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17
Dec
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #4–by Brian Bastian and myself–pg 14(of 24), also: ummm…uh….

Issue 4 of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE was drawn by myself, but written by BRIAN BASTIAN (whose characters from his book TOMMY CHICAGO are guest starring).  Now our thoughts on this page:

BRIAN BASTIAN:  Now we’re into some of my favorite stuff in the issue, the Sidekicks!  I loved having Jimmy try to teach Atlantis Lad how to be a better sidekick.  I hated trying to come up with a clever safety rhyme.  I didn’t love what I settled on, but that and the bacon helped set up a line I loved later on in the book.  I love bacon.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  This is a fun page.  Looking at it now I’m a bit horrified at the lack of the black/white balance, but I was trying to get issue 3 and 4 done in the space of like 2 months, so they can’t all be winners.  This also reminds me that I was wanting to a ‘sidekicks’ one-shot special where they all do to summer camp together.  A few months ago I was going thru some of my old comics and found a TICK special where they did that, so I think that’s off the table now.  This page is probably as close as we’ll ever come.

    Also, my client wasn’t at work yesterday, so no new Daily Goal Sketch.  Also also, there’s a ST PAUL Cell CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY jam tonight where they will be taking on the holidays via the lost myth of KRAMPUS tonight.**  And speaking of the holidays, do yourself a favor and go check out RYAN DOW’s ongoing story about what the holidays REALLY mean!

KRAMPUS!

**  More than likely I won’t be there, so if that’s not reason to go then I don’t know what is.

09
Dec
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #4–by Brian Bastian and myself–pg 8(of 24), also: Captain America, and I f*ck cake

Issue 4 of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE was drawn by myself, but written by BRIAN BASTIAN (whose characters from his book TOMMY CHICAGO are guest starring).  Now our thoughts on this page:

BRIAN BASTIAN:  Ah, here are the stars of the book. 

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  You forgot to put ”  ”  around “stars”.

BASTIAN: If my memory is correct (and if this review of the issue has proven anything, it isn’t..) the main plot of the story was going to hinge on Fleming being a super scientist. Which I thought he was. I didn’t do the smart thing and ask you, but most of my ideas of the characters were taken from issue 1, which was the hot dish issue. So I assumed that because he was trying to make a super secret hot dish that it automatically made him a super scientist.  Also the way he dressed!  And he had a robot! (which I didn’t know wasn’t really a robot, but we’ll get to that in a bit too..ugh) Anyway once I found out he wasn’t a scientist, it actually motivated me to find a way to work that into the story, proving once again that in some cases limits will help

 KLONOWSKI:  I’ve already apologized for having you write this with so little actual material to refer to, but I’ll do so again.  Sorry, Brian.  But we learned from this.  In pretty much all future collaborations we’ve been pretty open with questions and feedback. 

BASTIAN:  I also don’t know if this Atlantis Lad is actually shorter than the last Atlantis Lad, but I thought it would be a clever way to let a new reader know that this Atlantis Lad was new.

KLONOWSKI:  As did I.  I was already pretty self-conscious about Atlantis Lad being linked to ‘Kenny’ or any other character who dies with any kind of regularity, so after his origin in issue 2 I tended to just let him die and not mention it, but I think the way you tackled it was head-on and clever.

BASTIAN:  Atlantis Lad not being able to speak was another thing that threw me off.  I’m sure I tried the old “Well maybe this one is a mutant who can speak” tactic, but no go. 

KLONOWSKI:  Yeah, I certainly remember a lengthy email where I explained no talking/not a robot/not a scientist stuff.  Have I said ‘sorry’ yet?

BASTIAN:  When your writing style is very heavy on the dialogue, and very light on the direction, like mine is..well it proves that in some cases limits don’t really help.

KLONOWSKI:   And sometime limits are neglectfully ignored/forgotten…like when the writer has a character talk about parallel parking parking and the artist draws his vehicle which has clearly not parallel parked, but rather just landed.  There would have needed to be a car in front of and behind the ‘Flying Hazmat’ for parallel parking to have taken place.  But enough with the peeing on our own shoes…

   Also,  here’s todays Daily Goal Sketch which I forgot at work and didn’t post yesterday.  But yesterday my client was sick so had I posted this Tuesday there’d be no sketch today.  Is that fate?  If so, it’s kinda lame fate.

   Finally, this all really happened…

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.

25
Sep
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 14(of 14)–by Zander Cannon and Brian Bastian

pg 14--art: Zander Cannon, words: Brian Bastian

pg 14--art: Zander Cannon, words: Brian Bastian

   BRIAN BASTIAN:  Will be giving you a piece of his mind on Mondays post.  For serious.

   ZANDER CANNON:  Once upon a time 9 years ago I showed a very rough and crude mini-comic called STAPLEGENIUS (#2, I believe) to Zander Cannon and he laughed.  Not at it (though he should have), but with it.  This laugh inspired me greatly since I had been one of the eight fans of CHAINSAW VIGILANTE, the TICK spin-off Zander did.  Then, years later, Zander said to me on at least two seperate occasions that MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE is his favorite mini-comic.  Again…inspiring!  But this time not just cause of some silly, short-lived series he did in the early 90’s, but because of his later work on REPLACEMENT GOD, TOP TEN, SMAX, and his many science-based books he’s done with his studio-mate KEVIN CANNON like BONESHARPS, COWBOYS, AND THUNDERLIZARDS.  Also, he’s a Co-Conspiratorand friend who has faith–actual faith!–in my work.  Frankly, I couldn’t see any other way to end this GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR then with Zander, cause let’s be honest–this whole website and the comics contained herein are at least 28% his fault.

   All that gushiness aside, the GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR doesn’t TECHNICALLY end here…  Come back Monday for the traditional MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE “end of the issue” PIN-UP!  I shall warn you here and now–it’s SPECTACULAR!!!  See you then.

23
Sep
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 12(of 14)–by Ryan Dow and Brian Bastian

pg 12--art: Ryan Dow, words: Brian Bastian

pg 12--art: Ryan Dow, words: Brian Bastian

   BRIAN BASTIAN— Has freedom hair.

   RYAN DOW—  Ryan dow has won my heart–from his consistently solid art and story on his “INTROSPECTIVE COMICS” webcomic, to his introspective thoughts on comics during the ART AND STORY podcasts–my heart Ryan Dow has won.  Ryan is a well-loved fixture of the Mpls/Stpl Cells of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy, taking part in all the usual hoo-hah (like BIG FUNNY and MUSCLES AND FIGHTS), and doing his own great comics along the way (like PLUNGER-MAN, WEEKENDS WITH CARL, and JACK AND ZACK MAKE A COMIC).  He’s even part of the QUORUM OF TWELVE(or so) who are putting together LUTEFISK SUSHI “D”–a highlight of his contribution being the “LSD” podcast he is starting which will have interviewers with fellow QUORUMers and SUSHI “D” contributors (The first episode will be up soon and features some windbag).   You have my heart, Ryan.  Now hold me, you big hunky introspective cartoonist, you!  Hold me and make all the bad men go away.

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!

18
Sep
09

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 staplegenius.com(ics) come MONDAY when we return!  Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you then!




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