Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. Nearly Ten Thoughts on the Bill Sienkiewicz New Mutants Run — 6/14/2018
  2. Mike Mignola Exhibit at Society of Illustrators… and Some Other Comics-Centric Stuff in NYC — 5/19/2018
  3. Character Design: High Eyeline is Now a Thing — 3/19/2018
  4. Recent Reads – February 2018 — 2/27/2018
  5. My Faves of 2017 — 12/30/2017

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

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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Oct
20
2015

Original Oyster War Pages Now For Sale

So, I just posted pretty much all the original pages from Oyster War on my store for sale. Get ’em while you can! I pre-sold a few and have pulled a few for friends and family, but there are still a ton of great pages there. These are big, pretty pages–much larger than most modern …

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Oct
11
2015

Con Report: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2015

I returned this past week from the inaugural year of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) in Columbus, Ohio. The event has very deliberately patterned itself after the European festival model—with a bit of Toronto’s well-respected TCAF thrown in for good measure—rather than the traditional U.S. comics event model. Unlike most domestic comics conventions (and unlike even …

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Sep
27
2015

Comics Workshop in Boone, NC 9/12/15

Here’re a few pictures from a recent workshop I conducted at the Watauga Public Library in Boon, NC. For this particular workshop, I had the participants do a one page comic version of the Aesop’s Fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” This project is an old standby that’s been used by lots of comics teachers over …

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