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2: Countdown to C2E2

C2E2 begins Friday in Chicago, and I’ll be there mooching table space from co-Conspirator DANIEL J OLSON.  To prepare for this show there are few new projects I’ve been working on…

     Here’s the new cover for MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #3, featuring the new streamlined look and KEVIN CANNON’s sweet logo.  The original issue 3 cover was pretty sweet (for a parody), and I thought it would be hard to top, but this one turned out to be perhaps my favorite new MANLY TALES cover.  You’ll be able to purchase it, the issue it encapsulates, and the 5 other issues of MANLY TALES (all with new covers) in one affordable package at C2E2.

   ALSO:  This comic has technically been done and available for purchase online for several weeks now, but C2E2 marks the first time FALSE WINESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY #3 will be for sale to the public.  This issue is all about Michele’s love/hate relationship with gay Americans (ie: she loves to hate them).  It is written (as  always) by publisher BILL PRENDERGAST, and features art by LUPI McGINTY, JAMES POWELL, RYAN DOW and myself (and was edited/assembled by C2E2 table-mate DANIEL J OLSON).


retrospecticus: “CONTINUITY GUY” release at AE

   On Friday, April 2nd, 2010 the “CONTINUITY GUY” graphic novella zapped its way into our world, being released at the ALTERED ESTHETICS show “Resident Artists 4: Collaborations”.   To commemorate this event, here are some photos of the night presented in the way only a CONTINUITY GUY release could be–completely out of sequential order and making little sense.  Enjoy!

    CONTINUITY GUY artist BUD BURGY points out to RYAN DOW who the ass is who wrote such a perplexing and commercial-unfriendly story.

   CONTINUITY GUY creator CASEY ‘NELS’ NELSON enjoys what Bud and I have done with his stolen property while Bud explains where nipples are and what they do.

    JESSE GILLESPIE makes a rare sojourn from his Northwoods bunker to see art and stock up on canned goods.  He also gave me the coolest gift imaginable.

   Moments earlier WILL DINSKI and SARAH MOREAN drank from a bottle clearly marked “DO NOT DRINK”.  Almost immediately the walls seemed to get taller and taller to them.  Before you knew it they were nearly invisible to the naked eye.  Later, they were eaten by a spider.  They shall be dearly missed.

    Not to be outdone, VAS LITTLECROW actually travels thru time before our very eyes.

   Those professional models we hired finally show up. 

    The AE crew knew we were coming and so they quite literally baked a cake.

   SEAN TENHOFF and his lady friend make plans for what the AE bathroom will look like at LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’.

   DAN “The Frame-Filler” MURPHY shows how he earned his nickname.

    MIKE TOFT then challenges Dan to a ‘Frame Fill-Off’.  Murphy retains his title.

   JAMES POWELL takes a brief moment to do some cleansing, personal introspection.  He then leaves insisting he has to find a nun to punch or the hyenas won’t let him sleep.

   TED ANDERSON also tries for Murphy’s title, but is disqualified when the lab results come back and he had tested positive for juicing.

   LEELOO takes a moment out of her busy day to look adorable.  Awwwww….

   BRITT AAMODT (author of the upcoming essay collection about MN cartoonists ‘OFF COLOR’) takes Bud’s challenge to find all the continuity errors in the CONTINUITY GUY script.  She gives up after 300.

   CASSANDRA MONSON and birthday boy ERIK NELSON (who are to be wed next weekend!) pick the absolute worst time possible to review the MN tax laws for married couples.

    DANIEL J OLSON and AJ NEIHAUS had just picked the spot on the map where they are going to leave me for dead on route to C2E2 and now could barely contain themselves.

   Co-worker CHRIS OESTREICHER makes his patented camera mug.  You’re 9,323 for 9,323, buddy!  Great job!

   Hearing of the challenge to de-throne Dan Murphy, co-worker KATRINA GLAIM makes a valiant (but ultimately losing) effort.

    STEVE STWALLEY finally found that bonfire kindling he was looking for.

   CONTINUITY GUY cover artist KEVIN CANNON insists on being just another face in the crowd…so much so that he causes a scene and becomes the center of attention.  It was very awkward.

  BUD finds his ‘last call’ date for the evening.

   Thinking I had left, everyone had a really good laugh at my expense.  And then the cameras flash went off, and things became uncomfortably quiet.  The night was officially over.

   Many, many thanks to everyone who stopped by whether they were there for us or any of the ‘resident artists’.  Many thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of the book, and many thanks to everyone I didn’t get a (good) picture of.   It was a really fun time!


“LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ is go! MN Cartoonists–start your brush pens!!!”, also: several pages of the crossover and some other crap

  (LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ site designed with love by BRITT HAMMERBERG. 3-D effects done with gusto by KEVIN CANNON and STEVEN STWALLEY.  Box art phoned in by me.)

   The 4th installment of LUTEFISK SUSHI (vol. D) is now accepting submissions! Lutefisk Sushi D is a silkscreened bento box filled with original mini-comics from Minnesota artists.   The celebration of mini-comics that is ‘LSD’  is in August, but submissions are due JUNE 15th!!!  So what does it take to be a part of LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’?  Well it’s shampoo simple:

1)  Be a cartoonist/artist who is a current (or former) resident of Minnesota.

2)  Make a mini-comicThe content and length are up to you.  It just cannot exceed 8.5″x5.5″ to fit in the SUSHI BOX.  Also, the box will be in 3-D and include a pair of 3-D glasses, so if you’ve ever wanted to do a comic with 3-D elements–the time is NOW!

3)  Make 160 copies of said mini-comic.  Sure the economy sucks, but we have a printing sponsor this year and that just rules!  FLAIRE PRINT COMMUNICATIONS has agreed to sponsor LSD by printing  mini’s at a discounted rate!  So why go to an overpriced corporate giant more interested in shipping than printing quality when you could join forces with a neighborhood printer who wants to invest in a project you love?!  WHY?!  WHY I ASK YOU!?!?!

4)  Scan your cover (You will need a jpeg of it for the next step),  Fill out a submission form HERE, and then drop off or mail your mini-comics to: Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 Comics must be received by JUNE 15, 2010.

5)  Frame some art for show!  So after all the comics are in, we collate them into a fancy, screenprinted box.  Said box then debuts at ALTERED ESTHETICS GALLERY on AUGUST 6th at a corresponding art show featuring original art from the minis.  This is your chance to make some bucks back by selling your art to the teeming masses.   

6) Get the word out!  Blog about Lutefisk Sushi using the jpegs below, follow the show on Twitter, and most importantly… become a FACEBOOK FAN!

7) Finally, toss these dates on your e-calendar:

  1. JUNE 15 — Mini comics due
  2. JULY 31 — Framed artwork due.
  3. JULY 31, 1-3pm — Artists’ Potluck (come and hang out, meet fellow cartoonists, and drop off your artwork).
  4. AUGUST 6, 7-10pm — Show opens at Altered Esthetics.
  5. AUGUST 21, evening — Party at AE with the Sushi crowd and the folks from the Minneapolis Indie Xpo.

   It’s just that simple!  So start scribblin’ today…June 15th will be here before you know it!

   Ok…so back to the usual crap…

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 project, and a friendly reminder this whole mess will be done 2 weeks from today:

BASTIAN:  This is the most fighting I’ve ever written for Fleming Hazmat or Tommy Chicago. Usually they’re just running away or dodging or just letting events happen around them, but there’s just something about putting the two of them in a room that makes me want to have them fight.

LIPSKI:  Fight scenes can be hard to pull off.  I don’t draw them that often, mostly its endless talk in ‘Uptown Girl’ but the graphic novel I am working on has a ton of fighting in it.  It’s hard!  I think the choreography is the hardest part….like what happens next, what to put in and what to leave out.

DANK:  I can’t believe all the talk about fighting for this page, the last panel is the best one, and the most true to these characters.  Well…it is true they hate each other.

BASTIAN:  I couldn’t have them kill the cow, and I don’t think you find beef just lying on the ground. So I had to have a butcher shop. A butcher shop in a prehistoric land. I’m going to use that guy again someday. Oh wait..I did!  There’s more Ralph in the future. I hope. And I can’t go without mentioning that Awesome T-Rex. It’s awesome.

LIPSKI:  I freaking love this butcher.  The design of him comes from a character called ‘Dave the Butcher’ who appeared in the pilot of the failed ‘Uptown Girl’ animated series. I use a lot of photo references these days, not so much when I was drawing this story….see the cow from a few pages back.  Anyway, dinosaurs can be hard since there really isn’t anything besides fossils and skeletons and stuff.  I love dinosaurs and I have a lot of books on them but the most useful reference I relied on for this was ‘The New Frontier’ by Darwyn Cooke. 

DANK:  Panel one of pg 43 is one of those great panels where I followed Bob’s pencils and it turned out fantabulous.  And despite what Brian says, the dinosaur is TERRIBLE!  Why?  Cause thats a panel where I TOTALLY DIDN’T follow Bob’s pencils and it looks horrible (to me, anyway).  The T-Rex is back in a few pages and I did much better with those.  Also, as much as I don’t know if we could actually fill a whole book with RALPH THE BUTCHER, I’d sure like to see us try.

   ALSO:  Yeah, yeah…I know I mentioned the CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella release on Tuesday.  But its ONE WEEK FROM TODAY (APRIL 2nd) at ALTERED ESTHETICS GALLERY.  See you there (I hope)!

   FINALLY:  Sure I do the Daily Goal Sketches for my disabled client at work, but really…I did this one for Ryan Dow.  Thanks for the awesome Fleming Hazmat shrinky-dink, Ryan!




UPTOWN GIRL vs TOMMY CHICAGO vs MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–by Brian Bastian, Bob Lipski, and Danno Klonowski–pg 39(of 60), also: “Ryan Dow is only human”

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 project, and we’re all getting thru this by reminding ourselves daily “Only three more weeks of this. Only three more weeks…”:

BASTIAN: Sometimes the most complex pages are the easiest to write.  Here’s what I wrote for this page..  

   “Page 39:  Back to the land of confusion (or whatever the hell I called it, I’m on a roll and don’t want to scroll up to see what it’s named.)  One full page of Mc Eschers “house of stairs”.  I think that’s what it’s called.  You know what I’m talking about, with all the crazy stairs going this way and that.  Betsy, Ruby and Stella are in the foreground, at the top of one stairs should be a basket of carrots.  For making you draw and ink this you are each allowed one free punch or you can write nasty stuff about me on myspace.”

   That took me maybe 45-60 seconds to write. I did no research, not even researching my own stuff and to this day, I have not yet been punched, and I no longer have a MySpace account.  But the page looks awesome, and that’s why I like working with these guys.

LIPKSI:  This page was a bitch to pencil.

DANK:  This page was an even bigger bitch to ink.  But I paged thru an Escher book for about a half hour before setting brushpen to paper to get in the mood.  And I think it’s cute Brian thinks Myspace actually deleted his account.  Once Rupert Murdoch owns you, he OWNS YOU!

  ALSO:   Hey, I highlighted the ‘also’!  I should have done that months ago.  Anyway…Today’s Daily Goal Sketch–ELEKTRA–is one of those characters I’ve never really liked/cared about/desperately wanted to read stories about.  So I haven’t.  My only positive thing to say about Elektra is I once nearly saw Ryan Dow explode when confronted with the reality of having to spend a few hours in a small room sitting directly across from an Elektra cosplayer.  Explode in the good way, ya know?!  (Sorry, Ryan)


Uptown Girl v. Tommy Chicago v. Manly Tales Of Cowardice–by Brian Bastian, Bob Lipski, and Danno Klonowski–pg 12(of 60), also: “FALSE WITNESS” #3 now available, and “Hitler’s ‘stache was better”

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 project:

BRIAN BASTIAN:  The sheer joy of Jimmy seeing Atlantis Lad again (although he’s not aware of the terrible horrible secret of Atlantis Lad) is balanced nicely by the sheer hatred between Fleming Hazmat and Tommy Chicago. And please if someone out there does know how much it costs to maintain a super cyborg, let me know.  I’m interested in getting one, but I need to know if I’ll be able to afford the upkeep.

BOB LIPSKI:  Look at the background action in panel 3!   All Danno, I assure you.  On a side note, I love long stretched out panels.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  Also mine:  Bob just had TC yelling at Fleming (the awful strangulation rendering is all me).  Also, I can’t remember if Fleming and TC were fighting or just talking in panel 4, but I sure like how it looked when I had them ‘brake’ the panel.

   ALSO:  The 3rd issue of FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY is available for purchase online.  It was written by BILL PRENDERGAST and features art from myself, DANIEL J OLSON, RYAN DOW and JAMES POWELL.  There’s also art from LUPI McGINTY, who did the kick-ass cover as well:

  FINALLY:  Having ‘yellow’ be your only weakness will always be lame.


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #4–by Brian Bastian and myself–pg 14(of 24), also: ummm…uh….

Issue 4 of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE was drawn by myself, but written by BRIAN BASTIAN (whose characters from his book TOMMY CHICAGO are guest starring).  Now our thoughts on this page:

BRIAN BASTIAN:  Now we’re into some of my favorite stuff in the issue, the Sidekicks!  I loved having Jimmy try to teach Atlantis Lad how to be a better sidekick.  I hated trying to come up with a clever safety rhyme.  I didn’t love what I settled on, but that and the bacon helped set up a line I loved later on in the book.  I love bacon.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  This is a fun page.  Looking at it now I’m a bit horrified at the lack of the black/white balance, but I was trying to get issue 3 and 4 done in the space of like 2 months, so they can’t all be winners.  This also reminds me that I was wanting to a ‘sidekicks’ one-shot special where they all do to summer camp together.  A few months ago I was going thru some of my old comics and found a TICK special where they did that, so I think that’s off the table now.  This page is probably as close as we’ll ever come.

    Also, my client wasn’t at work yesterday, so no new Daily Goal Sketch.  Also also, there’s a ST PAUL Cell CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY jam tonight where they will be taking on the holidays via the lost myth of KRAMPUS tonight.**  And speaking of the holidays, do yourself a favor and go check out RYAN DOW’s ongoing story about what the holidays REALLY mean!


**  More than likely I won’t be there, so if that’s not reason to go then I don’t know what is.


PLUNGER-MAN–by Ryan Dow and myself–pg 11(of 11), also: Scarecrow


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 this, the final page…

RYAN DOW:  You can’t have an Elder God parody comic without making a nod to Cthulu.  I also love the star-bursts at the end.  I always hear the Power-Puff Girls them music when I see that last panel.  Not the them from the show, but the theme from the movie.

DANNO KLONOWSKI:  I don’t know from Power-Puff, but I wanna say I added the swirl at the end….maybe?  I seem to recall not wanting to just do an all black background for the end.  Who knows anymore.  What I do know is that the PLUNGER-MAN mythos does not end here.  Ryan did a super awesome PLUNGER-MAN  comic which you can and SHOULD BUY RIGHT NOW!  It’s probably the funniest comic I’ve read this year.  AAANNNDDD Plunger-Man will be back next week when I run a short 4 page tale I did shortly after finishing this story that pays “tribute” to Ryan Dow and his INTROSPECTIVE COMICS.  

     Also,  day two of the new “Daily Goals Sketch” was another success.  And so today we have SCARECROW, as selected by my client:


*** BTW: One last time…just cause you’re got 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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