Posts categorized “Comics”

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My Famous Friends Are at Jet City Comic Show This Weekend!

Fall into "The Abyss"

Fall into “The Abyss”

The Abyss

First off, I’m super excited that two of my Fools Play colleagues, Andre the Crimson Fool and Laramie the Olive Fool, have published a (bizarre) book called “The Abyss.” They’re exhibiting it at JCCS right now!

Creator’s Edge Press

My pal Travis runs a comic book company! Go check out this Creator’s Edge Press booth and pick up some awexome indie comix like “Billy Love Nibbles” or “Prince of Pieces.”

Jet City Woman?

Jet City Woman?

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

A former fool (Mike the Green Fool) and his friend Greg wrote a comic book last year that got published by Oni Press (the same company that published “Scott Pilgrim”). Greg is exhibiting it!

Sweetgyrl Designs

Greg’s wife Anne runs Sweetgyrl Designs, which offers awexome pop-culture tchotchkes. All the retro 80’s stuff you’ve been looking for, handmade and vintage! This year it looks like the booth has a “Stranger Things” vibe to it!

Sometimes I’m amazed at how my life is just filled with artists of all sorts. Anyway, head to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (map) this weekend to attend Jet City Comic Show!

Categories: Comics, Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, My Famous Friends, Tacoma.

Monday, 13 July 2015

My Favorite Comic-Con Moments 2015

So San Diego Comic-Con is over, and there were lots of big announcements and blah-blah-blah Star Wars blah-blah-blah Batman v. Superman blah-blah X-Men Apocalypse blah-blah. You already know all about all of those, so I ain’t gunna get into ’em.

These are the things that happened at Comic-Con that I really enjoyed:

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

A friend of mine had a comic book signing at Comic-Con. I still can’t get over that!

A FOOL DOES SOMETHING AWESOME: Congratulations to Michael Tanner, AKA the retired GREEN FOOL (on the right with the…

Posted by Fools Play Improv on Thursday, July 9, 2015

I mean, comicbookresources.com even did previews of this book. Hooray Michael Tanner! I <3 my famous friends.

Conan Goes to Comic-Con

The opening segment of Conan O’Brien’s week of shows filmed at Comic-Con was undoubtably the best part:

Joss Whedon’s Twist

Now that Joss Whedon is no longer the shepherd of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has time to do projects for himself for a change! First up: an original comic book about an original character:

Joss Whedon's Twist

Joss Whedon’s Twist

Joss Whedon had (unsurprisingly) my favorite single quote of the whole weekend when he described the book:

Basically deals with the most important moral question facing us, which is, why isn’t there a Victorian Female Batman? [1]

Steven Universe Extended Theme Song

There was a Steven Universe panel. And this happened:

I made the mistake of watching that during my lunch break at work last week. Fortunately no one else was around, so I didn’t have to explain that I was crying about a cartoon.

Marceline Sings!

There was an Adventure Time panel, which also contained Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe. See, she worked on Adventure Time before starting Steven Universe, and she wrote a bunch of the most memorable songs for them. And she’s written a new song for Marceline. Whose voice actress, Olivia Olson, also just happened to be on the panel. So, y’know, she helped out:

Ash vs Evil Dead

I do believe this speaks for itself. Let me know if you’re confused about anything:

Wrongplayed

And, of course, one of my favorite Instagram accounts: Wrongplayed, that purposefully (and hilariously) misidentifies the various cosplay of the con:

I AM GROOT! #marvel #hookedonafeeling #vindiesel #wrongplay

A post shared by Greg and Mike (@wrongplayed) on

So that’s what I enjoyed and/or am looking forward to. How about you?

[1] http://io9.com/joss-whedon-just-explained-the-meaning-of-life-to-us-1717277218

Categories: Articles, Cartoons, Celebrities, Comics, Music, My Famous Friends, News, Round-up, TV, Videos.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Billy Love Nibbles. So Can You!

B+N 4EVA!

B+N 4EVA!

My pal Travis is a comic book creator. He is probably best known as the writer/artist of “Jeff,” a comedy/fantasy mini-series that came out a couple years ago. Well, he has now completed a new project and has created an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds to get it printed.

It’s called “Billy Love Nibbles.” Here’s the (slightly edited-down) pitch:

It’s a graphic novel about a simple-minded young man (Billy) who lives in a dilapidated part of the city with his Momma. He is imbued with the ideas of treating all things smaller than himself with gentleness and compassion and , most importantly, if you make a mistake you should apologize and make it right.

Fate drops in and delivers a cold and hungry pug puppy into their lives. Nibbles changes everything, and now Billy doesn’t feel so alone and the world around them isn’t so bleak.

But things can change fast in the city… one day a local drug dealer, while running from a rival gang, accidentally hits Nibbles with his car. Billy was always taught to make things right if you make a mistake, so he decides to ask the dealer (Bump) to do the same. But when he confronts Bump, it begins a chain reaction of violent encounters that could threaten not only Billy’s life, but the lives of those around him.

But Billy knows no fear and he is unrelenting in his quest to bring his little friend back home to him. He only knows “Billy Love Nibbles” and will stop at nothing to make things right.

If you’re on the fence about it, this might push you over: a percentage of every book sold will be donated to the ASPCA and the Humane Society.

So if you wanna read a tale of a simple man’s love for a dog (and also some rather gory violence), then you should support this project!

Categories: Comics, Kickstarter.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Batman Beyond is Back… Kinda

Good Ol' Terry 'n' Bruce.

Good Ol’ Terry ‘n’ Bruce.

As sort of a follow-up to last week’s post (“The Bruce Timm Batman is Back… Kinda”), here is another video that was just released in celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary.

This time it’s revisiting the Batman Beyond universe, and it is directed by acclaimed comic bookist Darwyn Cooke! Take a look-see:

This one isn’t quite as successful I think as Bruce Timm’s short, but mostly because of the much-shorter running time. The story feels compressed and rushed; edits are too fast and the pacing is kinda jumbled. It’s almost more like it’s a trailer than an actual short.

That said, it’s a clever (if un-resolved) little short, and the pan at the end is pretty epic. Can you name them all?

Categories: Cartoons, Comics, Videos.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas 2013 From Santa Crab!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas.

Christmas a la chainsawsuit.

I hope Santa Crab brings you lots of peeeeeeenches today!

Categories: Comics, Holiday.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Code Monkey Save World Now Available!

If you’re somehow out of the loop, let me briefly run it down for you: earlier this year the musical geek folklorist (and incredibly bearded) Jonathan Coulton, similarly-bearded comic book writer Greg Pak (known mostly for his work on the Hulk books in the late 2000s, and who is now writing Batman/Superman), and beardless illustrator Takeshi Miyazawa (who drew many issues of The Runaways) teamed up to make a limited series comic book based on Jonathan Coulton’s songs. They launched a Kickstarter campaign that ended up raising almost $350,000!

Well, this week the first issue of the resulting comic book became (digitally) available!

Code Monkey Save World: Issue #1

Code Monkey Very Simple Man, with Big, Warm, Fuzzy, Secret Heart. Code Monkey Save World.

You can get it from ComiXology here. YOU SHOULD DO THAT. Unless you funded the Kickstarter, in which case you had access to this about a month ago. In which case you should have already done that.

Undecided? You can see a preview of the first few pages. Then you should get it.

More info:

Categories: Comics.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Cocktails Through a Stillsuit: A Toast to Frank Herbert

Did you know that Frank Herbert is a native of Tacoma? Most people don’t. Actually, most people probably don’t even think about or wonder where Frank Herbert is from. But ’tis truth. Throughout his life he lived all over the Pacific Northwest, from Tacoma to Oregon and Seattle to Port Townsend.

But he was born on October 8th right here in Tacoma. So why shouldn’t Tacoma celebrate?

Frank Herbert is, of course, most known as the author of the Dune series of Science-Fiction novels. And Chris Keil, the owner of Tacoma’s Hilltop Kitchen bar/restaurant, also just happens to be a huge Dune nerd. He has named several cocktails after characters & groups in the long series of novels.

Stillsuit Cocktails: an illustrated guide

Comic Illustration of Hilltop Kitchen’s Dune-Inspired cocktails by RR Anderson

So it seems only fitting that Hilltop Kitchen should serve as host to a celebration of Herbert’s day of birth.

The event is being organized by local entertainment blog Post Defiance and being called “Cocktails Through a Stillsuit,” which is a reference to the waste-recycling and environmental suits that the “Fremen” people wore in the Dune novels.

Here are the deets:

Cocktails Through a Stillsuit: A Toast to Frank Herbert (Facebook Event)
Tuesday, October 8th 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Hilltop Kitchen
913 Martin Luther King Way
Tacoma, WA 98405

Join Post Defiance, Hilltop Kitchen, author Erik Hanberg, and King’s Books as they raise a lovingly concocted cocktail to Frank Herbert.

There’s very little chance that I will go myself, due to the facts that (A) I am not currently imbibing alcohol, and (B) I am prepping for a wee beb. But if’n you like Dune and/or good drink, you shouldst probably check it out for yourself!

(Via Post Defiance)

Categories: Celebrities, Comics, Restaurants, Tacoma.