Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Heroes Convention, 2012

Heroes Convention
June 22-24, 2012
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Harley Quinn, c. 1992
a) Red pencil and Black India Ink on Comic book backing board.
b) Same with marker.

I will be at the Monster Enterprises booth in the independent press area on the convention floor. The exact booth number is still TBD.
Convention Sketches
Here I will be selling convention sketches in addition to things like my independent adventure comic book, “Unstoppable Tuff-Girl.”
For the per-character rate of $20, I will draw, ink and block in color with color-pencil on 9 in.  x  12 in. Bristol board or in your sketchbook or drawing pad up to 14.  in. x  17 in. Examples of my convention sketches can be found here on monotonae.
Be prepared and stop by early to get your order in.
Make sure you bring reference if you have an obscure favorite character.
Marvel Girl, c. 1967
a) Red pencil and Black India Ink on Comic book backing board.
b) Same with marker.
Pre-Order Your Convention Sketches
I am accepting pre-orders for sketches from now up until Sat. June 9, 2012.
If you absolutely know your are going to be there and want to make sure you get your order in, then this may be the deal for you.
For the super reasonable per-character rate of $15, I will draw, ink and block in color with color-pencil on 9 in.  x  12 in. Bristol board.
I will only be accepting pre-orders for 20 characters, and limiting orders to 2 characters per-person. I can be contacted via e-mail in the “View my complete profile.”
I look forward to a terriffic time in Charlotte.
See you there.

Digital color version of Harley Quinn and Marvel Girl.
Harley Quinn TM and © DC Comics.
Marvel Girl TM and © Marvel.
Art © Bryan Mon

Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

What I Drewed This Weekend

Monkeys Versus Robots
tight pencil sketch, carmine red pencil on Bristol Board
11.00 in.  x  17.00 in.


The Cartoon Network is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. One way it’s doing so is an ambitious corralling of seventy-five world-class artists commissioned to unleash their creativity inspired by the forty-plus original cartoons from the Network’s short history. Included amongst this impressive group are most of the Network’s Atlanta designers and illustrator are too contributing to the effort, I being the illustrator.

You can catch a glimpse of many if not most of these pieces in a special exhibit to mount at this year’s San Diego Comic Con International (July 12-15, 2012).

Cartoon Network is working with curator and art promoter Mark Murphy to put the whole thing together. Check out Mark’s blog “Scribble 08” for updates and artists’ close-ups:

Mark’s web site:

“Monkeys Versus Robots”
Cartoonists love monkeys and robots.

Yeah, you go ahead shoot holes in that axiom. I’ll start you off - Charles Schulz never put either in his long-running Peanuts strip.

However, in my survey of 43 original Cartoon Network series, only four (if they lasted past their 50th episode) lacked neither a featured monkey no featured robot. The reason is probably because both are easy to attribute human behaviors and actions while having your audience accept it and not question it as they might, say, a talking dog. It is interesting how the two might represent two opposite states, the primitive and the futuristic.

After few weeks research of my subjects, and one unimpressive, not presentable, 5-minute sketch, I paired up the best bouts, and plowed through pencils, inks and initial digital color this past weekend. This here is not quite the final layout, since I will be replacing one of the characters - mostly to include another character that didn’t fit, but also because in doing so the whole will make more sense (if you’re a stickler about the subject absolutely aligning with the title).

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Catching Up

Tuff-Girl Primer
for “Unstoppable Tuff-Girl” No. 2
Did you ever read a re-print of Stan Lee’s and Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man origin tale from Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)?
It’s only 11 pages, speeding through meek Peter Parker being fatefully bitten by a radio-active spider, gaining amazing spider-like powers, making a costume and trying a career as a masked wrestler, inventing web shooters and web fluid and catching the man responsible for his uncle’s death.
[preview at]

Did you ever read a re-print of the first published account of Superman’s origin by Jerry (Jerome) Siegle and Joe Shuster from Action Comics #1 (1938)?
It’s only 8 panels on one page (sharing space with a 4-panel side bar explanation of Clark Kent’s (a.k.a. Superman’s) amazing strength.). It hits the highlights of an alien space-ship borne baby who matures to discover super human abilities, and who puts those strengths towards the benefit of mankind on Earth. There’s no room for details like what that distant planet was like, much less who his birth parents were. There’s nothing about Smallville, Metropolis, the Daily Planet nor the inhabitants therein.
[Superman’s various origins at Superman Through the Ages]

The “Tuff-Girl Primer” strives to achieve the same while providing important “previously in Tuff-Girl” details. Strategically placed on the back cover of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl comics, I encourage novice readers to peruse the ten panels in answer to the query, “What is ‘Tuff-Girl’ about?”

This here is entirely re-drawn and re-written from the version in issue no. 1, not because  her origin had changed, and certainly not on a whim because I had the free time to do so. I thought it could do without so much of “Debby grows up to discover amazing powers” bit that occupies so much of the first and just get to the action. It is my intent with the primer (rhymes with ‘glimmer’) to only change or update a few panels for each new issue in place of “previously in” prologues.

Merrill and I won’t really tell her full origin until we start thinking about assembling a trade paper back. Until then, this is all you need to know.

Issue No. 2 coming soon.

Monday, May 7, 2012

TAGS June 01 & 02, 1994

 Previously in TAGS [May 30 & 31, 1994]

 06/01: Simile Emily

06/02: Mirror Marie.

June 01: Nick (skunk) is piecing together some facts: a) Emily (tiger, 4th appearance) has a twin sister, Marie; b) the girl that Nick saw back in strip (05/30) whom he thought was Emily ignoring him could in fact have been Marie - proof pending.

June 02: Marie (2nd appearance) can’t quite match the familiarity radiated by Nick (15). Not that she should, since she really doesn’t know him. And all settles back to status quo.

 I feel that there needs to be a fifth panel added between #2 and 3, just for an extended pause.

This series came about because Ron caught me erroneously identifying the tiger in the “Ski Trip” poster as “Marie” (Jan. 01, 1994), when previously I must have identified the tiger as “Emily” (not in the strip, but probably either in my newsletter, Monotony or the first collection of TAGS). I erred because, for the most part, I was only keeping track of characters by memory.

I took the opportunity to introduce Marie as Emily’s twin sister. Which by chronological canon still doesn’t make sense because if both Nick and Marie were on the same ski trip in, say, January, their first meeting could not be three months later. Well, there were over 30 TAGS characters at that ski trip. They probably just hung out in separate groups, and Nick thought that was Emily any ways.

The series also draws on an actual occurrence when I mistakenly greeted a girl as her sister with whom I worked at Disneyland, pretty much just strip (06/02). The awkward part was the 50 or so feet we both walked in the same direction after clarifying that we did not actually know one another.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - May 5, 2012 - Galactic Quest, Buford, GA - Large ”thank you’s” to Kyle and Galactic Quest for the invitation to set up out side of their Buford shop to meet the folks and talk “Tuff-Girl”.

Larger apologies for misdirecting any one who followed my previous posts in which I stated that I’d be at the Lawrenceville location. I was wrong. Again I apologize.

Any one unable to pick up a copy of the FREE PREVIEW of “Unstoppable Tuff-Girl” No. 2 can now, for a limited time, download (cross-my fingers) a PDF of said book via YouSendIt. Simply click this link:

Offer expires May 20, 2012.

Go Home : “Unstoppable Tuff-Girl” No. 2 Preview

“Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, No. 2, Free Preview” page 11.

“Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, No. 2, Free Preview” page 12.

Friday, May 4, 2012

That Dumb Trophy : “Unstoppable Tuff-Girl” No. 2 Preview

“Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, No. 2, Free Preview” page 9.
“Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, No. 2, Free Preview” page10.

Tinks for Two

WonderCon 2012 - I didn't break away from my table much at the convention. One seemingly long stint on the first day was spent attempting to find the freebies table on which to plunk down a stack of printed post cards. I was not successful that day, but found it and the indirect process for getting my cards approved for display on the last day, Sunday.

On Sunday, I also got half way through the small press and artist alley areas, some times picking books up in trade for Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, No.1, some times out right buying books, but mostly trying to at least see it all in 15 minutes.

On Saturday, I made it a point to meet Margaret Kerry, the life model for Tinker Bell in Walt Disney’s Peter Pan. In the program, she was listed no more prominently than the other celebrities in the autograph area, but something popped a half second after “Peter Pan” and “Tinker Bell”alighted on my brain. As much Disney history as I know, I admit that I didn’t know her name nor recognized her face. But I thought that I must meet her and procure her autograph.

Then my cerebral clockworks came up with this: I was going to improve that plan by getting her to autograph a drawing of Tinker Bell I would do at the Con, and top that by giving to Ms. Kerry another drawing of Tinker Bell as a gift the I would also have to draw while at the Con. Of the two Tinker Bells drawn, I gave Ms. Kerry the pouty Tink, because it’s more on model, and additionally not the sunny pixie currently prevalent on licensed goods - so, I thought, that makes it a little more special.

Ms. Kerry was bright and delightful, and more than pleased to tell stories to a gathered group. She accepted my gift with gracious amusement. I suspect such things don’t happen often in a convention setting.

Thank you for the memory. Margaret.

Tinker Bell: The Story Behind the Pixie Dust, DVD available at Themeparkology:
Part of their Character series, the DVD follows the history of the sprite from J. M. Barries’s story of Peter and Wendy, and includes a special interview with Margaret Kerry.


Margaret Kerry’s web site:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Destroy Tuff-Girl : “Unstoppable Tuff-Girl” No. 2 Preview

“Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, No. 2, Free Preview” page 6.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Come stop by and see me
and pick up a FREE Preview of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, No.2 at
Galactic Quest Comics Games & Toys, Lawrenceville
481 West Pike St.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
(770) 339-3001

FREE Preview of UTG#2 will also be available at
Galactic Quest, Buford
4264 Sudderth Rd.
Burford, GA 30518
(770) 614-4804

FREE Preview of UTG#2 will also be available at
Oxford Comics, Atlanta
2855 Piedmont Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-8684

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Transformation : “Unstoppable Tuff-Girl” No. 2 Preview

“Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, No. 2, Free Preview” page 5.

120 [m ] : Disneyland

 Disneyland is a remarkable place. 

 Literally people talk about it, write books and blogs about it, read the things that people write about it, while others reference it regardless of whether or not having passed through its gates. I’m talking about Disneyland - the original built amongst oranges groves in Anaheim, California, USA, whose gates opened to the public July 17, 1955 - the most remarkable of the Disney parks dotting the globe and without question remarkable beyond comparison to other theme parks.

Right off the bat, on these topics:
• History: Disneyland is the first.
• Licensing: Characters live beyond theatrical runs.
• Marketing: It’s an actual place where you can spend time with the characters.
• Amusement parks: It reset the standards of quality, service and cleanliness.
• Experience: it’s new, nostalgic, fun, thrilling, scary, spectacular, lyrical and tasty. It is noisy, crowded and expensive, and yet still nets to being magic.

I say that its remarkable-ness is inextricable from Walt Disney and his paraphrased notion that there just should be a place like it.

It’s remarkable that a park of popcorn and carrousels expanded to the complex with different themed lands that Walt and Herb Ryman created over a September weekend in 1953 as a pitch to investors. It’s quite a thing to go from the height of controlled story-telling that is animation, to re-inventing an entertainment form which both envelops its audience and relies on the audience’s interaction.

It’s remarkable in that even with all his business and personal finances put into it, Walt needed investors, and he got them at a time when amusement parks were thought of as a dirty source of entertainment.

It’s something in the fact that after one year and one week Disneyland was constructed amongst farms off an exit from a new highway. Hoover Dam took five years to build, the St. Louis Arch required over two years and Walt Disney World with its first park took four years.

It’s remarkable that people argue which is better, Disneyland or Walt Disney World - an inaccurate comparison of a single 85 acre park to a 30,000 acre resort which should be a feeble contest when WDW began as a project for Walt to improve upon the faults and shortcomings of the original. (Disneyland IS better with 80 attractions compared to WDW, Magic Kingdom’s 46).

It’s remarkable in that after 55 years and 45 after Walt’s death, the folks inheriting the custodianship of Disneyland have neither screwed it up by allowing it to become worn and outdated, nor ruined it by “improving” it beyond recognition. Having been away from that custodian status (three runs, about 11 non-consecutive years) for over a decade, I still care for what goes on within it’s berm. It’s gets in you and stays with you, host and guest alike.

With all the bad things about people, you’d think that a thing like Disneyland should not exist or last, but still it just kind of should. That’s kind of remarkable.

“[The idea for Disneyland] came about when my two daughters were very young and Saturday was always Daddy’s day with the two daughters. So we’d start out and try to go someplace, you know, different things, and I’d take them to the merry-go-round and took them different places and as I’d sit while they rode the merry-go-round and did all these things--sit on a bench, you know, eating peanuts--

“I felt that there should be something built where the parents and the children could have fun together. So that's how Disneyland started.

“Well, it took many years... it was a period of maybe 15 years developing. I started with many ideas, threw them away, started all over again. And eventually it evolved into what you see today at Disneyland. But it all started from a daddy with two daughters wondering where he could take them where he could have a little fun with them, too.”

 — Walt Disney