Nostalgia

Easter… Then and Now

How times have changed. Take a look at these Easter photos old and new.

Easter 1972. I was terrified. But in my defense, the bunny had a HUMAN FACE!

And now. Here I am with my kiddo. At first, I thought he was scared, too, but upon closer examination it looks like he’s smiling gleefully at forcing me to stand so close to the object of my mortal terror.

Posted by cullenbunn on April 08, 2012  /   Posted in Family, General, Slave to Nostalgia

The Inner Circle

My pal and co-creator of The Sixth Gun, Brian Hurtt, may kill me for posting this.

Brian is one of those guys that, no matter how awesome he is, he always thinks he can do better. And–yeah–he’s grown a lot as an artist in the 17 years since he did this work, but it’s still pretty great stuff! When I uncovered the artwork in some old files, I just knew I had to share.

This was technically my first collaboration with Brian… not in comics… but in board games.

Years ago, small group of people, including myself, decided to put together a horror-themed board game called The Inner Circle. I believe we called ourselves “Thieves Guild Games.” The game itself was a lot like Arkham Horror, I guess, with each player taking the role of a character (vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and other supernatural types) and moving around the game board (which looked like a city), collecting cards, and  trying to reach the Inner Circle to accomplish some individual goal. We had the rules figured out, the characters created, and we just needed artwork. Brian was among the small group of artists we contacted to bring the game to life.

He was tasked with creating artwork for game cards with names like “Ankh” and “Shaman” and “Directive From Below” and “Blood-Sucking Lawyer.” Below are just a few of the pieces he did. I have some of the artwork that others contributed, too, but I don’t know how to reach any of the artists. Brian’s the only one who stuck with me after all this time.

Sometimes I think that if the game had been in development now, during the age of Kickstarter, it might have actually reached publication. Alas, it’s now just another one of those things that might have been, having fallen victim to lack of funding, inter-personal drama, and other idea killers.

Still, a fun walk down memory lane. Hope you enjoy.

“Diabolical, Fanatical Occultist,” “Atlantean Crystal,” and “That Mobster Guy” Read More

Posted by cullenbunn on January 04, 2012  /   Posted in Slave to Nostalgia

Hero Comics Presents… Captain Cosmo!

When I was 12 years old, my pal Doug and I founded HERO COMICS. This was not my first foray into the world of funny books. Years earlier, I had created MATTER MAN on several pages of onion skin paper. And not long after that I wrote and illustrated a 10-issue run of X-Lazer Nights (Yes, “Lazer” with a “Z” and “Nights” with an “N” although I later retconned it into “Knights”). Those books had been done for classroom friends. HERO COMICS was something different. We intended to sell these comics at conventions and make our fortune. We had four books in are line-up: Fatman, Chuck Frog, and Wise Wizard’s Words (an advice comic–for real!). Our flagship character, though, was Captain Cosmo, a superheroic alien with big muscles, a big smile, and an even bigger heart. I still have a couple of copies of Captain Cosmo and Fatman left over from those good old days.

And so… throwing my own personal shame aside… I present for you the entire first issue of Captain Cosmo, written and illustrated by 12-year-old Cullen Bunn.

Publishers can start lining up now to have me relaunch the character… only in the new version he’s much more extreme.

Cover of the first (and only) issue

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Posted by cullenbunn on November 16, 2011  /   Posted in Art Gallery, Comics, Distractions, Slave to Nostalgia
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