Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. My Faves of 2017 — 12/30/2017
  2. Review: Tristan & Yseult by Agnès Maupré and Singeon — 12/10/2017
  3. Hergé Exposition at the Musées de la civilisation, Québec City — 9/18/2017
  4. HeroesCon 2017 Mega-Panel! — 6/14/2017
  5. London: 40 Years of 2000 AD Exhibit/Paris: Les Super Héros — 5/29/2017

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  3. Craft: A Review of the New Koh-i-nor Rapidosketch Pen — 30 comments
  4. Care and Feeding of the Leroy Lettering Set — 25 comments
  5. Ugliest Dog in the World? — 22 comments

Author's posts listings

Dec
30
2017

My Faves of 2017

Here are some of my favorite things from the past year. As with all my previous year-end lists: (1) these are my personal favorite things, not “the best,” and (2) they’re things I enjoyed in 2017, not necessarily things that were new in 2017. The Junji Ito episode of Manben [Japanese TV show, fansubbed – …

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Dec
10
2017

Review: Tristan & Yseult by Agnès Maupré and Singeon

I don’t usually review books–mainly because for any given comic there’re probably several reviews out there by actual comics critics, who have far more of an idea what they’re doing than I do. In this case, though, I’m making an exception because the book I want to discuss, Tristan & Yseult by Agnès Maupré and Singeon, …

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Sep
18
2017

Hergé Exposition at the Musées de la civilisation, Québec City

  I recently had the good fortune to visit Québec City to see the massive retrospective on Hergé (Georges Remi), the cartoonist known for creating the iconic character Tintin and crafting the twenty-three volumes of his adventures. This exhibition began in Paris in 2016, then traveled to Geneva and London. Guessing that this stop at at …

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Jun
14
2017

HeroesCon 2017 Mega-Panel!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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