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The Sherlock Holmes family all goes to bed, and I say thank you.

Back from the final meeting of the Holmes Incorporated Team last night, where we all got to see the cover for the first time, and we sent the book in for lettering, final production, and printing.  All done.   So I get to show off a bit more of it here on my blog, and also link you to the Holmes Comic blog for more info about it all.

First off, here’s the just-got-finished cover by Leonard Kirk, coloured by KT Smith (aka Keiren Smith–kts).

Leonard has a frightfully busy schedule at Marvel Comics, but managed to squeeze in a perfect shot of our sword-and-gun-fighting family of sleuths for our latest cover.  And KT Smith’s schedule was no less busy, I promise, when she knocked those colours out of the park for us.  BIG thanks all around.

Now it feels like a real comic book.

Something else that makes it feel like a REAL comic book:

A panel by Danny Setna from Kathleen Gallagher's western tale of the Holmes Family. EAT up that detail work, fun-seekers!

And this:

A pin-up by Christopher Yao for our sword swinging teenaged version of Sherlock Holmes the Third. You can call her Trey. And yes, she's in the a different coloured-suit, but that's getting fixed in production...

And that’s not all the fun that was had at the latest get-together of the creative team…

Our final meeting was filmed for an upcoming episode of The Electric Playground, which is doing a segment on Holmes Inc. and the group responsible.  Our host for the segment, Shaun Hatton, interviewed a handful of the creators for their first even TV interviews, and shot the bunch of us as a full tribe as we gathered round the artwork and said praising things about each other in general.

none of these attractive people is me, but the one on the right is Shaun Hatton.

And finally, a big thanks to Rob Pincombe, who has done so much heavy lifting on getting this issue ready to go that it defies belief.   As our assistant editor, AS WELL AS as a surprise penciler, and writer, collaborator with my son, and co-ordinator of the Holmes Blog, he easily put more man-hours and creativity into this project than any three other contributors combined!  It’s as much his baby as anyone’s and may he now take an internet bow!

Rob Pincombe and a school chum. Rob is one of those multi-talented people that would annoy you for all his abilities, if only he wasn't friendly and likable.

So lovely evening all about and good work shown around, and apparently hours of enjoyable drinking in the pub across the street right after I left.

Go HERE to visit the Holmes Incorporated homeblog, and read tons of lively behind the scenes bits about the making of this comic.

See you around here with more Bun Toons, and some fun silliness when I get a chance to breathe.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your putting Sherlock Holmes To Bed Bonus Moment:

Nah, I’m kidding, here’s the REAL putting Sherlock To Bed bonus moment:

It's the one you demanded anyway.

Industry Night

For those in the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto Cartoonists Workshop is starting up Industry Nights.

“Are you working in the fields of Comics, Animation, Illustration or Design? Introducing Toronto Cartoonists Workshop’s Industry Night @ The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street, south of College),an evening to socialize and network, the last Wednesday of every month and just minutes away from our College Street studio. Our first event takes place on Wednesday, April 27 at 8 pm.

Evenings will usually include a short presentation on an upcoming TCW workshop and we’re delighted to announce that Leonard Kirk has agreed to kick things off with a short presentation on his Penciling and Inking: Level I workshop slated for May – spots for this workshop and others are still available. See

http://cartoonistsworkshop.wordpress.com/workshops/ for details.”

Ty will be there–he might have a few words to say! There are still spaces available in his “Drawing the Human Figure from Memory” course–you don’t need any skills walking into the class…he’ll make sure you walk out with plenty.

Keiren


Fan Appreciation Event

So just a few more days until Toronto ComiCon Fan Appreciation Event. Yes, it’s not that long after that last con, but this one promises so much more! More comic book artists, more special guests,  more exhibitors…and there are workshops too. Ty will be doing a one hour “taste” of his TCW workshop, Drawing the Human Figure from Memory, (the actual seven week worskhop begins May 2–check TCW’s website for more info and to contact Sean Menard to register).  That will be Saturday April 9 at 3:00pm.

The next day will feature a workshop with Leonard Kirk, based on his TCW course, Comic Book Pencilling and Inking (the full course starts May 5).

Artists will be doing sketches, selling pages, and telling stories…and we’re not yet sure what will happen exactly but the Joe Shuster Awards‘ Kevin Boyd is contemplating the future of his Rob Granito hockey jersey. Boyd says he was given it a couple years ago and given the events of the last few weeks, does not wish to hang on to it. He is entertaining suggestions as to it’s possible end/demise and finding a way to use that demise to raise funds for charity. While Japan would clearly seem the obvious choice to many, especially as Toronto comic creators plan a fundraiser for Japan, it has been suggested by others, Ty amongst them, that The Hero Initiative would also be a good choice. As Ty commented (on Boyd’s FB wall), “I’d say Hero Initiative so Rob can contribute to the Comics Industry instead of stealing from it.” (He also said a lot of stuff about urination but we don’t need to discuss that right now!).  Stay tuned for further details on the hockey jersey…

Keiren

A New Year, New Classes!

Yes, it’s that time again…time to tell you the glories of the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop, and all it’s classes.

TCW has expanded it’s selection of children’s art classes, and there are now classes available after school, and on Saturday and Sunday. Kids’ workshops will run for nine weeks. Classes for adults run in the afternoon, late afternoon, and early evening, and will run for seven weeks.

Ty will be teaching Writing for Comics, on Monday evenings (January 10-February 21) and  Professional Layout and Storytelling for Comic Books and Graphic Novels on Tuesday evenings. Comic Book Inking:  4 Perspectives will run on Wednesday evenings, and I believe Ty will be teaching the first two classes (check with Sean Menard).

To the best of my knowledge, there are still spaces available in all TCW classes (all you savvy Christmas shoppers, saving their bucks and waiting to see what’s left after the holidays!), but they go fast this last week, so contact Sean Menard NOW! NOW! NOW! at Toronto Cartoonists Workshop and get in the class of your choice.

Ty is not the only instructor at TCW (hence that whole “4 Perspectives” idea behind the inking course!). Others, this semester, are:

the inimitable Leonard KirkCover Design and Layout, co-taught with…

Kalman Androsofszky

Scott CapleBasic and Fundamental Drawing

Eric KimManga Dojo Level I

Joseph O’Brien–Screenwriter’s Workshop:  Basic Training (Joe is fitting this class in before he goes off to watch filming of his latest screenplay, announced last year at Cannes, and produced by Guillermo del Toro. So–yes, Joe knows of what he teaches)

J. Bone–1/4th the Perspective for Comic Book Inking

Sam Agro–another 1/4th for Comic Book Inking

Craig Yeung–making a full 4 Perspectives for Comic Book Inking.

Kids’ Workshops will be taught by

Eden BachelderAcrylic Painting

Ruzya KarpinecCartooning for Kids, Flipbook Animation

Walter Dickinson (the man who founded TCW)–Drawing Rodeo

Dave Lapp–Cartooning and Illustration for Kids

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Keiren

NEW CLASSES!

Ty just finished teaching his second class for the week, last night, and has a meeting today to talk to the man behind TCW, Sean Menard, about plans for future classes. But, classes for the next term have been announced!

Check out the listings at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop’s website…and see what you’re interested in. There’s a heckuva lot of choices available. Ty will be doing Part 2 of his Comic Book Bootcamp, and a new course:  Drawing the Human Figure from Memory. Leonard Kirk has liked teaching at TCW enough to sign up for another tour of duty–he’s heading up, Penciling the Comic Book Page. LEONARD FRIKKIN’ KIRK!

Geordie Miller will be back and will teach Life Drawing for the Comic Book Artist.  I’ve not met Mr. Miller yet but hear from students that they are loving this class and eager for more.

Mr. Sam Agro will  lead students in Show Me a Story:  Fundamentals of Storyboarding. The man knows what’s he teaching–he’s paid his rent by storyboarding everything from the Droids tv show to some of the Saw movie series. (Seriously–check HERE)

Dave Lapp is teaching not one but TWO classes for kids:  Cartooning and Illustration for Kids. These are on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Gotta say–our youngest son is loving his class with Dave and highly recommends him. I’ve only run into Dave briefly, but lurking in the halls when I drop the son off has led me to believe that he is amazing with kids–has a great rapport with them. Our son barely talks out loud to most strangers–when I’ve left him the last couple of weeks, he’s been chatting up a storm and telling Dave everything he can think of!

Last but definitely not least is Manga Bootcamp with Eric Kim. I find while chatting with comic creators, store owners and employees*, that there is still a lot of resistance to manga and anime…I will say that my kids love it, and most of their friends love it. While people worry about the future of comics, a lot of the discussion is around North American mainstream comic publications–because manga is still going strong. For those of you with an interest in making your own–this is the course to take. (*not meaning my son who works in a comic book store–he’s actually the “Japanese buyer” for the store, and for good reason. He completely and utterly bows to Christopher Butcher, manager of The Beguiling’s superior knowledge of all things related to manga/anime, but he’s in there trying)

I’m not going to give you links for all these amazing instructors–all the bios and links you’ll need are on the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop site.

Wow, I got all the way down here without putting a date. NOVEMBER 2!! New classes start November 2, just a few short weeks away, so check out the website NOW NOW NOW before spaces are filled.

Toronto Cartoonists Workshop new classes

Reviews for Marvel’s Age of Heroes

Found a couple of quick reviews of Age of Heroes, mentioning the one-pager Ty did with Dan Slott:

Over in Robot 6, CBR, Tim O’Shea says,

“Kurt Busiek back in the Marvel universe is a nice treat–his take on J. Jonah Jameson as politician in the Age of Heroes #1 (of 4) is as good as Mark Waid’s (that’s a compliment). He even gets to write the Avengers for a second. This issue also has Paul Cornell & Leonard Kirk on a Captain Britain & MI:13 two-pager (anyone else think there might be a miniseries with this team down the road? I hope so). And while it’s only a one-pager, anytime Dan Slott and Ty Templeton team up on anything I am happy.”

From Random Thoughts,

“Age Of Heroes #1- Another anthology book. This mini takes a focus on characters instead of titles. There is a great Kurt Busiek story about JJ Jameson’s reaction to the Siege aftermath. Paul Cornell gets a love letter to his Captain Britain & MI 13 series and there is a funny one page Spidey story by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton…”

IGN Comics, Age of Heroes #1 Review,

“…Dan Slott reunites with Spider-Man/Human Torch artist Ty Templeton for another jaunt with Spidey. This story is a mere one page, unfortunately. It’s an amusing and well-rendered take on the Heroic Age through the eyes of poor ol’ Peter Parker. But again, it’s only one page long.”

Keiren

New Comics Day

So, it’s Wednesday…didja get your copy of Marvel Comics, Age of Heroes #1? Kurt Busiek, Dan Slott, Leonard Kirk–just to name a few…oh, yeah, and some guy named Ty Templeton drew a Dan Slott-written one-pager. If you don’t have it in your hands now, run, run, RUN! to your nearest comic store and get one NOW!

Why are you still here? RUN, damn it!

Keiren

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day

Tomorrow, Ty will be at

Free Comic Book Day

at Paradise Comics, 3278 Yonge Street, Toronto (Canada) from 12pm – 6pm. He’ll be signing, sketching and telling stories…some of them might be true.  Check the Paradise Comics website for more info (including information about the other guests,

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The Joe Shuster Awards blog has a list of events taking place across Canada, check it out here and see what’s on.

Most retailers will have some amount of free comics and possibly some sort of sale. Keep in mind that not all stores will have the same comics, or even all the comics:  the retailers have to order the giveaway-comics just as they order any others, and the free-for-you comics actually cost them money.  So, be nice, and plan to purchase something while at the store if you find yourself with a big ol’ pile of freebies.

Also, many retailers will limit the amount of comics you can take…and there are some who may charge you the quarter they paid for them.  This promotion is for the fans–but it costs the publishers and the retailers money to support it.

Keiren

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And speaking of supporting the retailers, if you’re looking for FINE comic product to spend your shekels upon, consider these Simpsons books, now on sale…

ON SALE RIGHT NOW, you lucky, lucky people. Writ and Drewn by the Guy.

I've only got one page in here, but the other hundred and some odd pages are pretty cool, too!

Say, isn't it time someone finally made fun of Tiger Woods? Check out this month's MAD for the Ty-based Hilarity.

And for those who live in the world of the future, make sure your retailer orders copies of…

I gets to draw me Spidey-Man again! On sale next week, or next month, they never tell me.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, PILGRIMS!  IT’S HERE!!

And of course, EVERY Saturday is Free Comic Day at Art Land.  Check back tomorrow for FREE WEBCOMICS, as Stavros, Lana, and Lord Vodon (All High Imperial Ruler of the Known Galaxy) fight over the cost of a magazine subscription, in LAST ROUND-UP ON THE SINISTER SPACECRAFT OF FORBIDDEN LOVE, part FOUR!  And a couple of museum cartoons that required one of those soft archeology brushes to clean off. (previous chapters of Last Round-Up are here.)

Ty the Guy.  BUNNY OUT!


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Free Comic Book Day is coming…

This year, Ty will be at Paradise Comics in Toronto.

Says Paradise Comics in their Facebook press release  (and yes, I hyper-linked everything…I can’t stop myself),

Paradise Comics is happy to participate in the 8th annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with a special gathering of creators. In attendance will be

LEONARD KIRK
who joins New Mutants in July, coming off his work on Dark X-Men to draw the team of young X-graduates with writer Zeb Wells.

TY TEMPLETON
Currently, Ty is writing IDW’s Star Trek comic book, working for Bongo, DC, Marvel and others, as well as teaching at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop

RICHARD ISANOVE
His distinctive coloring on the Wolverine: Origin series marked a new direction in coloring in the comics medium.It was soon followed by the Blockbuster Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series of comics

HILARY LEUNG
Hilary Leung is a designer by day, illustrator by night and ultimate player on weekends. Having spent the last five years pursuing other dreams, he is happy to return to his first true love – drawing The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear is an illustrated children’s story about three friends who discover an important truth about equality and how to appreciate one another.

AND AS A SPECIAL TREAT WE WILL ALSO HAVE

LIANA K
LlANA has been called “Canada’s Ultimate Fangirl” by the Edmonton Journal, is a prominent voice in the world of all things geeky. She was the “Red” half of Ed & Red’s Night Party!, Canada’s longest running comedy series, she co-hosts a talk radio show on Toronto’s CFRB, and writes feature articles for http://www.gamingexcellence.com. She is also an avid cosplayer. Special insider look at upcoming Ed and Red TV shows!

We will be giving out over 20 different individual comics from a variety of publishers including Marvel,D.C, Dark Horse and many others

WHAT IS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY?
Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.”

Keiren

Wizard World Toronto, a little convention art, and the GREATEST CON SKETCH OF ALL TIME!

Uncle Ty's Convention Sketches. Ready in just FIVE MINUTES

I just got back from Wizard World Toronto, and boy, are my arms not tired.

Not because I live in Toronto (and the flight back wouldn’t affect my shoulders, get it?)  but because I spent the weekend, not sketching particularly much.  No more than thirty  sketches over a three day weekend, and at a big convention, I usually do fifty on the Saturday alone!   At first I

One of my less embarrassing con sketches of Kara Zor-el.

thought it was me…did I have a piece of meatloaf hanging off my face?  Did I wear my misanthropy on my sleeve too obviously, or was it the whiff of urine on my street clothes?

No, it was happening to almost everyone at Toronto Wizard Con, (other than Dale Keown and Richard Pace, who seemed to have a crowd around for a while on Saturday, and Adi Granov, who had a minor crowd on Friday).  The attendance was thin, and mostly wrestling fans there to see the Iron Sheik and his pals.  It’s always a bad sign when you start doing sketches for the other con guests or dealers because neither they, nor you, have anything else to do for the next ten minutes.

Too bad… The Wizard folks were nice to us.  LOVELY volunteers, good people…they set up my bootcamp lesson/con panel and promoted it (surprisingly well attended, thank you), and were handing out the water and smiles.   It was Wizard’s first big convention in Toronto, and I was rooting for them.  Let’s hope there’s a few tweaks

Fans love Batgirl. And a lot of fans like her bum. I do what I'm requested...

and fixes before next year rolls around, and the thing rivals San Diego in the future.

The low point came on Saturday when some douche-twerp couldn’t resist the demon on the shoulder telling him to pull a fire alarm.  It emptied out the convention center in the middle of Saturday afternoon—taking nearly an hour to sort out whether we were burning up in a fire, or doing the world’s biggest HOKEY POKEY.   Not everyone came back when it was over.   Hats off the perished souls of Wizard Con Toronto, 2010—you will be remembered.

Highlights include:   being seated next to Gail Simone and Her Mysterious Husband, with Dave Ross to my left, and Kent (Planet of the Apes) Burles to my right.  With things a tad slow, I got to hang with the legendary Gail Simone and Her Mysterious Husband, and  got to see Dave Ross’s new pencils for an amazing Star Wars comic he’s working on, and  laugh with the always

A very non-Adventures style Joker. Dig that crazy haircut.

charmingly French Canadian, Yanick Paquette, and drool over piles of just gorgeous AGENTS of ATLAS original art by my buddy Leonard Kirk.   Len is one of those illustrators I’m openly jealous of, partly because he does THE best convention sketches on the planet

The rule with me at a con is, you get the sketch for free, but it’s done in five minutes.  That way, everyone who wants one gets one, and I give back a little for the fans.  You guys deserve it.  But we artists rarely get to see our con sketches after we let you have ‘em.   About one out of ten, I pull one off that I wish I could hold onto…it captured just the right gleam in Joker’s eye, or the right gesture as Robin jumps off a building.  I sometimes ask if the fan could scan it for me and send me a copy when they get home, but after twenty years of doing this, I have less

Must...eat....brains...unless....there's....donuts....

than a dozen scans of con sketches to show you, and hardly the best of the best.

Zombie Homer is the only one from this year,  as I used to think my BONGO contract forbids sketching the Simpsons, but Ken Wheaton (fellow toiler in Springfield) informs me, I can doodle inside published Simpsons books, just not regular sketch books and on blank pieces of paper…  Ken had a PILE of copies of TREEHOUSE OF HORROR: DEAD MAN’S CHEST for people to buy, so I did more Simpsons doodles this weekend than anything else.

As promised, here’s my favorite con sketch of all time, and the recipient was lovely enough to send me one.

A once-in-a-lifetime-art team.

It was in Paris, and I was seated in between Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams, and Scott Hampton.  A group of BATMAN artists were touring through Belgium, France and Switzerland and enjoying all the lovely sauces we got with every meal, when some Euro-fan asked if Mr. Wrightson minded inking

Another Paris sketch from '92, featuring Tintin and the original appearance of ELSEWORLDS T-SHIRT BATMAN, seen last month!

the Batman portrait/sketch I had just done for him.  Watching my meager sketch be inked by Bernie was mind blowing enough, but then watching Scott Hampton add those moody water colours, I came this close from stealing the image back for myself…I have the scan though, and I share it here with you guys…the word’s only Templeton/Wrightson/Hampton collaboration.

Neal Adams did not participate in the sketch, but I have something better from Neal…something I’ll show you guys in a future post.  I have to keep the suspense going SOMEHOW.

Ty the Guy

Oh, and PS:  This week, I’m promoting this new Simpsons collection, NOW ON SALE.  I’ve got a fun pin-up inside, and the rest of the book is okay too, I suppose, if you like hysterical comic books.

In hardcover. Kirby says: "Don't Ask! Just Buy It!"

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