ALL IN STORES THIS WEEK! Simpsons! Simpsons! Spider-Man! It’s the BUNNY AGE OF COMICS!!
First: The wait has been long but Ultimate Spidey Adventures is finally here!
Available for sale today or tomorrow, depending on your store. The first issue of Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures #1 with a ten-page story plotted by Dan Slott and scripted, pencilled and inked by me.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources (AXEL-IN-CHARGE: Guest-Starring the “Amazing” Dan Slott), interviewer Kiel Phegley asked Dan:
“Dan, when I saw you’d be contributing a story to “Ultimate Spider-Man” with Ty Templeton, who you worked with on “Batman Adventures” to great acclaim, I was surprised and excited. What can you say about the challenge of coming on to a newly built Spidey world and making work for longtime fans and kids?”
Dan’s answer was perfect–pretty much what I would say:
“We love this stuff. Ty and I are the best of friends, and if you look at “Spider-Man/Human Torch” you can see how much we love working together. That was an all-ages book to me. I think if you sit down and look at some of the biggest movies of all time, you’ll see that they’re “G-Rated” movies that everyone could sit down and watch. Adults can watch them and go, “Wow, that’s a great story.” That’s our goal, here. We don’t want this to be a young readers book. We want it to be an all-ages book — an everyone book. This is a book you can give to anyone, and they’ll go, “That was a really great ride.” That’s how Ty is wired too.”
Aww…Dan likes me.
Here’s a sneak peek…but no letters or colours until you run out and buy one at your local comic store…
WAIT! I’M NOT FINISHED PLUGGING MY COMICS ON SALE YET!!
Simpsons Comics 189 went on sale just five days ago…it’s my latest romp in Springfield, written and drawn by myself, and featuring everyone’s favourite cartoon baby on Fox TV. (Suck on it, Stewie fans). I don’t get to write a lot of stories about Maggie and this was a joyous issue to play with.
SIMPSONS CONFIDENTIAL goes on sale this Wednesday as well! It collects a bunch of different Simpsons issues from a couple of years ago, including one of my favorites: The Return of X’Tappa’lata’kettle. (I’m sure I misspelled that, and I wrote the darn story!) It’s set inside the giant Olmec head in the basement…you DID know the head was hollow and people lived inside it, right? I think the collection also features a Bartman story that I did with Chuck Dixon, so there’s more Simpsons comics by Ty out this week than seems sensible.
Pick up the Simpsons issue, AND the Simpsons collection today, and the Spider-Man comic tomorrow, but GO BUY THESE COMICS!!! I need groceries!
(And for those of you who would like a closer look at my pencilled and inked pages, I’ll be bringing all of ’em (along with Harvey Pekar pages, Spidey-Torch pages, and other goodies) with me to Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this coming weekend! I’ll be there Friday to Sunday.)
AND there’s more!! it’s not published yet, but I’m part of a Kickstarter comic book project…my buddy, Dana Moreshead (I used to work for him all the time when he headed up Creative Services at Marvel Comics) has written a comic book about Bacon. Yes, Bacon! Last year, Dana asked me if I draw him a little anthropomorphic Bacon, and I made a joke that it should be a comic book. Little did I know that Dana had plans–plans for a 44 page graphic novel that will
take readers on a king-sized comic book adventure power-packed with action, conspiracy and intrigue starring the pork Kwai Chang Caine, Bacon!
Turns out though that I’m not Dana’s only artist friend! Dana has set up his Kickstarter so that every dollar pledged gives you the opportunity to VOTE for the eventual artist of The Mouth-Watering Adventures of Bacon!! Vote for me, or the incredible Phil Winslade or the amazing Scott Koblish! Just vote for somebody! Read all about BACON!! on it’s Kickstarter page.
Ty the Guy Out!
Here now, your BONUS COMIC BOOK PLUG: