Ads have always been a part of comics (they fostered my love of sea monkeys), and as I've said before, one of my greatest thrills in putting Teddy and the Yeti together is selecting a few ads to put in each issue. I don't want to overdo it, of course, as I'd rather reserve most of the space for...you know...comics...but there are always a few things I want to show off to the world that don't fit in otherwise.
One is, obviously, Franks and Beans (new episode up today, kids), but I'm not always so selfish or at least self referential. Issue #1 had an ad for Digital Webbing's Fist of Justice as well as a big, back cover ad for the Hero Initiative - which allowed me to say "hey! Captain America is in my book!" and not be a liar about it.
Issue #3 gives me the opportunity to toss in the above ad for Ms. Monster and her website. I first met Ms. Monster and the B-Minus crew at 2006's San Diego Comic Con International, where we had booths side by side. The group works together on a television show that airs in San Francisco (and if I'm not mistaken, they were on at one point in Salem, Massachusetts).
Ms. Monster is something of an Elvira-style throwback character, reminiscent of "Chilly Billy" late night horror movie hosts, and her enthusiasm for her craft (as well as, uh, guts and entrails) really shows through in everything she does. Beyond all of this, she and the others are AWESOME, so that should be reason enough to check out her website and browse through the wares. I've got volume one of the show's DVD set, and it looks like volume two is up and ready to order.
The picture below is from the '06 San Diego Con - if you can manage to look past the blue woman in the center, you'll see on the left someone, his mouth agape, holding up a copy of Mr. Massive #1 - that would be Ratha, the artist and co-creator of Mr. Massive. As people were snapping pictures (including this one, which later showed up on Ms. Monster's website), Ratha said "hey, free advertising!" and shot his arm up just in time to get this ridiculous result. I'm not sure if anyone other than me ever noticed this when looking at Ms. Monster's pictures, but perhaps that's why I find it so funny.
As an aside, I really like Ms. Monster's blue and orange color scheme.