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MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–Guest Artist Spectacular–pg 13(of 14)–by Bob Lipski and Brian Bastian

pg 13--art: Bob Lipski, words: Brian Bastian

pg 13--art: Bob Lipski, words: Brian Bastian

    BRIAN BASTIAN:  just struck a child! QUICK! CALL THE POLICE!!! 

    BOB LIPSKI:  is crazy–CRAZY DEDICATED TO COMICS!  Bob created the comic UPTOWN GIRL one afternoon back in 2002 and didn’t stop doing a new 24 page issue of it every month until very shortly ago when he hit issue #75!!!  Counting the various UPTOWN GIRL specials, one-shots, and extended issues of the regular run he also did during that time, BOB surpassed over 2000 pages of UPTOWN GIRL.  He is now working on a several hundred page UPTOWN GIRL original graphic novel, which is written by Brian Bastain and due sometime in 2010.   Oh yeah, Bob also drew the first 12 issues of TOMMY CHICAGO  during that 7 year span, too (this is the same TOMMY CHICAGO I later took over art chores on after Bob found a spare weekend to procreate and get married).  That, my friends, is crazy dedicated to comics.


MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pin-ups–Bob Lipski

by: Bob Lipski

by: Bob Lipski

    When I was planning/working on the first issue of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE I knew that I really wanted to include artists from the vast cartooning community we have here in Minneapolis/St Paul–many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends, and almost all of whom I met through the International Cartoonist Conspiracy ( 

    My plan was to include in each issue pin-ups by local artists, and in some cases back-up features. BOB LIPSKI ( came out blasting with BOTH for issue one.

    The pin-up above was done during FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007 at Jimmy Jam Comics(RIP) in Rochester, MN. Bob, myself, and a few other writers and artists were on hand to meet the fans(not of us, obviously) and do $1.oo sketches–with all the profits going to the Rochester Public Library to buy more comics. So, yes. I had to pay for Bob’s pin-up, but it was worth it.

    I do however know for a fact Bob would have done the pin-up for free. How do I know this–cause Bob actually did the back-up stories for the first TWO issues of MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE.

    The back-up story for issue one was a TOMMY CHICAGO tale by Bob and BRIAN BASTIAN (, and goes towards explaining issue one’s cover (  …you know, in case you read the whole thing and thought: “Wait…wasn’t TOMMY CHICAGO supposed to be guest-starring?” which I know none of you did.  I specifically commissioned the TC tale since it was at the time my favorite mini-comic. My second favorite mini-comic was Bob’s UPTOWN GIRL, and he did one of those tales for issue two.

    Thanks again Bob (and Brian)!



     TOMMY CHICAGO is a comedy and action comic started about 6 years ago by writer Brian Bastian and artist Bob Lipski about the exploits and of a not so well-intentioned detective (T.C), his loyal kid sidekick Jimmy, put-upon waitress Stella, and the various villians of TC’s native Chilitown, USA (including the Ugly Rose, Weezer, Supreme Nacho, and many others).
     While I didn’t actually start reading TC until around issue 8 or so, it immediatly became my favorite comic, so much so that I insisted Brian and Bob do a TC back-up story for the first issue of my comic MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE.
     Shortly after that, I asked Brian if he’d write a script for MANLY TALES #4 wherein TC and the MANLY TALES gang would meet, fight, and eventually team-up in a classic comic crossover fashion. Brian agreed to and I was pleased as punch!
     In the months leading up to the actual production of the crossover in MTOC#4, Bob found out he was gunna be a daddy and decided he was going to have to limit his comic drawing commitments exclusivly to his monthly comic UPTOWN GIRL. Seeing my chance to be a part of the book I loved so, I asked Brian(and Bob) if could take over the art on TC, so Brian could at least finish the 12 issues story arc he was planning. Both thought it was a good idea, and the release of MTOC#4 confirmed that “good idea-ness”.
    But Brian got a idea. I don’t know if I’d classify it as a “better” idea, but it was certainly a “different” idea.
And his idea was this:
    Brian would convince Bob to finish the 12 issue run of TOMMY CHICAGO volume 1 (of which they had 3 more issues to do…and Bob DID agree), while he and I started TOMMY CHICAGO volume 2, a series that takes place 3 years AFTER volume one! (The stories of what happened in between those 3 years would be told in the TOMMY CHICAGO FREE COMIC BOOK DAY tales–and my first TC book would be the 2008 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY story, which was part 2 of this three year tale.)

     Anyway…in the time between Brian’s idea and now, we have done about 150 pages of post-TOMMY CHICAGO volume one content.
    And finally, last month at the microcon comic convention, Brian and Bob FINALLY released the 12th and final issue of TOMMY CHICAGO (vol.1). It was a pretty stellar comic that managed to tie-up 11 issues and 6 years worth of scatalogical content in nice 30-some page package.
    So, CONGRATS Brian and Bob! Ya done good!

    To wrap this up, I should note as a way to acknowldge the change between Bob’s art on volume 1 and mine on volume 2, we decided for the cover of issue 12 I would pencil and Bob would ink, and heres how that turned out….




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