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Name: Ben Towle
Date registered: 11/30/-0001

Latest posts

  1. Is the Cover of Detective Comics #1029 Derived from a Series of Fan Commissions? — 8/16/2020
  2. Anatomy of this Year’s CXC Poster — 8/1/2020
  3. Back From the Old School: Showing Motion via Repeated figures in a Single Panel — 4/29/2020
  4. The Vasquez Rocks of Comics — 3/22/2020
  5. From the Sketchbook: Dogfighting Dogs! — 3/9/2020

Most commented posts

  1. The Comics Journal Message Board: A Requiem — 36 comments
  2. Craft: A Review of the New Koh-i-nor Rapidosketch Pen — 35 comments
  3. Care and Feeding of the Leroy Lettering Set — 35 comments
  4. Service Review: Ka-Blam Print on Demand — 33 comments
  5. Ugliest Dog in the World? — 22 comments

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What I Read in 2018

In years past, I’ve regularly done “Faves of 20xx” lists of various things–comics, art supplies, documentaries, etc.–that I’ve enjoyed during the year. This year, though, I managed to keep a list of all the comics and comics-related books I read throughout the year and so instead of a Faves list, I’m just going to do …

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On the Influence of Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko, the cartoonist best known popularly for his role in the creation of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange for Marvel Comics, died last June at the age of ninety.  His death occasioned obituaries in several high-profile publications such as this one in the New York Times, which among other things reflects on Ditko’s historical importance and creative legacy. …

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My Next Book: Four Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat

Book Announcement  With the cat now officially out of the bag, here’s the full scoop on my next comics project: It’s called Four Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat and it’s forthcoming (probably in two-ish years or so) from Dead Reckoning, the new graphic novel imprint of  The Naval Institute Press. Here’s a description of the book, …

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Exhibition Round-Up: Hugo Pratt in Lyon and Peyo in Paris

I was recently had the good fortune to be able to vacation in France while the big Hugo Pratt exhibition was going on in Lyon. I also saw (but nearly didn’t–more on that later) a Peyo show in Paris. By way of making sure I don’t come across as a complete comics-obsessive, I just want …

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Come See Me at Wizard World Winston-Salem 8/3 – 8/5

That’s right: I’m making a rare when-I-don’t-have-a-new-book-out appearance at a con. What can I say? It’s in my hometown. You can find me in Artists Alley at the space shown on the map below. More info at the Wizard World site. I’ll have my usual fare: Oyster War, various minis, a smattering of original art. …

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Nearly Ten Thoughts on the Bill Sienkiewicz New Mutants Run

Or, more acurately: the Chris Claremont, Bill Sienkiewicz, Glynis Wein/Oliver, Tom Orzechowski (and L. Louis Buhalis & Joe Rosen) New Mutants run. I recently re-read this run (issues #18 – #31) in the form of this very beautiful IDW reprint edition that I got at SDCC a few years ago. Here’re a few thoughts on …

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Mike Mignola Exhibit at Society of Illustrators… and Some Other Comics-Centric Stuff in NYC

  So, I recently had the good fortune to find myself in New York… and by “good fortune,” I mean: I set some travel alerts on Hopper and wound up getting a ridiculously low price on a one day to-and-from flight to NYC. While there, I checked out a few things likely of interest to …

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Character Design: High Eyeline is Now a Thing

Or, more to the point: high eyeline is now A Thing in character design and we olds need to just get used to it. The Natural Proportions of the Head If you look at a human head, you’ll see the eyeline is halfway down the head–exactly in the center between the top of the head …

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Recent Reads – February 2018

Here are a few quick thoughts on some comics I’ve recently read: Neonomicon by Alan Moore and  Jacen Burrows If you read this blog and/or follow me on Twitter, you know I’m a big fan of the recent series Providence by this same team. Providence is the last of three works by them that focus on …

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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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