Tag Archives: the Joker

Everything You Need to Know About Lego Batman in Four Panels! YAY!


I’ve joined the cult.  Can I have my millions now?

Everybody knows everything about Batman.  That’s kind of the point of the new Lego Batman movie…but does everybody know everything about the Lego Batman Movie?


Thank god I’m here.


I’m not kidding about the Easter Eggs.  You have to keep your eyes peeled at all times for road signs, boutique stores, background characters, minor cameos, major cameos, crossover characters and DC shout-outs.  Bring a pad and paper and encourage your friends to do so as well, just to keep track of them all.

And hey, 4th out of about a dozen Batman movies isn’t that bad.  It’s still 4th.

Ty the Guy OUT!

As delightful as the new Batman Lego movie is, everyone out there knows it’s the THIRD Lego Movie to feature Batman, right?


At least this one doesn’t have Zach Galifianakis.


Click on the scissor-bearing rabbit above to read the LONGEST Bun Toon Story EVER!  (Also the most popular story we’ve done in over a year!)


Click here for the criminally un-updated Bun Toon archive.

Bun Toons Writes Itself! YAY!

Ya can't write this stuff....or at least I can't.

Ya can’t write this stuff….or at least I can’t.

Oh, internet.  Are ye always going to be this way?  Sigh…

comedy writes itself websizeI tried, and tried and tried to put a funny “spin” on this event, but nothing was funnier than the event itself.  I’m not sure who pushed the first domino to get this over-reaction going (I think it was Jezebel.com, but I could be wrong), but whoever they were, they gave internet journalism a bad name.  And yes, I know exactly what I’m saying with every word in that sentence.

And now, please let loose with the barrage of comments telling me I’m wrong and how as a man, I can’t understand any of this….before I tell you how much of this bun toon was actually written by my wife.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Your bonus moment comes from a completely non-controversial moment from a Harley Quinn comic.  I think it even won an award or something.

it felt like a kiss

….because complex abusive relationships are art, but naked shoulders are pornography.


Click here for LAST WEEK'S controversial DC Comics moment...all fixed by the Bun Toon.

Click here for LAST WEEK’S controversial DC Comics moment…all fixed by the Bun Toon.

Click here for the COMPLETELY UPDATED Bun Toons archive

Click here for the COMPLETELY UPDATED Bun Toons archive

Fun and Games Bun Toons! YAY!

Finally, something on the internet based on a game old ladies like to play!

Finally, something on the internet based on a card game old ladies like to play!

Everyone who is ANYONE is in San Diego this weekend, except those of us who are behind on a deadline for an editor who stayed behind at the office and actually phoned us on Friday and told us to get our layout pages done by Monday or he’d grind our bones into bread.

So, for those of you out there on the West Coast, enjoying the sun, sea air and long lines at the meet-and-greets, here’s your playing card.   I know it’s two days late, but you still have to document your squares carefully, as there will be valuable prizes, and I don’t want fights with the judges.

san diego bingo card websize

(Click on the image and it will get larger)

To be fair, it will be hard to document the twenty-minutes-without-a-zombie square, mostly because it will never happen.  I suppose a constantly running surveillance camera might convince me, but it would have to have a pretty wide sweep of the room.

Happy Conventioning Comics People!  I’m with you in spirit!

(I swear, the pages will be done by Monday!)

Ty the Guy OUT!

For you Bonus Moments:  I give you a few of the Bingo squares…but you have to document your own.

Figure One:  The Stilt Wookie!

Under the G: Stilt Wookie!

Under the "O" ...hairy man-slave Leia!

Under the “O” …hairy man-slave Leia!

It was hours later that I noticed I didn't pixilate the shadow...

It was hours later that I noticed I didn’t pixilate the shadow…

This is my buddy David Ross in San Diego yesterday...click on the image to go see the i09 article!

This is my buddy David Ross in San Diego yesterday…click on the image to go see the i09 article!


For last week's Bun Toon, related to The San Diego Convention in a fairly direct way, click on Richard Pryor's foul mouthed rant

For last week’s Bun Toon, related to The San Diego Convention in a fairly direct way, click on John Lennon or Richard Pryor

for the Bun Toon archive, which include many Comic Convention related stories, click the bunny above

for the Bun Toon archive, which include many Comic Convention related stories, click the bunny above

All Ages Awesomeness 2!!

Working away on my next set of pages for Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures (#5 I think?) after spending the weekend in Texas! I haven’t been out of Canada in fifteen years, and I think it was the first time I’ve spent more than a layover in Texas.

I was invited to the second annual All-Ages Awesomeness 2 at Rogues’ Gallery Comics & Games in Round Rock, Texas. I spent the day sketching and signing along with other creators who work in all-ages comics; Shane and Chris Houghton, Chad Thomas, Evan Bryce, Mike Bullock, and Yehudi Mercado. The Houghton brothers led the kids in making a comic book right there in the store; I was really impressed with how good they both were in working with their audience. Not an easy thing to keep the attention of kids.

I did dozens and dozens of sketches–I’ve seen a few posted on line thanks to the Rogues Gallery Facebook page. I’m hoping that a few more get scanned and put online–I did a couple that I was really happy with. As an artist, I often get frustrated with convention sketches–doing something quickly, without reference, with an audience watching…

Friday night, Rogues Gallery co-owner Randy Lander took all the creators out to The Alamo Draughthouse for dinner and to watch Brave. I loved the movie, loved the dinner, loved the concept–I want someone to open a movie theatre/restaurant in Toronto! What a great idea!

Here are a few quick pictures from Rogues Gallery Comics & Games’ Facebook fan page:


The girl in the first picture was there with her sister and they both wanted Spider-Man drawings. I did a close-up and an action shot and told them they got to pick who got which.

And…Alana got the headshot!

This was a fun drawing to do…a couple with two girls had just adopted a boy from Seoul, Korea. A toddler, his few words of English include “Spider-Man!” so they asked me to draw Spidey swinging from the Seoul Tower so he could have something recognisable from his old home and his new home. Was very happy to do this sketch.

A quick Joker sketch. I liked how this turned out.

Pretty cute kid–who was concerned enough to point out to me that his Cap is missing a foot…

All in all, a fun weekend. Though I was glad to get back home to the wife and kids–and to finally give in to the temptation I’d squashed all weekend, and spent about ten minutes talking with a Texan accent.


Jerry Robinson 1922 – 2011

Jerry Robinson passed away yesterday, just a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday.  He was the last surviving member of the group of four men who created the mythology of Batman :  Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Dick Sprang and Jerry Robinson.   Jerry was Bob Kane’s first ghost artist, and probably the most important of the Batman artists of the Golden Age.

Along with writing partner Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson created the Joker, Alfred the Butler, Robin, the Batcave and a host of other important parts of Gotham City while Bob Kane watched from across the room and pretended to be the one doing it.  Though Kane spent his life lying about the huge contributions that his partners made, comics historians did eventually see through the nonsense, and Robinson lived long enough to get his due as one of the seminal creators of our industry.   There was at least THAT justice.

Batman and Robin, keeping the cartoonists' drawing table safe, thanks to Jerry Robinson!

I had the rare chance to meet him a couple of times over the years, at awards ceremonies and conventions, etc, and Jerry was delightful and awe-inspiring company whenever I was fortunate enough to be around him.  I’ll never forget the first thing he said to me, though:  When I told him I was a Batman creator, writing and drawing the characters he helped create, he reached out to shake my hand and said (with a twinkle in his eye) “Where’s my cheque?”

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jerry Robinson…my world would not be the same without having shared the planet with you for the last forty-eight years.  You gave me a childhood filled with unbridled joy and fun and I cannot conceive of who I would have turned out to be if you’d never been there before me.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your Bonus Jerry Robinson moment:

I have a bunch of images of Jerry Robinson on my computer because I recently had to draw his portrait for a project about Bill Finger (see the top of this column for the drawing) but I went searching for a photo of the man to adorn this blog post and was astounded to discover the first two or three images of Jerry that pop up on google search are photos of Jerry posing in front of one of my drawings of the Joker.  Why Jerry would pose in front of MY drawing of his character, rather than one of his own drawings, is baffling to me, and I assume the photographer didn’t know he’d matched up the wrong artist.  But I am humbled and honoured to have Mr. Robinson and I share a few photos like that.


NOTE:  For those in the Toronto area:  The Toronto Cartoonist Workshop Faculty Art Show for its instructors is tomorrow night, Friday December 9!  I’ll have at least one framed image of the Joker up on the wall, but I’ll make a point of bringing the original art for my portrait of Jerry with me to show off as well as sharing the wall with fellow instructors LEONARD KIRK, DAVE ROSS and ERIC KIM.

Come on down and see how comic book artists live and work, but don’t feed us, we have a very specific diet and might become ill with real food.

587A College Street (at Clinton), Toronto, 7-10pm