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02
Apr
10

UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 49 and 50(of 60), also: “Come buy a copy of ‘CONTINUITY GUY’ tonight at Altered Esthetics Gallery” and

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:  I always felt that Tommy Chicago had just slightly more morals than Fleming Hazmat. So I threw his question about if he thinks the Beanmen feel pain to try to show that. I’d like to think that if there wasn’t a life and/or contest at stake he wouldn’t have participated, whereas Fleming probably went home and looked to see if there were any leagues that did this. Of course I undo this on the next page when Fleming mentions how much they were laughing.  And..OH! A shocking twist! I love the bags with $ signs on them. I’m not dumb enough to walk around in real life with one, but I love when I see them in comics, so I was happy to see it included here.

LIPSKI:  It’s a nice nod to Sean’s characters always getting killed off.  Panel two (of pg 50) has a line spoken by Fleming that still makes me laugh every time I think of it.

DANK:  Panel one of pg 49 was the most fun I had while inking this book.  It was the one panel more than any other I was looking forward to doing from day one, and Bob’s lay-outs were really fun to finish.  As for page 50…I remember in the lay-outs The Irish Beyonder was holding the stew and then in the next panel he was holding Fleming as they negotiated.  From a common sense point I knew I had to do something to alter it just so.  So there’s Fleming standing on his shoulder.  I find this hilarious ’cause it means instead of getting lifted he had to climb the IB.  Maybe its just funny in my head…

   ALSO:  After months of work and waiting tonight is the night!  CONTINUITY GUY: the graphic novella is released at ALTERED ESTHETICS GALLERY!!!  So head on down between 7 and 10pm.  Buy a copy!  Have it signed by Bud, Kevin Cannon, and myself!  Look at the original art (and the other ‘collaborative’ art on display)!  Buy some of that too if you like!  Should be a blast!  Hope to see you there.

   FINALLY:  When I got into Captain America back in the late 80’s THE FALCON immediatly lept to the fore-front as one of my favorite characters.  So getting to do today’s Daily Goal Sketch was a blast.  Also, have you noticed I started doing backgrounds on these? 

01
Apr
10

UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 48(of 60), also: “CONTINUITY GUY out tomorrow!” and “Irving Spiderman”

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:  This was the point where I was really glad we were able to use the Beanmen. Otherwise I probably would have had to give Tommy Chicago a gun. And that would never happen.

LIPSKI:  Probably one of the funniest things Brian ever wrote.  It’s also the first time we really see any cooperation between these two characters.

DANK:  I really dig the last two panels of this page, both for the fact I didn’t blow the dino inking again, and for the great Beanmen gag.

     ALSO:  Lets makes this shampoo simple: The CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella comes out this friday.  Come buy one.

     FINALLY:  It kind of astounds me sometimes what characters HAVEN’T been done for the Daily Goal Sketch.  Basically my client has given four pages worth of names and we go one by one each day.  But they were written down randomly as they came to his mind, so the “top” characters you might think of when thinking of superheroes might not even be jotted down until the middle of page 4.  So basically, it’s a crapshoot.  Thats how I ended up doing 2 versions of the Red Skull long before ever getting to a staple like SPIDER-MAN:

31
Mar
10

UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 47(of 60), also: “CONTINUITY GUY out Friday” and “The Scarecrow or something”

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:  I really got stuck here, because I had no idea why those two would actually go back and help her. But I figured Bob would be angry if I had Uptown Girl killed in the crossover, so I worked at it until I came up with an in character reason for them to help her. And I think it works well.

LIPSKI:  The best thing about Tommy Chicago and Fleming is how transparent they are.  If Uptown Girl didn’t have the beef they would have walked away and my comic would have ended a lot earlier than it did. 

DANK:  After a page of pure action and excitement it was good to get back to nothing but talking heads.  I hope there is not more action any time soon…

    ALSO:  Lets makes this shampoo simple: The CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella comes out this friday.  Come buy one.

    FINALLY:  No, today’s Daily Goal Sketch is not THE SCARECROW, but you’d be hard-pressed to prove it’s not.  Instead it’s THE BATMAN version of RAGDOLL.  To me Ragdoll will always be the malevolent Raggidy Andy from James Robinson’s amazing STARMAN series, but to the kids these days he’s…umm…the Scarecrow.

30
Mar
10

UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 46(of 60), also: “CONTINUITY GUY out Friday” and “The amazing staying power of Michael Duncan Clarke”

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:  I love this page, everything from the look of the dinosaur to the little tiny Tommy Chicago and Fleming Hazmat in the background. And the look of fear on Uptown Girls face is excellent.

LIPSKI:  Wow…I haven’t looked at this story for a while, but this page is pretty much taken right from the Cooke story I mentioned before. 

DANK:  In reference to what Bob is saying, I mentioned the other day that I totally F*ed up his dinosaur pencils with some horrible free-style inks.  This is what I was referring to when I said I did it much better when I just inked what Bob drew.  I like this page a lot.  Hand jobs all around, fellas!

     ALSO:  Lets makes this shampoo simple: The CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella comes out this friday.  Come buy one.

    FINALLY:  In the animated world of Spider-Man the KINGPIN is now a black fella ala the awful Daredevil movie.  Whatever.  Racism is cool with the kids these days, I guess.

29
Mar
10

UPTOWN GIRL vs TOMMY CHICAGO vs MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–by Brian Bastian, Bob Lipski, and Danno Klonowski–pg 45(of 60), also: “CONTINUITY GUY” graphic novella released this Friday, and “The Red Skull…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.  Only 2 more weeks.  Seriously:

BASTIAN:   The Stella, Betsy, Ruby team is back first, things are starting to wrap up. There’s no way there could be a surprising twist involved. Or could there?

LIPSKI: Panels 2 and 5 featuring those lovely Kirby dots.

DANK:  I totally remember getting to this page while inking and thinking” OH THANK GOD, IT’S ALMOST OVER!”  Then I realized there was like 15 more pages.  And the I wept.

    ALSO:  Lets makes this shampoo simple: The CONTINUITY GUY graphic novella comes out this friday.  Come buy one.

    FINALLY:  When my client asked for THE BLACK MASK I was a bit surprised he wanted an early 2000’s Jet-Li movie character.  Turns out he’s from THE BATMAN cartoon.  So…basically…THE BATMAN creators decided they wanted to incorporate THE RED SKULL into the Batman universe…so they made his skull black.  Shame on you THE BATMAN writers.  Shame on all of you.

25
Mar
10

“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!


 

 

24
Mar
10

UG v. TC v. MTOC–by Bastian, Lipski, and Dank–pg 41(of 60), also: “Ooooh snake villains…”

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: Yes, they got the potatoes for the stew from a bathroom. A robot bathroom. A robot bathroom that robots don’t even need to use, because they’re robots. I think it’s hilarious. And I’m going to use those robots again some day.

LIPSKI: I wasn’t sure how panel 3 was going to turn out but I’m glad Danno made it work.

DANK: This was one of those gags I was really excited for and really enjoyed inking.  I wish we’d done this whole story on RobotWorld.

   ALSO:  Yeah, so…I was talking with my buddy and future C2E2 table boss DANIEL J OLSON recently about INVINCIBLE, which I read in the hardcover trade form when the library gets a new one.  Anyway, after the awesome vol.1 that drew me in, the so-so vol.2, and the utterly boring vol.3, I made the leap of faith and read vol.4.  And it was great.  My favorite bits were where all the jokey snake villains turned up (and died horribly), because Snake villains are stupid:




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