Archive for the 'Issue One' Category

12
Apr
10

4: Countdown to C2E2

   C2E2 begins Friday in Chicago, and I’ll be there mooching table space from co-Conspirator DANIEL J OLSON.  To prepare for this show there are few new projects I’ve been working on…

   Last year during the GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR, local cartooning god KEVIN CANNON designed a perfected version of the MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE logo.  Kevin has happily let me steal this logo, and so one thing I’ve been working on is new covers for MANLY TALES 1-5 to give the series a more streamlined look.  I also used it on this flyer I’m going to give out at C2E2 to people who buy something I did/am in and/or have some kind of passing interest in what I’m doing (sitting uncomfortably):

    ALSO:  I’m going to try something different at this con: Instead of laying out an eyesore of a table full of individual issues, I’ll be selling 2 different ‘packs’ of comics at C2E2–MANLY TALES 1-6, and the MANLY TALES specials.  Each pack will be “priced to move”.  Quantities are limited, so fight your way thru the 8 billion people who will be at C2E2 to get one!

    FINALLY:  There will even be a few NEW things to buy at C2E2, including SUPER MAXI-PAD GIRL #3–which features a story written by me and drawn by table-mate DANIEL J OLSON!   Here’s a sneak peek: 

30
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pin ups–Sean Tenhoff

by: dank and Tenhoff

by: dank and Tenhoff

     The second pin-up for issue one (which was the back cover) was actually pencilled and inked by me for my friend Sean Tenhoff, and his now defunct (but still up online and awesome) webcomic THE BEAN MEN (www.thebeanmen.com).  Sean then used his magical brush tp Tenhoff-up the inks a bit.

    This pin-up was drawn at FALLCON 2006 (www.mncba.com) when THE BEAN MEN was in its prime and MANLY TALES was just a shameful, SHAMEFUL 24 Hour Day comic that I had just done the week before and was planning to turn into the semi-shameful comic–issue one–you just read.

  Thanks Sean.

30
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pin-ups–Bob Lipski

by: Bob Lipski

by: Bob Lipski

    When I was planning/working on the first issue of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE I knew that I really wanted to include artists from the vast cartooning community we have here in Minneapolis/St Paul–many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends, and almost all of whom I met through the International Cartoonist Conspiracy (www.cartoonistconspiracy.com). 

    My plan was to include in each issue pin-ups by local artists, and in some cases back-up features. BOB LIPSKI (www.uptowngirlcomic.com) came out blasting with BOTH for issue one.

    The pin-up above was done during FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007 at Jimmy Jam Comics(RIP) in Rochester, MN. Bob, myself, and a few other writers and artists were on hand to meet the fans(not of us, obviously) and do $1.oo sketches–with all the profits going to the Rochester Public Library to buy more comics. So, yes. I had to pay for Bob’s pin-up, but it was worth it.

    I do however know for a fact Bob would have done the pin-up for free. How do I know this–cause Bob actually did the back-up stories for the first TWO issues of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE.

    The back-up story for issue one was a TOMMY CHICAGO tale by Bob and BRIAN BASTIAN (www.tommychicago.com), and goes towards explaining issue one’s cover ( https://staplegenius.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/manly-tales-of-cowardice-issue-one/mt1-cover-grey/)  …you know, in case you read the whole thing and thought: “Wait…wasn’t TOMMY CHICAGO supposed to be guest-starring?” which I know none of you did.  I specifically commissioned the TC tale since it was at the time my favorite mini-comic. My second favorite mini-comic was Bob’s UPTOWN GIRL, and he did one of those tales for issue two.

    Thanks again Bob (and Brian)!

29
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 23 and 24(the end)

  

pg 23

pg 23

pg 24 (end)

pg 24 (end)

 

   THE END of issue one!
    So these last couple of pages are about 2 things:
 
1) A really, really good look at the kind of person Fleming is–both in what he’ll do to win/succeed, and how he feels about anyone and anything that’s not him or his wants/needs.
2) My friends. Can you find yourself of page 23? I knew you could. Also, Tom Dunnwald is a real person(and friend) who really did want to create a “NO MAN IS AN ISLAND” hotdish for the local HOTDISH REVOLUTION contest. While he never did figure out how to make an island, ocean, palm tree, castaway, and sharks with hotdish, he did manage to do it with carrots and jello and this actually started a jello concoction side-contest at the REVOLUTION. It even made the local paper. Way to go, Tom!
     Theres a couple more easter eggs for issue one I’ll post this weekend, otherwise we begin the next adventure of Fleming, Betsy, and Atlantis Lad–issue TWO–next week!
 
28
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 20, 21 and 22

 

 

pg 20

pg 20

pg 21

pg 21

pg 22

pg 22

    …Tomorrow: The exciting CONCLUSION!…

    Almost to the end of issue one! Will Fleming win the contest? Will Britishworth get whats coming to him? Oh what a cliffhanger! How will you ever make it another day?!?!?!

    Anyway… I wanted to give a couple big shout outs today:

1) http://www.stwallskull.com/blog/?cat=144  My buddy Steve Stwalley does a big blog-round-up blog about comics on his STWALLSKULL.COM site and he gave me, Fleming, and staplegenius.com some featured love yesterday. Thanks Steve, and welcome to everyone who has come and checked the site out. Stick around I have plenty of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE in store for you.

2) http://www.citypages.com/2009-05-27/news/a-michele-bachmann-comic-misadventure/  The comic FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY that I and some of my friends have been working on for author/penciller Bill Prendergast has an exclusive sneak preview in the new City Pages. Its content made specifically for the City Pages that is written and pencilled by Bill and inked by Lupi. You can learn more about the FALSE WITNESS comic  at www.biasedliberalmedia.com (where there’s a page displayed from the forth-coming book that I inked), and see more work by Lupi at her blog  http://lupiloops.wordpress.com/ .

27
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 18 and 19

 

pg 18

pg 18

pg 19

pg 19

   …To Be Continued…

    Wow…what a difference a several month break makes.

    You may have noticed on panel 3 of page 17 yesterday that Fleming took on a marked change in his appearance–from a sloppy, choppy mutant looking thing to a streamlined cartoony looking character.  And I couldn’t be happier. Yes, aside from the horrific lettering which I had sadly done before I started inking the story the first time, I’m actually having to clean up very little on these pages–Yay!  Saving time!–and I think if I had done these last 7 pages in the original “Who Gives A Crap” style I did the first  17, the panels I’ve really grown to love (The DaVinci Audiobook, blasting off from England, the UN) would be as useless and ugly as most of the panels which preceded them.

    There was actually a pretty healthy (and often hilarious) debate on the most recent episode (#67) of ART AND STORY: ALIVE! that I think MANLY TALES issue one is the missing link of for both sides of the argument (check it out at: http://www.cvcomics.com/artandstory/?page_id=66).

    The debate was basically this: Should you keep cranking out crap (like the first 17 pages) for public consumption, or should you wait until you’ve improved your style/technique/etc enough (like the last 7 pages) before you start making comics? And if you wait to accomplish the technical side will you actually be print-ready if you haven’t been doing actual comics and getting any feedback?   (That’s more or less the jist. There’s more to it–including how to make a baby jesus cry–so listen for yourself.)

   Well, with issue one here I was clearly cranking out crap that was NOT fit for human eyes to gaze upon. The hours and HOURS  I have spent in the last week and a half fixing my many mistakes (and there are MANY more I just got too frustrated/bored to fix) proves that. If I had finished issue one in Fall fo 2006 I don’t know that I would have ever printed it. And if I had, I probably wouldn’t have done more (and kept getting better) cause I really detested those first 17 pages. But after a took a several month break and finished the back 7 in May of 2007 I felt despite all the opening pages weaknesses, the art of those closing pages (along with the ending I had finally cooked up) had “saved” the story.

     Had it saved it enough that I SHOULD have printed it?          No.

     Should I have completely redone the first 17 pages?              Yes.

     I know this now (as I knew it then). But I also knew to redo almost all of issue one would have probably also killed the momentum for issue two.  And issue two is where I was going to start applying everything I has learned….but that’ll have to wait until next Monday. We still gotta wrap this one up…

26
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 16 and 17

 

 

pg 16

pg 16

pg 17

pg 17

    …To Be Continued…

    Two things:

   1) “Holy Leroy Brown!””–Hadn’t quite found Flemings catch phrase yet…

    2) BRITISHWORTH– Sir Leigh Britishworth was once meant to be nothing but a one-time joke, just a cheap parody of the Sir Lee from THE DAVINCI CODE.  But something about his “Old Bean” attitude and general cuteness really caught peoples attention. He was actually probably the most complimented part of this story after I first released it mini-comic form. When Brian Bastian wrote issue four, he  brought Britishworth back–something I had never planned. Thanks to Brian, Britishworth has now wormed his way into the MANLY TALES mythos as a major adversary. Thats show business, I guess.




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