Ty is going through piles of pages, sorting through his career. Quite the retrospective. He’s trying to decide what stuff to scan for this site.
Every now and then, one of us will check eBay to see if any of Ty’s stuff is on. Sometimes, we’ll see a bunch of pages Ty’s inked over a particular penciller. About eighteen months ago, someone was trying to sell a bunch of Jim Mooney pages, as Jim needed the money for medical/living expenses (he died early last year). Ty had inked Jim on Superboy pages.
It took Ty aback a moment as he tried to remember the issues: as I’ve mentioned before, with such a wide and varied career it can be hard for Ty to remember what work he’s done, let alone who he’s inked over, or who has inked him. It can be easier to remember the big ones (Ty inked Curt Swan), and/or a tragic story (Ty drew two issues of Batman Adventures, when Mike Parobeck was unable to finish them not long before his death). Sometimes, Ty will talk to a penciller or inker, through email or facebook, and will be confused when the other artist refers to their mutual work. This sends Ty off through his pile of pages (or off to the Grand Comic Book Database!).
And, of course, even though Ty has been doing a lot of work on his own in recent years (pencilling and inking Simpsons’ stories which he has written), he’s still busy collaborating. He was immensely pleased to work with Stephen Molnar on Revolution on the Planet of the Apes, and on Hoverboy, having first seen Stephen’s work in a portfolio review at a local convention. And the artist for Moonstone’s upcoming Johnny Canuck and the Guardians of the North is David J. Cutler. David was in Ty’s classes when Ty taught at Max the Mutt Animation School in Toronto.
A page from Superboy #6 (1990) Jim Mooney pencils, Ty Templeton inks