Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. Form vs. Content and the “Othering” of Manga — 8/25/2015
  2. Commission – The Dark Knight Returns — 8/19/2015
  3. Oyster War – Printer Sample Copy is Here! — 8/1/2015
  4. The Who and Richard Hell & The Voidoids — 7/28/2015
  5. Oyster Tour 2015! — 7/21/2015

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  3. Craft: A Review of the New Koh-i-nor Rapidosketch Pen — 28 comments
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  5. Welcome, Marion Keith Towle — 20 comments

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Aug
25
2015

Form vs. Content and the “Othering” of Manga

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There was a lot of talk going around about the “manga boom” of the late 90’s/early 2000’s a week or two back, spurred mainly by this thoughtful essay by Chris Butcher of The Beguiling and TCAF. I don’t have any first-hand experience with the anti-manga attitude he details there1 nor much to say about the larger issue he directly addresses2 but …

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Aug
19
2015

Commission – The Dark Knight Returns

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I haven’t been accepting as many commissions this year as I had been previously (wrapping up Oyster War has been getting precedence), but here’s a recent one that I think turned out nicely: Batman and Robin from the Frank Miller/Klaus Janson/Lynn Varley series The Dark Knight Returns. Once my “Oyster Tour” is wrapped up (not to …

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Aug
01
2015

Oyster War – Printer Sample Copy is Here!

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I just received this sample copy of Oyster War and it looks great! Here’s a few pictures of the book, including one with a CD and ruler so you can get an idea of how big this book is. I’m really happy with the way the printing turned out. Look for the book in stores …

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Jul
28
2015

The Who and Richard Hell & The Voidoids

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Here’re are a couple of recent drawings I took out of my sketchbook and inked/colored in Manga Studio: The Who and Richard Hell And The Voidoids. The former is from the cover of a recent Mojo Magazine; the latter’s from the back of the album jacket.

Jul
21
2015

Oyster Tour 2015!

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As you probably know by now, Oyster War is coming out this fall from Oni Press. In support of the book, I’ll be doing a series of convention appearances and signings around its release. Here’re the dates that are currently lined up. I’ll be signing/sketching in copies of Oyster War and will have some of …

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Jul
15
2015

Upcoming Story in Cartozia Tales #7

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The seventh issue of Cartozia Tales is at the printers now and about to be sent out to subscribers–and I’ve got a story in it! If you don’t know about Cartozia Tales, now’s a fantastic time to jump in. It’s a all-ages map-based fantasy comics anthology that features a core group of seven (great) cartoonists, …

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Jun
30
2015

EC Is For Me, See – by James Lloyd

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I never fail to find something interesting at our local monthly Hoots Flea market. This past weekend I encountered a vendor who had a small stack of early 2000s indie comics and I picked up a few odds and ends from him, including a 2001 anthology I’d not heard of called Drippytown, which apparently originated …

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Jun
22
2015

Heroes Con 2015 Wrap-Up

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I’m back from yet another great Heroes Con. It’s the last show for a bit that I’ll have attended as a “civilian.”  Oyster War will be out this fall and so I’ll most likely be tabling at any shows I go to for the next year or so. I don’t have any big take-away from this year’s …

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Jun
11
2015

Pics From My Exhibition at The Theater Arts Gallery in High Point

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Here’re a few pictures I took at the opening reception for the TAG  exhibit.  Info about the show can be found here.

Jun
09
2015

Heroes Con 2015 Mega-Panel: 10th Anniversary of CCS, Comics How-To Books

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I’ll be jumping back into the usual yearly Heroes Con “mega-panel” this year with my pal Craig Fischer and here’s our topic for this year. I’ll be covering the initial presentation/slide show on cartooning how-to books–a subject I’m really looking forward to discussing. Come one, come all! Saturday, 3:00 pm, room 209. “At the Junction …

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