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October 10, 2012

Ink Panthers 149 – The Social Contract

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Tags: — Mike @ 9:31 am

Movie theater altercations and why Curb Your Enthusiasm isn’t funny in real life, Action Park and safety standards, inventions of tomorrow, such as virtual sex slaves, virtual reality sunglasses, and a two-CD deck, that allows you to make mix-CDs, just like how you used to make mix tapes back in the days of Cass-singles. This is the penultimate episode of the show, and it was a ton of fun to record, and I hope you listen!

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October 4, 2012

Ink Panthers 148 – Dreams, Featuring Josh Flanagan

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 12:03 pm

The Famous Panther, Josh Flanagan creeps back into Majestic Panther’s Lair for one last go round, and lots of ground gets covered. Why is it weird to tell someone they appeared in your dreams? What about writing fan-letters to comics when you were 13? Is that weird? What about when you’re 23? Also, lots of talk about everybody’s favorite Rocky, Rocky IV, which devolves splendidly into an Ink Panthers specialty: Foreign People and Their Accents.

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Ed Doherty. Thanks, Ed!

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September 27, 2012

Ink Panthers 147 – PRO T.I.P.S! Mike & Alex

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 8:54 am

A radical change of pace this week: Mike and Alex spend the hour discussing the projects they’re currently working on and the differences and changes in their approach to writing. Yes, we answer questions like “What kind of ink do we use?”, and “How are comics edited?”, and “Where do ideas come from?”. Alex tells us about his new book, which is kinda, sorta, about people in their late 30′s/early 40′s, and Mike explains all about what he’s working on, which is sorta, kinda about some people, y’know? And, like, things that they do, and stuff. After this chat, you won’t be able to wait for the books to drop!

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by, Peter Bonavita Thanks, Peter!

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September 21, 2012

Ending Ink Panthers, and Other Stuff


A recently draw-ed drawing.

I haven’t written a newsy blog post in a while, so here are a few items:

Countdown to Ink Panthers 150: Yes, in this week’s podcast (146), we announce that the show is going to go on a long-term hiatus following episode 150. Saying that I feel torn about this decision is an understatement. Possibly, nothing has been better for me in terms of finding a place for myself in the larger comics community than doing this podcast. I’ve made new friends, gotten to know other cartoonists who I admire, been able to record live shows and panels, and all sorts of other stuff (TCJ Talkies, anyone?), all because of the silly weekly podcast that Alex and I have been relentlessly pumping out into the Internet over the last 3+ years. I fricking love making Ink Panthers. I think of what Alex and I do with the podcast as it’s own artform (well, it’s basically improv), with it’s own rewards. There are plenty of just-OK episodes we put out over the years, but there are also those gems, that were so fun and funny to make. I really treasure a lot of that.

On the other hand, I am very much looking forward to some down-time. I feel like I might have inadvertently annoyed everyone I spoke to at SPX by droning on about how I want to get “offline” for a while. I’m not sure what my problem is, but I moaned about it to enough people over the course of the weekend, that it’s clearly something going on with me. Apologies to basically everyone I spoke to. It’s probably all to do with the imminent arrival of a second baby and my neuroses about not getting the time I need in my life to make comics. The usual.

Either way, there are four more episodes of Ink Panthers to get in the can, and Alex and I have spoken about making them good, rather than just phoning-it-in for four weeks until we get to 150. We’ve been reaching out to some possible guests (both old and new), and are talking about doing one last PRO-T.I.P.S! conversation. Let’s make episodes 147-150 worth listening to, and fun to make. That way, when I get my head back on straight sometime in 2013, maybe The All New, All Different Ink Panthers Show can become something real.

What else? SPX? That happened, and it was great. I liked the Secret Acres recap and the one on Comics Reporter. While not mentioned by name in Tom Spurgeon’s account, I do believe I am referred to towards the end where Tom talks about eavesdropping on some of the younger cartoonists at the bar Saturday night. I think it’s important for Tom to know, I went to make a phonecall, and Julia Wertz was just busting-my-balls in that Julia Wertz way, though it’s also very funny to me that I had quite a conversation with a crew of the Secret Acres guys at breakfast that morning about my decision to eat a bowl of granola and fruit swimming in Activa yogurt for breakfast that morning. Also, I should add, I am flattered to be referred to in any way as a “younger” cartoonist, as I do believe it was cartoonist Joe Lambert who accused me of playing the old-crusty-middle-aged-man card with too much glee in my everyday shtick, while we were standing outside the hotel Sunday night, bidding farewell to the-weekend-that-was SPX 2012. All I am saying is that Joe and his friends are all Millennials, who don’t realize that The Cold War was actually, like, a thing, and I, being born six years earlier, am a Generation X-er, and I really get the world in a way that they never will. That’s all.

September 20, 2012

Ink Panthers 146 – You’re the One That I Want

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 9:02 am

Lot’s of important business in this episode, including a very special announcement about the future of the Title Cards Illustrations project. First, there’s a correction about last week’s episode, and then a brief update on Mike’s time at the Small Press Expo. Yes, he threw up on one of the nights, but was it the cool-I-partied-so-hard kind of throwing up, or is it perhaps a signal that something’s physically wrong with Mike’s digestive system? Maybe in a future episode there’ll be a hilarious recounting of Mike’s trip to a gastroenterologist! Also: to help balance out last week’s ALL-NFL-HOUR, this week is SHOWTUNES IN REVUE!

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by, Sabin Calvert! Thanks, Sabin!

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September 13, 2012

Ink Panthers 145 – feat. Brendan Leach

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 12:40 pm

Outstanding Comic Ignatz Nominee Brendan Leach creeps into the Lair this week to argue the ins and outs of being a sports fan. How should someone who doesn’t live in America choose which NFL team to follow? Why should people who live in cities without teams all of a sudden care when a team (The Las Vegas “Vajazzle”) suddenly appears. And, of course, is Mike allowed to root for both The Giants and The Jets (The answer: YES). Also, would you rather be in the Guinness Book of World Records for being a pituitary gland giant, or for being the owner of a disgusting and gnarled seven foot fingernail?

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by, Carlos Aguilar! Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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September 6, 2012

Ink Panthers 144 Ecce! Atramentum Panthera

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 9:41 am

This episode contains an especially embarrassing moment for Mike, when it appears he can’t remember the name of a book he read a week ago, and claimed to really like. This proves that it becomes impossible to retain facts after a certain age. Also, after a certain age, it becomes very difficult to enjoy riding kiddie rides with your child, since all kiddie rides seem to be designed around the principle of spinning in circles. It’s all fun and games until Dad hurls out the side of the Balloon Ride Spin. Also, some macabre tales of death, and a little bit of talk about the comics industry as a welcome change.

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by returning champion, Kathleen Gros! Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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August 26, 2012

T.I.P.S! 143 The Voyage Home pt. 2 feat. Tony Consiglio

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 10:19 pm

It’s The Voyage Home, part 2. After technical issues prevented us from discussing the 13 sexiest ways to die last episode, we enlist Tony Consiglio as a special guest to help us review them this week. Also, Tony tells us about a recent altercation he got himself into at a local Pet Smart, which culminated in things getting settled outside.

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Edward Doherty Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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August 23, 2012

T.I.P.S! 142 The Voyage Home, pt. 1

Filed under: The Ink Panthers Show — Mike @ 10:36 am

Following a brief hiatus, we’re back in The Lair, discussing: Alex’s cleanly shaven face, Mike’s baby-naming dilemmas, Star Trek IV: The One With The Whales, and the start of an excellent online article, all about the Sexiest Ways to Die. Unfortunately, technical issues get in the way of us completing the list, but don’t worry, we’ll be back early next week with Part Two, and hopefully The Desert Panther in tow.

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Mike King! Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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August 17, 2012

SPX, Ignatz, and Childhood Memoir

Filed under: conventions,Secret Acres,Troop 142 — Mike @ 8:43 am

A recently drawn panel, from the book I’m working on, which I’m pleased to say is cooking along nicely. My favorite thing is when you really feel like you’re getting into the thick of it with a story. There’s still a long way to go. I have it in my head this will be a book that comes out at the end of next year, but I might be kidding myself. But, best not to think about it too much, and keep on pushing ahead.

In other news:

The alternative comics world is abuzz with talk about next month’s Small Press Expo (SPX), held annually in Bethesda Maryland. I’m going to be at the show all weekend long, camped out at the Secret Acres table, as sort of a nice closing bookend to the little Troop 142 mini-tour of conventions that I did over the past year, which I essentially kicked off at SPX 2011, when the book was released.

I was pleased to receive a nomination for Outstanding Graphic Novel Ignatz for Troop 142 as well. The Ignatz Awards are the SPX festival prize, and anybody who attends gets to vote.

I’m also going to be moderating a panel on Saturday afternoon:

Drawing Out Childhood: Summoning Childhood Experience
3:00 pm | Brookside Conference Room

Comics, which often juxtapose discrete fragments of time, are well-suited to the representation and exploration of memory. This panel will specifically address the process of summoning and depicting deep memories of childhood and adolescence within the comics form. Moderator Mike Dawson (himself a cartoonist of childhood experience in Freddie and Me and Troop 142) will lead a discussion with Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer), Marinoami (Kiss and Tell), John Porcellino (Perfect Example) and Julia Wertz (The Infinite Wait and Other Stories).

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