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Book Update #32: Fall 2014

posted 15 December 2014
In August, I flew to Chicago to let a smart G.I. Joe fan read Chapters 1-10 of my book and offer feedback. In October I visited a fine artist who sculpted for Hasbro. Later I drove to Rhode Island for a follow-up with a vehicle designer, and trained it to NY for a chat with a famous toy developer. I also telephoned some movie types for a helpful interview. Recently, editor Nick has taken passes on Chapter 9 Draft 6, Ch. 10 Draft 5, Ch. 11 Draft 3, and Ch. 12 Draft 1. I'll incorporate his comments, plus I'm writing Draft 1 of Chs. 13, 14, 15, and X.

Tim Finn GI Joe book

Comic Book Store Goings-On

posted 15 December 2014
It's been a great year for Hub Comics. In May, Joe Quinones signed for the release of Zatanna and Black Canary: Bloodspell. In August we rented the Brattle Theatre for Liz Prince's Tomboy release. Back at the store, three days later we opened our Sailor Moon art show. In November we hosted Raul the Third for Lowriders in Space, and then two weeks later set up at Suffolk University's NESAD gallery to sell copies at Raul's artist talk. And finally, this Saturday December 20th is the opening of Hub Comics' 6th annual Dark Knight on a Dark Night.

Quinones Prince Raul  Hub Comics

Book Update #31: Summer 2014

posted 11 July 2014
Flew to Los Angeles, chatted with Wally Burr and Larry Houston again, and Larry and I visited his local comics shop. Also, I interviewed a former Marvel editor. Back in Boston I talked with a lawyer about Fair Use. At home and at the library, I broke Chapter 12 into two, am shaping draft 1 of Chapter 14, and am trying to track down the last five or ten interviewees I need for the book.

Tim Finn GI Joe book

Interview at 13th Dimension

posted 25 May 2014
Clay N. Ferno and I chat about Hub Comics giving away G.I. Joe #200 and Joe collecting. Over at my blog, I have a post mortem for the Hub Comics giveaway.

Tim Finn GI Joe Hub

G.I. Joe: Retaliation review x2

posted 14 March 2014
Over at my blog I've posted two different film reviews of the live-action G.I. Joe sequel. The first is my written review (with pictures!) of the theatrical release. The second is an audio podcast of the director's cut featuring myself and book editor/smart person Nick Nadel in conversation. What did we think? You'll have to click to find out.

Tim Finn GI Joe Book podcast

My book's on Twitter

posted 22 January 2014
Get updates and read pithy announcements @GIJoeBook.

Tim Finn GI Joe Book twitter

Tabling At MICE

posted 15 September 2013
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is September 28 and 29th -- two days this year! I'll be sketching commissions and I'll have on hand Jet Brick, Four Squares, More Squares, Gore Squares, and TransSpoof! What's TransSpoof, you ask? Why, that's the embarrassing Transformers comic I drew between 8th grade and two-years-after-college!

Tim Finn MICE Boston comic

Book Update #30: Fall 2013

posted 15 September 2013
Made contact with four more interviewees, one has responded so far, another I've already interviewed and transcribed (and now the first two pages of Chapter 12 need to be rewritten), and am still working on Chapters 10, 11, 12, plus now assembling early material for 13. At right, a waveform of part of the four-hour interview I conducted in Los Angeles in July.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Hub Comics, Two Years Later

posted 15 September 2013
Hub Comics manager Jesse Farrell quietly wished me a happy anniversary two weeks back, a poetic reflection of our less frenetic second year as renovations and stock curating have calmed down. Thanks to Jesse, as well as employees Dave McCarthy and Jack Turnbull for their hard work and dedication, along with designers Kelly Wilbur and Matthew Davis of Wilbur Davis Studios for all the lovely furniture they've made (Archie Tower, Giant Bookcase, Dollar Rack).

Hub Comics Tim Finn

Tabling At Boston Comic Con

posted 20 July 2013
Boston Comic Con is two weeks away, August 3 and 4!

Tim Finn Jet Brick Boston comic

Book Update #29: Summer 2013

posted 20 July 2013
Working on Chapters 10, 11, and 12. Did a follow-up interview to clarify content in Chapter 12. Visiting someone on the West Coast to look for storyboards. At right, sometimes I need to see a whole chapter laid out in order to work on it.

Tim Finn GI Joe book

New Comic Now On-Sale Here

posted 27 April 2013
Jet Brick and the Half-Chaste Date, a 26-page comic, and my first solo book since 2006, is now available here at the For Sale page. It's the ups and downs of two weeks in the life of a 20-something guy who has a great first date with an intriguing gal. Check out the cover and interior previews!

Tim Finn Jet Brick Boston comic

New Comic Debuts at Boston Comic Con

posted 10 April 2013
updated 24 June 2013
I'll be tabling at Boston Comic Con August 3 and 4 (rescheduled from April 20 and 21), selling Jet Brick and the Half-Chaste Date, my first solo comic in seven years. Click on the image at right for a tease.

Tim Finn Jet Brick Boston comic

10 Things You Didn't Know About G.I. Joe

posted 26 March 2013
Just in time for that big budget sequel I've been hearing about, I wrote an article for pop culture blog TheFW.

Tim Finn G.I. Joe

Next Appearance: Boston Comic Con

posted 26 April 2013
updated 24 June 2013
I'll be tabling next to Joe Quinones at Boston Comic Con the weekend of August 3 and 4 (rescheduled from April 20 and 21). I'll be selling Gore Squares, TransSpoof, sketches, and a debuting a new comic. Check back here in April for more.

Tim Finn comic

Book Update #28: Winter 2013

posted 27 February 2013
Progress from the past semester: Starting a third draft of Chapter 10, a second draft of Chapter 11, and early work on a first draft of Chapter 12. Also for Chapter 12: found some photos, interviewed three media people who will fill out the narrative there. Also, interviewed a toy designer to better balance the opening of Chapter 9, which I had thought was done, but turns out really needed this interview. At right, editor Nick Nadel and I working on Chapter 11 in January.

Tim Finn G.I. Joe book Nick Nadel

Dark Knight on a Dark Knight 2012

posted 27 February 2013
Coming down from the walls at Hub Comics at the end of last month was the 4th annual Dark Knight on a Dark Knight show of Batman (a Dark Knight) art to celebrate the winter solstice (a dark night). My contribution, originally drawn this summer when I saw "The Dark Knight Rises," is at right. See the art and the opening reception here, and read Mark Perigard's Boston Herald coverage (paper version) here or (online) here.

Tim Finn Batman

Tabling and Panelling at MICE @ Lesley

posted 27 September 2012
The fifth annual MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) is this Saturday, September 29th, from 10am to 7pm in University Hall at Lesley University, Porter Square, Cambridge. I'll be tabling with AIB students and selling Gore Squares. Then at 4:30 I'm moderating the "Mixing Media" panel with guests Doug De Rocher, EJ Barnes, Adrienne Nunez, Raul Gonzalez, and Cathi Chang on the topic of comics as the intersection of low brow and fine art. Admission to the show is free!

Dan Moynihan poster for MICE Tim Finn panel

Hub Comics, One Year Later

posted 08 September 2012
My employees and friends had a surprise party for me at Hub Comics on Tuesday to celebrate the one year anniversary of me taking over the store. The math does work out even if renovations started 14 months ago and our RELAUNCH! party was 9 months ago -- Our first shipment of new comics arrived one year ago on August 30th, 2011. At right: Jack, Erika, Joe, Jesse, Grace, Liz, Dave, Andrew, and Sara. Thanks, gang!

Hub Comics celebrates Tim Finn's first year as store owner

G.I. Joe Field Manual out now

posted 08 September 2012
Jim Sorensen and Bill Forster's great book of G.I. Joe animation model sheets is out. I contributed a few pieces. The book looks great, guys! Attention, Russ Heath fans: this is a treasure chest.

Tim Finn contributed to this G.I. Joe book

Blog Update

posted 08 September 2012
If you haven't been to arealamericanbook.wordpress.com recently, you've missed out on my adventures as a Sunbow intern, the recolored Hit & Run figure that never was, an unseen Joe Kubert sketch of Sgt. Savage, and more. Updates once a week, usually Mondays or Fridays, comments welcome.

Tim Finn G.I. Joe blog

Comicazi Mini-Con This Saturday

posted 17 June 2012
I'll be selling Gore Squares and sketching at the Comicazi Mini-Con in Davis Square, Somerville, this Saturday from 1 to 5pm. It's also Art Beat, so you've got two reasons to come out.

Liz Prince Maris Wicks Joe Quinones "Tim Finn" Gore Squares comics

Book Update #27: Summer 2012

posted 17 June 2012
After a very busy year of school, store, drawing, and blogging, the school portion is over and I've got time to get back to writing my G.I. Joe book. That means finishing that first draft of chapter 10, starting a first draft of chapters 11 and 12, and sending out a few fact-check e-mails.

"Tim Finn" G.I. Joe book

Westport Youth Film Festival 2012

posted 17 June 2012
In June I was the Animation jury at WYFF 2012, held in Bridgeport CT, and run by the super-organized Evan Neidich. Careful observers may have called foul on a perceived bias on my part -- I picked a LEGO stop motion made by a 14-year old boy and my first cartoon was a LEGO stop motion made when I was 14. Competition was fierce, though, and the festival was lovely. Photo at right by Helen Kilsser During.

WYFF photo of Tim Finn by Helen Kilsser During

New Comic @ Boston Comic Con

posted 16 April 2012
This weekend I'm tabling at Boston Comic Con and debuting "Gore Squares," a month-long journal comic I made with Liz Prince, Maris Wicks, and Joe Quinones. "Four Squares" and "More Squares" will also be for sale at the show, and "Gore Squares" has now been added to the Inanimate store. Cover, pg 1, pg 2.

Liz Prince Maris Wicks Joe Quinones "Tim Finn" Gore Squares comics

Larry Hama @ Hub Comics

posted 16 April 2012
Last weekend I organized an artist talk for G.I. Joe scribe Larry Hama at AIB and a signing at Hub Comics. Pictures are here.

Larry Hama G.I. Joe Hub Comics "Tim Finn"

Full page in this week's DigBoston

posted 03 March 2012
I get a cover blurb and almost a full page in the February 29th-March 6th issue of DigBoston. Hub Comics, teaching at AIB, and G.I. Joe all get covered. A longer version should be posted to the DigBoston website in a week. Thanks to interviewer Corey Estlund, photographer Jamie Meditz, and art director Scott Murray for the kind coverage.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

On television

posted 03 March 2012
Somerville, MA has a large per capita population of comics artists. Rachel Strutt of Somerville Community Access Television interviewed me, Liz Prince, and Jef Czekaj for her show "Culture Club." For a half hour we discussed drawing comics, comic book stores, not quitting your day job, and even my G.I. Joe book. Photos here and the whole episode here.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Book Update #26: Winter 2012

posted 03 March 2012
It's not a first draft yet, but I do have an assembly of Chapter 10. Book designer Liz has turned in her first pass of Chapter 9.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Hub Comics' RELAUNCH!

posted 03 March 2012
Last month my comic shop celebrated its new ownership and its 4th anniversary with a big party. We broke a record for store attendance, friends and family travelled from out of state, and customers new and old devoured 102 cupcakes, 8 bottles of wine, and 15 liters of soda. Photos here.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Dark Knight on a Dark Night

posted 03 March 2012
Near the winter solstice Hub Comics celebrates Batman with an annual art show. I contributed this Two-Face piece. Photos of the reception and other work are here.

 

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Interview with Flag Points podcast

posted 19 November 2011
Dave and Don of the G.I. Joe podcast Flag Points interviewed me about my book. We covered research, the cartoon, and toy samples, and talked for so long they broke up the episode into two parts, here and here. ("Flag Points" are the '80s and '90s G.I. Joe toy package proofs of purchase.)

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

I Bought a Comic Book Store

posted 19 November 2011
Hub Comics opened its doors in January 2008, but the store fell on hard times and owner James Welborn passed away this past May. So I stepped in. While maintaining normal business hours, the store has undergone some renovations -- new paint, new bookcases, and de-cluttering. Next: New awning and website. Like us on Facebook! GRAND RE-OPENING PARTY on January 14th! At right, Manager Jesse and I.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Book Update #25: Fall 2011

posted 19 November 2011
Where did summer go? And no updates in such a long time. I've been busy with the blog, which updates Mondays and Fridays. Check out never-seen art and musings on fandom. You can subscribe, and like it on Facebook. Turning to the book proper, Chapter 9 has been delivered to designer Liz, along with its TIFFs and list of what loosely goes where.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

OIAF 2011

posted 19 November 2011
Old news from September: Autumn brings the annual Ottawa International Animation Festival, 5 full days of screenings of films new and old, long and short, domestic and international, and made by individuals or made by studios. This was my 13th consecutive year, and AIB's 6th. We took some Monsterrart and sMFA folk with us.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Blog Launch!

posted 18 June 2011
Two weeks back I launched A Real American Book!, my new blog. It updates 2 or 3 times weekly, and features behind the scenes info on my book, short texts about the making of it (like interviewing, research trips, and treasure hunting) and light commentary on all things G.I. Joe. You can sign up for e-mail alerts and "like" it on Facebook, too.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Book Update #24: BEA 2011

posted 01 June 2011
Last week I attended Book Expo America to network with editors and marketers. A few publishers of fine coffee table books kindly looked at my samples, but the ball's in my court to follow-up. And finish writing the damn thing. Photography wasn't allowed, so here's me at the show entrance within the Javitz Center in NYC.

G.I. Joe "Tim Finn"

Book Update #23: Spring 2011

posted 12 May 2011
Editor Nick was busy being a Segment Producer for a talk show on Hallmark Channel last month, and couldn't check draft 2 of Chapter 9, so I started writing Chapter 10. At right is our last editing session from January.

G.I. Joe "Tim Finn"

My Film @ the ICA/Boston

posted 12 May 2011
Sorry I didn't hype this beforehand, but my film CYMoKay screened this past weekend at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston as part of its bi-annual New England Animators curated show. I attended both days. Photos here at my Flickr page. Yes, I have a Flickr page.

ICA "New England Animators" "Tim Finn"

Book Update #22: Winter 2011

posted 25 February 2011
In December and January I interviewed four key creatives from the DIC seasons of G.I. Joe, greatly adding to what will be Chapters 10 and 11. Editor Nick has delivered his comments on Draft 1 of Chapter 9, so now it's time to dive back in. I also had lunch with author Amid Amidi, who offered helpful advice on pitches and publishers.

G.I. Joe "Tim Finn"

New Art

posted 25 February 2011
Excepting tiny demos for my students each January, I haven't drawn any observational figures from a live model since 2007. Until last night. I'll add these to the long-neglected Portfolio section later, but for now, here's two highlights. In college I did this twice a week.

Somerville art "Tim Finn"

"Hotcakes" Opening @ Bloc 11 This Sunday

posted 06 December 2010
Come by and see original comic book art, handmade plush super-heroes, prints, and spare part animal sculptures. Our art show (which has been up for weeks) has its formal opening party at Bloc 11 in Union Square, Somerville this Sunday from 5pm to 7pm. At left: Ann, Joe, Maris, and Evan.

Somerville "bloc 11" art "Tim Finn"

Book Update #21: Fall '10/Photoshoot #9

posted 06 December 2010
Between teaching a new comics class, SPX, NYCC, More Squares, MICE, Ottawa, and Halloween, and a computer crash book time has been hurting, so Chapter 9 is about where it was in August. But last Friday Andre shot some copy work of art too big to scan, and we arranged an action figure set-up (at right) to replace a boring catalog scan in Chapter 7.

G.I. Joe "Tim Finn"

CYMoKay @ the IMDB

posted 06 December 2010
I've consolidated all the different imdb listings of "Tim Finn" (minus the kiwi rocker) into one, so at last I have a proper presence there. CYMoKay has an entry, too. And a stream.

 

CYMoKay

Art Show Hanging @ Bloc 11

posted 06 December 2010
Four years later and it's time for another cafe art show. Last month Maris Wicks, Joe Quinones, Ann P. Smith, Evan Larson and I hung Hotcakes at Bloc 11 cafe in Union Square, Somerville, MA. Liz Prince is also in the show, but was unable to make the hanging. Our opening is Sunday 12 December 5pm-7pm. Photos in EVENTS soon.

Hotcakes "Bloc 11"

Festival News: CYMoKay @ Ottawa

posted 06 December 2010
CYMoKay screened with OIAF's International Showcase #2 three times. The first, at the Empire Cinemas atop the Rideau Center mall, was three-quarters full. I skipped the second, a free screening for teens at the National Gallery. And the third played to a packed Bytowne Cinema, my students cheering when my name was called. It felt great to finally have a film in the festival after attending for 12 years.

CYMoKay

Compilation DVD!

posted 18 October 2010
updated 06 December 2010
Five years late, but just in time to promote CYMoKay at Ottawa, at last I've made a DVD: Inanimate: Six Films By Tim Finn! Watch Limboscape, Animation News on the March (aka "The Ottawa documentary"), It Is What It Is, the Liz 2006 birthday card, Letterpress, and CYMoKay without the internet! Only $3 plus shipping.

Inanimate Tim Finn animation

New Comic For Sale!

posted 14 October 2010
As a follow-up to our split minicomic Four Squares, Liz, Maris, Joe and I just finished More Squares, our daily autobio comics for February 2010. See our live cross paths as we eat food, watch movies, go to work, and complain away the winter. We debuted the book at MICE, which was great. And it's for sale here.

More Squares

Profiled in Local Mag

posted 14 October 2010
If you live in Somerville, Massachusetts, as I do, then you may be familiar with the Somerville Scout, a quarterly magazine mailed to all residents. The newest issue has an article by Lorie Reilly on the comics scene in our fair city, and features Liz, Maris, Joe, and myself. I don't think the article is online, but if you're at my house you can look through my copy. At right is Maris and Liz's cover.

Somerville Scout

Festival News: CYMoKay @ Ottawa

posted 04 August 2010
My new film has been accepted into the International Panorama at the 2010 Ottawa International Animation Festival. This will be my 12th year attending OIAF, so I'm psyched to have a film play there. I should probably burn some DVDs to hand out there in October.

Tim Finn OIAF

Book Update #20: Summer '10

posted 04 August 2010
Designer Liz is working on Chapter 8. I finally know what Chapter 9 is about. I'm trying to track someone down to interview for Chapter 10.

Tim Finn "GI Joe"

Site News: 5 old films debut @ Inanimate

posted 04 August 2010
Friend Adam Swaab was kind enough to tell me how to post fast streaming Quicktimes in Dreamweaver, so you can now watch my college junior film, my senior thesis, at last a streaming clip of this summer camp film and a birthday card I made for a friend, and more. Right here on this very site.

Tim Finn Circus 34

Festival News: CYMoKay @ ANIMATOR

posted 27 May 2010
My new film has been accepted into the ANIMATOR Festival in Poland. If you're in Poznan this July, go check it out.

Tim Finn animation

Book Update #20: Spring '10

posted 27 May 2010
Chapter 7 proceeds at a glacial speed. I'm aiming for a photoshoot in June, and will attack Chapters 9 and 10 this summer. Editor Nick and I did attend the annual G.I. Joe Collector's Convention in Providence, RI last month, and had a great time, but it was more about window shopping than networking. Nick at last met designer Liz and photographer Andre, and saw Gladworks' space.

Tim Finn Joe convention

Archive Report: VHS Reclamation 2010

posted 27 May 2010
I've been making movies since 4th grade, and all the footage originates on VHS. For years I've been meaning to transfer it all to miniDV and then onto my hard drive, and now the process has started. Sad news: Electrons eventually lose their charge and Cross Country '99 is only half salvageable (see right). Good news: Machine Gun Man is pristine and saved for posterity.

Tim Finn animation

CYMoKay debuts here @ Inanimate

updated 22 April 2010
Watch my new film via YouTube right here. In the meantime, I'll try to get a proper 720 x 480 stream native to Inanimate.

Tim Finn CYMoKay

Comic Book Workshops 2010

posted 12 April 2010
The NEA's The Big Read is back in full swing, and in March Nick Nadel and I journeyed to Tennessee for three workshops on graphic novels and Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. Almost 50 attendees came to the Giles County Public Library, Martin Methodist College, and the Maury County Public Library for our 2-hour slideshow/demo/activity. Photos in EVENTS later this week.

Tim Finn comics workshops

My New Film @ the Coolidge

posted 06 December 2009
A new annual film festival debuts this Thursday at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA: the Cormack Cook Colossal Cinema Collection. I've got a 1-minute animated film in the show, plus I provide the voice of the villain in Alex Cormack's "South Pole," the centerpiece of the evening. Admission is free, and the program starts at 7pm.

Tim Finn animation

Book Update #19: Thanksgiving '09

posted 22 November 2009
Chapters 2-5 are done. Designer Liz is moving things around in Chapters 6 and 8. Editor Nick is reading the second draft of Chapter 7. I'm trying to interview people for Chapters 9 and 10. At right, a Russ Heath G.I. Joe: The Movie design that didn't make the cut for Chapter 8.

Tim Finn gi joe

Hosting Duties: Animation Workshop

posted 22 November 2009
Yesterday I hosted a screening of films, talked animation, and answered questions for an audience of 30 at the Belmont Studio Cinema, a lovely one-screen movie theatre near where I live. The event was organized by Belmont World Cinema. I showed two films by Karen Aqua and two of my own, It Is What It Is and Letterpress. Pictured is the theatre about 50 years before I showed up.

Belmont World Cinema Animation

Visiting Artist Talk at Monsterrat

posted 22 November 2009
In October I visited the Character Design classes of two friends, Joe Quinones and Evan Larson, who teach at Monsterrat College of Art, showed my work (both still and moving), and talked character design. I also showed Ernest Pintoff's 1957 animated short Flebus. Photo at right by Joe.

Tim Finn Monsterrat

Book Update #18: End of Summer '09

posted 22 September 2009
Editor Nick is taking his Really-final pass on the text of Chapter 8, while designer Liz is done laying out Chapter 5, but waiting on two more images from me. She's also close to finishing Chapter 6. Once editor Dad takes a look at Chapter 8, I should be able to get that to Liz as well, and I need to get back to writing Chapter 7, which I psyched myself out of over the summer.

Tim Finn gi joe

Indirect Press: Comics Alliance

posted 12 August 2009
With The Rise of Cobra in theatres now, online columnist Nick Nadel wrote a funny piece called "The Most Ridiculous Moments In 'G.I. Joe' History" for Comics Alliance. I helped him with research and image gathering.

Tim Finn gi joe

Book Update #17: Photoshoot #8

posted 07 August 2009
Back to Glad Works for some basic "catalog"-style shots of those G.I. Joe models I borrowed last week. Click the thumbnail at right to see.

Tim Finn gi joe

Book Update #16: Photoshoots #6 & #7

posted 06 August 2009
Yesterday photographer Andre and I set up three shots in-studio, one a re-do for Chapter 3, one missing photo from Chapter 2, and a sweet shot of Snake-Eyes version 2. I also left some Real American Hero artwork of unmade '92 figures too big for my scanner that Andre's shooting today. Click the thumbnail at right to see.

Tim Finn gi joe

Book Update #15: Summer '09

posted 01 August 2009
Editor Nick has taken a final pass on Chapter 8 (we're skipping 7 for now while I still work on it), and Editor Dad has taken his pass on Chapter 6, while I figure out what Chapter 9 is all about. Yesterday I drove to a toy designer's house to borrow some 1980s G.I. Joe vehicle mock-ups. More on Thursday...

Tim Finn gi joe

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