Tag Archives: Calvin and Hobbes

Scum and Villainy Bun Toons! BOO!

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Bwah-hah-hah, I said, while rubbing my hands together.

It’s been a fun week for American politics.  Whether or not you support Trump, it’s hard not to notice that he’s cavorted into a buzz saw in the last few days.  Russian collusion, obstruction of justice, lying to the press, eating steak with ketchup…it’s all too heinous to believe Trump is a regular old villain….

This is YOUR chance to turn the whole meshuga into a metaphor I can wrap my teeth around.  Please vote for…

00 Trump Villain Chart

We’ll be tabulating votes until he’s impeached…I have money on his not lasting until Christmas.

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My first thought was the Ventriloquist…


But the President’s eloquent statement:  “Puppet? No puppet!  You’re the puppet!” rendered this idea moot.

This is not my first time turning Trump into a comic book villain.  Below is a convention sketch I did (at the fan’s suggestion) right after Trump won the election late last year.

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And I’m hardly the first one to notice the Trump/Luthor connection…


But again, one of them is actually smart, and both are actually fictional.

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For last week’s amusing, apolitical anecdote, click here.


For the grotesquely un-updated Bun Toons library of years past, click here

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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for last week’s Bun Toon, click here.

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For the Bun Toon archive, incomplete, but hey, it’s free…click here.

Bandwagon Bun Toons!

Can I hop on?  I'll follow the trend...

Can I hop on the trend?

Okay.  So the MAN OF STEEL movie is making serious bank.  Obviously, there’s a public out there hungry for a cynical, terrifying Superman.

No one’s stupid enough to ignore that audience.  So…

websizeOf course, we need David S. Goyer and a production company to make the money off these ideas…but there’s gold in there, Jerry!  GOLD!

And I think I want that Family Circus panel as a T-Shirt.

By the way, just so there’s no confusion.  I actually liked the MAN OF STEEL movie…

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DC Comics is already ahead of the trend of the parent company.  This is from a recent World’s Finest, apparently.

Next: Aquaman drowns Wonder Woman.

Next: Aquaman drowns Wonder Woman.  COOL.

Optimism and honour in our heroes is SO 20th Century.



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For last week’s Bun Toon, a Tribute to Kim Thompson, click the happy ‘coon.

For the Bun Toon archive, click here.

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For the Man Of Steel Bun Toon Review, click here

For the Man Of Steel Bun Toon Review, click here

Hallowe’en 2012

Kellam wanted to try something different and sculpted this skull.

Halloween has come and gone, and though the spirit of Sandy dampened a few trick or treaters, we still make the holiday merry around here or people answer to me.

We begin with the youngest…Katherine.

Katherine had planned her costume for months, including having her hair cut short and dyed blonde. She did a gender-swap cosplay and went to school, and trick-or-treating, as everyone’s favorite yester-cartoon “Callie and Hobbes.” I thought hers would be an easy costume for people to “get” but she reported that the boys at school all knew instantly who she was, but the girls were mystified.  Is Calvin no longer a thing?  Do we want to even live in that world?

Taylor considered repeating his popular Rorshach from last year, but eventually settled on Leon, from Resident Evil. My daughter-in-law Jessica has featured on my blog many times for her incredible decorated cakes, but she also makes the most amazing costumes. Over the years she’s made Jimmy Olson and Rexplode for Kellam to wear, and Taylor was thrilled to discover that his old Leon costume fit him perfectly.

Sean tends to be more of a last-minute costume guy. He used to be all about Spider-Man or knights so we would buy or make his costume, but these days, he puts bits and pieces together mere hours before he goes out. This year, inspired by his newfound Doctor Who fandom he decided on The Fourth Doctor. An oversized Dollar Store cowboy hat, a multicoloured scarf his mother had knit many many many years ago for Kellam, an argyle sweater of Dad’s and a new tie put together with Dad’s winter coat, and Sean was happy. (He had a white collared shirt but decided, in the pouring rain, no one was going to be looking that closely at his costume.) He and Keiren did drive around to a few stores trying to find something to approximate a sonic screwdriver but he eventually decided he didn’t need it, as he needed the extra hand free to both fight time-criminals and eat candy.

 I’m assured this is a costume.  Kellam was dressed as a character from Assassin’s Creed, having just come from The Comic Book Lounge’s Hallowe’en event.  I’m also assured he killed no one, but he’s also duty bound not to tell me if he HAD killed someone, so I’m skeptical.

The grown-ups stayed home with a distant cousin who had gone to Catholic school his whole life, and made him watch Rocky Horror Picture Show.  He’s been seen shopping for garters and mascara today, so it might have had an effect on the lad.

Pictured: Something you don’t see much in Catholic School…but don’t get me started.

Happy Spook Day Everybody!

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Here now, your BONUS Holloween Comic Book Moments:

In case that didn’t seem cruel enough for you…

…then I present the Budwiser Star Trek Float.

…and this medieval monstrosity.

This wins.

Failure of Resolve Bun Toons! YAY!

Take heart in my poor showing, people. It makes you all look better!

Don’t try to deny it!  You’ve all made exactly these mistakes.

Next year, I’m vowing to breathe more oxygen, and eat more meat.

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Here now, your flagrant disregard for the Stop Online Piracy Act Moment.

It’s all so meta.

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For every Bun Toon Ever click the silly rabbit

Alas poor comic strips, I knew them well.

I teach a class on writing and drawing comics at the TORONTO CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP, and the first class of the new semester started yesterday.  As I always do, I asked what comics the new students currently read, and what they grew up reading…to get a sense of the sort of stuff they’re looking to make.   This is the first class in which no one volunteered a comic strip as something they grew up reading.

Not Calvin and Hobbes, not Peanuts, not nothing, baby.

And last week, when I posted the Seven Best Gay Characters in Comics, it was noted that I included comic strips in that list as though that was odd.  So clearly, it is, nowadays.  I’m a relic.

It’s not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s a new thing, and so I mark it down.

Now, obviously there are still GREAT comic strips still being made.  I read Doonesbury daily, and I head over to www.gocomics.com when I need a massive comic strip/political cartoon fix, it’s one of my favorite bookmarks.

But there’s a big difference in the influence and penetration of the “newspaper comics” nowadays if you have to go FIND ’em online, instead of just getting them delivered to your breakfast table while your parents read Sports – or finding a Sunday Comics Section on a table at a pizza place, or in any one of the thousands of places that newspaper comics used to be in the world.

Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer the internet and cures for diseases and stuff.  Future World all good, hoo baby!

But still…

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Here now, your comic strip moment of zen.

a star is born