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Pending Bun Toons. Whoops!

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Circumstances beyond my control, etc.  I’ll be Bun Tooning tomorrow instead of today.

Ty

Where No Bunny Has Gone Before! YAY

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Live Long and Hop Around More.

Last week, mere moments after I posted the Bun Toon, I headed out to my local theatre and took in the latest Trek Movie.  This week (with very very slight spoilers), I report back with…

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Beyond turns out to be my favourite of the last three NuTrek movies.  Maybe because it wasn’t so ambitious, and maybe because they got Spock and McCoy bang-on-bullseye for all their scenes, but it “felt” right, and I was grinning the whole time.   I’ve warmed to the Earth-2 crew, even the new Kirk, though he’s the only one that still doesn’t “feel right” to me.  The rest of it was delightful.

It’s nice to see Trek back on track for the Fiftieth Anniversary coming up in less than a month.  With a new TV series, and other little things here and there, there’s much to celebrate for this old Trekkie, including a return to doing NEW Trek related projects that I can’t talk about in public quite yet…but I promise, I shall shout and howl and promote like crazy when I’m allowed to.  (I probably wasn’t even allowed to say as much as I just did.)

So forget I said anything.

I can’t wait for the next Trek Movie, already announced…with the GHOST OF KIRK’S FATHER!  BOO!

Ty the Guy OUT!


A few days ago, another one of my heroes passed away at the age of 91:  Long time Mad Magazine legend, Jack Davis.

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I first encountered Jack, like most of us did, in a Mad Magazine when I was about nine or ten.  He was one of the “gang of idiots”, the cartoonists’ cartoonist, whose casual excellence, and confident line work has been a primary inspiration in my career.

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In my twenties, I consciously tried to draw like Wally Wood, Neal Adams and Jack Kirby, but some years ago, I realised that SUB-consciously, I always draw like Jack Davis.

At least I do when I’m at my best.

His aesthetic, his line, his easy precision, and his lack of pretension, worked together to create what I consider the perfect “cartoon” style of the 20th Century.  It was accessible, and impossibly skilled at the same time.  There was something about the way he seemed to splash colours or tone on his drawings as though he had only minutes until a deadline, and yet EVERYTHING looked like it was in the right place.  The effect was magnificent, and obviously in high demand as Jack did a heck of a lot more than Mad Magazine.

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When I finally got good with a crow-quill, I went to Jack Davis art for instruction on how to create all those fabulous textures and tones. It’s a master class on how to make crosshatching and greys work in illustration.

Around the age of nine or ten, I noticed the same guy who was killing it in Mad Magazine, was the guy that did those fantastic TV Guide covers, and those wonderful movie posters, and those album jackets and those back cover adverts.  Jack Davis was everywhere a cartoonist was called for, and no one ever did it better.

Here’s a gallery of some of those MANY TV Guide covers, not as often seen as his Mad Magazine or Time Magazine covers.

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Last week, the Bun Toon FEATURED artwork inspired by and swiped from Jack Davis.  I was still using him as inspiration as recently as seven days ago.

That’s never going to stop.


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For last week’s Jack Davis based Bun Toon, click here.

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For the Bun Toon archives of years gone by, click here.

 

 

Montreal!

No conventions or appearances this June for family reasons, so my next convention will be Montreal Comiccon. It’s one of my favourite cities so I’m always happy for a chance to visit.

As with my other appearances I will be doing pre-con commissions. Info is on the page:  COMMISSIONS. I have to update the list of available sketchcovers when I find ’em all…if there’s one you’re interested in let me know and I’ll see if I can find it at my LCS.

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Hanging out with one of the GREATS today…

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But I shall be at my post tomorrow

 

No Bun Tooning today as I will be in Guelph, Ontario at The Dragon comic store. I am part of an all-day event with one of the greats of my business, Denny O’Neil. Denny will be signing comics, and I will be doing sketches all to benefit the HERO INITIATIVE. Hero raises money for people in the comics industry who have fallen on hard times, usually due to health care costs, and need help with their bills.

In the evening I will be interviewing Denny; check with The Dragon to find out if there are still tickets available for that. Other details are on the Facebook event page HERE.

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Yee Haw Calgary!

I’m in Calgary this weekend for the Calgary Comic Expo. I’m here to do quickie sketches for the great and wonderful charity, the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (I’ll post links later…this is a SUPER quick post!). Although I thought it was busy the last two days I’ve been told that they were the QUIET days. Can’t wait to see how today goes.

I’m doing black and white head shot sketches for a minimum $20 donation. Anything over $25 will get colour.

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See you at the show! I’m sitting in the Pro section in between Don Rosa (X32?) and Jens Robinson. Jens and I have a panel today talking about his dad Jerry Robinson and his and other creators contributions to Batman. I think that’s at 2pm. At 5pm, Kelly Tindall and I will talk about Teaching Comics. Come see us there…and stop by and get a sketch from me and contribute to a good and worthy cause, CLLDF.

 

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Funny Ha-Ha, or Funny Peculiar Bun Toons!

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Hint:  It’s not funny ha-ha this time.

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It’s really not funny any more.  We’re only a few weeks away from someone getting seriously hurt or killed at one of these Trump meet-ups.  I’m reminded so much of the lyrics of Elvis Costello’s “Night Rally”, which includes the words “…you think they’re so dumb, you think they’re so funny, wait until they get you running in their Night Rallies”.

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Godwin’s Law is suspended for the duration.

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I’ve been shouting this stuff for a few years on this Bun Toon.  No one is going to catch me saying “I’m shocked this is happening!  I never saw it coming!”

This is part of a Bun Toon from April of 2011…

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For last week’s cute and cuddly Bun Toon, click here.

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For the Bun Toon Archive, filled with many anti-Trump cartoons, click here.

Pre-Con Sketchcover Commissions 2016

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I generally only do commissions on-site at conventions but after a number of requests, I did some in advance last year. I was pleased at the results (I like working at home in my drawing chair!) so I’ll be doing it again this year. At the moment, I’m limiting this to sketchcovers. As long as a convention is still listed, I’ll be taking commission requests for it but I am limiting numbers for each con.

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March

Toronto Comicon March 18 – 20

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Emerald City Comicon April 6 – 10

Calgary Entertainment & Comic Expo April 28 – May 1

(More to be added as they’re announced)

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At this time I’m only planning on doing sketchcovers. I do have some sketchcovers in stock; if you want something else, I will see if I can get it from my LCS (and will let you know the added cost).

Single figures are $60, Two figures are $90, ink, markers and copics.

The blank sketchcovers I currently have on hand are:

Batman 66 #23

Batgirl #38

Superman #32 

A-Force Secret Wars #001

The Flash #39

Wolverine #310

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #001

Wonder Woman #19

Wonder Woman #36 

Justice League #16

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All covers will be available for pick-up ONLY at the convention. Payment can be in cash at the convention or you can PayPal me before pickup.

If you’re interested, send me an email at tybunny@gmail.com and tell me which blank, and what you’re looking for. I’ll confirm with you before I start anything.

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