Archive for the 'LITTLE FUNNY' Category

27
Aug
10

David Steinlicht’s “MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE” 2(of 2)

   OK…are you ready for more?  I know I am.  So here we go with DAVID STEINLICHT’s second amazing “MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE”!!!

     Yep…there is really no point in me ever doing another MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE again.  David perfected it.  Ahhh…I’ll struggle on in his shadow…somehow.  My wife (who was equally delighted by David’s comics) noted that I had no choice but get the Steinlichted MANLY cast tattooed on me in homage.  When suggested to David…well I think the idea terrifies him.  March 16th is ‘Tattoo Day’…so we’ll see what happens between now and then.  Thanks again, David.  And if you liked what you read here you MUST pick up David’s collection of his PIONEER PRESS strips  “IN THIS CORNER”!  It’s 260 pages of this kind of wonderful stuff!  Go!  Buy!  Now!!!

   And don’t forget–another page of CONTINUITY GUY: CHRONO CHAOS by BUD BURGY and myself  is now up!

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25
Aug
10

David Steinlicht’s “MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE” 1(of 2)

   The LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ show was a massive thrill and honor for me for many reasons that if you’re reading this you’re probably pretty familiar with already.  And for as massive and thrilling as the opening night reception for LSD was, I almost wanna say the next day was equally as massive and thrilling for me because that was the day I cracked open one of my LITTLE FUNNY boxes and was knocked off my feet when I discovered something breathtaking that my friend DAVID STEINLICHT had done:

  I mean OH MY GOD, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!  As if all the clever plays on Fleming’s many catch phrases weren’t enough…as if the adorable Steinlicht style the characters are rendered in isn’t enough…David draws the ‘Flying Hazmat’ on page 8!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!  Seriously…one of the most humbling surprises of my life.  And guess what—I opened another LITTLE FUNNY box and found ANOTHER David Steinlicht MANLY TALE!!!   But that’ll wait until next time…I’m sure you’ll all probably need the 2 days to recover anyway.  I know I did.  Seriously though…ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?

13
Aug
10

“BRITISHWORTH” by Bastian and Dank–pgs 7-10(the end!), also: The gauntlet is thrown down!!!

So the LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opening is behind us (though still going on all month, along with a million other awesome comic related things here in Minneapolis), but a lot went into getting ready for the show–including making a LITTLE FUNNY comic!  So MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE fans, here is the finale for the first official spin-off done by BRIAN BASTIAN and myself for LITTLE FUNNY (series 2):

DANNO KLONOWSKI:   HOORAY!  Nothing says THE END like one of the two main characters in a story being lit on fire.  Yessir!   But it’s an ending–and in only 10 pages!   That’s the genius of Brian Bastian for you.  For whatever reason when I’m issued the task of creating a story my brain can only think in one-page gags or in sprawling epics.  I have no middle ground.  This is why when things like LITTLE FUNNY come up, the first thing I do is email Brian and beg for his help.  Within hours there will be a script waiting in my inbox.  Like I said, a genius.  And this one was loads of fun to draw.  Thanks again for making Britishworth a major player in the MANLY TALES universe, Brian.  How’d the writing go for you on this?

BRIAN BASTIAN:  If I remember right, I had a case of World Cup Fever, and I was worried that if I went somewhere to watch a game, that very situation might happen to me, and then I thought “What if Sir Leigh Britishworth went somewhere to watch the World Cup and that happened to him?” And I figured it would end in a fire. And then I was convinced that you’d hate the script, so I wrote up a much safer/generic Fleming Hazmat one. But you didn’t hate the first script (or at least you hated it less than the 2nd one) and I think it turned out great. You added a lot of action into a very basic comic. So yeah, those are my thoughts on that.

DANK:  Well Brian, as a matter of fact I did NOT hate the Hazmat script, but I was kinda burnt out on drawing him having just finished a MANLY TALES issue, so I went with the Britishworth one to shake it up for myself.  BUT I DO LIKE THE HAZMAT SCRIPT!  So much so that I am going to ISSUE A CHALLENGE to my cartoonist friends:

   LET’S BRING BRIAN’S UNUSED “LITTLE FUNNY” SCRIPT TO LIFE!!!

In a paragraph or two here I will post Brian’s unused MANLY TALES/LITTLE FUNNY script, and I am looking for 4-8 cartoonists who would like to each draw a page(or two) and bring it to life.  There is no cash reward, but there is the satisfaction of bringing a hilarious script to life.  I’ll also print up a mini of it and give you some of those to make millions of dollars off of.  I’ll probably even include it in the MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE trade (due sometime in 2011) and thusly make you part of MANLY TALES history.  So if you’re interested, post a reply to this post(or send me an email) and lets see if we can’t make Brian’s dreams come true!  Also, if there is a specific page(s) you want to do, let me know that too.  First come, first serve.  THANKS!!!!

    And now….Brians unused script:

cover:

Fleming Hazmat in : “Don’t shoot the Messenger”

 Page 1

 Establishing shot of an ancient Egyptian temple/pyramid/what have you. It’s just there to set the scene.

Page 2

 Interior of the what have you, A man, John, is up to his neck in a quicksand trap. Fleming Hazmat is holding on to his hand.

 John: Fleming, it’s too late for me…

 Fleming: Ok.

 Page 3

 John is farther in, Fleming is no longer holding on to his hand, Johns face and hand are sticking out of the sand

 John: Promise me..Promise me, you’ll tell Rosie that I always loved her…

Fleming: Sigh..Fine. But you know how much I hate delivering personal messages.

 Page 4

 Only John’s hand remains sticking out of the sand, as Fleming stomps like a child toward an open doorway in the temple.

 Page 5

 Fleming is standing in the doorway, head down, hand on his neck, he’s embarrassed to have to deliver this message

 Fleming: Hey Rosie, John’s dead..and uh..well you see..he wanted me to..uh..gah..tell..

 Page 6

 Fleming looks up and is shocked.

 Fleming: By the eyes of Xerxes!

 Page 7

 Rosie is dead too, either crushed by a wall of spikes or a giant boulder with her hand sticking out, depending on how graphic you want to make it.

 Page 8

 Fleming is leaning up against the wall, relieved.

Fleming: Congratulations Hazmat, you’ve dodged yet another uncomfortable social situation! Bravo.

 The end.

There it is, people–who will accept the challenge?!

FINALLY–don’t forget that MIX–the MINNEAPOLIS INDIE XPO–is just 8 days from now on Saturday, August 21st.  There all sorts of MIX-related stuff going on before then next week too.  And I’ll give ya the run-down on Monday.  See you then!

11
Aug
10

“BRITISHWORTH” by Bastian and Dank–pgs 5 & 6, also: The ‘city pages comix issue’

So the LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opening is behind us (though still going on all month, along with a million other awesome comic related things here in Minneapolis), but a lot went into getting ready for the show–including making a LITTLE FUNNY comic!  So MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE fans, here is the first official spin-off done by BRIAN BASTIAN and myself for LITTLE FUNNY (series 2):

   HEY!!!! The CITY PAGES COMIX ISSUE hits the stands today.  I have a couple of submissions which are for sure online, and one of’em MAY be in print.  But we’ll see….we’ll see… Either way, there is some great stuff there and whatever was picked will surprise and delight. And at any rate, KEVIN CANNON’s cover will kick your ass!  Anyway, here are my two submissions:

  

09
Aug
10

“BRITISHWORTH” by Bastian and Dank–pgs 1-4(of 10)

So the LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opening is behind us (though still going on all month, along with a million other awesome comic related things here in Minneapolis), but a lot went into getting ready for the show–including making a LITTLE FUNNY comic!  So MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE fans, here is the first official spin-off done by BRIAN BASTIAN and myself for LITTLE FUNNY (series 2):

    Instead of just saying ‘TO BE CONTINUED’ I’ll leave you with this fun fact:  The waiter is based on a photo of Brian from when he was 16 and worked at IRISH McSCOTS.

14
Jun
10

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.




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