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Name: Ben Towle
Date registered: 11/30/-0001

Latest posts

  1. In the Weeds Progress: More on Character Designs — 7/13/2016
  2. Last Two “Oyster Tour” Appearances… and Commissions! — 6/3/2016
  3. The Stunning Japanese Star Trek Art of Toru Kanamori — 5/25/2016
  4. In The Weeds Progress: Character Designs — 5/18/2016
  5. Come See Me at TCAF in Toronto! — 5/10/2016

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In the Weeds Progress: More on Character Designs

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As I mentioned in my last In the Weeds progress post, one of my post-Oyster War take-aways was that I need to spend more time working on character designs before I sit down and start drawing pages. To that end, I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks focusing on the badger character (I …

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Last Two “Oyster Tour” Appearances… and Commissions!


Oyster Tour Final Appearances The Oyster Tour is winding down! It’s been great fun, but I’m looking forward to being done with travelling and holing up in my studio here to work on In the Weeds.  I do, though, have two more appearances before things wrap up: Heroes Con – Charlotte, NC – June 18th and …

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The Stunning Japanese Star Trek Art of Toru Kanamori


Yesterday in a far corner of the Star Trek interwebs I stumbled on two really beautiful cover illustrations from Japanese Star Trek books. There’s a lot to love about these images. I particularly like how loose and expressionistic (for lack of a better word) they are. I don’t know exactly when these came out in Japan, …

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In The Weeds Progress: Character Designs


In the past I’ve not spent nearly as much time working on character designs for my books as I really should have. Certainly this was the case with Oyster War and as a result, I wound up having to do a substantial amount of pre-publication redrawing of the main characters–especially in the early pages where I …

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Come See Me at TCAF in Toronto!


I’ll be appearing this weekend, May 14-15, at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in Toronto Canada. If you’re in the area, please come out and say Hi! It’s held at the Toronto Reference Library and is free and open to the public. You can find out more details here: I’ll be seated at: Q13 on the second floor …

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Oyster War: A 2016 Eisner Nominee!


I’m excited (and frankly, pretty surprised) to announce that Oyster War has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner award in the category of Best Publication for Teens. This is my fourth (!) Eisner nomination and as much as I’d love to finally take one of these things home, that’s some pretty stiff competition I’m up against. …

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Come See Me In Denver at The Very First DINK!

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I’ll be making my first trip to Denver, Colorado this weekend to be a guest at the inaugural DINK–Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo. The festival happens Friday 3/25 from 4-9 PM and Saturday 3/26 from 10 AM until 7 PM. I’m really excited about this show! The people running it are great long-time indie …

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Post-Oyster War Project: In The Weeds


What’s Next? I’ve still got a small handful of Oyster War promo appearances to do (DINK, TCAF, probably HeroesCon), but with that book now squarely behind me production-wise, I’ve been ruminating a bit on what to do next. Like most comics-drawing folks, there’s always a voice in the back of my head making me feel …

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Comics Retailers: Get Hand-Drawn Oyster War Book Plates!


As recently highlighted in Diamond Daily, Oni Press and I worked out a great Oyster War promotion: Order at least three copies of Oyster War and get a free hand-drawn book plate of an Oyster War character. The verbiage in the Diamond describes the plates as “ultra rare,” but note that these are not just “rare”–they’re …

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James Sturm Lecture/Ten Years of CCS Exhibit

A cover proof and original from Alex Longstreth's Basewood.

On Wednesday I drove up to Boone, NC to hear James Sturm talk about the history of The Center for Cartoon Studies and to check out the exhibit of CCS-related original art at the Turchin Center. The exhibit was organized by my friend comics writer/comics professor Craig Fischer, who you may know from our annual …

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