Where No Bunny Has Gone Before! YAY

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Live Long and Hop Around More.

Last week, mere moments after I posted the Bun Toon, I headed out to my local theatre and took in the latest Trek Movie.  This week (with very very slight spoilers), I report back with…

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Beyond turns out to be my favourite of the last three NuTrek movies.  Maybe because it wasn’t so ambitious, and maybe because they got Spock and McCoy bang-on-bullseye for all their scenes, but it “felt” right, and I was grinning the whole time.   I’ve warmed to the Earth-2 crew, even the new Kirk, though he’s the only one that still doesn’t “feel right” to me.  The rest of it was delightful.

It’s nice to see Trek back on track for the Fiftieth Anniversary coming up in less than a month.  With a new TV series, and other little things here and there, there’s much to celebrate for this old Trekkie, including a return to doing NEW Trek related projects that I can’t talk about in public quite yet…but I promise, I shall shout and howl and promote like crazy when I’m allowed to.  (I probably wasn’t even allowed to say as much as I just did.)

So forget I said anything.

I can’t wait for the next Trek Movie, already announced…with the GHOST OF KIRK’S FATHER!  BOO!

Ty the Guy OUT!


A few days ago, another one of my heroes passed away at the age of 91:  Long time Mad Magazine legend, Jack Davis.

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I first encountered Jack, like most of us did, in a Mad Magazine when I was about nine or ten.  He was one of the “gang of idiots”, the cartoonists’ cartoonist, whose casual excellence, and confident line work has been a primary inspiration in my career.

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In my twenties, I consciously tried to draw like Wally Wood, Neal Adams and Jack Kirby, but some years ago, I realised that SUB-consciously, I always draw like Jack Davis.

At least I do when I’m at my best.

His aesthetic, his line, his easy precision, and his lack of pretension, worked together to create what I consider the perfect “cartoon” style of the 20th Century.  It was accessible, and impossibly skilled at the same time.  There was something about the way he seemed to splash colours or tone on his drawings as though he had only minutes until a deadline, and yet EVERYTHING looked like it was in the right place.  The effect was magnificent, and obviously in high demand as Jack did a heck of a lot more than Mad Magazine.

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When I finally got good with a crow-quill, I went to Jack Davis art for instruction on how to create all those fabulous textures and tones. It’s a master class on how to make crosshatching and greys work in illustration.

Around the age of nine or ten, I noticed the same guy who was killing it in Mad Magazine, was the guy that did those fantastic TV Guide covers, and those wonderful movie posters, and those album jackets and those back cover adverts.  Jack Davis was everywhere a cartoonist was called for, and no one ever did it better.

Here’s a gallery of some of those MANY TV Guide covers, not as often seen as his Mad Magazine or Time Magazine covers.

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Last week, the Bun Toon FEATURED artwork inspired by and swiped from Jack Davis.  I was still using him as inspiration as recently as seven days ago.

That’s never going to stop.


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For last week’s Jack Davis based Bun Toon, click here.

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For the Bun Toon archives of years gone by, click here.

 

 

Unconventional Bun Toons! YAY!

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I didn’t go to any conventions this week, unlike the rest of the population.

 

While everyone is in San Diego comiconning, I’ve been hanging out at home, going to see Star Trek Beyond (quite good!  yay!) and going through some of my beat-up old Fifties comics…where I came across a cover that seemed far more relevant today than it was when it was first produced in 1958.

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Of course, it can’t be Donald Trump, he would have been only twelve when this cover was produced, but the portrait bears a striking resemblance to the future Republican nominee.  Perhaps this is a case of life imitating art, and young Donald saw this cover, inspiring him towards a life of public service.

Ty the Guy OUT!


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The Jack Davis cover looks more like Trump that THIS one does…

SPECIAL BONUS BUN TOON:

San Diego Memories, from a cartoonist not currently there…

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For last week’s Bun Toon, click the image above.

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What Does It Matter Bun Toons?

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ATTENTION:  The rabbit is NOT a Pokemon.  He cannot be caught.

Today’s Bun Toon was the subject of a lengthy, lengthy discussion on my facebook page this week.

What I talk about, I toon about.

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While there are folks who MEAN well when they say “All Lives Matter”, they are doing the work of people who want to belittle the black community and silence their cry of alarm.  Whatever you thought you meant by “All Lives Matter”, it’s not coming across as anything but rude jackassery in the face of neighbours who need your help.

If you wouldn’t say it to an ambulance, and you wouldn’t say it to a breast cancer survivor, think about why it’s okay to say it to BLM supports…

Ty The Guy OUT!


The history of black characters in comics included some strongly offensive characters in the golden age:

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Back in the 40s, The Spirit’s assistant/sidekick “Ebony White” was a character of contrasts:  Besides being a ghastly stereotype visually and verbally, he was a resourceful and brave character.

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Marvel’s “Whitewash Jones” (one of the Young Allies Hostages being saved by Bucky and Toro, lower right) was the same sort of offensive visual.  Like Ebony, the character was brave, uneducated and loyal.

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In the late 40s, a black journalist named Orrin Cromwell Evans founded “All-Negro Comics” publishing, a venture that lasted only one issue, unfortunately, as he could not get wholesalers to sell him the newsprint he needed to print his books on.

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In the late 50s, Dell introduced LOBO, arguably the first mainstream African American comic book hero that wasn’t visually offensive.  Unfortunately, the series didn’t last very long, likely too liberal an idea for the times.

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Jackie Johnson, a gunner for Sgt. Rock’s Easy Company, became mainstream comic’s first  continuing character with African heritage in 1960.

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Jackie continued to appear as a support character in Sgt. Rock straight through to the 90s, fighting alongside Ice Cream Soldier, Little Sure Shot and Wildman in an integrated platoon that never would have seen action in the real World War II.

Jackie was quickly followed in the early Sixties by Gabe Jones, one of Sgt. Fury’s platoon in the Marvel version of the World War II Sergeant genre.

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Ironically, Gabriel Jones and The Young Allies’ Whitewash Jones, were BOTH created by Jack Kirby…who went on to co-create the Black Panther, one of comics coolest heroes ever.

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Face Front, true believers!

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(-Thanks to B.C. Holmes and Robert Klarer for the head’s up correction on All-Negro Comics. I’m late, but I correct.)

 

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Destined for Greatness Bun Toons! YAY!

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To think I knew them when…

Well, it’s Canada Day Weekend, as well as the 4th of July, as well as Pride Week, as well as the second weekend of Summer…so in honour of all those events, the Bun Toon has nothing to do with any of that.  Instead, we present the lives of great comic characters…

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                                                                   Ty the Guy OUT!


Speaking of “Before they were famous”…You ever wondered how Bugs Bunny got his name?

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It’s also where the “Looney” part comes from.


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for last week’s Bun Toon, click here.

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Happy Birthdays DC Bun Toons! YAY!

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I knew it was coming and I still didn’t bake a cake.

With an entire week passed and no iconic heroes passing away, perhaps it’s time to reflect on the little baby comic books left in my crib recently…

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Every now and then, I’m reminded that Superman means a lot to me.  He’s had his ass kicked in the movies and the New 52….but DARE I be hopeful about the Rebirth Kal-el?  Dare I?  I already like the Convergence Superman, and in theory….

Ty the Guy OUT!


If you’re new to the whole concept of the DC reboot, let me give you a crash course:

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This was the last one.  All the Batmans and Supermans and Aquamans had to fight each other.  It made no sense, really.

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This wasn’t a reboot so much as they simply changed everything about all the characters.  And it lasted maybe six months anyway.

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The Now-Old New-Fifty-Two.  A reboot that rose from the flames of a temporary reboot called “Flashpoint”.

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I think this had something to do with Flash travelling through time and forgetting to keep the sports almanac from Biff, but who can remember this many reboots ago?

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I’m pretty sure there were a couple of Crisis Events between this and Flashpoint, but how many Crisis covers can you look at?

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The grandfather of all reboots.  The first, the biggest, the brightest, the one everyone compares all reboots to…

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Except for this one, which was actually the first, sort of.  Depends on if you count the 50s Timely/Atlas Human Torch reboot. 


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For the Bun Toon library of years past, click here!

 

Daddio Bun Toons! YAY!

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I’ll teach you young punks to respect me.

This weekend includes Father’s Day.  Finally, a day for the men of this world to put aside their privilege, and be celebrated for the effort they sort of make, helping their wives raise a family.

Even though my parents were divorced, my father still had important things to teach me as I grew up and saw him on the occasional weekend and summer holiday.

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Every one of those bits of advice are true, and I constantly use the one about writing when teaching my scripting classes.  To this day, I still have a Siamese cat, and though I’ve never been in a boxing match, I know how to handle myself when a drunk gets troublesome.

No comment about the rest of it.

I have children of my own, now.

Ty the Guy OUT!


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In the world of Father-based comic strip characters, they’re all second rate compared to Jiggs, the orangutan-faced hero of “Bringing up Father” (later known as Jiggs and Maggie).

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The magnificent deco-inspired designs and line work of George McManus was inspirational when I was a kid.

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My father’s favourite comic strip was KRAZY KAT:

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I read a bunch of them when I was a kid, and they didn’t make a lick of sense to me.  It wasn’t until I was much more sophisticated adult that I realised they weren’t supposed to.


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For last week’s Bun Toon, click here.

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For the slightly updated Bun Toon archive of years past, click here.

If you’re at ALL interested in my fairly interesting father, there’s a bunch of past pages on this blog dedicated to him.

Here’s an entry about his brief career as a cartoonist

Here’s an entry about a feature film dedicated to calling him an agent of Satan

When Good Men Do Nothing Bun Toons!

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Good bunnies know enough to stay out of it.

We return you now to Pleasant City, where crime never gets a chance to run rampant because of the constant patrols of one Good Man…

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Thank god I was here to sum up American politics for you.   This is why CNN is slipping in the ratings.

Ty the Guy


I just riffed the name “Dyno-Lady” while I was writing the above toon, and almost instantly recalled that there’s a genuine  super-hero with NEARLY that name…

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This was an old Sid & Marty Krofft produced “Saturday Morning” TV series when I was young.   When trying to find a cover for an issue featuring these protectors of goodness, I discovered they don’t HAVE a comic series.

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A TV series?  Sure.  But the MAN is keeping them out of the comics biz, for some reason. That’s another thing Hillary will make better.  Besides saving the planet from a racist orange monster, I mean…

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There’s just a couple of days before the next set of classes start.  If you’re in the TORONTO area and are interested in learning to write and draw comics, click here.