Thursday, May 24, 2018

Why Should This be on Bookshelves?

There is no other comic like it. Pure and simple, it has personified condiment packets. It has ghosts and a space alien. It has a super powered soda dispenser. It has a theatre set up inside of a fast food corndog shop. It has an underlying message of love and friendship.

It's written and drawn in my manic and erratic style. This book is out of control like a corndog dipped in salsa verde.

Do yourself a favor. Invest in work that has never been done before. Invention. Innovation. Creativity. Tater Tots.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tommycannonaz/fred-the-mustard-packet-does-the-scottish-play-in?ref=creator_nav

Click the link above to invest in that piece of awesomeness.

Kickstarter- Another Tie to My High School Theatre Days

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tommycannonaz/fred-the-mustard-packet-does-the-scottish-play-in?ref=user_menu

Mr. Akers, the Theatre teacher at my alma mater made a wise decision.

We were rehearsing a play called The Man Who Came to Dinner. It's a pretty decent comedy to come out of the 30s-40s. I was cast to play a role that you would think would be easy for me. I was cast to play a teenage boy. It was crazy difficult. I could not for the life of me get my mind, body, and spirit to truthfully portray a typical teenage boy onstage, and I was a teenage boy. On the other hand, a very sweet girl had trouble portraying the role of an elderly lady who was an axe murderer.

Akers had a stroke of genius. We swapped roles. The teenage boy became a teenage girl and the young actress thrived. And, I got the chance of a lifetime. In my first play ever, I portrayed a cross dressing axe murderer. RAD!

The character's name was Harriet.

One of the main characters in this graphic novel is named Harriet.

Coincidence??????

Harriet the Honey Packet is very different from Harriet Sedley though. Harriet the Honey Packet is based off of my wonderful wife. She's sweet, like honey.

Harriet Sedley was a murdering, flirty basket-case. I loved playing that role.

Excellent move, Mr. Akers! Thank you!

To support the Kickstarter campaign, click the link just below the image at the top of this post.

Thanks for the support.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Think Local! Lawn Gnome Publishing

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tommycannonaz/fred-the-mustard-packet-does-the-scottish-play-in/posts/2190712

As we started forming this Kickstarter campaign, I was looking into a printer that's in the midwest. It was highly recommended by a local creator, but then some Lawn Gnome ads came to my attention. We communicated with them and it was clear. They have high standards of quality, I can literally pick them up before my improv shows at The Torch Theatre, and they are great with communication.

So, Phoenix, just know that when you are backing Fred... you are backing ARIZONA!

The link to the campaign is directly under the top image.

Thank you for supporting and sharing. And, thanks to Lawn Gnome for being awesome.

Have a super spicy day,

Tommy

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This is for the Geeky Theatre Kids!


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tommycannonaz/fred-the-mustard-packet-does-the-scottish-play-in/posts/2190712

Again, why in the world are we doing this?!?!?!?

Here's another reason. I created this graphic novel for my sixteen year old self. Back then, as I do now, I loved comics and live theatre. The theatre program in High School got me through my teen years. The teen years are the tough ones, and theatre (and my amazing teacher) got me through those years.

This graphic novel would have been something that I would have loved back then. It highlights the wonder of live theatre, it's loaded with comedy, and it has a level of absurdity that I think high school art & drama kids would dig.

I did write this piece with a family friendly mindset, so that the parents of the theatre kids would be comfortable sharing this comic with them.

The link beneath the image of this post will lead you to the Kickstarter campaign.

Also, check out some of the new rewards that we've created.

Thank you for sharing and/ or supporting.

All the best,

Tommy

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fred on Kickstarter & Dain Gore

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tommycannonaz/fred-the-mustard-packet-does-the-scottish-play-in?ref=creator_nav

Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play is seeking a print run. The link above will send you to the super spicy Kickstarter campaign that is seeking to fund that print run.

But, all of that aside, let us discuss something important... the art of Dain Gore.

It is a crime of the world that Benjamins don't automatically drop into Dain's lap every time he draws or paints something. Dain likes the Dali quote "I don't do drugs, I am drugs." Well Dain isn't a painter he is a walking, talking personification of the idea of painting. Dain IS Painting. No, no, not the god of painting. He is Painting manifest in human form.

The thumbnail image in this post is a close up shot of a detail in the cartoon he drew for Fred. The cartoon is pure magic and we want to pay him a handsome licensing fee for it.

http://daingore.com/

Click the above link if you dare. Click it to see what happens when Painting paints.

Thank you,

Tommy

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Kickstarter... WHY?!?!???


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tommycannonaz/fred-the-mustard-packet-does-the-scottish-play-in?ref=user_menu

So, we've kickstarted a Kickstarter campaign to print the graphic novel Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play. The link to the campaign is just above this paragraph. Why are we doing this? We are doing this, because I love comedy.

Comic. Comic Strip. Stand Up Comic. Comic Actor. Comic Book.

I want to slam the COMIC back into 'Comic Book'.

Don't get me wrong. I love superheroes, sci-fi, and horror. But, comedy is what drew me into the game to begin with.

As a young boy, I wanted to be a circus clown who drew coloring books for the circus souvenir stand.  I made my first joke when I was three. I put black gloves on my feet and told my mom that I was a gorilla. Genius.

In the ancient 1980s, my family had a costume trunk. In that trunk was a purple jester hat. When I put that hat on, I knew what kind of a creature I was... I was a comedian. I remember getting into comic books with Daffy Duck, Bullwinkle, and Jughead. Later, I got into MAD and fell in love with Antonio Prohias, Don Martin, and Sergio Aragones. So, drawing and comedy have been with me early on.

And, it continues. Sure, I'm not a clown, but I do improv shows and puppet shows with great frequency. I don't draw coloring books, but I draw comics. And, I illustrate a diverse range of different projects. I remind myself of my early clown dreams by wearing brightly colored Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers as often as possible. They are very similar to clown shoes.

Yes, I've read a good number of 'X-Men' and 'Swamp Thing' comics, but they don't hold a grip on my heart like 'Porky Pig' did.

I'm doing this to put comedy on our bookshelves and in our libraries.

I'm doing this because we all want to see Miss Piggy karate chop Iron Fist.

Thank you.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pirates!



I have invented a stupid amount of pirate characters in spite of the fact that I live the desert portion of the land-locked state of Arizona.

Three of my favorites have hit the pages of Fred the Mustard Packet Draws Derpy Superheroes.

Enjoy. I've been sitting on this stuff for years. I'm glad to finally have them sail.

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/fred-the-mustard-packet/derpy-superheroes-pg-29/viewer?title_no=64685&episode_no=165

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/fred-the-mustard-packet/derpy-superheroes-pg-30/viewer?title_no=64685&episode_no=166

The above links will take you to the Pirate Pages.

Thank you,

Tommy