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Free Comic Book Day Bun Toons! YAY!

It's Comic Book Day!  Like Easter and Christmas and Losing your Virginity all at once!  Only with comics!

It’s Comic Book Day! Like Easter and Christmas and Losing your Virginity all at once! Only with comics!

I have arisen this morning and left my home within minutes…no time for an original Bun Toon (the rules are very strict…I gots to do ‘em the morning I get up, folks and folkesses!) But….since it is…

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…there is a feast of FREE COMICS here on the Bun Toon, for you to enjoy.

We’ll start with the Rules:

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Okay, sure, that was a free cartoon on my website, but what about a free Ty Templeton Spider-Man comic book at my local store?

We have you covered there as well…

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Apparently, if you pick up the new Rocket Racoon Free Comic Book from Marvel, it includes a back-up story by me and Joe Caramagna from the Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures series.   That’s the first page of a rollicking space adventure up there, and you can have the rest of the story FREE at any participating comic store!

Wait!  You want more free?  Here’s a complete Spider-Man story by Ty Templeton and Dan Slott!

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Yeah, that’s from about three years ago, but if I posted anything more recent without permission, Marvel would vaporize my backside.

If you’re in the Toronto/Brampton area, come and watch me give out free comics in person at:

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Stadium Comics at Shoppers World Brampton (Hwy 7 and Hwy 10, more or less)  

With all the traffic problems in Toronto, it’s probably an easier drive that anywhere downtown.  Come and see me…anyone under ten years old gets a free sketch!  Adults must pay through the nose and call me Lord Highmaster.

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THANK YOU, AL FELDSTEIN

When I was eleven years old, I saw the movie THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE with my mom, and felt very grown up to have seen a film with swearing in it.  A couple of days later, I saw this issue of Mad Magazine and had enough money on me to buy it.

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At eleven, I was already waaay into comic books, and drawing, and I couldn’t get over the idea that a comic book had a painted cover that looked sort of like Norman Rockwell had painted it.  But…oh my…the interior artwork…

I copied every artist in this book over and over again.  Tried to paint that cover with acrylics and draw like George Woodbridge and Mort Drucker and Dave Berg and Paul Coker Jr. and Bob Clarke and Angelo Torres and Al Jaffee and everyone involved in this issue.  I couldn’t believe the level of artistic skill on display in a comic book that made me laugh like a monkey when I was eleven.

So I got the next issue and the next…and immediately I was a subscriber.  It was the first magazine I ever subscribed to.  The first issue that came in the mail had THIS cover:

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In this age of the internet, it’s hard to understand the level of subversion involved in this cover.  I understand it was banned in a number of stores and even a few American states wouldn’t let it be displayed within their borders.   Take that, developing taste in pop culture!

Mad Magazine rather quickly became a cornerstone of my personality.  At the age of 20, when it first occurred to me I might actually have the skills to make a living in this biz, I sent samples of my work out to Playboy, the New Yorker and Mad Magazine (it never crossed my mind to work on Super-heroes at the time, I was a gag cartoonist…)

All three magazines rejected my work (as they should have, the work was terrible), but the rejection from Mad Magazine was a treasure to me, because it was signed by Al Feldstein, editor.  It was like an autograph, and the rejection hung over my desk for years, somewhat proudly.

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Al Feldstein: Grinning mischievously after rejecting me, the callous bastard.

We lost Al Feldstein this week at the age of 88.  I never got a chance to meet him in person, but he absolutely changed my life when I was eleven, and kicked me in the pants when I was 20.  He retired when I was about 25, so I never worked for him…but…

This was the first issue of Mad Magazine to include my work.

This was the first issue of Mad Magazine to include my art.

I finally got to his magazine.  Thank you Al Feldstein, for ruining my life with your sense of humour and subversion, and forcing me to become one of the Gang of Idiots.  It’s all your fault!  I could have been a plumber!

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Not another one!

R.I.P. Efram Zimbalist Jr.

This silver haired devil had the coolest name in show biz.

This silver haired devil had the coolest name in show biz.

A television staple throughout my childhood on FBI and a number of other shows, I always dug this guy’s off-beat name and too-handsome-for-the-room mustache.

But the world of Batman knew and loved him as the voice of ALFRED PENNYWORTH, butler to the cave.

"anything else you need cleaned up, Master Bruce...?"

“anything else you need cleaned up, Master Bruce…?”

Thanks for all the memories, Efram.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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For last week's Bun Toon about Fanboys and their difficulties with Fangirls, click here...

For last week’s Bun Toon about Fanboys and their difficulties with Fangirls, click here…

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For the Bun Toon archive, click here

 

 

 

Busy Weekend at Stadium Comics in Brampton

So I can’t come to the Bun Toon right now.  I shall Bun Toon when I get back from Stadium Comics…(might even come up with my idea while I’m there).  I’ll be sketching, and signing copies of Marvel’s free comic book for today, one of my Ultimate Spidey Adventures.

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But fear not, fellow Tooners of the Bun, I shall be here fresh and early tomorrow with your weekend Rabbit Funnies.

It’s Free Halloween Comic Book Day, I get to go give out free comics.  It’s like DOUBLE CHRISTMAS!!

Ty

For your bonus comic moment, here’s the Batman 66 inspired print I’m bringing with me today:

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Bun Toons! YAY!

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It’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!  Hoo-hah!  This is like Christmas and Hallowe’en rolled into one jelly donut, and mainlined into your fan-brain.  I am joining in for the big day by spending my waking hours at STADIUM COMICS in Toronto, (499 Main Street South, Shoppers World Mall in Brampton) along with Ken Lashley, Marcus To, Adam Gorham, Agnes Garbowska and plenty more makers of super-heroes, cartoons and funnybooks… and I hope to see you all down there for sketches, delightful stories, and big grins on the faces of all the peoples.

Because I am out of the house early this morning, there’s no time for me to Bun Toon!  But rather than JUST running a repeat from yesteryear (which I do at the end of today’s post, scroll down below), I have a brand new, never before seen tale by my eldest son, Kellam, to keep you demanding net-surfers satisfied.  Who says this isn’t the golden age of Bun Toon nepotism?

No more ado.

Art Land presents “HELPING” by Kellam Templeton-Smith:

Because getting your kids to draw your comic strip is a tradition Bill Keane can no longer do...

Because getting your kids to draw your comic strip is a tradition Bill Keane is far too dead to participate in any more.

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This story was created in under twelve hours by my son at the most recent Comic Book Marathon, back in April.  The story and the art was completed in one sitting (except for bathroom breaks) while surrounded by dozens of equally devoted creators wrestling with their own muses.  I can barely write my own name when I’m in public, but Kellam soldiered on tirelessly for the duration and created this chilling tale, ad libbed on paper in one swell foop.

Whee.

Ty the Proud Guy OUT!

Since it’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, you get more than one bonus moment.

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The two paintings above are by today’s fill-in Bun Tooner, my boy Kellam.  I think they’re both self-portraits, but admittedly, the bottom one – with the glasses – looks more like him.  Yes, he has big metal bolt-things sticking out of his ears sometimes.  They all do, these kids today.

(Kellam’s deviantart gallery:  Spartan Ideal)

Here’s LAST  YEAR’S FREE COMIC BOOK DAY BUN TOON:  The rules still apply, but the odds of a John Carter reference meaning anything in the future  dims with each passing hour.

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See you at Stadium Comics at SHOPPERS WORLD, Brampton.

Iron Man 3 has already come out, and my review was 100 % accurate!  Click on last week's Bun Toon and see how well my OTHER predictions do...

Iron Man 3 has already come out, and my pre-cognitive-review was 100 % accurate! Click on last week’s Bun Toon and see how well my OTHER predictions do…

For the Bun Toon archive, always Free Comic Book Day around here...click the gratis rabbit

For the Bun Toon archive (always Free Comic Book Day around here), click the gratis rabbit

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

Free Bun Toons! YAY!

Today, just for you guys…no charge.

It’s Free Comic Book Day!   The day that makes Halloween, Christmas and Super-Bowl Sunday feel like a stomach cramp on a sewage dump.    Get out to your local comic store and grab some goodies, and remember to bring the kids, we need to get them addicted while they’re too young to resist.

Hee hee.  I drew the naked people anatomically correct before I blurred it all out.  That’s the real perk to my skill set, I can draw out-of-shape naked people ANY time I want.

Stop reading the internet you fools.  GO OUT FOR FREE COMICS!

TY THE GUY OUT!

When everything’s free, everything’s a free bonus, but you get one anyway.

For those who live in Toronto, come on down tonight, to the COMIC BOOK LOUNGE for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (just east of the corner at College and Clinton!) then come back in the evening and watch ON THE COUCH…our live comic book talk show.  I’ll be at the Lounge all day, doing sketches from 2.00 pm until 7.00, when I’ll take a break for dinner and come back for the talk show!   Too much fun for one location!

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For last week’s distaff Bun Toons, drawn by my daughter and my daughter in law, click the bunny boy.

For Every Bun Toon Ever (constantly FREE, just like FREE comic book day!) click the bunny boy again!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and…

Saturday May 5 is Free Comic Book Day ! It’s like Christmas with less nog!

Christmas is RUINED. If only there was something to read with Batman in it, some time in May...

But just in case FREE COMICS aren’t enough for you ravenous T-Dot funny book fans–it’s also the weekend of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, where the best of the indy creators gather together and just commit art all over the joint. Bring splash guards for all the flyin’ ink and paint.

You want MORE?  Free Comics and a great comics convention isn’t enough?   How greedy are you guys?  Okay, just to calm down the insatiable maw I sense out there, The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery ( conveniently located at the same address as the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop) will be crawling with lots of great comics creators including Stuart Immonen, Kathryn Immonen, Gibson Quarter, Marco Rudy, Raffaele Ienco, Mike Del Mundo, David J. Cutler, Karly Macdonald and this long eared Ty-Bunny, signing autographs, doin’ sketches, and making FREE COMIC BOOK DAY the magical adventure that it is.

According to the plans I’ve heard, there will be face painting for the kids, a mini artists alley, and obviously–free comics!! And word has it that Toronto Batman might make an appearance.

There, I hope that satisfies you folks for a day of comics fun.   After that exhausting day is over, I’m going to put my feet up on the couch at the Comic Book Lounge…and…

WAIT!  THERE’S MORE?!?!?

After the Free Comic Book Day events are over,  starting at 8pm, I will be sitting talking with my guests about Canadians and the comics industry exploring the idea of “As Canadian as possible under the circumstances.” in a LIVE talk show.

The first person I thought of to be my first guest ever was Mark Askwith. I’ve known Mark for thirty years now? Wow–long enough that I’ve lost track. I met Mark back when he was manager of The Silver Snail comic shop. When Mark created the much-beloved and much-missed Prisoners of Gravity for TVO, I did the art for the opening sequence, and guested on it frequently. These days, Mark is a producer at Space:  The Imagination Station, producing Inner Space. That’s only some of his comics cred–there’s so much more!

And we’ve got Will Pascoe, director of an upcoming documentary about the Golden Age of Canadian comics superheroes. And we’ve got Scott Chantler, the award winning creator of Two Generals and Towers of Treasure! Not enough for you? We’ve also got Ken Lashley–as he says in his bio “[he's] worked for them all, Lucasfilm, lucas arts, Hasbro, Mattel, Dc comics, Marvel comics, Fox sports..etc..” In the midst of his many projects, he’s doing covers for DC Comics at the moment.

We’re planning for roughly an hour–but if we’re having too good a time, we might go longer. And the audience isn’t allowed to be shy, as we will be taking questions! (But keep your questions relevant to the conversation.  No one gets to bring up our Mayor’s weight problems or the price of gas.).

When On the Couch’s inaugural episode is over, there will be an announcement of the Joe Shuster Award nominations. Then–

–an Industry Night Party to celebrate comics, Canadians, the Shuster Awards and anything else we can think of.  We will make you ACHE with fun.

Come join us for some of, or all of the day–and the night! We’re excited about everything we have planned for Free Comic Book Day and for On the Couch with Ty Templeton. (This will be the  first of hopefully many On the Couch episodes–unless there’s a death in the audience, or an armed rebellion, we’re coming back).

Ty the Guy OUT!!

Here now, your BONUS FREE COMIC BOOK MOMENT:

Isn't this cool? And it didn't cost you a dime.

Free Comic Book Day!!

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, May 7. Ty will be appearing at Paradise Comics, Toronto, Ontario (after lunch-ish…he’s been keeping some late nights working on the art for the Bill Finger biography).

Other guests will be Emily Ragozzino (Dork Girl, Tom Boy Tara);

Ken Wheaton (Radioactive Man, Futurama)

Dave Ross (teacher at Max the Mutt Animation School)

and last, but certainly never least–”Canada’s Ultimate Fangirl” Liana K.

So, stop by Saturday for sketches and autographs and FREE comic books!!

Keiren

SATURDAY IS ALWAYS FREE COMICS DAY at ART LAND!

Big day.  It’s our Christmas, and I’m out playing Santa in downtown Toronto at Paradise Comics.  Come visit!

And now, with just a little further ado, we bring you the Saturday Morning Comics.

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Oh, those silly space rogues, what will they get into next week?  I wish the hell I knew– who has time to write that far in advance?

(read the previous chapters here)

In the meantime, here’s—

COMIC ARCHEOLOGY 101

This blog was originally set up to scan and sort out all the original art and old unprinted things I’d done in the eleven decades I’ve been in the biz (starting as a ghost inker on “THE YELLOW KID”) .  In my most recent bout of going through  “THE PILE”, I came across some comic strips that I’d done for my high school paper… in COLOUR!  (I have no recollection of  a colour edition of our high school paper, but I remember things about as well as that Dorrie the fish character  from….you know…that movie with the fish– so anything is possible.)

But I scanned ‘em, and now you get to laugh at them (for all the wrong reasons at this point) and see where it all began…with no apparent talent whatsoever.  Oh, yes, I was a little influenced by Doonesbury back then.  I was sixteen, and at that age, one’s instinct is to directly steal someone else’s style and skills.  It’s why teen girls love vampire stories–ALL teenagers are vampires in some way, the little shits.

And now, after so much ado, I present, the crappy work of a 16 year old Ty.

It's funny because it's true, I think.

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I’m getting all nostalgic for a time when people sat in bars without open carry weapons.

Here’s another one from the days when TV was a broadcast medium.  I might put up more of these cave paintings next week, unless someone stops me with an injunction.  You’ve been warned.

Comedy from back when I had hair on my head.

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That’s it for today.  See you back here next week when I figure out a way to have Stavros and Lana escape from certain death, or I ignore it completely and start a new adventure on Venus.  It depends on how much spare time I have to write a GOOD script.  And don’t forget to visit me at PARADISE COMICS today for a free comic book, a free sketch, a free smile and a free curse in VODON-ESE.

Ty the Guy.

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Saturday is Free Comic Book Day

Tomorrow, Ty will be at

Free Comic Book Day

at Paradise Comics, 3278 Yonge Street, Toronto (Canada) from 12pm – 6pm. He’ll be signing, sketching and telling stories…some of them might be true.  Check the Paradise Comics website for more info (including information about the other guests,

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The Joe Shuster Awards blog has a list of events taking place across Canada, check it out here and see what’s on.

Most retailers will have some amount of free comics and possibly some sort of sale. Keep in mind that not all stores will have the same comics, or even all the comics:  the retailers have to order the giveaway-comics just as they order any others, and the free-for-you comics actually cost them money.  So, be nice, and plan to purchase something while at the store if you find yourself with a big ol’ pile of freebies.

Also, many retailers will limit the amount of comics you can take…and there are some who may charge you the quarter they paid for them.  This promotion is for the fans–but it costs the publishers and the retailers money to support it.

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And speaking of supporting the retailers, if you’re looking for FINE comic product to spend your shekels upon, consider these Simpsons books, now on sale…

ON SALE RIGHT NOW, you lucky, lucky people. Writ and Drewn by the Guy.

I've only got one page in here, but the other hundred and some odd pages are pretty cool, too!

Say, isn't it time someone finally made fun of Tiger Woods? Check out this month's MAD for the Ty-based Hilarity.

And for those who live in the world of the future, make sure your retailer orders copies of…

I gets to draw me Spidey-Man again! On sale next week, or next month, they never tell me.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, PILGRIMS!  IT’S HERE!!

And of course, EVERY Saturday is Free Comic Day at Art Land.  Check back tomorrow for FREE WEBCOMICS, as Stavros, Lana, and Lord Vodon (All High Imperial Ruler of the Known Galaxy) fight over the cost of a magazine subscription, in LAST ROUND-UP ON THE SINISTER SPACECRAFT OF FORBIDDEN LOVE, part FOUR!  And a couple of museum cartoons that required one of those soft archeology brushes to clean off. (previous chapters of Last Round-Up are here.)

Ty the Guy.  BUNNY OUT!


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Free Comic Book Day is coming…

This year, Ty will be at Paradise Comics in Toronto.

Says Paradise Comics in their Facebook press release  (and yes, I hyper-linked everything…I can’t stop myself),

Paradise Comics is happy to participate in the 8th annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with a special gathering of creators. In attendance will be

LEONARD KIRK
who joins New Mutants in July, coming off his work on Dark X-Men to draw the team of young X-graduates with writer Zeb Wells.

TY TEMPLETON
Currently, Ty is writing IDW’s Star Trek comic book, working for Bongo, DC, Marvel and others, as well as teaching at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop

RICHARD ISANOVE
His distinctive coloring on the Wolverine: Origin series marked a new direction in coloring in the comics medium.It was soon followed by the Blockbuster Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series of comics

HILARY LEUNG
Hilary Leung is a designer by day, illustrator by night and ultimate player on weekends. Having spent the last five years pursuing other dreams, he is happy to return to his first true love – drawing The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear is an illustrated children’s story about three friends who discover an important truth about equality and how to appreciate one another.

AND AS A SPECIAL TREAT WE WILL ALSO HAVE

LIANA K
LlANA has been called “Canada’s Ultimate Fangirl” by the Edmonton Journal, is a prominent voice in the world of all things geeky. She was the “Red” half of Ed & Red’s Night Party!, Canada’s longest running comedy series, she co-hosts a talk radio show on Toronto’s CFRB, and writes feature articles for http://www.gamingexcellence.com. She is also an avid cosplayer. Special insider look at upcoming Ed and Red TV shows!

We will be giving out over 20 different individual comics from a variety of publishers including Marvel,D.C, Dark Horse and many others

WHAT IS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY?
Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.”

Keiren