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I Can Finally Announce It! YAY!

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I’ve been dropping hints at the last two conventions I attended (at my panels and at my booth) that I’ve been given a once-in-a-lifetime gig, rebooting one of the most important “Golden Age” characters in comics.

Now I can tell you.

It’s arguably the MOST important character in all of comics’ history, the one that started it all.

The Yellow Kid.

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Yup.

The first comic strip character in history is finally getting some attention in this land where comics are finally king.  Not only a comic book relaunch from IDW, but a Hollywood relaunch as well, with a major motion picture due out this August.

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Back in the waning days of the 19th Century, a cartoonist named R. F. Outcault single-handedly invented the comic strip with a series of continuous stories told in illustrated form.  The series was called “Hogan’s Alley”, and it featured a precocious Asian fellow, charmingly named “The Yellow Kid”, who literally wore his thoughts on his sleeve.

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Here the “Kid” is seen hanging around with Outcault’s other major comic strip creation, “Buster Brown”.

The strip ran for years in New York, it even created the first copyright and intellectual property lawsuit about a pop-culture character when competing newspapers used teh character without permission.  It’s where the term “yellow journalism” comes from.

But now he’s coming back as a major Warner Brothers film, a WB animated TV series, and a comic book miniseries from IDW.

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I haven’t really started yet, but I’ll be writing and providing covers for the series, with a fairly new artist named Pavel Martin providing the interiors for the first three issues at least.  Pavel’s an ex-bootcamper student of mine I recommended for the project and I’m thrilled to be working with him professionally.  I think he’s really ready.

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Some of Pavel’s early sketches.  The skateboard wasn’t our idea, that comes from the TV people, he’s going to have a skateboard on the show…. so you have to forgive us for that.

I’ll post new artwork and the cover for issue #1 as soon as I’ve finished it.  It’s pencilled and inked, but I’m in the middle of colouring it right now.  You’re going to love it.

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After a hundred and twenty years, it’s about time!

After working on characters like Batman, The Simpsons and the Avengers, it’s really an honour to be working on the character that literally started it all.

I won’t let you guys, or R. F. Outcault’s legions of fans down.  I promise.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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A couple of Yellow Kid appearances from his heyday to whet your appetite!

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What an irrepressible scamp he was.  I hope we get to give him a proper name.


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Coming Attractions Bun Toons. YAY!

Please turn off all cell phones and refrain from talking to your neighbour when reading the cartoons, thank you.

With X-MEN FIRST CLASS, GREEN LANTERN, THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA and CONAN already running through the theaters this summer, and AVENGERS, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, and TINTIN all on the way, it seems like Hollywood is burning through the comic book properties as fast as they can build sets and hire directors.  After Flash, Aquaman and Namor are finished, they’ll essentially be out of super-heroes to exploit.  But don’t worry, I’ve got connections in the biz, and I know some of the less publicized projects that are currently in pre-production, heading our way next year.  I’ve even done storyboards for one of them (but I’m not allowed to reveal which, thanks to an iron-clad NDA).

But thanks to my sources, I can pre-preview a couple of upcoming films that are in the pipeline that comic fans are going to love.  I know it seems impossible, but I swear, every one of these movies has been scripted, cast, and  is up and shooting right now.  The posters are all going to be in local theaters by December, but you guys get an exclusive here at my blog.

We’re NEVER going to run out of characters to film.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the Yellow Kid.  I love Spike’s work.  And is it just me, or does that look like George Wendt as Bouncing Boy?  He’s a little too old to be called “Boy” at this point.  (Not that Cruise is still a “lad” but he keeps his baby-face good looks as the years go by…)

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your bonus Comic Book Movie Moment:

Apparently there was a Dazzler movie out in the Eighties. Does anyone know if the new one is a remake or a sequel?

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For last week's All-Female Bun Toons (by guest contributor Eden Bachelder) click the bunny's dress.

For Every Bun Toons Ever, click the manly bunny above. Serious film offers will be considered.