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15
Feb
10

Uptown Girl v. Tommy Chicago v. Manly Tales Of Cowardice–by Brian Bastian, Bob Lipski, and Danno Klonowski–pg 12(of 60), also: “FALSE WITNESS” #3 now available, and “Hitler’s ‘stache was 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:

BRIAN BASTIAN:  The sheer joy of Jimmy seeing Atlantis Lad again (although he’s not aware of the terrible horrible secret of Atlantis Lad) is balanced nicely by the sheer hatred between Fleming Hazmat and Tommy Chicago. And please if someone out there does know how much it costs to maintain a super cyborg, let me know.  I’m interested in getting one, but I need to know if I’ll be able to afford the upkeep.

BOB LIPSKI:  Look at the background action in panel 3!   All Danno, I assure you.  On a side note, I love long stretched out panels.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Also mine:  Bob just had TC yelling at Fleming (the awful strangulation rendering is all me).  Also, I can’t remember if Fleming and TC were fighting or just talking in panel 4, but I sure like how it looked when I had them ‘brake’ the panel.

   ALSO:  The 3rd issue of FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY is available for purchase online.  It was written by BILL PRENDERGAST and features art from myself, DANIEL J OLSON, RYAN DOW and JAMES POWELL.  There’s also art from LUPI McGINTY, who did the kick-ass cover as well:

  FINALLY:  Having ‘yellow’ be your only weakness will always be lame.

14
Oct
09

SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE–24 Hour Comic 2009–pg 10(of 24), also: ‘CONTINUITY GUY’ and a pin-up by AMADO RODRIGUEZ

pg 10

pg 10

   OK,  so here we go with another AMAZING STAPLEGENIUS.COM(ics) ORIGIN STORY!!! : 

   As I was “writing” this story in my head on 24 Hour Comic Day, I decided to have SMV fight a Right-Winger who shops at the Godless Communist Co-op.  This stems not from the ridiculousness of such a situation, but rather because my own local godless communist co-op who supports nothing BUT a left-wing lifestyle–including their almost comically leftist magazine racks at the checkout–would not carry copies of FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY.  I was told there are evidently some conservatives who shop at my co-op and they don’t want to offend them…with one product…out of the thousands to choose from. 

     Anyway, when I came up with the scenario I decided I would name the character CLAY BERTRAND–which you may recognize as the alias for CLAY SHAW who was one of the conspirators in the JFK assassination (if you believe that kind of thing).  Also cause my  friend Matt Risnes and I always laughed our asses off at Tommy Lee Jones reading of the line “CLAY BERTRAND” during the scene of his arrest in the movie JKF.

   Well as 24 Hour Comic Day wore on, I finally got to the pencilling/actual writing phase of this page (a couple hours in to the event) I completely blanked on what I was going to call him.  My mind raced and raced, but the name CLAY BERTRAND was gone.  So instead I named him REICH after KEVIN REICH, a great progressive fellow who is actually running for City Council here in Northeast Minneapolis. I wish him all the best, and should he somehow not win(unlikely) I will fully take the blame that this very comic was the stake in heart that did him in.  So…don’t forget to vote….whenever it is people do that. **

 AND THERE’S MORE !!! 

BUD BURGY will have TWO new pages of our CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella up this week, and they are sweet! 

Also, AMADO RODRIGUEZ of MUSCLES AND FIGHTS fame did this amazing MANLY TALES pin-up:

Amado--pinup

  Amado also did an equally awesome MANLY TALES pin-up two years ago at FALLCON which will finally see the light of day next month when MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #6 is printed! (You’ll have to wait awhile until it’s online here)

   Is that enough content for a Wednesday?  See you tomorrow.

**November 3rd.

02
Oct
09

COUNTDOWN to…24 HOUR COMIC DAY, FALLCON, FALSE WITNESS #2 and LAW IN POLITICS–day 4 (of 4)

   24 HOUR COMIC DAY is tomorrowSaturday October 3rd (to Sunday October 4th).  Locally(MPLS/STPL, MN) the event will be held at the MN CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS and begins at 10 AM.  All the details are HERE, and we’ll also be blogging throughout the day THERE as well.

FALSE WITNESS #2 -- NOW AVAILABLE!!!

FALSE WITNESS #2 -- NOW AVAILABLE!!!

 

   ALSO:  FALSE WITNESS #2 is now for sale online and at some local comic retailers (Source, Big Brain). It will also be available at FALLCON (Oct 10th and 11th)!.  It is written and pencilled by BILL PRENDERGAST, and features inks/finishes/etc by myself, LUPI MCGINTY, DANIEL J OLSON, JAMES POWELL, and RYAN DOW.  

     Speaking of that project, the October/November issue of LAW IN POLITICS (MINNESOTA) is now out and features an illustration of MN’s own highly-flammable Rep. Michele Bachmann I drew in FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY #1 cropped and colored(again by me) in their “TURKEYS OF THE YEAR” feature, in a section about Ms. Bachmann’s best quotes over the last year.  This issue of LAW AND POLITICS also kicks off the “TURKEYS…” features with a nice illustration by co-Conspirator KEN AVIDOR.  I don’t know if I have the right to post either of the images from the magazine here, so instead I’ll compromise with these:  First up a drawing Ken did of me in the battle of my life (from his LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘C’ contribution)…

DANNO vs GODZILLA, by KEN AVIDOR

DANNO vs GODZILLA, by KEN AVIDOR

   And one he did recently of my wife and I…

"CHOLE and DANNO at DRINKING LIBERALLY" by: KEN AVIDOR

"CHOLE and DANNO at DRINKING LIBERALLY" by: KEN AVIDOR

    Ok…see you at 24 HOUR COMIC DAY…I need to rest now.

21
Sep
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 10(of 14)–by Lupi McGinty and Brian Bastian

pg 10--art: Lupi McGinty, words: Brian Bastian

pg 10--art: Lupi McGinty, words: Brian Bastian

   BRIAN BASTIAN—  Believes in a writing philosophy that states:  “Too many cooks spoil the broth.”  This is why he always works alone and never in the kitchen.

   LUPI MCGINTY—  I met LUPI about a year and a half ago when she made her presence known to both the ALTERED ESTHETICS  gallery and the INTERNATIONAL CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY (Locals #612/#651) by contributing to the LUTEFISK SUSHI “C”show and box set.  Lupi continues to be an active Conspirator, even taking a chair on the “QUORUM OF TWELVE(or so)” who are organizing LUTEFISK SUSHI “D”.  Lupi does some cool comics you can see on her blog (like ANTI-GIRL),  concert posters, and is also a part of the art team for FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORYcomic series (issue #2 out soon!).  I would even say Lupi’s art is the best known “face” of the FALSE WITNESS series, considering it’s been seen by thousands not ONCE, but TWICE(!)in the CITY PAGES.  So basically, if Bachmann loses in 2010 Lupi’s days are numbered.  Sorry about that, Loops.  You’re a great talent and will be dearly missed.

   Also: BUD BURGY and “CONTINUITY GUY” educates us all on the Blinovich Limitation Effect.  Enjoy!

16
Sep
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 7(of 14)–by Daniel J Olson and Brian Bastian

pg 7--art: Daniel J Olson, words: Brian Bastian

pg 7--art: Daniel J Olson, words: Brian Bastian

   BRIAN BASTIAN— was killed last night by enemy fire while imbedded with the Fightin’ 84th just outside of Baghdad, where he was busy writing the script for a comedy version of  Joe Sacco-stlye war reporting  comics.

   DANIEL J OLSON– Daniel J Olson and I are NOT the same person!  Despite the “Parent Trap” style antics we get into all the time–which ARE admittedly  fun–we are frankly dumbfounded at the constant confusion.  I do this website.  Dan does www.bewilderedkid.com/blog.   This is my webcomic,  SHENANIGANS  is Dan’s.  I do stuff like the Guest Artist Spectacular, Dan does stuff like SUPER FANTASTICA COMIX.  I do TOMMY CHICAGO with a writer BRIAN BASTIAN, Dan works on SUPER MAXI-PAD GIRL with a writer who is also his wife (Hi, AJ!).  I have done work for MUSCLES AND FIGHTS, BIG FUNNY, LUTEFISK SUSHI and FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY (Issue #2 out soon!), Dan has…uhh…also done that.  I have done a 24 Hour Comic Day Logo Image for the Minneapolis/St Paul 24 Hour Day Event, Dan…oh…he did this years, didn’t he?  WAIT!  This one is difference, for sure: I live in Northeast Minneapolis, and Dan calls St Paul hom–what?….REALLY?!…No way!  That’s like 9 blocks away!  AWESOME!  We should totally get Bud and Ryan to live over here now!……………………..ok, so we’re the same guy.

23
Jul
09

misc: politics, politics, and schmapples

election2008 

***  Hey everybody!  Going to do a few pages of MISC content until I get into posting “PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM” 8-pager I did with DAN MURPHY(www.murphycommadan.com) 15 years ago!!!–which, believe it or not, it holds up pretty damn well…you’ll find out come Monday.

***  The above image was drawn on the night of the last debate between AL FRANKEN and NORM COLEMAN (11-2-08).  Franken recently “won” after months of costly court B.S. , and having just rediscovered this doodle I’m surprised at how close I was to the truth–I predicted Franken would win by 2% and he won by only 200-some votes.  Or maybe I was just paying attention to the polls. Who knows?  The other thing about this I find equally funny is the bit about MICHELE BACHMANN losing big-time.  When I drew this I knew my buddy KEN AVIDOR had been hot on Bachmann’s heels for years at www.dumpbachmann.comtrying to expose her for the nut she is. I also knew she had FINALLY said some crazy enough stuff that was getting national exposure and  so I just sorta figured the people of Bachmann’sdistrict would get with the program and not vote her back in.  Well, I think we all know now my prediction was wrong.  I think we also know she has gone onto say more more ludicrous stuff since then.  So I’m predicting here and now she will NOT–FOR SURE THIS TIME–be re-elected in 2010.

*** The other funny part of the Bachmann drawing is that several months later I found myself being hired to work on a comic series ABOUT Michele Bachmann(which you can order the first issue of at www.biasedliberalmedia.com. Issue two will be out soon.). And THAT gig would have NEVER happened had she lost as I predicted she would!  So…uhh…thanks?  

***Theres some other news involving Bachmann and comics and me, but I’ll write more on that when I have some harder facts–I have names, just no dates–so until then consider your interest piqued!

***Finally:  Cartoonist, friend, vegan, ninja, all-around wonderful person ERIC LAPPEGARD (aka SCHMAPPLES) passed away 2 years ago now.  To celebrate his life, there will be a get-together tomorrow(FRIDAY the 24th) at GRUMPY’sDOWNTOWN from 8pm until whenever.  So if you knew Eric (and even if you didn’t so well–why not?!) stop on by and toast one to a man who loved a good drink.  I’ll leave you now witha drawing Eric did…one of the last he ever did, in fact…and it’s pretty special to me, cause this drawing was done specifically both for ME and for MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE.  See, Eric and I were gunna jam on issue 5–my FLEMING vs his VEGAN NINJA–and the following is a preparatory drawing Eric did for that(ignore all the “SCHMAPPLES TRIBUTE” info. That was in 2007—and it ROCKED!).    Miss you, Eric.

For serious---don't wait until September! That was 2007! The thing this year is FRIDAY! 8PM! GRUMPYS!

For serious---don't wait until September! That was 2007! The thing this year is FRIDAY! 8PM! GRUMPYS!

17
Jul
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue three–pg 14(of 16), also: Me at Zinefest…?

pg 14

pg 14

    …To Be Continued…

    As promised I’m on the drawing horse currently.  Just finished my work on FALSE WITNESS issue 2(and remember, you can still buy issue 1 at www.biasedliberalmedia.com), and am now pencilling TOMMY CHICAGO #3(written by Brian Bastian, www.tommychicago.com). I’m drawing it at a smaller than usual size(about 7″x11″, I usually do 11″x17″) to get it done sooner, and it’s a fun and interesting challenge. So I hope to get thru that by the end of August(if not sooner) and then will pencil MANLY TALES #7 and  ink MANLY TALES #6(it’s already pencilled).  Yay, creativity!

***Also, SARAH MOREAN did a quasi wrap-up of ZINEFEST on THE DAILY CROSSHATCH, but really it’s more about tips on how to throw a good con(which from an exhibitors standpoint she knows how to do, no doubt). It’s a nice article with lots of great points, and if you squint REALLY HARD at the second picture you can kinda make me out behind Ryan Dow’s Buddha stand-up. http://thedailycrosshatch.com/2009/07/17/zinefest-the-only-good-party-i-ever-threw/#more-4182




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