Destined for Greatness Bun Toons! YAY!

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To think I knew them when…

Well, it’s Canada Day Weekend, as well as the 4th of July, as well as Pride Week, as well as the second weekend of Summer…so in honour of all those events, the Bun Toon has nothing to do with any of that.  Instead, we present the lives of great comic characters…

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Speaking of “Before they were famous”…You ever wondered how Bugs Bunny got his name?

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It’s also where the “Looney” part comes from.


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Happy Birthdays DC Bun Toons! YAY!

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I knew it was coming and I still didn’t bake a cake.

With an entire week passed and no iconic heroes passing away, perhaps it’s time to reflect on the little baby comic books left in my crib recently…

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Every now and then, I’m reminded that Superman means a lot to me.  He’s had his ass kicked in the movies and the New 52….but DARE I be hopeful about the Rebirth Kal-el?  Dare I?  I already like the Convergence Superman, and in theory….

Ty the Guy OUT!


If you’re new to the whole concept of the DC reboot, let me give you a crash course:

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This was the last one.  All the Batmans and Supermans and Aquamans had to fight each other.  It made no sense, really.

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This wasn’t a reboot so much as they simply changed everything about all the characters.  And it lasted maybe six months anyway.

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The Now-Old New-Fifty-Two.  A reboot that rose from the flames of a temporary reboot called “Flashpoint”.

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I think this had something to do with Flash travelling through time and forgetting to keep the sports almanac from Biff, but who can remember this many reboots ago?

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I’m pretty sure there were a couple of Crisis Events between this and Flashpoint, but how many Crisis covers can you look at?

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The grandfather of all reboots.  The first, the biggest, the brightest, the one everyone compares all reboots to…

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Except for this one, which was actually the first, sort of.  Depends on if you count the 50s Timely/Atlas Human Torch reboot. 


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Daddio Bun Toons! YAY!

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I’ll teach you young punks to respect me.

This weekend includes Father’s Day.  Finally, a day for the men of this world to put aside their privilege, and be celebrated for the effort they sort of make, helping their wives raise a family.

Even though my parents were divorced, my father still had important things to teach me as I grew up and saw him on the occasional weekend and summer holiday.

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Every one of those bits of advice are true, and I constantly use the one about writing when teaching my scripting classes.  To this day, I still have a Siamese cat, and though I’ve never been in a boxing match, I know how to handle myself when a drunk gets troublesome.

No comment about the rest of it.

I have children of my own, now.

Ty the Guy OUT!


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In the world of Father-based comic strip characters, they’re all second rate compared to Jiggs, the orangutan-faced hero of “Bringing up Father” (later known as Jiggs and Maggie).

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The magnificent deco-inspired designs and line work of George McManus was inspirational when I was a kid.

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My father’s favourite comic strip was KRAZY KAT:

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I read a bunch of them when I was a kid, and they didn’t make a lick of sense to me.  It wasn’t until I was much more sophisticated adult that I realised they weren’t supposed to.


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If you’re at ALL interested in my fairly interesting father, there’s a bunch of past pages on this blog dedicated to him.

Here’s an entry about his brief career as a cartoonist

Here’s an entry about a feature film dedicated to calling him an agent of Satan

When Good Men Do Nothing Bun Toons!

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Good bunnies know enough to stay out of it.

We return you now to Pleasant City, where crime never gets a chance to run rampant because of the constant patrols of one Good Man…

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Thank god I was here to sum up American politics for you.   This is why CNN is slipping in the ratings.

Ty the Guy


I just riffed the name “Dyno-Lady” while I was writing the above toon, and almost instantly recalled that there’s a genuine  super-hero with NEARLY that name…

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This was an old Sid & Marty Krofft produced “Saturday Morning” TV series when I was young.   When trying to find a cover for an issue featuring these protectors of goodness, I discovered they don’t HAVE a comic series.

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A TV series?  Sure.  But the MAN is keeping them out of the comics biz, for some reason. That’s another thing Hillary will make better.  Besides saving the planet from a racist orange monster, I mean…

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There’s just a couple of days before the next set of classes start.  If you’re in the TORONTO area and are interested in learning to write and draw comics, click here.

Up, Up and Out of Here Bun Toons! YAY!

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Superman is to Kryptonite, as Bunny is to….?

SUPERMAN DIES AGAIN

It really did strike me as odd how little attention was paid to the latest death of the Man of Steel.  I suppose since he (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) died in the movie version, this is technically his THIRD big death, and the second one this year, which does add a sense of the familiar every time he checks out.

As someone who’s died a couple of times myself, I know how dull the third one can be.  Personally, I slept through it.

Ty the Guy OUT!


When I was a kid, my father’s two heroes were Gandhi and Muhammad Ali.  My dad was an amateur boxer in his youth, so I think he might have had a slight preference for Ali, but those are two good choices.

Mine were Batman and Superman, because they were the first ones I read about.  Then I read about Ali and what he’d done during the Viet Nam war.

Then he joined my Justice League.

The Greatest.

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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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The Customer Is Always Right Bun Toons! YAY!

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Even when the customer is aggressively wrong.

The thing I like best about the internet is the accuracy of information dissemination, and the speed at which bandwagons careen down a hill.

Sigh.

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For those brave souls that went out and bought a copy of the all new Captain America #1, you probably discovered the issue was well written, beautifully drawn and a fun ride all around.  For the rest of you, congratulations on believing the internet. You must be very proud.

Ty the Guy OUT!


Because I mentioned it, I have to bonus everybody with a few moments from Cap’s greatest storyline…

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Amazingly enough…in the days before the internet, we didn’t set fire to copies of Man-Wolf and youtube it.

We simply endured.

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Of course, back in the 70s, Marvel ACTUALLY did do a Captain America story where he became a Nazi…but it was a sort-of “evil twin” Cap (a guy who’d had surgery to look like Steve Rogers, who was more than slightly driven crazy by a cut-rate version of the Super-Soldier formula).   Naturally, this story didn’t spit at Joe Simon and Jack Kirby because they were both working for DC Comics at the time.

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If you live in the Toronto area, and are interested in learning to write or draw comics, click here for upcoming classes.  Writing is filling up fast (two spots left), but there’s still a few seats left for the June “Making Comics” course!!