Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. SPX 2014 — 9/17/2014
  2. Think of a City — 9/14/2014
  3. Talking Comics Terminology on the Deconstructing Comics Podcast — 9/11/2014
  4. A Grid of Monsters — 8/29/2014
  5. AlphaBands Wrap-up: 26 Weeks of Music and Musician Drawings — 8/3/2014

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

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/

Jul
02

AlphaBands: X is for XTC

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X is for XTC __________ 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/  

Jun
30

Catching Up On AlphaBands: V & W

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V is for Vince Guaraldi W is for Woody Guthrie __________ 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/

Jun
13

My Friend and Collaborator: Chris Reilly 1967 – 2014

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My friend Chris Reilly passed away this week. I first met Chris Reilly in Bethesda, Maryland at the 2003 Small Press Expo. SPX was a lot different then–as was I. The Expo was held in a smallish hotel in the heart of Bethesda proper and it was a much, much smaller event than the indie …

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