Category Archives: Ty Toons

I Can Finally Announce It! YAY!

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I’ve been dropping hints at the last two conventions I attended (at my panels and at my booth) that I’ve been given a once-in-a-lifetime gig, rebooting one of the most important “Golden Age” characters in comics.

Now I can tell you.

It’s arguably the MOST important character in all of comics’ history, the one that started it all.

The Yellow Kid.

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Yup.

The first comic strip character in history is finally getting some attention in this land where comics are finally king.  Not only a comic book relaunch from IDW, but a Hollywood relaunch as well, with a major motion picture due out this August.

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Back in the waning days of the 19th Century, a cartoonist named R. F. Outcault single-handedly invented the comic strip with a series of continuous stories told in illustrated form.  The series was called “Hogan’s Alley”, and it featured a precocious Asian fellow, charmingly named “The Yellow Kid”, who literally wore his thoughts on his sleeve.

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Here the “Kid” is seen hanging around with Outcault’s other major comic strip creation, “Buster Brown”.

The strip ran for years in New York, it even created the first copyright and intellectual property lawsuit about a pop-culture character when competing newspapers used teh character without permission.  It’s where the term “yellow journalism” comes from.

But now he’s coming back as a major Warner Brothers film, a WB animated TV series, and a comic book miniseries from IDW.

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I haven’t really started yet, but I’ll be writing and providing covers for the series, with a fairly new artist named Pavel Martin providing the interiors for the first three issues at least.  Pavel’s an ex-bootcamper student of mine I recommended for the project and I’m thrilled to be working with him professionally.  I think he’s really ready.

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Some of Pavel’s early sketches.  The skateboard wasn’t our idea, that comes from the TV people, he’s going to have a skateboard on the show…. so you have to forgive us for that.

I’ll post new artwork and the cover for issue #1 as soon as I’ve finished it.  It’s pencilled and inked, but I’m in the middle of colouring it right now.  You’re going to love it.

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After a hundred and twenty years, it’s about time!

After working on characters like Batman, The Simpsons and the Avengers, it’s really an honour to be working on the character that literally started it all.

I won’t let you guys, or R. F. Outcault’s legions of fans down.  I promise.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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A couple of Yellow Kid appearances from his heyday to whet your appetite!

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What an irrepressible scamp he was.  I hope we get to give him a proper name.


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C’est la vie Bun Toons!

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Bonjour, mes amis. Le lapin est ici!

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I was at a convention last week, and couldn’t BUN TOON closer to the news of Bernie’s death, but he was such a towering figure in our industry, and in life, I had to mark his passing, even if I was a few days late.

I could go on and on about how skilled Bernie was with a brush, or with a composition, but if you knew his name, you already knew of his staggeringly impressive and inspiring abilities.  I use his Frankenstein illustrations as examples of what’s possible in the inking classes I teach.  I use his Swamp Thing pages as examples of what’s possible in the layout classes I teach, and I use his House of Mystery comics as examples of what entertains the hell out of me when I just want to read a great story.

The world of comics in general, spooky comics in specific, and the planet Earth itself, was made a better place by your being in it, sir.

Now, the inter-connected world we currently live in is a marvellous place.  Some years ago, I told this story of my day in Paris with Bernie and Scott (and Neal Adams, who was also at the bookstore, but wasn’t part of the rest of the day) in an interview, and discovered the man to whom the original sketch was given still had it, and he was happy to scan the image and send it to me.

So here it is….given back to me digitally over a decade later.

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As I said, the original head-shot was done swiftly with little sense of its fateful final disposition.  It’s simple – but there it is, my one and only collaboration with Bernie and Scott.

Paris turns out to be magical after all.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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For the last Bun Toon, click Logan and Chuck above

Parental Advisory Bun Toons! YAY!

 

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Speaking of comics that aren’t appropriate for kids, I wanted to give a less-than-wholesome shout out to Comix legend Jay Lynch, who passed away this week.

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Jay was there essentially from the beginning of Underground Comix in the 60s.  Along with R. Crumb, Frank Stack, Gilbert Shelton, Dennis Kitchen, Vaughn Bode, Kim Deitch, Spain, and so many others, Jay helped to properly warp my young, forming brain with Nard ‘n’ Pat, and Bijou Funnies..

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He also gave the world Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages, and many years worth of the ubiquitous BAZOOKA JOE!

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He also did a strip for Playboy Magazine called “Give ‘Em an Inch by Jay Lynch” that I can’t reproduce on this Bunny Blog –no matter how salty the language got this week– for reasons of decorum.

Thanks for the subversion, Jay.  You’re one of the reasons I never got a real job.


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For last week’s subversive Bun Toon, click the Russian Nesting Bunnies above.

 

 

Кролик мультфильм

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Все града Наши российские оверлордов.

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When I did a google search for “Russian Bunny” this is what I got:

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I should have known that going in.

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For the last Bun Toon, click here.

 

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Lego Batman in Four Panels! YAY!

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I’ve joined the cult.  Can I have my millions now?

Everybody knows everything about Batman.  That’s kind of the point of the new Lego Batman movie…but does everybody know everything about the Lego Batman Movie?

A-hah!

Thank god I’m here.

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I’m not kidding about the Easter Eggs.  You have to keep your eyes peeled at all times for road signs, boutique stores, background characters, minor cameos, major cameos, crossover characters and DC shout-outs.  Bring a pad and paper and encourage your friends to do so as well, just to keep track of them all.

And hey, 4th out of about a dozen Batman movies isn’t that bad.  It’s still 4th.

Ty the Guy OUT!

As delightful as the new Batman Lego movie is, everyone out there knows it’s the THIRD Lego Movie to feature Batman, right?

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At least this one doesn’t have Zach Galifianakis.


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Click on the scissor-bearing rabbit above to read the LONGEST Bun Toon Story EVER!  (Also the most popular story we’ve done in over a year!)

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Click here for the criminally un-updated Bun Toon archive.

The Scissors Saga: Part Four: The Final Cut

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On paper, these scissors ROCK.

And so, the saga comes to an end.  As with every instalment, I promise you every moment and word of this is true.

Here’s part one, part two, and part three, if you’re joining late.

And now…the conclusion.

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I’ve edited down the conversation with the guy at the lost and found.  He actually told me quite a bit about his mother and his life as a child in Canada and Armenia.  It was very touching how much my scissors mattered to this guy.  And to me.  And to the nice lady at Air Canada.

Somehow, in a world spinning into chaos, one little thing went right on one day last month.

I’m holding onto that.

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Oh, one last thing…

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That’s me, my mother and the scissors.  The photo was taken last night, on the one month anniversary of their return.   My mother said to me, “I never gave you those scissors, you know. you just took them.  Technically, they’re still mine.”


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There’s an archive of old Bun Toons if you click here.  Some are funny.  None of the other stories are anywhere near this long, or about scissors, so you’re safe from that, going forward.

The Scissors of Destiny, Part III

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Watch closely for the part where white privilege keeps me from being arrested.

Sorry this wasn’t here last week…I was doing an appearance for a local comic store’s birthday party.  We return to the saga of the scissors I had taken from me at Toronto Airport, still in progress….

Here’s part one and part two if you’ve missed them….

And now….

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The tear-jerker conclusion next week is worth the wait, I promise.  There won’t be a dry eye on the internet.

CLICK HERE TO READ IT NOW!

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Scissors and comic books.  Such a natural fit.

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for the bun toon archive of years past, click here