Category Archives: Ty Toons

Today we Celebrate Killer Rabbits!

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(Squishing noise)

No words today.

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If you’ve not heard, yesterday it was announced that Terry Jones has been diagnosed with a form of degenerative aphasia that is robbing him of his ability to understand language, both written and spoken. So, I wanted to express how much I loved him in language-free pictures, because Terry’s comedy was ALWAYS about energy and visuals, far more than it was about language.  It’s why he’s a terrific film director, and perhaps the bravest clown of the 20th Century.  I never saw Jerry Lewis play the organ naked.

You occupy a percentage of my brain, Mr. Jones.  And most of my heart.  Needed to say it.

And if there’s anyone out there who knows him primarily from Python, but hasn’t watched Terry’s endless hours of history programming from the BBC and History Channel, you’ve got something wonderful to look forward to now that I’ve just told you about it.  Go find it online.

Ty the Guy OUT!

There’s a number of delightful intersections between the Pythons and comic books.  Probably my favourite is the Neal Adams-illustrated scene from THE LIFE OF BRIAN that was written, but not filmed, and then drawn by Neal.  It’s not online, (I’ve tried to find it), but it was originally found in the oversized BRIAN book that was available around the time the movie was in theatres.  Funniest comic book story every written.

Another fortuitous intersection betwixt the worlds of British Comedy and American Comics came when John Cleese was in America back in the early Sixties, performing with the Cambridge Follies, and took a quickie weekend gig, working with a young cartoonist named Terry Gilliam. who needed an actor to pose for a silly comic book story Terry was working on for HELP magazine, edited by comic book legend, Harvey Kurtzman!

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I kid you not. This is one of the meetings that leads to the creation of Monty Python, and COMIC BOOKS WERE THERE!!


PS:  Happy Birthday Mom.

And it’s also NATIONAL RABBIT DAY (seriously look it up), but I don’t want to brag.

 

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On the Other Hand Bun Toons! YAY!

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Wait, I’m a rabbit…it’s on the other PAW.

I’ve been out of town, running from convention to convention, and spent some time in them United States of America.  While I was there I caught a bit of US Cable TV.  What a treat.

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If it weren’t for the fate of the free world, life and death and all that, the American News is funny as hell.  Well, it’s not funny if you’re relying on it for news.

 

Ty the Guy OUT!

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Today is BATMAN Day, according to all the best calendars.

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Holy Bloated Feeling of Fullness, Batman!

It’s just a little thing, but on this Batman Day, I can hint at the idea that I’m officially visiting Gotham City for a quick little project coming up soon.  More details when I’m allowed to share ’em, but it’s nice to be back in a corner of the comics universe I consider home.  See you in Crime Alley!

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Don’t forget to visit our Kickstarter page for “OH THE PLACES YOU’LL BOLDLY GO”, my fun Trek meets Seuss project with the legendary DAVID GERROLD. Still a few days left!!

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It’s Bun Toon Time, Dollface. YAY!

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It’s still a mystery…

Sorry I wasn’t here last week…seasonal allergies turned me into a lovely fountain, and I spent my Saturday and Sunday mopping up the mess that was my face.

With both presidential candidates now officially “bigots” and gold medal athletes officially pissing away their futures, one has to be philosophical about the news.

And so, it’s time for…

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I was going to do a joke about Nietzsche, but when I looked into his ideas, I saw nothing.

TY THE GUY OUT!


Oh, wait, there’s more!

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The Silver Age Johnny Descartes, from Nihilism Funnies #3.

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NEXT WEEK:  I’ll be at FanExpo Toronto, making pretty drawings for the peoples, and signing the Batmans and Spider-Mans that people bring to my table. But there WILL be a new Bun Toon, because I feel bad about last week’s time off.  See you there!

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The drawings look sort of like this, unless you don’t ask for a Joker.


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A Very Brief Moment of Silence Bun Toons! YAY!

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Out of respect for the dead, let’s give it a minute, maybe a minute and a half.

Just in case there’s someone out there not reading the current run of CIVIL WAR II: there might be some gigantic spoilers coming up in today’s Bun Toon.

So avert your eyes and turn away.  Everyone else, read about…

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I give Marvel a year or less to bring Hulk back, they might even do it before Civil War is finished.  War Machine and Black Goliath might be settling in for a few rounds of bridge, though, especially since we now have an All-New Wasp, and an All-New Female Iron Man to worry about for a while as third generation versions of founding Avengers.

Ty the Guy OUT!


It’s hardly the first time someone has killed off the Hulk.  Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno did it back in the Eighties.

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I maintain that this film is best enjoyed in VHS format, with the tracking bar malfunctioning.

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It’s as exciting as that image suggests it is.  In the gripping film, Hulk is killed by falling from a helicopter, about a hundred a thirty feet.  No need for Hawkeye.

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Of course, they kill off versions of Iron Man all the time.


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Waller to Waller Coverage Bun Toon! Yay!

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Pleasant dreams, all you residents of Belle Reve.

I’m hoping you plucky internet adventurers are willing to come along for this ride without me having to plant explosives in your neck.

I’m still going to plant those explosives, but I’m hoping you won’t NEED them.

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Believe it or not, the movie is entertaining.  It’s dumb as a bag of rock salt, and rarely funny (though Harley manages one or two moments) but it does grudgingly allow for a bit of fun in between the rain storms and music video montages.  Viola Davis is good as Amanda Waller, even though the script doesn’t get Waller right.  Will Smith Will-Smiths his way through Deadshot with all the Will-Smithiness you’d want from him…and the BIG surprise is how close-to-the-originals the director gets the small time DC characters.  The movie is good for DC fans, if not necessarily the general public, because it’s certainly better than Green Lantern, Man of Steel, Constantine (the movie), Batman v Superman, Dark Knight Rises, Watchmen, Steel, Superman Returns and Jonah Hex.  That’s faint praise, I realise, since those movies were consistently awful.

But Suicide Squad isn’t awful.

Other than Christopher Nolan, we haven’t had a “not awful” DC movie in decades.

So I guess it’s a win?

Ty the Guy OUT!


I had a brief visit with Amanda Waller some years ago when I was drawing Justice League…

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Joker, Killer Croc, and the rest of the Gotham City support stars that show up in Suicide Squad were all a big part of my time as a Batman writer and artist.  Here’s a fun Harley Quinn Snow Globe I designed for DC Direct some time back.  When you shake the globe, the money floats around Harley…

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I wanted the globe filled with “puddin”, but was told it would make it hard to see Harley inside.


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Unconventional Bun Toons! YAY!

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I didn’t go to any conventions this week, unlike the rest of the population.

 

While everyone is in San Diego comiconning, I’ve been hanging out at home, going to see Star Trek Beyond (quite good!  yay!) and going through some of my beat-up old Fifties comics…where I came across a cover that seemed far more relevant today than it was when it was first produced in 1958.

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Of course, it can’t be Donald Trump, he would have been only twelve when this cover was produced, but the portrait bears a striking resemblance to the future Republican nominee.  Perhaps this is a case of life imitating art, and young Donald saw this cover, inspiring him towards a life of public service.

Ty the Guy OUT!


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The Jack Davis cover looks more like Trump that THIS one does…

SPECIAL BONUS BUN TOON:

San Diego Memories, from a cartoonist not currently there…

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What Does It Matter Bun Toons?

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ATTENTION:  The rabbit is NOT a Pokemon.  He cannot be caught.

Today’s Bun Toon was the subject of a lengthy, lengthy discussion on my facebook page this week.

What I talk about, I toon about.

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While there are folks who MEAN well when they say “All Lives Matter”, they are doing the work of people who want to belittle the black community and silence their cry of alarm.  Whatever you thought you meant by “All Lives Matter”, it’s not coming across as anything but rude jackassery in the face of neighbours who need your help.

If you wouldn’t say it to an ambulance, and you wouldn’t say it to a breast cancer survivor, think about why it’s okay to say it to BLM supports…

Ty The Guy OUT!


The history of black characters in comics included some strongly offensive characters in the golden age:

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Back in the 40s, The Spirit’s assistant/sidekick “Ebony White” was a character of contrasts:  Besides being a ghastly stereotype visually and verbally, he was a resourceful and brave character.

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Marvel’s “Whitewash Jones” (one of the Young Allies Hostages being saved by Bucky and Toro, lower right) was the same sort of offensive visual.  Like Ebony, the character was brave, uneducated and loyal.

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In the late 40s, a black journalist named Orrin Cromwell Evans founded “All-Negro Comics” publishing, a venture that lasted only one issue, unfortunately, as he could not get wholesalers to sell him the newsprint he needed to print his books on.

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In the late 50s, Dell introduced LOBO, arguably the first mainstream African American comic book hero that wasn’t visually offensive.  Unfortunately, the series didn’t last very long, likely too liberal an idea for the times.

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Jackie Johnson, a gunner for Sgt. Rock’s Easy Company, became mainstream comic’s first  continuing character with African heritage in 1960.

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Jackie continued to appear as a support character in Sgt. Rock straight through to the 90s, fighting alongside Ice Cream Soldier, Little Sure Shot and Wildman in an integrated platoon that never would have seen action in the real World War II.

Jackie was quickly followed in the early Sixties by Gabe Jones, one of Sgt. Fury’s platoon in the Marvel version of the World War II Sergeant genre.

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Ironically, Gabriel Jones and The Young Allies’ Whitewash Jones, were BOTH created by Jack Kirby…who went on to co-create the Black Panther, one of comics coolest heroes ever.

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Face Front, true believers!

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(-Thanks to B.C. Holmes and Robert Klarer for the head’s up correction on All-Negro Comics. I’m late, but I correct.)

 

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