Tom the Dancing Bug
SPX 2014: Glad SOMEBODY was taking pictures.

Derf’s blog post about the great fun we all had at the Small Press Expo this year. Here.

Here’s his selfie with me…


…and with me and some up-and-coming cartoonist who seemed pretty talented — I think he’ll go far.


(Also at that table were Tom Tomorrow and Shannon Wheeler.)

ANNOUNCMENT: THE EMU ADVENTURES ARE COMING

NEWS: I’ve started a series of kids’ books, The EMU Adventures.

#1 ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD out 4/7/15

Details at http://tomthedancingbug.com/

Today only, you can get a whopping 25% off all Tom the Dancing Bug t-shirts, including the brand-new God-Man t-shirt.

SCREENGRAB OF GOD-MAN T-SHIRT

Click here to see all the shirts, and use the code 2014LABORDAY

THE CODE IS ONLY GOOD FOR TODAY, AUGUST 28.

SUPER-FUN-PAK

Today’s Super-Fun-Pak Comic

Can you guess the correct answer in TURING TEST FUNNIES?!

http://www.gocomics.com/super-fun-pak-comix/2014/08/25

http://www.gocomics.com/super-fun-pak-comix
Recommonday

MARVEL MASTERWORKS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, Volume 3

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This volume reprints the run of Captain American comic books #101 - #113 (1968), and it’s fascinating for its transition from the intuitive, grotesque, prolific and power-packed brilliance of Jack Kirby to the meticulously planned, slick pop-art brilliance of Jim Steranko.

And the comparison is brought into focus by the great Afterword by Steranko, in which he describes his intentions in a page-by-page, panel-by-panel analysis of #110.

The differences between the two artists can be seen clearly in the Steranko illustration used for the book’s cover, and this Kirby cover.

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The book illustrates the beginnings of the shift from the spontaneous, visceral Silver Age to the self-conscious, pretentious Bronze Age. It’s also a lot of fun.

One can buy it here.

Pinocchio, Inc.

NEW COMIC on Boing Boing:

Will Pinocchio Inc. listen to its conscience and become a REAL BOY?

http://boingboing.net/2014/08/13/tom-the-dancing-bug-will-pino.html

IF DAMESELFLIES COULD TALK…
http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2013/10/17

A 2006 comic, so it’s not at all relevant to anything going on today.

IF DAMESELFLIES COULD TALK…
http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2013/10/17

A 2006 comic, so it’s not at all relevant to anything going on today.

Today’s SFPC:

What can be the meaning of…

INSCRUTABLE JAPANESE SUPER-CUTENESS

http://www.gocomics.com/super-fun-pak-comix/2014/07/26

Get yer daily dose of Super Fun at http://www.gocomics.com/super-fun-pak-comix

I have Weird Al Yankovic’s new album, and I’d recommend it but there’s no point because it’s MANDATORY.

http://t.co/0r3qBLHkn4

FUN

Super-Fun-Pak Comic

SCHRODINGER’S CAT
http://www.gocomics.com/super-fun-pak-comix/2014/07/12

"I love being a physicist’s cat."

hodgman:

Start GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES this very night. 

14 years ago this summer I met David Rees for the first time at the COOLIDGE in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

Prior to that I knew him only from his self-published clip art karate comic entitled MY NEW FIGHTING TECHNIQUE IS UNSTOPPABLE.

Jay Evans gave me that comic in the spring of 2000 when something very sad was happening in my life, and I laughed so so hard. It was a good gift. 

So I invited him to this event I was doing at the Coolidge, and we have been friends ever since. But I do not praise David Rees because he is a friend, but because he a GENIUS.

Consider his body of work: 

—The incredible clip art water cooler war comic GET YOUR WAR ON.

—An instructive and actually moving book about PENCIL SHARPENING based on his ACTUAL CAREER as an artisanal pencil sharpener. 

—The hilarious series about domestic spying called CODEFELLAS starring the great EMILY HELLER

(I was also in CODEFELLAS, PS, because if David ever asks met to do something, I answer YES, and I never ever regret it.) 

Dude has made me laugh harder and think harder about life and art than anyone, and tonight he will start helping you to think CLEARLY for once about HOW TO MAKE ICE, HOW TO DIG A HOLE, and HOW TO TIE KNOTS. 

SO PLEASE SAY “YES” TO DAVID REES.

I really think you will enjoy this show.

And as always, despite your natural internet preferences for streamin’ and swipin’, I would consider it a favor if you could find a way to watch it TONIGHT on TELEVISION at 10PM on National Geographic’s channel, and perhaps let social media and @NatGeoChannel know that that’s what you’re doing. 

Throughout the day I will be sharing more of my favorite DAVID REES short films.

I am also looking for a place with a television in Maine so that I can watch the show tonight as well. 

CONTACT ME IF YOU CAN HELP.

Otherwise, that is all. 

signed, John Hodgman.

PS: Please feel free to retweet and retumbl this letter so that we can remain friends. I REALLY WANT THIS SHOW TO SUCCEED, and I do not make any money off of it. 

PPS: TONIGHT AT 10PM ON NATIONAL GEO’S CHANNEL TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT (July 14, 2014, “Bastille Day”) TONIGHT! 

Today’s Super-Fun-Pak Comic:

CLASSIX COMIX: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD*

http://www.gocomics.com/super-fun-pak-comix/2014/07/10

*Not a substitute for reading the text or for classroom discussion of the text.