Monthly Archives: August 2011

Happy Birthday R Crumb! YAY!

It’s too darn late for anyone to read this before the end of the day , but I only found out a minute ago.

Robert Crumb is one of the corners of the universe as far as I’m concerned.  One of those few cartoonists who is considered a proper “artist” in every sense of the word, even by sensible adult people.  His brilliant illustrations, and mind boggling writing style were an indelible influence on me when I was a teenager, and he still swims in my DNA somewhere under all the super-hero work I’ve done over the years.

I’m fairly sure this poster is the first R. Crumb work I ever saw, and to be honest I hated it at the time.  I was probably twelve or thirteen, and it was hanging on the wall of a friend’s brother’s room.  The brother probably smoked weed, and I thought very little of people who did that in the 70s, strong pubescent moral crusader that I was…

His magnificent album cover for Janis Joplin’s CHEAP THRILLS was the first time I saw his work and knew his name.  I probably didn’t know it was the same guy who did the stoned poster, frankly.  But Janis Joplin meant quite a bit to me at the same age.  It was just dawning on me that I wanted to be a musician when I grew up, and here was a singer who could belt it like no one alive.  And since I was always into comics, I dug the way-out groovy cover art….SIGNED by someone named R. Crumb.

By the time I’d discovered Fritz the Cat I was done for.  I’m not sure if this was my first copy of Fritz (I think it was a backup story in an issue of something else), but I began to absorb Crumb like oxygen for the rest of the 70s.  Mr. Natural, Shuman the Human, Meatball, Zap…I needed it all, yesterday.   There was something utterly unique in what Crumb did, even amongst the Undergrounds, he was alone in his field.  The art was unparalleled in complexity and skill, the stories were unrelentingly raw, filthy, clever, subtle, absurd.  Some of his comics were gentle and touching tales of humanity, others were brutal pieces about incest, rape, bestiality, betrayal, decay and rot.  Most of them were hysterically funny, all of them were interesting.

I hated that “Keep on Trucking”  and the inexcusably bad film adaptation of Fritz the Cat were what the public thought of him back then.  But those of us who kept up with him through the years knew better.

Lordy, what this series must have put their daughter through…but she started to contribute to it as she got older, so she must be a chip off the parental blocks.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY R. Crumb.  Probably one of the ten most important cartoonists of the last hundred years, and certainly one of my favorite creators walking the earth.  Keep it up, and I’ll keep on trucking along with you.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your BONUS TEMPLETON/CRUMB MOMENT:

This is the first comic book I ever contributed to:  Vortex #5…

And here is the title page from that first published story.  You may note that I steal only from the best…

The title came from the name of a curio shop that the two characters enter on page one.   Page one, panel one of my first professional story began with a shout-out to Crumb.

LAST WEEK on the ‘net

Monday August 22

This Week in Panels: Week 100 SUPER SPECIAL EXTRAVAGANZA! Part 2  from 4thletter!

Bergen St. Signing & Baltimore Comicon from Michel Fiffe

Wikinomics from The Life of Darrell

Tuesday August 23

The Rob Granito Hockey Jersey, Signed And Sketched By Chris Sprouse, Khoi Pham, Leonard Kirk, Richard Pace, Agnes Garbowska, Ty Templeton, Ethan Van Sciver And Dale Keown from Bleeding Cool

HEADS UP: DC COMICS PREVIEWS – NOVEMBER 2011 from iFanboy

Harley Quinn, Te amo from whatswrongwithu

Wednesday August 24

The Flower Girl from The Deadly Garden of Poison Ivy

Lemonade for Heroic Creators from Fab Rocks

Seven Things to Do at Fan Expo That Have Nothing to Do With This Photo of a Bunch of Japanese Anime Girl Mousepads Where the Wrist Protectors Are Their Breast from Torontoist

Fixing the Wonder Woman Costume from I Love Supergirls

Working… from KEIREN SMITH

Thursday August 25

FAN EXPO CANADA 2011 STARTS TODAY! from HOLMES INCORPORATED

25.AUG.2011 TODAY AND ALL WEEKEND: FAN EXPO CANADA from Sequential

Toronto Cartoonists Workshop’s  Industry Night from Dork Shelf

FanExpo Canada Starts Today – Here’s What We’re Looking Forward To! from MTV Geek

Chlorophyll Kid – Legion of Substitute Heroes from Gene Gonzales

Dorkshelf Talks Templeton & Holmes Inc! from HOLMES INCORPORATED

Friday August 26

Take it easy, Don Henley from ICONOCLASTIC

Fan Expo Canada 2011 – Comic Book “How-To” Workshops from HOLMES INCORPORATED

Sunday August 28

“Right to the Blues” from scans_daily

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FanExpo Sunday!!

Find Ty at his spot at P-O57A or the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop booth signing copies of Holmes Inc #2, and answering questions.  (And today, I’ll be moderating a Painting Workshop with Jason Edmiston who did the covers for Hoverboy #1, and The Northern Guard. That will be 4-5pm in Room 717.) Keiren

True Life Urinal Bun Toons! YAY!

I've earned your trust with family entertainment, and now I'm pissing it all away!

It’s still a hectic, busy weekend at FanExpo, Canada’s largest Comic Convention- and that means I haven’t the time to colour this episode of Bun Toons.  But trust me, you don’t want to see it in colour in the first place.  It’s unpleasant enough as it is.

Okay, I lied.  If I’d coloured it, it would have given away the punch line, but wasn’t it more fun to be lied to?

I’m at the convention as you’re reading this, so I’ll see you after you’re done.  Get on down here and join the fun.  And BTW:  I DID get to meet Martin Landau (my secret father) yesterday, and had a very pleasant conversation with him.  Far more pleasant than the one my wife and I had with Robert Englund (Freddie Kruger).  More on that later…

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your BONUS RED SKULL COSPLAY MOMENT:

Go ahead.  Urinate next to this guy, and DON’T look over.  I dare you.  And to answer all your horrible questions…it wasn’t all red, but it did look circumcised, which I wasn’t expecting from the Skull.

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Click here to see last week's non-urine based Bun Toons.

For Every Bun Toon EVER, click on the bunny some place where it won't tickle.

FanExpo Saturday!!

Today is a busy day for Ty at Fan Expo Canada 2011.  For sketches, signatures and stories check his table at P-O57A. If he’s not there, I should be and can give you a sense of when he’ll be back (or I’ll just tell some stories of my own!).

From 12-1pm, you can find Ty in Room 717, teaching a mini Comic Book Bootcamp. (Just a taste of what you get if you sign up for the workshop Ty teaches through Toronto Cartoonists Workshop. Next class starts September 12; spaces are limited).

The magic begins at 4pm in Room 717. For those of you wondering just how Ty and Dan Slott come up with characters for their stories, make sure to check out Superhero Stew:  Create a Character with Dan Slott and Ty Templeton. (**Not sure yet who is replacing Dan for this workshop, if anyone)

(and, it has nothing to do with Ty–or Dan Slott!–but I will be moderating Watercolour Masterclass with Jill Thompson, 6-7pm, in Room 717.)

Keiren

FanExpo report: First day.

Hectic.  Busy.  Exhausted.  And we’re only finished Thursday.

This FanExpo thing is getting bigger every time, and they’ve left the Earth’s orbit as of this year.  I didn’t get a moment to breathe, and for a Thusday, that’s a sign that this convention is rocking.  There were a thousand people to say hi to there that I don’t much get a chance to see, and for most of them, it was only a second I got as we were all swamped with fans.  I got maybe three seconds with Yannick Paquette, thirty seconds with Ken Steacy, forty five seconds with Salgood Sam, a few minutes with some of the guys from Heroes of the North, and a full five minutes with Richard Comely, creator of Captain Canuck.   I had a lovely SIX minutes with Playboy cartooning genius, Doug Sneyd, who I met last year, but it’s delightful to see him again.

This man introduced me to the art of cartooning, AND naked girls when I was a teenager. Beat THAT!

Many a former student was there, some of them in their own booths, pushing their own material, and this aging teacher couldn’t have been more proud.  I saw some of their portfolios that are being put together for a chance to meet Marvel and DC editors, and WOW!  these guys are all going to be MY boss someday.  I had the tremendous fun of leading many of the gang from Holmes Incorporated in their first big convention panel, talking about the process of creating comics, and we had easily a hundred some-odd people in attendance.  I hope I didn’t talk too much (I’m sure I did) but everyone on the panel had a ball taking questions and talking about the making of funny books.

Today, I’m hoping for a special treat:

Come to me, my child. I am your father...your FAAAATHER!

MARTIN LANDAU is a guest at THIS convention!  Long time readers of this blog might recall that Martin played my father, Charles Templeton, in a film about Billy Graham that came out a while back.  The film portrayed my father as, more or less, an agent of Satan, sent to Earth to tempt Billy into leaving god. (You can read the whole bizarre story HERE.)   So today, I’m hoping to get a moment with Mr. Landau, just to talk about the movie.  It’s pretty rare to see a blood relative portrayed by an Academy Award winning actor, and even more rare to get a chance to meet him….if I get a spare three minutes, that is.

Wish me luck.

Ty the Guy OUT!

FanExpo Friday!

Back at FanExpo Canada 2011 today…the con is open 10am-8pm.

Our buddies at Heroes of the North will be having a “Meet and Greet” at 4:30pm in Room 713.

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Look for the TCW booth (to the left of the Autograph Signing Area; wander through the tables along the back wall and find Booth #125), and say hello to the creators of Holmes Incorporated #2.

Again, Ty will be P-O57A.

Keiren