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04
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 3(of 11), also: I-CON and TMBG

pg 3

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:  I’m really happy with how creepy this page turned out.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yeah, the girl hugging/stroking the tentacle is just…disturbing.

RD:  My original pencils of the tentacles didn’t have any of the texture or suction cups that you see here.  That was all Danno.

DK:  What can I say?  I didn’t want people think she was hugging a giant dook.

RD:  Danno also came up with the transfer of power bit because you shouldn’t have a gun in the second act without showing it the first.

DK:  Ummm…spoiler alert?

  Also: 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).

   And this has nothing to do with comics, but I saw THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS play last night.  It was their “FLOOD” show, where they played the (20 year old!!!) album “FLOOD” in it’s entirety, though out of order with a few other songs threw in as well.  As John F said about playing it beginning to end as:is–“Rock under glass is boring.”  Seeing them for the 4th time in 15 years made me realize they don’t inspire the euphoric glee they used to, but damn if they aren’t still wonderful performers.  Also, its pretty great music to draw comics to (so there, this does have something to do with comics). Glad I could spend some more time on earth with THEY.

*** 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.

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

pg 2

   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…

BackCover

*** 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.

02
Nov
09

PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 1(of 11), also: I-CON is this Saturday

pg 1

    Long ago, BUD BURGY and AMADO RODRIGUEZ unleashed the anthology MUSCLES AND FIGHTS on an unsuspecting public.  Shortly after, they threw a gallery show/release party at DIAMONDS COFFEE SHOPPE (home of the MPLS Cell of the INTERNATIONAL CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY).  At the show RYAN DOW was displaying the originals from his wonderful story of a life both wasted and blessed making comics.  As much as I liked Ryan’s art and the greytone magic he works on it, when I saw those originals I had but one thought:  “MUST…FILL…IN…BLACKS!”   A month or two later we found ourselves at FALLCON 2007, and I asked Ryan to pencil something to see what it would look like if I inked it.  And here that is:

DANNO-RYAN-COLLAB

   Some more time went by, some more MUSCLES AND FIGHTS  came out, and we eventually found ourselves chatting seriously about teaming up for what became the story you are about to read in full for MUSCLES AND FRIGHTS (aka MUSCLES AND FIGHTS 4).  In the end the art chores broke down like this:  Ryan wrote and pencilled it.  I lettered and inked it.  Then Ryan went back and glammed it up with his fantastic greytoning skills.   And now, some thoughts on page 1:

RYAN DOW:   This was the most unnecessary page of the whole story.  I was trying to go for a Golden Age-style start with an action splash page from the middle of the story (which then transitions to the beginning of the story).  But it just ended up being a lot of redundant exposition.  Alliteration is always fun, though.  I am kicking myself for not calling this, “The Curse of the Porcelain God,” but it had already been inked by the time I thought of that.  Great inking by the way, Danno!

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Yeah, the writing may be a bit redundant on this page, but it’s still loads of fun.  I can’t imagine it starting any other way.  Thanks for the compliments on the inks.  Right before I did this story I had inked BOB LIPSKI on a 60+ page crossover story, and when I say ‘inked’ I mean I basically redrew the whole thing with my brush pen (sorry, Bob).  So when it came to Plunger-Man I made a very concerted effort to actually INK what you drew.  Sure I added a few details here and there, but I think I did all right staying true to your original lines.  It was lots of fun.  I also inked this whole thing while “watching” TV at night with my wife and kids as a way to save time.  What this really means is I remember inking this, but couldn’t begin to tell you what was on the TV during these couple weeks.

  Also:  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).  Come on by if you can.

*** 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.

31
Oct
09

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!–from staplegenius.com(ics) and ryandow.com

pencils by me, inks by RYAN DOW

   HAPPY HALLOWEEN weekend everybody!  The above jam by myself and RYAN DOW was done about a year and a half ago as a part of  our contribution to MUSLCES AND FRIGHTS.  In addition to what you see, we also did an 11 page story starring Ryan’s PLUNGER-MAN in a tale called “THE CURSE OF JABBAGAZULE!”  It was written and pencilled by Ryan, and inked and lettered by me.   As fate would have it, starting MONDAY I’m going to start posting that very tale right here at STAPLEGENIUS.COM(ics)!  As well as getting a fresh new page everyday, you’ll get some steaming hot commentary by Ryan and myself.  Here’s an example featuring todays jam piece:

RYAN DOW:  Danno really wanted me to ink his pencils for some reason.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Come on, Ryan!  If I’m going to ink you for 11 pages, it only stands you should ink me at least once, right?!  Plus drawing is fun.

RD:  I’m not really sure why I think inking is one of my weaker skills. 

DK:  Cause you are too hard on yourself.  And frankly your inking has become super tight in the year and a half since we did this.   Also, I think inking is all about finding the tool that suites each artist.  I thought I was a shite inker until I started using a Pentel Pocket Brush.  Then I became a shite inker who could feather.  But I was CONFIDANT! 

RD:   It was a lot of fun, though.  Danno’s pencils are a lot tighter than mine, so it was fun inking clear pencils for a change.

DK:   I love how it turned out.  Maybe we should color it.  It would make a nice print to sell at Fallcon next year.

            *** SEE!  That’s the kind of creator-on-creator gold you can expect over the next couple weeks!  Wooo! ***
     Also, while I’ve got you here…I should point out Ryan just did a great homage to both Halloween and Charles Dickens over at his own webcomic INTROSPECTIVE COMICSWWW.RYANDOW.COM — It updates every Wednesday and Sunday and is a mighty good read. 

Ok, that’s all.   Ryan and I will see you back here Monday for page one of…”THE CURSE OF JABBAGAZULE!” ***

 

 *** 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.




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