Ben

Author's details

Name: Ben Towle
Date registered: 11/30/-0001
URL: http://www.benzilla.com

Latest posts

  1. EC Is For Me, See – by James Lloyd — 6/30/2015
  2. Heroes Con 2015 Wrap-Up — 6/22/2015
  3. Pics From My Exhibition at The Theater Arts Gallery in High Point — 6/11/2015
  4. Heroes Con 2015 Mega-Panel: 10th Anniversary of CCS, Comics How-To Books — 6/9/2015
  5. Exhibit at Theater Art Galleries, High Point NC — 5/30/2015

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  5. Welcome, Marion Keith Towle — 20 comments

Author's posts listings

Jun
30
2015

EC Is For Me, See – by James Lloyd

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I never fail to find something interesting at our local monthly Hoots Flea market. This past weekend I encountered a vendor who had a small stack of early 2000s indie comics and I picked up a few odds and ends from him, including a 2001 anthology I’d not heard of called Drippytown, which apparently originated …

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Jun
22
2015

Heroes Con 2015 Wrap-Up

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I’m back from yet another great Heroes Con. It’s the last show for a bit that I’ll have attended as a “civilian.”  Oyster War will be out this fall and so I’ll most likely be tabling at any shows I go to for the next year or so. I don’t have any big take-away from this year’s …

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Jun
11
2015

Pics From My Exhibition at The Theater Arts Gallery in High Point

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Here’re a few pictures I took at the opening reception for the TAG  exhibit.  Info about the show can be found here.

Jun
09
2015

Heroes Con 2015 Mega-Panel: 10th Anniversary of CCS, Comics How-To Books

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I’ll be jumping back into the usual yearly Heroes Con “mega-panel” this year with my pal Craig Fischer and here’s our topic for this year. I’ll be covering the initial presentation/slide show on cartooning how-to books–a subject I’m really looking forward to discussing. Come one, come all! Saturday, 3:00 pm, room 209. “At the Junction …

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May
30
2015

Exhibit at Theater Art Galleries, High Point NC

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I’ll be showing original pages from all of my graphic novels at this upcoming exhibit in High Point, NC. If you’re in the neighborhood, please come by and check it out! The opening reception is this coming Thursday, June 4th, from 5:30 to 7:30. It’s free and open to the public.

May
26
2015

MagnEmo!

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One of the many concepts discussed on a recent Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast was that of “MagnEmo”–Magneto when he’s moody or emotional. Despite being just an offhand gag that was mentioned once then quickly forgotten on the show, it struck me as hilarious… so I had to do a visual interpretation. So, here he …

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May
18
2015

Care and Feeding of the Leroy Lettering Set

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Background You may not know exactly what a Leroy Lettering Set is, but if you’re interested in comics, I’ll bet you’ve seen the results of one in action. Leroy lettering was used most notably by publisher EC Comics in books like Tales From the Crypt and Vault of Horror. (Harvey Kurtzman’s EC war stories in …

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Mar
25
2015

My Schoolism Digital Painting Class Experience

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As Oyster War neared completion toward the end of last year, I wound up doing some soul-searching about where my current cartooning skill set was currently and where I’d like it to go in the future. While I could have compiled a pretty extensive list of deficient areas to address, I came up with three that I wanted …

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Mar
24
2015

Oyster War – Coming This Fall from Oni Press!

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‘I’ve been waiting a looonnnngggg time to be able to make this announcement! Here’s the official press release: Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today Oyster War, a colorful, comedic historical graphic novel by three time Eisner-nominated cartoonist Ben Towle (Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean). Oyster War will release on September 23rd, …

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Feb
16
2015

On Comics Sound Effects

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I–along with writer/cartoonist Ryan North and visual linguist Neil Cohn–was recently interviewed by Greg Uyeno for Slate‘s Lexicon Valley  language blog. The subject of the article was how sounds and sound effects work in comics. You can read the whole article here: KATCHOW! How to Write Sounds in Comics Greg wound up highlighting parts of our discussion …

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