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BANDETTE # 5 is HERE! Plus… bonus new FREE story

So, it’s time for BANDETTE # 5, with the intro of a rather horrible new villain, and the final (?) fate of Matadori, and Bandette’s lesson on folly! But that’s not the only new Bandette today! Artist Mitch Gerads and I have teamed up on a brand new, FREE story about Matadori, everyone’s favorite teenage sword-wielding assassin. That’s right… TWO new Bandette stories!

TWO new Bandette stories? How will you choose?

YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHOOSE! You can get both!

CLICK HERE FOR BANDETTE ON COMIXOLOGY.

AND THE NEW FREE STORY IS HERE!

AND… if you haven’t read the other free Urchin Stories, they’re right here!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE MONSIEUR STORY by Alberto Alburquerque

And… the free Monsieur story by Rich Ellis

And… the free Pimento story by Jennifer Meyer

And… the free B.D. Belgique story illustrated by Steve Lieber

And… the free story on Manon, Adalind and Kiyomi (the 3 Ballerinas) by Jonathan Case

And… the free Heloise story by Tina Kim

 

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New FREE Bandette “Urchin Story” by Rich Ellis

YES! It’s once again time for a brand new FREE Bandette story! Why do we keep putting out FREE Bandette stories? One simple reason. Colleen Coover and I want everyone on Earth to have the same joy of life that Johnny Cash had whenever he was eating cake.

Just LOOK at that guy.

This time, I’ve teamed up with artist Rich Ellis, who you might remember as the artist for Memorial over at IDW, or you might remember him for the years he spent as Jet Jaguar, protecting Japan from giant monsters.

Artist Rich Ellis

If you’re unfamiliar with the Urchin Stories, it’s where I team up up with artist friends to delve into the stories of some of the characters in BANDETTE who deserve a bit more screen time. This time, Rich and I have teamed up for a brand new three page Monsieur story, which you can read by clicking RIGHT HERE.

Le Preview

Or, you know, I suppose you could read it by clicking this whole line. This one too.

 

Le preview, part deux.

AND… if you haven’t read the other free Urchin Stories, they’re right here!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE MONSIEUR STORY by Alberto Alburquerque

And… the free Pimento story by Jennifer Meyer

And… the free B.D. Belgique story illustrated by Steve Lieber

And… the free story on Manon, Adalind and Kiyomi (the 3 Ballerinas) by Jonathan Case

And… the free Heloise story by Tina Kim

 

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BANDETTE collection at… Dark Horse

Have you been sitting around waiting for a print edition of Bandette? A lot of people have, myself included. So I decided to do something about it! Colleen Coover and I are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Dark Horse Comics for a Bandette hardcover, to be released on November 6th. And it’s going to be chock full of extra cool things, including detailed instructions on how to steal priceless masterpieces from the hands of known criminals. Okay, maybe not that last bit, but it WILL have lots of nice things that will be appreciated, and people will certainly discuss them favorably.

Average everyday citizens discussing Bandette.

Here’s a tidy little article with more news about the collection, thanks to the good folks at Comics Alliance.

We want to make it clear that Bandette will still be released the same way as always, with Colleen and I partnering with Monkeybrain (who are a dream publisher) and releasing through ComiXology (who kick ass)… it’s just that every now and then we’ll collect the digitally published material into a spiffy book that everyone can leave on their coffee tables so that guests will quickly understand that we are intelligent, capricious, sexy, and perhaps a little dangerous.

And, THANKS SO MUCH to everyone for the fantastic reception on Bandette. Colleen and I MUCH appreciate it. And if you haven’t already been reading Bandette, come on over to ComiXology and JUMP IN!

 

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Japanese Monsters n’ Rorschach Tests

I had to do research on Rorschach tests for a video game project I’m working on, and I came across the following image.

So… my question to you… is it just the way my mind works, or do every single one of these inkblots look like monsters from Japanese television?

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BANDETTE # 4… Presto!

Yes, that’s right, Bandette # 4 is up and ready for your reading pleasure! What waits within? Will there be a fight?

Looks that way! Could there also be… a mysterious woman?

Yep. And graveyards and thievery and big-nosed special police officers and LOTS of other wonderful things await in the fourth episode of Bandette, available by clicking HERE! And… if you’ve been undecided about reading Bandette, keep in mind that it’s now been nominated for FOUR Eisner awards. That’s right, it’s no longer just me with a whiskey bottle and a bullhorn, standing half-dressed on the roof of a car dealership bellowing about how wonderful Bandette is… it’s now Eisner-certified!

Best New SeriesBandette, by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

Best Penciller/InkerColleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

Best ColoringColleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

Best Digital ComicBandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

OH! Bandette #4 is here!

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Bandette and the Eisner Awards

Colleen and I are super happy to announce that Bandette has been nominated for FOUR Eisner awards. Very humbled today, folks. 

Here are the nominations…

Best New SeriesBandette, by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

Best Penciller/InkerColleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

Best ColoringColleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

Best Digital ComicBandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

And here is how it makes us feel.

 

 

 

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Fuck yeah, Godzilla

Here’s my new favorite drawing of Godzilla.

Art is by Mike DiPetrillo, aka Mikeatron. He paints fun stuff.

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Brand New Bandette Story: FREE

Huh? Is THIS yet another free Bandette story? Why, yes it is! How can Colleen Coover and I afford to keep putting out free Bandette stories? Well, it’s very simple. Here’s the money we made on Bandette LAST WEEK ALONE.

Now, we used most of the money on our project to build a giant-size Hong Kong Phooey robot and on what could only be called a pancake orgy, but we still have enough left over to live off of, so why not do something nice for our readers? Thus… a free story concerning Monsieur, Bandette’s mysterious rival! The story is written by me and illustrated by my friend Alberto Alburquerque.

Monsieur! Who IS he?

Hey! That’s the question I just asked! Will the question ever be answered?

That’s what I thought.

Still, CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE MONSIEUR STORY by Alberto Alburquerque

And… for more free stories featuring the cast of Bandette, don’t forget…

the free Pimento story by Jennifer Meyer

And… the free B.D. Belgique story illustrated by Steve Lieber

And… the free story on Manon, Adalind and Kiyomi (the 3 Ballerinas) by Jonathan Case

And… the free Heloise story by Tina Kim

 

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My Favorite Comic Strip of the Day

Comic is by the uber-talented Seo Kim. You can check out her tumblr RIGHT HERE.

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What Comic Book Writer Would You Choose To Help Fight Zombies?

I know that some of the greatest questions mankind faces are, “When the zombies attack, will I be prepared? Will I be found standing with my Mark III Nuclear Decapitator, or that broken spatula from my kitchen? Will Fate team me with Ace Rockcrusher, the head of US Special Forces, or a comic book writer?”

Well, I’m here to tell you it’s probably going to be a comic book writer, but the good news is, we’re a feisty and inventive lot, and we hate zombies as much as Ace Rockcrusher and his cadre of sultry machete-wielding supermodels. So you’re okay with us! But… which comic writer is best? I’ve prepared this handy little guide.

PRO: Jeremy is a founding member of our “Pitch n’ Bitch” team. We get together and talk about our pitches, our editors, and whether we should have more beer. So, with Jeremy you get a whole team of dangerous writers. And some of the zombies you fight are going to be editors, and if you’ve heard some of what Jeremy says about editors, you know you’re going to be okay.

CON: Perhaps too handsome. Will inevitably cause lady zombies to congregate. Not cool to be the wingman in a zombie apocalypse.

FINAL GRADE: B-

PRO: Kurt is an amazing fountain of knowledge, and will know how to build weapons from scratch, like MacGyver.

CON: In the midst of desperate battle, Kurt is less likely to tell you how to build a napalm garrote than he is to mention the differing abilities of Legion Flight Rings in the post Zero Hour continuum.

FINAL GRADE: B

PRO: Her ability to make everything adorable will make the zombie invasion less threatening.

CON: “They Died Adorably” still not all that warming an epitaph.

FINAL GRADE: C+

PRO: Ultimate organizer. Kelly Sue writes comics while raising a family, and probably patrolling the streets of Portland Oregon for criminals. She’ll be the nurturing anchor who still kicks down the door and uses one shotgun blast to decapitate seven zombies.

CON: Her unfortunate choice of a war cry (“Hey! Zombies! Over here!“) might attract undue attention.

FINAL GRADE: B

PRO: He’s a bit insane, but in the good way.

CON: Warren will likely attempt to organize zombies into a cult, making you responsible for beer, cheese, and brains during the meeting.

FINAL GRADE: C

PRO: Dude, you’ll be drunk all the time. Party!

CON: Hey! Who’s at the door? Zombies? Let ’em in! Why? Because party!

FINAL GRADE: What? Dude I’m so drunk.

PRO: One of the most innovative minds in all literature. Turning Matt’s mind against the zombies will result in the most intriguing scenarios possible, with out-of-the-box events occurring at rapid speed, endlessly puzzling the zombies.

CON: Zombies really only want to eat your brains. And they’re already puzzled. No need to make this complicated. Save that for when the vampires attack.

FINAL GRADE: C

PRO: Sublime of thought. Will help you remain calm in even the most dangerous of situations.

CON: “Calm” not always as handy as “running away while screaming.”

FINAL GRADE: B-

PRO: Being Jack Kirby.

CON: Not applicable.

FINAL GRADE: A+, you zombie mother-fuckers.

PRO: The man knows his zombies. He DAMN WELL knows his zombies.

CON: Zombie exposure skyrocketed after Walking Dead, meaning all the zombies will swarm him for autographs, brains.

FINAL GRADE: B+

PRO: You might as well team up with him, he’s going to make a guest-appearance anyway.

CON: His “nuff said” is always a lie.

FINAL GRADE: B

PRO: You get magic. Fuck… yeahmagic.

CON: Alan might be curious how you’d reincarnate.

FINAL GRADE: B

PRO: Look at that smooth-ass bad motherfucker. Don’t you want that on your side?

CON: If he gets bitten, that smooth-ass bad motherfucker is on the other team. Do you want that on the other team?

FINAL GRADE: A (human version)  F- (zombie version)

PRO: Multi-talented skills will allow Greg to act as a leader in many situations, and also to film the battles for future generations.

CON: Your video of slipping in dog poo three different times during a failed escape attempt from the zombie hordes will definitely go viral.

FINAL GRADE: C+

PRO: He has a boat. That’s what you need. You need a boat.

CON: Has to run a few errands before he brings the boat around.

FINAL GRADE: B

PRO: He will bring the booze. You will for damn sure need the booze.

CON: Impressive forehead obviously foretells enormous and yummy brain, meaning the zombies will be arriving in buses to swarm him.

FINAL GRADE: Booze +

PRO: Look at that fist! Picture a machete in it. Gail can lop off zombie heads with the best of them.

CON: Likely to get distracted by using chainsaw to lop buttocks off from zombie internet commenters. Good fun, but not wise when the hordes are massing.

FINAL GRADE: C+

PRO: Dan is relentlessly cheerful, and has mastered the Zorro double-handed whip that pops off zombie heads like they ain’t nothing but walking Pez dispensers.

CON: Will steal your soda. And you were gonna drink that.

FINAL GRADE: B

PRO: Godzilla.

CON: Not really Godzilla.

FINAL GRADE: Godzilla.

PRO: One of the sweetest men I know.

CON: The zombies will think so too.

FINAL GRADE: C

PRO: In the provided image, Mark is displaying his double-handed zombie decapitating chop. Undead heads will be flying like rice at a wedding.

CON: Collateral damage during Mark’s Flying Fists of Flaming Fury finishing move can be problematic.

FINAL GRADE: B

PRO: He will make everything so beautiful. So beautiful.

CON: If zombies don’t have an interesting, powerful, and cinematic leader, Joss will damn sure make one.

FINAL GRADE: B-

PRO: The man has infinite energy, and is another member of the “Pitch n’ Bitch” crew, meaning you’ll get extra support with Josh on your team.

CON: Every time he poses for an action picture, he has a wry smile on his face. Zombies know that wry brains are delicious, like Lucky Charms cereal.

FINAL GRADE: C

PRO: Bill has written over twelve thousand issues of Fables, marking him as a man who will do what it takes, day in and day out, to survive. You’ll need that kind of consistent hard-working dedication to remain sane when the zombies are at your compound’s gate for years on end.

CON: Often thinks the zombies are right.

FINAL GRADE: C

So… there you have it. Jack Kirby wins again! If you see a zombie, you’ll know who to call. And, sorry if I forgot to mention your favorite writers, leaving you to wonder about their zombie-fighting status. I can tell you this, though; they ain’t no Jack Kirby.

 

 

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