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MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–the pin-ups (part 2 of 2) featuring Jesse Gillespie, Ryan Dow, Dave Strong, and Spanky Cermak

As that issue 5 was originally broken up into two “volumes”(issues), this left a lot of space for pin-ups.  Thanks muchly to everyone who donated their time and art into making this issue awesome, including:

    JESSE GILLESPIE’s homage to “Lady Liberty Leading the People” is easily one of the most beautiful pieces of original art I have in my possession.  This guy really needs to stop spending all his time hugging people and just start cranking out more comics!

    The award-winning RYAN DOW’s homage to “Magnus, Robot Fighter” is easily one of the most robot-fightery pieces of art I have in my collection.  As if you didn’t know, but Ryan makes the wonderful INTROSPECTIVE COMICS.  The recently released collection “THE ART OF FAILING BUDDHISM” is must, and you should buy one today.  I actually turn up frequently in the book (and in the on-going webcomic), and a drinking game has developed.  So whenever you see me or fellow Conspirator DANIEL J OLSON being ‘Introspective’, be sure to take a shot (sometimes, like in THIS EXAMPLE, you’d have to make it a double). 

    DAVE STRONG is one of many cartoonists about town who I don’t see regularly enough.  His stuff is wonderful and I was grateful as all heck when he presented me with the above Atlantis Lad. 

   SPANKY CERMAK is another fantastic example of the insanely huge cartoonist talent pool we have here in Minneapolis.  Like Dave, I pretty much only see Spanky at cons, but his stuff is fantastic and I’m honored to have shared pages with him in the MUSCLES AND FIGHTS anthologies. 

    Whoo!  Seven pin-ups all in total for issue 5.  Nice!  I only wish each issue could boast so much guest talent–if for no other reason than the back-log of pin-ups I have yet to print or post on the web.  I promise to get to them all…maybe before the year is out even!  Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this issue.  Be sure to check out their links for more great art and comics!


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–the pin-ups (part 1 of 2) featuring Zander Cannon, Jon Sloan, and Eric Lappegard

   As that issue 5 was originally broken up into two “volumes”(issues), this left a lot of space for pin-ups.  Thanks muchly to everyone who donated their time and art into making this issue awesome, including:

   ZANDER CANNON strikes again with possibly the MANLIEST pin-up yet.

   Fellow Conspirator and martial-arts hooligan JON SLOAN catches Fleming mugging for the camera.  Jon keeps telling me he’s got a MANLY TALE of his own up his sleeve (and I look forward to seeing it, but save it for issue #25, Jon!  I’ll be begging for one then.),  so until that happens be sure to regularly check out his webcomic SA-BOM JIM.

    Finally (and I know I’ve posted this before, but…) the pin-up for issue #5 that started it all.  Thanks, ERIK.  I miss you:


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pgs 44 & 45 (the end!), also: “The answer is: Only 10 more”

    The End, indeed.  This issue took a lot out of me to produce, and it would be an entire year before another MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE was completed–but thru the magic of the internet that year will pass like a week and you’ll get issue 6 starting next Monday!  As for the ending…2 things come to mind:

   1)  I always want to kill-off each Atlantis Lad in their own unique way, and ‘bullet thru the noggin’ was about the laziest route to go.  It works well in this issues context, but still…lazy.  So I find it as no surprise that in the time between writing this script and finishing the art, laziest-writer-of-them-all BRIAN BASTIAN emailed to ask if he could kill off Atlantis Lad in a story by having Fleming shoot him. Err…I mean…thanks for writing all kinds of wonderful stuff for me, Brian! (Like the upcoming LITTLE FUNNY comic featuring MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE’s own SIR LEIGH BRITISHWORTH.) 

   2)  I also remember after finishing this issue that I thought this was the worst ending ever in the short history of a series with abrupt, bad endings.  I think I was just too close to it.  I got a lot of compliments that this issue was easily the best one of the series both for the emotional pathos of Betsy Rossbot, but because the end finally grounds Betsy and Flemings relationship in a way none of the previous stories had.  Looking back, I think I have to agree…now if only the art wasn’t so rushed….

   ALSO:  Today’s Daily Goal Sketch of THE QUESTION will be the only one this week as that the rest of the week is filled with all the awesome pin-ups from issue 5–and man are there a LOT!  And if you’re keeping track at home, you can now start counting the number of Daily Goal Sketches left on your fingers alone.


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pgs 42 & 43(of 45), also: Another awesome review!!!, and “Neither a Jim Lee nor a Goldie Hawn vehicle be”

      I don’t remember what the script was written as originally, but when I was lettering this beast I had the iPod shuffle going and right before this page “Comfortably Numb” came on.  I felt I had no choice but to throw the reference in.  It just worked so well!

   ALSO:  AIN’T IT COOL NEWS strikes with an awesomely positive review of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE (as well as the back-up features from the first 3 issues–which include UPTOWN GIRL, TOMMY CHICAGO, and MEATFIST AND GRONK)!!!  The review can be found in the INDIE JONES section.  So congrats to us all–BUD BURGY, BRIAN BASTIAN, and BOB LIPSKI!  They like us…they really, really like us!

  FINALLY:   He’s not so wild.


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pgs 40 & 41(of 45), also: “Who?”

     Ten points to whoever can name where the reference in panel 1 of pg 40 is from. **

    ALSO:  My client asked for MORBIUS, THE LIVING VAMPIRE one day.  I was kinda taken a-back he knew Morbius.  After I did the drawing he asked who it was.  Turned out he didn’t know who Morbius was either.  He had just heard the name once.  Oooh, autism…

 ** It’s from “STAR TREK 5: SHATNER SHATS ON US ALL”.  As a form of both torture and research I subjected myself one more time to said film to make sure I got the quote right.  Mid-way thru STEVE STWALLEY stopped by to drop off some lettered PHENOMENAL TANGENT pages and asked what I was watching.  I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life to have to admit the truth.


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pgs 38 & 39(of 45), also: an awesome review of the very comic you’re reading, and “I don’t blame you for Darth Maul, Ray. Never you.”

     Like you didn’t already think that Ben Franklin was secretly a mad scientist.  It just makes sense.

   ALSO:  Conspirator TED ANDERSON writes reviews for THE EXAMINER, and over the weekend he wrote a lovely review of the MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE series.  Thanks for the kind words, Ted.  And I’ll be sure to have “a major personality in the local indie scene” engraved on my urn!

   FINALLY:  I’ve been annoyed by the X-MEN villain TOAD for years, ever since that failed X-MEN pilot back in the 80’s.  The costume. The powers.  Everything about his is annoying.  Needless to say I was less than thrilled when they announced Toad would be in the first X-MEN movie, but with Ray Park playing him as…ummm…a guy who can hop with a big tongue, he wasn’t half bad.  So when my client asked for Toad as his Daily Goal Sketch I was surprised and excited he wanted the movie version…until I had to draw him.  Talk about generic…


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pgs 36 & 37, also: “Just cause there is a Mickey there doesn’t have to be a Minnie”

   I really dig that first panel a lot.  Also, it was weird doing page 37.  Literal months had passed from the time I did the opening pages I had to recap here.  It’s always a chore getting back into drawing characters you haven’t played with in a while.

  ALSO:  Hawkgirl.  Meh.



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