Wide Awake Bun Toons! YAY!

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It’s like electricity is shooting through my brain.

Almost a true story.

Emotionally true, anyway.

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I cannot stress enough how little regard I have for the any of the previous attempts to recapture the magic of Star Wars.  Though I consider Empire a decent enough film, it’s hardly in the same league as the sublimely wonderful original picture.  Somehow, J. J. Abrams loved the franchise enough to give us a sequel you can bite into.  It’s flawed, it’s a little bit TOO much of an homage to the original, and there are some plot holes that the Millennium Falcon can fly through, but who cares?

Finally we have a Star Wars that’s FUN, exciting, FUNNY, clever, well-acted, and I am even willing to buy into the mythology of it all, this time around.   Shows you what a missed opportunity the last four or five films have been.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Many moons ago, when the trailer first came out, I sensed a tingling in the force…here’s the Bun Toon from that week.

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Hee hee.

Not disappointed.

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About ten years ago, I did a graphic novel for Vertigo Comics called “BIGG TIME”.  It was a satire of the entertainment industry and the whole need for fame in the American psyche…and on page 71, a character showed up wearing a T-Shirt with a special message…

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If you can’t read the shirt is says “I’m Still Waiting for Star Wars Episode Seven”.

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Last week link

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India and Back Again Bun Toons! YAY!

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The World Traveller Returns!

Sorry this is on a Sunday, rather than a Saturday…believe it or not, I’ve only been home about five days, and I’m still a day behind because of jet lag, date lines and a host of other nonsense.

Today you get snapshots of my trip to India to attend Comicon in Delhi.  Count yourself lucky…I could have brought home slides.

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Not kidding about the traffic.  I’m fairly sure they drove on the left side of the road in India, but it was sometimes hard to tell.  Mostly they drove on the ROAD… but WHERE they drove… was always an option.

As I said, I’ve only been home a few days, and haven’t quite adjusted to life back in Canada.  I miss the hawks and Kryptos already, and might consider a small falcon or eagle for the back yard, just for comfort.

Ty the Guy IN!

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Because the local currency was unfamiliar to me, I asked the convention volunteers what a good price to charge for my sketches was, and was told about five hundred Rupees was the upwards end of what I could charge.  So, five hundred Rupees it was.  And this is the sort of sketch you’d get for that…

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It turns out, 500 Rupees is about seven dollars, something we didn’t figure out until the last day.  So…Indian fans got my sketches for, shall we say, a little less expensive than an American convention goer would get one.  At the speed I was replacing markers (there was a booth selling markers there for five bucks a marker), it almost cost more to draw the pictures than I was getting from the fans.  But that’s okay.  We saw a lot of happy faces when they got their sketch.

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The name tag they made me wear was a little large.  I think it was so people at the back of the line could read it…but it got in the way of my drawing arm quite a bit.

I’m also not kidding about the pollution.  Delhi is considered the most polluted city on Earth…they DREAM of being as clean as Beijing, the complainers from China.

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The day we arrived, we thought it was fog…but it turns out people like to burn their trash there, and so you’re living inside of a fairly constant smoke and fire situation from ten million trash fires.  Here’s a photo of a neigbourhood dump site.  Note the Hawks and Kryptos in the photo…they are literally everywhere.

The volunteers were as nice and friendly a bunch of Convention Helpers I’ve ever met.  I wish I could have stayed and hung with the gang another few days…but apparently I had to get home because of my OWN children.

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Special shout out to Ishan, Harry and Abhilasha, our personal handlers.  (I’ve misspelled Harry’s name, but he kept insisting it was “Harry” when it utterly was not.)

The local creators had a wealth of great comics to show off, I wish they were for sale in Canada, as some of these series hooked me and I want to read the next issue.  My faves, by far, were…

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…pretty well anything by this guy, Shamik Dasgupta…he’s a writer/artist with some SKILLS.

and…

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Super Sikh.  The title says it all.  Hoo boy, this was fun.

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It was ALSO about India…the anticipation of going, rather than the having been.

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Culture Shock Bun Toons! YAY!

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You’d be shocked at how little culture I have…

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I don’t care.  I’m going to look at things anyway.  Might even listen for sounds.  But clearly eating and drinking are right out.

I can’t wait to meet all the comic fans in India and learn about their creators and comics when I get to the Indian Comic Convention…and that’s on top of learning about their culture and country in general.  This is my first time over the Equator and my first time East of Europe.  It’s like there’s an entire planet out there outside of Canada and Europe.  Who knew?

That means I won’t be here for the Bun Toon next week…it will be a re-run…a good one, but a re-run nevertheless.  See you back here in two weeks, with probably lots of stories to tell of the trip.

Ty the Guy OUT of the country.

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Of course, I already know a thing or two about the sub-continent…after all I DID read Spider-Man India when it came out a few years ago…

Of course, there are local Indian comics, and I’ve been assured these are some of the more popular ones:

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These are the “Fighting Toads”, a set of characters who are clearly NOT based on martial artist turtles or shredding rats in any way, because that would be a lawsuit, right? I’m going to look into this.

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Super Commando Dhruva is sort of the Batman of India (so I’m told), even though he looks a bit more like Nightwing. Anything Batman-like is my jam, so I’m hoping to get one or two issues of this book.

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This is Nagraj…kind of the Superman of India. His super-powers are impressive, and highly snake related. This is probably the closest to an image of the character I can put up on the Bun Toon without freaking out my snake-phobic wife. Sorry hon.

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For last week’s Bun Toon about treasure hunting and good fortune, click here.

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Quick Diagnosis Bun Toon! YAY!

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  Thank god I’ve got socialized medicine.

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This had to have been a mistake in some way.  My MORE FUN #105 is in near mint shape, and should NOT have been in any kind of bargain bin.  I figure it got put in there by mistake, and the guy I was talking to was an employee, and not the guy running the booth, and he simply didn’t know.

I wish I could enjoy that kind of good luck, but I think about the boss coming back from his lunch and finding out his thousand dollar comics went for five dollars.

Ty the Guy OUT!

I have almost the exact same story with a copy of SHOWCASE #9, the first solo appearance of Lois Lane.  

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…though, to be fair, my SHOWCASE #9 is a little beat up…it’s still not beaten up enough to get for under ten bucks, though!

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Bun Toons cops out.

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Some day, when I’m not dealing with raw emotions, I’ll probably find a way to post the clever but snide religious satires.

Not this morning, though.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Obelix Malheureux

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For last week's light hearted look at "innocent" era Supergirl, click here.

For last week’s light hearted look at “innocent” era Supergirl, click here.

For a Bun Toon archive, click here.

For a Bun Toon archive, click here.

Hop, Hop, and AWAY! BUN TOONS! YAY!

Today's Bun Toon will be the result of exposure to Red Kryptonite and it should wear off in 24 hours.

Today’s Bun Toon will be the result of exposure to Red Kryptonite and it should wear off in 24 hours.

Have you guys checked out the new SUPERGIRL show in CBS this fall?   Too much fun.  It almost makes up for Constantine being cancelled.

Still…if you’re unfamiliar with the MAID OF MIGHT, I’m here to help.

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In my spare time this last month, I’ve been re-reading the Supergirl stories from the Fifties and Sixties in my collection (I have nearly all of ’em).  Wow, what a bizarre ride of sexism and patriarchy it all was back then…just like the prevailing culture.

Thank Rao we’ve moved past all that.

Ty the Guy

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Supergirl has a doppelgänger named “Power Girl”, who is from a parallel universe where the inhabitants all have much larger boobs.

Here the two Karas argue about "who wore it sluttier?"

Here the two Karas argue about “who wore it sluttier?”

Strangely enough, the parallel world version of Kara is quite popular as a cosplay outfit.

Speaking of strange, the following two panels, from an issue in 1959, still sort of freaks people out…

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Then there’s THIS moment.

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It’s worth noting, that Supergirl is also a doppelgänger for Lois Lane, Lana Lang and a woman named Lesla-Lar from Kandor….all of whom can seamlessly disguise themselves as Kara Z0r-el without make-up or preparation.

Superman has the hots for ALL of ’em at one point or another.

Apparently women were interchangable in the Fifties.

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For the Bun Toon from two weeks ago, ALSO about Weisinger-era Superman comics, click here.

For the Bun Toon from two weeks ago, ALSO about Weisinger-era Superman comics, click here.

For last week's Halloween Bun Toon extravaganza, click here.

For last week’s Halloween Bun Toon extravaganza, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, going back years, click here.

For the Bun Toon archive, going back years, click here.

Spooky True Tales of Halloween Bun Toons!

Boo!  Scared ya, didn't I?

Boo! Scared ya, didn’t I?

I’m doing a personal appearance at GOTHAM CENTRAL Comic Store in Mississauga this morning, so the Bun Toon is going to be a reminiscence of Halloweens past.  For angry subscribers who did not expect a “encore performance” this morning, contact me directly: refunds are available after an exhausting and humiliating process.

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For those in the Toronto/Mississauga area, I’ll see you at GOTHAM CENTRAL in Mississauga!.

Everyone else, enjoy the tricking treating.  Back here NEXT WEEK with an all-new Bun Toon!  I promise!

Ty the Guy OUT! 

For last week's ORIGINAL Bun Toon about Superman comics of the 1970s...click here.

For last week’s All-New ORIGINAL Bun Toon about Superman comics of the 1970s…click here.

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!

For the increasingly un-updated Bun Toon archive, click here!