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!

It’s Bun Toon Time, Dollface. YAY!

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It’s still a mystery…

Sorry I wasn’t here last week…seasonal allergies turned me into a lovely fountain, and I spent my Saturday and Sunday mopping up the mess that was my face.

With both presidential candidates now officially “bigots” and gold medal athletes officially pissing away their futures, one has to be philosophical about the news.

And so, it’s time for…

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I was going to do a joke about Nietzsche, but when I looked into his ideas, I saw nothing.

TY THE GUY OUT!


Oh, wait, there’s more!

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The Silver Age Johnny Descartes, from Nihilism Funnies #3.

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NEXT WEEK:  I’ll be at FanExpo Toronto, making pretty drawings for the peoples, and signing the Batmans and Spider-Mans that people bring to my table. But there WILL be a new Bun Toon, because I feel bad about last week’s time off.  See you there!

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The drawings look sort of like this, unless you don’t ask for a Joker.


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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

A Very Brief Moment of Silence Bun Toons! YAY!

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Out of respect for the dead, let’s give it a minute, maybe a minute and a half.

Just in case there’s someone out there not reading the current run of CIVIL WAR II: there might be some gigantic spoilers coming up in today’s Bun Toon.

So avert your eyes and turn away.  Everyone else, read about…

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I give Marvel a year or less to bring Hulk back, they might even do it before Civil War is finished.  War Machine and Black Goliath might be settling in for a few rounds of bridge, though, especially since we now have an All-New Wasp, and an All-New Female Iron Man to worry about for a while as third generation versions of founding Avengers.

Ty the Guy OUT!


It’s hardly the first time someone has killed off the Hulk.  Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno did it back in the Eighties.

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I maintain that this film is best enjoyed in VHS format, with the tracking bar malfunctioning.

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It’s as exciting as that image suggests it is.  In the gripping film, Hulk is killed by falling from a helicopter, about a hundred a thirty feet.  No need for Hawkeye.

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Of course, they kill off versions of Iron Man all the time.


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Waller to Waller Coverage Bun Toon! Yay!

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Pleasant dreams, all you residents of Belle Reve.

I’m hoping you plucky internet adventurers are willing to come along for this ride without me having to plant explosives in your neck.

I’m still going to plant those explosives, but I’m hoping you won’t NEED them.

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Believe it or not, the movie is entertaining.  It’s dumb as a bag of rock salt, and rarely funny (though Harley manages one or two moments) but it does grudgingly allow for a bit of fun in between the rain storms and music video montages.  Viola Davis is good as Amanda Waller, even though the script doesn’t get Waller right.  Will Smith Will-Smiths his way through Deadshot with all the Will-Smithiness you’d want from him…and the BIG surprise is how close-to-the-originals the director gets the small time DC characters.  The movie is good for DC fans, if not necessarily the general public, because it’s certainly better than Green Lantern, Man of Steel, Constantine (the movie), Batman v Superman, Dark Knight Rises, Watchmen, Steel, Superman Returns and Jonah Hex.  That’s faint praise, I realise, since those movies were consistently awful.

But Suicide Squad isn’t awful.

Other than Christopher Nolan, we haven’t had a “not awful” DC movie in decades.

So I guess it’s a win?

Ty the Guy OUT!


I had a brief visit with Amanda Waller some years ago when I was drawing Justice League…

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Joker, Killer Croc, and the rest of the Gotham City support stars that show up in Suicide Squad were all a big part of my time as a Batman writer and artist.  Here’s a fun Harley Quinn Snow Globe I designed for DC Direct some time back.  When you shake the globe, the money floats around Harley…

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I wanted the globe filled with “puddin”, but was told it would make it hard to see Harley inside.


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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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