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Comic Book Marathon Bun Toons! YAY!

First we toon.  Then we talk.

And thus, Canadian Splendor is born.  

 

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Right now, in Toronto, my wife Keiren is at the COMIC BOOK LOUNGE AND GALLERY (387a College Street, at Clinton) presiding over yet another wildly popular COMIC BOOK MARATHON, for dozens and dozens of local creators to show off their skills and stamina.

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When the art and stories come in from this latest one, we’ll put some of it up here and at the school’s website and all over the darn ‘net, don’t worry.

But the last marathon was the first time my wife sat down and participated, rather than just running it.  She produced about ten or twelve scripts for short autobiographical comic stories, most accompanied with simple artwork.  There was no talking her into running the strips with her original art, but she was willing to let me finish up one and put it up here.

I started with the one you just read because it was the shortest, but I’m going to do a few more over the next few months, just you wait.  I loved them.  I didn’t change anything, I just inked her drawings with a bold line and some minor details. There’s one about a road trip Keiren took in high school with her best friend that I will be doing finishes over her layouts for in the next few weeks.  I couldn’t do it today because it’s five pages long and I didn’t have that much time…but it’s great!  Some are funny, some are poignant, some are really personal.

Who knew I was married to Canada’s Harvey Pekar?

I’m wondering what she’ll be creating and bring back with her today!  If you’re in Toronto, head over to College and Clinton, bring a pencil and a sandwich, and see what new majestic tale Kerien and the rest of the cartooning legions of the Big Smoke are spinning now.

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Ty the Guy OUT!

Comic Book Marathon Bonus Moment:

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The first person to tell me Mad Magazine isn’t a comic book gets punched in the throat.

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For last week’s MAN OF STEEL based Bun Toon, click the title above.

For the Bun Toon archive, click the Bunny Toon

For the Bun Toon archive, click the Bunny Toon

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For some of the work produced at the big 24 hour marathon in January, click here.

 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Bun Toons! YAY!

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It’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!  Hoo-hah!  This is like Christmas and Hallowe’en rolled into one jelly donut, and mainlined into your fan-brain.  I am joining in for the big day by spending my waking hours at STADIUM COMICS in Toronto, (499 Main Street South, Shoppers World Mall in Brampton) along with Ken Lashley, Marcus To, Adam Gorham, Agnes Garbowska and plenty more makers of super-heroes, cartoons and funnybooks… and I hope to see you all down there for sketches, delightful stories, and big grins on the faces of all the peoples.

Because I am out of the house early this morning, there’s no time for me to Bun Toon!  But rather than JUST running a repeat from yesteryear (which I do at the end of today’s post, scroll down below), I have a brand new, never before seen tale by my eldest son, Kellam, to keep you demanding net-surfers satisfied.  Who says this isn’t the golden age of Bun Toon nepotism?

No more ado.

Art Land presents “HELPING” by Kellam Templeton-Smith:

Because getting your kids to draw your comic strip is a tradition Bill Keane can no longer do...

Because getting your kids to draw your comic strip is a tradition Bill Keane is far too dead to participate in any more.

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This story was created in under twelve hours by my son at the most recent Comic Book Marathon, back in April.  The story and the art was completed in one sitting (except for bathroom breaks) while surrounded by dozens of equally devoted creators wrestling with their own muses.  I can barely write my own name when I’m in public, but Kellam soldiered on tirelessly for the duration and created this chilling tale, ad libbed on paper in one swell foop.

Whee.

Ty the Proud Guy OUT!

Since it’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, you get more than one bonus moment.

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The two paintings above are by today’s fill-in Bun Tooner, my boy Kellam.  I think they’re both self-portraits, but admittedly, the bottom one – with the glasses – looks more like him.  Yes, he has big metal bolt-things sticking out of his ears sometimes.  They all do, these kids today.

(Kellam’s deviantart gallery:  Spartan Ideal)

Here’s LAST  YEAR’S FREE COMIC BOOK DAY BUN TOON:  The rules still apply, but the odds of a John Carter reference meaning anything in the future  dims with each passing hour.

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See you at Stadium Comics at SHOPPERS WORLD, Brampton.

Iron Man 3 has already come out, and my review was 100 % accurate!  Click on last week's Bun Toon and see how well my OTHER predictions do...

Iron Man 3 has already come out, and my pre-cognitive-review was 100 % accurate! Click on last week’s Bun Toon and see how well my OTHER predictions do…

For the Bun Toon archive, always Free Comic Book Day around here...click the gratis rabbit

For the Bun Toon archive (always Free Comic Book Day around here), click the gratis rabbit