Ben

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. Character Design: High Eyeline is Now a Thing — 3/19/2018
  2. Recent Reads – February 2018 — 2/27/2018
  3. My Faves of 2017 — 12/30/2017
  4. Review: Tristan & Yseult by Agnès Maupré and Singeon — 12/10/2017
  5. Hergé Exposition at the Musées de la civilisation, Québec City — 9/18/2017

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

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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Sep
24
2015

Con Report: SPX 2015

This was the first SPX I’ve tabled at in a good long time and while I certainly can’t complain about sales so steady I couldn’t get away from my table, I’m afraid that situation doesn’t make for a very exciting con report. But here goes… First and foremost: SPX 2015 was the debut of Oyster …

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Sep
07
2015

Appearances: “Off The Page” Book Festival in Boone, NC

You can find all the details in the article, but if you’re near Boone, NC this Saturday (September 12th), come on out and say Hi to me at this year’s “Off the Page” High Country Festival of the Book from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I’ll be giving a general talk about comics and how comics get …

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