Archive - Aug 2006
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 28, 2006 - 00:10
Fanboy Radio has an interview with Scott McCloud and family on the road in support of McCloud's new book Making Comics.
Another interview to check out is Jim Munroe's talk with Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 26, 2006 - 22:15
I've loaded up some logos I had from the archives of Comixpedia. Check 'em out here. I just don't have time to load individual comic logos but I would really like help with collecting logos from creator collectives, webcomic publishers and other brands connected with webcomics in some way. If you're the owner of such an icon or brand and wouldn't mind a little more exposure here at Comixpedia send me the graphic (or better a link to the graphic's URL) so I can load it to our gallery here (and use in subsequent posts).
Don't forget I'm also looking for creator photos for the site (these also get used in posts at this site).
We'll also be using these images for the encyclopedia at comixpedia.org.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 26, 2006 - 21:53
Soccer is Full of Cheese is a comic with short archives on Comic Genesis. It's opening scene is at a soccer practice and the plot appears to be heading to some kind of crush/relationship between new boy Scott and soccer team captain Adrian. I checked it out for the title (short disclaimer: futbol is awesome!) and while it's not what I expected, it has its moments. Artwise there's possibilities there and while it's too early to weigh in on plot or characterization at least there's the sense that it's headed somewhere. A little more work on pacing and staging of the actual panels of the comic along with more consistent artwork and it might be worth following up on. There probably is an audience for soccer+manga+chibi+bi-shonen comics that is not yet fulfilled!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 26, 2006 - 17:06
Chris Crosby puts his sore thumbs all over my formerly-pristine memories of Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man.Ã‚ I'm just glad he forgot about the classic videogame/pinball hybrid, Baby Pac-Man.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 26, 2006 - 17:00
I think Beaver & Steve is already back to updates - just thought this placeholder image was pretty funny.Ã‚
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 26, 2006 - 14:52
So Eric Burns has a handy post up detailing some thoughts on the New Fall Season at Modern Tales which marks new editor Shaenon K. Garrity's debut line-up. Here's the list of the new comics Eric hits on in his post:
UPDATE: Related collective-type news; the Warren Ellis-led Rocket Pirates now looks to debut in September.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 26, 2006 - 14:38
I had a great time at the beach and just got back today. I understand the new server held up ok until sometime yesterday - I'm working with the company (Liquid Web) to figure out if this is a workable server solution or not. If things go down, hopefully it won't take too long to resolve...
Coming next week are the Blank Label bloggers: Dave Kellett, Kris Straub, Howard Tayler and Brad Guigar. I've really enjoyed having guest bloggers on the site this summer and next week should be a lot of fun. Besides being great cartoonists these are all great guys. After that will be our last regularly scheduled guest blogger - Chris "Superosity" Crosby. I'll be shifting back out of summer vacation mode soon enough - one of the things I'd like some feedback on is about the guest bloggers we've had. Good idea, bad idea? Great for the summer or something to have all year long?
I also approved all of the new sites for the top list so you're on if you signed up last week. I haven't gotten a lot of feedback from the top list site so far so please let me know if it's been helpful, worthless, whatever. Thanks. (P.S. If you're on the top list and don't create an encyclopedia entry for yourself you're missing out on a chance to provide more information to curious, potential readers)
Also - thanks to new sponsor, the webcomic Krakow!
Submitted by ldragoon on August 23, 2006 - 14:01
Don't let your characters fall flat! Making 2-dimensional characters 3-dimensional.
Characterization is one of those bugaboos of writing that is especially easy to overlook on a comics project where the majority of time and effort is usually spent designing visual elements. In prose, it's hard to sell a reader on a poorly developed character. By its very nature, prose takes us into the mind of a character very quickly. In comics, it's far easier to end up with a character who is all visual flash, and not even realize it until the project has hit the shelves. How many mangas have you read featuring the adventures of a quietly sweet, inoffensive girl, with such varied interests as snacking and being nice to freshmen? Or American comics about tough, brooding anti-heros? Stop me if you've heard the one about the Silent But Deadly Warrior Woman with a Tragic Past(TM) and a penchant for wandering around her apartment in Victoria's Secret undergarments.
Submitted by kjc on August 23, 2006 - 01:02
A gentleman by the name of Joel Johnson has purchased the original paste-up of the famous (nigh apocryphal) "Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work" and made scans available.
To top it off, he's also put together a bit of history about the origins and purpose of the piece. Interesting stuff!
Submitted by Tim Demeter on August 21, 2006 - 20:04
Uh-oh. Xavier left for the beach and forgot to turn my access off. WHOOPS.
While he's away here's some stuff that went down today:
- Modern Tales Announces New Strip Lounge Lineup
- Multiplex joins Boxcar Comics
- Elf `n Troll #5 Begins TODAY!
- Sebo: The First Year comes to Keenspot