I’ll see you guys next week.
Ty the Guy Out.
In his recent interview with Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Alan Moore admirably defends his choice to use the Gollywog in his recent work, and convincingly explains away any rumours that he’s got a “thing for rape scenes” in his writing. He also claims this is his last interview on the subject of comics and the industry. Towards the end, Mr. Moore wrote a one-act play about his relationship with Grant Morrison.
As one of Alan Moore’s oldest and dearest friends, and a frequent collaborator throughout our careers, I presume he wouldn’t mind that I adapted it for comics form. Cam Stewart only WISHES he could do this…
And that’s the final word on the subject, apparently. Ain’t love grand?
For those who don’t know, Alan Moore first ENTERED the comics scene (just as he’s leaving it) as a magic cat. Doing clever bookends like this is what makes you a British writer…
The way I hear it, the best cure for the party from the night before is leftover bacon and sausage pizza and warm nog.
My wife, apparently, did not enjoy 2013, what with my many trips to the emergency room, and her mother’s many trips to the hospital, but I’m a different kind of person, I fondly remember all the trips HOME from the hospital, so…good times.
But as we say goodbye forever to 2013, never to be recalled, unless we still have bills from last month to pay, we finish with the MOST popular and LEAST popular Bun Toons of the previous year.
The winner humbled your bunny blogger…mostly because it wasn’t even remotely about me.
Well, it worked. HOO boy did it work. The Bun Toons got to feel for a week what it must be like to be Neil Gaiman for a day. He linked, we got avalanched, fun was had by one and all.
Please….. the experiment is over, no need to do it again. I feel all dirty about getting all those page hits the first time.
The SECOND of my ego-destroying entries today, comes from the LEAST popular Bun Toon of the year.
I’ve been playing music and singing since I was about five years old, and for a good chunk of my twenties, it was my primary source of income. Marriage and Batman curtailed the chart-topping success that was just inches from my grasp, but I like to keep my hands moving and my throat warbling whenever I can trap an audience in a room.
Last summer, my friend, singer-songwriter Glenn Reid, released a new jingle jangle country-pop adult contemporary single that I played and sang harmonies on, and I thought I’d take a moment to promote it on my Bunny Blog, since I don’t get a chance to show off my fingers and pipes all that much around here.
Apparently, if you don’t mention Neil Gaiman or Batman, the numbers just aren’t there.
If ANYONE clicks to the link, there’s some fun country-pop songs there that Glenn wrote and sang, and I sing back-up and play keyboards on….heck the page is full of ‘em!
Next year, we write a song ABOUT Neil Gaiman and Batman and send this internet into a tizzy…
Since this is a celebration of last year’s ego-destroying moments from the Bun Toons, I thought I’d finish the retrospective with a Bun Toon that was fairly well received (though not quite top five material), and perfectly demonstrates why ego is the enemy of us all.
Enjoy your new year, Bunny Peeples. I’ll be back soon with ALL-NEW Bun Toons for the needs of a 2014 type of audience.
Everything else is SO last year.
Ah, the silver medal. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Of all the losers, they came in first”.
The loser’s winner this year is another Superman related entry on the Bun Toon countdown…or at least a Kal-el related entry, because I’m not sure I ever saw Superman in this story.
But an alien named Kal-el? Sure…
(Spoilers for the MAN OF STEEL MOVIE coming up).
I confused people with this review, as I’m still approached by folks who think I hated the movie. I didn’t hate the movie, I actually rather liked it. I thought it was an excellent alien-first-contact movie with a race of super-powered monsters…(Kal-el being one of ‘em). I can’t wait for the sequel where Batman and Wonder Woman try to beat the hell out of the alien menace flying around Earth named “Superman”. I’d be scared poopless of this xeno-disaster and I’ll be rooting for Bat-Fleck to take him down.
None of that means I didn’t like the movie. It’s just not a Superman movie.
The Bun-Toon-as-Movie-Review up top was delightfully well received by the internet. The Bun-Toon-as-Game-Piece was not.
During the San Diego Comic Convention weekend, I published a Bingo card for convention attendees to fill out. The winner won something, I don’t recall what…because no one played. So no one won.
I’m taking my game and going back home.
We had thousands of cards printed up and distributed through FedEx. It cost us tens of thousands of dollars. We had to take a second mortgage on the house, and now I greatly regret it. The prize would have bankrupted me, though. I think it was a new car, so there’s that, I suppose.
Since it’s my countdown, and we’ve already done the second best and the second worst, I’m tossing in a BONUS Bun Toon: This was a follow up to the MAN OF STEEL review a couple of weekends later. I figured since Man of Steel made mad bank, there would be imitators.
Very slight MAN OF STEEL Spoilers…
In truth, I just wanted to reprint that horrifying Lucy-pulls-the-football panel again. I love showing off that I could have drawn the Peanuts strip for the last five years and no one would have known, well except for all the blood.
My son likes that I made the dad on Family Circus say a doody-word.
We’re into the medal rounds now, former babies! Bronze for EVERYONE!
Towards the middle of the summer, there was a bit of a kerfuffle about whether or not DC Comics wanted to let Batwoman get married. The writers wanted her to, the editors didn’t…and when you add to the mix that Batmwoman was all lady-gay, and planning to marry a lady-gay Gotham City Cop, the story got all controversial-like.
Since DC Comics didn’t plan to publish the wedding issue… I had to step in.
Apparently, there was some kerfuffle about Ben Affleck as well. Who can keep track of the internet’s Bat-Kerfuffles? At least I’m here to solve everyone’s problems, and that’s what magical bunnies are for.
Our third LEAST popular Bun Toon was one I ran just a couple of weeks ago. Ignore it again, I dare you!
If you’re keeping score, that’s the SECOND time a holiday themed Bun Toon has spiked the big enchilada in the last twelve months. (Easter didn’t work either.) Failure used to be restricted to the continuing story of The Contessa Von Shoenfeld, or True Dentistry Stories, but this year, I couldn’t scare up an audience on the vacation days. Perhaps family truly IS more important than snarky interenet rabbits.
Since this finishing-nearly-last X-Mas Bun Toon was a re-run from JUST last week for Buddha’s sake, I’m re-running my personal favorite BUN TOON from the Summer, simply because it’s my fave, and it didn’t make the top five (just barely). So I get to do it again in this year end retrospective because…well.
Mike emailed me a couple of days after this ran to thank me for “saving his life”, even if it ruined his big finish.
See you tomorrow for the ALMOST most popular Bun Toon and the REALLY NOT VERY popular Bun Toons at….NUMBER TWO!!
Everyone knows that first is gold, second is silver, and third is bronze, but how many knew that fourth was Coca-Cola? It’s why athletes refuse the prize because all that corn syrup is bad for a body in training.
We continue our annual look back at the triumphs and failures of Bun Toon with an entry celebrating the 75th anniversary of ACTION COMICS #1 and comicdom’s greatest, non-flying, Golden Age, female, DC character who isn’t Ma Hunkle. Screw Clark and Superman, they get all the media attention…this is…
I still have a crush on Margot Kidder, Teri Hatcher, Phyllis Coates, and Erica Durance. Noel Neill looked too much like Lucille Ball for my tastes, and as far as I know, there haven’t been any other Lois Lanes except in the cartoons and funny books.
As I just said, it doesn’t matter the name of the actor playing the character of Lois Lane, I love ‘em all.
Actors, and stage names, was the subject of the following ALL-TRUE-TALE of the Bunny, but it scored nary a blip on the internet radar when I revealed this hidden moment from my life last fall. If I had thrown Lois or Superman into the narrative, it would have been BIG, I tells ya BIG!
But then it wouldn’t have been TRUE.
I think this one didn’t do any traffic because I skimped on the title lettering. Lesson learned: Always use a Comicraft font for the titles. People flock to good lettering.
I’ll see you here again tomorrow for the #3 most popular Bun Toon of 2013, and the third least successful entry, BOTH of which feature Superman, except for one of them. (Well neither, really, but I understand marketing and you won’t come back if I say they were cartoons about lesbians.)
I didn’t want to be the one to break this story, but there’s been a lot of controversy lately, and only the actual truth will put the rumours to rest.
Now, today’s amusing ponderable…
What was Schultz trying to tell us? Sparky might have been more subtle than we know…
I am SO behind the deadline on my latest issue of Batman 66 that it would be immoral for me to devote any time to anything but drawing Batman today. I love the Rabbit, but the Bat pays the bills.
So today, a few Batman themed Bun-Toons from yesteryear to bide the thronging legion of Bun Toons fans until I get a spare minute for this year’s Christmas Bun Toon (coming soon!)
From an idea by Dan Slott (name dropping bastard that I am).
Sorry to be a re-run today, folks. There’s a moment where I’d be cheating on my editor if I didn’t spend my day fighting the deadline.
Ya see, Mr. Chadwick? I can be responsible?
I had an idea for an original screenplay that I think is worth a few million dollars. Anyone know who I should send it to?
I’m willing to switch out the octopus monster for a giant lizard if the producers want to feel they’re participating, but I’m not backing off on killing M’Reeta’s father. That scene is a tear-jerker and you need something for the chicks to sob about.
My idea is only five minutes old, and already it’s been stolen fifty years ago.
That’s a cover painting by Wally Wood for a Warren Magazine from the early 60s…is it my imagination, or does Wally’s estate have a lawsuit for the rights to Marvel’s “Tigra” from this painting alone?
Family Guy is not my favourite TV show, but I am a fan – and last week’s story was so bizarrely wrong-headed that I’m starting to think it was just a stunt, and they’ll be returning to your regularly scheduled nonsense by the end of the season. Continuing the show without Brian would be like continuing Happy Days without Richie Cunningham, or Cheers without Shelly Long, or FRIENDS without the entire cast except Joey Tribiani.
Years ago, when Family Guy was in hiatus between cancellation and the discovery that the DVD collections were selling well enough to bring the show back, I very briefly had the licence to produce a Family Guy comic book, granted to us at Mr. Comics by the fine folks at 20th Century Fox. For long complicated reasons, too long and complicated to go into here, the project fell apart, and our licence fee got transferred to PLANET OF THE APES and the rest is obscure history.
Published here, for the first time anywhere, is the two page FAMILY GUY sample I produced to win us the licence from FOX in the first place. If it’s too small to read, click on it and the image gets bigger.
It would have been fun to work on the character…I guess that will never happen now.
Rest in Peace Brian, until such time as the producers realize what a strangely bad decision this is, and fix it. Broken time machine…? Yeah right.
About a year later, FOX finally did give the FAMILY GUY licence to DDP comics. They produced four issues in total before it was cancelled due to terrible sales.
Another great decision.