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16
Sep
12

ZINEFEST is SAT, Sept 22!!! Also: Process of a pin-up

Hey all. So while I’ve been working on things like my LUTEFISK SUSHI E contribution and some other stuff, it has come to my attention I will be tabling at MINNEAPOLIS ZINEFEST 2012in a week! ZINEFEST is 12pm-6pm at Powderhorn Park Recreational Center, 3400 15th Ave S., Minneapolis MN 55407. Admission is free. I’ll be tabling along with cartooning friends like BUD BURGY and zinesters of all kinds. So come by and check it out! In the meanwhile, read up on interviews with myself and other Zinefest exhibitors HERE.

ALSO:  You may or may not be aware my cartooning friends MATT CHIC is currently in the midst of posting his graphic novel EGYPTIAN SHUMBA!  Now, I’ve known about Matt’s work on EGYPTIAN SHUMBA for quite some time now, so about a year and a half ago I thought I’d do a pin-up with his many (10!!!) Night Light Comics gang teaming up with my MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE gang.  So I sketched out an homage to Kirby’s FANTASTIC FOUR #1 cover.  Not being terribly familiar with drawing Matt’s characters I decided I’d start by inking my characters first. So I inked in BETSY ROSSBOT with a Pentel Pocket Brush…and immediatly hated how it looked. So I put the pin-up aside and figured I’d get back around to it someday.   That someday was about 2 weeks ago. With SHUMBA chapters being posted every week I figured now was the time to get it done. The first thing I did was decide to ink initially with the Pentel Stylo before moving onto the Brush Pen, so here’s how that looked at first:

Eventually I Styloed in everyone, added some blacks, and made the monster a menace:

There! I had completed the pin-up. And after a year and a half it turned out pretty good.  The final step was to just scan it in and do some digital tom-foolery, and…

So there you have it!  Be sure to check out Chic’s EGYPTIAN SHUMBA graphic novel as it posts every week (and then buy the book when it’s avaialable)!  So I’ll keep plugging away, try to update this blog more, and in the meanwhile I hope to see you Saturday at ZINEFEST!!!

17
Jul
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue three–pg 14(of 16), also: Me at Zinefest…?

pg 14

pg 14

    …To Be Continued…

    As promised I’m on the drawing horse currently.  Just finished my work on FALSE WITNESS issue 2(and remember, you can still buy issue 1 at www.biasedliberalmedia.com), and am now pencilling TOMMY CHICAGO #3(written by Brian Bastian, www.tommychicago.com). I’m drawing it at a smaller than usual size(about 7″x11″, I usually do 11″x17″) to get it done sooner, and it’s a fun and interesting challenge. So I hope to get thru that by the end of August(if not sooner) and then will pencil MANLY TALES #7 and  ink MANLY TALES #6(it’s already pencilled).  Yay, creativity!

***Also, SARAH MOREAN did a quasi wrap-up of ZINEFEST on THE DAILY CROSSHATCH, but really it’s more about tips on how to throw a good con(which from an exhibitors standpoint she knows how to do, no doubt). It’s a nice article with lots of great points, and if you squint REALLY HARD at the second picture you can kinda make me out behind Ryan Dow’s Buddha stand-up. http://thedailycrosshatch.com/2009/07/17/zinefest-the-only-good-party-i-ever-threw/#more-4182

12
Jul
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue three–pg 9(of 16), also: ‘zinefest’ jam and recap

pg 9

pg 9

   …To Be Continued…

   There she is–JOAN OF ARCHEOLOGY! A year or so before creating MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE, I had come up with Joan.  I had originally based Joan on my stepdaughter’s 7 to 10 year old idea of what an archaeologist is(Indiana Jones), and thought she would make a great lead character for a comic or young readers series.  I even at one point did a few pages of a first issue where Joan was to match wits with an elder and dastardly archaeologist over the ancient treasure known as THE BUDDHA SQUIRREL!  This however was at the tail-end of my “BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS” comics-making approach and philosophy–basically, I’d come up with an idea, mull it over for awhile until a story was basically formed, and instead of writing a script I’d just dive right page-by-page and hope it all came together by the end.  Often times this way of going about making my comics worked out well enough, but this is one of those times where a few pages in I hit a brick wall and called it quits until I figured out where to go next. 

     I never figured out where to go next.

     Instead I did a couple other things “PANTS” style, and by the end of the last one I realized I NEEDED to start writing scripts.  Long form stories and series’ were never going to work out the way I wanted them to unless I had a much more concrete idea of what I was doing and where I was going before I ever started drawing panel one of page one.  And so, 24 HOUR and jam comics aside, I have yet to look back on this decision and am happier for it.

    So some time after that I started MANLY TALES, and one of my first ideas was to bring back the dorment JOAN as that I thought she’d make a great foil for Fleming.  I then quickly realized that giving Fleming a 10-year-old nemesis was a great pretext with which to flashback to his own childhood and help explain his casual disregard for life, especially if that life was the life of a child(Atlantis Lad). And so with those factors in mind, issue three was born. Why didn’t I reuse the BUDDHA SQUIRREL here as well? I dunno. I think its that subconscious “LAST CRUSADE” residue I mentioned on the post for page one.  But fear not, for the BUDDHA SQUIRREL does make his way into the MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE pages….you’ll just have to wait until issue five.

****ZINEFEST 2009 RECAP:

zinefest

     This very special ZINEFEST jam was done by myself, RYAN DOW (www.introspectivecomics.com), DANIEL J OLSON (http://www.bewilderedkid.com/blog/) and MIKE TOFT (http://www.cartoonistconspiracy.com/brainfood/).

    Ryan also did a pretty great ZINEFEST themed comic you can read at: http://ryandow.com/ic/2009/07/12/what-not-to-say/comment-page-1/#comment-4280

   So, yeah…ZINEFEST….

    I had such high hopes for ZINEFEST. I guess I figured a 2-day celebration of zines and indy comics (which was pretty well attended) would be a lot more….financially worthwhile.  Not to poo-poo the work SARAH MOREAN(http://www.smorean.com) is doing in organizing ZINEFEST, because she has really made ZINEFEST great (believe me, I did ZINEFEST its first year back in 2004 and vowed to never do it again, but Sarah has really turned it around and its become so well known and attended by both fans and vendors  that it’ll probably be moving into a bigger space next year), its just people seemed to treat it more as a place to go and see stuff, not so much with the buying.  As Ryan points out on the link above, there was a strangely high amount of people who would walk up, READ AN ENTIRE COMIC which they seemed to enjoy, put it down and either walk away in silence, or say “I’ll be back to buy something” and then…ya know…never come back. 

    I wonder if the problem is systemic–a depressive economy and all that.  It certainly couldn’t be because my stuff sucks….right?

    Either way, I’m really glad I’m posting my work online now.  At least I know people are reading it every day.  If I had spent all this weekend at ZINEFEST and come home to an internet-less world, I would be crushed and probably give up making comics for many months.  Instead, I’m going to go back to work–on FALSE WITNESS #2, TOMMY CHICAGO #3, MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #’s 6 and 7, and the couple new projects me and some of my co-Conspirators came up with this weekend–and plowing ahead content in the knowledge that even though I do this to scratch my own itch, at least someone somewhere is having their itch scratched virtually as well.

   Not that it was all bad…There were some fantastic highlights, like the 6 year-old boy who really wanted his mom to buy him one of Dan’s SUPER MAXI-PAD GIRL dolls(http://www.bewilderedkid.com/store/), seeing Ryan’s adrenaline ker-splode after his open-mike reading of JACK AND ZACK MAKE A COMIC(http://thejackandzack.blogspot.com/), the great sales for FALSE WITNESS(www.biasedliberalmedia.com), all the great trades, and all the great Conspirators who came out to support us and the indy comic/zine scene(Thanks all. You know who you are, and you ROCK!).  And most importantly, if it wasn’t for ZINEFEST I would never have come up with a great idea for my City Pages submission(http://www.cartoonistconspiracy.com/conspire/?p=1499) which, if all goes according to plan, will never, ever see the light of day(as far as the actual CITY PAGES goes. It’ll be posted here though when the CITY PAGES “Comix Issue” come out next month).

    Now onto FALLCON!!!! (…kill me please….)

11
Jul
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARIDCE–issue three–pg 7(of 16), also: links! links! links!

pg 7

pg 7

   …To Be Continued…

*** In case you’ve missed my many, many mentions–ZINEFEST is going on this weekend at the STEVENS SQUARE CENTER FOR THE ARTS today(Saturday the 11th) from 11-5, and tomorrow (Sunday the 12th) from 11-4. Please come by and purchase some great indy comics and zines from many fine creators. For directions and info go to: http://zinefest.org  I’ll do a  full ZINEFEST run-down Monday.

*** FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY, the comic I’ve been working on (and of which the first issue is available for purchase at www.biasedliberalmedia.com) got another nice review, this time from the EXAMINER.COM.  Check it out at http://www.examiner.com/x-14723-Minneapolis-Comic-Books-Examiner~y2009m7d4-Review-Bill-Prendergasts-False-Witness-The-Michele-Bachmann-Story-issue-1

*** Finally, if for some bizarre reason you’d like to hear me read some original “poetry” about current events, be sure to check out the July 10th episode of IN THE LOOP, a podcast from Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/in_the_loop/podcast.shtmlhttp://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/in_the_loop/podcast.shtml

10
Jul
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue three-pg 6(of 16), also: ZINEFEST begins tomorrow (7/11/9)

pg 6

pg 6

    …To Be Continued…

    ZINEFEST opens tomorrow! SATURDAY July 11th from 11-5 at the STEVENS SQUARE CENTER FOR THE ARTS.  Its also going on SUNDAY the 12th from 11-4.  Please stop by and pick up some awesome comics and zines, including my own MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE and TOMMY CHICAGO.  I’ll even have on hand copies of the first issue of FALSE WITNESS:THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY (which if you can’t make ZINEFEST you can buy online at www.biasedliberalmedia.com).  For any questions, directions, or event scheduale info, go to:  http://zinefest.org   See you there.

08
Jul
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue three–pgs 4 and 5(of 16), also: more “continuity guy” is online

pg 4

pg 4

 

pg 5

pg 5

    …To Be Continued…

    As a means by which to save my own sanity I’m trying to limit this blog to one greytoned page a day, but the transition gag between these two pages is one of my favorites of the series so I just felt they needed to be shown together.  And I’d just like to state here and now that when I’m dead I’d like inscribed on my urn: “Don’t you know there is no such thing as a bottomless anything?!”  I couldn’t be prouder for having thought that up…though as we learned in yesterdays post, I probably just stole that from someone else and didn’t even know it.  Oh well.  It’s still gold.

     Speaking of the snafu discussed in yesterday’s post, Jim Ottaviani says he won’t sue as long as he’s paid in karma.  So I’d once again like to plug Jim’s great books–especially the most recent,  T-MINUS, which is drawn by Kevin and Zander Cannon–and recommend you go buy them(T-MINUS!!!) at www.gt-labs.com.

   Well that was shameless promoting and self congratulations was fun, but now onto congratulating/promoting someone else…BUD BURGY!!!  Bud has posted the next hot-off-the-drawing-table page of the “CONTINUITY GUY” graphic novel, and it’s at www.budburgy.wordpress.com.  For those of you just joining us, “Continuity Guy” is a 45 page story that will have a new page appear weekly at the above site, and is drawn by Bud and written by me!  So…I guess I just kinda congratulated/promoted myself again. Yeah, well…Who else is gunna?

   Oh yeah…ZINEFEST! http://zinefest.org!! Saturday and Sunday!!! 11-5 and 11-4 respectively!!!! Be there!!!!!

07
Jul
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue three–pg 3(of 16), also: HG Wells predicted “Fleming Hazmat”

pg 3

pg 3

   …To Be Continued…

   “WHY IS HE ALWAYS CRYING” basically sums up my first couple years of trying to figure out kids and how to be a stepdad. Fortunately the kids grew out that “crying over everything and nothing” phase.  Now they are pre/teens, so I know when the random crying  jags start its because they are crazy.

*** Also:  My friends ZANDER and KEVIN CANNON (No relation, but they share a blog all the same. www.bigtimeattic.com/blog) have done a few wonderful science/history-based graphic novels with writer JIM OTTAVIANI(http://www.gt-labs.com/blog/), including the recent T-MINUS (which you can buy, along with all of Jim’s other books, at http://www.gt-labs.com/). Anyway,  I am currently reading  Jim’s book from 2001 called “FALLOUT” which is about the unholy alliance of science and government which resulted in the atomic bomb. I was just getting started and enjoying it quite a bit when I was shocked–SHOCKED!–by the revelation that my MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE main character FLEMING HAZMAT not only appeared in a comic FIVE YEARS before I created him, but Fleming was in fact PREDICTED in 1914 by H.G WELLS himself!!!  And so, I present the first ever appearance of FLEMING HAZMAT–from pg 36 of “FALLOUT”(art by Chris Kemple) (c) Jim Ottaviani:

Please don't sue me, Jim.

Please don't sue me, Jim.

*** Finally, didja know ZINEFEST is still going to be happening this weekend??? Did you know I was still planning on being there??? If you answered “NO” to either of those questions, or just want a refresher on the hows, whys, and whats of ZINEFEST check out either http://zinefest.org or https://staplegenius.wordpress.com/2009/07/05/misc-zinefest-is-this-weekendjuly-11th-and-12th/ . See you there.




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