Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. In the Weeds Thumbnailing and Naoki Urasawa’s Page Layouts — 11/21/2016
  2. Comics at The Scholastic Book Fair — 11/3/2016
  3. Rob Liefeld, The Enchantress’s Enchanted Butt, and Comics Lettering — 8/22/2016
  4. In the Weeds Progress: More on Character Designs — 7/13/2016
  5. Last Two “Oyster Tour” Appearances… and Commissions! — 6/3/2016

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 — 21 comments

Author's posts listings

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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May
25
2016

The Stunning Japanese Star Trek Art of Toru Kanamori

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Yesterday in a far corner of the Star Trek interwebs I stumbled on two really beautiful cover illustrations from Japanese Star Trek books. There’s a lot to love about these images. I particularly like how loose and expressionistic (for lack of a better word) they are. I don’t know exactly when these came out in Japan, …

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May
18
2016

In The Weeds Progress: Character Designs

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In the past I’ve not spent nearly as much time working on character designs for my books as I really should have. Certainly this was the case with Oyster War and as a result, I wound up having to do a substantial amount of pre-publication redrawing of the main characters–especially in the early pages where I …

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May
10
2016

Come See Me at TCAF in Toronto!

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I’ll be appearing this weekend, May 14-15, at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in Toronto Canada. If you’re in the area, please come out and say Hi! It’s held at the Toronto Reference Library and is free and open to the public. You can find out more details here: http://torontocomics.com/ I’ll be seated at: Q13 on the second floor …

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Apr
27
2016

Oyster War: A 2016 Eisner Nominee!

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I’m excited (and frankly, pretty surprised) to announce that Oyster War has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner award in the category of Best Publication for Teens. This is my fourth (!) Eisner nomination and as much as I’d love to finally take one of these things home, that’s some pretty stiff competition I’m up against. …

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Mar
22
2016

Come See Me In Denver at The Very First DINK!

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I’ll be making my first trip to Denver, Colorado this weekend to be a guest at the inaugural DINK–Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo. The festival happens Friday 3/25 from 4-9 PM and Saturday 3/26 from 10 AM until 7 PM. I’m really excited about this show! The people running it are great long-time indie …

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