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April 30th

Comix Talk for Friday, April 30, 2010

ComixTALK Man by Stephen McCranie

Stephen McCranie created a bit of ComixTalk fan art, thanks Stephen!  Be sure to check out his comic Mal and Chad a really well drawn comic.

Congrats to the Penny Arcade duo for being included in Time's Top 100 list this year.  Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins are a true American dream story -- doing what they love and creating success with it.

BleedingCool.com reports that the Atlantic Centre For The Arts in Florida is offering a  residency as Associate Artist for a comic book creator in October, under master artists THB creator Paul Pope, Blankets author Craig Thompson or manga creator Svetlana Chmakova. Wow, for almost any aspiring comics creator this seems like taking a PhD course.

MILESTONES: Brat-halla reaches 400 comics.  Congratulations to Jeffery Stevenson & Seth Damoose (and colorist Anthony Lee)!

EVENTS: Noel Curry wants to make May 14th Dialogue Free Comics Day.  It's a good point - which is to remind everyone of the important visual aspect of comics.

FROM THE MAILBAG:  Al Schroeder writes: After two years and ten zillion cameos and interdimensional tomfoolery, the group webcomic CROSSOVERLORD, featuring superheroes from seven different webcomics, reaches the climax of its storyline.  After this, only four or five more strips to go!

April 29th

Comix Talk for April 29, 2010

Webcomic Charity

Are you reading Comix Talk thru The Geocities-izer? It's a tool that promises to "make any webpage look like it was made by a 13 year-old in 1996."  Ah good times...  Hey, a warning -- the posting here by me is going to be pretty sparse until the end of May.  I travel more for work now and life just gets busier every year (I'm better at taking on new activities then retiring existing ones).

GOOD DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP:  Yamino, creator of Sister Claire has started Webcomic Charity.  The charity is asking webcomic creators to create a postcard design, of which they print 10 limited editions (or more, if they like.)  There will also be one "general" postcard compiled from the combined artwork of each artist. (More info on this later.)  It looks like they're voting on which charities to donate raised monies to now. 

REVIEWS:  The College Voice offers a mix of webcomic mini-reviews recommendations.  Actually the rest of today's post is a mix of plugs, so off we go:

FROM THE MAILBAG

Brett Donnelly writes: I do a webcomic called Weird, Green Cat. I've been plugging away for about a year and some months, now, and while I've acquired a small audience, I could always use a little more exposure (who couldn't?).  This is a funny comic and more importantly, Donnelly is pretty good at making comics - the writing is crisp and the art is solid and he has a decent sense of putting it together.  There's no storyline here -- it's a humor comic, with lots of fun at the expense of superheroes, animated characters and other icons of pop culture.  Go check it out!

Ryan Pagelow wrote to us about two of his webcomics. Buni is a tragic weekly comic about a hopelessly optimistic bunny that fails at everything he tries. It was selected as one of the 10 finalists in the Comic Strip Superstar contest hosted by Amazon.com. It is almost Perry Bible Fellowship-esque.  And his other comic is Pressed, a daily comic about a newspaper that's not dead yet and trying to survive in the twittering blogosphere.

I also got a note about Exile a digital graphic novel -- to be honest it's not clear from the website whether purchasing the novel lets you read it through your browser, or a download or some kind of interactive application.  The art in the previews on the site look good; the story is described as a future in which convicted felons are not locked up in prison cells, but rather sent through a portal off the face of the planet.

HYPE, HYPE, BRAND NEW HYPE FOR SALE!

Nick Douglas, former Gawker and Valleywag scribe, and Twitter Wit author, has started a new webcomic called Big Damn Deal about a nascent online internet e-web venture in San Francisco.  Looks like fun - worth checking out.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

I don't normally like to plug or write about comics coming at a date off in advance but heck, these folks (Dave Pauwels and Nicolas R. Giacondino) wrote such a nice note.  They have a new webcomic debuting in July called The Sisters Grimm - but you can check out a poster for the comic at the website now.  The comic was pitched to me as "Hard Day's Night meets Total Recall" and follows the exploits of a young garage band ON MARS and their attempts to avoid becoming embroiled in an impending Martian civil war.

April 24th

Comix Talk for Monday, April 26, 2010

Chibi Narbonic by Shaenon K Garrity

Another week and whadya know the Wikipedia entry for ComixTalk was deleted.  Meh?  What I really need to be working on is getting a cameo in Evil IncGary gets all the cool webcomic cameos...

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST TO REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE ONLY 6 DAYS TO GO IN PATRICK FARLEY's KICKSTARTER DRIVE TO BRING BACK ELECTRIC SHEEP.  As of Sunday night yesterday there were 354 backers putting up $5,371 in pledges -- less than $650 to go to make the magic number.

AWARDS:  The Comics Reporter reports that Aaron Colter's webcomic Wondermark won Outstanding Webcomic at the Stumptown Comics Convention awards.  Only thing is I'm pretty sure Aaron Colter is the marketing coordinator for Dark Horse and Wondermark is from a fellow named David Malki!.

BUSINESS: Webcomics.com inked a discount deal with a printer for its subscribers.  Is that ironic?  Well either way that sounds like a good deal and a nice benefit to subscribing to webcomics.com.

CRAFT: David King, creator of Danny Dutch, has a set of lettering dos and don'ts. (h/t Robot6)

A GOOD USE OF SOME DEAD TREES: Not brand new news, but damn exciting - Hope Larson has been signed to do a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.  I love(d) that book -- it blew my grade school mind away.

NEVER MIND THE %@#*, HERE'S THE HYPE

April 23rd

Comix Talk for Friday, April 23, 2010

Wow - it's been one crazy summer week. So the big story this week is the move of Reuben Bolling's Tom the Dancing Bug from Salon to Boing Boing.  At least I think it's kind of a big deal as boingboing.net has a huge audience and as Reuben Bolling explains it was the first place he contacted after learning Salon was dropping his strip.

Digital Strips has a plug for Patrick Farley's Kickstarter drive to let him focus on his webcomics site, Electronic Sheep. For those who weren't reading webcomics 10 years ago you may not have the context for how mind-bending Farley's work was at that point.  He pushed... hard on the web.  He had comics with radically different art styles, different web environments, different everything.  And it was all good.  Having him freed up to work on comics would mean getting a lot of great new work.  Consider pledging...

REVIEWS:  Daily Cross Hatch has a review of the latest Snake Pit book - a compilation of the journal comic from 2009.  I have the book, was struggling with a review -- I think this review is pretty useful -- this is journal comic at it's most basic.  I did this, I saw that.

Also worth checking out is a look by the Storming the Tower blog at the quasi-Penny & Aggie-Something Positive cross-over via the character of Helen.

I SAY GOOD MAN, HERE'S THE HYPE

From the Mailbag: Thormod Skald writes about his webcomic Farnir The Dragon -- an action/comedy/political satire:

The dragon Fafnir awakens from a centuries-long slumber to find his treasure stolen and scattered across the world. Unfortunately for him, anyone who finds a piece can control Fafnir for nine days and as usual, the greatest power is often in the hands of the biggest idiots.

April 20th

Comix Talk for Tuesday, April 20, 2010

REVIEW: Gavin Lees gives a pretty positive review to Kate Beaton's Never Learn Anything From History collection.

HYPE

From the Mailbag:  Patric Lewandowski started a fundraising project at Kickstarter with a goal towards funding a comic called Terminal Life.

In 1989, when I was 9 years old, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. He underwent surgery which removed an entire lung from his body. For the next nine years, he was in and out of the hospital and always near death. I grew up with a terminally ill parent and it had a profound impact on who I became as a person.  This graphic novel, tentatively titled "Terminal Life" is about that first year when my father was diagnosed, had surgery, and it became apparent that my life had changed forever. 

April 19th

Comix Talk for Monday, April 19, 2010

Don't forget that HARVEY NOMINATION BALLOTS are due this Friday, April 23rd.  Ballots can be downloaded from harveyawards.org.

There's probably some more news out there, but for now here's the hype:

I Haz A Tumblr Blog

Daily posting will be a bit late today... in the meantime, I have a somewhat sparse tumblr blog up now at http://xerexes.tumblr.com/ where you can (currently) follow a combination of ComixTalk posts and my tweetering.  Hopefully some new art and comics up too... soon?  Anyhow check it out and if you're on tumblr let me know so I can follow you.

April 16th

Nina Paley's Copying Is Not Theft

Hopefully you've heard about Nina Paley's epic struggles with copyright issues in releasing her amazing animated movie, Sita Sings the Blues.  That experience has somewhat radicalized her to issues of copyright more generally (although radical is really a relative term).  Anyhow - here's a video she had a hand in starting with a simple message about the differences between theft and copying:

FRIDAY MAILBAG

MAILBAG

Morgan Pielli wrote to us about his horror webcomic Driftwood:

Several months ago I started doing a weekly horror webcomic called Driftwood about dead tree limbs that turn people into clouds of dried leaves. I thought this might be something you'd be interested in looking at.

It's pretty good so far, which although just a bit into what seems like a longer story, has been handled well.  There's a supernatural gimmick -- trees killing people (apparently!) by turning them into a pile of leaves -- and the art while not flashy is effective and has some creepy touches here and there (a good thing in a horror story).

David Dwonch wrote to us about his comedy webcomic Space-Time Condominium:

I just wanted to drop a line and hip you to my webcomic, Space-Time Condominium. It's a fictional Canadian sit-com about five versions of the same guy from parallel Earths that share a living space.

Wow - it's a pretty clever concept and sounds just like what it's purported to be: a sit-com.  In fact, Dwonch takes the sit-com thing pretty far with "studio laughter" in the comic and a writing style that clearly apes the sort of "almost humor" that a lot of sit-coms slide by on.  It's clever and impressive since Dwonch is taking a lot of trouble to hit the sitcom style, but it puts the whole story at a remove and definitely distances your investment in the characters. Which really isn't all that important as the characters are largely stereotypes (especially the gay Griffin and the redneck Griffin).  Still it's totally worth checking out -- the art is actually quite good and Dwonch's visuals are pretty expressive.

April 15th

Comix Talk for Thursday, April 15, 2010

Inktank by Barry Smith

Washington is ON the hockey BANDWAGON folks.  I'd turn the site RED but why don't you imagine it that way instead. Today's INKTANK spoke to my inner caffeinated soul. It might as well have featured a little angel and little devil on my shoulders delivering the same dialogue...

INTERVIEWS: Fandomania has an interview with Nathan Schreiber, creator of Power Out, a webcomic on Act-I-Vate.  Webcomics Community has an interview with creator and Keenspotter Prime, Chris Crosby.

CONVENTIONS: Bags and Boards blog has an article speculating on Comicon moving from San Diego to Los Angeles. They think there are signs it may happen.

iWEBCOMICS: The Daily Cross Hatch has an article on indie comics on the iPad.