Banana Panic

The self-published comic by Chris Hoffman

Banana Panic! #4

March 29th, 2013

I’ve finally made a digital version of Banana Panic! #4.

Part 2 of Monkey No More features the exciting conclusion of the story line!

I’ll have copies at Free Comic Book Day at Black Cat Comics on May 4th, 2013. You can also grab a copy of my new comic: “Salt City Strangers.”

See you there.

Free Comic Book Day Story in Deseret News

May 7th, 2011

By Emily Johnson, For the Deseret News

Despite bookstores closing left and right the annual Free Comic Book Day is growing faster than a speeding bullet. What started off as an insider event held on the first Saturday in May has now grown by leaps and bounds in Utah.

Salt Lake City-based Black Cat Comics owner Greg Gage remembers free comics sitting around in store for weeks in the early days of his store’s seven-year event participation. However, last year, turnout was huge.

“Free Comic Book Day is one of the busiest of the year,” he said. “The first year, I had a couple extra comics out on the free table. I had comics for a few weeks. Last year we opened at 11 a.m. and ran out at 12:30 p.m. We’ve got three or four thousand books easy to give away, and that’s more than last year. I’m hoping we can keep them for two hour, three hours.”

Local comic book creator Chris Hoffman was at Black Cat Comics last year to promote his book, “Banana Panic!,” a series about a monkey spy and his adventures also remembers the huge crowd.

“It was insanely busy,” he said. “I couldn’t believe how crazy busy it was. I self-publish my comic so I printed out about 50 copies that I thought would last quite a while and they all went right out the door. There were so many people there that wanted stuff. It was really cool meeting all the people. It was really fun to be able to meet fans.”

Gage attributes the growing success to more than just the freebie books, but to increased quality of the books and increased marketing.

“It’s almost become a holiday,” he said. “People take work off. Saturday at 11 a.m. when I open up, there’s easily going to be 100 people already lined up out there. It’s fun. There’s usually signings that are connected with it. It’s kind of a party atmosphere, plus it’s free.”

Read the whole story here:

Free Comic Book Day 2011

May 5th, 2011

On May 7th, 2010 stop by Black Cat Comics for free comic book day

Many free comics! Cool special guest! Make sure you arrive early!

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Finish Penciling the Page

April 30th, 2011

The 180 Degree Rule

February 13th, 2011

The 180 degree rule from movies also applies to comics.

Once you’ve placed characters on one side of each other, you’ve oriented the viewer. Changing that placement is awkward unless you show something has changed what’s going on.

i.e. if Cyclops is on the left side of the panel and Wolverine is on the right, then in the next panel Wolvie is on the left and Cyke is on the right with no explanation, the scene will look weird.

Watch the video:

180 Degree Rule – Moviemaking Technique from Peter John Ross on Vimeo.

Tutorial on Drawing Folds

August 9th, 2010

Here’s a really good tutorial on drawing folds in clothing.

Banana Panic on Park City TV

July 21st, 2010

Here’s my segment on Park City TV.

The folks at PCTV made a second video about making a comic book.

Inking with a Brush

July 12th, 2010

Even though I do all of my inking digitally, I really admire artists who ink with brushes. This is a really cool video about inking with the famous Windsor #2.

Inking With a Brush – Mark Rudolph from Art & Story on Vimeo.

Banana Panic on FOX 13 pt.2

May 23rd, 2010

Here’s a link to the the FOX 13 story about Banana Panic:

Westminster graduate innovates comic books with new media

I’ll post the video as soon as i have a copy.

Chris Hoffman on FOX 13 Utah

May 21st, 2010

This Saturday (May 22, 2010) Sunday (May 23, 2010) I’ll be on FOX news talking about Banana Panic. I don’t know what time so let me know if you see it. I’ll post a video as soon as I have one.

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