I have to admit, Brendan Boughen‘s drawings just make me laugh. And I’ve not even started talking about his gags, yet. Brendan’s characters have that wide-eyed enthusiasm that just brings a smile to my face. Brendan, who creates cartoons using his nom de plume, Jim, writes about what he knows and he hits his mark with precision every time. As a public relations consultant for major technology brands, his PR mind and his wild cartoony aesthetic mingled together and produced this gem of a collection. You can order a copy of this treasure here.
Brendan is currently working on a 30-year retrospective book of his work, and possibly a sequel to Sounds Like a Game Changer. He is also creating cartoons for the weekly IT Professionals NZ blog, which can be found here.
As many of you may already know, I’ve been working with Zombie Boy since 1987, publishing various comic books featuring the character from the late 80s and into the 90s, and in this webcomic since 2010. In 2015, I Kickstarted a book collection of my comic strips, Zombie Boy Vol. 1: Some Kind of Horrible.
In 2012, I attempted to file for a trademark for “Zombie Boy” and was informed that a company was already in the process of applying for the “Zombie Boy” trademark in four goods and services classes. This would effectively monopolize any print, merchandise or media I may want to produce using the name. I was told by the Trademark office that all I could do was wait until the applicant filed a Notice of Publication and I’d have a window of 30 days to file a Notice of Opposition. The Notice of Publication published on Jan. 31, 2017 and I’ve since filed an extension of time to file a Notice of Opposition and oppose. I have to enter my Opposition and pay the fees by April 1, 2017!
Making a living as an artist is a wonderful thing, providing me with food and shelter, but it doesn’t help much when something like this comes along. So I’m asking for help. April 1, 2017 is coming up quick! I started a GoFundMe campaign, you can find it here. If you pledge at the $10 level, I’ll send you a custom made “I Saved Zombie Boy” sticker.
If any of you have enjoyed the strips that I produce and feel like it is a worthy cause to contribute, I’d truly appreciate it. I’d like to be able to continue what I started 30 years ago, and keep producing Zombie Boy online and in print. Help save Zombie Boy!
Talented creator, Darrel Troxel, a purveyor of hilarious and wonderful things, surprised me with this priceless gift recently. He hand crafted it out of wood with the help of a laser in magical Raydred Studios, Darrel’s independent studio that produces limited edition artwork, prints, lapel pins, and other handmade items. To say that I was impressed would greatly underemphasize how I felt when I opened the package he sent. It is exquisite, with its accurate recreation of the Zombie Boy logo and the line work on the lapel pins, which feature Zombie Boy, Gorr, a voodoo doll and Ghosty Von Mortis, Darrel’s original creation.
Dana Atnip creates a wonderful, whimsical space fantasy, Galactic Dragons that is sure to make your day. Dana’s characters are just so much fun and she rockets them into the cosmos with wit and pizazz. I was thrilled to receive this spectacular illustration by Dana and I’m super proud to present it to you guys now. Thanks, Dana!
Crazyman Jon Esparza sent me this Crazylicious treat for my birthday and his gift to me is now my gift to you! Here’s a great big slice of happiness from the talented and super nice creator of Bubble Fox, Peppertown, and Mike and Mindy. Enjoy! (Love Jon’s drawing of an overly-inflated Gorr!) And be sure to visit Jon’s site: Jon’s Crazy Stuff.