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NEW COMICS DAY

Today at your Local Comics Store, the latest issue (#16) of Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures with a cover by me. I’m pretty pleased with how this cover turned out:

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And online, you can get a copy of Batman 66 #4–I did the interior art for this issue, scripted by Jeff Parker. I actually did a happy dance when I first saw the colours for this, done by Wes Hartman. (Print version goes on sale in a month)

batman 66 emperor penguin pg 09

Race out to your Local Comics Store or your local computer and get your copy today!

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The Robins Get Rounder Bun Toons! YAY!

It's time for some new, Frank ideas...

It’s time for some new, Frank ideas…

Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers…if anyone doesn’t know about the new plans for the DC Batman books coming up, stop reading.  I can’t be clearer than that…

You’ve read this far.  It’s too late!

round robin small rev

You know, they re-introduced VIBE into the DCU without making it terrible, so let’s cross our fingers for this newest addition to the child-care nightmare that is Wayne Manor.

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BONUS CARRIE KELLY COMIC MOMENT:

carrie in Batman Adventures

Rick Burchett and your humble blogger introduced Carrie into the DCAU fairly early in the series, but only to be arrested in the very next panel.

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For last week's Easter Themed Bun Toon, please click above

For last week’s Easter Themed Bun Toon, please click above

For the BUN TOON ARCHIVE, going back more than two years, click the proud rabbit.

For the BUN TOON ARCHIVE, going back more than two years, click the proud rabbit.

Funny Brutal Death Bun Toons! YAY!

Because death and tragedy are ALWAYS funny.

Because death and tragedy are ALWAYS funny.

WARNING: SPOILERS if you are NOT following the Batman titles at DC, I’m about to give away a HUUUGE plot element.

Seriously, you’ve been warned.

Have fun.

websize fileI know I’m not supposed to get all fanboy for a sitcom, but it’s been so long since Larry Sanders went off the air, and I get to get sucky-baby at the terrible mistreatment my favorite TV show has been suffering.

Whine over, we now return you to your regular internet.

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Here now, your BONUS Comic Book COMMUNITY moment:

kickpuncherFor those of us who got the COMMUNITY SEASON ONE DVD disc set, it comes with a free copy of KICKPUNCHER: THE COMIC BOOK, drawn by Jim Mahfood.  Can the worlds of Comics and Community get any sweeter?

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For last week's silly Bun Toon, click the trademark infringement above

For last week’s silly Bun Toon, click the trademark infringement above

for the BUN TOON archive, click the trademarked bunny above

for the BUN TOON archive, click the trademarked bunny above

SON of BUN TOONS, PART II! YAY!

'Cause the cat's in the cradle with the silver spoon, the little boy blue and the man in the moon....

There’s plenty of Bun Tooning this weekend, with a very special “SUN TOONS” coming your way tomorrow with the sort of excitement only a SUN TOON can generate.  Be sure to check back for that one.

But today, we present part two of the epic tale of Batman, Robin and The Flash trying to stop Clayface from robbing a bank, as written by my son, TAYLOR, back when he was seven years old, and illustrated by me, sitting up in his bed, drawing on my leg.

To read the first award-wishing chapter, click here!

And now, part TWO:

Goku and Vegeeta?  What the hell?  This is how a seven year old writes, and there was no talking him out of it.  My favorite part was when Robin became aware that the villain of the piece had wandered off.

There are more chapters to come!  And more Bun Toons to come this weekend, as a very special SUN TOONS is on its way tomorrow!

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Here now, your BONUS Batman odd teaming up with someone he shouldn’t have moment:

It's BATMAN!! With the pointy ears, and the crusading and the always fighting of the crime...HEY LADY!!

To see past Bun Toons, click the odd team-up between the rabbit and the pastry.

More Family Bun Toons, YAY! Now with more BATMAN!

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-BATMAN!

Many of you readers know I have four kids.  All four have shown up on the blog a lot lately, I’m not sure why, really, but the trend continues.

I’ve meant to put this up for quite a while , it’s the opening chapter of a comic book I did with my son, Taylor, back when he was seven years old.  When kids are that age, parents often read them a bed-time story, but Taylor insisted we do it backwards – that he WRITE himself a bedtime story, and that I illustrate it.  Each night for a couple of months,  Taylor would create two pages of a story, telling me what to draw, rather specifically,  in the panels, while dictating the dialogue…and it all went onto pieces of folded paper (so it would resemble a printed comic book).

There are many chapters of this epic tale, this is the first one.   Some of the word balloons are hard to read, I know, I think Taylor lettered one or two of them.

WHEW!  What a cliffhanger!!  Whatever will Flash do?!?

Tune in some time in the random future when I publish another instalment of this fantastic tale.  Not next week, I’ll have something else next week.  And not likely the week after that, but some time!

Who says this is the Bun Toons age of random nepotism?

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It was done many years after the comic my son Taylor wrote, but it turned out a zillion times more successful – so, here’s your “written-by-a-real-kid” comic book bonus moment:  THE ORIGIN OF AXE-COP!

If you don’t know about Axe-Cop, you’re out of the loop, baby!  Get hip to the sick webcomic goodness here.

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For last week's "written-by-an-adult" Bun Toons, click the face of death.

For Every Bun Toon ever, click the still living Bunny

Unseen Mr. Freeze Cover Artwork from Gotham Adventures.

The first appearance of our villain, from 1959, by Curt Swan. He was "Mr. Zero" back then.

George Saunders: The FIRST Mr. Freeze on TV.

I got an email yesterday requesting I return to my series of never-before-seen cover sketches for my blog, and I do what I’m told, so today we look into the cover for Gotham Adventures #5, which featured the frozen monster, Victor Fries,  vs. Batman on the rocks.

Otto Preminger. Freeze #2

I normally did three cover sketches for each one we used, but this cover got up a little higher, and the one that ended up being chosen was unique for a reason I’ll get to at the end.

Eli Wallach as the sub-zero bad guy. Clearly he went through a few versions as well.

I’ll start with the three cover sketches I sent in first.  Let’s see if you can play Armchair Editor and figure out what went right or wrong with these, as we play Rejection Roulette.

Okay, not bad.  A little too symmetrical perhaps, but all the elements are there.

Pretty well the same design.  I’ll be honest, I was padding the trio of designs because I liked the third one best, and felt if the first two were essentially identical, I’d make the third one look interesting to my editor.

Now we’re talking.  The interior  story was about the TWO Mr. Freeze characters locked in a duel, and this cover told the story well.  I noted that this was my favorite, and felt the editor would agree, and off I’d go to draw it.  But the response was cold.

(I know that was unforgivable, but that’s what happens when you start to write about Mr. Freeze.)

I am to blame for all the puns.

So I did another one later that day, featuring the disembodied head-spider that Freeze was sporting at that point on the TV show.  It was creepy and the cover featured Nightwing and Batgirl, just to shake things up.

Rejected again.

So the next day, I went for a cover featuring a big action scene from the story, where Robin has to free a suffocating Batman with a baseball bat to the ice-encased head.  I tried two different angles, to give the editor a choice.  But I was sure THIS time, I’d come up with a dramatic moment and we were good to go.

This one had Freeze in it, in case there was confusion as to who was the villain.  Never mind.  They were both still rejected.

Finally the JACKPOT!  It had the spider-head Mr. Freeze thing.  It had Robin smacking Batman with a bat.  It had Nightwing and Batgirl, and it had a lovely design.  This was, by far, my favorite of the covers, and I was happy that the editor made me keep going until I had a truly memorable image.  That’s an editor’s job, to push until you hit the zone.

So I was quite surprised to see it get rejected.  Instead the editor went with:

Number Two.

This marks the ONLY time of the fifty or so covers that I worked on for Batman Adventures, where my LEAST favorite cover was chosen.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t submit a cover if I didn’t think it had merit, but this one was as close to filler as I’d ever sent in.  Still, it was fun to work on, as I was really starting to learn how to colour on a computer, and I got to choose the trade dress colours as well as the image itself.

Here’s the cover, without the logos, etc, straight from my files.

I had this up on the wall over my desk as a really nice print for about six months, because I really liked the colours.   I wish I’d gotten to do cover #7 though.  Sigh.

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HERE NOW, YOUR BONUS GOTHAM ADVENTURES #5 MOMENT:

Choosing sketch #2 affected someone else’s life FAR FAR more than it did mine.  Meet Craig Kandiko, or at least a small part of him:

Craig is one of the biggest Batman Adventures fans out there, and he has quite a number of tats all over his body featuring artwork by Bruce Timm, myself and a few other BTAS artists.  Craig liked the image of Freeze on Gotham #5 enough to burn it into his flesh, so maybe I’m not the best judge of what makes a good cover.  You can see a little more of Craig’s ink here, where you’ll also find a link to his facebook page.

Unseen Batman Adventures from Beyond Time!!

The other day I was cleaning up the studio, and I came across the one and only rejected cover I did for the Batman Adventures series.  It was the original version of the cover for #4 (from the first series).  It’s never been put online or shown at a convention or anything, so I thought it might be fun to show it off here.  It was rejected because 1)  It’s not very active, and 2)  The logo was too small in the image.  I’m not sure why I penciled and inked it, as mostly we chose covers from layouts, but this one somehow got penciled and inked before everyone decided it possibly sucked.

That’s not the original colour, as it never got THAT far through production.  I just tossed some colours on to give a sense of what it should have looked at in final form.

The story was a two part script about Scarecrow taking away the ability to read from the citizens of Gotham, which naturally frightens everyone.  Here’s the cover we did use…much better in the long run, so no harm done in tossing the first idea.

And just to finish up the thought…here’s Mike Parobeck’s cover for #5, the second of the two parts, which finally featured the not-being-able-to-read aspect of the image from the rejected cover.

There’s still tons of unseen Batman Adventures stuff in my studio, including T-Shirt designs, style-guide art, coloring book covers, product art and bunches of stuff….but this is the only actual comic cover we never used.  Since I found it this week, I put it online this week.

Maybe not the greatest work I ever did, but still fun for folks to see it, nevertheless.

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Here now, your Batman Moment of the Day:

I wish I knew who created this image originally so I could credit their great work.  I saw it online a couple of weeks ago and tried to track down who did it, but have turned up nothing so far.  If you know who made this, please let me know, he deserves a salute!

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