Last Saturday, Jake Richmond and I attended the Grit City Comic Show. I purchased a table in 2020. The show shut down in 2020 because of the pandemic. The showrunners postpone all tables until 2021. In 2021, my son was born. Grit City was kind enough to allow me to table in 2022.

I was apprehensive. No one appreciates a Totally Naked hero. Go figure. Conventions are usually an enormous waste of money for me. And the vibe from the fans is always… deflating. However, this was not the case at Grit City. The people there wanted to read indie comics. It did help that the entrance fee was cheap and there were no major celebrities there. Why spend money on comics when you can pay 500 bucks for a picture of the cast of Firefly?

I had a lot of fun at Grit City. I want to try to go next year. It was fantastic. This event inspired me to get back to the drawing desk.

-Illya

 

Here is an illustration by Jack “Action Jason” Brinatte.

Back in my Zetaman days, Jack created many of my outfits. I was so lucky to find a skilled tailor. Jack has done a lot of work to help others over the years. Recently, he’s been hard at work on is AA in Graphic Design. Jack sells https://www.etsy.com/shop/JacksHeroWares?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=957819796. Jack also has a YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIkIg4CuVRXXsimXBfftmiw.

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Man-Man, by Illya King

I’m working on a new one-shot, Man-Man the Barbarian. The first page drops this Friday at https://man-man.mythosimprint.com/.

Readers of Totally Naked Man may remember Man-Man from Naked Man Comics #4 in 2012. In issue 4, Totally Naked Man and friends transported to the planet Fabulon, where they met Man-Man. The Yellow Skull, disguise as Turtle-tor, tried to conquer the planet.

Man-Man is a homage or parody of the character He-Man. People who know me know that I’m a fan of the old Mattel action figure line and Filmation cartoon. The franchise has had a small renaissance in recent years. Perhaps is it is because old people like me have money to splurge on comics and toys. I’m celebrating my fondness of the property with drawing a parody comic.

I hope this story will get a laugh or two. I love fun lighthearted stories. I’m excited to put my own wacky twist on this old 80’s IP.

I illustrated a tribute to one of my friends who passed away in July. Dale Pople was a friend from my old Zetaman days. He kept in contact through social media long after I retired. He was a huge supporter of Totally Naked Man. At one point we were talking about putting together a Totally Naked Man package for Adult Swim. Dale’s influence is found in my comics. The story of S’p’r H’ro is a theme in Holly Wood: Space Diva. The spaceships in Zetaman is a recycled design from a movie project of Dale’s.

A writer friend of mine wrote a good blog about Dale at https://teakrulos.com/2020/07/20/death-of-a-superhero/.

Dale was always a supporter of other people. He supported their projects and their personal growth. I wish I had more words. I don’t know what else to say except I will miss him. And thank you, Dale, for the impact you’ve made in my life.

Superhero and the Real Life Superheroes.