Sunday, July 14, 2019
Click the above link to get Dr. Zombie's Card Game!
That's right, your tabletop is just itching to have "Dr. Zombie's Creature Lab of Doom!".
It's a drawing game that will exercise your creativity by forcing you to draw horrifying monsters!
Check it out!
Monday, May 20, 2019
His Monster Family Physician Comic Book can be purchased at the above link.
His Kindle Comic of short, comedic, horror stories can be purchased at the above link.
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.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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
Click the above link to see Fred the Mustard Packet's latest comics.
This week, we have some odd and even jokes for you. Check 'em out!
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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
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.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
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
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
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.