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March 12, 2013

T.I.P.S! Book Club: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 11:56 pm

The Ink Panther’s Show inaugural book club! We’re joined by Tony Consiglio for an in-depth discussion about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

The pick for our next Book Club is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Get reading!!!

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March 1, 2013

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February 27, 2013

T.I.P.S! 155 – The AlexxHole

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 12:10 am


A lot of Slush Pile topics this week: What does Dr. Doom’s voice sound like, and how could you lose in a Latverian election against a guy called Dr. Doom anyway? And, what’s the deal with Birthday Cards telling you facts about the year you were born? And, did you know Jamie Foxx has his own radio show? And what’s the deal with this Vine thing all the kids are into these days?

Comments welcome!

This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by, Ryan Cecil Smith! Thanks, Ryan!

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February 19, 2013

T.I.P.S! 154 featuring Eric Grissom

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 12:51 am


Deadhorse creator Eric Grissom creeps into Panther’s Lair this week to discuss the very exciting meteor strike in Russia, and whether or not it would be very cool to die in such circumstances. We also talk about how things were from the Gremlins point of view in the movie Gremlins, and Mike makes lots and lots of fuss and build-up about a Downton Abbey joke that’s sure not to disappoint.

Comments welcome!

This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by returning champion, Kathleen Gros! Thanks, Kathleen!

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February 18, 2013

Progress Report

Filed under: Freddie & Me,life,process — Mike @ 8:02 pm

Angie Bongiolatti, the main character in my new book. Things are going really well with the story, and I’m at the point where I’m really eager to show off more of the comic to people, but I’m going to resolve to keep myself in check, and really aim for having a book come out that hasn’t previously been published online or elsewhere.

Been thinking a little about how this approach has been changing my writing habits. I’ve definitely edited myself more doing it this way, which I think has been to the benefit of the story.

A bunch of other recent things:

I found this photo, and was reminded once again of what a cool guy I was in High School (that’s me on the right, dressed as a “swashbuckling accountant”)

Also uncovered a lost diary, which reveals that the photo of my sister and I in New York City, which I put at the end of Freddie & Me, was taken only 19 days after we’d moved to America. When I wrote the book I couldn’t remember when the picture was taken, so I just labeled it “circa 1987″. When I create the “director’s cut” of the book, I’ll correct this. I’ll also include the information that on the following day, December 27th, I apparently went shopping all day, and all I got was some trousers and some glue, which I found to be “dead boring”.

My daughter drew this, and it made me laugh.

This fact seems more “alarming” than “fun”, right?

February 12, 2013

T.I.P.S! 153 The Badd Boiz

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 11:09 am


The Original Badd Boiz are in The Panther’s Lair, following up on their recent discussions about orange skin and acquiring new pets. Then there’s some talk about attending rock shows, and agreement that they could never comfortably crowd-surf, for fear of losing their keys or their iPhones.

Thanks to Jared Cullum for this week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther! Submit your drawings to ink panthers@gmail.com

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February 6, 2013

T.I.P.S! 152 feat. Tony Consiglio

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 12:37 pm

Fan favorite Tony Consiglio creeps back into Panther’s Lair to fill us in on all his goings-on, which actually do include an incident where a man had his fingers severed. Also: Mike is turning Orange!

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January 28, 2013

T.I.P.S! 151 – The Return

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 1:39 pm

The hiatus is over – Mike and Alex are back in The Lair. Find out what’s been happening over the past few months: hurricanes, society collapses, new babies, Mr. Moms. Also, the introduction of The Ink Panthers Book Club!

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November 16, 2012

touching base

Filed under: life,The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 11:25 am

I’ve been a lot less online recently, for a couple of very good reasons. First, there was the hurricane, which – while not causing any major damage to my house – plunged us into a world without power for about nine days. We didn’t have lights or hot showers, but we did get to spend more time than usual with very generous friends and family while we waited for some of the infrastructure to be restored. I have to say, one of the nicer side-effects of the storm’s aftermath was a return to a way of life where you just show up at people’s houses unannounced, and knock on doors, instead of making plans through email and text. Not to get all luddite about it, but… it was a very nice thing.

Here’s a photo of my daughter coloring princess pictures by lamp-light:

And here’s a photo of a Jenga tower my Mom and I built:

(My Mom eventually got bored that the game was going on too long, and ended up batting my steady-hand while I was successfully removing yet another piece. So, technically, I still think I won)

Anyway, eventually the lights came back on, sort of surprisingly right in the middle of that follow-up Nor’easter. I wasn’t expecting things to come back online then, but was happy they did, because about a day and a half later, this little guy arrived:

(He didn’t arrive wearing that outfit, BTW. He came out much more purple and angry-looking, which is what I think is the norm. He de-purpled, and turned into this adorable sleepy looking creature pretty rapidly)

In slightly more comics-related news:

1. A photographer came to my house the other day to take pictures of me for an upcoming newspaper article. He had me pose in some decent looking poses, which I felt quite comfortable with, and then he had me pose in some other positions where I felt a little more uncertain and foolish. Should we take a bet about which ones make it into the final piece?

2. Back when we were doing the Ink Panthers podcast, we had a thing where listeners would send in drawings of our mascot, Inky, to use for an episode’s title card. We put the show on hold, but then received this awesomely creepy drawing of Ink from Evan Dent. I don’t have an episode of the show to pair it with, but the least I can do is post it in this here blog entry. Thanks Evan!

October 16, 2012

The Last Ink Panthers Show!

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 1:49 pm

Tony Consiglio joins us for the final episode of The Ink Panthers Show, before we go on an extended hiatus on indeterminate length. It’s a slightly longer episode than normal, which is mainly because nobody wanted to end the call. It’s a bit of a bummer, yes, but I think it’s reasonable enough to assume we’ll be back on the podcasting air at some point in the future, simply because we love doing it so much.

Speaking of emotion, we discuss on the show our inability to express real human genuine feelings to one-another in conversation, so let me just take a moment to attempt it in print. This whole Ink Panthers thing has been nothing short of amazing. Not only has it been incredibly fun for Alex and I, but it’s honestly been wonderful getting to know so many people in and around the world of comics. We’re really lucky to be part of such a generous inclusive community, and we appreciate how many people have been listening to us over the years.

Also, we urge you to stay subscribed to the show, we may post specials and occasional one-off episodes at some point down the line, as we get the urge.


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