Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. Gallery of Pages From My Most Recent Sketchbook — 12/20/2014
  2. A Gallery of all my Aquarium Drunkard Musician/Band Drawings — 12/15/2014
  3. Books about Comics: Some Short Reviews — 11/24/2014
  4. Interview: Comics and Teaching — 11/22/2014
  5. Oyster War Is Now Complete. A Few Thoughts: — 11/5/2014

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

Dec
20
2014

Gallery of Pages From My Most Recent Sketchbook

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I’m a firm believer that working regularly in a sketchbook is a really beneficial practice for artists. I know there are some really phenomenal cartoonists who pretty much only draw when they’re working on an actual project, but I’m just not at that level skill-wise. For me, that’d be like just showing up for the game, …

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Dec
15
2014

A Gallery of all my Aquarium Drunkard Musician/Band Drawings

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One of my (many) trouble areas art-wise is facial likenesses. If you follow my work you probably recall that in 2011 I set about trying to improve in this arena via a weekly “portrait night” drawing–you can see the end results in a gallery here. After that concluded, though, I wanted to find a way to make …

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Nov
24
2014

Books about Comics: Some Short Reviews

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Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner I’ve been pretty vocal on my Twitter about the lack of a solid English language history of Franco-Belgian comics, so I was delighted when I caught wind of this book. It actually bites off a significantly larger geographic chunk than just French language comics, …

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Nov
22
2014

Interview: Comics and Teaching

I was recently cleaning out a bunch of old documents that had accumulated in my Google Drive and I stumbled on this interview that I did a while back about teaching with comics. I honestly don’t remember what it was for–it may have just been an email interview with a graduate student, or something similar–but …

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Nov
05
2014

Oyster War Is Now Complete. A Few Thoughts:

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(An early sketch of Davidson Bulloch) I can’t exactly remember when I started working on Oyster War–I found some initial character drawings in my sketchbook from as long ago as 2008–but I posted the last page, page 128, earlier this month. I say in this post’s title that Oyster War is “complete,” but that’s not entirely …

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Nov
01
2014

Marvel’s 25th Anniversary, 20/20, and Jim Shooter in the Letters Page

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I’ve been reading Michael Golden’s great 80’s Marvel Vietnam War comic, The ‘Nam–something I should really devote a whole blog post to when I’m done–and I’ve been fortunate enough to get a hold of the actual issues, rather than the collected edition. In addition to having the original coloring, the issues also obviously include non-story …

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Sep
17
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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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