fleming hit on Ruby.

DANK:  I agree having Fleming get his creep-on with Ruby was a stroke of genius.  Like I mentioned somewhere in the commentary for MTOC #0, I hadn’t given much thought to Fleming as a sexual being, so making him the sort of sexual being who was never going to get any with his sad approach was perfect.  Its also helped set-up almost immediately in my mind how MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #10 was going to open….estimated print date: 2047.

    ALSO:  I should have mentioned this earlier, but I recently wrote a SUPER MAXI-PAD GIRL story for my friend DANIEL J OLSON’s award-winning comic of the same name that Dan is illustrating.  I should also mention that comic-issue #3–is debuting at Chicago’s C2E2 in April, where Dan will be tabling.  Here’s a preview of the sweetness to come:

   Oh!–I’ll be at c2E2 with Dan.  I probably should have mentioned that,

   FINALLY:  There have been several interesting versions of today’s Daily Goal Sketch, but my client chose by far the most boring.  So I did all I could to turn in the most boring sketch imaginable.  ENJOY!



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