Archive - Aug 2008
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 6, 2008 - 09:49
There are now 365 full color Silly Daddy comics. That's enough all-ages profound or preposterous family comics to read a Silly Daddy webcomic every day for a whole year.
Joe Chiappetta moved his Xeric Award winning comic from a previous site started in 2004 to Google's versatile Blogger platform in early 2007 and currently updates Silly Daddy every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Become part of the family at sillydaddy.net.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 5, 2008 - 10:24
Comics Worth Reading gives a decidedly mixed review to Webcomics 2.0, a new book about making webcomics.
From the review, it sounds like the book was put together fairly slapdash without much good advice for a person serious about making a webcomic. UPDATE: The perils of blogging -- while the review is definitely mixed, I think on second read it's not accurate to say it was slapdash (as pointed out by one of the co-authors in the comments). FWIW, I was only trying to characterize the CWR review; I have not read Webcomics 2.0 myself.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 5, 2008 - 08:56
Dave Kellett is having a Book Launch Party for Pugs: God's Little Weirdos -- this Sunday, Aug. 10th, from 7-10 PM, at the Beverly Hills night spot, The Crescent. So if you're in Los Angeles put it on your calendar:
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 4, 2008 - 11:00
Our August issue is officially launched - I have a quick review of a great photo reference book filled with shots of facial expressions; Derek Badman reviews two webcomics from the European webcomics site, Electrocomics; Patric Lewandowski wraps up his examination of closure and synthesis in comics; and I have an interview with Andrew "mneonix08" Gomez on the reboot of his webcomics toplist site, Buzzcomix. And last but not least the very cool cover this month is from Peter Donahue, the co-creator of Pear-Pear (be sure to click the "view the entire cover" button to see the whole thing).
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Scott Kurtz gets mocked by Triumph the Insult Dog at Comic Con - see the video from the Conan O'Brien show here. Kurtz handled it pretty well actually and managed to get a solid plug in for the Skull the Troll doll.
Lore Sjöberg is making D&D-themed comics at his Bad Gods website. The latest, called "Rust Monster" is classic. If you've never checked out Bad Gods before - click through the archives; I'm pretty sure 99% of you will laugh at the very funny animated bits he did in 2006.
I have a lot of reviews of how-to books on tap for August but Facial Expressions: Babies To Teens; A Visual Reference For Artists by Mark Simon is probably the most unique and possibly the most valuable. It's a big book, 256 pages (with a free Internet supplement available), and entirely filled with reference pictures of, you got it, babies to teens. Each model tends to get between 2 to 4 pages of 2 1/4 inch to 2 1/2 inch square head shots with a tremendous variety of expressions and poses. Other chapters include a skull gallery, hats and headgear, a phonemes gallery (mouth shapes for various sounds), and an age-progression gallery (shots of the same model over a wide range of years).
Derik A Badman takes a looks at two nonfiction webcomics from the European "screen publisher" Electrocomics in this month's Panels & Pictures. Rubiah by Sacha Goerg is an autobiographical telling of a stay in Indonesia, while Kai Pfeiffer's Radioactive Forever is a comics essay on the Chernobyl incident and its echoes.
Andrew "mneonix08" Gomez created the webcomics toplist Buzzcomix back in 2002 and it has long been one of the most popular "top list" sites for webcomics. After graduating from college mneonix08 has taken apart the code for Buzzcomix and reworked the site adding several features, including a webcomics reader (with bookmarking function) that shows a lot of promise. Currently in beta, the new version of Buzzcomix is scheduled to launch August 8th. I caught up with mneonix08 over email last week.