Sunday, March 07, 2010

Tooned in to MythTickle by Justin Thompson

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
Tooned in to MythTickle by Justin Thompson

This past week, I was delighted to find two wonderful cartoon treasures waiting in my mailbox. The first was One: The First MythTickle Collection by Justin Thompson (pictured above). The second was the latest issue of Stay Tooned! Magazine, which, as you can also see in the above photo, just so happens to feature an interview with non other than the extremely talented creator of MythTickle, Justin Thompson!

If you're a comic strip fan and have never read MythTickle, do yourself a HUGE favour: head over to Universal Press Syndicate's GoComics.com and take a good look n' read before continuing ...

It's okay, I'll wait ...

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... Pretty impressive, eh?

Now, let's take a peak inside One: The First MythTickle Collection (click to enlarge) ...

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
A peak inside One: The First MythTickle Collection

The glossy, full colour pages immediately attract your eyes. And as you can see above, individual panels of some strips are arranged using a flexible layout, so the book feels refreshing from start to finish.

When I found out that Justin was working on this book, I knew that it would be a delight to hold in one's hands. As you can learn in his Stay Tooned! Magazine interview, Justin is not only an extremely talented cartoonist, but he also works as a designer and illustrator for Creative Associates -- the company formed by the late Charles M. Schulz to handle the licensing of his now legendary comic strip, Peanuts.

As if that wasn't enough, Justin has even worked as a professional Renaissance Festival stuntman -- armour, horse, lance and all! And so, he has a really unique blend of skills and experiences that help make his work what it is.

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
SPECIAL BONUS! "Yochi: A Samurai Story"

The book concludes with a beautifully written and illustrated 32-page bonus story called, "Yochi: A Samurai Story." The tale is a real delight to read, and I look forward to sharing it with my daughter.

Needless to say, I've been a fan of Justin's work for some time now, and so, I was extremely honoured when he asked if I was interested in offering a blurb for his book.

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
Some well deserved praise.

But you don't have to just take my word for it. Order a copy directly from Justin, and you'll read praise for MythTickle from so many other cartoonists including: Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Mark Tatulli (Lio! and Heart of the City), and several webcartooning contemporaries.

Most important of all, you can have your copy personalized ...

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
A cartoon collection signed by the creator ... PRICELESS!

Thanks again, Justin, for inviting me to support this first piece of MythTickle's printed history!

Speaking of supporting printed history ...

If you're a fan of ANY form of cartooning (animation, comic strips, editorial and/or gag cartoons, etc.) and are not a subscriber of Stay Tooned! Magazine, do yourself a HUGE favour and click the following cover of Issue #5 ...

Stay Tooned! Magazine, Edited by John Read
Stay Tooned! Magazine - Issue #5, Edited by John Read

... Tell John, "Mike Cope says Hello!!" :)

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

P.S. John has given me permission to continue using that closer since I've been using it for so long!

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