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Happy Birthday Stan Lee! And the Top 5 Bun Toons Countdown Begins!

First…  Respect must be paid.

Stan (the Man) Lee is birthdaying up today, so we tip our hat here at Art Land.   Besides being the consummate showman, and the best “artiste de la hype” since P. T. Barnum, Lee IS actually one of the best writers to ever work in our biz, of that there is no question.  You’ll always find something  fun, or  something  hokey, corny, brilliant, dramatic, or two parts genius in every script the Man writes.    He’s at his best when working with other geniuses, like Kirby, Ditko, Romita, Colan, Buscema

Pamela Anderson and others, that’s true, but somehow Lee manages to be the one pulling his weight in those genius team-ups every time.  That’s his real talent, that he believes in himself like a Super-hero, and he’s kinda earned it after all this time.

Stan Lee, being accused of loving the big, fat dollar.

I have a really funny Stan Lee anecdote to tell on this blog someday…a fun moment I shared with Stan, Mark Waid, John Byrne and the Great Robert Loren Fleming at San Diego some years back that I plan to draw up as a Bun Toon, and then you’ll see…you’ll ALL see!  I’ll show you…!

Stan Lee and George Bush - both squeezing as hard as they can to see which one shouts "ow" first. The shake lasted three minutes, until Secret Service agents wrestled Lee to the ground.

I freely admit, I stole Ty “the Guy” from  Stan “the Man” (just as Stan stole it from Stan the Man Musial),  and I salute Marvel’s Great One on his 88th  birthday.

Love you lots, and lots Mr. Lee.  I just can’t help it, I’m a True Believer.

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Enough fawning over a legend, let’s pay more attention to me.  It’s the…

I started my little webcomic back in April of 2010, and have enjoyed this fun place to play and giggle – when I get an idea that simply won’t work in a Marvel or Simpsons script, it goes here.  Some toons are surprising hits, read by tens of thousands of people, and some are read by merely hundreds.  I never know what’s going to “go viral” around here, and what’s going to lay there like a lump.   So, betwixt now and New Year’s, I’ll be counting down the top five most popular Bun Toons, mixed with the five that no one read.  HAH!  I’m shackling my successes to my failures, which keeps my ego in check, and the glass half empty, because that’s how I roll, bitches.

Our first entry was much liked and commented on, passed around the net on a couple of sites, and read by quite a few people.   Every word of it is verbatim true.

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This next Bun Toon was put online early in the series, before anyone was reading them, or knew I was even doing them.  Poor little Bun Toon spent the year at the bottom of the “hits” pile on my blog stats.  Never got over two hundred hits all year.   Lonely little thing…here it is again…

See you tomorrow with some more grand triumphs of the Bun Toon Arts, and another ignoble failure to embarrass myself with.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your end of the year comic book Moment of Zen:

It’s the Top 20 Dumbest Issue of Mad Magazine, and I’m the 20th Dumbest!  Or at least, I illustrated it.  On sale now, wherever magazine stores still exist in this digital world of the future.  SHAMELESS PLUG ZEN!

 

MORE Hoverboy Radio Excitement!

So I’ve been offline for more than a week, half because I’ve been swamped with work, and half because my computer had a minor problem with the inner workings and had to be repaired.  BAD electronics!  Bad!

I think it's fixed now, but no sudden moves...

While I was away, the magnificent Marcus Moore and the gang at HOVERBOY ARCHIVES has put up the next THRILLING installment of Hoverboy’s olde tyme radio show.

Of course, these old shows are very close to my heart as they were written and produced by my grandfather, and the grandparents of many of my friends.  This episode features the grandfather of my pal, 70s rock star BOB SEGARINI, as well as the grandfather of my son TAYLOR, who performed in the commercial segment as the deeply confused boy, “BILLY”.  It’s a seminal role in my son’s grandfather’s career, as he was only 13 at the time it was recorded.  And of course, the episodes continue to feature the grandparents of Steve (Ed the Sock) Kerzner and Liana KRick Green (from History Bites, Red Green Show, The Frantics) and Rob Pincombe (from Kid vs. Kat)

We’ve also found more of those exciting HOVERBOY vs. ROBOT HITLER daily strips, and scanned ’em for your enjoyment up at the Hoverboy Museum!

Because Robot Hitler is still pretty cool, right?

Even with all this FLOOD of new Hoverboy material that we’re bringing you today,  I’m at work on a cool, secret Batman-related project that’s going to own me for the next few weeks or so and will be out next year.

But now that my computer is back, I’ll be hanging around here a little more regular-like.

Oh, and the next issue of Mad Magazine has some work in it that I did.  Go buy that when it’s out on December 22, 2010….like you just bought the Northern Guard and Strange Tales issues that came out yesterday….RIGHT?  You can see a preview page I did from the MAD DUMBEST 20 MOMENTS from 2010 issue HERE.

But first…go listen to the latest installment of the Hoverboy radio show.  It’s funny, I promise.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your comic book/radio moment of Zen.

 

Seriously? This is a real comic?

Pages Not as Old as Some Other Pages

Running out of ways to say “new pages”…

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Ty is busy, busy, busy with work, deadlines, children, creativity and oh-so-many things.  I’m wandering around in a daze trying to remember everything that I’m supposed to do so that I can feel really, really bad that I’m not getting any of it done!  So, we’re a bit late (yeah, yeah, a lot late) posting new pages this week…as we were last week…and the week before…  Oh, wait!  This is the Guy’s blog–we can do whatever the hell we want!  Why I just…holy cow, I just swore.

Ty found some pages he’d done as part of a Mad Magazine spoof of Batman. They’re all done on paper, in markers and some ink. This was when Ty was pretty fond of drawing each panel the size of 8 x 11 paper, then scanning each one and stitching them all together in PhotoShop. He found that he loved the freedom of working on the paper, sitting in his La-Z-Boy chair in some completely ergonomically incorrect pose, watching his shows and not worrying for a single moment about how he was putting lines down.  On board, there’s always the concern about having to erase too much, ruining the paper; or worse, realizing that in that one panel he’d drawn that one character about 10% smaller than he should have been.  Sure, he could draw a patch and fix a small portion of a board–but if it got really bad, then there was the possibility of having to redraw or retracing the whole page.  Sure there’s times when Ty ends up doing the panel over and over again, or maybe just one figure endlessly (there was that stack of 27 Supermans from some project…), but it’s still better than an entire page.

(At last summer’s FanExpo, Gabriel Morrisette was showing us some pages he’d done. I was confused when I realized that two of the pages were virutally identical–so close, that really, I could barely tell the difference.  Let’s face it–Gabriel’s version of a terrible page is better than a lot of artist’s good page. But the  difference seemed painfully obvious to Gabriel. Ty laughed and said, “Tell her! Tell her!” and Gabrielle ‘fessed up that he traces entire pages AGAIN all the time.  Ty was kind of triumphant, “See!  It’s not just me!” I assumed he meant “who is crazy” but he actually meant, “who understands that it’s important because that second page is so much better.”  I still think they’re all crazy…)

So, the Penguin/Batman pieces are all done on paper…8″ x 10″, I think…I’ll have to check. Marker and ink, pencilled and inked by Ty.

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Here’s a quick panel from Ty’s most recently published Mad Magazine work…here’s a mini-golf game featuring Mrs. Tiger Woods as a hazard…

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This is the cover for Justice League Unlimited #21 of John Stewart and The Vixen. On 11″ x 17″ paper, pencilled and inked (in inks and markers) by Ty.

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Ty had done covers for different incarnations of the Batman Adventures books and he’d been colouring them since the days when artists used Doc Martin dyes and a 64 colour chart.  The Justice League Unlimited covers were coloured in PhotoShop.

Here’s the colours he sent in:

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When the comic was published, and Ty’s copies arrived at the door, he was a wee bit surprised to open the box and find this:

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I’m sure Ty has stuff to say about that but…he’s not here right now.

Whoops!  I’m here now….TY’s NOTE:  Eagle eyes might notice my signature is backwards in the original art.  That’s because I decided, during the inking stage, that it was better if Stewart-Lantern was to the left of the image…and as I was going to scan and colour it myself when it was done, I figured to flip EVERYTHING in the image and signed the art backwards with my left hand knowing it would end up the right way.  Oh, I’m such an irrepressible scamp!!

Now back to your regularly scheduled Keiren.

I’ll post prices in the next day or so, when I get the pages sorted out into their various galleries.

Keiren

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A page and a page and a page and a page…

This was a piece Ty did for a Spider-Man calendar…I think 1993.  He’s going to look for the calendar and scan the colour version later, so we’ll find out then! (His computer is still down…it’s got the scanner on it…blah blah blah)

The art is 12″ x 12″, pencilled and inked by Ty and is $400/USD.

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This is an illustration Ty did for Mad Magazine. It’s part of the two-page spread Mad did for their special SDCC edition:  spoof comic book covers.  This was for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (I flatted the colour version of this–not the most fun for a vegetarian!).  Ty did all of the drawings for that spread on paper; this drawing is on a piece 8″ x 12″, pencilled and inked by Ty,  and is $60/USD.

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Ty was thrilled when he got a call to do this Spirit assignment;  he loves Will Eisner and The Spirit, and it was a chance to work again with Scott Peterson, his long-time editor on many of the various incarnations of The Batman Adventures.  Scott, now at Wildstorm, is one of the nicest guys in the biz, and Ty feels pretty beholden to him for letting him get to wander around in the Batman universe drawing and writing.

This page was done on paper in markers and ink. It’s 10″ x 15″, pencilled and inked by Ty, and is $100.

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And…it’s the X-Men.  Ty lost track of just how much work he did for Marvel’s Creative Services department way-back-when (thanks, Dana!).  Much of it was for the art and promotion for the videos of the 90s cartoon series of the X-Men. (An absolute favourite of our boys)  This was done as the back of the video boxes (I believe…have to check the notes on the art when I have a moment).

It’s 12″ x 12″ on board, pencilled and inked by Ty and we’re selling it for $500/USD.

It’s going to take me some time to put these pieces on the **New Pages this week** page, and into their various categories so, just to let you know…if you’re interested in a piece, check out pricing, payment and shipping info, then email us at tytempletonart@gmail.com.

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,

Liana K,

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Leonard Kirk,

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Hilary Leung,

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Richard Isanove and

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Emily Ragozzino.

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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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BREAKING MAD MAGAZINE NEWS

In a move that shocked both the world of publishing, and the world of child rearing, power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have adopted a copy of Mad Magazine #503 as their seventeenth child. “I’ve never been happier” a visibly glowing Angelina has told insiders.   “Months ago,  Brad and I agreed to start adopting from the print and publishing world, and we wanted to start with an American magazine, just to show everyone we’re not so addicted to things from foreign countries, though a copy of Paris Match was very nearly our first choice.”

Ty Templeton, a cartoonist whose work appears in this now-famous issue said “Good for them.  I’ve always liked Brad and Angie, and now I feel like family.  I’m wondering if I have breastfeeding rights or something.”

For those who cannot afford to adopt a copy of MAD #503 (called by some critics “the funniest magazine printed in March of 2010”), you can BUY one at newsstands, comic shops,  grocery stores, and hotel gift kiosks all over the world RIGHT NOW!  And, if you’re too cheap to afford the six bucks a copy will cost you, it’s available to steal from your dentist’s office in about eight weeks.

We have provided a handy guide to what the cover looks like, immediately above.  You may tear out this copy and bring it with you when you go shopping, to ensure accuracy in purchasing your own copy.

Go now, you have been tasked.  Do not give up until you have found one.

Ty the Guy

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MAD MAG GAMES AND PUZZLES

Another mental puzzler for the gang at ART LAND.  Can you get the bunny from the world of sadness and suffering, towards the funniest issue of Mad Magazine for sale this month?  According to people in the know, #503 is “much funnier than anything every written by Herman Mellville”, which is impressive, I’d say.  I laughed my ass off for the last half of Moby Dick.  “From Hell’s heart I spit at thee…”  Funny stuff.

Solution below:

The solution is:  Do ANYTHING to get one.  Break down walls, run over the lines, I’m fine if you cause a complete breakdown of the social order, just GET ONE!!

And now, this:

This was a photograph taken at the recent GBLT Mardi Gras celebrations in Australia.  There’s something wonderful about the idea of a Mardi Gras that restricts itself to the only the most outrageous and flamboyant members of society.  And of course, you end up with a photo like the one above.  The gorgeous redhead in the center of the Wonder Women is my friend Elise, Queen of the Harley Quinn cosplayers for not just Australia, but perhaps the English speaking world.  She put this photo up on her website, and I just stole it without permission because it reminds me of dreams I had all through puberty.  ‘Ta, Elise.  (Note:  The Wonder Women, at least one of whom I suspect is a dude, are not my favorite part of this image.  Check out the Robin to the left, munching down on chips.  Live like you wanna live, brother!)

More Unseen Superman later today…

Ty the Guy

Mad Puzzles and Games

Today is a real challenge.  We’ve put up an image of SOMETHING (hard to tell with all those numbers and lines) and are asking for YOUR help to see what it is.  All you have to do, is get out some paints that correspond to the guide seen at the bottom of the image, color INSIDE the lines, and send is the finished version of your artwork.  I’m curious to see how this turns out.

UPDATE:

It’s been up online for less than an hour, and we’ve already had a fan send us their attempt at the image.  This one comes to us from a MARK FREDRICKSON of the UNITED STATES, who did a fairly good job, but clearly coloured a LITTLE outside the lines.  Not bad, Mark, and you’ll do better next time.   Meanwhile, we were SO happy with Mark’s colouring, we’re using it as the cover for MAD #503, on sale NOW.  The fact that it contains a page or two of artwork by Ty the Guy should NOT be the deciding factor in purchasing it.  Consider how your birdcage needs lining, or if there are flies in your area that need swatting with a rolled up magazine.

But by it NOW, or we shoot this dog.  Oh, wait, that’s the National Lampoon.

Ty the Guy.

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Mad Magazine Games and Puzzles

Hey Kids!  Everyone loves games and puzzles, so here’s a fun one to try.  Can you unscramble the confusing image up top and make it into something worth buying at your local comic store or newsstand?  Give it a minute, it’s kind of difficult.  Answer below:

That’s right!  It’s the cover for MAD (Yechh) MAGAZINE #503, the newest issue to hit the stands, and by far, the funniest issue since #501.   The fact that I have a couple of pages of my artwork inside has NOTHING to do with why this issue is so much funnier than the frankly embarrassing #502.  So pick up a copy, and find out why four out of five dentists recommend MAD to their patients who chew magazines.

Ty the Guy

The New Mad is Out…this Wednesday!!

Just a quick post here to let folks know the latest issue of MAD is out (503),  and I have a couple of pages in the issue (who cares?) that POSSIBLY make light of the marital problems of Tiger Woods.  I MIGHT be a smartass and post this cover each day, all week, until sales increase so dramatically, that newsstand magazines roar right back and kick the internet into oblivion.  Yeah, that’s going to happen.  Until then, that’s the cover, it’s on sale this Wednesday, seek it out, buy it, and go HA HA HA.

Ty the Guy