April 7th/ RocCon
April 20-21/ Boston
September 7th-8th/ Baltimore Comic Con
September 13th-15th/ Cincinnati Comic Expo
October 10-13th/ New York Comic Con
Fun and Healthy Facts about the Banana
Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting. After reading these, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.
Banana Tail Con Sketches and Unused Artwork
Click on the images below to see the old and new art of Banana Tail.
Of Banana Tails and Dynamic Duos: artist Mark McKenna discusses life in children's books and comic books
Artist Mark McKenna has redefined "crossover."
Welcome to the second feature of "Spotlight on..."
Kevin West is the man....
Go West Young Monkey (click here to read full article)
Baltimore Comic Con
As we're just under 2 months until the big 10th anniversary show, you may have noticed our on-line activity incrementing. We're sending out PRs, posting notes to blogs/feeds, and updating web pages with increasing frequency with information on guests, exhibitors, retailers, exclusives, Harvey banquet details, and anything else worthy of mention.
As you'll be joining us, we'd know you want the show to be as successful as it can be as do we. Since many of you have significant on-line presences, we have created a graphic that you can post on your web page, blog, feed, message board, or to which you can change your icon, and attach the baltimorecomiccon.com link to encourage your supporters to attend the show. To view the image attached to this e-mail, you may have to tell your e-mail reader to download the pictures, or you can go to can download the image at illseeyouinbaltimore.jpg (or find it now on our main homepage).
We encourage you to post information about your presence at the show, what you'll be offering/promoting, panels on which you'll be participating, and anything else that you think will drive our mutual success.
Thank you again for your participation this year!
OK online radio fans!
Comic-book artist makes superheroes come alive
I've always liked to draw. When I was a kid on Long Island, I
created and drew my own superheroes and monsters. Little did I
know where that would take me. I went to the School of Visual
Arts in Manhattan and graduated with a bachelor's degree in fine
arts in 1982.
Wizard World Philadelphia 2009
A good time was had by all. Mark was even asked to do a panel
on being a professional comic book artist and gave some tips on
comic book inking (click
here to see the pictures). Quite a few fans dressed up as
their fav characters too. Quite a lot of imagination out there!
Leaping off the page
Welcome to a new feature called "Spotlight on..."
This new feature was meant to familiarize the Banana Tail fans
with an artist who I've befriended and in some way smoke screened
over the years. My plan is to get them acquainted with and draw
or paint some aspect of the Banana Tail family of friends and
tell them they will get rich off of it! Its a brilliant plan,
except that now that I've mentioned it here, the banana is out
of the bag(Sorry guys)!
McManus meet McKennus (click here to read full article)
New coloring book pages have been added
Hey, kids! Do you have a picture of Banana Tail or one of his friends that you've drawn or colored? We'd love to see your pictures. So, what are you waiting for? Click the link below to start coloring away.
Banana Tail has joined with a new digital home!
Banana Tail has joined with a new digital home! KIDJUTSU.com is an exciting new website for kids that allows a fan to download kids comics and the original Banana Tail storybook as one of them! More then 120 "kid friendly" comic books are available to read for FREE at Kidjutsu!
Banana Tail was added to Kid Jutsu
"I recently joined Kid Jutsu, a website where kids can read, discover, and share comics.
Mark McKenna: Catching A Banana By His Tail
Banana Tail Reviewed at Comics Bulletin
Heres a fantastic Banana Tail hard cover book review done by reviewer Alex Rodriguez (the other A-Rod) for Comics Bulletin..."The cover of this book says it all -- this is a fun read for parents and a great time for kids! Banana Tail is the story of a monkey, who since he was a baby was told by his mother "Eat too many bananas -- That's what you will be...."
It's a week after I attended my first Miami Book Fair International and Iím finally coming down from the euphoria surrounding that show. Iíve done many a comic convention in my 24 years of being a comic book pro, but at Book Fair I was a first-timer, there to promote and sell Banana Tail books to the masses. It was the 25th Anniversary of the Book Fair but the inaugural year for the Comix Galaxy to introduce fans to the power of comic books, graphic novels and other related products from our universe.
More then 300,000 book fans attended the show over the 3 day span. The Comix Galaxy tents were set up at one of the entrances, so many of the fans who attended had no choice but to walk through our world to get to the rest of the Book Fair...great idea!
There is just way too much material to cover and far too many new friends to mention here as well as everything that surrounded us for 3 full days. I could fill a book with all my memories of the show. I will say that I sent 4 cases of books to the Fair 3 weeks ahead of time. One was completely lost by Federal Express. No notice or attempt on their part to let me know this happened until I got to the Comix Galaxy tent and saw 3 of the 4 cases and contacted Fed Ex's customer service, only to have the rep tell me that the case had been missing for 10 days. "Sorry, but you have to file a claim," the rep tells me. I donít understand how that casualness helps me in anyways but I guess Iím just another victim of circumstances, eh?
Anyways, of the 3 cases that I did have at the Fair, my buddy Mike and I sold every single hard cover Banana tail book we had shippedÖalmost 100 books in all! We also moved every other single item we had at our booth except a few tee shirts. I gave away over 200 bookmarks and probably 75 business cards. I was actually short on merchandise and thatís certainly a credit to the reading community of Miami! I was curious about the follow up interest on this here website now that Banana tail had a couple more hundred fans and I am pleased as banana pudding pie to tell you that my website hits that were averaging 1300 a day PRE Book Fair spiked to a whopping 3600 hits a day the 2 days following the Book Fair!
All in all, the show could't have been better for us save for the case of lost books. Thanks for opening up your hearts and imaginations, Miami!
I want to give a special "shout out" to our humble leader, John Shableski of Diamond Books for truly being the workhorse behind the scenes who was there before the beginning and Im sure left after the lights had dimmed. John was making sure that the Book Fair warehouse did their best to drop the books at the proper booths and make sure there were as few hitches as possible. Without John's enthusiasm and beliefs going into this unknown territory, I never would have made the trek from New York to Miami, despite the 85 degree weather :o)
A big "ups" to my buddy, New Jersey police officer Mike White AKA Off White for truly giving new meaning to the phrase "carnival barker" but in the nicest of ways. Without Mikeís unending support and beliefs that selling a book about a monkey who thinks heís turning into a banana is a great idea, I salute you, sir! Iím sure with your Energizer Bunny-like energy you most likely helped me double sales. Just a great job by a true friend!
If you want to get some perspective by reporter Oscar Pedro Musibay of Publishers weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6615371.html?nid=2789
Some "shout outs": Helen Tse (seen here with legendary Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegleman) who took pictures of our crew at retail book store Books And Books Helenís book Sweet Mandarin - a memoir is the true inspirational story of three generations of Chinese women and their journey from East to West. Chosen by Barnes and Noble in their top 8 non fiction selection, featured in Redbook (Dec 08), this is a heart warming story of survival against the odds. The Graphic novel adaptation is coming soon. www.sweetmandarin.com
My boys from up in the Great White North, Jim, Long and Matt of Udon Entertainment: www.udonentertainment.com
My good buddy, who I never seem to spend enough time speaking with, John Gallagher: http://www.buzzboy.net/addbuzzboy.html
Mitchell Kaplan, co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and owner of Books and Books: www.booksandbooks.com.
Carol Fitzgerald: www.graphicnovelreporter.com
Robin Brenner: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com
Alex Rodriguez : www.comicsbulletin.com
Full Sail Animation Update!
For those of you who have heard me talk about the animation being done for me by Full Sail University, I was able to pry a 37 second segment of the animation project away from the overseeing teacher Steve Akehurst. Actually, Steve was kind to have an intern work through more then 5 minutes of unedited 3D animation and edit a nice little portion of the work into a nice little trailer.
You will need Quicktime to see this little gem.
So without further ado... Banana Tail Trailer
A New Comic Book Interview with Mark McKenna.
Banana Tail creator Mark McKenna was interviewed recently about his work on a new Batgirl mini series for DC Comics. For the full interview click here: www.comicon.com/pulse/
Scroll down to McKENNA INKING BATGIRL & OTHER ICONS for a link to the full interview
Mark recently visited Full Sail University down in Winter Park, Florida to do a presentation for the students on how Banana Tail was created and to discuss his lengthy career as a comic book artist. Mark discussed how the two creative forces merged in his life as well as the background on his home life and college experience.
Full Sail University is an accredited school that offers degree programs in Computer Animation, Digital Arts and Design, Game Development, Graphic Design and much more.
At the invitation of the head of the animation dept and all-around great guy, teacher Steve Akehurst, Mark had a full agenda for his 2 day visit to the Full Sail campus. After his hour-plus long presentation, Mark was carted around the campus for a tour of the mind-boggling Full Sail facility.
Thinking that Full Sail was a small, single building complex, Mark's eyes were opened wide by the sheer attack of technology on his senses. Motion Capture rooms, full recording studios, indoor and outdoor stage sets and so much more. Needless to say, Full Sail is a serious, big time multimedia university. Go ahead and visit the site and see for yourself: www.fullsail.edu
Back to Steve Akehurst. Steve is a comic book fan and also primarily responsible, along with some truly gifted students, for working on a 3D Banana Tail computer-generated project, that should soon be completed and possibly be made available through this site. Banana Tail was brought to Steve, by a, now graduate and teacher at Full Sail, Math Smith, who's early 3D anaimtion can be seen here at this website. I can't thank these 2 guys enough...
Ted Isla, President of the Full Sail SIGGRAPH Chapter and Apple Campus Representative, wrote about Mark's visit in his website.
"The Full Sail SIGGRAPH chapter welcomed professional comic book artist Mark McKenna to speak to Full Sail University students about his 25 year experience in his industry. McKenna went over the start of his career, the business, and story conception of his independent childrenís book titled Banana Tail."
"McKenna was honest and very encouraging about achieving your goals. During Q&A he gave sincere advice to the students on becoming a professional artist. What I enjoyed most about McKennaís presentation today was his down to Earth personality and thick New York accent. We welcome Mr. McKenna to come back to our campus any time in the near future."
KIDS LOVE COMICS!
Kids Love Comics! — and here are some c love kids! Featuring fun stories, how-to's, and more, by some of comics' top all-ages creators! John Gallagher's Buzzboy! Scott Sava's Dreamland Chronicles! Patrick the Wolfboy! Roboy Red! Banana Tail — and more! All hosted by Jimmy Gownley's < Rules! characters! Plus: A Super-Cool Guide and Recommended Reading List of the best in Kids' Comics! A great introduction (and helpful guide) to comics for readers of all-ages!
Mark attended Free Comic Book Day at Grasshopper Comics in Williston Park, NY, which is held on the first Saturday in May each year. This year's event was on May 3rd and it was a great success! It's a national event where comic books are given away for free across North America - what a great way to get your hands on some awesome comic books! It went so well that Grasshopper Comic's store owner John, emailed Mark to ask him to come back next year! Visit Grasshopper Comics website.
Im starting the new year by giving all my fans a gift....
I am trying out a new venue for the original Banana Tail soft
cover edition on a website called WOWIO.com.
All you have to do is click on the banner above and BINGO! Banana
Tail pops up for you to download for
Nobody will bother you, no hidden gimmicks! Just good clean monkey business..... Honest!
If you want to see more comic book art from your favorite monkey creator, visit Serendipity Art Sales.
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