BURGEONING LADS OF SCIENCE

I'm Benito. I write comics; for example: Tales from the Bully Pulpit, The Tick New Series, Guarding the Globe, Hector Plasm, and EVEN MORE. I will talk about these AND MORE. FOR FREE, on your very own personal computing device.
fetorpse:

I’m hot cause I’m fly you ain’t cause you not

Nate do your work

fetorpse:

I’m hot cause I’m fly you ain’t cause you not

Nate do your work

fetorpse:

Apropos of something, here is just some nonsense I made one time about Tales from The Bully Pulpit. 

The best part was when I posted this a few years ago playing coy about it and someone reblogged it telling me all about the plot to Bully Pulpit

fetorpse:

Apropos of something, here is just some nonsense I made one time about Tales from The Bully Pulpit. 

The best part was when I posted this a few years ago playing coy about it and someone reblogged it telling me all about the plot to Bully Pulpit

tragedyseries:

Simply print at 8.5 X 11 inches, cut-out and assemble. The matriculating mythozoologist in your life will appreciate this 100% accurate diagram of the rare and elusive Pegacorn. 

beatonna:

Comic!
She lives in a tower, she’s got a curse.  A vague curse.  But still.
(Little note at the bottom about merchandise too! Hoorayy new things)

Arthuriana Comixxx

beatonna:

Comic!

She lives in a tower, she’s got a curse.  A vague curse.  But still.

(Little note at the bottom about merchandise too! Hoorayy new things)

Arthuriana Comixxx

calamityjonsaveus:

Lobo the Duck
The ol’ Amalgam Comics character, drawn by request. The original art for this image is available at my Etsy shop.

calamityjonsaveus:

Lobo the Duck

The ol’ Amalgam Comics character, drawn by request. The original art for this image is available at my Etsy shop.

As part of the continued celebration of the tenth anniversary of Tales from the Bully Pulpit, here is a thing you may not have seen before.

This was the backup story in Invincible #14 that was used to promote the book. Art here is by Nate fetorpse Bellegarde, with whom I did all the Invincible backups and most of the comics I made for a long time. Some of the stuff here is a callback to previous backups, most notably the “jacket on/jacket off” joke (though “jacket off” should still be funny to basically anyone). Also, sweet bonus appearance by bclaymoore

The little-seen Tales from the Bully Pulpit animation that Graeme MacDonald (artist on the actual book) did for his student reel was loosely based on the six panel adventure presented here.

BONUS FACT: Robert Kirkman did not think anyone would get the joke about Dan Brown because he didn’t know who that was. Maybe he’s right, I dunno.

I didn’t do it yesterday because I guess everyone was at a lake or something, but yesterday was the ten year anniversary of the release of my first full-length comic, Tales from the Bully Pulpit.

Prior to this, I had done short stories and backups online and running in Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s Invincible, but this 64-page one-shot from Image Comics was my first full-length thing.

Here is the premise: Teddy Roosevelt steals a time machine with which he meets up with the ghost of Thomas Edison and the two of them travel to the distant future of 2008, where they battle Hitler on Mars. It’s a low-concept, character-driven piece about the human condition.

Some notes on credits:

  • The art is by Graeme MacDonald, a cool dude who has been working in animation basically since this came out
  • The colors are by Ron Riley, whose other credits include Tech Jacket and the recent Krampus! series from Image. I think I owe him money
  • The cover, despite being uncredited inside because I’m an idiot, is by Tony Moore. Sorry, Tony. Also: even though it’s been done a thousand times since, I am pretty sure Tony’s work on this cover is the first time the trompe-l’oeil-faux-distressed cover effect was done.
  • The lettering is credited to a “Chad Manion.” This is not a real person. The lettering is by Robert Kirkman, who used a pseudonym so that his contribution to the book would not overshadow the rest of the creative team.

The book has been out of print for years, but the good news is, you can have it on your phone, tablet, or computing device thanks to Comixology!

So: check it out if you haven’t. Maybe I can see about posting other Bully Pulpit-related material this week to celebrate the big 1-0.

Anonymous asked: hey! would you be willing to share a little more about yourself personally? age? schooling/degrees? married? kids? is writing comics your primary work? are you from KY? Your blog has always been really interesting to me for a number of reasons (classics! linguistics! comics!) and after a while I just find myself wondering about the person behind the words :) Apologies if it's too personal!

fyccb:

benito-cereno:

Hey, sure, okay.

In order:

1) I am in my early 30s

2) I have a BA in Classics and English, and an MA in Classics with a graduate certificate from the Institute for Latin Studies. I went to a small liberal arts school for undergrad and the University of Basketball for grad school.

3) I am not married, but I have a girlfriend named Sarah who I’ve been with for about seven years now. The intention (on my part, anyway) is to get married as soon as I can afford a wedding/ring/marriage license. So buy my books, I guess.

4) I do not have any children, but I do like kids, and I interact with kids and teens on a daily basis in my non-writing job, so I talk about them frequently. There is one 13 year old I tweet about frequently who is often mistaken as being my own child by people on Twitter who are vastly overestimating what I was getting up to in college.

5) Writing comics is not my only job. I work with children, as I just said, and I also pick up odd jobs here and there as they are presented to me. This leads me to doing all sorts of crazy things that no normal person in their 30s should have to be reasonably doing, like driving a truck with a dead baby horse in it across town to a veterinary research facility, or mailing a puppy to Canada.

Anyway, I wish comics was my main job, but it’s not quite there. #hireable

6) I live in Kentucky now, and have lived here for eleven years, making it the longest I have ever lived in one place, but I am not from here originally. I lived in lots of different places growing up, but decided once I was living on my own to make Kentucky my home. I don’t have any intention of leaving if I don’t have to.

I think that about covers it? Yeah? Thanks for asking!

Benito Cereno is coming to the Memphis Comics Expo!!  I am going to ask him about Latin declensions ‘cos I have totally forgotten that shit!!  Or maybe I’ll just see what he’s got to say about the Tick.

This is totally true! Anyone can come and do either of those things

rdw0409 asked: Always love your Ask answers, specifically the holiday-related ones; wanted to get this in before the Christmas rush: How old is that "Santa is an ANAGRAM for SATAN OMG" bit? I want to know just how not-clever the next person to try it on me is being.

Well, it’s at least as old as that Dana Carvey Church Lady sketch where he spelled it out on a magnet board. I don’t remember which season that was in, but he did that character through the late 80s.

It probably pre-dates that by a few years, though. While there has always been controversy over the religious vs secular (or pagan) elements of Christmas, the current controversy probably stems back to about the early 80s, when Christianity started becoming embroiled in politics, primarily conservatism. That would be when you really start seeing people trying to demonize the more commercial aspects of the holiday. If I had to guess, I would say that was the origin of that particular “joke.”

It’s not likely to be older than the 20th century, because “Santa” as a name for the gift-bringer originates in the 19th century and doesn’t become the big thing until late 1800s/early 1900s. And we as a country were basically all about consumerism for most of the middle of the century (though by the 50s, you have people getting REALLY MAD about the use of “Xmas” [which, as I’ve explained before, is actually Christian in origin], but that’s a slightly different thing; here’s a bit by CS Lewis bemoaning the religious/secular divide in celebrations that uses the Xmas/Christmas difference as a thing).

So: while I would guess it originated in the early 80s, it could be as old as the 1950s. At any rate, anyone who’s coming up with it now is about as original as someone saying “Where’s the beef?”

jamesjmcghie asked: I always thought Gil Kane did pretty good punches.

True!

Just look at that shapely butt: