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Ty Cannot Come to the Bun Toon Today!

If only I had the time to draw this well today...

If only I had the time to draw this well today…

With all the comic book tsuris that happened this week (Batgirl covers and all), I had lots to say in bunny form, but alas, my opinions are restricted to my mouth today, as I am attending a Comic Convention in Toronto, and am out of the house by 8.30 this morning.



I’m having a great time (except for the lack of sleep) so come on down and say “hi”, and if I’m functioning and awake, I’ll do you a sketch, and mouth off about something pithy.

miracle man 2015

Yesterday I did this Miracle Man for a fan…literally HOURS after re-reading the 16 issue “Original Writer” reprints from Marvel earlier in the day. Talk about timing….

But if I’m muttering and snarly, I need sleep and might be about to pass away from exhaustion.  Then it’s best to ask for THIS character, as I can see her anyway…

Another Friday sketch from Toronto.

Another Friday sketch from Toronto.

Ah, I’m kidding.  I’m still happiest drawing Batman.  I know what he looks like without reference.

Ty the Guy OUT!

san diego memories websize

Everyone Involved Regrets It Bun Toons! YAY!

I already regret telling you about it...

I already regret telling you about it…

Well, the Cold War is starting up again, we just got through Pi Day, Olivia Chow has announced her candidacy for Mayor of Toronto, and my new Batman project with Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman was just revealed, making me email box a teeny bit more popular than last week…

So naturally I’m Bun Tooning about a special man I met in a special place last week at Toronto Comicon, because I have my ears to the street and my fingers on the pulse of the news.

FINAL ART strip form….and after another awkward pause, we went about our day.

I’m sure next week, I’ll get around to that Cold War thing, but I have my priorities.

Ty the Guy OUT!

BONUS MOMENT:  The very sketch I was working on when the Kryptonian First Contact moment occurred….

It's always a good day when I get to sketch Big Barda at a convention...

It’s always a good day when I get to sketch Big Barda at a convention…


This is not my FIRST Bun Toons set at a Comic Convention Men's Room.  It's starting to become an annual tradition

This is not my FIRST Bun Toons set in a Men’s Room. It’s starting to become an annual tradition

A link to last week's Bun Toon...sort of a re-run, but including a Bun Toon never before seen online!

A link to last week’s Bun Toon…sort of a re-run, but including a Bun Toon never before seen online!


The Bun Toon archive, where you can search for more urinal adventures.  I'm sure there's more....

The Bun Toon archive, where you can search for more urinal adventures. I’m sure there’s dozens….

Tons of Fun Re-Runs! YAY!

For the first time all year, the internet is not broadcasting live.

For the first time all year, the internet is not broadcasting live.

Hey and hi, fellow internet travellers.  I’m off at the Toronto ComiCon this fine Saturday Morning, and as is tradition, it’s the one or two times a year that I run a re-run Toon of Bun.  I cannot possibly draw you something this Saturday while I’m sitting in a convention centre without scanner or laptop, much as I would love to, and the rules are clear, BUN TOONING cannot be done ahead of time to have inventory.

So, this time around, I asked my beloved wife which of the many past Toons De Bun she thought I should go with, and her answer will surprise no one who knows her.

everett mann 1

But wait!  There’s more!

one reader one voteAnd the answer to the what-did-my-wife-say riddle is:

“Anything with Elizabeth Bennet in it.”

These were the only two strips I had.  I’ll have to work Miss Bennet into more Bun Toons in the future.  I’d have picked re-runs with monkeys.

Ty the Guy Out!

Since I didn’t give you a new Bun Toon, I’m giving you TWO bonus moments.  That’s the sort of generous, kick-Ayn-Rand-in-the-teeth sort of fellow I am.

First, because I’m off at a convention doing draw-erings for the fans, I thought I’d share a couple of recent comics sketch covers I’ve done to show you what I’m probably doing at the moment you read this.

batman and nightwing

batman and ras swordfight

marvels project venom

ff cover parody

That FF cover above was harder to do that I thought it was going to be, because the area for the artwork was completely a different shape.  No fun swiping if I have to make decisions!

(To get your own sketches or sketchcover, find me at Toronto ComiCon at P18. At noon today, I’ll be doing a workshop, HOW TO WRITE A GRAPHIC NOVEL IN ONE HOUR. The rest of the time I’ll be signing books, doing sketches, selling pages and telling stories.)


on the ropesI just got finished reading this new graphic novel ON THE ROPES, and I’m going to spend a few words raving about it.

It’s not a re-run, like the Bun Toons this week, but a sequel to a lovely series from the 90s called KINGS IN DISGUISE.  But this is the rarest of sequels that is so, so much better than the original, that it’s in a different league.

This is, by far, the best graphic novel I’ve read in a while, perhaps years.  I cannot recommend it enough, especially if you love stories about one-legged circus children who join the communist party during the depression.  That’s my second favorite genre, and Vance and Burr do an insanely good job of telling this literate, thoughtful, tense, playful and brilliant story.

See you on the convention floor, folks!


brutal link

To read last week’s Bun Toon (an original, not a stinking, lazy re-run), click the tragic Batman above.

For the Bun Toon Archive, including the Bun Toons above (go find em!), click the rabbit.

For the Bun Toon Archive, including the Bun Toons above (go find em!), click the rabbit.

2012 Convention Schedule and more…

Ty promised himself that he was going to be posting more on the blog this year and was getting frustrated that he hasn’t had the time–until I pointed out that it’s that he has so much work to do, all of which he’s excited to be doing.  But I did promise that I’d pop in to mention a few things, so here ya go…

The official start to Ty Templeton’s 2012 Convention Season is next-next weekend. Usually, Ty only does the Toronto shows but after doing the wildly-successful wildly-enjoyable Montreal Comiccon last year, he’s agreed to do more for 2012.  There might be a few additions to the list later in the year but for now, this is it:

Formerly known as Fan Appreciation and now Toronto ComiCon as presented by Fan Expo. And expanded to two days– Saturday March 10-Sunday March 11.

Toronto Cartoonists Workshop will be there, sharing a booth with The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery. (You might be able to register for the upcoming workshops at the show…but classes will begin the Monday after the show, so best to not take any chances and sign up now for WRITING FOR COMICS LEVEL TWO and Ty Templeton’s COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP PART ONE.) If you’re not able to get to the show, but need to get some comics, make sure you check out The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery in it’s permanent space (shared with TCW) at 587A College Street West. Our oldest son will be holding down the fort.

Been waiting for Calgary Expo to announce this–now, we can confirm that Ty will be attending, for the first time, the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. The show runs Friday April 27-Sunday April 29, and features an amazing list of guests.

Our buddies, Heroes of the North will be there as well, showing off all their books, posters, figurines and some of the actors! Artist Gibson Quarter (Holmes IncorporatedUndertow #2) has finished pencilling a new 8-Ball story for HoTN and will be there, too. (Ty just finished a script for HoTN, to be pencilled by Richard Pace. Like Ty, Richard divides his time between teaching and drawing comics. He’s an instructor at Durham College, and is currently hard at work on Ashes written by Alex de Campi. AND he just announced that he’s drawing a 3-part adaptation of a Robert E. Howard story for Dark Horse’s SAVAGE SWORD (#5-7), written by Ian Edginton.)

In June, Ty will be off to Austin, Texas…but that hasn’t been “officially” announced yet, so I’ll wait to put up all the info.

In August, it will be The Big One–the biggest comic convention in Canada, that is. Fan Expo Canada runs Thursday August 23-Sunday August 26 this year. It was wildly busy last year–slightly overwhelming by the last day, butgreat to spend time with so many other creators and to talk to so many fans.

Toronto Cartoonists Workshop and The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery will both be at the show as well. Heroes of the North will put in an appearance as well. Their second omnibus collection will be published by then. And the HoTN comic story drawn by David J. Cutler (artist for The Northern Guard) will be out by then as well.

Montreal Comiccon is the little comic book convention that didn’t so much grow as EXPLODE!! It was such an enormous, unexpected success that they’ve moved to a bigger location this year, Friday September 14-Sunday September 16. Ty and I really really enjoyed the show last year…had a very brief twenty minutes when we thought it was going to be quiet, when we first arrived at Ty’s table. That was the last twenty minutes of peace for the entire weekend! Got to meet Dan Parent, have dinner with Dan, Gibson Quarter and the Heroes of the North crew.

That is currently the extent of Ty’s convention schedule…

At the same time that all this fun is going on, and as Ty is busy working, he will be continuing to teach at Toronto Cartoonists Workshop.

WRITING FOR COMICS LEVEL TWO begins Monday March 12, 7-10pm. Completion of Level One is a requirement.  Wednesday March 14, Ty starts COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP Part One 7-10pm.

Rob Walton will be teaching CREATING YOUR OWN GRAPHIC NOVEL starting Thursday March 15, and Walter Dickinson will be teaching CARTOONING RODEO for kids 8-12 years of age Saturday mornings April 14-June 16.


This Weekend…

Hey folks and focuses.  I’ll be seeing everybody in the free world tomorrow at the Fan Appreciation Convention in Toronto, so tonight I’m running loose in my studio, looking for art I’ve never showed off before, including pages from my recent Spider-Man/Thing/Harvey Pekar stuff, original art from my Bun Toons, some Dexter Animated art,  and some grocery receipts and shirt cardboards from the dry cleaners.

I’ve got a couple of fun prints to sell (woo hoo) some work in progress from the Bill Finger project, and might even have a story or two to tell about my new DC gig that’s too fun to contain.

And the BEST part of all, this is the first official convention guesting of Marvel and DC letterer and Moonstone Colorist, Mrs. Me.  The startlingly talented K.T. Smith (mother of my children and ruler of my heart) will be seated beside me.  Come on over and wave hello, we promise not to bite, unless there’s money in it for us.

Guy, Ty the.

Here now your comic book convention bonus moment:


Is there anyone who doesn't look great dressed as The Real Wonder Woman?

Fan Appreciation Event

So just a few more days until Toronto ComiCon Fan Appreciation Event. Yes, it’s not that long after that last con, but this one promises so much more! More comic book artists, more special guests,  more exhibitors…and there are workshops too. Ty will be doing a one hour “taste” of his TCW workshop, Drawing the Human Figure from Memory, (the actual seven week worskhop begins May 2–check TCW’s website for more info and to contact Sean Menard to register).  That will be Saturday April 9 at 3:00pm.

The next day will feature a workshop with Leonard Kirk, based on his TCW course, Comic Book Pencilling and Inking (the full course starts May 5).

Artists will be doing sketches, selling pages, and telling stories…and we’re not yet sure what will happen exactly but the Joe Shuster Awards‘ Kevin Boyd is contemplating the future of his Rob Granito hockey jersey. Boyd says he was given it a couple years ago and given the events of the last few weeks, does not wish to hang on to it. He is entertaining suggestions as to it’s possible end/demise and finding a way to use that demise to raise funds for charity. While Japan would clearly seem the obvious choice to many, especially as Toronto comic creators plan a fundraiser for Japan, it has been suggested by others, Ty amongst them, that The Hero Initiative would also be a good choice. As Ty commented (on Boyd’s FB wall), “I’d say Hero Initiative so Rob can contribute to the Comics Industry instead of stealing from it.” (He also said a lot of stuff about urination but we don’t need to discuss that right now!).  Stay tuned for further details on the hockey jersey…


Work, work and work

It’s been a busy week for Ty as you can probably tell by the fact that there haven’t been any new posts this week. He’s working on all sorts of stuff he can’t talk about yet. All of this means that he’s decided he won’t be at Sunday’s Toronto ComiCon as once he finishes this assignment, he has to jump right into the next one. Next two or three, actually.  And you want to make sure he gets a new Bun Toons up this weekend, right?

But don’t let that stop you from attending and checking out all the talent (Georges Jeanty! Marcio Takara! and so many more!) which will be there…details on the HobbyStar website.


It’s Tuesday…

which means it’s only four more days until Toronto ComiCon:   Fan Appreciation Event, where Ty will be signing, sketching and telling tales. (Lots of ’em–some of them even true.)


Coming Up…

It’s that time again…Toronto ComiCon Fan Appreciation Event is on in two short weeks (ish).  June 5-6, 2010, all pertinent info including guest listings on the site. Only $10 at the door (children under 10 are free) and if you spend $10 at a comic store in the next two weeks (in the GTA) you can get a voucher for free Sunday admission to the show. Or, conversely, if you pay for admission on Sunday, you can get a $10 voucher for comic stores. Kind of a win-win situation, there!

And, Saturday night…The Joe Shuster Awards are on at U of T, Innis Hall. All the relevant info for that event are on the Joe Shuster Awards site. Check out the list of nominations as well (the Guy is up for Writer).

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See you at the Convention!

For those in the Toronto area, I just stepped out the door to go to the Convention center.  Free sketches for ALL, I say!  Free Sketches for all at the Fan Expo!

Ty the Guy