Sunday, May 10, 2015

NEW BOOK ALERT! Michael Aushenker to debut full-color TROLLS at LONG BEACH COMIC-CON in SEPT. 2015

Hey, Flophousers! There's an all-new full-color CARTOON FLOPHOUSE comic book on the horizon, and you're not going to believe this one....

Michael Aushenker's TROLLS debuts at LONG BEACH COMIC-CON 2015 this September!

"Trolls" is slang for "Air Traffic Controllers," the fine men & women working in airport control towers who help launch and land millions of commercial airliners each and every day around the world.

For months now, I've been using my journalistic skills to infiltrate local air traffic control towers incognito, trading Playboy magazines and packs of cigarettes for the straight dope on what really goes on behind the prohibited doors inside our nation's airports' control towers. This is their story.

So meet Edward and Wayward, a couple of sitting ducks (literally!) who work in said profession. Then one Friday, because of some crazy outside circumstances, Ed and Way can not go back home to their apartments. So they decided to pull a double-shift at work within Sky Harbor International in Phoenix, Arizona, and, since their boss won't be back till Monday morning anyway, why not throw a little workplace party and invite over the girls from Security? And yeah, um, some complications ensue and things spiral out of control.

Let's be candid here: I originally intended this comic book to become the next installment of my occasional series THOSE UNSTOPPABLE ROGUES (even hinted at the plot in the last ROGUES comic I did called "McDONALD MISSION," which took place in Quartzite, Ariz.)

However, I was flooded with some new inspiration that led me to make this comic book it's own thing, featuring two brand new characters: Edward and Wayward.

I will though include some UNSTOPPABLE ROGUES material and references within TROLLS as 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the original THOSE UNSTOPPABLE ROGUES comic book (which featured a foreword by one of my favorites, Gumby & Pokey creator ART CLOKEY).

No airs here: I'm super honored to have been invited by THE DEVASTATOR, L.A.'s premiere satirical comic book magazine, to be a part of their curated humor comics section at LBCC.

So I've decided to step up the pace on production and ready my newest, most colorful funny animal book yet for September's LBCC show.

See you there, Flophousers!

~ Michael Aushenker

Friday, February 13, 2015


Weds., March 25th is shaping up to be a big release day for cartoonist Michael Aushenker of fame.

First off, there's the debut of Acme Ink's new line of biographical heavy metal comics written by Aushenker (with various artists) and it launches Mar. 25 with SLAYER, about the kings of thrash and Aushenker's all-time favorite metal band (thanks to the Rick Rubin-produced SEASONS IN THE ABYSS, SOUTH OF HEAVEN and REIGN IN BLOOD - not to mention Kerry King's guitar solos on Beastie Boys cuts FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT (TO PARTY) and NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN.

A preview version of SLAYER, edited by Acme Ink king Mel Smith, has been selling out at every convention sold in 2014, including San Diego Comic-Con and APE in San Francisco.

After Mar. 25th's SLAYER, Aushenker's work on JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, EXODUS and NOFX will hit the shops in the months to follow.

Also dropping Mar. 25 - Aushenker's COMIC BOOK CREATOR article on married creators Corinna Beckho and Gabriel Hardman (CATACLYSM ON THE PLANET OF THE APES). Aushenker is the associate editor of COMIC BOOK CREATOR, edited by Jon B. Cooke (COMIC BOOK ARTIST).

Ok, you've been warned! SLAYER is almost here! "Lightning, you motherfuckers!"

Friday, January 16, 2015

ARTICLE: Hilary Swank's Nov. 12 HOLLYWOOD MASTERS convo at LMU

Million dollar appearance

Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank closes out The Hollywood Masters series for 2014 at LMU

by Michael Aushenker

Of meeting her “Million Dollar Baby” director for the first time at his Warner Bros. office, Hilary Swank described the filmmaker this way: “He was a tall glass of water. He was refreshing and so handsome. He is Clint Eastwood.”
The actress could have used a tall glass of water on Nov. 12, when the Hollywood Reporter’s Special Features editor Stephen Galloway interviewed Swank in a conversation closing the exclusive The Hollywood Masters series for 2014 at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. Swank’s voice was hoarse from promoting “The Homesman,” which co-stars director Tommy Lee Jones and came out last Friday. She asked for some cough drops and received them from a screenwriting student in the audience.
This, on top of running late because she was trapped within her own home.
“The power went out and my gates are electric,” said Swank, who nevertheless scaled said walls. “My next job is Spider-Woman!”

Prone to positivity, effusively espousing lines such as “There’s no biggest obstacle than ourselves,” Swank handily won over her teen audience of aspiring entertainment professionals with her upbeat nature as she recalled the classicism she experienced growing up in a Lincoln, Nebraska trailer park and how she and her mom lived in an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme for three weeks upon arriving in Hollywood.
But it was worthwhile. Swank landed a plum part on “Beverly Hills 90210.”
Too bad the Aaron Spelling soap had jumped the shark by this—its eighth season— and was quickly canceled. Swank was depressed.  
Then, two months later, she landed the role of real-life tragic transgender figure Brandon Teena for which she won her first Academy Award.
“There are no negatives,” Swank said. “I think it is how we choose to look at it. It would not have happened if I were still on ’90210.’”
What Swank deemed “the little movie that could,” “Boys Don’t Cry” became the breakthrough film making it possible for her to work with “Interstellar” director Christopher Nolan on 2002’s “Insomnia” (“I feel like he’s not just a director, he’s a visionary”) and Eastwood on 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby,” which landed her a second Oscar.
“I felt like I was shot out of a cannon with that movie,” she said of the unlikely success of micro-budgeted indie “Boys,” for which she only received $3,000 (not even qualifying her for SAG health coverage, then a minimum $5,000).
Swank has since portrayed uber-teacher Erin Gruwell (“Freedom Writers”) and doomed aviator Amelia Earhart (“Amelia”).
“I’ve pretty much made a living out of playing real-life characters,” she said, laughing.
Proud of her “Boys,” acting opposite then-rising actors ChloĆ« Sevigny and Peter Sarsgaard, “I didn’t know it was going to be a catalyst for a bigger talk about gay, lesbian and transgender people,” Swank said.
In fact, following her talk, she could not stick around long to chat with students because that very evening, Swank was receiving an award at Outfest, thanks to this little movie she made 15 years ago.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays 2014-15 from Michael Aushenker & Cartoon Flophouse Humor Comics!

Yeah, so I hijacked the Halloween Kidder himself, my pal Rhode Montijo, to help wish all you dedicated Flophousers a funtesticle Chanukah, Christmas & New Year's Eve 2015!

Listen, it's been a good year for Cartoon Flophouse, with two new releases -- GO, GENIUS, GO! # 1 & 2--and a side project --HELL'S KITTY: LOST IN LOS ANGELES, written by Nicholas Tana--available through my website and via Amazon.

However, 2015 is gonna be a GREAT year because Aushenker's at it again with the SLAYER comic debuting at Wonder Con in April, a top secret new funny book debuting at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 (think in the spirit of THOSE UNSTOPPABLE ROGUES) and another project aimed for third quarter 2015.

Plus: visit and join to keep updated on a special charity project in development for late 2016 based on the life of blues rock guitar virtuoso Mike Bloomfield.

Happy holidays, Flophousers! Warm wishes for a facetious, fun-filled '15!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Please join CARTOON FLOPHOUSE humor comics online!

Join up, you Flophousers!

The new website URL is

I'm also now on Twitter @CartoonFlophous

....and, of course, my FB page:

Plus this blog for updates on upcoming conventions where through year's end I'll be promoting the following brand new books:

Thursday, August 14, 2014


GO, GENIUS, GO! writer and cover artist MICHAEL AUSHENKER and artist Marcus Collar flank Awkward Mayhem as Mario.
I'd like to thank everyone -- new friends and old comrades -- who swung by my table at Stocktoncon to pick up the new books, GO, GENIUS, GO issues #1 and #2 as well as the SLAYER comic preview. We met some amazing new people this year including many new readers.

For those of you who missed out (cue violins...), like Axl sang, "Don't you cryyyy-yyy-yyy toniiiight!" You can order GO, GENIUS, GO! via my website

STOCKTONCON 2014 was even better than last year's by a long shot, thanks to terrific organization by Mike Millerick and the hospitality of Tina DeZuniga, her family, and her Filipino restaurant RED ORCHIDS, in the heart of downtown Stockton.

Bet your last dollar that I intend to come back to Stockton, Calif. for STOCKTONCON 2015 on Aug. 8 and 9, 2015. I love the people of Stockton and to be honest, I had more fun this year at Stocktoncon than even San Diego Comic-con.

So Stocktoncon, it's ON!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

my new series GO, GENIUS, GO! #1 and 2 premiers at STOCKTONCON in Stockton, CA THIS WEEKEND!

TOMORROW, AUG. 9 & THIS SUNDAY, AUG. 10: my new comic book series, GO, GENIUS, GO!, with art by Marcus Collar, debuts at Stocktoncon in Stockton, CA, where we will be special guests. OUR TABLE: AA-63

We'll be signing issue #1 and 2 (of 3 issues). I'll be on a panel Sat. at 1 PM

You won't want to miss out on this hilarious new comic, a workplace comedy with teeth set in sterile Irvine, California's tech world.