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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility Bun Toons

Just so we're clear...I'm not responsible for this cartoon.

Let’s count all the ways history got it wrong…

the inevitable conclusion

In case anyone wasn’t up on this week’s moron-fan du jour…a blogger named “Janey” accused Rick Remender of writing a scene of statutory rape between The Falcon and a severely underaged character named “Jet”.  Of course, the very script in question included a scene giving the character’s age as twenty-three, but reading that panel would have spoiled all the rage and indignity this moron blogger could muster.

Test your reading comprehension skills against "Janey" the moron.

Test your reading comprehension skills against “Janey” the moron.

Add that to the fact that Jet is the one clearly seducing Falcon throughout the scene, and of course, her righteous rage started a twitter hashtag “#firerickremender” that had quite a bit of steam for a couple of days…despite being based entirely on one moron with a grudge against the writer and the keen analytic mind of a stray dog.

Oh, internet.  Is there anything your rush to judgement cannot make better?

Apparently Janey has had to take down her blog page due to internet flaming. She aggressively tried to cost someone their livelihood because of her own moron fueled actions and is now apparently upset that there’s a consequence to that.  Who’d have thunk?

Ty the Guy OUT!

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I understand the Falcon is getting his own series from Marvel fairly soon.  I hope they give it a writer who isn’t obsessed with statutory rape scenes, as, you know…. some people are.

falcon is angry

 

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to read last week’s equally indignant Bun Toon, click the underage white woman above…

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Hugely Successful Bun Toons! YAY!

Finally....success and fortune are mine!

Finally….success and fortune are mine!

 

 

 

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I’m leaning ethnic, but I shouldn’t rule out handicapped or something in the GLBTQ territories…there’s big money in those emerging identities.

I know this will be considered a risky move for the future of this beloved web-toon–to carry on without the only continuing character in the strip….but I can’t exactly do alt-cover second printings with a foil wrap, can I?  I have to get in on the sweet, sweet green any way I can.

Don’t make me actually earn it.

Let us now have a moment of silence, for the little white rabbit, who has delighted us all for so long–Struck down in the prime of life, to fulfill his duties to the corporation.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Apparently, I’m not the first person to think of this…

I'm fairly certain it follows the same plot...hit by a bus, Spider-man arrives to comfort the dying, etc.

I’m fairly certain it follows the same plot…hit by a bus, Spider-man arrives to comfort the dying, etc.

Although this cover of the same book offers troubling details that derail my theory...

Although this alt cover of the same book offers troubling details that derail my theory…

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For the last Bun Toon, published  before the beloved bunny passed away…click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, so you can peruse the Bunny's adventures in life, and remember him as he was...click here

For the Bun Toon archive, so you can peruse the Bunny’s adventures in life, and remember him as he was…click here

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Bun Toons Go Snkt! YAY!

Not rain, nor sleet, nor dead of night can keep this cartoonist from his appointed webcomic...but a computer glitch sure can.

Not rain, nor sleet, nor dead of night can keep this cartoonist from his appointed webcomic…but a computer glitch sure can.

Sorry I wasn’t here yesterday, but OY, the TSURIS I was having with my computer.  Don’t get me started about my car.

Anyway…with the arrival of the new X-Men flick, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, in the theaters (to good reviews and boffo box office mojo), and with the countdown to the death of James “Logan” Howlett just months away, I felt it was time to finally explain to the uninitiated…

wolverine in four panelsAh…I never understood Freud anyway.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here’s the first time I was ever paid to draw Wolverine….more than twenty years ago!

xmen-painted-coverIt was a poster to advertise the line of X-MEN VHS tapes that were for sale in the early 90s.  I didn’t do the layout for the artwork, I was asked to rework this image (drawn by someone at Neal Adams’ Continuity Associates (I think)…

x-men-night-sentinels-vhs-cover-art….but for some reason, the special projects editor didn’t like the colour or the linework on the Neal version (or the pink glow around Gambit’s card) and had me redraw it in acrylic paint.

But then…

animatedlightleI’ve just recently heard from Steve Lightle that THIS was the original version of the drawing….below for the cover of X-Men Adventures #1, and above for a promotional image that I’m not sure what’s happening with the colours…

3417250-01Which then got RE-COLOURED for the cover to X-Men Adventures #1.

Anyway…I’ve seen this attributed to me as the pencil artist with Steve inking….which so clearly isn’t true.  I may have been the LAST person to get his hands on that image…

Here’s the first Wolverine I ever got paid to draw that I actually drew…

xmen-angel-video-box1To this day, I wish they hadn’t covered up his other hand…it had better symmetry before the logo went on…

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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.

Al Feldstein:  Subversive Master

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

 

 

 

When Titans Publish Bun Toons! YAY!

Oh my GOD, the internet is SO 2013...

Oh my GOD, the internet is SO 2013…

The dust has settled.  The shock has worn off.  Fandom collected has calmed down over the news that Marvel…gasp…will soon be publishing STAR WARS comics.

Considering that Disney and Marvel are now the same company, and that Disney recently bought the rights to the LucasFilms library, this is hardly too surprising, but people decided to become surprised after all.

But the real surprises are what’s in store for the characters…

marvel star wars colour websizeIf Marvel is taking over the publishing of any other iconic characters in the future, I hope they get the rights to Green Lantern.  I’d bet it would make a good movie…

Ty the Guy OUT!

Besides the weird green rabbit Jedi Knight, I can’t recall any other problems with the Marvel Star Wars comics…

Except maybe they didn't exactly get Yoda on-model in the early days...

Except they had a wee bit of trouble getting Yoda on-model in the early days…

For last week's MOST POPULAR and LEAST POPULAR Bun Toon of last year (and with links to EVEN MORE!) click here.

For last week’s MOST POPULAR and LEAST POPULAR Bun Toons of last year (and with links to EVEN MORE!) click here.

For the Bun Toon archive (going back decades, now!) click here

For the Bun Toon archive (going back decades, now!) click here

 

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!!

 

Fun and Games Bun Toons! YAY!

Finally, something on the internet based on a game old ladies like to play!

Finally, something on the internet based on a card game old ladies like to play!

Everyone who is ANYONE is in San Diego this weekend, except those of us who are behind on a deadline for an editor who stayed behind at the office and actually phoned us on Friday and told us to get our layout pages done by Monday or he’d grind our bones into bread.

So, for those of you out there on the West Coast, enjoying the sun, sea air and long lines at the meet-and-greets, here’s your playing card.   I know it’s two days late, but you still have to document your squares carefully, as there will be valuable prizes, and I don’t want fights with the judges.

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(Click on the image and it will get larger)

To be fair, it will be hard to document the twenty-minutes-without-a-zombie square, mostly because it will never happen.  I suppose a constantly running surveillance camera might convince me, but it would have to have a pretty wide sweep of the room.

Happy Conventioning Comics People!  I’m with you in spirit!

(I swear, the pages will be done by Monday!)

Ty the Guy OUT!

For you Bonus Moments:  I give you a few of the Bingo squares…but you have to document your own.

Figure One:  The Stilt Wookie!

Under the G: Stilt Wookie!

Under the "O" ...hairy man-slave Leia!

Under the “O” …hairy man-slave Leia!

It was hours later that I noticed I didn't pixilate the shadow...

It was hours later that I noticed I didn’t pixilate the shadow…

This is my buddy David Ross in San Diego yesterday...click on the image to go see the i09 article!

This is my buddy David Ross in San Diego yesterday…click on the image to go see the i09 article!

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For last week's Bun Toon, related to The San Diego Convention in a fairly direct way, click on Richard Pryor's foul mouthed rant

For last week’s Bun Toon, related to The San Diego Convention in a fairly direct way, click on John Lennon or Richard Pryor

for the Bun Toon archive, which include many Comic Convention related stories, click the bunny above

for the Bun Toon archive, which include many Comic Convention related stories, click the bunny above

Shameless Plug Returns!

Look how shameless he is!  The hem on those SHORTS?!?

Look how shameless he is! With the raised hem on those SHORTS?!?

I didn’t get to where I am in the fast moving world of celebrity (with the starlets, the free flowing booze and constant gifts of semi-precious stones) by being a wallflower.  So today I shake my tail feather for a couple of projects that you might not have known I’ve been doing lately.

SKINNY STEVE ROGERS!

First up, is a comic I co-drew for Marvel Comics as a give-away at Kiehl’s Drug Stores in the US, Captain America:  Transformation and Triumph.  I did the flashback sequences in the 40s featuring Skinny Steve – and even got to draw an iconic “transformation sequence” into the super-soldier (who says ya can’t have fun at yer job?), with lots of reference to show how Kiehl’s at 3rd Avenue and 13th Street in New York used to look.

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Back in the war, the world was sepia toned. My parents told me.

The script was written by William Harms, with the lion’s share of the art by Angel Unzueta who drew the pages that take place in the 21st Century with modern Cap. Check the USA Today article for details on how you can get a copy. We don’t have any Kiehl’s up here in Canada-land so I’m hoping someone snags me a copy or two and sends them to me!  (That’s a blunt hint, there…)

QUANTUM AND WOODY!

The World’s Worst Super-Hero Team Returns, and ye humble bunny gets to play in the sandbox!  YAY!

For anyone who’s wandered into a comic store in the last few months who has an OUNCE of taste, you may have noticed the return of the best of the old Valiant Universe to the stands.  Well, with the best, must obviously come “the worst”, so the first issue of the all new Quantum and Woody, written by James Asmus and drawn by my buddy Tom Fowler, comes out in July (1oth?), but until then, Valiant Comics and IGN are posting weekly webcomics for the next six weeks featuring the team that’s NOT a couple!  I drew ‘em and co-coloured ‘em with the missus, James Asmus’ wrote ‘em and the internet brings them to you.

Click through to be taken to the original link, and check back each week for the next five installments.

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HERO INITIATIVE

WALKING DEAD SKETCH COVER

My latest cover for Hero Initiative charity organization was done as part of The Walking Dead 100 Project. One hundred sketchcovers will be going up for auction over the next few weeks. Check out the link to see all the covers, and keep an eye on the Hero Initiative site as to when they put new covers up for auction (I think they do ten at a time).*

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I was in the middle of drawing a fun little Walking Dead spoof for Mad Magazine when I drew this, so there’s a “Mad Mag” flavour to the art.  Just so long as there’s SOME kind of flavour, those Zombies look hungry.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN!

Okay.  This is cheating.  You guys already knew about these, because I plug them all the time, but this is the one that’s on sale coming up!

A cover I've always wanted to do...just the punching and leaping, and lots of it!

A cover I’ve always wanted to do…just the punching and leaping, and lots of it!

I didn’t draw the insides (yes, I know, people are up in arms about this all over my neighbourhood), but I still get to play on the covers, and the interiors are really quite well done versions of the episodes.  Well worth picking up for Spider-Man fans.

A friend of mine told me he thought this cover looked like pajamas.  Wait…is that a bad thing?

HUGELY COOL NEW PROJECT

FOR DC

I’m CURRENTLY drawing ___________________________

(information redacted by the publisher)

which is probably the MOST FUN I’ve had drawing a comic in years.

Not kidding.

I’ll let you know when I can let you know what it is.

Ty the Guy

And now, a BONUS PLUG moment.

because if it's meant for British Lads, it's automatically funny.

It’s meant for British Lads, so it’s automatically funny.

 

 

Oh, the Shameless Plug

Because this sort of thing matters to the Super-Skrull

Because this sort of thing matters to the Super-Skrull

The next issue of Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures is (choke, sob) the last of the ALL-NEW issues until further notice, Friendly Neighbourhood Fans…But we’re heading out with a bang!  And a few zaps and some punching and fun.

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Besides fighting off squee-cute Martians with Death Rays, our webslinger battles a mad scientist, a mouthy Nova, and a snarling Super-Skrull, all in 22 pages of Joe Caramanga-Ty Templeton Ultimate Spidey Romping on our way out the door….

So pick it up when it hits the stands, either this week or next (I never know the release dates of these things), and make Joe and Ty and the editor happy, if no one else.

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Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your BONUS Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures stuff:

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HAH!  The comic book isn’t being cancelled, folks, it’s just switching formats,  with interiors generated from screengrabs of the actual animated episodes in future issues.  And delightful editor Elizabeth Pyle is keeping your humble Bun Tooner around to provide a cover or two as we move forward.  So I ain’t leaving the Friendly Neighbourhood quite YET!

In fact, my favourite piece of Spider-Man art I’ve ever done is my cover coming up for issue #16 (I think…).  You’ll see it in a couple of months!