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11
Oct
10

TC: FCBD–part 4(of 12)–by Bastian and Dank, also: More fun with ‘THE GEEK REPORT’, your weekly ‘CONTINUITY GUY’ reminder, and ‘Book Fest’ and ‘Fallcon’ this Saturday!

BRIAN BASTIAN:  This is probably the most realistic moment in the book…well the bowing down part anyway. I’d totally have bowed down if that had happened to me. And then it’s followed by one page of more or less filler. It’s just setting up the next page.

DANK:  As I mentioned before, Brian gave a me a couple of ideas of what he had in mind for AVID READER’s look to be.  I remember one of them was a guy in a book suit, which I did some test drawings of.  They turned out okay, but when I tried drawing the demonized book, it just looked kinda stupid.  My train of thought then focused on creating the DEMON first, and then the ‘safe’ version.  What I decided was that this story was set in a comic shop–and a SUPERHERO-centric one at that.  What I decided was that if super-villains really existed the one you just would NOT want to run into in real life is Venom.  What a creepy fuck Venom would be in real life (and I’m talking the McFarlane-era Venom, not the shitty SPIDER-MAN 3 one).  So I decided the demon would have Venom-ish qualities to fit into the surroundings, and it was from there I came up with making AVID READER an old-fashioned Little Old Lady Librarian.  Plus the joke on page 3 of Avid Reader being a GUY in the suit took on a whole new dimension.  Overall, I like how it turned out (that panel of AVID READER shooting fire-beams from its eyes however…).  FUN FACT!–I was reading a collection of the DARWYN COOKE’s ‘THE SPIRIT’ when I drew this, ergo the SPIRIT poster.   

ALSO:  BUD BURGY has really been hitting the pages for CONTINIUITY GUY: CHRONO CHOAS out of the cosmic park.  Be sure to check in on it as he updates a new page weekly(ish).

ANDSpeaking of Bud, I was with him this weekend co-hosting the latest episode of THE GEEK REPORT (along with LANCE WARD and ATHENA CURRIER).  This week’s guest was KEVIN CANNON and we chatted with him and ran down our personal ‘TOP 5″ lists of geek reverence.

FINALLY:  Both BRIAN BASTIAN and myself will be IN PUBLIC and SELLING OUR COMICS (including the all-new collection for the TOMMY CHICAGO mini-series we did together) at separate events this SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th!  I will be at the TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL in Minneapolis, and Brian will be at FALLCON in St Paul.  Stop by either–or both!

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26
Sep
10

MATT CHICOREL vs ‘MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE’, also: ‘GEEK REPORTICUS’, and’When Cartoonists go camping…”

  One of my favorite things about doing a series like MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE is seeing other people’s drawings of the MTOC cast, and I’ve been lucky enough to get lots of said drawings.  Recently I got a whole slew of’em (yay!).  The first came from Milwaukee cartoonist, ‘MUSCLES and FIGHTS’ co-contributor, and a guy I feel I can (after a weekend of hard-core nerd partying) actually call a friend–MATT CHICOREL:

 

   You might remember Matt from some rad LOST jams we did together last spring.  And while he lives far away, there is always a chance you might be seeing us do something else together in the next year or so.  Maybe.. Just sayin’…

   ALSO: It was a big weekend for me!  Not only did I get to hang out with some friends and guest host on their THE GEEK REPORT  podcast (with special guest/old friend ALEX KUNO) I also went camping with some of my other friends for the 1st ANNUAL CARTOONIST CAMPING TRIP.  Not surprisingly, all hell broke loose:

   So yeah…I was pretty drunk…and I’m MOSTLY sure events didn’t go down EXACTLY like that.  For instance…

  Here is KEVIN CANNON and I enjoying each others company–about 10 beers and a couple of glasses of Lemonade/Root Beer/Whiskey concoctions before the ‘pretty lights’.  So who else was nearly killed you may be asking…

  ATHENA’s “BOOTH BEARD” JASON , myself, ATHENA CURRIER, LARS MARTINSON, KEVIN CANNON, JAMIE SCHUMACHER, BRITT HAMMERBERG, LUPI McGINTY, and SARAH MOREAN (Click on their links to your immediate right for more on them and their wonderful works.  NICK, MARK, and STRAWBERRY MAMA not pictured).    Thanks for fun times, gang!  Can’t wait for next year!  And thanks again to MATT CHICOREL!   YAY FRIENDS!

06
Sep
10

“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!

09
Oct
09

SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE–24 Hour Comic 2009–pg 5(of 24), also: INK PANTHERS, and FALLCON is tomorrow

pg 5

pg 5

   So, you’re “NOT” supposed to come into 24 Hour Comic Day without any preconceived ideas of what you are going to do.  To this I say: “POPPYCOCK!”  I know I can’t come into clean, and frankly in some ways I think thats kind of impossible.  Anyway, ever since I did the last SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE story (in MUSCLES AND FIGHTS 3) I knew I wanted to do another story with him and BAGBOY wher they meet up with a new character…the above BOXGIRL!  So that was one of the few ideas I came into this years 24 Hour Comic Day with.  Adding all the random idea generators and such certainly changed what I thought a BOXGIRL story would be like…but we still have several pages to see how that’ll all play out…

     ALSO:  Are you listening to the INK PANTHERS podcast by ALEX ROBINSON and MIKE DAWSON?  Well if you’re not you should be.  There.  I said it.  ….and I mean YOU TOO, Daniel J Olson!

   FINALLY: FALLCON starts tomorrow!!!  Stop by my booth and pick up the new comics I’ll have made myself or been a part of like:  TOMMY CHICAGO #3, PHIL THE EVIL BEAN OF DOOM, FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY, MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE: THE GUEST ARTIST SPECTACULAR, and ZINE SUPREME.  If so, I’ll see you SATURDAY and SUNDAY from 10am to 5pm at the FAIRGROUNDS!!!

23
Sep
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 12(of 14)–by Ryan Dow and Brian Bastian

pg 12--art: Ryan Dow, words: Brian Bastian

pg 12--art: Ryan Dow, words: Brian Bastian

   BRIAN BASTIAN— Has freedom hair.

   RYAN DOW—  Ryan dow has won my heart–from his consistently solid art and story on his “INTROSPECTIVE COMICS” webcomic, to his introspective thoughts on comics during the ART AND STORY podcasts–my heart Ryan Dow has won.  Ryan is a well-loved fixture of the Mpls/Stpl Cells of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy, taking part in all the usual hoo-hah (like BIG FUNNY and MUSCLES AND FIGHTS), and doing his own great comics along the way (like PLUNGER-MAN, WEEKENDS WITH CARL, and JACK AND ZACK MAKE A COMIC).  He’s even part of the QUORUM OF TWELVE(or so) who are putting together LUTEFISK SUSHI “D”–a highlight of his contribution being the “LSD” podcast he is starting which will have interviewers with fellow QUORUMers and SUSHI “D” contributors (The first episode will be up soon and features some windbag).   You have my heart, Ryan.  Now hold me, you big hunky introspective cartoonist, you!  Hold me and make all the bad men go away.

31
Aug
09

PHENOMENAL TANGENTS–pg 20(of 26),

pg 20

pg 20

   Where this story is going is a head-scratcher indeed, TEN-FIVE….but well worth the ride, and we’re nearly there.

11
Aug
09

PHENOMENAL TANGENTS–pg 2(of 26)

pg 2

pg 2

   …to be continued…

   THOUGHTS ON THE PAGE:  Steve wrote for the top panel to be an extreme “Silver Surfer as seen from under the board”-esque shot–so I kinda blew it.  That was the point at which I realized while this comic was written EXACTLY like a 70’s Kirby comic, it would never LOOK like one, so I didn’t even bother trying.  As for panel two…mmmmmmmmmm! Kirby Krackles!!!  Its what’s for breakfast!

   THE ORIGIN OF “PHENOMENAL TANGENTS”, part 2:  (Part one is on the post for page one)

   So Round Two of the Mini-Comics Dump Truck was about to begin back in early January, Steven Stwalley and I had decided we were going to do a book together, and everything was set! 

   DUMPTRUCK podcasts were Tuesday nights, and the first episode I called in on was one where the “ROUND ONERS” discussed how awesome everyones books were for almost 2 hours, and then there was the briefest of talk about what ROUND TWO would entail.  The general idea for the DUMP TRUCK is that a few ideas are thrown out and each artist is asked to (though not held to) incorporate these ideas into their mini-comic.  And for Round Two MARK RUDOLPH threw out the idea we do it KIRBY style—  MONSTERS! HEROES! VILLIANS! SPLASH PAGES! DOUBLES SPLASH PAGES! Some characters talking…MORE SPLASH PAGES! etc…

   This idea SANG to me.  At the time I was just starting book four of Kirby’s FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS hardcover collection, and had just found some other 1970’s Kirby comics at a thrift store, so my brain was fixated on Kirby.  This was perfect!

   Steve and I had planned to meet the next night at his house to discuss ideas.  While we were both going to contribute ideas to the book, we had already decided he was going to write and letter it, and I was going to draw it, so this night my big chance to help influence the direction of the book.  And while I didn’t want to just pitch an idea at Steve and have him just write my idea…..The next day at work I wrote up a complete pitch for the book.

    My idea (and don’t steal this cause I might have to use it some day) was called MONSTLORDS.  Basically it was about the Israel/Palestine conflict told with monsters and superpowers….and Israel was the bad guy (just like in real life!).  When we met up that night Steve raised at least three eyebrows when I suggested this, so we decided to start from scratch.  And starting from scratch was the best thing we could ever do!

   Steve had a 2/3rds full long box of nothing BUT Kirby comics.  So we brought that up and spent a couple hours just looking through those…and that was so wonderful.   There is SOOOO much of Kirby’s work that I had never seen before, and that night I saw a TON of it.  Steve even had several doubles of issues, and he gave the extra copies to me.  So awesome.

   So with our brain full of Kirby art and ideas and the hour reaching midnight, we both threw out a couple of Kirby-esque things we wanted to happen in our MINI-COMICS DUMP TRUCK book.  I left the rest totally in Steve’s highly capable hands at that point and went home to (semi-im)patiently wait for several days for a script to be emailed.

    But I didn’t totally leave everything writer-wise in Steve’s hands, for I had come up with a (I think) pretty ingenious layout for the book.  What is that layout like?  You’ll find out tomorrow…




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