Monday, May 20, 2019

How do I get more Dr. Zombie in my life?

Phoenix Fan Fusion is coming up and I am thrilled to have some Dr. Zombie products on sale.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1794435174/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

His Monster Family Physician Comic Book can be purchased at the above link.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G142DYY/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

His Kindle Comic of short, comedic, horror stories can be purchased at the above link.

https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/dr.-zombie-s-creature-lab-of-doom-

And, believe it or not, he has a card game! That can be purchased at the above link and it's super fun!

Dr. Zombie has been a part of my life on the stage, screen, and page for almost 10 years. Keep reading to learn of my history with this demented character.


A number years ago, I wanted to be a late night monster movie host. I wanted to be the Crypt Keeper or SvenGhoulie. I wanted to combine my love of crazy comedy and genre cinema. I saw a hole in the Phoenix creative market. No one was doing this at the time in Maricopa county. I sought to fill that hole. Dr. Zombie was born.

Dr. Zombie first saw the dark of night on Halloween of 2009. I used him as the persona that I would embody to host live screenings of black and white “B” level sci-fi and horror films of the 1950 and 1960s. I did this with my good friends Steph Carrico and JRC of The Trunk Space, when it was on Grand Ave. For a couple of years, I hosted public domain schlock primarily at The Trunk Space. 

My personal favorite night at that glorious space was when I hosted a film near Halloween, they had a pumpkin carving contest, and the sensationally macabre one-man band The Slow Poisoner opened the show. The weeks leading up to it JRC and Steph really did some fun creative promotion in designing a series of flyers with silhouettes of pumpkins, me, and The Slow Poisoner. Downtown Phoenix was covered with these flyers. There was excitement in the air. I still get chills thinking the fun we had that night and the promotion we did the weeks leading up to it. In 2011, The Phoenix New Times gave the Best of Phoenix Award to Dr. Zombie for Best Horror Movie Show. No doubt, the New Times writer that bestowed the award on Dr. Zombie was in attendance at the Trunk Space on that magic night.

Later that year, some film programmers took on a similar mantle. They hosted midnight schlock under the guise of a mad scientist host. A couple of my friends were upset about it. I respect their feelings, however, I didn’t feel anger about it. They’re film programmers. Film is one hundred percent of what they do as creative people. I do more. Comics, improv comedy, stand up comedy, writing, etc. So, Dr. Zombie became a character for all of those things and more. I wrote Dr. Zombie’s “Horror-Scopes” for the Trunk Space’s ‘Slide Rule’ zine. I did fake comedic radio plays with my friends as Dr. Zombie. I revived my stand comedy routine taking the stage as Dr. Zombie. I even designed a Dr. Zombie card game, which led to a Dr. Zombie fine art show. 

I did host one last movie in October of 2016 at Super Saver Cinemas as Dr. Zombie as a final celebration of what brought him into being.

However, let’s talk comics. Dr. Zombie is perfect for comics. You can get a comic book of Dr. Zombie’s twisted tales for your Kindle right now even. But, we are doing different comics now. Yes, the gag-a-week comic is now in Dr. Zombie’s lab. Like a fool, I have recently been trying to contact Rob Liefeld about making his “Shrink” comics into a calendar. I loved the idea of a psychologist treating a different superhero each month. But, he’s promoting bigger things these days. Go figure. “Shrink” belongs to Mr. Liefeld, but the concept of a genre comic in the gag-a-week format can belong to everyone. So, that’s what I’m doing. I’m smashing sci-fi, horror, and the gag-a-week format together to create “Dr. Zombie: Monster Family Physician” for the Two Gay Geeks at TGGeeks.com. The concept is that he’s a monster family physician, because the mad science lab doesn’t pay much and he has to a do a day job to fund his passion. I hope you enjoy this bizarre journey of cartooning and comedy.

Thank you.

-Tommy Cannon

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Detective Samwel Sift


My friend Kevin Patterson produces a podcast called 
Detective Samwel Sift’s Loved One Discovery or Recovery Services.

I got to make a piece of promo art for it which was fun.
It's a zombie-noir-comedy with a lot of clever writing.

Click the above link to go to find the podcast.
My buddy, Ernesto Moncada, makes promo art work for this podcast as well. So, be on the lookout for his stuff too.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Cloudy

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Fred the Mustard Packet is getting weird on Webtoon!

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/fred-the-mustard-packet/may-3rd-cloudy/viewer?title_no=64685&episode_no=256

Check out the above link to see the Fred and Brandon reunion.

Be sure to subscribe to Fred the Mustard Packet on Webtoon. It lets them know that you're a fan and it allows them to notify you every time a new comic gets posted.

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/fred-the-mustard-packet/list?title_no=64685

Click the above link to go to the page that allows you to subscribe to Fred.

Thank you.

All the best,

Tommy

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

My Upcoming Puppet Stuff

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GoreCannon has a lot of Puppet Shows coming up!

Thank you for tuning in.

This weekend, May 3rd and May 4th, GoreCannon will be performing at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater in one of their amazing Puppet Slams. These shows are a blast and always feature a wide variety of different puppetry styles. Those shows are at 302 W. Latham St. in downtown Phoenix, AZ and they start at 8pm. Check out azpuppets.org for more info.

Then on Friday May 10th, GoreCannon has to divide and conquer. We got double booked! So, Dain Q. Gore is teaming up with our super talented friend Brandon Dwyer to perform at the Level Up Variety Show at Bonus Round Arcade Bar. That show will be a lot of fun, and it will feature a lot of geeky burlesque acts. Also, I will be bring some of the puppets to The Trunk Space to be a part of the wonderfully weird and wacky Slow Poisoner show. The Slow Poisoner is Andrew Goldfarb, and he plays a macabre and entertaining music experience. He is also a cartoonist so his shows are heavy with amazing visuals and it'll be my honor to add to them.

Then on Sunday June 9th, GoreCannon will be performing at the Phoenix Art Museum with some family friendly entertainment. This will be a part of the Discount Tire Free Family Weekend at the Museum. For more info check out phxart.org.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Motion Comic Review: Vision # 1

The motion comic for Vision #1 put together by The Russian Comic Book Geek is pretty solid.
The motion in this piece solely comes from camera movements on the images from the comic book, but the lack of animation is fine, because that allows the viewer to dwell on the artwork of Gabriel Hernandez Walta and the cover art work of Mike Del Mundo. The artwork tells the story perfectly in the right tone of the Vision trying to live a suburban life with a family.

The writing by Tom King is interesting. It's too bad that a super villain had to pop up near the end, because the story of the Vision's family trying to blend in with suburban America is fascinating. However, this is a Marvel story, so a super villain had to pop up eventually. It was surprising though. So, I will give it credit for that.

The moments of dwelling on the words "kind" and "normal" were very interesting, especially hearing them being discussed by robots. It made me think twice about how we use those words in everyday life.

Also the voice acting in this piece is sensational. The narrator did a great job and the Vision family had just the right amount of alienation in their sound and performances.
I will give this piece 5 out of 5 cannonballs for great voice acting, great writing, and great artwork.

Click the frame at the very top of this post to watch the motion comic. Thanks for reading.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Motion Comic Review: Deadly Class Issue 3 from SyFy and Image Comics

Rick Remender's hit comic Deadly Class (published by Image Comics) was picked up to be a live action series by the SyFy network. To promote the show, the creative team is producing a series of motion comics.

The 3rd issue treatment of the motion comic works perfectly as a promotional piece. Remender's writing gives just enough character depth and forward movement to tell a compelling story with a cliffhanger. He doesn't give away too much. Some of the dialogue is choppy, but they had exposition to cover. It's better than what I do for Fred the Mustard Packet, so there's high praise for Remender there.

The art is just the right mount of detail without being too distracting. The colors matched the tone of the story well, and the character designs told the story well. There were some unnecessary close ups. Probably because they want to showcase Wes Craig's high skill level in portraiture. The pacing was great. And, all of the wide shots were pitch perfect showcasing the locations very well. The balance of lights and darks enhanced the mood of this motion comic very well. This is why Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge did not need to burden their pages with excessive detail. They know the power of a well placed shadow, and they know how to draw the viewer's eye to the important pieces of the story.

The voice actors did great a great job in adding feeling to those lines of comic book dialogue. The acting added a depth that I normally wouldn't get just from reading the comic on my own. Hearing a difference in vocal cadence added value to this motion comic experience. The performers brought a lot of life to those words.

The actual motion itself was very well done. There was just the right amount of motion to emphasize certain points without distracting us too much from the overall fantastic visuals. Wes Craig, Lee Loughridge, and Rus Wooton's art work was allowed to shine over the animated pieces. That's the way it should be.

Viewer be warned, this is not a family friendly piece. Deadly Class lives up to its title.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 cannonballs. I took a half point off for being show offs.
To see the motion comic watch Youtube video below.


If you have a family friendly motion comic that you would like to be considered for screening at Tommy's Motion Comics Bonanza send me the link to @ToMoCoBoAZ on Twitter before the end of June 2019. Thank you.

Monday, February 25, 2019

This Kickstarter is Kicking!


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cannonballaz/dr-zombie-monster-family-physician-comic-book?ref=creator_nav

Click the above link to check out Dr. Zombie's Comic Book project on Kickstarter. We're almost at the two thirds mark towards funding! If you love comedy, monsters, and comics, this project is for you.

Elevator Pitch: Monsters visiting their primary care physician.

Give it a look and share it with your comic book loving friends.

Thank you,

Tommy

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fred the Mustard Packet is in Puppet Pandemonium!

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/fred-the-mustard-packet/list?title_no=64685

Click the above link to see the latest Fred the Mustard Packet comics.

This week, Fred is dealing with Puppet Pandemonium! Check it out.

PS- Fred's puppet is known as Henry the Happy Marshmallow.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Dr. Zombie is on Kickstarter!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cannonballaz/dr-zombie-monster-family-physician-comic-book?ref=user_menu

Click the above link to check out our comic book project "Dr. Zombie: Monster Family Physician" on Kickstarter. Thanks to the Tow Gay Geeks for making it happen, the Michelle Cannon for her excellent editorial work, and to Dain Q.  Gore for his sensational back cover illustration.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Getting Started in Gag Comics

1. What type of gag comic should you be producing? Gag comics are one-pagers, one and done, beginning-middle-end comics. They need no cliffhangers. They have either jokes or extremely short stories. They are self-contained and normally do not need other comics to be understood. Like many things in life, gag comics can be broken down into category types. In gag comics the two main categories are Character-Centered gag comics and Joke-Centered gag comics. A popular example of the Character-Centered gag comic is “The Family Circus”, and a popular example of the Joke-Centered gag comic is “The Far Side”. As a creator, you need to choose the category type that suits you. If you have a cartoon character or a group of cartoon characters that you love, but you don’t know what to do with them… hey make a gag comic that focuses on that character. As you make gag comics for your character or characters you will find yourself fleshing out the characters more and more with each completed comic. Also, if you were hoping to have longer form stories for your gag comic characters, the gag comics can help you grow your cast of characters. You will create their environments and their relationships. All the while, you’ll be creating a lot of one-and-done satisfying reads with those characters and creating a fanbase for them. Or, it might not get to the point where they get a long form story, and that’s OK. The characters can live forever in the world of gag comics and that is great in and of itself. The success of a Character-Centered gag comic lies in the jokes coming out in a way that is true to the character. My character, Fred the Mustard Packet, is arrogant, crazy, and always reaches for things beyond his skillset. The gag comics that feature Fred that connect the most with the audience are the ones that amplify those three character traits that he has. So, analyze your characters and make jokes the amplify their character traits. If you choose to create Joke-Centered gag comics then you have selected to make yourself the main character of your comic. Yes, you probably will not be drawing yourself into the comics (though many have), however, you are the main character. Your observations about our language, music, art, history, architecture, culture, nature, food, and more will be the fodder with which you create your comics. This material will be going through the filter that is you. You have to do self analysis. Gary Larson found nature and science to be fascinating, so a lot of his comedy came from nature and the world of science. Nate Fakes seems compelled to draw inanimate objects as characters, and he likes puns. So the gag cartoons from Nate Fakes seem to have a pun, a personified object, or both. Through their massive amounts of work, we can see who Gary Larson and Nate Fakes are in a small way. Whether you like it or not, the cartoons you make reveal a little bit of who you are as a person. So, make the choice. Do you have characters that you’ve created that you want to focus on, or do you want to make what appears to be a collection illustrated jokes that you regularly and randomly create? Once you make this choice, you can then begin writing.

2. Writing the Gag Comic When you write, you will probably need to write in bulk. So, think in categories. For example, write several joke ideas about the beach. The beach has several subcategories that are ripe for joke harvesting. The beach has the sand, seagulls, people with sunburns, surfing, sand castles, crabs, and more! That’s just the beach. Now, go in on other categories: camping, Las Vegas, animals, outer space, farm life, etc. and see what kind of jokes will come to you as you write on those topics. Now, when you present the finished comics, you can show them grouped together within their categories, or you can spread them out. Don’t let the categories make you feel chained down. The categories are just there to get you to form jokes. Let’s look back at the beach example. I’m thinking of sand. So, now I’m thinking of reversing roles. I’ve heard people complain of sandy feet at the beach. So, in my cartoon, I may have two grains of sand on a human foot talking to each other, and one says, “I love the beach, but I’m sick of getting stuck to feet.”. Role reversal, and the personification of objects is a great way to get to a fast joke. An example of a more realistic role reversal would be to take labels that society places and on people and reverse those roles. In this style, I’m thinking of having baby boomers on a park bench giving their attention to their newspapers, and a pair of millennials walk by saying, “Typical baby boomers, can’t get their eyes off of their crossword puzzles to deal with real life.”. Something impossible could happen as well. Using the Las Vegas example, I could show a visibly poor person placing chips on a roulette table and saying, “I always bet on blue.”. Since, there’s no blue section in roulette, it’s impossible, and thus it’s another style of joke that you can use. You could also go silent and have some physical comedy happen without any caption or dialogue. For an example of this, I’ll take the camping category. There could be people running in their swimsuits to the pond, they jump in with a splash, the water is still, then we see a giant carnivorous fish poke its head up licking its chops. When you write, try to get the word count down to as few words as possible to communicate the idea. A fast read, is most likely a fun read. So, don’t tie yourself down to one style of joke writing, gag cartooning is a hungry beast and it’s willing to consume it all.

 3. Drawing the Gag Comic The key word is ‘clarity’. It doesn’t matter what style you draw with, clarity is the key to success. Rob Liefeld actually had a gag comic for a short while, it was about superheroes going to a psychologist office. He has a highly detailed drawing style, however, he held back on his crosshatch lines a bit on his gag comics so that the joke was the focus of the piece. Even if you have a cartoony style of drawing, don’t get too exaggerated with the designs, it might make for some great cutting edge art, but it won’t be good for the joke. If the exaggeration helps the joke, then go for it and get crazy. But, always make sure that the art clearly communicates the joke that is being told. No one read “The Far Side” because of the spectacular drawings, they read it for the jokes. The drawings were spectacular though in that they got their respective messages across in an economical way. Of course, you do need to make sure that you have some drawing skills in place, a lack of drawing skill can be distracting, and make the reader unable to appreciate or even understand the jokes being told. The drawings do not have to be at the level of Rembrandt, but at the same time you don’t want to anger your readers with a lack of skill.

 4. Stick to a Schedule It’s that simple. Set a schedule and stick to it like glue. When you’re contemplating a schedule change, alert your readers as soon as possible. Then commit to that schedule like glue. The idea is to respect the readers. They are counting on you as a part of their entertainment. So, don’t let them down.

5. Enjoy Have fun being a goofball. Enjoy this thing. Sure there are a lot of comics out there. However, if you measure the amount humans on Earth, and separate out the ones who are cartoonists, you would soon notice that cartoonists are a rare breed. Not many of us are willing and able to do this joyful work. You’re a dodo bird, and you should love it.