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Upcoming Classes Spring 2018

UPCOMING CLASSES: May – June 2018

How To DRAW THE HUMAN FIGURE

LOCATION:  392 Spadina Avenue Second Floor, Toronto Ontario

DATES:  TUESDAYS 7 – 10 pm May 8 – June 19 2018 (seven weeks)

FEES:  $360 + HST (Payment accepted by cash, cheque, interac/email transfer or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques). Payment is due by the end of the first class.

PREREQUISITESnone.

MATERIALS:  Bring paper or a sketchbook, pencils and erasers for drawing. Paper, sketchbook, laptop for notes. 

REGISTRATION/INQUIRIES:  email comicbookbootcamp@gmail.com to book a space, and to make payment arrangements. Please note that spaces are limited for each class; registration is on a first-come first-reserved basis.

Visualizing the human form in three-dimensional space is one of the basic skills needed to make comics, and our bootcamp class makes this often difficult skill surprisingly easy, with a unique geometric approach to skeletal and muscular systems.  In seven weeks, you’ll understand the movement  of the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and hands, basic human proportions, the muscle system, and balance (yes, in just seven weeks!) without needing a model to see it in your head.   Previous drawing experience is not required, we can teach this method to anyone willing to learn.

Bring lots of paper and pencils, this is a class for drawing, not for listening to lectures.

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HOW TO WRITE FOR COMICS PART TWO

LOCATION:  392 Spadina Avenue Second Floor, Toronto Ontario

DATES:  WEDNESDAYS 7 – 10 pm May 9 – June 20 2018 (seven weeks)

FEES:  $360 + HST (Payment accepted by cash, cheque, interac/email transfer or PayPal (There will be a fee for NSF cheques). Payment is due by the end of the first class.

Because class space is limited, if you find that your schedule/plans change and you are unable to attend the class, please let us know as soon as possible so that another student can attend.

PREREQUISITESHow To Write For Comics Part One  or How To MAKE Comics

MATERIALS:  bring what you need for taking notes; laptop, paper, pencils, pens, etc.

How To Write For Comics Part One grounds the student in the rules of plot, character, dialog, scripting and storytelling forms, we step up to a master class on practical writing. The students will learn the standard applications of tropes and genres, the rules of pacing and scene work, the secrets of world building, character bibles, supporting casts, sub-plots, comedy writing, ongoing series and much more.

Like all our workshops, we’ll be creating scripts and stories in class under a deadline. This time around, we’ll expect a complete short story about half way through, and by week seven students be pitching their own original series or graphic novel to the group. Bring your brains, and have no fear.

You’ll need something to write on, paper or laptops, whatever you prefer to use, as long as you can make it legible to fellow students.

Silly in Philly Bun Toons! YAY!

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We’ll get to the cheesesteaks a little later.

This sort of thing is happening more and more nowadays.

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Okay, now we can talk about the famous sandwiches.

We were in Philadelphia,  so naturally we asked about where we should we go to have a really good Philly Cheesesteak.  The choice is between “Geno’s” and “Pat’s” and we were told by one of our cab drivers that he preferred “Geno’s” because they “really load on the liquid wiz”.

Well, we never got to either Geno’s or Pat’s, but I did get a cheesesteak, and yes, they load on the liquid wiz.

It’s something of a catchphrase for the city.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Hardly my first urinal convention story.

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Oh, convention bathrooms.  Will you ever stop delighting us?

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For last week’s Easter Bun Toon, click the image above.

Sorry….The Bunny is Sick

I’ve been fighting some kind of virus all week.  Cancelled some of my classes, and lay in bed with literally every symptom you can name.  Yup, all the ugly ones, and some of the more presentable ones (like shivers, sneezes and coughs, as well as many far less discussable events).

And somehow, in the middle of all that, I messed up my right hand.  It’s dark purple and swollen like a balloon for a couple of days now.

It’s been an unpleasant week.

But I’ll see you soon.

Ty the Guy, Passed Out.

Deadline Looms Bun Toons! BOO!

I’m fighting a screaming, howling, blood-curdling deadline for my Star Trek meets Dr. Seuss project, and literally don’t have three spare minutes to comment on Donald Trump’s proud boasts of predatory sexuality, Luke Cage’s Terrific TV Series or Bill Shatner’s Two-Faced Team-Up with Adam West.

Whoops!  I’ve gone at least six minutes without drawing.  Gotta go!

Ty the Guy OUT!

Happy Star Trek Fiftieth! YAY!

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I’m not a rabbit.  I’m a Vulcan.  This is entirely irrational.

It’s Star Trek’s FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY this weekend, and I’m in PORTLAND at a comic convention.  I can’t be here with you again live at the Bun Toon, but I’m raising money for the Hero Initiative, so my conscience is clear.  I’d just be Tooning about what a jackass Trump is, so we’re spared that at least.

Instead, another Star Trek Related Bun Toon from some time past.  This one from the day after Leonard Nimoy died, and I had to digest the information in cartoon form.

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Since I was a little boy, fifty years ago, Star Trek has taken over about 10 percent of my brain and about a third of my heart, and I couldn’t be happier to be both a Trekkie fan, and a creator (occasionally) of Trek comic books.

This is the best franchise, with the best fans in all of Pop Culture.

The word is given.

More information about my latest Trek-adjacent, comic book-adjacent project, (Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go) click HERE.

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The Convention Season will be over shortly, and I’ll be back to Bun Tooning as regular as an old man scarfing down prune smoothies next week, I promise!

Ty the Guy OUT!

 

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Presented without comment.  But this was a real thing.

Seuss Trek Wednesday!

I’m dropping in for a moment to share a couple more fun moments of Trekkieness here at the Bunny Factory.

First up, a sketch cover I did at the convention this weekend.  A fan got a Shatner signature on a blank Star Trek cover, and asked me to fill in the space above it with a portrait of Kirk and his ship above.  I get asked to do likenesses a lot in my work a lot (Mad Magazine, Batman 66, Dexter, Star Trek) but it’s never as easy to a good likeness sitting at a convention floor working from a little phone-google image of the celeb.  Fortunately, the fan brought with him a nice big shot of Shatner’s handsome mug, and it turned out okay.

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Second:  We sold a few copies of David Gerrold’s TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES book, (the one with the all-new Tybunny cover art) at the convention….but we only had the softcover version at our table, and no one got to see the FULL wraparound cover that included Koloth bathing in the vile, barking, headless rats (his words, not mine).  Well, since I drew six zillion tribbles, and my devoted wife coloured six zillion tribbles, you have to see them all six zillion tribbles.

 

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so there.

And it’s nice to announce that my latest Star Trek-adjacent project (with oft mentioned Trek Legend David Gerrold), “OH THE PLACES YOU’LL BOLDLY GO”  is gangbustering its way around Kickstarter.

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But like all things Kickstarter-y, we need  your help to feed the beast (and yes, I’m referring to my teenage children).  If you’re hoping to see the love child of a Grinch and a Horta, or ever wondered how Thing One and Thing Two would deal with the Prime Directive, this is the book for you.

Check out the details HERE.

Ty the Guy OUT!

I’m drawing a cover that features the Bat-Eared Fellow this week, and promoting my Star Trek project, so of course the Bonus Moment is…

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FanExpo Canada: SUNDAY

And so begins the end… Last Day! Today will run 10am to 5pm and it will be BUSY! I’ve got a few things scheduled and it’s my last chance to scour all the dollar bins and make sure I haven’t missed anything magical.

At 1:00pm, I will be part of GrokSpock, a live reading of Star Trek:  Wrath of Khan. We have our usual GrokSpock crew with a surprise guest:  actor/screenwriter/voice actor David Hayter (my kid who goes by the nickname “Snake” for his standup gigs, is very excited about this!). Will post the room number as soon as I find it…

At 2:15, I will run to Room 715 for COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP:  How to write a story someone will want to read. (If you can’t make the workshop or would like to take my entire course  called HOW TO WRITE COMICS, there are still a few spaces open. Info is HERE.)

Then, I’m back to P57. Come find me there…  Keiren will be keeping my sketch list, and selling my sketchcovers and copies of The World of Star Trek and The Trouble with Tribbles, both by David Gerrold with covers by me.

In honour of today’s GrokSpock reading, a memory of the very first one we did:

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And, of course…don’t forget the Kickstarter for Oh, The Places You’ll Boldy Go! Click on the Enterprise-like ship to go to the link:

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Ty the Guy OUT!!