Archive for the 'I-Con' Category

11
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pgs 8 and 9(of 11), also: Kevin Cannon, Magnificent Son-Of-A-Bitch

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pgs 8 and 9

This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.  I’m giving you two ages today cause to not not would just be wrong.  Anyway,  some thoughts on todays pages…

RYAN DOW:  Page eight–Danno actually asked me if it was okay to have a lot of gore when inking the shredding tentacles.  He didn’t really need to ask.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  I didn’t want to offend your delicate and introspective sensibilities.

RD:  Also, the last panel was really difficult to draw.  I drew that pose about fifteen times before I got it close to right.  It’s not like I could photo-reference myself jumping off a roof.  Or can I?

DK:  You could have, but thankfully you didn’t cause Single-Payer Health Care is off the table.  The bastards.

RD:  Page nine–This is awesome.  In one version of the script, Jabbagazule swallowed Plunger-Man and Plunger-Man burst through his stomach.

DK:  Now THAT would have offended MY delicate and introspective sensibilities!

RD:  I’m so glad we went with this version.  It has so much more energy.

  Yay!  Two pages!  That was fun.  Anyway, if you don’t already know (and if you are reading these words you probably do), KEVIN CANNON has posted his I-Con wrap-up.  As I mentioned yesterday, Kevin did some amazing drawing last Saturday including the following wonderful FLEMING HAZMAT pin-up:

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   Also, in the newest MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE (#6–which you can get from me next time you see me. It’ll also be up here sometime next year), I have a little fun with Kevin’s ARMY SHANKS character.  So Kevin has some back.  And he wins.

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     In addition to what you see here,  Kevin’s posting over at the BIG TIME ATTIC BLOG also includes Shanks on ice, a self-portrait by your’s truely, and pure horror. 

*** 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.

10
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 7(of 11), Also: i-con drawings and ‘CONTINUITY GUY’

pg 7

This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.  No some thoughts on todays page…

RYAN DOW:  I was really struggling to come up with a ridiculous boast for Jabbagazule, like, “I am older than atoms!  More powerful than the Sun!”  It popped in my head while shopping at Goodwill.  “Older than God (which became Yaweh)!  More powerful than Jesus!”  Awesome!

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yaweh is my favorite silly name for the Judeo-Christian God.  Glad you changed it.

   Also:  The plot is really thickening over at CONTINUITY GUY.  Check our BUD‘s amazing art for this weeks page.

   Finally, as you may know I went to the I-CON comic convention in Iowa over the weekend.  It was a bust in about every way imaginable.  The only few exceptions being spending lots of times with dear friends, and the great drawings that came out it.  Here’s a couple… 

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    So if RYAN DOW, DANIEL J OLSON, KEVIN CANNON, and myself took over the chores on Marvel’s “AVENGERS” it would look something like that.  Scoff if you must, but one kid saw that drawing and asked if he could buy from us the issue that this drawing is the cover for.   

    Also, remember when I mentioned CONTINUITY GUY a paragraph or so ago?  Well, one of the things Bud and I want to include in the print edition (due April 2010) is a little back-up feature that lets you in on all the stuff that came before the CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella, specifically info on the IT’S WAR series.  The only real catch here is that I never finished the IT’S WAR series, so I’m going to have to create some original artwork.  Here’ s something I did at I-CON I’ll probably include in that:

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     Ok, one more.  Remember good old DOC HEADULON from “PHENOMENAL TANGENTS“?  Well one of the few things I sold at I-CON was a copy of ‘TANGENTS’ to a savvy reader who from the cover alone got that it was a Jack Kirby-esque book.  Once I showed him ‘TANGENTS’ nifty fold-out feature he was, in his own words, “SOLD!”  This got me thinking about Doc.  Then I noticed I was surrounded by Kirby covers.  Now I have a seed of an idea for a follow-up story.  So, enjoy this possible sneak-peek (STEVE…we need to talk):

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   That enough for you?  Well, that’s not all!  For I dare say the best is yet to come, as that fellow I-CON survivor KEVIN CANNON did some pretty amazing MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE drawings.  Sadly, I don’t have those to share right now.  But hopefully there will be up either here or over at the BIG TIME ATTIC blog sometime later this week.  Keep your eyes peeled, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

*** 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.

06
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 5(of 11), also: I-CON is tomorrow

pg 5

This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.   And now some thoughts on todays page…

RYAN DOW:  Funny story: The script originally called for the girls to hurl a thousand energy bolts with Plunger-Man dodging them left and right.  Then Danno told me that I would be penciling the comic, not him.  So the thousand energy bots became a Sith Emperor force bolt.  I’m always more ambitious when someone else is doing all the work.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  I’m the same way.  That script I gave BUD BURGY for the ‘CONTINUITY GUY’  graphic novel, I would have never written that for myself.  I think that’s why you and I usually do comics where people stand around talking.

   Also:  RYAN, DANIEL J OLSON, KEVIN CANNON and myself will be in ALTOONA, IOWA tomorrow (Nov. 7th) for the I-CON comic book convention (it runs 9am to 5pm).  Gas up the car and head on down if you can.  We’ll all have some great books to sell.

*** 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.

05
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 4(of 11), also: I-CON, and the anchor fish and chips

pg 4

This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.   And now some thoughts on todays page…

RYAN DOW:  Yeah, panel one is a cliche gag, but I couldn’t help myself.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Hey, the AINTITCOOL guy liked it.

RD:  As for the last panel, I struggled for the longest time to come up with a line that was punchy enough.  I think the original line was, “And I’m here to fix your little, er, problem.”  When I stumbled on the religious theme I went for the delivery from evil line, which doesn’t make sense since he’s really delivering the evil from the toilet.  But if you’ve come here for logic, you’re at the wrong place.

DK:  Here, and the Bible.

   Also:  OH MY STARS!  The next time you are dining in Northeast Minneapolis, you MUST eat hereTHE ANCHOR FISH AND CHIPS.  I don’t eat meat, but my wife loved the fish and I had the best Veggie burger I have ever eaten.  Also, the chips/fries/whatever are the best potato wedge you will ever have the pleasure of eating.  And beer!  C’mon!  What more could you ask of a new resturant?!

  Another pesky reminder:  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).

*** 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.

04
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 3(of 11), also: I-CON and TMBG

pg 3

This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.   And now some thoughts on todays page…

 RYAN DOW:  I’m really happy with how creepy this page turned out.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yeah, the girl hugging/stroking the tentacle is just…disturbing.

RD:  My original pencils of the tentacles didn’t have any of the texture or suction cups that you see here.  That was all Danno.

DK:  What can I say?  I didn’t want people think she was hugging a giant dook.

RD:  Danno also came up with the transfer of power bit because you shouldn’t have a gun in the second act without showing it the first.

DK:  Ummm…spoiler alert?

  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).

   And this has nothing to do with comics, but I saw THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS play last night.  It was their “FLOOD” show, where they played the (20 year old!!!) album “FLOOD” in it’s entirety, though out of order with a few other songs threw in as well.  As John F said about playing it beginning to end as:is–“Rock under glass is boring.”  Seeing them for the 4th time in 15 years made me realize they don’t inspire the euphoric glee they used to, but damn if they aren’t still wonderful performers.  Also, its pretty great music to draw comics to (so there, this does have something to do with comics). Glad I could spend some more time on earth with THEY.

*** 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.

03
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 2(of 11), also: I-CON, “CONTINUITY GUY”, and “PHIL THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM” is reviewed

pg 2

   This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.   And now some thoughts on todays page…

RYAN DOW:  The idea was that this preteen which couldn’t afford a proper cauldron so she used the family commode when her parents were out for the night.   Danno added the fishnet sleeves, which was a nice touch.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  I also added a few more candles.  Maybe the pentagram and bath towel as well…?

 RD:    “May this blood nourish you and strengthen you,” comes from a Lutheran prayer that comes after communion.  I tried to cram in as many religious phrases as possible because, well, it’s a story about an Elder God.

DK:  I grew up Lutheran as well.  I am now godless and Ryan is really into Buddha.  Maybe having us drink blood as kids wasn’t the best way to sell Martin Luther’s God.

   Also:  If you haven’t checked out “CONTINUITY GUY” yet (I’m looking in your direction, STEINLICHT!), now is a good time.  BUD is over halk-way done illustrating this graphic novella I wrote, and things are really getting interesting.  Bud has even been posting more than one page a week lately.  Check it out!

    Finally,  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).  One of the books you will be able to purchase at I-CON will be the all-new “PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM” I did with long-time collaborator DAN MURPHY.   “PHIL” was recently reviewed by TED ANDERSON over at the EXAMINER.  It’s not what I’d call a glowing review, but it doesn’t poo all over us either.  Basically, we’ve inspired ambivalence.  Anyway…

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*** 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.

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:

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   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.




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