Bernie Wrightson RIP (1948-2017)

Bernie Wrightson (1948-2017)

Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein)

Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein)

In tribute, here’s Wrightson’s segment from the 1987 documentary,
The Masters of Comic Book Art.

Thought this tweet from Neil Gaiman was especially poignant…

For Wrightson’s obituary, go to

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Panels & Pizza Ep. 120 – Jim Keefe

Check out the Jim Keefe interview that’s generating all the controversy at
Fancy Pants Gangsters can also be found on iTunes.

And a special thanks to Adam Vermillion and Giordano’s Pizza in Edina for a fun evening of talking comics and pizza!

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Cartooning Classes Taught by Jim Keefe

I’ll be teaching Cartooning and Comics classes this summer for kids and teens at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Here’s the info (with links for full details).

Comic Book Creation I
Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15
Dates: June 19, 2017 – July 12, 2017
(There will be no class on July 3.)
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Comic Book Inside and Out

Summer Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Dates: June 19, 2017 – July 12, 2017
(There will be no class on July 3.)
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Instructor Jim Keefe

A graduate of the Kubert School, Jim Keefe started his career as the head colorist in the King Features Syndicate comic art department, coloring such world-renowned strips as Blondie, Beetle Bailey and Hagar the Horrible.

From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of Flash Gordon for King Features Syndicate – currently available online at


Teaching and speaking engagements include the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Malloy College and Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs in Long Island, New York, the University of Minnesota – and most recently as an Adjunct Teacher at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Keefe currently is the artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, written by Francesco Marciuliano. Sally Forth is syndicated worldwide by King Features and appears in nearly 700 newspapers.



And for those interested, there’s also a follow-up class to Comic Book Creation I.

Comic Book Creation II
Summer Young Teens Classes Ages 12-15
Dates: Jul. 17 – Aug. 9
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

This class is taught by critically acclaimed cartoonist and Xeric grant recipient Caitlin Skaalrud. Caitlin also runs the local comics micropress, Talk Weird Press.

Illustration from Caitlin Skaalrud's Houses of the Holy.

Illustration from Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy.

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Sally Forth Drop Panels – July to December 2016

Comic Strips are formatted different ways for different size requirements. The “drop panel” is a panel or tier of the strip that can be omitted because of size restrictions without affecting the gag or storyline.

For example, Here’s the Sunday strip for July 3, 2016 with the drop panel…

Then without…

And now without further ado, here’s the drop panels for
July 3, 2016 through December 25, 2016.

July 3, 2016

July 10, 2016

July 17, 2016

July 24, 2016

July 31, 2016

August 7, 2016

August 14, 2016

August 21, 2016

August 28, 2016

September 4, 2016

September 11, 2016

September 18, 2016

September 25, 2016

October 2, 2016

October 9, 2016

October 16, 2016

October 23, 2016

October 30, 2016

November 6, 2016

November 13, 2016

November 20, 2016

November 27, 2016

December 4, 2016

December 11, 2016

December 18, 2016

December 25, 2016

For more from previous posts, go to Sally Forth drop panels.


Unabashed plug time!

If Sally Forth isn’t in your local paper you can check it out online at…


A yearlong subscription to all of King Features’ comics (new and vintage) plus ten years worth of archives for every single strip is a pittance at $19.99 a year. Unsure? Try a 7 day trial subscription for free.

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Women’s March – Minnesota 2017

Starting point at St. Paul college.

Kate and Anna.

Tessa and her friends.

Hey, there’s Deb!

The view heading towards the Minnesota State Capital building.

Minnesota State Capital building.

For more info on the event, check out

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New Art by Shepard Fairey

For larger files and free downloads, go to

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Flash Gordon’s Origin

Flash Gordon Sunday pages from 8/19/2001 – 10/28/2001

My homage to Alex Raymond via Flash Gordon’s origin sequence.
For those who are familiar with Raymond’s work you’ll notice I tried to recreate a number of his panels from the 1930s throughout.
Hope you enjoy!

Click on images to see larger.


For more on Flash Gordon, check out the Flash Gordon website,
also my post on Flash Gordon’s 80th Anniversary from a few years back which has a boatload of Flash Gordon DVD extras, like Flash Gordon drawn by
Joe Kubert, John Romita and much, much more!

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