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3: 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…

   Here’s the new cover for MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #2, featuring the new streamlined look and KEVIN CANNON’s sweet logo.  You’ll be able to purchase it, the issue it encapsulates, and the 5 other issues of MANLY TALES (all with new covers) in one affordable package at C2E2.

      ALSO:  I know you’re probably sick of hearing about this, but the CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella will be making its second ever appearance at C2E2.  Not only that, but CG artist BUD BURGY will be on-hand as well!!!  He’ll be bumming around the table with Dan and I, or at JUSTIN “SPANKY” CERMAK’s table, or with AMADO RODRIGUEZ, or trying desperatly to get Carrie Fisher’s autograph.  So pick up one of the few copies left of the first printing–  Only 5 bucks!!!  Why 5 bucks is worth the wrap-around KEVIN CANNON cover alone:




      Hey all.  Here we are at the fourth and final guest pin-up for MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #2, and this one is by STEVEN STWALLEY (

    Steve is a fabulous cartoonist, comic historian, and master of linking the world of internet comics together. Best of all, Steve is the founder(aka Grand Poobah) of the INTERNATIONAL CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY–perhaps the greatest organization in human history ( –start a cell in your town today).  And lemme tell ya, nobody looks fancier in a fez then Steve(

    In addition to the Conspiracy, Steve is the mastermind behind such projects as the WEIRD ILLUSTRATED anthology, the LUTEFISK SUSHI mini-comic box-set/art show series (, and the upcoming(this AUGUST!) utterly genius project/art show BIG FUNNY ( 

    Steve is also the writer of a comic I just finished drawing called PHENOMENAL TANGENTS, which is a loving tribute to the kinds of comics Jack Kirby did during the 70’s(NEW GODS, DEVIL DINOSAUR, etc). While my art may not match Kirbys(and I wouldn’t dare try), Steve’s writing/tone/dialogue freaking NAILED it. PHENOMENAL TANGETS will be posted here (or elsewhere) very soon.

    AND…Steve is an utter sweetie… But don’t you DARE cross him, or he’ll CUT’CHA!

   Thanks Steve!




       DAN MURPHY ( is the first best artist I ever met.

      Dan and I met at Northdale Junior High(I was in 8th grade and Dan was in 7th) and we immediately hit it off. Yes, there were some other kids who read and drew comics back then, but Dan and I had such a similar sense of humor and similar ideas on what kind of comics we wanted to make.  This was 1991 or so when McFarlane and like were huge. And yes, while we both stupidly plunked down our money to buy 2 copies of everything(one to read, one to save for when it could be traded for gold bars), neither of us was too terribly interested in making those kind of comics. We were weird, and we wanted to make weird comics. Oh sure, we did some superhero stuff, but it was always parody super-hero stuff. It was always in the name of humor, and as we got older it just got stranger.

     Dan was SOOOOOOOOO far ahead of me as an artist (even in junior high. Probably within minutes of being born) that the way we did things to best highlight our talents was like this: I’d pitch Dan an idea(or he’d throw an idea at me), we’d break the story together, I’d write it, he’d draw it and make it awesome in a way I never could have, and then when I’d draw my own stuff Dan would politely pat me on the back(but he knew…he knew…).

   We did all sorts of stuff together. A BARTMAN comic that violated all manner of copyrights and angered school officials(a story for another time), a Ninja Turtles parody featuring slugs, a bizarre character called CHARLIE CHICKENBONEHEAD(whose appearance matched his name), and one summer we even did a crossover event that took aim at those kids in our junior high who wanted to be Todd McFarlane called “THE ATTACK OF THE FAT, OVERWEIGHT TRACERS”.  In fact, the “tent pole” series I did back then was called “MAN-MAN”, and Dan was kind enough to work old Manny into the ATLANTIS LAD pin-up above.

    The last collaboration Dan and I did together was in high school during my senior year. It was classic us: we developed the story together, I wrote it, Dan drew it, and it’s one of the weirder things I’ve ever been part of.  It’s a story of a bean who beats Hitler, Death, and the Devil in a poker game and wins the lease to Hell, which the bean promptly turns into a death/murder/torture family theme park.  The best part was is that it got to hang up in the school for a week for the Senior Art Show, and was viewed by nearly every student(AND even their parents one magical, magical night). 

     The best part is I still have that story. In fact I have a TON of the stuff Dan and I did together in those years, and since I’ve foolishly endeavored to post something here everyday I’m 100% sure it’ll all find its way up here one day soon.

    As for the present, Dan is still an amazing illustrator and painter who has done work for such publications as the recently defunct RAKE magazine, and who I hope will continue to do amazing commercial and gallery work for people smart enough to recognize his genius. Again, to recognize his genius for yourself go to:

   Thanks again, Dan!




      The second pin-up from issue two is from MIKE TOFT ( who does a great mini-comic called BRAIN FOOD, and is an old tried and true friend of the STAPLEGENIUS empire.

     Back in 2000(or 2001, it’s kinda fuzzy) when the mini-comics I was putting out were in fact just called STAPLEGENIUS, Mike was the first(only) person to send me both a letter of praise, and his BRAIN FOOD  comics as a “trade”(I was just leaving STAPLEGENIUS at stores around town for free).  Mike suggested in his letter(yes, an actual letter! Remember those?) that even though there were appearantly some other zinester and mini-comic people in town, no one really knew anyone and perhaps we should meet up and talk shop.

     And so we did! In fact, we met up at SPYHOUSE COFFEE in Uptown–a place we’d continue to meet up at occasionally for the next year and a half or so until it went on to be the first official home of the INTERNATIONAL CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY. In fact, it was Mike who gave me the heads-up that the Conspiracy was forming to begin with and who I have to thank for insuring that I’ve been a proud Conspirator since day one.  

    Mike and I also always seem to end up sitting next to each other at every MN comic convention–and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    And while there is a link above for some of his work at the Conspiracy site, Mike is working on prepping his stuff for a BRAIN FOOD website all of his own, and I can’t wait!   When its up and running I’ll let you know it’s address



    Wow, Mike…look at us: from actual hand-written letters and photocopied mini-comics done on our own to the giant and wonderful comraderie of the Cartoonist Conspiracy and the magical world wide web.  My how we’ve grown.

   Thanks Mike!




       Welcome to the first guest artist pin-up (of four) that appeared in MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #2, and this one is by:  QUILLAN ROE!

      Quillan and I met during the collating/set-up for the first LUTEFISK SUSHI show (, when such things were done at Creative Electric, and became fast friends. 

     In addition to being an amazing cartoonist, it turned out Quillan was also a talented and locally well-known musician. In fact I had been aware of his first band ACCIDENT CLEARINGHOUSE ( for years.  His latest band, THE ROE FAMILY SINGERS ( are a pretty big hit around town playing often and everywhere, including a regular show EVERY MONDAY NIGHT at the 331 CLUB in Northeast Minneapolis.  His co-frontperson and wife, KIM ROE, won the BEST FEMALE VOCALIST award from the City Pages  in 2005 for her ROE FAMILY SINGERS work. You can buy their latest album “THE EARTH AND ALL THAT IS IN IT” at

     Anyway, Quillan quickly became a valued member of the Conspiracy, taught me a thing or two about Photoshop, and even worked with me for a brief period one wonderful winter at Kinkos.  The ROE FAMILY SINGERS formed shortly after Quillan joined the Conspiracy and quickly began monopolizing his time (and rightly so!).  And in addition to the ROE FAMILY SINGERS, Quillan and Kim’s regular Roe family grew recently with the addition of a daughter, Elspeth Annwn Roe! 

     So as you can imagine with a scheduale like that he hasn’t been to a Conspiracy meeting in quite a while, but we who remember him miss his jovial presence greatly.  But fear not, Quillan will be returning to the pages of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE, for you see the villian for issue 6 is based on a drawing I did of Quillan one night while the ROE FAMILY were playing away…


    Quillan has also done a couple more pin-ups that will appear in MANLY TALES #6 and he’s also promised me he’ll finish the long-awaited “LIL ZOMBIE” strip so I can feature it as a back-up story in that issue as well! Now all I have to do is turn that MANLY TALES #6 script I’ve had lying around for a year into an actual comic…

    So, thanks again to QUILLAN ROE! Cartoonist, musician, and all around great guy.

   Oh, and one more thing before we go…a pin up I did of the ROE FAMILY a couple years ago that Quillan colored.  (And seriously, go check out the ROE FAMILY SINGERS music on their myspace page––then go buy their new album––you won’t be sorry).





pg 15--THE END

pg 15--THE END

     And the third thrilling MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE adventure draws to a close.

    Up Next: The guest artist pin-ups for issue two, followed by a MANLY TALES 4-pager where the team hunts in the North Pole for Santa’s Workshop!

     I was really happy how this Atlantis Lad origin turned out. It really set me on the path for what MANLY TALES could be and got me pumped to do more. In fact, I cranked out 2 more issues(on top of a lot of other things) before that year(2007) was done.

    I especially love the ROVEBOT. That was one of my early ideas for the series, but I eventually decided trying to base an entire issue around a villian who is political in nature and would be probably sort of irrelevent in a few years was a bad idea. So I think using ROVEBOT as an in and out gag was the best way to go. 

   And don’t forget, you can order a copy of the first issue of the FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY limited series at  FALSE WITNESS is a series documenting the political career of loony MN Congressperson Michele Bachmann in HER OWN WORDS!  FALSE WITNESS is written and pencilled by Bill Prendergast, with finishes by Lupi, Daniel J Olson, and myself.  It also features a great cover by Ken Avidor. Buy one (or MORE!) today.



pg 14

pg 14

      ….Issue Two Concludes Tomorrow!…

      This page was fun to draw. I don’t remember how intentional it was, but seeing it again now the imagery really reminds me of the cover to “APOLLO 18”, which is probably my favorite THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS album–though frankly thats hard to say for certain. Everything the John’s did up to “SEVERE TIRE DAMAGE” is great, and then (at least to me anyway) they just kinda fell apart/got too kid focused/SOMETHING, cause I find most of their stuff after that unlistenable. Well, no, that’s too strong…not UNlistenable, let’s just say not RElistenable in the way their older stuff is and always will be.  Either way, I just wanna throw a shout-out to my old friend Dan Nordquist for turning me onto TMBG those many years ago: Thanks, Dan!

    What?….I’m suppposed to be talking about comics?…Oh, ok….

    The first issue of FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY is now available to purchase online at
   FALSE WITNESS is the first issue in a limited series about MN Congressperson Michele Bachmann as told in her own words.
   FALSE WITNESS is written and pencilled by Bill Prendergast, with finishes by Lupi, Daniel J Olson, Danno Klonowski, and fabulous cover by Ken Avidor.



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