Tag Archives: costumes

Halloween Bun Toons! YAY!

krabappel bun toons

Halloween is always  my favourite day of the year.  Better than Christmas because you’re not expected to get presents for cousins you don’t like, and you get to dress like a sexy badger if that’s your thing.

Yesterday was Free Comic Book Day for Halloween all over this land, and many happy people showed up to their local comic shop to be converted to the love of the Hallow’s Eve with free comics and fun.

But it was not always this way….

BWAH HAH HAH HA HAAAA!

ONE FINE HALLOWEEN WEBSIZE

This actually happened.

But yesterday, they showed up with happy grins.

Geek acceptance moves forward.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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For last week's tribute to Filmation, click the singing animation stars above

For last week’s tribute to Filmation, click the singing animation stars above

For the Bun Toon Archive (more than you could read in a LIFETIME!) click the bunny logo above

For the Bun Toon Archive (more than you could read in a LIFETIME!) click the bunny logo above

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.

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Superboy Taylor and Superbaby Sean

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

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

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And your Bonus bonus moment:

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

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Hallowe’en 2012

Kellam wanted to try something different and sculpted this skull.

Halloween has come and gone, and though the spirit of Sandy dampened a few trick or treaters, we still make the holiday merry around here or people answer to me.

We begin with the youngest…Katherine.

Katherine had planned her costume for months, including having her hair cut short and dyed blonde. She did a gender-swap cosplay and went to school, and trick-or-treating, as everyone’s favorite yester-cartoon “Callie and Hobbes.” I thought hers would be an easy costume for people to “get” but she reported that the boys at school all knew instantly who she was, but the girls were mystified.  Is Calvin no longer a thing?  Do we want to even live in that world?

Taylor considered repeating his popular Rorshach from last year, but eventually settled on Leon, from Resident Evil. My daughter-in-law Jessica has featured on my blog many times for her incredible decorated cakes, but she also makes the most amazing costumes. Over the years she’s made Jimmy Olson and Rexplode for Kellam to wear, and Taylor was thrilled to discover that his old Leon costume fit him perfectly.

Sean tends to be more of a last-minute costume guy. He used to be all about Spider-Man or knights so we would buy or make his costume, but these days, he puts bits and pieces together mere hours before he goes out. This year, inspired by his newfound Doctor Who fandom he decided on The Fourth Doctor. An oversized Dollar Store cowboy hat, a multicoloured scarf his mother had knit many many many years ago for Kellam, an argyle sweater of Dad’s and a new tie put together with Dad’s winter coat, and Sean was happy. (He had a white collared shirt but decided, in the pouring rain, no one was going to be looking that closely at his costume.) He and Keiren did drive around to a few stores trying to find something to approximate a sonic screwdriver but he eventually decided he didn’t need it, as he needed the extra hand free to both fight time-criminals and eat candy.

 I’m assured this is a costume.  Kellam was dressed as a character from Assassin’s Creed, having just come from The Comic Book Lounge’s Hallowe’en event.  I’m also assured he killed no one, but he’s also duty bound not to tell me if he HAD killed someone, so I’m skeptical.

The grown-ups stayed home with a distant cousin who had gone to Catholic school his whole life, and made him watch Rocky Horror Picture Show.  He’s been seen shopping for garters and mascara today, so it might have had an effect on the lad.

Pictured: Something you don’t see much in Catholic School…but don’t get me started.


Happy Spook Day Everybody!

Ty the Guy OUT!!

Here now, your BONUS Holloween Comic Book Moments:

In case that didn’t seem cruel enough for you…

…then I present the Budwiser Star Trek Float.

…and this medieval monstrosity.

This wins.

Holiday Bun Toons! YAY!

For the Great Pumpkin commands me!

Ever since I was a child, the great debate was about which holiday was the best all year.   To me, it was never close.

It’s not even close.

Ty the Guy OUT!

And now, as if there was still a chance Christmas was still in the running, here’s your BONUS Halloween Comic Book Moments.

Today is FREE HALLOWEEN COMIC BOOK DAY! Come to the shop and get this BATMAN ADVENTURES comic book (written and drawn by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton!) for FREE!

Today is FREE HALLOWEEN COMIC BOOK DAY! Come to the shop and get this Marvel Adventures comic book (featuring Spider-Man, written and drawn by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton!) for FREE!

Yes!  It’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY in the fall, and it features not one, but TWO comics by Dan Slott and myself.  Remember, you can’t spell “FREE COMICS” without Dan Slott and Ty Templeton.  And I’ll be appearing in person at STADIUM COMICS  in Brampton’s SHOPPERS WORLD MALL to give the lovely treats away!  (See yesterday’s Art Land Post for details).

And hey…don’t forget my latest issue of Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures is on sale today as well.  (Though you have to pay for that one…)

What wacky Halloween adventures do I have in store for Spidey This Month?!?

Who says it isn’t the Ty Templeton Age of Spider-Man Halloween Comics?

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For last week’s “controversial conversation betwixt father and son” Bun Toon, click above.

For the archive of past Bun Toons (which needs an update, I know, stop nagging me, I promise I’ll do it!) click above

True Halloween Bun Toons Extravaganza, YAY!

BOO! (True story!)

Around this house, Halloween is better than Christmas, and more fun than Birthdays.  You get to wear a disguise and see inside your neighbour’s front door.  We rarely do that on Christmas.

As always, every word of this is true, we didn’t even change the names of the innocent.  Screw the innocent.  What did they ever do for me?

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your BONUS Bun Toons Halloween Moment:  From last year’s epic Halloween Bun Toon.

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For last week's equally true Bun Toons, click on the Rabbit

For every Bun Toon ever, click the Rabbit again!

Superman vs. Jesus vs. Hallowe’en Toons! Yay!

It’s Saturday, and time for me to blaspheme again.  This time, it’s SEASONAL!

I've given you bun toons. Now you owe me candy.

Please, no letters or emails, I’m illiterate anyway.

Enjoy your trick or treating, folks.  And try to remember, if you really want to gain weight this weekend, forget candy and head straight for a KFC Double Down, your doctor will be glad you did.

TY THE GUY OUT!!

Here now, your Bun Toons moment of Zen:

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For last week’s BUN TOONS, click the image below:

For the ORIGINAL Superman vs. Jesus, click the image below:

The Top Seven Cheap and Lazy Halloween Costumes for Comic and SF Fans

Every year, Halloween sneaks up on me.  Perhaps it’s the lack of pumpkin carols, but that damn October 31st arrives with me unprepared all the time, and it’s made me a bit of an expert in the quickly-thrown-together costume game.  I’ve spent many costume parties in the laziest, cheapest and dumbest outfits of all time, and now because of the complex instrument that is the inter-tubes, I get to share my vast knowledge of corner-cutting and panache with you, the discerning comic book and SF fan.  Considering the economy, there’s never been a better time for…

THE SEVEN CHEAPEST AND LAZIEST  HALLOWEEN COSTUMES for COMIC and SF FANS

Above: way too much effort

NUMBER 1

You literally couldn’t get lazier than our first one, and yet, it’s one of the best and most recognizable SF icons of the last 30 years.  When you wake up in the morning, and put on your ratty old housecoat to go from bed to bathroom without upsetting the roomies with a glance at the twig and berries, grab a towel on the way out of the commode, and TA-DAA…you’re Arthur Dent.  I actually saw someone wearing this for a costume parade at a convention this year, and I must admit, I wanted to vote for him, just for sheer lazy-clever points.

Any idiot can do this.

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NUMBER 2

This one requires a lifetime of preparation, but no effort on Halloween itself.  If you’re six foot three and black, have muscle definition like a steroid addicted MMA fighter, and are willing to shave your head, then we have the perfect disguise for you.  Put on a black t-shirt, and grab a white girlfriend, and you are LUKE CAGE, breakout star of Marvel’s AVENGERS.

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Twenty years of weight lifting and one t-shirt and you're done.

Oh sure, Luke’s old costume was a stark reminder that African Americans dressed with too much “flair” in 70s…

His favorite holiday was "Sweet Christmas" anyway...

…but Brian Hitch and Brian Michael Bendis changed all that a few years ago with their minimalist approach to invulnerable black superheroes.  This one will go over great with your nerdiest friends, so long as the idea of a muscular black giant with nerdy friends is not analyzed.

For white people willing to shave their heads.  A nice suit and a pissy attitude makes you PRESIDENT LUTHOR from the animated film SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES, no questions asked.

Note: If you're Howie Mandel, remember to shave the soul patch

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NUMBER 3

This idea has ALMOST no work involved, and can be used in three possible ways.  First, grab as destroyed a piece of fabric as you can find in your house (something you formerly used to wash the car with, but is now too scuzzy and damaged for even that).  Then, strip down to the birthday suit, and wrap the fabric around your midsection.

1)  If you can squint and grow a beard, you’re TAYLOR from the original Planet of the Apes.

Charlton Heston is the one on the left, for a change.

2)  If you cannot grow a beard, draw spots on the fabric with a Sharpie and you are Tarzan of the Apes.

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Do not include the lion in the costume. It's too much work.

3)   If you have neither a beard or a magic marker, you can claim to be an American home-owner, six months into the future.  As long as it’s the future, it’s still SF.

It's funny because of genuine human suffering

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NUMBER 4

This takes a few moments of very slight effort, but no money (unless you count the cost of scotch tape), and it involves recycling, so it’s good for the planet.  Go through your plastics and paper bin, find used cups, old magazines, candy wrappings and the like, and tape them to your body so that you look like a pile of garbage.  When people ask who you’re supposed to be, you tell them you’re movie  star, Mel Gibson.  The laugh is worth the smell.

Gibson and his last friend, out hunting for a career

NUMBER 5

This one requires a pair of sweat pants that really stretch, and an old turkey baster or CD spool.  Simply put the pokey object down the back of your track suit (held tightly between the cheeks, or taped to your upper thighs) and when folks ask, claim to be a UFO abductee.  The thing tenting the back of your pants is the anal probe.  Not only will people enjoy your creativity, you’ll be the one having the most fun on the dance floor.

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Not pictured: Those awkward "first date" moments.

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NUMBER 6

One for the ladies.  The ultimate in lazy costuming may be the most impressive on the list, but the effect only works the following morning.  Simply don’t show up to the party you’ve been invited to, and tell people that you were there.  Obviously, since no one saw you, you were the Invisible Woman from the Fantastic Four.  Jessica Alba never looked so good, and now you can too.  For the gentlemen, we must go back to the classic INVISIBLE MAN from H.G. Wells.  Try to be invited to dozens of parties you don’t plan to attend, and spread this astounding costume around town.

The Invisible Woman, and I think she's naked.

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NUMBER 7

Another great classic that never goes out of style.  As soon as you arrive at the party, instantly find the closet where they hang up the coats, and go inside.  Refuse to come out for the rest of the party and TA-DAA, you’re Jodie Foster, star of the classic film, Contact.  I might be savaged by a high priced Hollywood lawyer for suggesting this, but you’ll be the hit of the get-together.

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Please don’t sue me, I’m trying to be funny.

-There, that should get you through any emergency party situation with as little work on your part as possible.  And if these don’t work, remember the advice of Christina Ricci from the ADAMS FAMILY movie, show up in street clothes and tell people you’re a SERIAL KILLER, because they look just like you and me…

but only if you look like this.

-and of course, any hot girl at the party is likely to be a Cylon.  Avoid them at all costs.

You'll be glad you left them alone.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your comic book moment of zen:

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For more Topical Top List Fun, see last week’s TOP TEN BLACK PRESIDENTS OF SCIENCE FICTION by clicking on Morgan Freeman.  I promise, he’ll be commanding and comforting at the same time, even if we’re all about to die.