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Static in my atticSep 7, 2018

Maybe should’ve gone to one of those VHS-to-DVD shops…?

SDCCI ’18 Photo RecapAug 9, 2018


San Diego Comic-Con 2018 has come and gone, like a peyote-fueled fever dream, leaving in its wake tens of thousands of sweat-covered popular arts fans/aficionados who either spent a lot of money or made a lot of money. Individual results may vary, but it was a fine year for Cool Jerk. Fine, I tell you. I had a secret product: the three-volume collection of my long-rumored “Like, For Shore!” college strips. These were limited to 75 editions and I literally had them under wraps and off the table because they were made especially for Cool Jerk patrons who have all the books. So a bunch of you SDCC attendees had first crack at these college strips that begat Cool Jerk, and now I’m happy to announce they’re available for the general public via my Cool Jerk store, here!

It was terrific to see so many of you, year after year. Some I’ve known for decades, some in just the last year or two. And I met a fair chunk of new readers who I’m sure to see in the years ahead. Thank you so much for coming by my little island in the middle of the convention center. Now, it’s time for the photo recap!


Let’s start with Kolchak the night stalker. Obscure if you’re younger than 60, a mandatory Google search if you’re younger than 45.


Another obscure cosplay, Artemus Gordon and James West, from Salma Hayek’s best movie.


Here’s Matt and Jess, from their Netflix shows.


Also courtesy Netflix, here’s Luke Cage.


Delightful StormPixxieCosplay (her Instagram handle) cosplaying Teen Titan Raven.


Just not a comic convention without a slave Leia, but hey! Props to the mail-order inflatable Jabba costume!


And if you’re going to cosplay Storm of the X-Men, you’ve just gotta use white contact lenses. Just gotta.


Speaking of Storm, there’s another one in the background there, behind the Grandmaster and Topaz (both as seen in “Thor: Ragnarok”).


Here I am with fellow Reno alum Mary Crawley, who remembers my comics from the days of UNR Sagebrush and the Reno Gazette-Journal. We discovered that we had a mutual friend in Bob Adams, and sadly I had to tell her of Bob’s suicide in 2013.


Here’s my new buddy @KariLikeSafari wearing a t-shirt that says “Impeach Trump”… in Gallifreyan.


Victorian sexy time with Mina Murray and Vlad Dracula.


Catwoman and Zatanna picked up a couple Cool Jerk books, and the next thing I knew they were casing a dude’s hand-made jewelry and artworks two tables down.


Mrs. Waterford read one of my Cool Jerk collections last night. Oops. #spoilers


Damn. Here’s “Sherman” Tank (his name, really) as John Coffey from “The Green Mile.” Complete with mouse.


Not certain what their official cosplay names are, but that’s a Wasp/Jolibee mashup with Grimace/Thanos. With the Infinity Oven Mitt. Of course.


While Darlene was wandering around the floor, she spotted the Mystery Science Theater 3000 family…


…a Dora Milaje (“Black Panther”) and Michonne (“The Walking Dead”)…


Erik Killmonger and Shuri (both from “Black Panther”)…


…and a female Magneto, plus Mystique in mid-morph.


From Hulu’s original series “GLOW,” here’s Zoya the Destroya!


If not the first Snake Plissken I’ve seen… certainly the best Snake Plissken I’ve seen.


In the parking garage, X-Men Psylocke and Colossus (apparently his nickname even out of costume, if you catch what I’m sayin’).


One of the best costumes of the show. Bravo to you, King of the Pink Panther tribe.


Here’s Gambit and Phoenix, the latter possessed by symbiote Venom. I wish the photo would do her justice, but VenomPhoenix had super-sharp shark teeth.


Long-time pal, journalistic colleague and breakfast buddy Lisa O’Malley somehow got past security to visit. CALL SECURITY!


Think I’ll wrap this up with a couple adorbz cosplayers. The first is She-Hulk, with what her mom says is “her favorite fighting pose”…


…and lil’ clown Pennywise (I’ll remind you of last year’s Georgie Denbrough). Horror clearly has no age limit.

Sweet Sixteen: Cool Jerk at San Diego Comic-Con 2018Jul 18, 2018

This year is the sixteenth consecutive year that Cool Jerk set up shop in Small Press at San Diego Comic-Con International (map below). The weather forcast says it’ll be muggy with a chance of drenched armpits. And that’s INSIDE the convention center!


This year I have a special treat for all of you who have the complete Cool Jerk library: Like, For Shore! The Complete Works. It’s three volumes collecting more than 170 college-era strips that preceded Cool Jerk. Armpit, Puppy and the rest of the Spittle Beach gang are all there, and I remastered nearly every strip in graphite. The first printing is in a very limited run of 75 signed and numbered copies, and San Diego Comic-Con attendees will have first crack at buying them. Sold as a set, $18.

Also new this year will be a few new Canvas Panel designs, which I’ll Tweet during the show (find me on Twitter: @cooljerk). I also reprinted a stack of old favorites that always seem to sell out. $15 a pop, or $40 if you want a long-form canvas (contains a whole strip, not just one panel), which I can custom-make for you if you order one up in person or online.

I have a limited supply of last year’s runaway hit, the Cool Jerk Enamel Pins. They’re $10 and you get one-of-a-kind original art with each pin. Choose among the Cool word balloon, Jerk thought balloon and/or the ubiquitous CENSORED bar… perfect for any jacket, backpack or tongue piercing!

This year, I want to try something new. It could be awesome, it could be a giant mistake. If you’re reading this mailer and attending Comic-Con, ask about the Cool Jerk BOOK DEAL. It’s on the down-low; I’m not going to advertise it. But ask about the BOOK DEAL. Seriously. It’s totally worth it.

Also worth mentioning are The Girl Who Kicked The Donut Habit (Darlene’s second comic) and the Jerkopædia (Official Style Guide to Cool Jerk), both of which I’ll have on hand. Also running a bit low on t-shirts, but I’ll bring what I have.

Here’s a locator for your convenience. Thanks for following Cool Jerk and hope to see you at the show!

SDCCI ’17 Photo RecapAug 5, 2017


Was it the lack of a kidney stone (and accompanying stents)? Was it the oppressive humidity? Was it the sobering reality that a sentient sack of spray-tanned dicks is running this country? Dunno, but this year’s San Diego Comic-Con felt like an ode to the best of previous years. This was the first time since 2003 that the Cool Jerk table wasn’t in Small Press K-10… we moved next door to the K-9 corner spot. Woo-hoo!


Sales were tremendous; lots of people — friends and new faces alike — came by the table to chat or buy the newly unveiled Cool Jerk Enamel Pins (limited run of 100 per design), each of which came bagged with an original penciled-and-inked drawing of a favorite Cool Jerk character. Canvas Panels did well, with the”Chupacabraccino” and “Trump is a literal bag of dicks” panels selling out instantly. I discovered that my Cool Jerk T-shirt inventory is running thin in some sizes, and as a result I lost a few potential sales. (MEMO TO SELF: Make more panels and T-shirts!)

Sincere gratitude to everyone who squeezed in a visit (and purchase) into their comic-con schedule, and to Darlene who manned the table, kept us fed and hydrated, and brought our doggy downtown to experience his first comic-con (see below).

As the recently passed June Foray would famously say, “And now here’s something we hope you’ll really like!”


Starting off with another Twin Peaks selfie, because #peaksfreak. This was taken the day before the convention opened, during set-up. SHHH! DON’T TELL ANYONE!!


Stranger Things 2 building wrap, seen in the Gaslamp Quarter a block-and-a-half from the convention center. Netflix was really pushing their original content, incl. The Defenders.


Of course, HBO’s Game of Thrones had a big presence. I wonder what was inside this crate?


Our dog, The Doctor, cosplayed as Doctor Strange (complete with Eye of Agamotto and custom-made Cape of Levitation). Here he is wowing the paparazzi outside Hall B. At one point I think he was trending on Twitter. We thought he’d wig the F out but he took it all in stride, sometimes letting people pet his head or give high-fives.


Traffic in front of our row in Small Press always includes a lot of cosplayers. Here’s Nightwing, Batgirl and Deadpool.


Here’s Spider-Man, Black Cat and Ted Washington (our super-chill and talented table neighbor for two years running).


As always, sketches are 100% free. Here’s a reader who picked up another Cool Jerk book (working his way through my library) and an enamel pin.


Hawkgirl, here, with expanding and contracting wings plus a glowing mace. Her similarly costumed partner Hawkman was elsewhere on the floor.


Here’s a Bob Ross cosplayer, proving the Cosplay Well of Ideas in bottomless.


You can call her Laura, you can call her X-23, you can even call her the all-new Wolverine… just don’t call her before she’s had her coffee.


Jennifer Walters, better known as She-Hulk. Always a popular cosplay option, and aside from the non-green tummy, she nailed it.


Wish I’d gotten some video of Lil the Dancer (“Twin Peaks- Fire Walk With Me”). She got the blinking, puckering, stepping in place and hand gestures down pat. “She’s my mother’s sister’s girl.”


Spooky stuff coming next. Let’s float with Georgie Denbrough (“IT”)…


…and beg for mercy from Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface.


Very well done Kim Possible


…maybe second only to Carrie Kelley Robin, here.


No, that’s not “female Venom” — that’s the Julia Carpenter version of Spider-Woman (aka Arachne). Cosplayers love it when you ID them properly and get their alter egos correct.


Along with the Scooby Gang (up top), this might be my favorite cosplay team-up: Gogo Yubari and her death ball & chain from “Kill Bill.”


Wandering the floor, Darlene and I came across J. Jonah Jameson (publisher of The Daily Bugle)…


…an on-point Mystique (forget the scaly Jennifer Lawrence versions)…


…and Red Sonja holding a decapitated head with an iPhone embedded in the skull. Crazy world.


Initially thought the gal on the left was Deathbird, but the costume details say she’s a female (and feather-heavy) variant of Magneto. Next to her is the queen of the Inhumans, Medusa.


Speaking of Inhumans, Marvel had a life-size Lockjaw on display. Such hugs!


People just love doggies, I guess. Even when they’re so cute they make you want to tear your own face off.


Darlene spotted this kid cosplaying Dustin from Stranger Things and nearly got whiplash from the double take. Bravo!


This would be the first and only Bebop & Rocksteady from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I’ve seen.


Also, The Maker (evil Reed Richards from another dimension) scores points for obscurity and originality.


While working the table, Darlene handed off a Cool Jerk book to actual-size Ant-Man. THIS IS NOT FORCED PERSPECTIVE HE REALLY WAS SEVEN INCHES TALL I SWEAR.


Offered without commentary.


“Hey, Moon Knight… can you tell me who just called?” “What’s the matter, Daredevil… you blind or something?” *awkward silence*


Here’s a brief crossplay round-up: female versions of Gambit and Spider-Man, in both conventional and “Iron Spider” outfits.


And while I’d thought this was a Hayley Atwell-inspired Peggy Carter/Captain America mashup, Pandora Grayson told me she’s actually a 1940s-era female Captain America.


Longtime friends John & Charlene came by the table again this year, no doubt an overwhelming experience for everyone.


Here’s a Frank Frazetta painting come to life. All that was missing was a knife-swinging protagonist and a nude girl.


And as luck would have it (?), a nude girl did show up a few minutes later. Yes, that’s body paint and a thong… nothing else. I decided to try out my Cool Jerk “CENSORED” enamel pin.

Cool Jerk and San Diego Comic-Con ’17Jul 19, 2017

It's a bookmark! It's a coupon! It's your lucky day!


Today begins Cool Jerk’s 15th straight year exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con International. Come find us in Small Press (K9), right next to the same spot we’ve had since 2003. Got some new stuff, some old favorites, and some ridonkulous, show-only deals on Cool Jerk books (see above)!


We’ve been thinking of doing Cool Jerk Enamel Pins for a couple years now (originally thinking of Velcro patches to wear on hats or sew onto backpacks), but this year we’re debuting the first three designs. They’re really spiff! Most places sell enamel pins for $10, and I’m no exception… but do they include ORIGINAL ARTWORK with each pin? Yep— each backing board has a drawing by yours truly! Choose from pre-drawn ones or request a special someone! Each one is a limited print run of 100 and when they’re gone, they’re gone. SPECIAL ‘CON DEAL: Buy all three, get a book for free!


We still have copies of last summer’s The Girl Who Kicked The Donut Habit, the follow up to 2012’s The Girl With The Donut Tattoo which sold out after three printings. It’s another venture into Darlene’s food-centric world, and pays homage to her mom who passed away unexpectedly in 2014. It’s 24 color pages of comics, recipes, a centerfold (?!?) and costs six bucks with $1 of each sale benefiting the Colon Cancer Alliance. Be sure to get one from Darlene directly so she can sign it for you!

I’m kind of burning through my limited run of Jerkopædia— The Official Visual Style Guide to Cool Jerk, the MUST-HAVE for fans of Cool Jerk (or comic strips in general), character design and animation model sheets. And it’s much more than just fun drawings… it’s fun drawings WITH ANNOTATIONS! Find out who walks around commando! Discover the secret of Armpit’s feet! When was Arms-Over-Head Guy’s first appearance? This guide has it all AND MUCH MORE. It’s 24 pages, professionally printed with a heavy stock color cover, six bucks.

Folks just love Canvas Panels and I’ll be debuting several more varieties at the show! How about a panel depicting a Human Centipede diagram? Or the Chupacabraccino?? A mere $15 a pop for hand-sized artwork, suitable for any room in the house!


Further on that, I’m also selling a few Long-form Cool Jerk Canvases of some fan-favorite strips! They’re $35 each, which is surprisingly the most expensive item at the table. Don’t see your personal favorite? I’ll also be taking orders at the table, which I can then ship out for free!

We’ll also have all the other items you could ever possibly want:

• All Cool Jerk books, and they’re discounted for the show! Get ‘em here, get ‘em signed and avoid shipping fees!
• T-shirts in a variety of styles, fits (M or F) and sizes! All shirts are $15-$20. CHEAP!
• Stickers, buttons and the like!
• As ever, sketches are free!

Click it to find the Zoya the Destroya cosplayer!


Here’s a map I made while you were binge-watching “Glow.” To recap, we’re right next to the same spot we’ve always been, Small Press K9, a stone’s throw from the communal baths/vomitorium/emergency cosplay repair stations.

Find us on Twitter — @cooljerk and @darleneeats. We’ll be live-Tweeting throughout!

See you there!

Denver Comic Con ’17 photo-heavy recap!Jul 7, 2017

Thank you, Utah!

I’m back from another terrific Denver Comic Con and thoroughly exhausted. That’s a 16-hour drive from San Diego and somewhat foolhardy to attempt in one clip… let alone doing it again three days later! It’s too bad I missed last year (due to kidney stone situation) as I’d be able to claim an uninterrupted run of Denver shows, but alas. Once again, I’m amazed at how many attendees show their “colors”— either in full cosplay (matching the exact costume/appearance of a character), partial cosplay (carrying a comic prop/wearing zombie makeup but otherwise dressed normally) or just wearing comic/pop culture t-shirts, hats or other items.

Thanks to everyone who came by the table to buy some Cool Jerk stuff or just to check out my comics and say hi. And special thanks to the visually talented sibling team of Justin Orr and Hilary Orr (who I partnered with on securing tables this year) and to longtime friend Monica Mendoza, who filled in for Darlene as my table slave. Much appreciated! And now, onto the pix:


Staring things off with X-23 (the grown-up comics version of lil’ Laura from “Logan”) and Shaggy, I guess…?


Couple straight outta the Twilight Zone! (Specifically, the “Eye of the Beholder” episode.)


Cosplay team goals! Here are the Powerpuff Girls


…and the Maitlands from “Beetlejuice.” Wish I got a better pic, but you’ll just barely see Barbara is holding the Handbook for the Recently Deceased.


No exaggeration, I saw probably 7-8 distinctly different couples cosplaying Beast Boy and Raven… but these two were the best.


Bill Cosby’s hung jury legal battle had just barely left the news cycle when HEY HEY HEY Fat Albert shows up.


New buddy Sarina Garcia (we have several mutual friends, at least one of whom told her to seek out Cool Jerk at DCC), wearing the latest in Joker/Duela Dent fashion.


Meet Jennifer Walters— part-time lawyer and full-time She-Hulk.


Not 100% certain, but I think the hulked-out She-Hulk (previous pic) also cosplayed Scarlet Witch the next day (seen here with comics husband Vision).


Denver Comic Con wouldn’t be the same without Isabelle and Alexx (and their hostage, far right). Isabelle usually comes as Firestorm but this year she changed it up and cosplayed Huntress Wizard from “Adventure Time.”


Behold… the Grandmaster! (At the time of this photo, I was the only one who ID’d this dude correctly.)


Not all cosplay is comics-, science fiction-, or fantasy-related… or even recent! Here’s Tippi Hedren from “The Birds.”


Here’s an obligatory Disney princess… Megara! (That hairdo is on point!)


Captain Britain and Queen Saturnyne (WOW that’s obscure!) came by the table. For their totally original, Alan Davis-inspired cosplay I comped them a Cool Jerk book. They returned a few minutes later and bought another one. (I initially thought she was Queen Meggan from a different timeline/dimension from that of Marvel’s 616 but hey, how about I get a little bit more geeky whaddyasay?)


And I figure I should end with a… I’m… I’m not even sure what I’m looking at. Yes, that’s the Riddler, but…


Monica shared my bewilderment at the 400% scale, hyperrealistic, bawling babyhead woman.

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