Category Archives: Conventions

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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For the Bun Toon Archive, click here.

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!

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.

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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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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

Conventional Bun Toons! Sort of YAY!

Ty cannot come to the Bun Toon today, as he is at a large comic convention in Toronto.  At the sound of the beep, please enjoy these Bun Toon re-runs.

Ty cannot come to the Bun Toon today, as he is at a large comic convention in Toronto. At the sound of the beep, please enjoy these Bun Toon re-runs.

I’m slaving away, sketching and yakking it up for the fans today, and left my house within five minutes of my waking up.

The convention has me seated right next to my old pal Kevin Maguire today…so it seems appropriate to run this ancient Bun Toon about myself, Kevin and one of Kevin’s fans … None of the names have been changed.  Screw the innocent.

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I’m fairly sure there won’t be anyone to confuse the two of us anymore…now that both of us are BALD OLD MEN who wear glasses when we ink.  It’s a world of difference between us…I’m the loud one.

See you at the convention, T-dot peeples!

Ty the Guy OUT!

Another Ancient Bun Toon to tide you over until I’m back from the convention.  This one hasn’t run on this website, I believe….so it’s sort of new to you guys. Click on it it might get big enough to read…

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for last week's Bun Toon, an original, not recycled, brilliantly NEW Bun Toon, click here

for last week’s Bun Toon, an original, not recycled, brilliantly NEW Bun Toon, click here

For the Bun Toon Archive, going back more than fifty years now, click here.

For the Bun Toon Archive, going back more than fifty years now, click here.

 

Fun and Games Bun Toons! YAY!

Finally, something on the internet based on a game old ladies like to play!

Finally, something on the internet based on a card game old ladies like to play!

Everyone who is ANYONE is in San Diego this weekend, except those of us who are behind on a deadline for an editor who stayed behind at the office and actually phoned us on Friday and told us to get our layout pages done by Monday or he’d grind our bones into bread.

So, for those of you out there on the West Coast, enjoying the sun, sea air and long lines at the meet-and-greets, here’s your playing card.   I know it’s two days late, but you still have to document your squares carefully, as there will be valuable prizes, and I don’t want fights with the judges.

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(Click on the image and it will get larger)

To be fair, it will be hard to document the twenty-minutes-without-a-zombie square, mostly because it will never happen.  I suppose a constantly running surveillance camera might convince me, but it would have to have a pretty wide sweep of the room.

Happy Conventioning Comics People!  I’m with you in spirit!

(I swear, the pages will be done by Monday!)

Ty the Guy OUT!

For you Bonus Moments:  I give you a few of the Bingo squares…but you have to document your own.

Figure One:  The Stilt Wookie!

Under the G: Stilt Wookie!

Under the "O" ...hairy man-slave Leia!

Under the “O” …hairy man-slave Leia!

It was hours later that I noticed I didn't pixilate the shadow...

It was hours later that I noticed I didn’t pixilate the shadow…

This is my buddy David Ross in San Diego yesterday...click on the image to go see the i09 article!

This is my buddy David Ross in San Diego yesterday…click on the image to go see the i09 article!

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For last week's Bun Toon, related to The San Diego Convention in a fairly direct way, click on Richard Pryor's foul mouthed rant

For last week’s Bun Toon, related to The San Diego Convention in a fairly direct way, click on John Lennon or Richard Pryor

for the Bun Toon archive, which include many Comic Convention related stories, click the bunny above

for the Bun Toon archive, which include many Comic Convention related stories, click the bunny above

Happy 1st Anniversary to The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery

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.

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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).

David Cutler and Richard Pace in The Lounge's Artists Alley (photo by Debra Shelly)

David Cutler and Richard Pace in The Lounge’s Artists Alley (photo by Debra Shelly)

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!).

In the "Green Room" waiting for ON THE COUCH, Richard Pace, Keiren Smith, Ty Templeton, Jim Zubkavich (photo by Debra Shelly)

In the “Green Room” waiting for ON THE COUCH, Richard Pace, Keiren Smith, Ty Templeton, Jim Zubkavich (photo by Debra Shelly)

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.

Recording ON THE COUCH (photo by Tyrone McCarthy)

Recording ON THE COUCH (photo by Tyrone McCarthy)

Ty tries out Sketchbook Pro 6 (photo by Tyrone McCarthy)

Ty tries out Sketchbook Pro 6 (photo by Tyrone McCarthy)

 

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ON THE COUCH with Jim Zubkavich, Richard Pace, Rob Walton and host Ty Templeton (photo by Tyrone McCarthy)

ON THE COUCH with Jim Zubkavich, Richard Pace, Rob Walton and host Ty Templeton (photo by Tyrone McCarthy)

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:

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