Happy Anniversary to me.
And to you too if you’ve been following Last Kiss since Jan. 19, 2009 when it first appeared on GoComics.
Of course, Last Kiss has been around in various forms for a lot longer than that. In fact, the first Last Kiss comic appeared in Comics Buyer’s Guide sometime back in 1996. (Holy Crud! Twenty years ago. Another anniversary!)
Most of the comics I did for Comics Buyer’s Guide were in black and white. But some of the later ones—this is from 2011—were done in color.
But it was moving to GoComics that transformed Last Kiss. Most importantly, it introduced my odd comic creation to a much wider—and more vocal—audience. And I had to up my game for that audience. Suddenly I was doing Last Kiss three times a week instead of only once a week. I mostly stopped coloring the series myself and turned the coloring over to Allen Freeman. (And later Diego Jourdan Pereira and others.)
And I have to say that my humor changed slowly over the years—becoming spicier and (I hope) more pointed.
It’s been a great seven years. (And a pretty cool 20 years as well.) Thanks for going along on the ride with me!
Like good sex, this book is almost free–for the moment!
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Last Kiss creator John Lustig and wife/romance muse Shelagh Lustig gave a wide-ranging presentation about romance comics at the Nov. 21 Cartoonist Northwest meeting in Seattle.
The first romance comics—Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Young Romance #1, 1947.
I wasn’t sure what to expect on Nov. 21 when I gave a multi-media presentation on romance comics. Would anyone be interested in such an offbeat subject?
But—I was surprised! We ended up with one of the largest crowds I’ve seen at Cartoonists Northwest in a long time!
Now I can be a little shy. So I’m grateful that my wife (and personal romance goddess) Shelagh Lustig acted as a co-presenter. I should’ve kissed her at the end—the perfect end to an evening about romance comics.
In addition to lots of beautiful romance art, I also showed off some oddball and funny romance panels and covers. I covered the beginning of the romance comic genre and theorized about why romance comics died. Then I talked about current attempts to re-introduce romance as a genre in comics.
Based on the number of audience questions, general enthusiasm and laughs, it seemed to go pretty well. Frankly, I’d love to polish it up a bit and give this talk again sometime. Maybe to another comics group. Or maybe even some romance novel fans!
Art by Dick Giordano
Art by Matt Baker
Once upon a time romance was an incredibly popular genre in comics. Indeed, romance played a key role in saving the comic book industry from financial ruin and bedroom boredom.
On Nov. 21, Last Kiss creator John Lustig will take us back to those days when the number of boys and girls reading comics were roughly equal and romance comics were hot—in more ways than one! Lustig will be the guest speaker at the Cartoonists Northwest (CNW) meeting in Seattle.
A CNW Golden Toonie winner and the writer of decades of humor comics (Last Kiss, Disney, Marvel, and Viz), Lustig is promising a funny and surprising sexy multimedia presentation filled with gorgeous art, beautiful women and outrageous situations.
Lustig will also talk about:
—his career and the funny way romance has shaped his work in comics and gotten him numerous licensing deals.
—how romance comics played a key role in early Marvel superhero comics.
—why romance comics went undercover in the 1970s—but rarely in the bedroom!
—how romance is starting to make a comeback in comics…and why it might matter to you.
DATE and TIME: Saturday, Nov. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98105
(In the U. District about a block east of I-5)
This meeting is free and open to the public.
Free Parking until 7:30 p.m. at the parking lot across the street from Artist & Craftsman
Me and an unidentified fan who begged to have her photo taken with me. (Okay, maybe she didn’t actually beg. But I’m pretty sure one of us groveled and pleaded.)
I made barrels of money at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. Okay, they were small barrels. And they were mostly full with pennies and expired bus tokens. But still…I did okay.
More importantly, I had a wonderful time—both at the con and afterwards when I’d get together with my newlywed daughter Caitie, her hubby Mat and Mat’s family.
So, all and all, it was a great way to spend Halloween weekend.
A thousand thanks to Zan Christensen, publisher of Northwest Press, for offering me free space at his booth. Zan is one of the nicest guys in comics and his company publishes some amazing and innovative work by members of the LGBTQ community and those of us whose work is LGBTQ friendly. Check out his current Kickstarter.
You don’t have to dress up to be a Last Kiss fan—but it never hurts!
Zan Christensen hot dogs it at his Northwest Press booth.
For the first time ever, I’ll be at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. The show is Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015 at the LA Convention Center. I’ll be signing at the big Northwest Press exhibit island–Booth 910 for hours and hours every day. Drop by. I’d love to see you!—John Lustig
Given all the strange and salty Last Kiss comics I write, you wouldn’t think I’d also be writing Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge comics for Disney. But, you’d be wrong.
This Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2015), “The Duck Who Came to Dinner” in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #724 hits comic shops. What makes this really special is that it was a story started decades ago by Disney legend and one of my personal heroes Carl Barks. Carl scripted seven and a half pages of what I presume was supposed to be a 10-page Donald Duck story. But he never completed it.
Segment of the first two panels of Carl Barks’s handwritten script for “The Duck Who Came to Dinner.”
My editor at Egmont (Disney’s main Northern Europe comic licensee) gave me the go-ahead to finish the script—as well as several other stories that Carl either started or left notes for. Some have been printed in Europe. But this is the first to appear in America. And it’s the story that Carl came the closest to finishing.
I’m happy to say that artist Daan Jippes—who’s a Disney legend himself!—was my artist on “The Duck Who Came to Dinner.”
I think Carl would’ve liked how it came out. But, ultimately, it’ll be up to readers to decide. So check it out—if you can find a copy.
Yes, that’s a Last Kiss tote bag by the fridge in this scene of The Big Bang Theory.
I’ve now seen the second episode of this season’s The Big Bang Theory. And, yes, once again the Last Kiss “More Caffeine” tote bag appeared on the show.
It was slightly less visible than the last episode and I think there’s a good reason for that…
Counting last season’s final episode, this is the third straight episode featuring the tote. And each time it’s been moved slightly. I think it’s possible that the show’s staff is trying to make it look like the tote is being used. (Just like a tote would be in real life.)
So look for the bag to continue to move—possibly in every episode.
So far, the Last Kiss zombie poster hasn’t been seen on the show again. But I expect it back in the future. Look for it in one of the comic shop scenes in a future episode.
As always, I’m extremely grateful to the amazing John Fluke of Placed4Success for getting Last Kiss on this and other TV shows.
No Amy (Mayim Hoya Bialik) didn’t actually say this. But I’ll bet she was thinking it!
Last Kiss had a cameo on The Big Bang Theory—again!
A Last Kiss tote bag was shown several times in kitchen scenes during the season premier (Monday, Sept. 21.)
Prior to this, it (along with a Last Kiss zombie poster) appeared in last season’s finale.
“It was great to see the tote bag on the show again,” said Last Kiss creator John Lustig. “John Fluke—whose business Placed4Success got Last Kiss on The Big Bang Theory last season—didn’t think the tote bag would still be on the set this season. So I was very pleasantly surprised!”
(The More Caffeine tote bag is now available here on Etsy.)
“With the bag in the premier episode,” said Lustig, “there’s a really good chance that it’ll show up throughout the rest of the season. Now I’ll be watching to see if that Last Kiss zombie poster shows up in episodes as well.” (Look for it in scenes in the show’s comic book set.)
“I’m a big fan of the show,” said Lustig. “Oddly enough, I only got into watching it in when I was taking care of my mother during the last year of her life. She loved it and I started watching it with her.
“So, having Last Kiss show up on The Big Bang Theory has extra meaning for me. I think Mom would’ve been thrilled and proud for me.”
A whole row of Last Kiss comics are featured in this scene from the TV show SCREAM. In the foreground are actors John Karna (Noah Foster) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey Jensen.)
If you looked closely—no, I mean really closely–Last Kiss images showed up multiple times on the recently completed first season of the MTV show SCREAM.
Last Kiss art showed up in at least seven episodes of the popular slasher horror-comedy. (The TV series is a sequel to the late Wes Craven’s popular SCREAM movies.)
I created 12 faux Last Kiss comic book covers for use on the MTV’s SCREAM.
A Last Kiss sticky notebook</em> (originally published by Dark Horse Comics) showed up most often and most prominently. But also featured was a set of faux Last Kiss comic book covers that I created specifically for the show. All were used as set dressing on the show’s comic book shop set.
Last Kiss appeared on the show thanks to the amazing John Fluke of Placed4Success.com. In addition to SCREAM, John has also gotten Last Kiss cameo appearances on THE BIG BANG THEORY (See pics.) and MIKE & MOLLY (See pics.)