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Correction! The Bunny was WRONG!?!?

Like all great journalists, I have to correct a previous column when I find out I was wrong.  I said that Mad Magazine had “gone the way of all flesh, sigh”, which suggests it’s not being published any more.  It’s still out there, on a quarterly, rather than eighteen times a year schedule (including MadKids and Mad Specials!) but it’s still out there.  I’d simply not seen a new Mad in quite a while and figured it was gone.  My bad.  Now, why haven’t I seen ’em on sale anywhere?   I’d be scooping up those quarterlies like a hungry wolf, but I ain’t seen one.

All my best to Sam V. and the gang, and I hope I’m not too much of an idiot at this point for the gang.

Ty the Guy

Bunny Funnies!

Today’s Bunny Funny is dedicated to Scott Shaw!, with love and respect. (He’ll know why.)

This was produced back in the 90s for DC Comic’s Shop Talk, so I understand the references are a little dated (for instance, who uses “phones” anymore?), but there might be the shred of a the funny in there, especially for octogenarians such as myself….and reprinting old material here is sort of the point of the blog…because it requires no effort on my part, whatsoever.

Seventies pop star, Bob Segarini*, once said to me, ” Fame is the inability to shop,”  but he also told me that you can cook fish inside the engine of a moving car, so we don’t travel together anymore.  The point is, I’ve been in the comics industry for more than a decade at this point, working on big, big characters, creating first issues and gaining critical success, decent sales and even an industry award or two…but still I shop completely unpestered by the great unwashed.  How do I do it?  Well, follow these six simple instruction, and fame and fortune will always be just out of reach.  It’s easy and fun!

(*Bob Segarini)

For those who are keeping score, I did eventually participate in one of the last issues of Mad Magazine before it went the way of all flesh…sigh.  But I outlasted Bob Harras at Marvel, and actually went on to draw some Spider-Man stuff after this came out.  In fact, Bob Harras had this page up on the wall of his office for months after it came out, and was very good-natured about it when we met.  He never offered me work, though, so I succeeded at that!

Of course, Frank Miller has ACTUALLY become famous since this page came out, or at least as famous as Sin City and 300 could make you…but he didn’t become famous as a cartoonist, he had to jump to making crappy films.  Again, sigh.

And to the very famous and successful Scott Shaw!   You didn’t follow the instructions buddy, but you still pulled it off!  Congrats.

Ty the Guy.  Somewhere in the wilds of downtown Canada, watching the wife dig the car out of the snow, lazy bastard.

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The Best Hoverboy X-Mas Friday Yet!

Since Hoverboy Friday turns out to be on a Monday this week, I’ve got a special treat for those not in the know.  It’s the trailer for the lost film “Hoverboy Destroys Christmas“, produced in the late forties for an audience that was jaded by war, but still wanted to see things blow up on film, especially reindeer.

On a special note, one of the original producers of this film, Morey Marconi, announced recently (at the age of ninety-one) that he’s expecting his first child.  Congrats, Morey…I hope you live to see him graduate from kindergarten.

Hoverboy AWAY!!!

Oh!  Here’s the link to the film.

Ty the Guy

WildC.A.T.S. Adventures

From the dark and distant past, from the bowels of Ty’s studio…comes pages from WildC.A.T.S. Adventures. Yes, children, briefly–oh so briefly– in the mid90’s Ty,  that crazy Stig’s Inferno guy, was an artist at Image Comics.

The comic was to promote the cartoon from Nelvana Studios…the cartoon lasted thirteen episodes (we knew it was in trouble when not one of our 8 year old son’s friends had seen it or had an interest in it), and the comic book lasted ten issues.  Ty lasted four-ish.  Maybe it was three. This was back in the days when he could draw superheroes…but what he really wanted to do was write and be funny.

Check out the work…I don’t think the blood, sweat and tears show up on the pages, so they should be fairly hygienic.


SOMETIMES, THE ROUGH…and another of the increasingly late Hoverboy Fridays!

Clearly, I’m mad, I tell you.  MAD.

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I’m one of those guys who spend their lives liking the rough sketch better than the final art.  It’s a curse.   I have a fondness for the scribbled, eccentric, humanistic and unembarrassed linework of a rough sketch.  There’s a lovely connection to movement and thought in the first contact with the image to muscles and paper,  often softened unbearably by turning it into a final illustration.   As a professional drawer-boy, I’m always fighting between “cleaning it up” and “letting it live”.

The Batman sketch from an old, old Adventures cover, (which I just found in a box yesterday, and hence this post) is less than three inches high.  It’s drawn in pencil and a thick pentel marker which was clearly drying out, as the background becomes less dark to the right. But the sense of danger, the monster, and the expressions on everyone’s face works for me in a way the final doesn’t.

harvey pekar rough to finishMy Pekar’s AMERICAN SPLENDOR work last year did the same thing to to me.  I was going for a very sedate, “realistic” Curt Swan type of storytelling for Harvey, since that was the basic feel of this particular script…but the rough layouts had a Kirby-like energy to them, with a lively and playful sense of proportion that I wish had fit the story.

( for more Harvey online, click here)

Again, these layouts are about three inches tall, and the final art is fifteen inches high…so the movements spideytorch 2 1 roughof your hands vs. the movements of your shoulders are going to be different.

I just got through reading an issue of Marvel’s new “STRANGE TALES” comic, with folks like Peter Bagge, and James  Kochalka doing very indy looking work on Marvel super-heroes.  Astoundingly great fun, and some of the pages have the same feel as my rough pages do…before I clean myself up.

If only I hadn’t seen so much Harvey Kurtzman while growing up.  I could rid myself of this demon of liking the roughs.



hovermuppetHoverboy Fridays continue to wander the calendar, and we find one barging into Sunday.  I’m only making this rare exception to move Hoverboy Fridays from its regular spot on Tuesdays, to this weekend, because the most recent update is topical!  It has to do with Hoverboy’s very tenuous connection to Sesame Street, which celebrated it’s 40th, or 45th anniversary this week, I wasn’t paying enough attention when Wolf Blitzer mentioned it.

Go to the Hoverboy museum and read more about this astounding connection between Kermit the Frog and The Boy Who Hovers.

www.hoverboy.com (for those who don’t hyper link well).

Ty the Guy.  AWAAAY!

DEXTER: The Early Cuts

A “behind the scenes” of Dexter: The Early Cuts was the featured video on youtube.com yesterday, and has some drawings from Ty.  He’s still busy drawing frames for the animation (and I’m still busy helping him colour them), but we’re pretty excited about it.  And Ty’s pretty happy with the company he’s keeping for this series.



My inner Mad

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00 spockWhen I put up those Harvey Pekar sketches last week, I mentioned that neither of the drawings were in my “usual” style of doing a likeness.  At this point in my career, I’m not sure I have a style, but I do have some vague idea of what sort of final drawing will look right to my eyes, and these ideas are usually rooted in Mort Drucker and John Severin…two of the great Mad artists of my youth.

As you can see by the drawing of a young Jay Leno (done for a Canadian TV Guide some years ago) and the Movie Spock (done for my own amusement last year), my line work tends towards Drucker’s when I’m just trying to make a portrait.

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Oddly enough, when I fit a likeness into a story (as I did with these panels from various editions of the Factoid BIG BOOK series, or as I’m currently doing with my fun Dexter gig), I find my line work and sensibility tends towards John Severin.   Probably because Severin was slavishly realistic, and Drucker was more playful.

00 orsonEither way, when you add the Jack Davis influence in the Pekar drawing below (coupled with a blatant attempt to inject a little R. Crumb in there, another Harvey Kurtzman protege), I’ve obviously never gotten over my early crush on Mad Magazine.

And I ain’t never gonna.

Ty the Guy

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Seinfeld and Superman

A couple of years back, Ty was asked to pencil and ink some drawings of Superman and Jerry Seinfeld for a series of commericals, and some billboards.  The commericals started and ended on still frames of Ty’s drawings (okay, one is a not-so-exciting shot of a car loaded down with suitcases which Jerry and Superman were allegedly driving in).  He still has the art somewhere…

But, I went trawling through YouTube and found the commercials…


New Pages

Ty spent a bit of time scanning yesterday, so I’m adding pages throughout the week.  So far, some new stuff in Batman (animated), Justice League (animated) and Spidey/Torch, all for $75.

Here’s the much-seen picture of Barack Obama in front of Superman, in Metropolis, Illinois.  This is the statue Ty did a drawing of  for the Illinois Bureau of Tourism posters; the original drawing is on the Superman page.  I’m still trying to find an image of the final poster:  the posters were bus-shelter ad sized, so we can’t scan any of our copies!



I’m not going to do a list of Ty’s credits when there are a number of places online that keep a thorough list…trying to get Ty to remember all the work he’s done always reminds me of a story of the actor Richard Burton*:  a reporter once showed him a list of movies Burton had been in hoping to trigger some interesting anecdotes.  Turns out that Burton had no memory of half of them and kept asking the reporter why he thought he had been in them.  Okay, that was because Burton was a roaring drunk, and Ty doesn’t touch a drop of the stuff…but Ty’s memory is about as bad.

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