Archive - Apr 2009
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 30, 2009 - 12:38
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 29, 2009 - 09:50
I think you have to be on Facebook to see Matthew Reidsma's post on the benefits of online exposure so I'll excerpt a key bit here:
Here is what that I have learned, even though I had already heard it repeated a thousand times since Tim O'Reilly first wrote it: the problem for any creative type isn't piracy, it is obscurity. When I stopped posting comics online, my mini comic sales dropped about 60%. Let me repeat that: When I stopped giving away my comics for free online, 60% of the people who had previously given me money to read those same comics on paper stopped giving me money to read them on paper.
UPDATE: the whole post is also at Reidsma's Livejournal and the whole thing is worth a read.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 28, 2009 - 09:45
Coming to the end of April -- there's a great cover from AP Furtado coming up for May. The sponsorship slot (upper left hand corner of every page here) is open and cheap. I'm tweeting at twitter.com/xerexes and in my backyard. Remember anyone can post here at ComixTALK -- just log-in to your account here and post a "talk post" -- well-written and interesting posts will get promoted to the front page. If you're already blogging somewhere else about comics it's easy to set-up an auto-import of those posts to your account at ComixTalk (log-in and click on the "add a feed" link). And now the newsy stuff:
COLLECTIVE 'LECTIVE WHAT'S YOUR... WHAT RHYMES WITH THAT ANYWAYS?
Over at webcomics.com Brad Guigar answers a question about artist collectives. I think the most critical thing to remember is that a group is no more than the sum of the people involved. Make sure you can work with everyone before you commit time to a group.
Journalista! linked to a recent video tutorial by Mark Crilley on "how to draw a manga-style eye" and Crilley's series of video tutorials is a nice free resource.
Dylan Meconis' BITE ME is now available in a single edition printed object you can purchase. Great, funny story about vampires in the French Revolution
Copyright is a really interesting topic in these days as technology allows for more and more creative re-use of material that seems to be remain under perpetual copyright (see this Techdirt post for a discussion of some copyright holders view that copyright should last forever minus one day). While I'm sure many creators instinctively support copyright, I think many webcomic creators also now deeply understand how a more flexible approach to utilizing their copyright rights actually works to their benefit. And then of course there are those webcomics that are built on someone else's copyrighted material, although in some cases the webcomic goes so far beyond the original work you wonder if they could make the argument that it's transformative (which btw is the crux of the current copyright dispute between the A.P. and Shep Fairey over his iconic Obama/Hope poster.)
This is weirdly interesting - Wikimedia (parent of Wikipedia) is suing a group of artists who were using Wikipedia for their art project. Maybe some webcomic should have thought of this!
GI JOE Resolute - scripted by Warren Ellis himself was pretty nifty for it's less stupid take on G.I. Joe than the original 80's-ish era saturday morning cartoon series. Ellis points to the finale on youtube.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2009 - 09:46
I can't go but wow I wish I could - PEN is putting on an event featuring Emmanuel Guibert from France, Kate Beaton from Canada, and Robbi Behr, Chad Parmenter, and Matthew Swanson from the United States. The panel is titled "The New Literature of Graphic Narrative" and it is free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, April 25, 2009: 2–7 p.m.
Where: The Rose O’Neill Literary House: 407 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2009 - 09:33
I have a comics related experiment online and would be extremely grateful for your help. This experiment consists of making judgements about various created comic strips, and takes roughly 20 minutes. This project needs to be completed by next Tuesday (4/28), so help before then would be greatly appreciated.
Participation enters you into a drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate to Best Buy (either online or in store).
The study is online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=oiipnJYZg1flNZwJ9ReS5g_3d_3d
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 23, 2009 - 21:31
Justify some FRIDAY hype for me:
Cowbirds In Love by Sanjay Kulkarni is stick figure art with wacky funny writing. Definitely start at the current strips and work backwards through the archives - I'm much less sold on the early stuff than the more recent work (and there are almost 500 strips now). (h/t to twitterin' Wednesday White)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 22, 2009 - 10:39
Derik Badman, comics creator and comics essayist, notes the fifth anniversary of his blog this week. Derik is one of the smarter writers about comics I've read and it has been great to publish some of his work here at ComixTalk. Go check out his blog if you haven't before and read his current comic project, Things Change: The Metamorphoses Comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 22, 2009 - 01:40
MANGA MANGA MANGA!
The Comics Reporter has an interview with Viz's Senior Editorial Director, Elizabeth Kawasaki on the recently announced webcomic strategy for TheRumicWorld.
NO LONGER QUITE SO PRECIOUS METAL
is anyone still interested in Platinum? Apparently so - The Beat points to somebody who read through that company's latest corporate report and it looks like they're 20 million in the red. Did they ever actually have a profitable quarter? And no shocker, Wowio is pretty much dead too. With today's economy -- call me back when your company can blow at least a couple billion.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 YOUTUBE VIDEOS
James Kochalka linked to a 3D mockup of his own cartoon alter ego.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 21, 2009 - 13:42
The sponsorship for ComixTalk is EMPTY! Fill it up (cheaply) here.
Writing Excuses Watches the Watchmen -- a good 15 minute podcast discussing the strength and weakness in the writing of The Watchmen comic.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 20, 2009 - 15:37
[Editor-in-Chief William] Christensen indicated that Avatar is planning to follow-up FreakAngels with other web projects. He couldn’t leak it yet, saying that they wanted to make sure they had enough inventory so they can debut it with a lot of issues in the can. They handle web comics differently, as they actually pay all the talent involve. So they aren’t going to switch over to doing all the comics as webcomics, since finances would never permit it. Freak Angels has obviously worked well, but they aren’t going to flood the webcomic market. Avatar will launch something later this year. Christensen said that they do have tens of thousands of fans reading the webcomic every week, but the finances behind it are still a little untested.