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03
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 2(of 11), also: I-CON, “CONTINUITY GUY”, and “PHIL THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM” is reviewed

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   This story is written, pencilled and greytoned by RYAN DOW, and inked and lettered by myself.  It first appeared in MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS.   And now some thoughts on todays page…

RYAN DOW:  The idea was that this preteen which couldn’t afford a proper cauldron so she used the family commode when her parents were out for the night.   Danno added the fishnet sleeves, which was a nice touch.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  I also added a few more candles.  Maybe the pentagram and bath towel as well…?

 RD:    “May this blood nourish you and strengthen you,” comes from a Lutheran prayer that comes after communion.  I tried to cram in as many religious phrases as possible because, well, it’s a story about an Elder God.

DK:  I grew up Lutheran as well.  I am now godless and Ryan is really into Buddha.  Maybe having us drink blood as kids wasn’t the best way to sell Martin Luther’s God.

   Also:  If you haven’t checked out “CONTINUITY GUY” yet (I’m looking in your direction, STEINLICHT!), now is a good time.  BUD is over halk-way done illustrating this graphic novella I wrote, and things are really getting interesting.  Bud has even been posting more than one page a week lately.  Check it out!

    Finally,  RYAN, DANIEL J OLSON, KEVIN CANNON and myself will be in ALTOONA, IOWA this Saturday (Nov. 7th) for the I-CON comic book convention (it runs 9am to 5pm).  One of the books you will be able to purchase at I-CON will be the all-new “PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM” I did with long-time collaborator DAN MURPHY.   “PHIL” was recently reviewed by TED ANDERSON over at the EXAMINER.  It’s not what I’d call a glowing review, but it doesn’t poo all over us either.  Basically, we’ve inspired ambivalence.  Anyway…

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*** BTW: just cause you’re getting the PLUNGER-MAN milk for free, you should still totally buy the MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS cow.  It’s full of a ton of great stuff from some wonderful creators.  But…you don’t have to take my word for it.

01
Oct
09

COUNTDOWN to…24 Hour Comic Day, Fallcon, and PHIL THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM–pg 3 (of 4)

   24 HOUR COMIC BOOK DAY is THIS SATURDAY (October 3rd).  The website/blog for the MPLS/STPL 24 Hour Day event is HERE.  IF you are not in MN but still want to participate, go to the “MAIN” 24 Hour Comic Day site and see if there is an event near you.  Now onto the new stuff I’m getting ready for FALLCON (OCT 10th and 11th)…

    Recently on this here comic blog I posted a short tale called PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM which was written/co-plotted by an 18 year old me and drawn/co-plotted by a 17 year old DAN MURPHY.  Anyway, 15 years later Dan and I are teaming up again for the inevitable sequel/follow-up.  The results will be printed and debuting at FALLCON.  In addition to the new story, PHIL will feature a pin up by me…

PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM; CEO OF HELL

PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM; CEO OF HELL

   The book will kick-off with the original 8 page “masterpiece” digitally remastered and made an abomination of George Lucas-style…

PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM--pg 2 (1994)

PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM--pg 2 (1994)

   And cause it would be cruel not to…here’s one of the brand spanking new pages from the story drawn by an older DAN MURPHY and written by a much older me…

PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM: 2009--art: Dan Murphy, words: Danno Klonowski

PHIL, THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM: 2009--art: Dan Murphy, words: Danno Klonowski

  Dan even plans on stopping by FALLCON Saturday, so stop by my booth, pick up a copy, and meet the reclusive creator while you can!

Dan Murphy insists he'll never be taken alive...last known photo.

Dan Murphy insists he'll never be taken alive...last known photo.

22
Sep
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 11(of 14)–by Dan Murphy and Brian Bastian

pg 11--art: Dan Murphy, words: Brian Bastian

pg 11--art: Dan Murphy, words: Brian Bastian

   BRIAN BASTIAN–knows why the caged bird sings.  He also makes a mint off the blackmail money this kind of knowledge brings about.

   DAN MURPHY–what more can I say about DAN MURPHY that I haven’t already?  I dunno…probably lots.  But I’ll instead just say that Dan and I will have a PHIL, THE  EVIL BEAN OF DOOM comic debuting at FALLCON.  This book will reprint the PHIL story we did 15 years ago (but in new-fangled, computerized GREYTONES!),  AND AND AND features an ALL-NEW follow-up tale set 15 years later!!!  And if the above page is any indication, you know it’s going to be fantastic.  Speaking of fantastic:  Heres something I pencilled and Dan inked about 17 years ago….

manman

   Yeah, you know you’re jealous of my keen grasp of anatomy at such an early age.

03
Aug
09

“phil, the evil bean of doom” pg 8 (the end), also: 4 days to “BIG FUNNY”

art by Dan Murphy, words by Danno Klonowski

art by Dan Murphy, words by Danno Klonowski

   The final page of a story by DAN MURPHY(www.murphycommadan.com) and myself that is older than either of my step kids…and just barely younger than the COMBINED ages of my step kids. Damn we’re old.

DAN MURPHY:  How does that demon in the top hat take it off with those horns sticking out? I didn’t really think that out.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yeah, I think “didn’t really think that out” pretty much defines this story.  I know we were in our teens and everything, but looking back(art aside)–what the hell were we thinking with this story???  It starts out as fun little 4 page thing where a cutesy bean takes on the greatest evil ever known in a card game, and then turns into a 4 page ad for a theme park.  What?!  Did we really have nowhere else that could have gone?   Now, I know at the time we thought that our non-linear style of story-telling was the height of comedy, but looking at it through a 15 year old lens I can see it for the crude, slapped-together series of gags it is.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just wouldn’t try and write that today.

    …Speaking of writing a PHIL story today….

    Dan and I had so much fun revisiting this lost relic, we’ve decided to go ahead and do a SEQUEL!  Yes, we’re 15 years older, so we’re going to see if our art and storytelling is truly 15 years wiser. Its all written and my hope is Dan can have it drawn by the beginning of OCTOBER for FALLCON(www.mncba.com), in which case a PHIL book containing a digitally fixed and greytoned version of what you just read, the new story, a pin-up by me, and an all-new cover by Dan will be debuting there and then!  GET EXCITED! 

     Thanks again to DAN MURPHY(www.murphycommadan.com) for allowing me to exploit his amazing artistic talents once again.  Please go check out his website.  And remember– Dan’s available to entertain at your next party and/or social function!

ALSO:  “BIG FUNNY” opens FRIDAY! www.cartoonistconspiracy.com/bigfunny

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02
Aug
09

“phil, the evil bean of doom” pg 7(of 8), also: new logo image

art by Dan Murphy, words by Danno Klonowski

art by Dan Murphy, words by Danno Klonowski

    We’re almost to the end of some high school nostalgia with DAN MURPHY(www.murphycommadan.com) and myself.

DAN MURPHY:  First panel– 3 fingers and a thumb??? Have no idea if that was intentional or what.
DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yeah, the digit count seems to vary now and then in this story, but I won’t hold it against you. But what amazes me is panel 2 and 3.  I was sure–SURE!–my joke about an old, outdated, long-since-cancelled “news” show that investigated the tiniest flaw in everything would be a worst throw-away joke of the story.  Turns out DATELINE NBC is still around, and even a cursory google search turns up that DATELINE defines itself as: a news program about celebrity, true crime, INVESTIGATE JOURNALISM, and human interest stories.  I am so sad for our country right now.
DAN MURPHY:  Future Land. Classic.
DANNO KLONOWSKI:  That was one of mine!….maybe….I think….maybe not.
DAN MURPHY:  Hitler in Six-Gun Annie, possibly related to Hop-Along Phyllis, some character I had that was a cross-dressing cowboy.
DANNO KLONOWSKI:  That could be where we got it.  I just remember that whole panel–from Six-Gun Adolf to the Manson joke was all you.  Sicko.
ALSO:
    As you can see up top, there is a new staplegenius.com logo image.  It’s was done by DAVID STEINLICHT(www.allsmall.net).  He did it at the MN CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS(www.mnbookarts.org) as a print kinda like a wood block, except done with paper! VERY COOL!
    David–FYI–will be debuting a limited-run collection of his Friday PIONEER PRESS strips on Friday, August 7th at the BIG FUNNY show (www.cartoonistconspiracy.com/bigfunny). YES! A whole ‘nother great reason to stop by ALTERED ESTHETICS on Friday for the BIG FUNNY show. See you there.
01
Aug
09

“phil, the evil bean of doom” pg 6(of 8)

art by Dan Murphy, words by Danno Klonowski

art by Dan Murphy, words by Danno Klonowski

   DAN MURPHY(www.murphycommadan.com) and I used to make comics together. It was the 90’s. What do you want from us?

DAN MURPHY: Panel 1–I think I channeled Image Comics in this panel.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  By law, we had to mention them at least once.  It may be almost McFarlane-esque here, but you Sir are no fat, overweight tracer.  So hold your head up high.

DAN MURPHY: Panel 2–It’s Johnny Victim! Dan and I were commissioned by a mom of one of his friends to draw a brochure or something on animal(?) safety or something. Out of that came us thinking up multiple horrible deaths the character (who we named Johnny Victim) we created would go through.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Ummm…that’s where that came from???  Are you sure you aren’t dreaming this?  I don’t NOT believe you, it just seems odd a couple of high school goofs like us were ever commissioned to do anything.  But I guess I’ll defer to you on this since I have no memory of this.

DAN MURPHY:  Panel 3–You get to pick your own correct perspective in this one, there’s multiple to choose from.
DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yeah, but YOUR Al Capone and Jimmy Hoffa gags makes up for all of it.
DAN MURPHY:  Panel 4–I like this last panel a lot.
DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Agreed.
31
Jul
09

“phil, the evil bean of doom” pg 5(of 8)

art by Dan Murphy, words by Danno Klonowski

art by Dan Murphy, words by Danno Klonowski

    I wonder what our old art teacher, Mrs. Susan McLean-Keeney, would say about DAN MURPHY(www.murphycommadan.com) and I now…

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Ok…we’ve reached the point where the story radically shifts…but it is so worth it for that Phil statue in panel one, and ALL of panel two. Fine work, sir.

DAN MURPHY:  I threw up at Valleyfair once, that was kinda like hell.




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