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FanExpo Canada: Thursday

I’ll be sitting at P16A beside the always incredible Leonard Kirk, between 4 and 9 (I think the con starts at 3pm but with traffic and lineups and having to get my passes, let’s play it safe!). I will have Star Trek books, sketchcovers, Batman 66 issues and lots more. I’ll be doing sketches (Keiren will have a list). I don’t charge for signing books but I will be asking people to donate to one of my absolute favourite charities, Hero Initiative so they can keep up all the good work they do to help out comics people in need.

I’ll be spending all my time at my table except when;

I will be part of a sketch duel against…TOM GRUMMETT at 5:45 pm in Room 716.

I will be teaching a workshop, Comic Writing/Storytelling:  How to tell a story in pictures at 7:15pm in Room 703. (If you can’t make the workshop or would like to take my entire course on Layouts, called HOW TO DRAW COMICS, there are still a few spaces open. Info is HERE.)

And don’t forget! My Kickstarter for OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL BOLDLY GO! Check it out now and see the list of great rewards (even I don’t know who the voice will be on the audiobook…although I do know who they were talking to…). Click on the angry Gorn to be taken to the link:

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Ty the Guy OUT!

 

 

Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go!

So much to brief you about, oh Keepers of the Prime Directive.

First up:  Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go!

It’s Dr. Seuss, it’s Star Trek, it’s a floor wax AND a whipped cream topping.  Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go is the latest away mission from Glenn Hauman of ComicMix , the legendary David Gerrold (Star Trek TOS’ original Mr. Tribble himself) and is illustrated by the humble rabbit that usually occupies this blog.  Cleverly disguised as a children’s book, it’s the story of a young, eager, federation trained lad, exploring a universe of weird Seussian landscapes and familiar alien worlds, certain to delight fans of the Lorax and the Gorn alike. But who speaks for the Horta?!?

The Kickstarter went live today. There’s information and all kinds of rewards there if you click this link:  Please click it.

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But wait–there’s more! The Legendary David Gerrold will be at Star Trek:  Missions this weekend and he will have copies of the NEW editions of his much beloved books, The Trouble with Tribbles and The World of  Star Trek available for sale.  The new editions feature all-new covers by the clearly not-all-that-humble rabbit, and once I get to the Post Office, I will have copies available at my table, P16A, at FanExpo Canada all weekend (or until they sell out).  Get your copy signed by some of the cast at the convention.  We’ve invited some famous actors JUST for that reason.

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Oh but WAIT!! There’s MORE of the more… on Sunday 1pm at FanExpo Canada, I will be part of a live reading of Star Trek:  Wrath of Khan, as part of the GrokSpock team. We’ve had a raucous time doing these readings (in March of 2015 and 2016) as fundraisers for the Lung Association in Leonard Nimoy’s honour, and have no choice but to continue the raucous when and where we can.  According to my call sheet, I shall be recreating the roles of Mr. Scott and transporter chief Kyle with gusto and questionable levels of accuracy.

And, as always, I will be doing sketches and signing books all weekend long at my table P16A. Stop by and say hello.  I’m willing to talk about things that aren’t Star Trek related, but I might accidentally blurt out a secret project with some OTHER major, famous characters I’m working on.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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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Ty the Guy OUT!

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.

Ty the Guy OUT

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Ty the Guy OUT!

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.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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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Ty the Guy OUT!

Enough of THAT year Bun Toons! YAY

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Happy New Year Bunny People!  Another year over and a new one, just begun.

But before we send you off to explore the future, one last look back at the year that was…our annus horribilis, as we affectionately call it around here….and our annual TOP FIVE COUNTDOWN!

Our FIFTH most popular BUN TOON of the year, as counted by the fine folks at PRICE WATERHOUSE, celebrated a certain announcement from DC Comics about fairness, and justice and who deserved a finger…

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I got quite a few angry emails about drawing Bob Kane in a demon costume…but I cannot stress enough that Bob is wearing the original Batman suit he designed (and Bill Finger re-designed away).  It only LOOKS like a demon costume of you know anything about Bob Kane.

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The Aluminium Award goes to one of my “Everything You Need to Know in Four Panels” strips (keep an eye out, “all in four panels” will be a theme today).  In the fall, CBS started up the Adventures of Supergirl on Monday nights, and I was there to help the uninitiated understand the backstory to our beloved Kara Zor-el.

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Yes, I left out the part about the semi-human pink Jello-Beastie that was Supergirl for most of the 90s.  I didn’t think the uninitiated were quite ready for that.  And yes…they SORT of killed the dog in an imaginary story, which ain’t the same thing.  Fiction Dogs still get treated to less time in refrigerators than women do.

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The Bronze goes to…

Another of the FOUR PANELS series, this time appropriately about four characters in their fourth live action movie.  This really should have been entry #4, but sometimes the universe doesn’t understand neatness.

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I heard an internet rumour that FOX is working on another FF movie.  Seriously.  After that train wreck, they’re going again?  Whee?

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Silver Medal time at the Rabbit Round-up, this time the long ears get all “political”.

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No word of a joke, about five days after this toon went online, back in June, the Confederate flag started coming down in front of state houses all across America.  It was a very popular Bun Toon, reblogged and re-tweeted and had many thousands of readers.  I like to think the Bun Toon single-handedly ended the race troubles in the USA, but I wouldn’t be humble if I suggested it, so one of my fans has to.

Go on.  I’m waiting…

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Golden Memories.  The Number #1 Bun Toon of 2015 came after a month-long absence from the funny-web due to an inconvenient brush with death back in April.  I flat-lined three times and those silly doctors kept bringing me back from the great beyond…

For a couple of weeks after I got out of the hospital, I couldn’t really draw well, (pain meds are wonderful, but they give the grey matter some silly attitudes about proportion and muscle control), and could only produce a Bun Toon by lifting the art from better artists.

It’s another “Everything Explained in Four Panels” Bun Toon, this time about the Netflix Daredevil series.

Clearly Daredevil is a huge hit, as this Bun Toon was by far the most read of the year.

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I’m still kind of baffled that Marvel didn’t call me to take over the Daredevil book after that.  Clearly, I deserve it, going to hell and back and everything.  Who’s writing it now?  Did they die and come back?  Pussies.

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And now…the LOSER!

It’s never a proper celebration unless I embrace the failures as well, and this year the big “no one read it” Bun Toon comes from just a few weeks ago.  (Every year, the least popular Bun Toon comes from early December…I’m starting to sense a pattern).  This time out, it was a travel diary from my recent trip to India, and I’m presenting again, so the internet may ignore it again as furiously as it did the last time I ran it, three weeks ago.

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And that’s it.  Another year in the memory hole, never to be considered again, until the big TOP FIVE OF THE DECADE BUN TOONS coming up in just four years!  Wait by your computers for an announcement.

I’ll see you in a week or so as we start up the 2016 goofiness.  I suspect we’ll see a Bun Toon about Donald Trump as the year progresses, and maybe even something about President Hillary.  Also:  I predict that this is the year Florida and California slip into the ocean.  You heard it here first.

Ty the Guy, 2015 OUT!