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Waking Up and Drawing

Too busy for anything but WorkWorkWork but I wanted to show off what I did for WAKE UP AND DRAW. So I’m going to write this Hemingway style.

Last week for WAKE UP AND DRAW, I woke up and drew. On the wrong sheet of paper.

Here’s my drawing:

small file wake up kirby demon 2013

Then I drew again on the official Hero Initiative page.

Here’s my drawing:

kirby demon 2013 bI was at FanExpo 2013 two weeks ago and gave a lecture on HOW TO PLOT YOUR STORY IN AN HOUR. Matt, of The Broken Couch, recorded it and put it up on YouTube.

Here’s a link to the video:

FireShot Screen Capture #030 - 'FanExpo 2013_ Ty Templeton's How To Plot Any Story In Under An Hour - YouTube' - www_youtube_com_watch_v=ZgnUp_L22lE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUWfdfOe3bbct4aOozdcLe-A

My WRITING FOR COMICS PART ONE workshop starts next week (I think there’s one space left, so let us know asap if you want it!). Click HERE to read about the class and the other two I will be teaching this fall, DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE FROM YOUR HEAD, and COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP PART ONE.

Today’s Bonus Hemingway Moment:

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It’s from artist Tom Gauld, but I couldn’t find a link to it on his own site so go check out his Tumblr  YOU’RE ALL JUST JEALOUS OF MY JETPACK.*

There’s No Place Like Holmes (part 2)

Daniel Wong 2013 cover b issueWe’re back with part two of our annual festival of comic goodness we call HOLMES INCORPORATED.   Today’s cover is brought to you by the letters “Daniel” and “Wong”, who turned in an action packed image that gives our family something to do on a slow Tuesday.  YIKES!

Yesterday we sneak peaked you into the first of TWO all new volumes for this summer, showing off FIVE (5) amazing new tales of the Holmes family in all their generations. Today, we bring you the second (2nd) of TWO (2) issues this year, with yet ANOTHER five fantastic features, and it’s also, officially, a doozy!

If you need to read the other slam-packed issues of Holmes Inc. , they’re all up online for FREE here!

Onwards to the new stuff!  WOO HOO!

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Starting off the issue with a bang (literally) we have newcomer Dave Franciosa showing off his splash page skills over a roller coaster ride of a script by Sam Noir.  Blow out the hero’s knee with a gun blast from a mysterious monster at the door, and set the scales at life or death…. THAT’S how  you start a story!  I’ll bet you want to read more, right?

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There’s that Franciosa fellow again, doing layouts this time, with Jason Roussel and Matthew Tavares finishing the pencils, and Christopher Yao inking, over top of character and prop designs from Rachael Wells.   This issue features a couple of jam stories by the whole Holmes Inc. Bullpen  (we were over-abundant with eager writers to the tune of two) and had to create art-teams to give life to a couple of our instant classic scripts.

Well, when James Cooper wrote a tale that absolutely everyone in the group wanted to work on, that’s what happened.  And it turns out that there’s some advantage in splitting up the layout/pencils and inks because the pages look better than the sum of their parts.  Who knew?

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First time contributor Taran Chadha didn’t work on the jam story because he was busy showing off his multi-level skills on a story he wrote, drew and grey toned all by his own self.  And WOW is the only word we can use.    Only the really good ones make it look so easy.

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With an utterly charming script from Holmes Inc. super-veteran Mike Marano (who doubled as assistant editor for this star turn…ye editor is SO proud), we see our next jam story.  This time laid out by the inimitable Rachael Wells and, penciled and inked by the whole gang (including some special guest stars from previous issues!) this story introduces us to another of Mike’s fantastic guest star characters!  Is she a new love interest for Edgar Holmes….or will she DESTROY HIM?!?

alchemy wheelchairYe editor pitched in with an art job of his own this year, with a story by second time Holmes Inc. author, Oliver Ho, that I had to get my hands on.  It’s spooky meets science-y, wrapped up in a mystery, and I got to draw Chinese Water Dragons, so everybody wins.

If you’re in Toronto, come on down to the FanExpo convention, meet the creators, and pick up your own copy (while supplies last, I suspect we might sell out of these mini-masterpieces).

ALSO:  Come on down to the FanExpo to hear me give out FREE lectures on creating comics for fun and profit.  Today’s lecture (which is, I think going on in the early afternoon 6:45pm Room 705) is called “How to Write a Plot in Under an Hour!”  There’s room for lots of people, so bring a friend!

Ty the Guy OUT!

For your Bonus Moment?  A map of Hall E

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Sticky Bun Toons?

Ooh, look at the big shot, so BUSY with work.

Ooh, look at the big shot, so BUSY with work.

I’m in the “so-late-with-my-latest-Marvel-project” zone that the clocks do nothing but terrify me, and have to spend the weekend catching up….(I want to have a job next month, you know.)

So…the Bun Toon had to be drawn in Stick Figure form this week, just to save time.

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Of course, with the idea being that this was supposed to SAVE me time, the Jack Kirby and Frank Miller mock-ups took me EXACTLY as long as most Bun Toons do….sigh.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Of course, your Bonus Moment is the greatest Stick Figure Comic of all time:

Larry Marder's Beanworld has been flying the Stick Figure Freak Flag since the 80s!

Larry Marder’s Beanworld has been flying the Stick Figure Freak Flag since the 80s!

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For last week's Bun Toon,  click the plump, fully rendered family of rabbits above. (PS:  It involves a free cartoon I wrote!!!)

For last week’s Bun Toon, click the plump, fully rendered family of rabbits above. (PS: It involves a free animated cartoon I wrote that you can watch here at Bun Toons Central!!!)

For The Bun Toon Archive, click the happy singing pastry.

For The Bun Toon Archive, click the happy singing pastry.

Happy Healthy Bun Toons! YAY!

Follow my advice, and like me, you'll live forever!

Follow my advice, and like me, you’ll live forever!

I’m nothing if not generous with helpful tips on how to make it as a big shot funny book artist such as myself.   Over the years I’ve shared the behind-the- scenes down low on who to pay off, who to give back rubs to, and who to smear with pudding.  I’ve taught you how to clean your brush, how to use your brush, and how to prepare your brush with a nice cheese sauce when the publisher never pays you.

Come with me once more, as the Bun Toons reveal…

healthy secrets of the pros

I’d have more to say on the subject, but I need to pee, and it’s up a flight of stairs.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Now, here’s your BONUS:

strength and fitness marvel style

Not a hoax.  Not an imaginary tale.  Marvel published this in the late Seventies (I think, don’t make me get my copy and read the indicia).  Anyone want to see a mid-Seventies Luke Cage do squat thrusts?  Show of hands…?

luke cage squats

Ah, I showed you anyway, and now you’re stuck with the image.

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For last week's long-past-the-freshness-date San Diego Bun Toon, click the cheerful rabbit above

For last week’s long-past-the-freshness-date San Diego Bun Toon, click the cheerful rabbit above

for the Bun Toon archive, click the equally pleased bunny up there

for the Bun Toon archive, click the equally pleased bunny up there

NEW COMICS DAY

Today at your Local Comics Store, the latest issue (#16) of Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures with a cover by me. I’m pretty pleased with how this cover turned out:

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And online, you can get a copy of Batman 66 #4–I did the interior art for this issue, scripted by Jeff Parker. I actually did a happy dance when I first saw the colours for this, done by Wes Hartman. (Print version goes on sale in a month)

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Race out to your Local Comics Store or your local computer and get your copy today!

Ty the Guy OUT!!

 

The Walking Dead 100 Project

Hero Initiative has been blasting through it’s collection of one hundred sketch covers of THE WALKING DEAD. The cover I did for them is up for auction this week. Click through, take a look, bid if you can…and check out some of the other covers up this week.

When the auction is finished, there will be a limited edition hardcover book gathering up all one hundred copies–if you don’t win an online auction, consider buying one and helping to support a good and worthwhile organisation. And, as always, you can donate at any time on their homepage, by using PayPal or a credit card. All donations are helpful and welcome.

$T2eC16FHJI!FHSuvDzzVBR5Ey7k1+g~~60_57

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Memory Tricks Bun Toons! What?

Again?  I did one of these yesterday?

Again? I did one of these yesterday?

Didja read yesterday’s Bun Toon?  Didja?

It’s up there as a link to yesterday.  Read that and then come back and read this:

memory tricks websize coloursEnhanced Honesty Plus.  It’s not just for American Media any more.

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Your Bonus Moment isn’t a happy one… A Bun Toon from a little over a year ago…

neighbourhood watchmen

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For last week's haunting Bun Toon (co-created with the wife!), click here

For last week’s haunting Bun Toon (co-created with the wife!), click here

For the Archive (Yes, it needs updating!) click here.

For the Archive (Yes, it needs updating!) click here.

Bandwagon Bun Toons!

Can I hop on?  I'll follow the trend...

Can I hop on the trend?

Okay.  So the MAN OF STEEL movie is making serious bank.  Obviously, there’s a public out there hungry for a cynical, terrifying Superman.

No one’s stupid enough to ignore that audience.  So…

websizeOf course, we need David S. Goyer and a production company to make the money off these ideas…but there’s gold in there, Jerry!  GOLD!

And I think I want that Family Circus panel as a T-Shirt.

By the way, just so there’s no confusion.  I actually liked the MAN OF STEEL movie…

Ty the Guy OUT!

DC Comics is already ahead of the trend of the parent company.  This is from a recent World’s Finest, apparently.

Next: Aquaman drowns Wonder Woman.

Next: Aquaman drowns Wonder Woman.  COOL.

Optimism and honour in our heroes is SO 20th Century.

Discuss.

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treasure map link

For last week’s Bun Toon, a Tribute to Kim Thompson, click the happy ‘coon.

For the Bun Toon archive, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, click here.

For the Man Of Steel Bun Toon Review, click here

For the Man Of Steel Bun Toon Review, click here

Kim Thompson Bun Toons.

The secret origin story of the bunny.

The secret origin story of the bunny.

The great Kim Thompson passed away this week.

Along with Gary Groth and Fantagraphics, he made the 80s a rich, exciting time to read comics.  Love and Rockets, Neat Stuff, Bitchy Bitch, Critters, Usagi Yojimbo, Fission Chicken…Fantagraphics was the coolest, bestest comics publisher in the whole world, and half the reason comic stores were an exciting new idea back then.

When I worked at Vortex Comics, putting out Stig’s Inferno and Mister X, there was no secret to the idea that we were trying to be the Fantagraphics of Canada.  Hell, we even hired away the Hernandez Brothers to do the first four issues of Mister X.   We had Jamie envy.

But my experience at Vortex ended badly, and my experience at Eclipse ended badly (for  completely different reasons – neither my fault), and in 1986, my comic book partner and best friend, Klaus Shoenefeld passed away at the age of 24.    It was a very low point in my life.

That’s when Kim Thompson called me on the phone and asked if I wanted to do some stories for Fantagraphics.

Literally, at the moment I was re-considering doing comics as a way to make a living, the coolest, bestest, comics publisher in the world thought I was worth a call.

What follows is the first story Kim ever bought off of me.  (click on the images to enlarge if they’re hard to read.   It’s eight pages long, so settle in with a lunch…)

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Yes, it’s a weak-sauce Walk Kelly pastiche….but it was the first thing I did for Critters.  Kim talked me into doing funny animals comics when I thought crittersthere was no value in them.  He introduced me to the work of Carl Barks and MADE me read his duck stuff, even when I didn’t want to.   Kim convinced me I was good at what I did when I was young enough to have trouble believing it.  He introduced me to Alan Moore (over the phone) and put us together on a project that included a rock and roll single that Moore and I traded A and B sides on.  That’s the cover to Critters #23 above and to the left…here’s the single being played on a RECORD PLAYER!  (I’m old.)

fbi records

Kim was the biggest champion of great comics you ever met, and Fantagraphics published comics that cost them money because they believed  in those creators and projects like no other publisher.   Who does that?

Those long ago years when I did a handful of stories with Kim Thompson at Fantagraphics are what told me I was actually in a comics industry worth being in.   I never had an editor or publisher be so nice to me, or be so supportive, or “get” comics like Kim.

F*** you, cancer.

Ty the Guy

Kim, when I first met him.

Kim, when I first met him.

Later Kim.  Holding some of the many awards he piled up.

Later Kim. Holding some of the many awards he absolutely deserved for his contribution to our art form.

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man of steel link

For last week’s MAN OF STEEL REVIEW BUN TOON, click Kal-el.

For the Bun Toon archive, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, click here.

Research material for your weekend movie watching

So, it sounds like all the people who haven’t already seen Man of Steel are gearing up to see it tonight or tomorrow. I’ve seen LOTS of comments from people I know–and I’m impressed that the opinions are completely divided. People either hate it with a fiery passion or they’ve already bought tickets to see it for a third time.

DON’T tell me any spoilers, and plot points or…well, anything, as I’m planning to see it tomorrow with my youngest son. I’ve heard it’s a “Superman for our times” or “a Superman movie for people who weren’t Superman fans.”  Until I get to see it and have my own opinions, I thought I’d post some research material showing what I know about the character of Superman up until today, courtesy of past Bun Toons.

First up, the man himself:

Superman in Four Panels

 

And the woman herself:

lois in four panels websizeAnd lastly, I made my own predictions as to how the summer’s box office would go–we’ll see in a couple of days how right I was:

movie predictions rev

 

Ty the Guy

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Bonus moments of superhero goodness!

My kids have always been superhero fans and showed it at an early age.

superboys

Superboy Taylor and Superbaby Sean

and, much like their dad, they didn’t always worry about whether they liked the guy everyone else liked:

blue-superman-photo

Kellam in Blueface. Hallowe’en 1999, with Bunny Taylor and TyBunny

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And your Bonus bonus moment:

kellsupes

Click HERE to go to “Superman vs. Jesus vs. Halloween”

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