Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. My Next Book: Four Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat — 9/9/2018
  2. Exhibition Round-Up: Hugo Pratt in Lyon and Peyo in Paris — 9/1/2018
  3. Come See Me at Wizard World Winston-Salem 8/3 – 8/5 — 8/1/2018
  4. Nearly Ten Thoughts on the Bill Sienkiewicz New Mutants Run — 6/14/2018
  5. Mike Mignola Exhibit at Society of Illustrators… and Some Other Comics-Centric Stuff in NYC — 5/19/2018

Most commented posts

  1. The Comics Journal Message Board: A Requiem — 36 comments
  2. Service Review: Ka-Blam Print on Demand — 33 comments
  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

May
25
2016

The Stunning Japanese Star Trek Art of Toru Kanamori

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

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!

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!

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!

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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Feb
16
2016

Post-Oyster War Project: In The Weeds

What’s Next? I’ve still got a small handful of Oyster War promo appearances to do (DINK, TCAF, probably HeroesCon), but with that book now squarely behind me production-wise, I’ve been ruminating a bit on what to do next. Like most comics-drawing folks, there’s always a voice in the back of my head making me feel …

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Feb
08
2016

Comics Retailers: Get Hand-Drawn Oyster War Book Plates!

As recently highlighted in Diamond Daily, Oni Press and I worked out a great Oyster War promotion: Order at least three copies of Oyster War and get a free hand-drawn book plate of an Oyster War character. The verbiage in the Diamond describes the plates as “ultra rare,” but note that these are not just “rare”–they’re …

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Jan
29
2016

James Sturm Lecture/Ten Years of CCS Exhibit

On Wednesday I drove up to Boone, NC to hear James Sturm talk about the history of The Center for Cartoon Studies and to check out the exhibit of CCS-related original art at the Turchin Center. The exhibit was organized by my friend comics writer/comics professor Craig Fischer, who you may know from our annual …

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Dec
08
2015

Christmas Shopping for a Comics Fan

If you’re looking for gift suggestions for a comics fan, be sure to check out Oni Press’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find all the suggestions here, among them Oyster War. Also, just a reminder that I’ve got tons of original art from Oyster War for sale at my store:

Oct
30
2015

NYC Exhibition Reviews: Al Hirschfeld and Lynda Barry. Oh yeah, and the NY Comic-Con

So, just by happenstance my wife’s work was putting her up in NYC for a conference a few blocks from the Javitz Center the same week that the New York Comic-Con would be there. That seemed like too good a coincidence to pass up, so I booked a flight and tagged along. It was a …

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