No Bun Toon until tomorrow, folks, as I’m off to Woodbridge Heroes, 3901 Highway 7, Woodbridge ON.
Last Saturday, The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery hosted a release party for the first hardcover collection of Batman ’66 comics. There were cosplayers, friends and fans. Tyrone Biljian, Director of The Joe Shuster Awards, brought his collection of Batman ’66 memorabilia:
which is how I came to find myself sitting beside Shakespeare’s head:
Much thanks to Kevin Boyd, owner/manager of The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery, for organizing and hosting this event.
Your bonus Batman ’66 Release Party footage! Comic Book Culture came to the event and filmed a video of the event, interviewing me and owner Kevin Boyd. Click the following to be taken to YouTube:
It’s only a little over a month until Keiren and I fly off to Moncton NB for the one day East Coast Comic Expo. We’re both excited to be guests at the convention, and looking forward to visiting Moncton for the first time ever. (Except for the part where there’s a plane. I am not looking forward to that part. –Keiren) But…before the con, I will be teaching a three day version of my workshop, PENCILING THE PAGE: Layouts for comics–the language of storytelling with pictures.
The workshop is being co-presented by the ECCE and by McKenzie College , with the latter hosting it. If you’re on the east coast and interested in taking the workshop, click the link HERE and register. Although this will be a bigger class than I teach in Toronto, space is limited, and it’s first-come first-served.
The hardcover Batman ’66 Volume 1 is out TODAY at your Local Comic Book Store!! The Penguin issue I did is in there (written by Jeff Parker). (I think the Bookworm one, written by Tom Peyer will be in Volume 2 which I think comes out next month?) This was some of the most fun I’ve had working in comics (right up until my current gig, drawing a six issue Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet mini, written by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman, with covers by the one and only Alex Ross).
I will be at a Release Party for the book THIS Saturday April 5 at The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery, 7-11pm. There will be copies of the book available and copies of the two issues I’ve done so far (#2 and #6).
I’ll have some of my artwork with me, some prints, and sharpened pencils and fresh markers so I can do sketches and sign books.
This is a party–so cosplayers are absolutely welcome! Pull out your Catwoman or Joker costume and join us!
The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery
587A College Street West
Second Floor, Toronto
Saturday April 5 2014, 7 – 11 pm
(from The Lounge’s FB event page) “Put on your go-go boots and get ready to “Batusi” back to the Swingin’ 60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV show! In this hardcover collecting issues #1-5 of the hit series, The Dynamic Duo takes on The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, The Mad Hatter, The Joker, and more of the world’s most colorful Bat-villains!
On display will be original artwork from Batman ’66 #2 and #6. Ty Templeton will have his Batman ’66 print available and artwork is for sale!
Feel free to come dressed as your favourite hero or villain! Come and do the Batusi — we’ll have someone there who can teach you how! Neil Hefti’s swinging jazz on the stereo, and some Batman ’66 on the small screen!
Libations will be available for purchase. A tall glass of milk helps build strong bones and teeth in case you need to catch the Bat-rope in your teeth!”
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.
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!!
For your bonus comic moment, here’s the Batman 66 inspired print I’m bringing with me today:
Ty has been superbusy with workworkwork and occasionally talking to his children, but he managed to squeeze in some time on the weekend to join in on celebrations for The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery. Rising out of the ashes and some of the stock from Dragon Lady Comics, the store started up last February 8. At the time, Ty was still teaching in the space so he would see Joe, Kevin several times a week.
While Ty moved into his own space for Comic Book Bootcamp in the fall, The Lounge is still one of his Local Comic Shops. He drops in at least once a week to pick up comics, and check out what Joe and Kevin have to say about our little industry.
On Saturday, The Lounge celebrated it’s first year anniversary by running a mini-artists con with local artists like Ty, David J. Cutler, Scott Chantler, Agnes Garbowska, Richard Pace and more. Ty had a Bun Toon to get out so we didn’t get there until the late afternoon but he did a number of sketches (Batman sketch comic covers were most-requested).
There was a contest for cosplayers, hosted by the One and Only Sean Ward, then it was time for ON THE COUCH WITH TY TEMPLETON. Guests Jim Zubkavich, Richard Pace and Rob Walton discussed their views on Collaboration versus Control. I don’t think they came to an actual consensus as to which they preferred–working as part of a creative team, or working on their own–but it was a lively conversation. The show was recorded and when edited will end up online (probably at Tdot Comics, thanks to the inimitable Alice Quinn!).
The night finished with an Industry Night Party, but we headed out before midnight as Ty had to return the next day for a day of demos to promote AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro. We got there in time to watch Agnes Garbowska create a piece in Sketchbook and talk about her technique, then Ty got to try out the program himself. It was his first time using a Cintiq for any sustained period of time, and first time using SketchbookPro. An interesting program–Ty said he could immediately see some shortcomings (given his long familiarity with PhotoShop) but also some definite advantages. Ty said he’s looking forward to working with it some more, when he has free time in his schedule.
For your bonus moment, here’s the cartoon Ty did to commemorate the end of Dragon Lady Comics which had been a part of his (and my) life for all of it’s thirty-plus years:
Busy working on Spidey pages, and lectures for my three classes…but I’ll be taking some time off this weekend for TWO events! On Saturday November 24, from 7pm on there will be an INDUSTRY NIGHT PARTY at 587A College Street West 2nd Floor, in Toronto. Hosted officially by The Comic Book Lounge/Guerilla Printing and informally by many of the comics-oriented businesses in the area, including my Comic Book Bootcamp, and my studio-mates, Comic Book Embassy. Other “industry friends” hosting are TdotComics/Quintessential Comics, The Joe Shuster Awards, Uys-Faber Publishing, and Lost Heroes (the movie).
“Industry Night” simply means–the comics industry and anything and everything related to it. So if you’re a fan, creator, wannabe creator, retailer–please join us for drinks, conversation, war stories and shmoozing. No one will be checking your Geek Cred at the door–anyone is welcome! It’s a great opportunity to hang out and meet some of Toronto’s comics creators.
AND!! Just found out–The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery will be launching a month-long gallery show of works by MARCO RUDY! Coming off a run of Swamp Thing, about to start a top-secret supercool project, Marco will be showing off his paintings, comic pages and (I think?) selling prints. Marco’s stuff is unbelievably gorgeous–I’m a huge huge fan. And, just for fun–ask him about some of the techniques he uses to produce his paintings and commissioned pieces! Let’s just say, Joe Kubert would be proud of him.
The next day, Sunday November 25, is the one day Toronto ComiCon event, hosted by HobbyStar (FanExpo Canada). A much smaller and more intimate event than FanExpo, this is the perfect event for people who only want the comics side of the convention–it will be comics retailers, comics creators and comics-related businesses. We’ll be there at a table for Comic Book Bootcamp, sharing space with The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery and Guerilla Printing.
The convention will take place at The Royal York Ballroom, at 100 Front Street West, 11-5pm. It’s 8 bucks at the door to get in.
Stop by and say hi, and talk to us about classes, get a sketch or have your books signed.