fredvanlente

otto66 asked:

Back in April of this year I purchased from Comixology the " Complete Action Philosophers". Damn funny stuff. Will the hardcover coming out be any different? Aside from the change mentioned in your last post?

fredvanlente answered:

Thx! Yes, there are a LOT of differences: 

* Brand new “Action Philosophy” story from DH Presents #2

* Modified “Plato,” per Ryan’s post

* The never-before-reprinted “Recommended Reading for the Genius on the Go” from the original series

* ALL the covers, in COLOR

* Photos from the 2011 stage adaptation, also in COLOR

* Ryan’s behind the scene sketches, con commissions, and such. 

I know I’m biased, but Jim Gibbons and the Dark Horse team did a bang up job on this book — it is without a doubt the best and most comprehensive edition to date.

Words by Fred Van Lente, pictures by Ryan Dunlavey 

Back in 2004 I drew ACTION PHILOSOPHERS: PLATO on four oversize pages (14 x 17 inches), because it was originally commissioned for an 11 x 14 page. When that never happened and Fred and I went the self-publishing route as a standard american format comic book, I just digitally cut-and-pasted the panels into an eleven page story. The results were serviceable but not great, the lettering and ink lines lacked consistency throughout the story, and there was way too much negative space. I always wanted to correct them but never found the time to do so until this new hard cover edition. I basically used the old pages as rough layouts, then penciled & inked a new version over top of them in another photoshop layer, and then re-did the lettering entirely from scratch (luckily Fred still had a text document of the original script, so I didn’t have to re-type anything). Here’s two of the pages for comparison - what a difference ten years makes! I’m glad I did it, but I probably won’t ever do anything like this again, especially for Action Philosophers - I don’t wanna George Lucas it to death.

The remastered Plato story appears in the Action Philosophers HC edition  and 1 for 1 Action Philosphers, both out in October from Dark Horse Comics!

My contribution to the legendary @isotopecomics Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum! James Sime invited me to contribute and gave me the toilet seat an embarrassingly long time ago, (early 2009 I think) but I didn’t get around to drawing & mailing it until January 2014 due to a stage fright/procrastination/eat-a-whole-damn-bag-of-cheetos-and-hate-yourself death spiral. I never heard from them, I wouldn’t be surprised if they just had no idea who I was or if James even remembers giving me the blank seat so many years ago - I just  hope they got it!

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pizza-party:

DHP #2 features the FINAL Action Philosophers story entitled “Action Philosophy” by Fred Van Lente (fredvanlente) and Ryan Dunlavey (ryandunlavey)! 
Do you, human, use the internet? If so, you must read this story! Do it! Then thank FVL and Dunlavey at NYCC… and, as further thanks for how they’ve bettered your human existence. pick up the awesome Action Philosophers hardcover collection the Wednesday after that!

pizza-party:

DHP #2 features the FINAL Action Philosophers story entitled “Action Philosophy” by Fred Van Lente (fredvanlente) and Ryan Dunlavey (ryandunlavey)! 

Do you, human, use the internet? If so, you must read this story! Do it! Then thank FVL and Dunlavey at NYCC… and, as further thanks for how they’ve bettered your human existence. pick up the awesome Action Philosophers hardcover collection the Wednesday after that!

fredvanlente
fredvanlente:

New ACTION PHILOSOPHERS? Yes! New ACTION PHILOSOPHERS! @RyanDunlavey and I have a all-new 8pp story in next Wednesday’s DARK HORSE COMICS #2 (preview it here) that isn’t about an individual thinker per se, but more of a summation of all we learned doing the series and a survey of logical fallacies to help you argue with people on the Internet. Because that’s what all about, right? 
And that story will be included as the “Afterward” in the splendiferously beautiful 10th anniversary ACTION PHILOSOPHERS: THE UBER EDITION HC coming from Dark Horse in just one! Short Month! (Pre-order it here.)
Is this not proof that we love you?!

fredvanlente:

New ACTION PHILOSOPHERS? Yes! New ACTION PHILOSOPHERS! @RyanDunlavey and I have a all-new 8pp story in next Wednesday’s DARK HORSE COMICS #2 (preview it here) that isn’t about an individual thinker per se, but more of a summation of all we learned doing the series and a survey of logical fallacies to help you argue with people on the Internet. Because that’s what all about, right? 

And that story will be included as the “Afterward” in the splendiferously beautiful 10th anniversary ACTION PHILOSOPHERS: THE UBER EDITION HC coming from Dark Horse in just one! Short Month! (Pre-order it here.)

Is this not proof that we love you?!

Next wednesday marks my 30th week on art duties for Tiny Dick Adventures. Ryan Sohmer & company have been a joy to work with since day one. There’s no shortage of fun stuff to draw every week and it’s also given me the opportunity to try out and learn lots of new coloring techniques. I usually hate coloring but I’m very happy with the results I’ve been getting, especially on the strips posted above. There’s lots more strips on the website, so go catch up!

Throwback Thursday: Stuperpowers!

Some of my art from the self-published RPG I did with a bunch of friends back in the late 90’s / early 00’s. Shown here is some powers I drew for the 2nd edition: “Turn Skin Into Aluminum Siding” “Drop 50’ Toilets From The Sky” “Summon Groupies” “Tie Shoelaces Together” “Summon Curious Toddler” “Meatneato” “Acid Blood” “See 2 Seconds Into The Future” and “Throw Self 30’ Into A Random Direction”. Lots more on the Stuperpowers Tumblr!

Sketch Dump: The Final Chapter! Some cruel-but-accurate portraits of myself at ages 14, 16 & 18 (what a dummy), unfinished comic about how my kid beats me up in his sleep, & a gag about how if Robin could have avoided becoming Nightwing (ugh) if he just started wearing pants.

Sketch dump part 2: Storm Shadow & B.A.T., creepy Peanuts, Rat Fink dude, River City Ransom/X-Men, Robotron 2084 player, Rom & Ghost Rider, Spidey, Thing, Dr Cowboy, Tommy Atomic & The Thing again. I draw way too many superheroes.

Welcome to my sketch dump of various art flotsam that’s been haunting my hard drive: Big Barda, bulldog & elf characters from an old animation project, some DIg Dug monsters, an unfinished Justice League thing, Living Laser & Dr Doom, Mojo, Longshot. All never-to-be-finished beyond what you see here, so I thought I’d share before the high-res files get archived away forever. Lots more where this came from!