Archive - Jul 2007
Submitted by Logan on July 31, 2007 - 19:05
Part 2 of 3 in the â€œWho the hell is Logan DeAngelis?â€ series
It was March of 2001. The pixel-based land rush which was the early days of the webcomics scene were aâ€™bornin, Â and a funky little comic called KU-2 made its online debut. A heartwarming tale of a foul-mouthed punker from New Jersey (based none too loosely upon myself in the 90s, down to the idiotic haircut) and his adventures in Hawaii with an alien android combined elements of sci-fi, horror and Polynesian mythology which was, at the heart of it all, really just a heartfelt slice-of-life tale with some pretty weird trappings.
Submitted by Logan on July 30, 2007 - 21:24
My name is Logan DeAngelis, and Iâ€™d like to thank Xaviar for inviting me to be guest Blogger here on Comixtalk this week! Now cue the deafening chorus of comic creators and readers booming across The Internets â€“ millions of voices suddenly crying out in terror, as it were â€“ asking â€¦ just who the hell is this guy?
Letâ€™s skim over the basics. Iâ€™m a Jersey guy, born and bred and I suppose I have more than my fair share of all that dubious honor would imply. An avid game geek and self admitted nerd, Iâ€™d rather eat glass than spend 10 minutes at a baseball game, and I love comic books. I grew up as a kid reading Silver Age DC (memorized Hal Jordanâ€™s Green Lantern Oath as soon as I could read) then did my stint as a Marvel zombie in high school devouring Walt Simonson Thors and Frank Miller Daredevils.
But it wasnâ€™t till I got a job in a comic book store in college that I was exposed to the beautiful underbelly of the indie comic scene and my life was changed forever. Cerebus. Grendel. Love & Rockets. With words that cut you like a rust-flecked razor, and stark black and white imagery that hit you between the eyes like a zip-a-tone sledgehammer, I was in love suddenly with a whole different kind of comic book.
Smartass kid from Jersey, oh what a bitch of a mistress you picked.
This story is like so many others, and maybe very similar to many of you readersâ€™ stories. So Iâ€™ll wrap up this brief intro now, and continue tomorrow when things started getting a bit more interesting and my first comics came to life online.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 28, 2007 - 11:19
A full list of the Eisner winners is available at The Comics Reporter today.
- Sam and Max, by Steve Purcell won for Best Digital Comic.
- American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang won for Best Graphic Album - New (which in Oscar Awards-terms would be for Best Original Graphic Album as opposed to the Graphic Novels adapted by collecting together monthly comics books).
- Hope Larson won Special Recognition for Gray Horses.
Submitted by Derik Badman on July 27, 2007 - 17:02
Nick Mullins has two webcomics (also available in print) featuring Kit Kaleidoscope, a gravedigger who also draws. In "Kit Kaleidoscope and the Mermaid in the Jar" she meets a sculptor whose brother, a taxidermist, has died. In "Carnivale", still being serialized, Kit meets a young musician, while her coworker meets an old woman mourning her husband. Not a lot to say for a plot precis, but these are great comics. Mullins has beautiful linework that ise reproduced way too small to be really appreciated.
Both stories are completely wordless. He uses images in word balloons to create dialogue, mixing imagery and symbols to great effect. It is only occasionally difficult to follow the conversations. In one amazing scene the word balloons of Kit and the musician take on a life of their own as two bodies dancing together.
Both are worth reading, though Carnivale is serialized in extremely small segments (one tier of panels), which makes ongoing reading very fragmented.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 27, 2007 - 13:06
Here's hoping we get many more from talented creator Spike.
Submitted by Derik Badman on July 27, 2007 - 10:29
Simply Sarah by Sarah Skye is a story about a young lesbian falling in love with another girl whose feelings she is not sure is shared. The art has the look of an old romance comic (except in black and white), and the story itself falls squarely into that genre, except with lesbians (or at least one lesbian) and a more overt sexuality. We even see the classic fear of rejection ("oh, does she really like me?") as well as being a social outcast (more often a class issue in the old romance comics). Even the layouts are reminiscent of those old comics, which is extra strange as I would think a story like this would hold heavy manga influence in it and be much more shojo-esque. Heavy use of narrative captions and thought balloons (which seem to be really out of style these days). The story has such a feel of being autobiographical that I wonder if the author is a teenager, yet something about it makes me think she is older, or it is a fictional persona created for the story. Or maybe not. Either way, Simply Sarah is so weirdly retro that it stands out, regardless of its flaws.
Submitted by Derik Badman on July 26, 2007 - 10:54
I didn't think I would like Nothing Better by Tyler Page when I first looked at it. Freshman at college featuring the overdone and usually uninteresting "coming of age" story? Plus it's got a art style that is vaguely animation, vaguely manga that I'm not generally fond of. So what won me over and got me to read 9 chapters of archives (he has since started Chapter 10)?
Submitted by Derik Badman on July 25, 2007 - 11:50
Sin Tutulo by Cameron Stewart is a recent webcomic (only 8 pages so far) by an artist better known for his print comics (such as working with Grant Morrison). A "professional" doing a webcomic is something we see more and more of as time passes. A chance to write own's on story? Freedom?
Submitted by Derik Badman on July 25, 2007 - 10:40
Comics blog The Daily Cross Hatch is looking for someone(s) to write about webcomics. Maybe it's you?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?