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1. Daily Drawing: Turkey 20


It’s the day after Thanksgiving! And this turkey is very happy to see it!

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2. Daily Drawing: Turkey 19


It’s Thanksgiving! (Or, it is for those of us in America.) Here we see the Turkeys who survived have much to be thankful for and are dancing with joy.

I’m told that some of my depressed turkeys from the last few days have made people feel guilty about consuming a bird during the holiday. But I hope my pen and ink sketches haven’t put any serious doubts in anyone’s mind. And I hope you’re having a wonderous holiday whatever you do or eat.

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3. Daily Drawing: Turkey 18


This turkey has given up hope and is waiting for the inevitable. I hope you’re having a much better day!


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4. Daily Drawing: Turkey 12


This turkey hopes that if he sneaks away quietly, he’ll escape Thanksgiving.

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5. Daily Drawing: Turkey 13


This turkey stoically accepts his fate. Thanksgiving is coming no matter what.

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6. Daily Drawing: Turkey 14


Not every turkey can be as composed as yesterday’s bird.

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7. Daily Drawing: Turkey 15


Here’s one turkey who won’t take Thanksgiving lying down. Just look at those muscles!

I missed getting a drawing up last Friday due to illness (which, I think, is the only time I’ve missed due to illness this year– a pretty good record, if I do say so myself.) I plan on having a second drawing later today to get me back on schedule.

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8. Daily Drawing: Turkey 16


As promised, here’s your second turkey of the day, to make up for missing one last week. And this nervous guy really wishes he wasn’t here. Poor guy, the countdown to Thanksgiving is too much for him.

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9. Daily Drawing: Turkey 17


This turkey is checking to see if his crash diet was enough to save him from the dinner table. What do you think? Is he safe?

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10. Special Report: Comics in the Turkic World

By Serhend Sirkecioglu

I have not written anything for The Beat in a fairly long time, but I recently traveled most of the Turkic World (Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan). With the exception of returning to Istanbul by plane and crossing the Caspian Sea by boat, it was me hitchhiking, taking cabs, trains, and buses everywhere.

One of reasons I took this trip was because I hadn’t seen my father’s side of my family in over 18 years. Another reason was because I was an artist in crisis. Not sure if I was cut out for being a cartoonist or not, creatively lost and confused, wavering convictions, etc… I was seeking inspiration. A side quest I also engaged in was looking for comics in each country, seeing if they had a comics scene of sorts and what it was comprised of. If there was not much of a comics industry, I tried to at least look for other artists. Out of all the countries I went to only two had any semblance of a comics scene or tradition: Turkey and Kazakhstan.

I do apologize in advance. My mastery of Turkish and Russian is basic and there were times where I forgot to take photos of something or my camera battery died; a running gag on this trip along with my other gadgets dying or breaking.


The Turkish Comics (Çizgi Roman. pronounced Chiz-gi Ro-mon) scene is a sizable one and a surprisingly unknown one on top of that. They have a breadth of iconic characters and comics like Kotu Kedi Serafettin, Robin Crusoe, and Jamal along with an industry that has a weekly amateur day where aspiring cartoonists can come to the major comics magazines to meet the artists for pointers and stuff, but the most baffling thing is the lack of exposure beyond Turkey despite the pool of talent and prevalence of comics in the country.

The first shop I visited was Arkabaçhe in Beşiktaş, Istanbul. It’s in a mall and is a familiar sight, a modern comics shop: white, slick, clean, and organized, sprinkled with some action figures, apparel, and memorabilia. I got the good feeling it’s all about comics here; I love that. The owner Sinan also knew good English, no need for the pre-written-as-simply-as-possible questions on Google translate!

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arkabahce(turkish for backyard)

He told me his shop also does the Turkish translations for Marvel and DC comics and has begun to publish original works like Istanbul Odyssey, among others. In terms of what’s popular, it’s all about Marvel, DC, and to a lesser extent at his store, manga. When I asked about comics conventions, Sinan was blunt and explained few to none in Turkey would go to a comic convention and there’s not much economic incentive for the few shops to pack up some books and go where they won’t make much money. When I asked him if people in Europe, Japan, and America know about the Turkish comics scene, he bluntly said no. He suggested if someone big from the US came or if Midtown Comics had a booth, that could bring in more people. He also mentioned that some people in Turkey would need to have explained to them the concept of paying for artists drawings/signatures at cons.

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Sinan, the owner of the shop

Speaking with translator Burc Uner, he told me that they don’t have a lot of contact with Marvel and DC because there’s a middle man between them and they have contact with the big two very minimally for design related issues. He also mentioned that it’s difficult to publish some books they would love to translate. For example, he would love to translate David Mazzuchelli’s Asterios Polyp but the given the printing requirements Pantheon has for the book and the already low interest in indie comics, it’s not affordable for them.

When I asked him about the self-publishing/indie scene he explained how it has a touch and go quality to it, where a group of artists get together publish an anthology then over time one person becomes more popular and then the group disbands. He showed one group of high schoolers who published a heavily manga-influenced and nicely printed(a glossy soft cover trade with recycled paper interiors) anthology and for their age it was an impressive feat. Not the best work in the world; vacuous backgrounds, unintentionally wonky drawing, and heavy amounts of emulation than originality, but a C for effort given their age. They managed to publish 3 issues but the dip in quality in each issue is very apparent.

Another self-published work (also black and white interiors) I was shown was Çizgi Fanzin, put together by a group of art school students and was a glossy covered book with recycled paper interiors. It has a familiar vibe of friends all hanging out, drawing, and grinding away making comics; hunched over their desks with a cigarette in their mouth and smile on their face, all having a good time. The work inside reminds me of people I went to school with at SVA; it’s all very promising and definitely the best self published work I came across for what little I’ve seen so far. By sheer luck, the group who put it together was just stopping by the shop and I got to ask them a few questions. They are more or less no different than any other young and budding cartoonists in North America and Europe. nothing really stood out other than the language barrier. When I asked them about how much it cost to print their work, they said it was not much because they all pitched in. Where their work is placed online varies. Some post on Behance and a Turkish equivalent, others Deviant Art, and some on Instagram.

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The second shop I visited was Gerekli Seyler in Beyoglu which was more heavy on the toy and memorabilia than Arkabache but they had more manga and a sizable collection of erotic comics and hentai too. They also translate books for Marvel and DC but this owner’s English was not as good.

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The folks at Gerekli Seyler

He did give me a ballpark estimate of the number of comics readers in Istanbul though, around 5000 and said that out of all those comics fans probably only 300 at most would show up to my hypothetical Turkish comics convention. I ended up leaving after about 15 minutes and headed off to my final shop.

Gon is for me the most beautiful shop of the three and is also the smallest. It’s named after the character of the Japanese Manga series of the same name by Masashi Tanaka via a contest. Gon was originally just a place being used as storage for a bookstore called Robinson Crusoe.  It began its life as a comics shop 8 years ago, originally selling English language comics but shifting towards Turkish language comics over time due to low demand for English fare.

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I spoke to Nedim Okan further about the Indie scene and he continued where Sinan left off about the clashing egos and unrealistic expectations of cartoonists and literary journalists. The mentality of Turkish writers and cartoonists who publish their work is not far from that of a rock band. They get together for the music, but then the fame gets to their heads and once it dries up or one member goes solo they ditch the magazine. Nedim told me one story of a literary magazine that had printed 8 issues (a whole lot by Turkish standards) and the members came by the store to tell the owner they were no longer going to print the magazine because they said that “Honestly, we’re not making any money or getting any pussy out of this, so what’s the point?”

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Orkan is one of the folks who works at Gon

I laughed pretty hard and it was glorious. Nedim’s hope/advice was that if cartoonists actually stuck through with it and did not unrealistically expect to be make tons of money and get laid a lot, comics would get bigger in Turkey.  Unfortunately, peoples’ egos hold everyone back.

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Peter Kuper was here and he made a contribution to Gon’s sketchbook.


The Kazakh comics (Komisky) scene is as sparse as the country itself. I found absolutely nothing starting from Aktau in the west to Shymkent in the south near Uzbekistan. However, I met some Otaku and it was pretty funny to see how similar they are to the otaku students I teach in middle and high school. It was not until I reached Almaty where I struck gold. Almaty is where the art is at. You can find artists selling their paintings of Kazakh epics and the pastoral life of the steppes. I even came across a few print shops, though they were unfamiliar with self publishing comics.

I searched the city and the interwebz for Kazakh comics and lo and behold I finally found them! Khan Comics published an anthology in 2011 called KZ Comics and they were putting on a show at a national art school. I used my limited Russian vocabulary to tell them about my background as an American comic artist and to talk to them about their comic.  My credentials perked their ears up, so they scrambled to find the one English speaker, Timur from external relations.

He brought me to the head of the animation department who then explained that the comic only had a print run of 500 copies and there were no more, but would get me a black and white prints of the comics in side (I never got them because I forgot to pick them up like a dumbass).  He also showed me a lot of comics done by the animation majors.

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The Head of the animation dept showing me the comics made by animation students.

The talent was just as promising as the Turkish work I saw.  For the Kazakh, comics and animation are one and the same. However, while Turkey has a large cartoonist scene and therefore many opportunities to prove yourself as a professional cartoonist, Kazakhstan did not. Timur explained that their school is not affiliated with any western school, only CIS ones (Commonwealth of Independent States aka the former Soviet bloc).

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A student named Nursultan working on his Diploma Project

Logistically things are also very difficult. For example, if you were to host a comics convention or festival in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan,  people in Almaty, Aktobe, and Shymkent would be a day or more away if they traveled by train or bus, the cheapest ways for the average Kazakh to get around. Traveling so far for a small one day festival when it takes two or three days to commute to and from it is a hard sell. It’s hard to build a scene of comics readers when people are so scattered.

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The handful of students I met in Almaty they expressed this sentiment. Nursultan, Mansur, and John (I forgot his real name but he said John was ok) all expressed this feeling of isolation and want to go to Europe or America because there isn’t much opportunity in their home nation. They can probably get jobs doing animation for commercials or graphic design work in Kazakhstan or Russia, but anything beyond that is unlikely. They asked me questions about opportunities in the States and I tried to help them with what little I knew about the film and animation industry and we traded contacts. They asked me to stay in Almaty a little longer but I was leaving for Bishkek by the end of the week and could not stay longer. I plan to return to Almaty someday.

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Mansur also working on….something






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11. Daily Drawing: Turkey 1


It’s November, which means Thanksgiving comes later this month (at least, it does here in America). For me, that makes it Turkey month. This should be a fun month on drawings.

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12. Daily Drawing: Turkey 2


And here’s another happy turkey!

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13. Daily Drawing: Turkey 3


Here’s a rather bold turkey. This bird sees nothing but blue skies in his future.

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14. Daily Drawing: Turkey 4


Dancing turkey!

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15. Daily Drawing: Turkey 5


And here’s another happy, contented turkey. Happy Friday!

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16. Daily Drawing: Turkey 6


Last week we saw nothing but happy turkeys. Now things might change…

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17. Daily Drawing: Turkey 7


Word spreads fast on the turkey farm.

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18. Daily Drawing: Turkey 8


The truth about Thanksgiving has begun to sink in…

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19. Daily Drawing: Turkey 9


This month makes some turkeys angry.

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20. Daily Drawing: Turkey 10


This poor guy is resigned to his fate.

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21. Daily Drawing: Turkey 11


We begin the week with a turkey who is running scared. I hope you’re having a much better week yourself.

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Thanksgiving eve. The zoo denizens are upset with the zoo directorate having not been included in the Thanksgiving celebrations


Once again, we’re not included in Thanksgiving festivities


Did you really expect to? I mean, why should they? Who are we? Merely the tools in which they make money. That’s all - and how do they thank us? Closing the zoo for the day so we can’t even expect extra treats from visitors. This is so typically…human


What’s that noise?


Noise? What noise? Are my stripes straight?


You don’t hear that?


‘You are magnificent… Those teeth…those sparkling eyes…’


Maybe if you’d get your face away from that mirror and stop admiring yourself…


A person has to make sure that he looks good from every angle. Being the sole representative of the zebra specie in this zoo comes with a responsibility. A daily body examination is necessary to ensure that all my black stripes are evenly spaced on my perfectly white skin. ‘Yesssss! Perfection personified!’


Far be it to burst your bubble, Zeeb…


…I am not zeeb - or zebby - or zeeby-baby. I’m a zebra. Z-E-B-R-A!


Gotcha Zebby-boy – like I was sayin’ – the way that I see it, the stripe on your upper right leg doesn’t well…match the left


What?! You must be mistaken. It’s not possible… How could this be? I just checked it not two minutes ago and it was perfectly aligned

(MANNY, the boa constrictor slithers in)

Hey – how ‘ya doin’?


Manny – you’re out. Free. Did you eat lunch, yet?


Yes Manny – I do hope they’ve fed you some nourishment. I mean, it’s important to keep up your strength. We don’t want you slithering around hungry looking for anybody, heh-heh…


That’s the last thing we want…being that we’re your friends and all…that is to say, we don’t want you to experience hunger pangs…


As I remember, I had a nibble a month ago. Sure is quiet around here. No humans to knock on the glass of my enclosure



There it is again. Sounds familiar-like…

(a turkey suddenly drops down from a tree)


Save me!


A tree chicken. Never knew chickens live in trees.


I am a turkey who requires sanctuary


Listen chicken…


…turkey…I am – um – an endangered specie. Yes – that’s it and am declaring myself on the extinct list thus requiring sanctuary


You must be someone important judging by your extensive vocabulary. All cultured and important species have an extensive vocabulary – and a beautiful body, of course


I am. In fact, I can state with absolute knowledge that I am number one on everyone’s hit list, today

(slithering closer)

Well I for one, believe you. You do look very appealing – in an endangered species way of course


Wish we could help, turkey, but we live out in the open


I could send a protest letter to the Zoos of America if that could assist you in any way


I am doomed!

(slithering almost directly in front of TURKEY)

Well turkey – really feel for you, in the true sense of the word. I just happen to live inside in a huge glass enclosure that has lots of hiding places.  Why don’t you come back to my pit and check things out? I live alone and there’s nobody to bother or see us

That’s a very generous offer on your part –


-          Manny –




Anything for a friend in need.

(the two start to make their way to MANNY’s place)

(cont’d.) Did anyone ever tell you that you have a beautiful, full body. I bet under all those feathers, you have nice firm flesh


The farmer takes good care of me. You can see for yourself when we get back to your pit.


Oh I intend to


Can I give you a hug?


Later…when we’re alone…they’ll be plenty of hugging to go around…

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23. A look at Thanksgiving favorites

What started as a simple festival celebrating the year’s bountiful harvest has turned into an archetypal American holiday, with grand dinners featuring savory and sweet dishes alike. Thanksgiving foods have changed over the years, but there are still some iconic favorites that have withstood time. Hover over each food below in this interactive image and find out more about their role in this day of feasting:

What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Let us know in the comments below!

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24. Samples–“Wishbone”

I’m behind in sharing published pieces. Here’s a single-page spread that came out in the November ’14 issue of HighFive magazine. It’s fun to do the images for these fun, little poems!



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25. Gollywood, Here I Come!, by Terry John Barto | Dedicated Review

"Gollywood, Here I Come!" will appeal to young children who dream of fame and their parents who know that dreams must be accompanied by effort and perseverance.

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