Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. HeroesCon 2017 Mega-Panel! — 6/14/2017
  2. London: 40 Years of 2000 AD Exhibit/Paris: Les Super Héros — 5/29/2017
  3. Chuck Berry RIP – Some Chuck Berry Songs You May Not Know — 5/1/2017
  4. Comics: Parallel Stories on Separate Horizontal Tiers — 3/13/2017
  5. My Faves of 2016 — 12/30/2016

Most commented posts

  1. The Comics Journal Message Board: A Requiem — 35 comments
  2. Service Review: Ka-Blam Print on Demand — 33 comments
  3. Craft: A Review of the New Koh-i-nor Rapidosketch Pen — 29 comments
  4. Ugliest Dog in the World? — 22 comments
  5. Care and Feeding of the Leroy Lettering Set — 22 comments

Author's posts listings

Jun
14
2017

HeroesCon 2017 Mega-Panel!

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Here’s the skinny on the 2017 HeroesCon Mega-Panel. It’s Saturday at 2:30 in room 209. Full HeroesCon programming is available on their website. EISNER AND KIRBY AT 100 Which centenary to celebrate, Will Eisner’s or Jack Kirby’s? Ben Towle, Jennie Law, and Craig Fischer—the hosts of this year’s mega-panel—have foolishly decided to tackle both birthdays. …

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May
29
2017

London: 40 Years of 2000 AD Exhibit/Paris: Les Super Héros

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Over the past spring break, my family and I took a trip to London and then to Paris. Since it was our family vacation I mostly managed to kept my comics-centric interests in check during the trip, but I couldn’t help but make a couple of detours to check out comics-related things. So, here are a few …

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May
01
2017

Chuck Berry RIP – Some Chuck Berry Songs You May Not Know

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Years ago I decided to focus my blog writing exclusively on comics-centric subjects. With the recent death of Chuck Berry, though, I’m making an exception. If you knew me in my pre-comics days, you know that I spent some time as a musician–and more to the point: I’ve always been passionate about music. Like everyone …

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Mar
13
2017

Comics: Parallel Stories on Separate Horizontal Tiers

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That’s the most awkward blog post title I’ve probably ever come up with, but I don’t really know what else to call it. Scott McCloud or Neil Cohn may have some term for it, but what I’m referring to is basically this–which I encountered most recently in the Valerian and Laureline volume, Heroes of the …

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Dec
30
2016

My Faves of 2016

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Here’s a short list of some of my favorite comics–and comics-related–things from 2016. And, as always, keep in mind my usual caveat: these are just my personal favorites; I make no claims for the best! Children of Captain Grant – (all ages graphic novel) by Alexis Nesme, based on work by Jules Verne I was gobsmacked when I …

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Nov
21
2016

In the Weeds Thumbnailing and Naoki Urasawa’s Page Layouts

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Having solidified the character designs and done a bit of last-minute story revising, I’m now beginning to do thumbnails for In the Weeds. This will be my first digitally-drawn full book (my semi-recent stories for Creepy and Cartozia Tales were drawn digitally, but were short pieces) and as such my process is somewhat different. With Oyster …

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Nov
03
2016

Comics at The Scholastic Book Fair

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If you read this blog and/or follow me on twitter, you know one of my usual rants is about the large swath of comics that gets ignored when “comics” is–as is often the case–taken to mean “the direct market.” I’ve written before about the huge and often-ignored market for kids’/all-ages comics, but today I want to …

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Aug
22
2016

Rob Liefeld, The Enchantress’s Enchanted Butt, and Comics Lettering

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So, this 90’s Rob Liefeld page was making the rounds recently on Reddit’s /r/comicbooks message board: Taking digs at Rob Liefeld’s art is one of comics fandom’s favorite pastimes (which is as lazy as it is unfair–but that’s a subject for a different post, perhaps) and this page is a favorite because The Enchantress in panel …

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Jul
13
2016

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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Jun
03
2016

Last Two “Oyster Tour” Appearances… and Commissions!

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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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