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J.R. Mounts here, creator, writer and artist for all things Scairy Tales Noir such as the FRIED PICKLE NOIR crime noir parody series, the comic strip series SCAIRY TALES, the "adorable" DEATH BY BABY and the not so adorable FAMILY MAL-USE! Check out below all the cool and wacky things that I'm doing for my Scairy Tales Noir comics! Check out the calendar at the bottom for appearances and to your right are PAGES of stuff you can click through for all my different COMICS found on their own pages, NEWS, the STN STORE, fan art in the EXTRAS page and MORE!
And remember, here ya gotta spell 'scary' with an "i" by combining 'scary tales' and 'fairy tales' together so nobody thinks I draw horror comics!
Email me for anything ya wanna gab about or even buy and we'll have a grand 'ol time!
P.S. If ya wanna follow the thoughts and musings of 'ol Fried Pickle Noir detective Q Cumbersome himself, go on over to his Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/pickledtweets
5-24-16 Planet Comicon 2016 was OUT OF THIS WORLD!
For my first trip ever to Missouri, Planet Comicon 2016 proved an awesome reason to go! The pickle and I were well received and Scairy Tales and The Finleys comics proved to be a big hit too! I met some truly wonderful fellow arteests and made a slew of new fans. I met my own heroes like Matt Kindt, Cullen Bunn and (briefly) cartoonist of Fox Trot, Bill Amend! It was far too busy to leave the booth for long and it was worth it. As an added bonus, I got to hang with my brother Richard Bryan Mounts and his fiance' while I was there. I return to Kansas City in August at the same building for the Kansas City Comic Con 2016 and hope to see all of you again!
5-2-16 Indiana Comicon 2016 was an Indy-pendent success!
Sorry this post took so long but I have several pics on my hone I can't get off so, all of Friday is lost until I do. Until then, BEHOLD all the fun I had in Indiana with my pals Timothy Paul, Susie Hendershot Paul, Brandon Paul, ELVIS (the dog of awesome), Frank Epperson aka The Frank, Jen, Curtis, Drew Leiter, Pinto, Twisted Wire, Drew Blank and MORE! Lots of returning fans came for MORE and I made a whole slew of newbies to the fold. Best of all I got to hang with my Tim Paul family, dinner with The Frank and just have fun all around. I won't miss next year either so get ready ICCC 2017 because I'm lookin' at YOU.
Join the KICKSTARTER for "STUCK IN MY HEAD" by J.R. Mounts!!!!
That's right gang, a NEW project is underway by yours truly! Now, be warned, it's for MATURE AUDIENCES in that there's gonna be some profanity, violence and sexual situations (but no nudity ,that's just weird). Those old enough can see a good supply of art samples on the STUCK IN MY HEAD page to the right tabs. Picture a constant daydreamer/Walter Mitty type guy so miserable that all his daydreams lately are about killing his co-workers. But he doesn't WANT to be unhappy so he looks inward to fight and try to save himself before he loses everything good in his life. This is a sequential art and cd soundtrack combination all completely created, written drawn and performed be myself (adding a few pals along the the way and through the years). Click below for the Kickstarter link going until May 7, 2016 for art and song samples of what to expect! See MORE on the page tab for STUCK IN MY HEAD.
4-24-16 Marble City Comic Con 2016 was MARBLE-ous!!
Ever been to a reunion where your head just spins constantly because of ALL the peeps ya know! Well, welcome to Marble City Comic Con! What a fun way to come off of Fluke 2016 on Saturday to come back and hang with my fellow arteest peeps like Phillip Broyles,Timothy Chandler, Charlie Aiken, Dimitri Paints Walker, Landon Faulkner, Morgan Nicole Henschen, Ryan Faricelli, Dakota and Carie Varner-Faricelli, RJ Foster, RJ Grady, Cyndi Grady, Missy Collins, Amy Griggs Short, Alex Ogle, Ray Wilson, Barry Allen, Lizi Campbell, Stacey LeAnna Wichman, Jonny Brooklyn Roberts, Leah Joycelyn Wichman, Jeanne Harn Darwin Finlay Harn-Dailey and the entire family, Shane Berryhill, Hoyt Silva , Gregbo Watson and of course Mr. Marble City himself, the ever-awesome Shannon Rhea!!! And my neighbor was Mike Michael J Zeck!!!! Most importantly, I got to meet the Benvenuto family Kristi Benvenuto, Elliot and Asher whom I had drawn a memorial for husband Jake whom we all lost last year, known as the Foto Nerd by us all. It was a really important moment for me and one I will cherish. Thanks to one and all for a fun time at Marble City!!
4-23-16 Fabulous FLUKE 2016 was no 'fluke'!!
What a great time to be surrounded by fellow indie creators for my first trip to Athens, Georgia at my first ever Fluke 2016! 'Owly' creator Andy Runton stopped by to chat and though I felt a little naked without my 'pickle ensemble', the pickle was well received! I got to make new pals outta Patrick Dean and Patrick Newsome, then my Fluke neighbors like Jonathan Todd and fellow indie artist James Burns. Later, many of us went down to the incredible comic shop Bizarro Wuxtry where they now carry 'Fired Pickle Noir' and 'Scairy Tales'!!!! All this while my wife and best pal handled Marble City that Saturday! Plus, they played the movie for 'Purple Rain' and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'! Then, I could hear on the speakers, tunes for Cinderella, Ratt, Garth Brooks, Weird Al, Morrissey, New Order, Def Leppard, Billy Joel, Dio and MORE!! But wait, there's more in the NEXT set of pics as I went back to Marble City Comic Con that Sunday! What a great weekend for indie comics!
4-16-16 Bridge Con 2016 was LIVELY!
With all the DEAD walking around, you'd think the show was...well, dead! But NOPE! Thanks to my pals Greg Crews, Diane Patrice Rowley and the crew of Bridge Con, it was tons of family fun and all for an excellent cause. I got to hang with my buds Christopher Collins, Bryan SilverBax, Bobby Nash, Sketch MacQuinor, Dutch Cummings, Jeff Ferguson and the whole Ferguson gang, Kathy Ann (who asked me to draw something special for our under the weather pal Tammy Vader--seen in the pics) and MORE! Sat in on an artist panel with my fellow arteest buds too. Made more new friends, more new fans like Alex Barth and saw plenty of my usual suspects like Tristan Hyde, Dakota, Sierra (both of 'em) and their whole crazy-awesome family! Here's to another round for next year too. Thanks to EVERYONE for an awesome day!
4-12-16 Q Cumbersome returns from SPACE....comics expo 2016!
While I could say this show was FAR OUT and from SPACE...I'll say instead that this show was all kinds of indie comics AWESOME!!!!! I started off at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum where I saw BILL WATTERSON originals from 'Calvin & Hobbes'...and my mind was blown. The next day was SPACE! Row after row of nothing but indie comics, indie comics artists and indie comics supporters! Creators boasting about nothing but THEIR OWN comics creations and characters. It was refreshing in every way possible. Best of all, I made some awesome new indie creator pals like Larry Morgan, John Martin, Landon Faulkner, Nichi Hawkins, among others as well as NEW fans Zain Fields, Scott T Reynolds, Sean Howe from The Kirby Collector, Jeff Lowe, and on and on and on. It was a very chill show and I even submitted Fried Pickle Noir: The Origin Thrillogy into their 2016 Space Awards...fingers crossed! A great weekend surrounded by my indie brethren. Doesn't get any better than that!
4-4-16 3rd time's a charm at SC Comicon 2016!!!
Another awesome weekend at SC Comicon put on by Borderlands Comics guru Robert Young and his awesome staff! It was really awesome to see all the old gang again from pickle fans to fellow artist and vendor types! Of course, I talked SO much, I lost most of my voice early on but it was well worth it considering how much fun we all had. What an awesome time spent with my pals Dimitri Paints Walker, Chris Hamer, Tim Showers, Randy Bishop, April Dominick, Mike Faber, Peter Cutler, John Pence, Mercy Suarez, Jeanne Harn and her family, Kenneth Smith, Philip Cochran, Ian Jarold, Micah Taylor, Bradley Roberts, Edd Sowder, Author Tyffani Clark, Chrissy Moon Loewer, Bobby Nash, Amy Griggs Short, Neil Lee Griffin, Jessica Naomi Reinicke and so, SO many returning pickle fans. Hope to see you all again soon...once i get my voice back!
3-31-16 STUCK IN MY HEAD stretch goals available!
STRETCH Goals, new reward and upgrades...oh my!
Okay, let's have some fun. Now that the minimum goal has been met and passed for my STUCK IN MY HEAD comic book/cd project at Kickstarter, let's put the word 'stretch' to some fun use in STRETCH GOALS!
3-31-16 STUCK IN MY HEAD interview on the ESO Network!!!!
My good pals Mike Faber and Michael Gordon of the ESO Network posted their March 25th episode 310 and interview me about my newest comic book/cd project STUCK IN MY HEAD currently on Kickstarter. Click below for the episode that centers on Captain America as well! Props to these fine lads for their friendship and constant support!
3-31-16 I LOVED L.A. at WonderCon 2016!
What an awesome spectacle!! WonderCon both FLEW by and dragged on for my feet (very sore). It was what one could expect from a mega-sized show like this and it did NOT disappoint! My best friend Michael McQuade acted as my 'booth babe' for the weekend as well as host for my entire Los Angeles trip. I met several fellow indie artists on the rise, did plenty of media promo and just had a blast hanging with my fellow vendors! I got to see my Dragon Con buds Danny Haas and Caleb King strut their stuff and even got to meet Sergio Aragones briefly. I lost my voice, killed my feet and got back alive yesterday. Even better was hanging out TWICE with my old AFFAIR band mates Kevin Kelley and Marcus Hobbs, who along with ol' Mike were some of the best music times I've ever had. All in all, an awesome trip I will never forget. But it ain't over yet....SC Comicon is next!
Here's some fun video I did with my pals Nathan Simmons, Tim Frady, Daniel Guy and Chris Goins the PREMIERES the very Kickstarter project you've heard way too much about...'STUCK IN MY HEAD'. This was done a few weeks ago before breaking it to the world. Click below and see some behind the scenes stuff as I sit with Nathan aka The Gargyle and the rest of the Mass Listeria podcast gang I'm proud to call my buds! Cheers, J.R.
3-17-16 RSRG Entertainment plugs my comics and 'STUCK IN MY HEAD'
Thanks to my bud Phillip Broyles who has not only had me on his rsrg entertainment podcast but set up an AWESOME day at his place of work: Max Comics & Toys! We talk all kinds of things about my current comics, what's happening next in Fried Pickle Noir and Scairy Tales series as well as the NEW comic/cd project I'm going called 'STUCK IN MY HEAD'! After that, stick around for more indie comics interviews as well as Lexington Comic Con interviews! Click below and have a blast!
3-15-16 Max Comics, Toys & Games CREATOR SPOTLIGHT on....ME!
My pal Phillip Broyles of podcast rsrg entertainment put together an awesome day at his place of work Max Comics, Toys & Games with much thanks to his boss Shannon Ferrell for having me there! The event was a blast and I got to meet the great folks of Corbin, KY and peddle my stuff! I also got to chat with Trevor of the local newspaper in town and hang with Shannon's dog Einstein--who was a very good girl indeed! So hats off gang to a job well done for your first Creator Spotlight event! Special thanks to all the fun comics fans that came out like Steve Riley, Trent, Troy Milligan Christina Christin Milligan, Trevor and plenty more! Hope to see you all again and THANKS for such a great time!
3-14-16 Kentucky puts the X in LeXington Con 2016!!!!
What a great time at the Lexington Comic Con 2016. Tons of fellow geeks came upon the con and we all had a great time. Better yet, I got to hang with my fellow pals Phillip Broyles, Troy Milligan and Christin Milligan, Shannon Ferrell, and even my fellow vendor artist types Shannon Rhea, Marc Ballard, Wes Tillander and MORE! Q made plenty o' cameos with the cosplay crowd and we prepare for California NEXT!
3-3-16 Next up...LEXINGTON March 10th-13th!!!
On the road again as they say! My next stop will be in Lexington, Kentucky March 10th for the Max Toys & Comics event where they'll spotlight my work from 1-3pm (or later)! Then, the weekend goes CRAZY for the Lexington Comic Con March 11th-13th where I'll e hanging with Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, Ben Templesmith and MORE! I'll have special art prints just for the Max Toys event so stop on by for fun and frolic! Special thanks goes to my RSRG podcast bud Phillip Broyles for making this event happen and especially for the super swell promo he's been giving me! It all happens in a matter of days. Click below for the commercial and all the cool links.
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3-2-16 2016 matches 2015 for 29 events on the PLAY IT AGAIN, SPAM tour! It's official....29 conventions for 2016 matches 2015!!!! Whew! Last year was a record run for me as I hit 29 events but as of today, I have officially met that same amount with the confirmation of YAMACON 2016! As I prep for Lexington Con in 2 weeks, there may be more shows to announce but it feels very cool to be able to have these opportunities. Best of all, I'm hitting NEW states this year with Texas, California, Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas! Now...let's see if I can stay in the black this time! lol. Cheers, J.R.
2-30-16 A PUN time with Nathan Simmons at Yamacon !
While at Yamacon 2015, I got some quality air time with my bud and podcaster, Nathan Simmons of Mass Listeia and his youtube channel, The Gargyle. Click below to watch us try to out pun each other as even the guys off camera join in! It's some fun and funny stuff and I just had an absolute blast! Better yet, I'll be hanging with him for a show recording this Saturday as we discuss all things ME!!! If you can stand it...enjoy!
2-29-16 ETSU Con 2016 was ETSUllent!!!! I return to one of my best shows from last year, ETSU Con in Johnson City! It was incredibly awesome to see many of my old pals, my fellow arteest types, my front line vendor comrades and loads of NEW pickle fans! It was a rollicking good time hanging with my pals John and Candace McFarland, Tim Showers, Timothy Chandler , Charlie Aiken, Michael Huffman and Monique St-Germain Huffman of Fanboy Glass, my bud Dallas Mullins, my new artist pal Hannah, Kevin Thompson, Nikita McCord and many names I can't remember but faces I'll never forget! Special tips of the hat go to my fellow artists-in-the-making who are all working on their passion projects as we speak! Be on the lookout for some awesome new talent, gang. Until next year, this ETSU con was one for the fun books!
2-22-16 Captain's Comic Expo sets sail in 2016!!!
My first Captain's Comic Expo was quite a trip as I made some new pickle and Scairy Tales fans and got to hang with my buds Tim Showers, Gregbo Watson, James Christopher Hill and more! Plus, my fellow indie artists neighbors were all kinds of neighbory awesome too. Posted at the ass-end of Egypt, we all met the many, many people who came to support the show. Q has had too many tussles with previous cons and wasn't standing too well so he had to do duty INSIDE the booth rather than outside. Still, he got noticed! Not a bad weekend for the wife and I, we ate well!
2-17-16 Dallas Comic Con was my Texas Valentine!
Had such a GREAT time out in Texas over Valentine's Day weekend! The pickle and I made a Texas impression at the Dallas Comic Con! We artists were crammed in like sardines so I never left my booth until closing time but it was so worth it. The pickle got plenty of love in a new state and it was great to see just as many people with as bad a sense of humor as me! Got to meet some new buds like James Martinez, Cameron Belt, Dennis R. Van Vleet, Stephanie Kneese and more fellow artists making their way along the con trail. Special thanks goes to Cameron for dressing up as The Tick and to James for getting people over to the booth! Hoping to see this bunch again in June if I'm lucky. Until then, what an awesome time!
2-7-16 AnniCon 2016 ROCKED!!!!
What an awesome time in Anniston, Alabama! The day was BUSY for us all as loads of fans came out to have an absolute blast at AnniCon! Special thanks to Nicole Hall for letting us all know about this rockin' show! My artist buds Bryan SilverBax, Eric Dotson, Dimitri Paints Walker and Keith Wahl and Krystal Bost rocked it out all day long. Not only were many new fans made but I got to see some returning pals too like V Joey Whigham, Lysa Shin, Raevyn Bain and more! We all got a nod in The Anniston Star and just can't enough great things about this show. Special thanks to Bill Wilson of The Anniston Star and Krystal for some Amazing pics! Here's to 2017!!!
2-1-16 MASS LISTERIA puts up with me for an hour!
I spent a fun Saturday with Mass Listeria guys Nathan Simmons, Tim Frady, Daniel Guy and Jeremy as we each discuss our Top 5 influences! It gets bawdy and beautiful so protect your ears for language and grab a tissue box for tears! Plus, they try to teach me to play Munchin, make me drink syrup soda and Nathan cooks up some Scotch Eggs---which is NOT eggs and scotch as I found out...lol. Cheers, J.R.
1-19-16 FULL INTERVIEW from the Dead Letter Office of Jim Pyre!
I get the 'Creative People' FULL INTERVIEW treatment from Jim Pyre's Dead Letter Office to kick off the promo material for 2016! It's the most in-depth interview I've ever done thus far, full of tidbits I rarely discuss and plenty of the usual stuff that I do but in greater detail! Click below to read!
1-18-16 I went to Ath-Con 2016 to kick some ATH!!!!!
...and I'm all out of bubblegum. lol.
The first con of 2016 for me was COLD COLD COLD but with all my pals there, I still felt nice 'n' toasty. AthCon 2016 was unexpectedly outside as we all set sail for...SALES, lol. Got to hang with my buds Bryan SilverBax, Bobby Nash, Mark Maddox and his awesome kids,Kilted Creature himself RJ Grady, Cyndi Grady, Michael A Clark, Jim Adams, Doug-Terri McKittrick, Mark Helwig, John Pence, Dimitri Paints Walker, and my pals Jeff Ferguson and his family, Jeanne Harn and the family, and plenty more pals too. And the year's just begun!
1-11-15 Tribute to the "Foto Nerd", Jake Benvenuto Known as the "Foto Nerd", the geek world lost one of it's own today, Jake Benvenuto. As a favor to his friends and family, I pay homage in simple art. For any comfort it can bring, this is how I picture his reward for a good life.
WELCOME to the Scairy Tales Noir website! Home of 'Scairy Tales: the not so scary fairy tales' comic strip and graphic novel series 'FRIED PICKLE NOIR', among other many projects listed to the right by J.R. Mounts! What is all this stuff you may ask? Basically, it's independent parody comics created, written, drawn, printed and promoted by me! Here's what ya need to know:
'Scairy Tales', the comic strip is about a group of little misfit friends who dress up in superhero and monster costumes year 'round, they get picked on quite a bit but eventually discover that just across Troll Bridge, there are monster children with families just like them! Consider it to be 'Calvin and Hobbes meet Nightmare before Christmas' and you get the idea. It's Halloween all the time with them!
'Fried Pickle Noir' on the other hand is a graphic novel series featuring detective Q Cumbersome, P.I. that parodies old pulp crime noir. The catch is, all the characters are various forms of fruits, vegetables and other foods! Keep in mind, it's honest to goodness crime and has been rated "V" for 'Vegetable Violence' and should not be seen by kids without the consent of their parents (see my DISCLAIMER). However, it's got all the vitamins your eyes could ever need! Think of this as 'Sin City meets Veggie Tales' and you'll know right where you're at.
So have fun browsing all of the various projects and feel free to email reviews, questions or any comics you may want to buy! Scairy Tales Noir is hitting the road hard each year so be sure to check the calendar below for appearances and other fun news.
Got it all? Well, then, what are you waiting for?! Go read some stuff!