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Here is a short I did with ERIK NELSON a few years back. He wrote it and penciled it, and I lettered and inked it. Then we did the reverse for the cover. I so wanted to include this in the SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE trade, but I concluded it was just too strange…but in an awesome way!!! Just not a way that fit into the trade story.  Anyway, enjoy some 70’s-style Kirby-esque madness…




This here is a crazy, fun, and unique story I did with ERIK NELSON back in 2010.  When I recently put together the SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE book (which features four older SMV tales inter-woven in an all-new 50 page story) I could not for the life of me figure out how to work it in as well.  Its just…its just so awesomely weird in context to the rest of the book .  Anyway, it was written and drawn by Erik and inked by me (except the cover and the intro page that I drew and Erik inked. We needed the intro page so it was 8 pages and we could make a mini).   This story is some of the most fun I’ve had inking someone elses work and I really hope once Erik’s life calms down (he recently became a proud papa!) we can do something again.  Thanks, Erik!


MIX–the Minneapolis Indie Xpo–is this Saturday, and there will be some sweet new stuff by me to purchase; also: “The return of CONTINUITY GUY!”

  So as you SHOULD know, MIX–THE MINNEAPOLIS INDIE XPO–is this Saturday.  I like to go into cons with SOMETHING new, and MIX is no exception:


   So I pitched Erik the idea of doing a team-up of my SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE characters and his WALKABOUT character (which is…well…ERIK!), and he agreed.  So I wrote a story he totally re-wrote and then drew. Its one of the weirdest and funniest things I’ve ever worked on (I did the inking).  We were a page and cover short, so I drew those and Erik inked’em.  The result is a $2 gem you shouldn’t pass up.

The collected TOMMY CHICAGO by BRIAN BASTIAN and myself:

   The 4-issue TOMMY CHICAGO series I did with Brian is now finished and collected in one easy to buy book.  I’ve LITERALLY heard a couple of you say “I’ll wait for the trade.”  You now LITERALLY have no excuse.

   LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ by a bunch of awesome people and myself:

   The new mini-collections of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE (featuring new covers and introductions by the likes of BRIAN BASTIAN and MATT RISNES) will also be available.  Sadly, I didn’t a chance to finish MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #8 before the show (though I am inking it!).  At any rate, I hope to see you all and everyone you can tell at the SOAP FACTORY tomorrow!

OH!  And before I go–the sequel that at least a few of you have been waiting for: “CONTINUITY GUY: CHRONO CHAOS” has begun posting!  As before. It was drawn by BUD BURGYU and  written by myself.   A new page of CG:CC will be my new favorite thing to look forward to every week, and I hope yours!


retrospecticus: “CONTINUITY GUY” release at AE

   On Friday, April 2nd, 2010 the “CONTINUITY GUY” graphic novella zapped its way into our world, being released at the ALTERED ESTHETICS show “Resident Artists 4: Collaborations”.   To commemorate this event, here are some photos of the night presented in the way only a CONTINUITY GUY release could be–completely out of sequential order and making little sense.  Enjoy!

    CONTINUITY GUY artist BUD BURGY points out to RYAN DOW who the ass is who wrote such a perplexing and commercial-unfriendly story.

   CONTINUITY GUY creator CASEY ‘NELS’ NELSON enjoys what Bud and I have done with his stolen property while Bud explains where nipples are and what they do.

    JESSE GILLESPIE makes a rare sojourn from his Northwoods bunker to see art and stock up on canned goods.  He also gave me the coolest gift imaginable.

   Moments earlier WILL DINSKI and SARAH MOREAN drank from a bottle clearly marked “DO NOT DRINK”.  Almost immediately the walls seemed to get taller and taller to them.  Before you knew it they were nearly invisible to the naked eye.  Later, they were eaten by a spider.  They shall be dearly missed.

    Not to be outdone, VAS LITTLECROW actually travels thru time before our very eyes.

   Those professional models we hired finally show up. 

    The AE crew knew we were coming and so they quite literally baked a cake.

   SEAN TENHOFF and his lady friend make plans for what the AE bathroom will look like at LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’.

   DAN “The Frame-Filler” MURPHY shows how he earned his nickname.

    MIKE TOFT then challenges Dan to a ‘Frame Fill-Off’.  Murphy retains his title.

   JAMES POWELL takes a brief moment to do some cleansing, personal introspection.  He then leaves insisting he has to find a nun to punch or the hyenas won’t let him sleep.

   TED ANDERSON also tries for Murphy’s title, but is disqualified when the lab results come back and he had tested positive for juicing.

   LEELOO takes a moment out of her busy day to look adorable.  Awwwww….

   BRITT AAMODT (author of the upcoming essay collection about MN cartoonists ‘OFF COLOR’) takes Bud’s challenge to find all the continuity errors in the CONTINUITY GUY script.  She gives up after 300.

   CASSANDRA MONSON and birthday boy ERIK NELSON (who are to be wed next weekend!) pick the absolute worst time possible to review the MN tax laws for married couples.

    DANIEL J OLSON and AJ NEIHAUS had just picked the spot on the map where they are going to leave me for dead on route to C2E2 and now could barely contain themselves.

   Co-worker CHRIS OESTREICHER makes his patented camera mug.  You’re 9,323 for 9,323, buddy!  Great job!

   Hearing of the challenge to de-throne Dan Murphy, co-worker KATRINA GLAIM makes a valiant (but ultimately losing) effort.

    STEVE STWALLEY finally found that bonfire kindling he was looking for.

   CONTINUITY GUY cover artist KEVIN CANNON insists on being just another face in the crowd…so much so that he causes a scene and becomes the center of attention.  It was very awkward.

  BUD finds his ‘last call’ date for the evening.

   Thinking I had left, everyone had a really good laugh at my expense.  And then the cameras flash went off, and things became uncomfortably quiet.  The night was officially over.

   Many, many thanks to everyone who stopped by whether they were there for us or any of the ‘resident artists’.  Many thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of the book, and many thanks to everyone I didn’t get a (good) picture of.   It was a really fun time!


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:


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #0–pg 15(of 23), also: Maxeem’s awesome links, and Ms Thang

    Hey!  Its our old friends SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE and BAGBOY!  They’re really fun characters to draw.  So it should be no surpirse that SMV and BagBoy will return again soon in both the next issue of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE I’m doing–#7–but  also they’ll co-star  in an short I’m doing with ERIK NELSON.  Both those will be out sometime this year. 

    Also:  My buddy/cartoonist/international man of mystery Maxeem just put up the world’s best links page wherein he drew all the cartoonists he’s linked to in their own style.  Pretty sweet!

   Finally:  Today’s Daily Goal Sketch was as fun to draw as it looks.  Though if I had my way, I would have drawn the Thing as it appeared when Ms Marvel briefly took ol’ Ben Grimms place.


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 9(of 14)–by Erik Nelson and Brian Bastian

pg 9--art: Erik Nelson, words: Brian Bastian

pg 9--art: Erik Nelson, words: Brian Bastian

   BRAIN BASTIAN–wishes he cared.  He really, really does.  But the reality is he doesn’t.  So keep treading water, sister.  It’s a long time until somebody else is gunna walk by this well and hear your shouts for help.

   ERIK NELSON– I’ve written on this here blog before about how Erik and I met, but all you need to know is he one hard-workin’ arteest!  Be it comics, paintings, or the way he can cut apart and rebuild your plumbing from the ground up, Erik is 100% dedicated.  He has gone from perfect stranger to regular face at Cartoonist Conspiracy meetings, projects like BIG FUNNY,  and will even join in the madness of trying a 24 Hour Comic this year.  Erik is a great guy and a straight-shooter, and I’m really glad we quasi-randomly became friends!

   Also:  My friend LUPI is having a Guest Artist Spectacular of her own on her site, and I have something up there myself now.  Go check it out.  Speaking of LUPI, she will be the Spectacular Guest Artist right here at come MONDAY when we return!  Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you then!



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