Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. Interview: Comics and Teaching — 11/22/2014
  2. Oyster War Is Now Complete. A Few Thoughts: — 11/5/2014
  3. Marvel’s 25th Anniversary, 20/20, and Jim Shooter in the Letters Page — 11/1/2014
  4. SPX 2014 — 9/17/2014
  5. Think of a City — 9/14/2014

Most commented posts

  1. Mockingbird Tattoo Designs — 37 comments
  2. Service Review: Ka-Blam Print on Demand — 33 comments
  3. The Comics Journal Message Board: A Requiem — 32 comments
  4. Craft: A Review of the New Koh-i-nor Rapidosketch Pen — 27 comments
  5. Ugliest Dog in the World? — 22 comments

Author's posts listings

Nov
22

Interview: Comics and Teaching

I was recently cleaning out a bunch of old documents that had accumulated in my Google Drive and I stumbled on this interview that I did a while back about teaching with comics. I honestly don’t remember what it was for–it may have just been an email interview with a graduate student, or something similar–but …

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Nov
05

Oyster War Is Now Complete. A Few Thoughts:

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(An early sketch of Davidson Bulloch) I can’t exactly remember when I started working on Oyster War–I found some initial character drawings in my sketchbook from as long ago as 2008–but I posted the last page, page 128, earlier this month. I say in this post’s title that Oyster War is “complete,” but that’s not entirely …

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Nov
01

Marvel’s 25th Anniversary, 20/20, and Jim Shooter in the Letters Page

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I’ve been reading Michael Golden’s great 80’s Marvel Vietnam War comic, The ‘Nam–something I should really devote a whole blog post to when I’m done–and I’ve been fortunate enough to get a hold of the actual issues, rather than the collected edition. In addition to having the original coloring, the issues also obviously include non-story …

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Sep
17

SPX 2014

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You’d think with me now being pretty much done with Oyster War I’d have time for a big, extensive SPX 2014 wrap-up, but I’ve actually got to jump right into several other comics (and other) projects pretty quickly. But, I did want to do just a quick post–mainly just to show off some of the …

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Sep
14

Think of a City

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Here’s my contribution to the wonderful Think of a City collaborative project. The idea behind the project is that each artist participating draws a cityscape or scene that takes place in a city with his or her contribution containing one drawn element and one color from the previous artist’s submission. There’s some pretty amazing artwork …

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Sep
11

Talking Comics Terminology on the Deconstructing Comics Podcast

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I was recently a guest on the Deconstructing Comics podcast discussing my recent (and surprisingly controversial?) blog post about using film terminology to discuss comics. I’m hoping that the hour-long conversation here gave me a bit more room to make my case in a more nuanced and thorough way than in the original post. One …

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Aug
29

A Grid of Monsters

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Here’s a grid of monsters I drew as a pinup for Jess Smart Smiley’s Kickstarter book, Spooky Silly Comics: I really love bestiaries and things of that ilk so (after a bit of machinating about other possibilities) I decided that’s the route I’d go here. For projects like this, I like to introduce some randomness–just …

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Aug
03

AlphaBands Wrap-up: 26 Weeks of Music and Musician Drawings

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So, here’re all my drawings from the recently-completed AlphaBands project. As is usual with these sorts of weekly drawing exercises, the end results are a mixed bag. Looking back on these, there are some I really like (Karl Bartos, CCR, Hank Shocklee, Woody Guthrie) and some that were obvious duds (Angus Young, Iggy Pop, Marvin …

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Jul
16

AlphaBands – Z is for Zigaboo Modeliste

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Z is for Zigaboo Modeliste   __________ AlphaBands is a weekly online collaborative project in which illustrators and cartoonists draw a band or musician for one letter of the alphabet each week for 26 weeks. See the art and find out more at the AlphaBands tumblr: http://alphabands.tumblr.com/

Jul
07

AlphaBands – Y is for Yellowman

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Y is for Yellowman   __________ AlphaBands is a weekly online collaborative project in which illustrators and cartoonists draw a band or musician for one letter of the alphabet each week for 26 weeks. See the art and find out more at the AlphaBands tumblr: http://alphabands.tumblr.com/

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