My newest comic book character

•June 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

 I call him Freak. He is big and muscular like the hulk, but gray, and he has a weird bird/frog/goul face.

Instead of his affliction being scientific its magical, and he turns into Freak when the sun sets instead of when he gets angry. He has a girlfriend named Katy who happens to be a psychic and can reason with Freak.

Wham Bang’s art exhibit

•May 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Jake Tinsley at his art exhibit in McKinney

Jake Tinsley at his art exhibit in McKinney

Here’s me at the art gallery in McKinney where some of our work is displayed.

The gallery is Orison’s Art and Framing at 110 E. Louisiana St. in McKinney, Texas. If you’re ever in McKinney, stop by and check it out!

Amber Hagerman Deserves Justice: A Night Owl Story

•May 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Since my Dad and I first created Wham Bang Comics in 2007, our most successful comic book has been Amber Hagerman Deserves Justice: A Night Owl Story. The book goes a long way toward explaining the importance of the Amber Plan to young children without scaring them.
We unveiled the comic book, which received positive international attention, in May.
I scripted the story, with some coaching from Florida writer Hatch Tarr and my Dad, Ben Tinsley. Jason Dube was the artist. The comic book tells the story of Arlington, Texas murder victim Amber Hagerman and how her life was taken when she was only 9.
We used the comic book to explain the history of the Amber Plan to kids. Also, we announce in the comic that a cold case college group from Atlanta is conducting a new investigation into the slaying. 
My Dad tells me the impact of the Amber story is right up there with the famous Spider-Man “drugs” tale that comics legend Stan Lee wrote for Marvel Comics in the 1970s.
By agreeing to put the comic books in stores around the world, Diamond distribution, in our opinion, is showing a lot of compassion and social responsibility as a company.
By the way, my ongoing Night Owl series is set to debut in January 2010. Each issue will include information and updates about the Amber investigation, until the investigation is completed or Amber Hagerman’s killer has been found. 
The emphasis of the Night Owl series – and all of my writing work – will be value-driven kid heroes and justice for everyone.

A message from Dr. Frogg

•May 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Twelve years ago my mom bought me a tadpole. She had to take care of it until I was old enough to do it myself. By then, Dr. Frogg was a mature male bullfrog. It was hard to keep Dr. Frogg away from our cats. The good doctor liked to scare the cats with his loud croaking.

I was okay with the croaking. So Dr. Frogg rested in a cage on my dresser.

After I woke up one morning (I think I was awake), I was surprised to find  Dr. Frogg talking to me.

TALKING.

“R-r-rob the bank, Jake!”  he said.

“Do WHAT?” I replied.

“R-r-rob the bank,” he said. “R-r-ROBBITT!!”

“What?”

“RROBBIT!!”

I went to tell my mom but she told me to go back to sleep, that I was having a weird dream.

After that, I ignored all the sounds that Dr. Frogg was making in my direction.

I later found out that my little brother was whispering along with the frog to convince me to r-r-rob the bank.  Why, I’ll never know.

So I gave little brother a w-w-w-wedgie.

Ideas for new storylines

•April 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have many storylines on the hook  right  now but the one I’m giving the most attention to is still in the writing stage…its called Hunt. Its about four bountyhunters:

A cyborg: Captain Preston views himself as a badass with a cybersuit, but he behaves like his ship is a democracy.

A droid: N1-ck  is a bountyhunter droid who obtained emotions after a malfunction. He is currently in a romantic relationship with the human female on the ship.

The alien: Zasha Rutra looks like a female to us but her hair is actually tentacles and she is a guy on her planet.

The human: Was captured off on the side  while they were on a mission. then became a crew member within 3 years of her capture under the tutelage of  n1-ck  but doesnt know he isn’t human yet . I’m going to make it a big suprise. “heh heh”

What a day

•April 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Jake Tinsley thumbing through his Two Fisted AdventuresI’ll never forget the day I saw my first comic in print. At the time, my dad lived in Las Vegas. He took me to a comic book store, and there it was: Two Fisted Adventures # 1.

It was a dream come true to see the character I dreamed up so many years ago come to life in my very own comic book.

That was a great day.

Night Owl and The Superhero Jake

•April 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I started dreaming up superheroes almost as soon as I could walk. Night Owl, the main character in my comics, is a normal 12-year-old boy by day who inherits superhuman powers after his grandfather’s untimely death.

Night Owl, with his signature glowing green eyes and red freckles, evolved from a character I originally called The Superhero Jake, who would sleep on the angel of justice in downtown Fort Worth and watch over the children of the city. If any child called for help, The Superhero Jake would zoom to their defense.

A powerful Shaman, Night Owl is charged with protecting the balance of the universe. His powers include strength, ability to see the future and to fly, and near invulnerability.

 Night Owl’s alter ego, Zack Finley, wears glasses to mask his identity.