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Creating Comics Class at the Amherst Public Library

June 23rd, 2011, Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring Street (on the corner of Park Ave.)

Note: Even if you’ve taken this class before, you may want to come back again as you’ll be working with different people, and you’ll get new and different content during the class.

This is a great way to learn how to create comics, how to work with others, and why some comics come out the way they do. Taught by local artist and caricaturist Mike Leuszler, students learn to create manga and comics… by making comics. But there’s a twist or two.

Students will also learn a bit about comic publishing and comics history during the class, and have an enormous amount of fun despite that!

No drawing experience necessary.

Everyone who participates in the class will get a free print by Mike Leuszler. That’s me.

For more info or to register for the class, call 440-988-4230. Or, you can contact the Youth Services Director, Cheryl Ashton, at cashtonapl@yahoo.com.

Happy New Year. Back to Work!

Everyone who does content for the Internet seems to saying what a great year 2011 will be for them and that how they will kick 2010’s ass in some vague way or other. Instead of saying how they’re going to do, they’re making vague statements, metaphors and pronouncements while paving more road to hell with good intentions.

Sure, that’s normal human behavior at this time of year, but I’m going to go one better and give you an actual sneak peek at what’s coming up this year for me, instead of just saying what a swell year it will be.

Comfort Zone the Comic: I did a crappy (really, it was) little webcomic that kind of went way off course last year. I let it go for awhile, but this year, starting in January, I’m going to resolve the “story” of the last comic and bring it into a better storytelling format. It will be twice a week, but instead of three panels twice a week, it will be more of a comic-sized page, or an old time Sunday Comics sized strip, when strips took up 90% of a page. I want to create a comic to show off my real art and storytelling chops.

I don’t want to creatively masturbate three panels a day with week jokes.

Podcasts: Open Mike, Insert Foot is done. Finished. Out with a whimper. I have gotten everything out of that experience that I can get and it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Shows that are better prepared, less reliant on random callers and other people, and stuff that I’m more passionate about.

That Stupid Podcast premieres in January. The first episode sets up the concept and format, and from there, well, it gets stupid.  People are getting dumber and I’ll show you how, with a bit of observation and a pinch of comedy.

Before the Crisis is the working title for my comic book podcast. It will talk mostly about my life in comics, specifically focusing on the years before 1986, comics’ best year (in my lifetime). It will have a strong focus on different types of cultures in comics, the DC multiverse as it was in that time, and many other topics that you don’t hear on Major Spoilers or Word Balloon.  I’m hoping to launch this in the Spring.

Mike the Art Guy: Art, Internet, Business. I’m going to call upon my associates to share with me their experiences in art, Internet, and business. This show will be for working artists and Internet content providers. In between may be episodes that are more journal in nature, where I share my adventures and observations. Still finalizing the format, so look for more announcements about the final launch date in February or March.

I will also be ramping up production on my original artwork, prints, cards, caricatures, and other commission work, or as it’s known, my real job.

I’m not just pulling this stuff out of my butt, mind you. I’ve long ago planned everything out and documented it, so I can focus and keep on schedule with my various projects.

So with that all out in the open, and practically daring myself to fail, I want to take a moment to wish you all a productive and fun year, not just right now in January, but all year long.

Now get back to work.


A Halloween Comic

Zombie Comic Halloween 2010
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2010 Michael A. Leuszler

Milk, it does a body good.

Hey, all. I hope you have a scary fun Halloween. Since I’m way out in the country, I don’t expect to get a lot of trick or treaters here. Instead, I’ll probably put some artwork up on eBay today. And work on getting rid of all of these comics. Still. Sigh.

On Monday, November 1st, I’ll be doing another Open Mike, Insert Foot podcast recording LIVE. Come check it out and either join us in the chat room or call up. The more the merrier.

Adam West Bat ACEO by Jerimiah Witkowski Video

Holy video, Batmanz! Jerimiah Witkowski draws an Adam West Batman ACEO (Art Cards Editions and Originals) just for me! D’awwww!

Jerimiah does the Yeti-centric geek comic You, Me and Steve. You should give it a gander. And then check out some of his other videos on Ustream.

Jerms is on his way to being a hot shot webcomicker, so you might want to check his stuff out, so you can say, “I knew him when…”.

Vote for Mike San Giacomo

Hey, everyone. Mike here. After announcing that the Roxy’s Reads newsletter was going bi-weekly, I received this via my email. Mike San Giacomo has been reporting on comics for many years, even before it became fashionable. And now, for several years, he’s been trying his hand at writing comics, and from what I’ve seen in his books Phantom Jack and Tales of the Starlight Drive-In, he’s off to an excellent start. BTW, you can pick this books up at Roxy’s. Yes, we do have copies ready for your reading pleasure!

In addition to voting, you should check out the program he mentions at the end of this article. It’s sure to be entertaining, no matter what your level of comics appreciation is.

“Michael San Giacomo, resident of South Amherst, is the author of the graphic novel, TALES OF THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN. The book has been nominated as the Best Graphic Novel of 2008 by Comic Buyer’s Guide Magazine.

“Mike is one of five finalists in the competition, up against the writer of The Watchmen and the writer of a Batman/Joker novel. No competition there at all.

“Good news is you can help him win by voting for Starlight before May 31 by clicking on this link:
The graphic novel entry is toward the bottom. Voting takes like 30 seconds, very simple.
If you haven’t already seen the book already check out some samples at
Please forward this to friends and ask them to vote.

“ALSO, Mike will be talking about STARLIGHT, drive-ins, comic books and his work as a reporter at the Plain Dealer at the Amherst LIbrary 7 p.m. May 19. Please join him.”

Upcoming Guests on Open Mike, Insert Foot

Open Mike, Insert Foot is my twice-a-week podcast on Talkshoe.com. Lately we’ve been promoting the upcoming SPACE comics show in Columbus coming up on the weekend of April 18th and 19th. I’ve interviewed show organizer Bob Corby and frequent participants Matt Kish and Allen Freeman.

I’ll be interviewing Tim Fischer, another small press cartoonist and podcaster on Tax Day. Tim hosts Breaking the Panel on Talkshoe.com.

After that, on Sunday the 19th, I’ll be talking with Sheila R. Augustine about theatrical costuming and the upcoming production of Grease that she’s working on.

On Wednesday April 22nd, we’ll be talking to online auctioneer expert Wally Kolenda, who hosts Brainstorming Bonanzle on Talkshoe.com.

Sunday, April 26th will feature Dr. Hillaire Tavener, ex-nun, writer, and all around interesting individual.

And don’t forget to download last night’s episode, featuring Jerimiah Witkowski’s adventures at New England Webcomics Weekend.

If you go to the show page, there’s a follow button in the top of the right hand column. Click that to be informed about upcoming shows and other podcastery goodness.

Allen Freeman Interview Show Notes

Show notes are up from last night’s interview with Allen Freeman of Slam Bang comics and Fan-Atic Press. http://miketheartguy.com/?page_id=489

You can download or listen to the episode here.

Frank Springer Passes Away, Mark Evanier Remembers

Here’s the link to writer Mark Evanier’s article on Frank Springer, comic book artist. http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2009_04_05.html#016916

I was never a big fan of Springer’s work. In all fairness, though, it was his 80’s Marvel work that was my first exposure, and I wasn’t able to appreciate his style at that time.

It’s a shame that the guy only gets this kind of attention for his fine artwork only after he’s died. I can’t recall one instance where anyone in my fandom experience ever got worked up about Springer’s output of comics. Yes, he was the president of the National Cartoonist Society, and yes he’s won many awards, but contemporary fans and peers just never seemed to get excited about his work.

It saddens me to think of an artist getting his dues only after passing away.

From what I’ve seen so far, though, he didn’t suffer the ignoble legal, spiritual, and physical deterioration that X-men and Legion of Superheroes designer and artist Dave Cockrum went through at the end of his life.

Show Notes for Episode 134 Posted!

Show Notes for Episode 134 of Open Mike, Insert Foot, my now-twice-weekly podcast, are up for your reading pleasure. And remember that you can access all of the via the dark blue Talkshoe widget in the right hand column of this website, or you can go to http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/10038 to download or listen to show.

Bonanzle Booth!

I have a Bonanzle.com booth and I have 3 items up so far. I plan on listing at least five items a day, five days a week at least. That’s 25 items a week, until I get tired, frustrated, or everything is gone.

I’m using this to clean house and sell off my comic book collection. Take advantage of my poverty and buy my stuff.

I’m really excited about Bonanzle because:

  1. There’s no listing fee.
  2. The item sold fee is low.
  3. I can use my gmail to IM customers and vice versa.
  4. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere.

So stop on over and check things out. Thanks.