Category Archives: bun toons

Putting My Own Spin On Things Bun Toons? Not Really…

I'm getting dizzy here...

I’m getting dizzy here…

Oy, what a weekend.  I’m supposed to be at a convention in Kitchener, Ontario, but I’ve been having my tummy problems again.  (Long time readers don’t need tickets to a new Stones Tour, but you get the picture).

So, bad news….no new Bun Toon.

big hat dog

But any bad news is always softened with BIG HAT DOG.

So I’m hopped up on the meds, awaiting the awful conclusion to the whole meshuga, and trying not to pay attention to the pretty colours the Oxy-contin brings me.

Speaking of freaking images….Have you guys ever heard of an “ambigram”?

That’s a word that reads the same either upside-down, or in a mirror, as it does the “right” way up.   They look like this:

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I got a book full of these ambigram typography art pieces a while back, and got it into my head that they’re a serious design challenge that would twist my brain into pudding if I tried it.  So, naturally,  I took a pencil and my brain and tried to “ambigram” up my signature a few days back, and this is what I came up with…

00-goofy-sig-for-webI tried to keep to the actual letter shapes I use when signing my last name (otherwise it would be cheating) and it turned out nowhere near as difficult to do as I thought it was going to be.  The exercise took about ten to fifteen minutes, and I’m sort of thrilled with the result.

When my brain clears up (and I spend my time screaming my head off in a local washroom), I might try this again with a few other words and phrases.  FUN.

In the meantime, I’m back to my meds.  The colours are so lovely…

This is what I see.

This is what I see.

Ty the Guy Mentally OUT!

mirror master

How do the toy makers not understand that you need TWO Mirror Master action figures to make any of his schemes work?

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For last week's Easter Themed Bun Toon Extravaganza, click the orange bunny.

For last week’s Easter Themed Bun Toon Extravaganza, click the orange bunny.

For the Bun Toon Archive, click here.

For the Bun Toon Archive, click here.

Happy Bunny Weekend Bun Toons! YAY!

It's a special time for rabbits.

It’s a special time for rabbits.

On turkey day, folks eat turkeys, but on Bunny Day, folks eat jelly beans, chocolate and roast lamb.  Looks like the rabbit population knows how to work the game.

easter 2015

The part I didn’t make up:  The illegal “K” sound in the 18th Century.  It’s one of those parts of history you just don’t expect…

TY THE GUY OUT

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glenn link

Glenn is releasing a NEW album of songs in a couple of months, and once again, I’m playing and singing my way into the backgrounds of most of the tracks.  Frankly, I’m not sure how most people release an album without my keyboards and vocals on it, but thankfully Glenn doesn’t make that mistake.

This time out, Mr. Reid is hoping to make a video to promote the new collection of songs, and he needs our help to get it kickstartered.

The song is a fun, country-fied peppy ballad called “THE SHELTER OF YOUR SMILE”, and as long as you’re not young enough to know what dubstep was, you might like it!

You get to hear the song, and watch a BAD video, asking to help make a GOOD one.

You get to hear the song, and watch a BAD video, asking to help make a GOOD one.

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Breaking News Bun Toons! YAY!

This just in...

This just in…

I wasn’t here last week to clear this up, but I’ve finally pushed my way back onto the internet to tell you all what you think.

Whew.

Broken batgirl toys

For those of us who survived it, the 90s was a time when everyone we admired as heroes were getting raped, maimed, wounded, destroyed, murdered, raped and murdered, and more….all in service of making fantasy super-heroes more “realistic”, the greatest oxymoron in fiction.  We’ve still got echoes of that nowadays, what with DC’s  chopping off the arms of beloved characters, or Marvel killing off of their flagship heroes…but there’s a sense of none of it being permanent lately.  We all KNOW, Wolverine will be back, and Alfred’s missing hand won’t last past the next continuity reboot.

For some reason, though…the atrocities done to female characters left more permanent marks.  Black Canary’s sexual abuse at the hands of Mike Grell created physical and emotional scars that lasted for decades.  Batgirl’s physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Alan Moore and later, the DC editorial staff, landed her in a wheelchair for a generation (while Batman’s trip to a wheelchair lasted a year and has never been mentioned since).

There’s a new crop of fans who weren’t there during the comic character holocaust, and don’t want to know about it.   Especially the female fans, who don’t, as a rule, enjoy the breaking of toys the way we boys often do.

These fans have spoken.   And I’m on their side…

Let’s glue the good toys back together and never discuss this stuff again, shall we?

PS:  I hope I don’t have to explain the difference between editing and censorship on this subject.  I’ve heard a few morons getting confused about that….

Ty the Guy OUT

The ultimate Broken Toys comic book.

The ultimate Broken Toys comic book.  I’m happy to see the misfits smiling.

But does this make you happy to see this  happen to Green Lantern?  (I shouldn’t give the editors at DC any ideas….they have a thing about severed limbs.)

How-to-Fix-a-Broken-Superhero-without-glue

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Ty Cannot Come to the Bun Toon Today!

If only I had the time to draw this well today...

If only I had the time to draw this well today…

With all the comic book tsuris that happened this week (Batgirl covers and all), I had lots to say in bunny form, but alas, my opinions are restricted to my mouth today, as I am attending a Comic Convention in Toronto, and am out of the house by 8.30 this morning.

Sheesh!

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I’m having a great time (except for the lack of sleep) so come on down and say “hi”, and if I’m functioning and awake, I’ll do you a sketch, and mouth off about something pithy.

miracle man 2015

Yesterday I did this Miracle Man for a fan…literally HOURS after re-reading the 16 issue “Original Writer” reprints from Marvel earlier in the day. Talk about timing….

But if I’m muttering and snarly, I need sleep and might be about to pass away from exhaustion.  Then it’s best to ask for THIS character, as I can see her anyway…

Another Friday sketch from Toronto.

Another Friday sketch from Toronto.

Ah, I’m kidding.  I’m still happiest drawing Batman.  I know what he looks like without reference.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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Celebrate Good Times Come On! YAY!

Love Long and Perspire

Love Long and Perspire

Oh my lack of god, there’s been a lot of my favourite people dying this last two weeks….  Writer Terry Pratchett,  Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon, Golden Age DC artist Irwin Hasen,  and of course, two of the giants of Star Trek:  Harve Bennett and Leonard Nimoy.

Enough feeling bad about this.

we grokked spock websize

I’m not kidding.  If you’re reading this on Saturday afternoon, come on down to the TRANZAC CLUB at 292 Brunswick Avenue, just south of Danforth, west of Spadina.

It’s ten bucks at the door (two Spock Fives!)

spock five

and the proceeds go to the Lung Association of Canada.

I promise an evening of illogic and joy.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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Because Marvel eventually used every syllable in naming their various monsters…

grok the monster

…that purple monkey fellow up there is named “Grok”.  He’s in the Marvel Wiki.

‘Nuff Said.

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For my tribute to Leonard Nimoy Bun Toon (from two weeks ago) click here.

For my tribute to Leonard Nimoy Bun Toon (from two weeks ago) click here.

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YEEEHaaw! Bun Toons! YAY!

Get along little Bunnies.

Get along little Bunnies.

I’m happy to hear that Marvel is going back to the Western genre with the “Sheriff Steve Rogers” mini-series in a couple of months.  I’m looking forward to it.

But if Marvel is planning on a Weird Western storyline, they should use the REAL characters from American history of the period.   For instance, who can forget these…

Famous Western Mystics

In my youth, I met a very old man claiming to be the Two Ball Kid, but it turned out to be disappointing for different reasons.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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Marvel Kirby Western Comics are the single greatest genre in the English Language.

Seriously.

Behold…

Who needs a noon-time railway train filled with owlhoots when there's Giant Monsters in Midnight Valley?

Who needs a noon-time railway train filled with owlhoots when there’s Giant Monsters in Midnight Valley?

The story behind this issue's cover is actually odder than you think it's going to be.

The story behind this issue’s cover is actually odder than you think it’s going to be.

(I draw these Bun Toons while watching AMC’s All Western programming on Saturday mornings.  It was only a matter of time before I did something along these lines.)

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Fascinating Bun Toons. Not Yay.

Taken out by a smoking habit.  Spock could only be destroyed by something completely  illogical.

Taken out by a smoking habit. He could only be destroyed by something completely illogical.

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spock rip

Ty the Guy OUT!

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I was at a comic convention in Kitchener, Ontario yesterday, where I was asked to do a sketch of Mr. Spock.  This was about twenty minutes or so, magic markers on cardboard from a photo on a smart-phone.

kitchener spock

It turned out not bad for a marker sketch.

I’ve drawn Nimoy/Spock a zillion times over the years.  He was one of the faces I used when I first auditioned for Mad Magazine a lifetime ago…

mad spock source

Here’s Spock’s first appearance from issue #1 of the Star Trek miniseries I wrote for IDW a couple of years back:  MISSION’S END.  The pencils are by the delightfully skilled Steve Molnar.

spock idw panel

I loved the “alien” look on the character, looking down on Gary Mitchell and another crew-woman as they first encounter him.  One of my favorite moments from a script I wrote brought to life perfectly by Steve…

spock five

The “Spock Five” did, in fact, start with me.  I’ve been drawing these on Canadian money since the late seventies, and some time in the nineties, a TV producer friend of mine named Mark Askwith asked me to demonstrate the trick on TV.  Shortly after that, I started getting them back as change, which freaked me the f*** out the first time it  happened.    Apparently, they’re still around, and a few folks did up some new ones in hounour of Leonard’s passing.  (the bill up above is not one of mine, btw, but I can’t find an original bill anywhere and had to settle for one found online).

trek in four panels

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