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MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pgs 16 & 17(of 45), also: “MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #7” @ Springcon


   OK…here we go…Like I’ve said a few times, this issue took a year to be finished from the time I initially wrote it, and here’s why:

   When I was planning out what the first 8 issues of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE were going to be, I knew I had to include my many cartooning friends in one way or another–be it pin-ups, back-up stories, or what have you.  I knew issue #5 was going to be a Betsy Rossbot origin tale, and I knew I wanted to involve my friend ERIK LAPPEGARD.  My proposal to Erik was that I wanted to include his VEGAN NINJA character in a fashion more or less like the one issue 5 ended up being, but to also include a back-up tale of the Vegan Ninja written and drawn by Erik.  Erik was cool with the idea of using the Vegan Ninja, but was unsure about the back-up story…so he came up with a better idea–Erik and I jam on the art for the main story of issue 5.  I’d write it and do the majority of the art, but Erik would do all art on the Vegan Ninja.  I thought this was genius, and was more excited than ever to get to work on it!  Unfortunately, I was just getting started on the series (I was pencilling issue 2 at this point, I believe), and it would be at least a year until I got to work on #5.  Even more unfortunately was that within a matter of weeks from this conversation Erik was involved in a terrible accident, and later passed from complications. 

    A year later I was done with issue #4, and so I wrote a script for issue #5 that was a loving tribute to my much-missed friend.  I then sat down and pounded out the pencilled pages.  And then I had to ink it…but I just couldn’t.  A lot of other projects came up and I did everything I could to keep myself from having to touch those pages with my brush pen.  Eventually months and months went by and FALLCON was approaching and I hadn’t finished a new issue of MANLY TALES in almost a year.  As hard as it was to do, and as much as I dreaded having to actually ink the pages posted above I finally buckled down and did the work.  I’m not going to lie–I cried several times while inking this issue.  Not only because I missed my friend, but because I wished more than ever he was there inking those pages with me (though technically Erik’s accident happened while en route to moving out to the west coast, so who knows how the hell that would have worked).

    On the bright side, Erik did a preliminary VEGAN NINJA pin-up that he gave to me just days before the aforementioned accident, and we were able to use said image to raise thousands of dollars for his parents (to help pay for lingering medical bills after he passed) at a hell of a party Erik would have loved:

   ALSO:  Speaking of the Vegan Ninja…SPRINGCON is this weekend (May 15th and 16th, 10am-5pm both days)!!!  My goal for any con is to have something new, and SPRINGCON is no different–in fact I have a few new somethings including the all-new MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #7! Among many things features an appearance by dear old Vegan Ninja (Uhh..Spoiler Alert?):

    AND FINALLY:  It took me 30-plus years to figure out that JACK KIRBY really was the King.  At this rate I’ll really be into Frazetta on my death bed.  Until then…”A FRANK FRAZETTA OF FRANK ZAPPA”:


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pg 14 & 15(of 45), also: “TOMMY CHICAGO #4” @ springcon, and turns 1!

   Hmmm…more WEEKLY WORLD NEWS jokes, hunh?  I guess.  But don’t know that it needed to fill a whole page.  Ah well, consider it all build-up to the big plot reveal that’s on Wednesday.

  ALSO:  SPRINGCON is this weekend (May 15th and 16th, 10am-5pm both days)!!!  My goal for any con is to have something new, and SPRINGCON is no different–in fact I have a few new somethings:

    It’s taken two years, but the “ROBOT TOMMY CHICAGO” saga finally comes to an end with TOMMY CHICAGO #4.  Will Tommy Chicago get out of the robot body so he can get his money out of the bank?  Will the villains of Chilitown be able to commit crime in peace once he does?  Will it be a problem that Jimmy drown TC’s brain-dead human body?  All these questions (and more–Like, what the hell is going on in the image below???) will be answered in TOMMY CHICAGO #4–written as always by BRIAN BASTIAN, and drawn by yours truly.  I should note, this might be the last TC for a while, so get it while the getting is…available.  And now, one more TC#4 tease:

    FINALLY:  Believe it or don’t, but this very comic-blog turned one year old yesterday!  Since the first day there have been 322 posts, and about 17,000 pairs of eyes have gazed upon it in confused horror.  So thanks to everyone who takes the time to look in on what I’m doing here and make it worthwhile to continue.  Enjoy a celebratory piece of cake!


UG v.TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pgs 37 and 38(of 60), also: “SMV: WALKABOUT” sneak peek, and “Colin Farrell worms his way onto this blog AGAIN!”

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:

BASTIAN:  Whenever I find I’ve written myself into a corner, I fall back on “Tommy Chicago is ignorant and/or outraged”.  So far it hasn’t failed me.  Although his rant is something I have wondered about from time to time.  You never see anyone selling/ordering “Cow” in a restaurant.  Why not?  “Because” is the answer I usually get.  Anyway..I also love the cow in the headlock.  Great stuff all around.

LIPSKI:  Yeah, that’s a guy wrestling a cow…  I really can see Tommy Chicago’s point in his argument here.  It also is similar to why an orange is called an orange but a banana isn’t called a yellow.  Did the name of the color come first?  Or did the fruit?  Which is it?

DANK:  I think the heart of these pages (cow headlock aside) is the pure hate that exists between Fleming and TC.  I almost think Brian and I have to do an ‘ODD COUPLE’ adaptation featuring these two.  Ruby Tuesday and Uptown Girl can cameo as their respective put-upon ex-wives.  Stage play adaptation starring your own creations is the future of the comics industry.  You read it here first….and now I have to go call Top Shelf…

   ALSO:  ERIK NELSON is a cartoonist, plumber, future husband, and all-around great guy.  I’m glad to already call him friend, and now I can call him COLLABORATOR!  Erik and I have done a SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE short together that will debut at SPRINGCON (and I may possibly even have some copies for C2E2).  This short was written by me, the re-written and pencilled by Erik.  I came in with the inks, and the end result is the weirdest thing I have done in quite some time. It’s psychedelic, political, and violent.  Fun Stuff!   Anyway, here’s a sneak peek:

   FINALLY:  Todays Daily Goal Sketch–BULLSEYE–is total Kismet considering who we based the “villain” of the UPTOWN GIRL/TC/MANLY TALES crossover on.  And yes, he was the only good part of that awful Affleck vehicle:


UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 21(of 60), also: “Tommy Chicago: The Other Shameless White Whore” and “Evil gets plush and huggable”

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:

BASTIAN:  Ok, we’re almost to something resembling a plot.  The real point behind this story was more to see all the characters interact, not pay attention to what they were doing, and I think in that way, we were very successful.  I also really enjoy some of the facial expressions.  Like when the cosmic guy is thinking about stew, and Tommy Chicago’s angry assumption (based on no all) that he’s going to eat them.  So good job guys!

LIPSKI:  Wow, that’s a lot of people in panel 2.

DANK:  This is one of those pages that has just blended into the passing of time.  I don’t really even remember inking it.  And I guess if we’re 21 pages in and this is the first time I just have drawn a blank on memories, that’s not so bad.

   ALSO:  As some of you may know I recently finished drawing the fourth (and final?!) issue of TOMMY CHICAGO.  It’ll debut at SPRINGCON (May 15/16) .  To help drill this point home BRIAN (BASTIAN.  The guy from above) has made the following. CONSUME:

   FINALLY:  DARKSEID has always interested me both in look and in character since he first debuted on the SUPERFRIENDS.  He won my heart forever after reading Jack Kirby’s FOURTH WORLD collections a year or so ago.  Now I’ve drawn him…cuter than ever:



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