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14
Oct
10

TC: FCBD–part 6(of 12)–by Bastian and Dank, also: Britt Aamodt’s book on MN cartoonists (including myself) debuts Saturday at ‘Book Fest’, and the ‘Geek Report’ and ‘Fallcon’ are Saturday too!

BRIAN BASTIAN:  If you’re too young to remember the Hostess cake ads they used to run in comics back in the day, they were awesome. It was like you were getting a free short story and an advertisement for sugar. I’d like to say that having Tommy Chicago stealing my wallet was a metaphoric statement on how he eats up a lot of my disposable income, but in fact I just thought it would be funny. I was really happy with the ending too. Its a great point to get out of the story, but it left the door open if we wanted to do another story.

DANK:  I remember reading the script for this and getting to this point in the story and realizing there were only two pages left and HOW THE HELL WAS BRIAN GOING TO GET TC AND JIMMY OUT OF THIS IN A SATISFYING MANNER?!?!  And he freekin’ did it.  Oh, and he’s totally right about a writers wallets (same goes for cartoonists).  Anyway, we’ll be back Monday with the third chapter of the TOMMY CHICAGO FREE COMIC BOOK DAY trilogy!  In the meantime…

   Know whats AWESOME about the TWIN CITIES BOOK FEST going on this weekend?  Well, YES, it is a FREE EVENT and that is pretty rad.  But what’s even greater is that  BRITT AAMODT’s “SUPERHEROES, STRIP ARTISTS, and TALKING ANIMALS: ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY MN CARTOONISTS” will be debuting nigh-on a month ahead of it’s release date at BOOK FEST this Saturday!!!  The book features both interviews and the art of many of your favorite MN cartoonists including several Conspirators.  The official run-down of artists looks like this:  Kirk Anderson, Ken Avidor, Terry Beatty, Big Time Attic: Zander & Kevin Cannon, Will Dinski, Patrick Gleason, Peter Gross, Christopher Jones & Melissa Kaercher, Dan Jurgens, Ryan Kelly, Reynold Kissling, Danno Klonowski/Dank!, Bob Lipski & Brian Bastian, Roger Lootine, Doug Mahnke, Gordon Purcell, Brittney Sabo, Zak Sally, Barbara Schulz, Tim Sievert, Andy Singer, King Mini/Vincent Stall, andSteven Stwalley.   So come pick a copy this weekend.  Dare I suggest–the perfect stocking stuffer for your loved ones who love comics???

 So yeah–  Tomorrow SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th I will be at the TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL at the Minneapolis Community & Technical College.  I’ll be joined by my friends and fellow Conspirators KEVIN CANNON, MIKE TOFT, LUPI McGINTY, BILL PRENDERGAST, and BRITT AAMODT.  The show runs from 10am to 5pm.  Afterwards I’ll be running across town to record the latest episode of THE GEEK REPORT (with special guest RYAN DOW).  Meanwhile, BRIAN BASTIAN (and, uh…everybody else) will be at FALLCON in St Paul.  We’ll be discussing both BOOK FEST and FALLCON at length on the GEEK REPORT, so if you miss either, we’ll give you the recap!   And don’t forget–every issue of FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY (including the all-new #4) will be for sale every THURSDAY thru SUNDAY night in OCTOBER at the stagings of MICHELE! A MUSICAL BACHUMANNTARY.  There’s a good chance I’ll be there as well selling’em!

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!

11
Oct
10

TC: FCBD–part 4(of 12)–by Bastian and Dank, also: More fun with ‘THE GEEK REPORT’, your weekly ‘CONTINUITY GUY’ reminder, and ‘Book Fest’ and ‘Fallcon’ this Saturday!

BRIAN BASTIAN:  This is probably the most realistic moment in the book…well the bowing down part anyway. I’d totally have bowed down if that had happened to me. And then it’s followed by one page of more or less filler. It’s just setting up the next page.

DANK:  As I mentioned before, Brian gave a me a couple of ideas of what he had in mind for AVID READER’s look to be.  I remember one of them was a guy in a book suit, which I did some test drawings of.  They turned out okay, but when I tried drawing the demonized book, it just looked kinda stupid.  My train of thought then focused on creating the DEMON first, and then the ‘safe’ version.  What I decided was that this story was set in a comic shop–and a SUPERHERO-centric one at that.  What I decided was that if super-villains really existed the one you just would NOT want to run into in real life is Venom.  What a creepy fuck Venom would be in real life (and I’m talking the McFarlane-era Venom, not the shitty SPIDER-MAN 3 one).  So I decided the demon would have Venom-ish qualities to fit into the surroundings, and it was from there I came up with making AVID READER an old-fashioned Little Old Lady Librarian.  Plus the joke on page 3 of Avid Reader being a GUY in the suit took on a whole new dimension.  Overall, I like how it turned out (that panel of AVID READER shooting fire-beams from its eyes however…).  FUN FACT!–I was reading a collection of the DARWYN COOKE’s ‘THE SPIRIT’ when I drew this, ergo the SPIRIT poster.   

ALSO:  BUD BURGY has really been hitting the pages for CONTINIUITY GUY: CHRONO CHOAS out of the cosmic park.  Be sure to check in on it as he updates a new page weekly(ish).

ANDSpeaking of Bud, I was with him this weekend co-hosting the latest episode of THE GEEK REPORT (along with LANCE WARD and ATHENA CURRIER).  This week’s guest was KEVIN CANNON and we chatted with him and ran down our personal ‘TOP 5″ lists of geek reverence.

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!

02
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 1(of 11), also: I-CON is this Saturday

pg 1

    Long ago, BUD BURGY and AMADO RODRIGUEZ unleashed the anthology MUSCLES AND FIGHTS on an unsuspecting public.  Shortly after, they threw a gallery show/release party at DIAMONDS COFFEE SHOPPE (home of the MPLS Cell of the INTERNATIONAL CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY).  At the show RYAN DOW was displaying the originals from his wonderful story of a life both wasted and blessed making comics.  As much as I liked Ryan’s art and the greytone magic he works on it, when I saw those originals I had but one thought:  “MUST…FILL…IN…BLACKS!”   A month or two later we found ourselves at FALLCON 2007, and I asked Ryan to pencil something to see what it would look like if I inked it.  And here that is:

DANNO-RYAN-COLLAB

   Some more time went by, some more MUSCLES AND FIGHTS  came out, and we eventually found ourselves chatting seriously about teaming up for what became the story you are about to read in full for MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS (aka MUSCLES AND FIGHTS 4).  In the end the art chores broke down like this:  Ryan wrote and pencilled it.  I lettered and inked it.  Then Ryan went back and glammed it up with his fantastic greytoning skills.   And now, some thoughts on page 1:

RYAN DOW:   This was the most unnecessary page of the whole story.  I was trying to go for a Golden Age-style start with an action splash page from the middle of the story (which then transitions to the beginning of the story).  But it just ended up being a lot of redundant exposition.  Alliteration is always fun, though.  I am kicking myself for not calling this, “The Curse of the Porcelain God,” but it had already been inked by the time I thought of that.  Great inking by the way, Danno!

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yeah, the writing may be a bit redundant on this page, but it’s still loads of fun.  I can’t imagine it starting any other way.  Thanks for the compliments on the inks.  Right before I did this story I had inked BOB LIPSKI on a 60+ page crossover story, and when I say ‘inked’ I mean I basically redrew the whole thing with my brush pen (sorry, Bob).  So when it came to Plunger-Man I made a very concerted effort to actually INK what you drew.  Sure I added a few details here and there, but I think I did all right staying true to your original lines.  It was lots of fun.  I also inked this whole thing while “watching” TV at night with my wife and kids as a way to save time.  What this really means is I remember inking this, but couldn’t begin to tell you what was on the TV during these couple weeks.

  Also:  RYAN, DANIEL J OLSON, KEVIN CANNON and myself will be in ALTOONA, IOWA this Saturday (Nov. 7th) for the I-CON comic book convention (it runs 9am to 5pm).  Come on by if you can.

*** BTW: just cause you’re getting the PLUNGER-MAN milk for free, you should still totally buy the MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS cow.  It’s full of a ton of great stuff from some wonderful creators.  But…you don’t have to take my word for it.

12
Oct
09

SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE–24 Hour Comic 2009–pg 8(of 24), also: PETER BAGGE pin-up

pg 8

pg 8

   WHO IS THAT MAN?!?!  Well, you’ll find out tomorrow.  Sorry.

   So, how was FALLCON you ask?  Well, it went pretty well–better than expected.  It is always  fun seeing friends, chatting, and picking up some new comics at any rate.  But my favorite part of any convention is coming away with some great pin-up art of my characters by other artists, and Fallcon was no exception.  This week I’ll be posting those pin-ups along with the regular junk, so lets begins.  This first pin-up comes from the guy I was inexplicably sitting next to all weekend, Mr. PETER BAGGE!

"FLEMING HAZMAT" by PETER BAGGE

"FLEMING HAZMAT" by PETER BAGGE

   Thanks again, Peter!  It was great to meet you and your wife!

11
Oct
09

SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE–24 Hour Comic 2009–pg 7(of 24)

pg 7

pg 7

   Stop stammering, BAGBOY, and let me plug FALLCON already!

    FALLCON is happening this weekend–possibly even as you read this.  So you should drop what you’re doinf and head on down and pick up the new comics I’ll have made myself or been a part of like:  TOMMY CHICAGO #3, PHIL THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM, FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY, MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE: THE GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR, and ZINE SUPREME.  I’ll see you SATURDAY and SUNDAY from 10am to 5pm at the FAIRGROUNDS!!!

10
Oct
09

SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE–24 Hour Comic 2009–pg 6(of 24), also: FALLCON!

pg 6

pg 6

    Despite what SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE thinks, the Falafel at HOLY LAND and Afghani Pizza from the CRESENT MOON are two of my favorite things to eat on the earth….and two wonderful reasons why you should live in Northeast Minneapolis, if you ever have the chance. 

   ALSO: FALLCON is happening this weekend–possibly even as you read this.  So you should drop what you’re doinf and head on down and pick up the new comics I’ll have made myself or been a part of like:  TOMMY CHICAGO #3, PHIL THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM, FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY, MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE: THE GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR, and ZINE SUPREME.  I’ll see you SATURDAY and SUNDAY from 10am to 5pm at the FAIRGROUNDS!!!




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