Category Archives: Convention Stories

India and Back Again Bun Toons! YAY!

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The World Traveller Returns!

Sorry this is on a Sunday, rather than a Saturday…believe it or not, I’ve only been home about five days, and I’m still a day behind because of jet lag, date lines and a host of other nonsense.

Today you get snapshots of my trip to India to attend Comicon in Delhi.  Count yourself lucky…I could have brought home slides.

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Not kidding about the traffic.  I’m fairly sure they drove on the left side of the road in India, but it was sometimes hard to tell.  Mostly they drove on the ROAD… but WHERE they drove… was always an option.

As I said, I’ve only been home a few days, and haven’t quite adjusted to life back in Canada.  I miss the hawks and Kryptos already, and might consider a small falcon or eagle for the back yard, just for comfort.

Ty the Guy IN!

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Because the local currency was unfamiliar to me, I asked the convention volunteers what a good price to charge for my sketches was, and was told about five hundred Rupees was the upwards end of what I could charge.  So, five hundred Rupees it was.  And this is the sort of sketch you’d get for that…

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It turns out, 500 Rupees is about seven dollars, something we didn’t figure out until the last day.  So…Indian fans got my sketches for, shall we say, a little less expensive than an American convention goer would get one.  At the speed I was replacing markers (there was a booth selling markers there for five bucks a marker), it almost cost more to draw the pictures than I was getting from the fans.  But that’s okay.  We saw a lot of happy faces when they got their sketch.

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The name tag they made me wear was a little large.  I think it was so people at the back of the line could read it…but it got in the way of my drawing arm quite a bit.

I’m also not kidding about the pollution.  Delhi is considered the most polluted city on Earth…they DREAM of being as clean as Beijing, the complainers from China.

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The day we arrived, we thought it was fog…but it turns out people like to burn their trash there, and so you’re living inside of a fairly constant smoke and fire situation from ten million trash fires.  Here’s a photo of a neigbourhood dump site.  Note the Hawks and Kryptos in the photo…they are literally everywhere.

The volunteers were as nice and friendly a bunch of Convention Helpers I’ve ever met.  I wish I could have stayed and hung with the gang another few days…but apparently I had to get home because of my OWN children.

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Special shout out to Ishan, Harry and Abhilasha, our personal handlers.  (I’ve misspelled Harry’s name, but he kept insisting it was “Harry” when it utterly was not.)

The local creators had a wealth of great comics to show off, I wish they were for sale in Canada, as some of these series hooked me and I want to read the next issue.  My faves, by far, were…

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…pretty well anything by this guy, Shamik Dasgupta…he’s a writer/artist with some SKILLS.

and…

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Super Sikh.  The title says it all.  Hoo boy, this was fun.

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It was ALSO about India…the anticipation of going, rather than the having been.

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Yer Not A Ten, Yer An Eight Bun Toons! YAY!

In these troubled times, it's important to have priorities...

It’s important to have priorities…

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Honestly, it’s like three different people who have all had their own television series that I’ve been in a shower with.  You’ll have to offer money to find out their names, though…

Ty the Guy OUT!

NOTE:  My brother Brad claims the memory of sharing a urinal with Colonel Sanders and swears I was not in the room at the time.  The controversy will haunt us until our dying days…

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This might be the worst thing that’s ever happened in a bathroom in a comic book…From RAMPAGING HULK #7…

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…and the following might be the best thing to happen in a bathroom…

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I’ve never read this original story, but I cannot imagine it was given good reviews…not with the way people treated the issue!

Of course, what would a toilet based Bun Toon be without a visit from…

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Dav Pilkey’s underdressed hero is ALWAYS welcome around here.

….and finally….here’s your LAST Urinal Based Bonus Moment:

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Ttechnically, the Red Skull is FICTIONAL, not FAMOUS, and that’s why he didn’t make the list.

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For last week's not-urinal-based-Bun-Toon click here (though it IS based on someone who could be described as "wee".)

For last week’s not-urinal-based-Bun-Toon  (though it IS based on someone who could be described as “wee”…) click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, click here.

Every Bunny But Me Bun Toons! YAY!

It's like a GHOST TOWN around here...

It’s like a GHOST TOWN around here…

I was at a fairly large comic convention last week in Montreal, where I had a great time, and watched poor Arthur Suydam get molested by the internet for something he didn’t actually do.   (Ah, mob mentalities, where we would we be without you?)

But this weekend, I’m NOT at the big convention…and all of you ARE.

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Have a happy Comicon, San Diego Peeples.  Kiss Batman for me.  I’ll be here in line for Ant-Man and all the Happy Meal toys when you get back.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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Your Bonus Bits are some Convention Stories from Bun Toons Past.  Who says this isn’t the Rabbit Age of Comics?

Seriously.

Who says?  I need names.

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And that’s the REAL reason why it’s best not to go out in public.  The potential for humiliation is always looming.  ALWAYS.

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For the last Bun Toon before convention season, click here.

For the last Bun Toon before convention season, click here.

to see some of the sketch covers I did at Montreal last weekend, click here.

to see some of the sketch covers I did at Montreal last weekend, click here.

For the Bun Toon archives, click the delightful rabbit above.

For the Bun Toon archives, click the delightful rabbit above.

I’m in Montreal, so…no new Bun Toons today…BUT….

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….But I will share a bunch of new sketch covers I’ve done for the Montreal convention.

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If you’re in the Montreal area, come on down and say hello!  I’m always happy to meet a new fan when I’m out of town…even if Montreal is as close to my second “home” town as it gets….I’m still away from my desk.

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I mean…my mother’s from Montreal.  My brother in law lives there…my eldest son went to college in Quebec…

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…and of course, I’m currently there myself.

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So come on over and say hello.  I’m happy to do a sketch for you, the character of your choice (though probably not characters I’ve never heard of or seen before, so nothing from World of Warcraft or Fast and the Furious, I’m afraid…)

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I do a lot of Batman covers.  Probably because of all the Batman comics I’ve drawn over the years.

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So…I’ll see you guys when I get back with a new Bun Toon.  Probably something about comics, or American politics, or whatever happens between now and then.

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Ty the Guy OUT!

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I’m afraid I’m at Fan Expo all weekend, and in between the few moments I’m not sketching for the happy people, I’m sleeping or catching up with Batman 66.  So here’s a couple of convention themed Bun Toon from years past, because I love, and maybe a sketch or two from this weekend.

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Ah…the memories I leave with people…

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Claremont still hasn’t forgiven me for letting that bus slam into him.  He carries a weird grudge.

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Except for the Stilt-Wookie, I’ve Bingoed already at FanExpo!

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Here’s a couple of convention sketches from this weekend so far…

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On the inside front cover of a Justice League hardcover from the 90s….I was asked to draw the entire roster from the years I was drawing the title.  That’s 14 characters….the problem is, drawing on the red paper is essentially impossible, because you cannot see the pencil lines…and I had to give up and basically start drawing the figures in white-out pen, just to see their outlines.  Like drawing blind…a fun challenge.

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My wife bought a set of coloured markers for me before we left.  I usually do sketches in black and white, but this year it’s been fun to add a little colour!

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It’s funny…last year, I didn’t draw so many Groot or Rocket Raccoon drawings…this year…the requests have gone up slightly.

Ty the Guy OUT of the HOUSE!

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For last week's LADY themed Bun Toon, click here

For last week’s LADY themed Bun Toon, click here

Everyone Involved Regrets It Bun Toons! YAY!

I already regret telling you about it...

I already regret telling you about it…

Well, the Cold War is starting up again, we just got through Pi Day, Olivia Chow has announced her candidacy for Mayor of Toronto, and my new Batman project with Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman was just revealed, making me email box a teeny bit more popular than last week…

So naturally I’m Bun Tooning about a special man I met in a special place last week at Toronto Comicon, because I have my ears to the street and my fingers on the pulse of the news.

FINAL ART strip form….and after another awkward pause, we went about our day.

I’m sure next week, I’ll get around to that Cold War thing, but I have my priorities.

Ty the Guy OUT!

BONUS MOMENT:  The very sketch I was working on when the Kryptonian First Contact moment occurred….

It's always a good day when I get to sketch Big Barda at a convention...

It’s always a good day when I get to sketch Big Barda at a convention…

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This is not my FIRST Bun Toons set at a Comic Convention Men's Room.  It's starting to become an annual tradition

This is not my FIRST Bun Toons set in a Men’s Room. It’s starting to become an annual tradition

A link to last week's Bun Toon...sort of a re-run, but including a Bun Toon never before seen online!

A link to last week’s Bun Toon…sort of a re-run, but including a Bun Toon never before seen online!

 

The Bun Toon archive, where you can search for more urinal adventures.  I'm sure there's more....

The Bun Toon archive, where you can search for more urinal adventures. I’m sure there’s dozens….

Bun Toons FanExpo Re-Runs! What?

You can’t blame me, I’m not even here.

Every year, around this time, I’m a guest at Toronto’s HUGE FanExpo Comic Convention.  It takes up four days this time around, and it’s simply not possible for me to do a timely Bun Toon on Saturday Morning, because I’m already out of the house and at the convention by the time you’ve read this.   Were it not for the con, I’d be doing something about Lance Armstrong, or Mitt Romney, or perhaps making fun of Moonstone Comics.

But even when there’s a will, sometimes there is absolutely no way, and so, dear Bun Tooners, I’m afraid it’s time for the annual PARADE OF CONVENTION RE-RUNS.

At least it’s not the same set of re-runs as last year.  In a way, that’s all-new re-runs.  So yay, for that.

 

At the convention yesterday, I had someone come up to me and say, VERBATIM, what the Kevin Fan said to me in this strip.  The fellow was trying to amuse me by Cosplaying the Kevin Fan, but I have to admit, I didn’t know he was referencing this strip (which is two years old at this point), and I thought it was happening all over again.  When I said “you’re not the first person to compare me to Kevin Maguire, and thanks for punching my ego gonads”.  Then he told me he was re-enacting this strip, and all was well.

For a couple of minutes there, I was going to sob like a school-girl, though.

 

Here’s a convention memory BUN TOON from JUST a few weeks ago.  If you’ve already read it, you may skip down to the BONUS moment and be done with me. If not, it features Jack “KING” Kirby, and is a fun memory for me.

 

If you’re in Toronto, come on down to the FanExpo and say “hi” to me and the missus.  We’d love to see you, and I’ll draw you a Bun Toon fresh right in front of you…but it won’t make it to the internet without a scanner and a computer.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your BONUS Re-Run Convention Moment:

This story took place after a store appearance with Jean (Moebius) Giraud, in Toronto.  That’s like a convention, only with less security guards telling you that you can’t get back to your car that way.

For last week’s Bun Toon, which involves a dinner conversation after a convention, with the Great Joe Kubert, click here.

For Every Bun Toon Ever (making them ALL a re-run), click the icon you’ve all seen before.