Archive - Sep 2007
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 30, 2007 - 21:16
Gisele Lagace is the creator of Cool Cat Studio and Penny & Aggie. On both webcomics, she currently shares the reins with T Campbell who scripts while Lagace handles the artwork. Lagace and Campbell recently announced the return of Cool Cat Studio, a webcomic I really liked during its initial year 2000-2001 run. And Lagace also recently quit her day job to do comics full-time. It seemed like a great time to find out more about Gisele Lagace so I caught up with her recently via email to talk about comics.
Can you tell us a little about yourself. Where you were born; where are you now?
Iâ€™d like to take a little time to talk about creative ways to integrate text into comics. When I first started making webcomics, I didnâ€™t give much thought to how the text would become part of my images. I drew the art, scanned it and typed in the words in the last stage of the production. This led to some very awkward passages in my webcomics.
Usually, text is used in speech balloons; sound effects; narration boxes and in very rare cases, the words become part of the image themselves. But sometimes artists stretch these standards to make something truly innovative in their work.
So I had to admit that it was only the artwork and some of the dialogue that got me through the very slow opening section of that comic. And just as I was finally gleaning enough information to get a feel for the character and the setting, they tear the character out of the setting and throw her down some place new. I've tried, but Girl Genius just isn't for me.
Thinking about it, though, and with this summer's Comic Con International still on my mind, I realized that several webcomics that I do read were also once published on paper. So here I am, writing about Girl Genius without actually writing about it so I can focus instead on Finder by Carla Speed MacNeil, Xeno's Arrow by Greg Beettam and Stephen Geigen-Miller, and Galaxion by Tara Tallan.
Shayna Marchese is the creator of Voids, a webcomic about Sara, a young woman in New York City.Â I like Voids a lot -- it's a quiet comic that casts a careful eye on its main character as well as the city she lives in. I caught up with Marchese via email earlier this month to find out a little more about her and Voids.
Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you now: where are you from?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 26, 2007 - 17:14
Blogger, science fiction writer and copyright activist Cory Doctorow writes about his experiences making a free download of his printed books available and why he believes it has increased his sales. Doctorow doesn't do comics but to the extent his experiences can be generalized it's hard to image why they wouldn't apply equally to comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 26, 2007 - 14:17
Todd Allen has an interesting analysis of Platinum Studios based on reading its SEC filing for an IPO.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 26, 2007 - 13:48
Over at the new Comixpedia, Josh writes:
Comixpedia.org needs a new logo! Xaviar Xerexes and I think the current logo is a little too close to the Comixtalk logo. Anyone wishing to submit a logo for consideration can upload it and post it to the New logo page, or send it to me at my first name at this domain and I'll post it. Submissions should be 135x155 pixels. --Josh
Which is true - I think it needs it own identity to complete its separation from this site. Comixpedia (comixpedia.org) is only going to get bigger and bigger under Josh's management so some of you might be interested in crafting something for it.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 25, 2007 - 23:28
I'm kind of excited to read one of Scott McCloud's actual longer comic-comics Zot! as opposed to his comics-about-comics. The new book edition from HarperCollins will collect all of the black & white stories. I would be even more excited if McCloud was putting out a new webcomic (with possible Fogley-like book collections to follow) but I'll take this for now.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 25, 2007 - 09:10
Scott Johnson, the creator of the webcomic ExtraLife, is running a "Photoshop Jack Thompson" contest which apparently provoked an email from Thompson demanding that Johnson "cease and desist". Thompson previously tangled with the creators of the webcomic Penny Arcade and is probably best known for continuously blaming society's ills on the existence of video games.