Archive - Apr 2008
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2008 - 11:01
Kevin Kelly wrote a widely discussed blog post called "1000 True Fans" about the prospects of making a living off of a 1000 "true" fans - those completely dedicated to a particular artist. He's posted an interesting letter from musician Robert Rich about his life as an independent musician making music in a fairly niche genre which both confirms and tempers the optimism of Kelly's first post.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2008 - 10:36
This weekend in Portland, Oregon -- it's the Stumptown Comics Fest!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2008 - 10:30
Digital Strips has an interview with Frank Frisina, the creator of the comic Life's A Bluff. Frisina writes and Ryan Estrada draws the current incarnation of the comic which is one of two comics I'm aware of that focus on the world of poker (particularly online poker) -- poker culture if you will - the other being Bobby Crosby's +EV.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 23, 2008 - 10:48
It was moderated by FLEEN's Gary Tyrrell (who I finally got to meet in person at last year's SPX) and really had a strong mix of panelists: Rich Stevens (Diesel Sweeties) who is probably one of the best examples of the do-it-yourself creator; Robert Khoo (Director of Business Development for Penny Arcade) who runs one of the few webcomics big enough to support a corporate workforce; plus two really corporate guys: Richard Brunning (Senior VP and Creative Director for DC) and Jeremy Ross (Director of New Product Development for Tokyopop).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 23, 2008 - 10:39
Gary Tyrrell at FLEEN has a good interview with Comicspace's co-CEO Joey Manley and John Boeck (of backer/investor E-Line Ventures) that doesn't reveal much new information on what's coming with the future of Comicspace but does slip a summer 2008 target for its roll-out.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 22, 2008 - 09:45
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 21, 2008 - 22:01
"Dr. McNinja kind of magically harmonized all of my tastes, humor and sensibilities together into one comic like they hadn't before," said Hastings in an e-mail exchange. "I understand that sounds totally artsy-fartsy, but I just drew a bunch of flying sharks, so interpret that as you will."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 21, 2008 - 21:57
Over at Wired Lore blogged about the growing number of artists using Ustream to videocast their actual work on their comics. The post has links to how to follow several folks' videos including Scott Kurtz of PvP.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 20, 2008 - 19:25
Kevin Pease, creator of the webcomic Absurd Notions, pens the start of the next great intertubes meme with these scenes from Pulp Fiction filtered through Will Shakespeare.
UPDATE - and now there is the Pulp Bard wiki devoted to "the reconstruction of William Shakespeare's play A Slurry Tale, which curiously resembles Quentin Tarantino's film Pulp Fiction. There is no way to stop this from happening, so this wiki exists to ensure that it is done well, or as well as it can be."
This month I got a chance to interview Jose Cabrera, the creator of the weekly webcomic Crying Macho Man which has a print collection of its first year out called Prime Cut. Cabrera's work uses caricature, parody and gross-out humor, often all at once and has been attracting notice over the last year. Cartoonist Keith Knight wrote, “Jose Cabrera's Crying Macho Man touches me in ways I cannot explain. Sharp, well drawn, and funny. It deserves your attention."