UNCLE ANT

 

The second in my “Pandemic Insect” series. Experimenting with illustration and typography. This one…Seems like a YA novel from the 1980’s.  The inside cover flap would read: Uncle Ant was just your average everyday oddball Uncle, until the day he came home riding an actual giant ant!

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Wednesday September 11th, 2019

I originally posted this in 2016. There is nothing particularly special about it, except to mark the date.
38th flflat

 

Fourteen years ago I worked at a pharmaceutical advertising agency in Manhattan. When I got on the G-train in Brooklyn that morning, I saw a woman I knew from Pratt. She was the first woman I remember seeing riding everywhere on a scooter. She was from Sweden, I think. After she sold her scooter, I noticed that a LOT of people were riding scooters. Businessmen were riding to work on them, and of course proto-hipsters were riding them to their favorite coffee shops.

We talked, and then we switched to different trains. I got out of the subway at 33d Street in Manhattan and noticed that the streets were mostly empty and quiet. Usually teenagers were hanging out waiting to go into the nearby school. As I walked to my work place I noticed workers hanging out in their trucks listening to the radio. I did think I heard something about an airplane hitting the World Trade Center.

By the time I got to work everyone was trying to get a TV to work. Way back in 2001 not everyone and every work place had WiFi. Rumors circulated that part of a tower fell, and maybe another plane hit the other tower. We eventually found out the reality of the situation when the one television in the office finally got a fuzzy signal.

One of the executives, an executive who usually spent his time yelling at people and who I had no respect for, told everyone to sit tight and let him know if we “needed anything.” It was easy to see he was putting on a fairly false veneer of the caring “fearless leader.” I got my bag and left the building.

I headed uptown in what was a parade of people who, like me, decided to start walking home. Buses and subways were not running. I headed across the Queensboro Bridge with a large mass of like minded people. The woman next to me was in a dress but wore no shoes. We  were all fairly quiet and continually glanced back towards downtown and the large plume of smoke.

In Brooklyn the G-train was not running, but an empty bus showed up at it’s designated stop. The mass of people in the street swarmed around the bus door. The driver opened the door, stood there preventing anyone from entering and said, “I have to go use the bathroom first!” I thought moaning and complaining would ensue, but everyone just stood there quietly as she walked away.
A military jet screamed across the sky.

I didn’t know where this particular bus went, just that it was headed for my part of Brooklyn. When the driver came back from the bathroom I managed to get on. Just like the walk on the bridge, everyone remained mostly silent. When I saw familiar streets I got off, and walked another few miles in what I remember being a cool crisp day.

Now, I visit the new One World Trade Center just about every week in order to have 98 percent of my cartoon submission rejected by the New Yorker. I show my I.D. and security scans my little bag full of cartoon gags. They take a grainy picture of me that makes me look like a criminal. On the 38th floor,  we get a great view from the cartoonist waiting room. We usually have a lot of laughs.

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Red Ryder Installment 6

Page 19 of my graphic novel, which has so little to do with Red Riding Hood that even I’m confused by the title, is available on my Patreon page.  if you want to give the story so far a read, just go HERE.  Otherwise, enjoy the page below which never appeared in any version of Red Riding Hood ever.

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Press Release Friday (from my press secretary )

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”
April 21, 2017

Humor, Horror and Age Drive Tim Hamilton to Self-Publish Comics.

Children’s book author, New Yorker cartoonist and artist behind the Eisner nominated adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is adding self-publishing to his busy schedule.

Tim Hamilton announces he will write and illustrate his own twenty four-page anthology comic titled, Rabbit Who Fights which will come out three times a year. The anthology will contain sci-fi horror inspired and informed by the current state of the world, along with humor in the form of Hamilton’s comic, Brother Sasquatch. Previously available only on-line, Brother Sasquatch’s, humor is also informed by the darker side of human nature. The book will also contain rejected New Yorker cartoons and a story called, Hospital Comics.

He will also digitally publish a monthly humorous adventure called, Red Ryder and the Big Bad Woods which will involve talking animals and the existential threat of senility and old age.

Hamilton is publishing this all through Patreon with the intent of getting his own creations into public view on his own terms. Most of these comics don’t fit easily into a marketable niche and Hamilton wanted them in print before he gets any older as self-publishing is a game for the young.

You can see previews and find out more about, Rabbit Who Fights and Red Ryder and the Big Bad Woods on Hamilton’s Patreon page at:  https://www.patreon.com/TimHamiltoncomics

Read more about Tim Hamilton at
http://hamilton-tim.pairsite.com/CUTBLEED/
https://www.instagram.com/t.j.hamilton/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/TmoneyHamilton

 

Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY.
His clients include: The New Yorker,
The New York Times, Amazon Studios
Cicada Magazine,Dark Horse, Marvel,
DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon
Magazine, Dow Jones, Lifetime, ABC
Television, Holiday House, Fast Company
Magazine and PublicAffairs.

He adapted “Treasure Island”
into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics,

In 2010 
he adapted Ray Bradbury’s
“Fahrenheit 451″ into a graphic novel for
Hill & Wang with Mr. Bradbury’s blessing.
The resulting book was nominated for an
Eisner award in the “Best Adaptation of
Another Work” category.

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Frog Friday

Early in the morning, before I started working on the daily grind of a project I’ll talk about later, I warmed up my fingers drawing some frogs. This character is featured in my on going story Red Ryder And The Big Bad Woods on my Patreon page. Although I’m on Patreon and those who subscribe get to see all sorts of behind the scenes sausage making, I of course will still post fun stuff here for all to see!
(If you want to see more talking animals…head over to my Patreon)

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Patreon Preview

If you’ve stumbled on this post by accident, it is a preview of what a person will get if they sign up for my Patreon page. You can view the Patreon page at this LINK.

If you came here from my Patreon page to see the preview, These four pages are the start of the Red Ryder story you will get four pages of every month in PDF form.

And these pages (and cover) are a preview of the 24 page printed comic you’ll get if you sign up for the big tier known ominously as tier THREE. (No, it’s not really a “super hero” story)

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Friday Finishing

The penultimate chapter of Brooklyn Blood, By Paul Levitz and myself appears in this month’s issue of Dark Horse Presents (issue 32).  I finished it long ago of course and now I look at it and say to myself, “I should have colored that a bit differently.” If you can put your work aside for at least a couple of days and then take a second look at it, you will usually see all the little fixes that need to be made. If you forgot to do that, never admit it and just tell everyone the work is just as you planned it! Here is the splash page of Brooklyn Blood Chapter fifteen just as I planned it!

 

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Flash Back Friday: Miami Book Fair 2009

I have been in the ongoing disorganization of organizing my studio. Realtors took over the building where I, and many others, used to work and forced us out (because every inch of real estate in Brooklyn is made of silver and gold these days). Thus, a small part of our apt had to be adapted to hide my mess (my work space). We built a floor to ceiling see though bookshelf, and I now work behind a semi see through wall of books. We have a LOT of books.

In going through the books and note pads that need to be kept or tossed in the garbage, I found a note pad recounting the Miami Book Fair of 2009. The Fahrenheit 451 adaption had just come out and I was sent to the show to do talks and mingle. In fact, on the shuttle bus from the hotel to the event I shared a ride with Laurie Sandell, Sid Jacobson and the outrageous Carol Tyler. As you can imagine, it was a  shuttle bus ride I will never forget.

Further reading of my notebook reminded me of something I totally forgot. A passage about encountering a large group of well dressed (way over dressed) event goers in the Hyatt Lobby. Looking beyond them, I spotted the sign for the event they were crowding into; “Money Making Opportunities by Donald Trump.” That’s what I wrote down in my note pad at least. A quick google search about who was at the 2009 Miami Book Fair seems to confirm my memory.

The Fahrenheit Adaption came out some eight years ago, warning people about obsessing over reality shows projected onto wall sized televisions, among other things. Yet here I am still struggling away as an artist who has yet to strike gold. I should have paid for the “Money Making Opportunities” seminar!

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