Banana Panic

The self-published comic by Chris Hoffman

Draw Comics Like a Pro – Al Bigley

May 8th, 2010

I grabbed “Draw Comics Like a Pro” during a visit to my local library. Mr. Bigley’s years of comic book drawing experience are on display in this great albeit short book. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on proportions and dynamic poses.

The book seems to be aimed at a younger reader because some of the chapters are craft projects instead of drawing exercises.

I added it to my collection because I found a great deal on Amazon. I’d recommend a library check-out before you buy to see if the information is already contained in a book you already own.

According to

Albert Bigley studied at the Ringling School of Art. He began his career in the late 1980s by working on the First Publishing titles ‘The Badger’ and ‘Sable’. He then did artwork for DC’s ‘The Fly’ and ‘Race Warrior’ and Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’, ‘West Coast Avengers’, ‘Scarlet Witch’ and ‘Darkhold’ throughout the early 1990s. For Archie Comics, he drew ‘Archie and Friends’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, and for Image, he cooperated on ‘Geminar’. He has illustrated stories for Disney’s ‘A Bug’s Life’, ‘Monsters Inc.’ and ‘Lilo & Stitch’ since 2002. He has also illustrated coloring books, story books and merchandise.

Comic Book Self-Publishing Resources

May 5th, 2010

I’m adding a new feature to Banana Panic with this post. I’m going to start cataloging the resources I use to create my comic.

This will include:

  • Reviewing books on drawing
  • Adding links to tutorial sites and videos
  • Creating my own tutorials

If you have any suggestions, or things you’d like to see, please let me know.

I’ll begin by linking to Mark Crilley’s you tube channel. Mark creates excellent how-to draw Manga style videos. His tutorials on hair and on eyes  are two of my favorites. I highly recommend subscribing to his channel so you don’t miss any of the great tips.

Free Comic Book Day – Update

May 2nd, 2010

Free Comic Book Day 2010 was a huge success! To describe it as a “madhouse” doesn’t do it justice. I did sketches of Batman, Spider-man, Iron-Man, some band mascots, Scooby-Doo characters and a ton of Simon St. Hubbins. My arms we’re literally sore the next day. I also gave out many copies of Banana Panic #1 & #2.

Thanks again to Greg of Blackcat comics for the opportunity. Thanks to Derek Hunter who’s once again inspired me to draw even more. Thanks to all the awesome comic fans who stopped by. Finally thanks to my friends who showed up to support me, it meant a lot.

Derek and Chris signing on FCBD. More photos on Black Cat's f... on Twitpic

Free Comic Book Day 2010

April 20th, 2010

On May 1st, 2010 for free comic book day I’ll be at Blackcat Comics in Sugarhouse Utah giving away copies of Banana Panic #2, doing sketches, and selling t-shirts. Also in attendance will be Derek Hunter, author and creator of Pirate Club. Stop by, get free comics, and say hi!

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Gavin’s Underground

November 25th, 2009

Gavin Sheehan, a reporter for the City Weekly, just wrote a blog post about Banana Panic. Check it out here.

Banana Panic #2 Released

November 24th, 2009

The print version of Banana Panic #2 is available exclusively at Black Cat Comics in Sugarhouse Utah

Simon is dispatched deep into Mexico to investigate disappearances related to the H1N1 outbreak. But not everything is as it seems!

Watch for the PDF and iPhone version to release soon!

Update: PDF version is here!

Banana Panic #2 Cover Preview

November 4th, 2009

Here’s the cover for Banana Panic #2 “The Terror that Walks!” What’s the horrible meniace about to capture poor little Simon? Get the issue to find out. (Available at Black Cat Comics and on iPhone soon.)


Banana Panic Cookies

October 30th, 2009

I took some cookies over to Black Cat Comics with Jason Vorhees, Edward the Vampire and Simon on them. Shameless self-promotion in the guise of a tasty treat!

Banana Panic #1 for iPhone Demo

July 22nd, 2009

This demo is a collaboration between and I’m proud to show off the beta version of Banana Panic #1 for the iPhone.

Simon St.Hubbins

July 4th, 2009

Simon has no memories prior to joining the government force for which he works. He was rescued from a plane crash in a remote area of India and nursed back to health by an ancient master yogi. Simon lived with the yogi until the small village was attacked by radical militants. Everyone in the small village was killed except for Simon.

When the U.S. army arrived they found Simon and brought him to the government’s top scientists. Ever since he’s been trained in counter-intelligence, martial arts, firearms, computer science, forensics, and 12 different languages.

Today Simon battles evil-doers of every kind in hopes to find his true origin.

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