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the “lost” guest artist pin-ups: LANCE WARD

   What can you say about LANCE WARD…  he’s an insanely prolific cartoonist, a local podcasting giant, and a wunderbar cover artist!  There’s so much more I could say, but frankly I think his work more than speaks for itself.  Thanks a million, Lance!


“14 Year-Old Genetically-Altered Martial Arts-Trained Slugs #1″–(part 3 of 3)–by Dan Murphy and myself, also: “Podcasticus Rex!”

And now…the thrilling conclusion…

   WHOA!  CONTINUITY NIGHTMARE!  So I guess the next SLUGS story I’m going to post next–14YOGAMATS 2: “Secret of the Salt” (our TMNT 2 parody)–actually was done before we did this story.  Oops.  Now that Paprica Spice reference isn’t funny at all!   Yeah….that’s why it’s not funny…  Ok, just one more 11 page epic SLUGS tale and I’ll have all this out of my system.  Thank you for your patience.

   ALSO:  My friends and local cartoonists LANCE WARD, BUB BURGY, ATHENA CURRIER, and TED ANDERSON have started a radio show called “THE GEEK REPORT”, which is all about the local indie comics scene, as well as the ‘bigger picture’ in the geek world.  Technically the show isn’t on the radio yet, but it will be soon.  In the meanwhile, they have been doing ‘test’ shows which you can download as podcasts–and I’m on the latest episode!!!   It’s good clean listening fun.  AND my friend SARAH MOREAN also has a new indie comics podcast going called THE CROSS HATCH PODCAST, and you can find that on itunes.  So there you go–some good listenin’ for you while you toil away at the art desk (or whatever it is you do when listening to podcasts).  ENJOY!


LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opening photos, or “tonight we are all vampires”


   As you may have heard me mention (to the point you probably blocked me on Facebook yesterday) LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opened last night.  As always, I came armed with my camera: 

   I got there around 6pm as the AE crew and some of the “LUTEFISK SUSHI QUORUM of 12” members did some last-minute gettin’ ready for the 7pm public opening.

   The ‘Candy Sushi’ that LUPI, MIKE TOFT, and I made earlier in the day.

   The wonderful signage KEVIN CANNON made.  Now everything was SET!  We were ready to face the public!  The artists were starting to roll in and…… camera died.  Well, it said I had filled the memory to capacity (after 4 pictures), which I found weird since I had dumped all the photos on it earlier in the day.  Anyway…people filed in.  Talking was done.  Art was admired.  Gin was poured liberally from my trunk stash.  And the a couple hours later…

   My old buddy and pro photographer KRISSY DRAKE arrived and showed my wife how to make the camera work.  Huzzah!  This is also the point at which we all turned into red-eyed vampires.  THAT was weird, lemme tell ya.

  SEE!  I couldn’t resist the ‘dark gift’ of vampirism and immediately turned my wife.

  DAN “Van Helsing” OLSON rushed in and tried to stake me to stop the madness from spreading.  Luckily, he failed.

   BRITT HAMMERBERG–infected!!!

   Despite cash bets to the contrary, MATT KRISKE shows up…and is immediately attacked by Lestat-esque blood-lust.

   Once we were all Twilighted-up, we got back to the socializing at hand.  It was nearing 10pm and the once-massive crowd was thinning, but good times were still being had by local legends such as WILL DINKSI, AARON POLIWODA, TIM SIEVERT, ZANDER CANNON, SARAH MOREAN, STEVEN STWALLEY, BRITT, MARK McGINTY, VanHelsing, and longest-time collaborator DAN “DON” MURPHY.

  SHAD PETOSKY and KEVIN “C” CANNON talk about important subjects as RYAN DOW eavesdrops.

   My wife NICHOLE chats it up with LUPI and VanHelsing’s wife AJ.

  Look!  There’s AE founder and all around awesome person JAMIE SCHUMACHER!  

  TIME JUMP!!!  At 10pm AE turned into a pumpkin, so some of us headed over to the official Conspiracy watering hole–the world-famous YACHT CLUB!  There’s STEVE STWALLEY’s wife LEIGH-ANNE chatting it up with cartoonist  and Roe Family singer ADAM WIRTZFELD, the delightful RITA PANTON, and Conspiracy Founding Member MIKE TOFT.

   The newly christened DON chats it up Quorum member KRISTIN THOMPSON, while LANCE WARD and STWALLEY gab.

   ZANDER and SARAH are chatting about how much the upcoming MIX–MINNEAPOLIS INDIE XPO–is going to rock  (I’m assuming–about their conversation.  MIX is most certainly going to rock.  We can call that fact).

   “D” and “C” enjoy drinks and mull over where to have the annual retreat/hazing initiation of “D” with “A” and “B“.

  Have I mentioned how much JAMIE SCHUMACHER rocks?!  Seriously, we should all be so lucky to be so awesome.

    Anyway…that was more or less it.  People started peetering out.  Festivities for me ended around 1am.  It was easily one of the best nights of my life.  

    More pictures and re-caps of the night can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and even HERE at the CITY PAGES.  Thanks again to everyone in the teeming crowd–friends both old and new, and strangers alike– who came to the show, making it such a massive night.   It’s one I’ll never forget!


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pgs 8 & 9, also: retrospecticus–“Iron and Candy” Cankeratures

     My favorite part of doing this bit was grabbing arm-loads of my favorite DVDs and drawing them.  This will also be remembered as the point at which I gave up and just decided to coast on Joss Whedon’s coat-tails.

    ALSO:  Last Friday (April 30th, 2010) several of my CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY Conspirators and I drew “Bad Caricatures” (or “Cankeratures“) to help raise money for our good friends at the ALTERED ESTHETICS GALLERY.  Things went very well!  The Cankeratures alone raised $200!!!  All drawings were done purely by donation, with many people only throwing in a buck or two.  Needless to say, we did LOTS and LOTS of drawing that night.  And it was pure fun.  So here’s a Retrospecticus of the evening done in photos, words, and doodles…

   The fundraiser more or less started at 7pm.  Things were slow for about 15 minutes or so until people caught on to what we were up to.  We warmed up by drawing each other (“We” being L to R: KEVIN CANNON, LANCE WARD, STEVEN STWALLEY, DAN MURPHY, and CARLOS MERINO).

DANIEL J OLSON soon showed up to join in the fun.

As did RYAN DOW.

And MIKE TOFT!  But sadly…

…Altered Esthetics Exhibitions Director KRISTIN THOMPSON devoured Mike’s head as a part of the annual human sacrifice AE performs in order to assure a successful fundraiser.

AE’s Head Priestess JAMIE SCHUMACHER blessed the sacrifice, and then the cash started rolling in!!!

LUPI dips her brush-pen in the inkwell that is Mike’s skull and then joins in the drawing fun.  And now…some satisfied patrons of the arts:

The Cankeratures were scheduled to end at 10pm.  When I had to leave at 10:30 the scene looked like this:

So yeah…a pretty huge success!  I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing things like this again soon.  Oh…and in case you noticed the wall of Cankeratures we did of each other behind us, here’s some closer looks:

What?  Those aren’t close-up enough for you?  Well, here’s some awesome Cankeratures of myself, wife, and kid to wind this up:


Me by DAN MURPHY.  That’s right, kids.  The trademarked/living joke facial hair is gone…for now. 


Me by STEVE STWALLEY.  This might be my favorite one, and only because Steve complimented my ever-greying hair.  Flattery will get you everywhere.  But enough about me.  My wife is convinced that NO ONE can draw her, so she threw down the gauntlet (and a few bucks):



The LOS.

And KEVIN CANNON bats clean-up!   Finally, my step-daughter was actually able to sit still for over 30 seconds, and here are the awesome results:

There’s the LOS again.  And last but certainly not least (since it’s one of my favorite drawings of the night):


An amazing LUPI Cankerature that was all a part of an amazing night, and I can’t wait to do it again soon!

COMING UP ON WEDNESDAY:  95% less content.


UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 57 and 58(of 60), also: “My continued descent into becoming a 2-D being” and “Damn You Specificity!”

The UPTOWN GIRL vs TOMMY CHICAGO vs MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE crossover from 2008 was written by BRIAN BASTIAN, pencilled (and inked) by BOB LIPSKI, and inked (and pencilled) by me.   Brian and Bob are here to join me for some reflections on this second to last installment:

BASTIAN:  Tommy Chicago gets the “monkey paw” end of the wishing here. He never totally loses, but never really wins either. The best part about this is how Danno’s been working the sub being stuck in the city in just about every issue of Tommy Chicago we’ve done since this crossover. It’s become a landmark. A big, pointless landmark.

LIPSKI:  As strange as Brian’s comic is, he makes it a point to tie everything into a vert set timeline.  This story takes place after the first Tommy Chicago series (the one I drew) but before the current one (the one Danno is drawing).  Brian works in the sub into the comic and I don’t think he could tell you why he bothers.  But I’m glad he did.

DANK:  Yeah…the sub.  It’s a pain to remember to put in each issue of TOMMY CHICAGO, but fortunately the FINAL issue (probably) comes out next month at SPRINGCON.   That said, I know Brian want to do some TC specials in the future…and we will!.  I think I wrote this at the beginning on the opening TC pages, but I’ll reiterate here:  These pages that I pencilled and Bob inked are my favorite of the book.  So when the time comes to do some more TC, I think they should be done in this way.  Brian writes.  I pencil.  Bob inks.  It just seems like the way TC was meant to be done…..though I could be wrong.

   ALSO: First there was “THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD” in Bob’s 24 Hour UPTOWN GIRL COMIC, then there’s all those hateful Conspiracy jams, then Lt. Klonowski, and now what LANCE WARD has done.  One day I will just be a cartoon and not a real person.

  FINALLY: I’ll admit I had never heard of todays Daily Sketch Goal, despite his 30+ years of comic book history.  My client being the fan of modern superhero cartoons that he is of course wanted THE BATMAN version of the character…of which barely a headshot can be found online.  Damn specificity.


Weekend Pin-UP: Lance Ward Strikes Again!

     OH THE HUMANITY!!!!    Well…not really.  Dead ATLANTIS LAD’s are as common as cell phones these days.  As it seems are some  Weekend Pin-Ups by guest artists–especially if that guest artist’s name is LANCE WARD.  After Lance did the pin-up a couple weeks ago, he toyed with the idea of doing a MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE/KLONKO crossover.  He didn’t get much beyond some ideas and a cover, but oh man what a cover…

   See, told ya.  Anyway, thanks for the great art Lance!

 Hmmm….”Weekend Pin-Up”…maybe this should become a regular thing…


Weekend Pin-up: round 2–LANCE WARD

    Sometimes pay-back is a bee-och.  Sometimes its awesome.  The above pin-up is an example of the latter, and was done by LANCE WARD (who I did a pin-up for and posted yesterday).  As you can see the pin-up features dear old FLEMING HAZMAT, Kevin Cannon’s wonderful ARMY SHANKS, and Lance’s own KLONKO.  By the way, a lot can happen in 24 hours and in addition to doing this pin-up Lance also scanned in and posted the entire KLONKO graphic novel, and you should go read that right now.

   Thanks Lance!



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