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Jkeats
I'm a professional actor/comedian who has recently picked up pencil and bristol board to create a webcomic.

I've always been a huge fan of the old EC Segar Popeye strips as well as Far Side, Bloom County and many others. So expect to see a lot of the offbeat, character driven stuff in my strip.
  • Real Name
    John Keating
  • Age
    45
  • Gender
    Male
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BTI News
I was a guest on the Popcorn Mafia podcast last week and you can listen to that at: www.popcornmafia.com.

Also, there was a recent blog about BTI over at www.hotinhollywood.tv. Just do a search for Breaking the Ice or click on G Charles Wright's index to find it!

For anyone in the Texas area, the Breaking the Ice comic book is now available at Bee Hive Comics as well as Austin Books & Comics. It's making it's slow rollout :)

Finally, I'll be doing a book signing here in Winnetka, CA at Collector's Paradise on Oct 22 from 6-8pm. In November I will be at Wizard World Texas and the dates of that are 11/7-11/9.

Come by and say hi!
New website for Breaking the Ice!!
With the comic book release pending, I wanted to create a new site for Breaking the Ice. I'll still post here for ease but you can check out:

breakingtheice.johnkeating.biz

for the new home of the strip :)
Some people call it running a joke into the ground, I prefer to call it "establishing a premise and mining the material".
In case you missed yesterday's post, I put up a sneak peak of the Breaking the Ice comic book cover. Click back and check it out!
I had an audition this morning and have been taking care of a bunch of stuff so I'm behind on my strip drawin' duties. I should have it up tomorrow but for the regular Wednesday visitors, I thought I'd give you a sneak peak of the cover for the upcoming comic book collection. It was drawn by Joel Cotejar and I quite like it!
As a standup comic, I always get the question "did that really happen to you?" A lot of times, it's all total BS and no, it didn't...or at least not as funny as I try to make it sound.

This one, though...sad but true.

Also, the t-shirts will be coming soon...I finally settled on a design. Or lack there of, really. The t-shirt is simply going to read:

Front: "I'm even a failure as a slacker"

Back: Small logo with Mick's face, Breaking the Ice and the website.
Holy crap, I've hit the big 5-0! I don't feel a day over 37 :)
BTI: The Comic Book
I'm only a week away from hittin' 50 and I was going to wait until then to announce this...but I'm kind of excited and want to do it now.

Breaking the Ice is going to be published by Hopper Comics as a 24 page, full color "one shot" collecting all 50 strips. It will be sold at comic retailers as well as on Amazon.com. This is pretty cool news as I will have an actual comic book that I created in stores. I'm hoping it will be completed by San Diego Comic Con this summer as I can't imagine how excited I would be to attend as "Industry". The publisher is as excited as I am and he's been interested in the strip since the very beginning. I wanted to wait until I had enough strips to do something cool with and here it is.

There will be more new upcoming but I figured this was exciting enough to reveal now. I'm working on cover designs for the book so if you have any suggestions on what you'd like to see, let me know. I'm always open to suggestions!

In that same regard, I was thinking of doing some t-shirts but I wanted something interesting from the strip...if there's something from the strip that jumps out to you and says "that would be a cool t-shirt" lemme know that too. If I use your design, I'll give ya a free one :)
I took a break from the regular storyline for this one. I'm really excited about Indy 4 this weekend so here is my little tribute.

I should also have some pretty cool news about the strip in the coming weeks. More on that later!
It's been requested many times so here you go...a very special return :)
I'm back
I took a two week layoff as my Dad had passed away. The strip is back to it's normal weekly schedule this week.

Not exactly the funniest strip ever but it does reintroduce one of my favorite characters into the strip as a regular player.
Thanks, man. I think you'll enjoy the next batch.