It is a sign of our times ( pun intended ) that no matter what the issue, there is always an opportunity to market it.
We rarely ever get fan art, although drive by cup cake assaults do seem to be on the rise in Lake Tuberville, so Sara and I were particularly pleased to receive a piece of art from the talented P.J. Day, creator of one of our favorite online comics, Flatt Bear. It arrived via e-mail with the following attached message ” J.P. I had actually sketched this up a while back when you did that storyline with Splunker and his identity crisis. I envisioned a meet between him and Carl since Splunker was being mistaken for being a snake. I inked this up this weekend and thought you might like it. P.J.”
As I said , we are big fans of Flatt Bear, which in case you haven’t already become a regular reader, we highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and start reading it today. Here is how P.J. describes the strip: “Flatt Bear is a comic strip that takes place at the Flatt Bear lodge. A converted old rail station, it’s a place where people come from all over to get away from it all. This is where we find Duffy, a misdirected and misguided bear who has found himself here through the witness protection program. He meets up with a unique collection of characters who are all trying their best to keep you entertained while not getting downsized or outsourced.” The only thing I could possibly add to that description is to say that Duffy is a one of kind bag of fur and fun. And situations just seem to explode out of control regularly. But don’t take my word for it. Go start reading the comic, now, you will be glad you did.
Having received an ALS Ice Bucket Comic Challenge from Rich Lauzon, who does the wonderful fantasy comic Space Pest Removal , I turned to my favorite pair of comic rivals, Agile Bug and Dr. Beauregard Squirrel (AKA The Prince), to help me out. Agile wanted to use flaming bricks but was eventually convinced to give his favorite villain a really cold wetting. If you enjoy this comic please take a moment and join myself and many other comic artists in making a donation to support this worthy cause at the Beat Feet for ALS website. And just to keep the buckets flowing, I am passing the challenge along to my daughter Rachel @LastRes0rt who does the extremely popular Sci-Fi comic LastRes0rt and to my dear friend Michael Phelps @BlueNo7 who does the situational and often historical comic Life On 66 . Michael’s response is here.
A larger version of the comic can be seen on our FaceBook page.
Here is a wonderful piece of fan art submitted by cartoonist Tim Green of Vinnie Vampire fame.
I’m a big fan of Tim’s comic work and I really appreciate his sending this to me totally unsolicited. I love getting fan art and hope this will encourage others to send me drawings, sketches, or their versions of the characters or strips.
Anyone can do fan art. You draw it and send it to me and I’ll post your art on my newly established Fan Art page. (see my contact info below)
Click on this panel to view the full fan art strip submitted by Tim Green
I recently got the chance to meet Tim in person at DragonCon and it was really a pleasure. Vinnie Vampire is a really fun comic about the lives of a family of vampires. Vinnie lives with his mom, sister Sunny and his Vampa (grandfather). Nothing could be more humorous than a teenage vampire trying to survive in the real world. Vinnie goes to school has meaningless humiliating jobs and is always being pestered by his little sister, Sunny. The life of the undead is anything but easy, but always entertaining.
Here is my contact info for sending in fan art.