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“14 Year-Old Genetically-Altered Martial Arts-Trained Slugs #1″–(part 3 of 3)–by Dan Murphy and myself, also: “Podcasticus Rex!”

And now…the thrilling conclusion…

   WHOA!  CONTINUITY NIGHTMARE!  So I guess the next SLUGS story I’m going to post next–14YOGAMATS 2: “Secret of the Salt” (our TMNT 2 parody)–actually was done before we did this story.  Oops.  Now that Paprica Spice reference isn’t funny at all!   Yeah….that’s why it’s not funny…  Ok, just one more 11 page epic SLUGS tale and I’ll have all this out of my system.  Thank you for your patience.

   ALSO:  My friends and local cartoonists LANCE WARD, BUB BURGY, ATHENA CURRIER, and TED ANDERSON have started a radio show called “THE GEEK REPORT”, which is all about the local indie comics scene, as well as the ‘bigger picture’ in the geek world.  Technically the show isn’t on the radio yet, but it will be soon.  In the meanwhile, they have been doing ‘test’ shows which you can download as podcasts–and I’m on the latest episode!!!   It’s good clean listening fun.  AND my friend SARAH MOREAN also has a new indie comics podcast going called THE CROSS HATCH PODCAST, and you can find that on itunes.  So there you go–some good listenin’ for you while you toil away at the art desk (or whatever it is you do when listening to podcasts).  ENJOY!


“14 Year-Old Genetically-Altered Martial Arts-Trained Slugs #1″–(part 2 of 3)–by Dan Murphy and myself

   For all it’s faults, this little yarn by middle school sized versions of DAN MURPHY and myself occasionally pays off.   Moe’s profile panel on page 6 is pretty nice work by Murph, and having  just read this for the first time in almost 2 decades I can say that last panel on page 7 still makes me chuckle.  So, good work little me–you’re still hitting your target audience!


“14 Year-Old Genetically-Altered Martial Arts-Trained Slugs #1″–(part 1 of 3)–by Dan Murphy and myself

   In addition to the short “SLUGS” story from the last post, DAN MURPHY and I did two “issues” of 14YOGAMATS.


    Well…the cover is pretty awesome.   That’s something…right?  Actually, from a writing perspective (since I wrote this and all) I admire the 14 year-old me trying to get the boring exposition out of the way up front, I just wish it wasn’t taking this long (seriously, this “origin” continues on the next post).  I was obsessed with the Marvel style of science when we did this.  All my comics at that time had vague, unexplainable rays that caused genetic mutations.  It would be years before I realized sometimes origins just aren’t that important.  Also, all that business with “Dan The Writer” commenting was a total swipe from the aforementioned “Black Belt Hamsters” I so loved.  And I can’t remember if I did ‘thumbnail scripts for Murphy to follow or if I just gave him the pages pre-lettered and let him go to town.  I’d like to think it was a lot more involved with pre-thumbnailed scripts, but I’m sure I did it the lazier way.

SPEAKING OF THE LAZIER WAY…the third page of CONTINUITY GUY: CHRONO CHAOS by BUD BURGY and myself is now up.  And now that I think about it, I’m not sure what that has to do with laziness.


Nostalgia File: “14 Year-Old Genetically-Altered Martial Arts-Trained Slugs”–The Introduction–by Dan Murphy and myself

   There was a lot going on in the early 1990’s….ummm…ok…not really.  That’s probably why FIGHT CLUB’s eventual release resonated so well with our generation.  Anyway, in the early 90’s Eastman and Laird’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES were about the biggest thing going.  Being hard-core dorks, longest-time collaborator DAN MURPHY and I knew we had to get in on that action, and so…

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  So like the title of this post reads, this story is just the start.  Dan and I did a couple more over the next few months following this.  The need for physical activity was palpable.

DAN MURPHY:  I remember being psyched doing the Slugs after you pitched me the idea.  I think we did this first story for the Northdale Jr. High “literary” “publication” called “Graffiti”. I drew the cover for that as well, it’s of some happy couple walking past a slumped over bum (no idea why I chose that).

DANK:  I think this was the first one, too.  If not it’s really no big deal.  Over-wrought continuity existed firmly as an idea in my head, but rarely translated well to paper. 

MURPHY:  By 1991 the TMNT b&w boom had been over for like 4 years or something, but the novelty was new enough to us apparently. 

DANK:  I was a huge–HUGE–fan of ‘Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters” by Don Chin and Parsonavich.  My childhood best friend Patrick (who moved away about 5 years before we did this comic) had bought the first issue of ARBBH and it blew us both away.  Neither of us even knew TMNT existed, so we thought Chin and Parsonavich were visionary geniuses.  Anyway, 5 years later I well aware of what ARRBH was (a parody comic) and I was still in love with it.  At this time there were little and big comic-cons going on about every 4 months at various Radissons or where-ever, and I would spend my time at these cons hunting thru the quarter bins for any and all black and white parody comics from upstart publishers of the late 80’s who usually only ever got one or two issues out before folding.  Some of them were good, but most of them were awful.  To this day I think ARBBH is the cream of the crop, and Chin’s writing and Parsonavich’s art were huge influences on what I continue to produce to this day.  In fact, a few months ago I finally purchased online an issue of ARBBH I didn’t even know existed–the last one Chin and Parsonavich did.  I found Don Chin online and sent him a thank-you email.  Sadly, when I asked him if there was any way to contact Parsonavich he knew of none–I guess Parsonavich has disappeared into the ether.   But if you’ve read ARBBH, that “end” for Parsonavich is perfectly fitting.

MURPHY:  For the Slugs stories I invented a lo-fi shading technique of laying a piece of window screen on the page and using a thin sharpie poking a dot through each gap for make-shift zip-a-tone/ben-day dots. Drawing the slugs was fun because I didn’t need to worry much about anatomy, and I was able to get pretty expressive with them. There was a marked  drawing improvement over the MAN-MAN story I drew that you posted. So their “Splinter” was named “Woodtick” and I just drew a pointy circle shape with eyes, this was before google image search so I must have been too lazy to actually look in a book for a reference, even though I’m sure I’d seen woodticks before.   I forgot about the fact we did 3 stories, the last one being a whopping 11 pages!

DANK:  It’s true, Dan!  And we’ll be back with both of those exciting  adventures in the days to come!


LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opening photos, or “tonight we are all vampires”


   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 ‘Candy Sushi’ that LUPI, MIKE TOFT, and I made earlier in the day.

   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…… 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.

   BRITT HAMMERBERG–infected!!!

   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.

  SHAD PETOSKY and KEVIN “C” CANNON talk about important subjects as RYAN DOW eavesdrops.

   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!


Nostalgia file: “MAN-MAN–THE KILLING JEST” by Dan Murphy and myself, also: ‘LUTEFISK SUSHI D’ is friday!!!

As I said in the last post, my junior high comic opus MAN-MAN was basically a parody/rip-off comic.  And here is some awesome proof for your pudding by myself and DAN MURPHY:

  And now, some thoughts on this tale by its much older and hopefully wiser creators:   

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Ahhh, yes…a confusing ass back-up story from issue 3 of MAN-MAN.  Evidently ‘OVERLORD’ got captured in that issue.  Who knew? 

DAN MURPHY:  We must of done “Killing Jest” not long after first meeting–1990 sometime.  You’d given me the first two issues of Man-Man, which blew me away that you done two 30+ page comics. This story was done for the 3rd issue (**scroll to the bottom for issue 3’s cover**), which even had an intro blurb for me on the cover–I’m even in the copyright indicia! 

DANK:  Your name is the credits is all an artist needs to be fulfilled.  It’s true–that’s how Stan rolled with Jack!

MURPHY:   My drawings are pretty horrible, done with cheap pen on really thin paper.

DANK:  PLEASE!  Look at that cover.  It’s 20 years later and I still can’t draw that well.

MURPHY:  Yeeesh, that guy whistling and driving, and people’s limbs shortened by half to fit them in the panel.

DANK:  Any people crammed into panels is totally my bad.  Just look at all those words.  ENTIRE PANELS MADE OF WORDS!

MURPHY:   But I remember enjoying collaborating on it, probably my first collaboration, as you were the only other person I knew that drew comics.

DANK:  Yeah, that probably was the first one–and surely not the last.  It’s actually pretty amazing how prolific we were, even at such a young age.  Make you a deal–you continue to draw my cockamamie tales, and I’ll continue to write them!

   Now before we go, let me remind you all LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ is THIS FRIDAY!!!  So come on down to ALTERED ESTHETICS in Minneapolis and pick up the coolest box of mini-comics you’re going to find anywhere!  Buy some art while you’re there too!  It’s going to be an amazing show!   Speaking of amazing…


Nostalgia file: “MAN-MAN” (part 2 of 2), also: ‘LUTEFISK SUSHI D’ is Friday!!!

   When we last left our hero…aww, who cares…

   So that happened.  In fact, I just kept happening.  Since I did this comic in study hall I was spurred on by Mac Lennox, who was sitting in front of me, wanted to read what I did, and loved it.   So I did a part 2 where MAN-MAN met the inevitable sidekick BOY-BOY (luckily for you those pages haven’t survived the last 20 years in perfect shape and are nearly un-reprintable).  My next step was to then go home and re-draw THE WHOLE ISSUE–which I did in a 4-panel grid style on typing paper.  I even convinced my dad to make a couple of copies and handed them off to friends–including DAN MURPHY who still has his issue with its personally hand-colored cover:

   And after that there was just no stopping me.  I did…lord…maybe about 10 issues of MAN-MAN.  Its greatest weakness however was that I decided it was a PARODY comic, and so whatever I was reading (Batman, New Mutants/X-Force, Spawn) just became part of the mythos of the series.  Not really parody in any true sense of the word.  More like direct rip-offs.  After about a year and a half or so the whole thing ran its course.  I would try now and again in the years that followed (before high school ended, that is) to ‘re-boot’ MAN-MAN (as we saw in the post last week for GNATBOY), but it never stuck.   I even tried re-tooling it a couple of times post-high school as a serious superhero comic (though Man-Man was now called MATCH, and was a typical, thin hero and not a lovable tubby).  The last time I tried it was in 1999 just before I launched STAPLEGENIUS and left those kinds of comics behind forever. 

   So is this the end of MAN-MAN?  Well…yes and no.  YES because I’ve since discovered the name MAN-MAN is by no means original (SHOCKING!), and so even if I had a fire in my belly to do another MAN-MAN comic the legalities alone would stop me dead in my tracks.  And NO because I will post one more short MAN-MAN comic tomorrow that Dan Murphy and I did together–probably our very first collaboration, in fact!



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