Archive - 2010
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 19, 2010 - 09:43
Portland gets a lot of ink these days as a comics mecca but I'm always impressed with the work and output of the Boston Comics Roundtable. It's an independent organization of comics creators in the Greater Boston area created in 2006 to unite Boston-based artists and writers in the spirit of camaraderie and professional development. The Roundtable recently expanded again, premiering the second issue of its sci-fi anthology, the first issue of its horror anthology, and the development of a new comics trade show, M.I.C.E. – the Massachusetts Independent Comics Show. On October 28th, they're hosting a great Halloween party at Tommy Doyle's in Harvard Square. And... just out is their latest collection of comics in Inbound 5: The Food Issue. This 176-page trade paperback is their biggest volume ever, featuring 26 brand new stories from dozens of contributors. View book cover and samples at bostoncomicsroundtable.com/inbound-5. More from the press release:
The best and the brightest comics creators from the greater Boston area explore our delectable and complex relationship with food. Where does it come from, and what are we willing to do to get it? From the mythological to the historical, the personal to the fantastical – the range of genres is matched by an equally broad range of graphic styles that exemplifies the fun and creativity of today's independent comics. Contributors to Inbound 5 include: E.J. Barnes, Eric Boeker, Jerel Dye, Franklin Einspruch, Patrick Flaherty, Bob Flynn, Joel Christian Gill, Andrew Greenstone, Danny Gonzalez, Raul Gonzalez, Beth Hetland, Erik Heumiller, Allie Kleber, Braden D. Lamb, Cathy Leamy, Jackie Lee, Jesse Lonergan, Dan Mazur, Mar-T Moyer, Line O, David Ortega, Shelli Paroline, Adrian Rodriguez, Roho, Aya Rothwell, Katherine Roy, Adam Syzm, Laura Terry, Jason Viola, Rebecca Viola, Katherine Waddell, Ryan Wheeler, and Andy Wong.
HYPE: The first chapter, "Track 1: Radio Free Mars" of the new webcomic The Sisters Grimm is done -- a good time to jump in and check it out. Also caught this short piece from the University of Tulsa Collegiate newspaper recommending some webcomics.
BUSINESS? Not sure what to categorize this as but Scott McCloud comments on Flattr, the micro-donations system.
Kit Fox writes "I have been doing a webcomic called Snap Crackle Pop for several years now and I'm trying to get the word out so hopefully some people will read it.... It's a comic about a girl who draws a comic about her life, aided and hindered by a host of demons, dragons, flying pigs, Buddhist goldfish, monsters and mundane chick stuff. I live in Hawaii, and often sprinkle bits of scenery into the comic."
Twisted Peel by British artist Peter Roy -- celebrates the release of its 250th strip this week. The anniversary strip, "Man Flu Revisited" finds Peel, the quirky anti-hero, receiving a palpable lack of sympathy for his illness.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 14, 2010 - 14:57
Just in time for Halloween season -- Chris Cantrell has a new comic called The Deadlys.
In the I wonder why I don't read every single superhero comic in existence the very funny webcomic Let's Be Friends Again presents the long, complicated saga of Hank Pym:
Ant Man, Giant Dude, Robot-Alien-whatever....
REVIEWS: Read About Comics blog has a review of Koko Be Good and Sean Kleefeld looks at the self-honesty of Sarah Becan's I Think You're Sauceome.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 13, 2010 - 11:05
I just wasn't feeling the news this morning I guess... I'll update in the PM though.
For now be sure to check out the pre-order page for Volume 3 of the horror comic series Split Lip titled "Termites in Your Smile". I got a chance to chat with Sam at SPX this year and he was a nice guy -- hard to believe he actually writes this stuff! :)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 12, 2010 - 09:19
I beg to differ -- short weeks make the world go round. The New York Comicon sounded like it was a really good show - I saw estimates of 100,000 plus attendees. Gary had a write-up here and USA Today's PopCandy blog flagged 5 books it found here. The Comics Reporter's "collective memory" roundup of stories on the NYCC is here.
A few more stray notes from conventions in DC last month. I met T.J. Kirsch at SPX this year and bought a couple print versions of A Sam Kimimura Mystery: She Died In Terrebonne -- the webcomic Kirsch draws and Kevin Church writes. Not sure how they're printed but not a bad way to "recreate" an installment feel in print. Not necessary, but seemed like a nice thing for fans to pick up. I also got a copy of Kirsch's mini Slim Johnson's Fever Dream which is indeed weird like most dreams are.
At SPX (or maybe it was at Intervention -- the creators' label Interrobang Studios was at both) I picked up Ensign Sue Must Die! by Clare Moseley and Kevin Bolk. It's a pretty funny little parody about a Mary Sue character run amuck in the "new" Star Trek universe. I also picked up The Lettuce Girl from Sophia Wiedeman (I interviewed her this year at SPX and ComixTalk reviewed her previous work The Deformitory). A take on the fairy tale Raphunzel from the witches perspective. And last but not least, Jamie Noguichi gave me a mini called Pandoom about (sort of) real life panda bears Ling Ling and Tai Tai.
DEAD TREES: Last week we learned that Dark Horse has signed up Dr. McNinja to its roster with a book coming April 2011. Creator Chris Hastings mentioned that it will be Book 4 -- he's keeping books 1-3 on Topatoco.
HYPE: Warren Ellis had another tell-me-about-your-webcomic threads at White Chapel. I usually find good links there.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 11, 2010 - 21:13
Super Art Fight, the self described "Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe", returns to The Ottobar in Baltimore on Friday Night, October 15th for SUPER ART FIGHT 8 featuring a performance from nerdcore legend MC FRONTALOT.
A Super Art Fight is a wild mixture of pro-wrestling and Pictionary, presented as 30-minute bouts pitting artists from throughout the world of comics, webcomics, roller derby and elsewhere. The bouts start with a set topic given to each artist, and then every five minutes, new topics are given to the artists from "The Wheel of Death", a randomized topic generator, featuring suggestions from fans cultivated at SuperArtFight.com. After 30 minutes, it's the live audience's cheers which choose the victor.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 9, 2010 - 09:40
Remember WOWIO - the company that gave webcomics money, than didn't pay what it owed for awhile, than got acquired by Platinum (and then got bought again)? Wowio's owner Brian Altounian is on a clip from a Money TV show (what channel is this thing on?) saying that WOWIO got a business method patent that has something to do with ads in ebooks. He references it being very broad and mentions Google and Amazon as two companies who he hints will now need to pay him to do the things this patent covers. Interesting.
On first reaction, I find it hard to believe that (a) you can patent something so obvious and (b) no one else has a patent in the same area (which usually means PATENT WAR)...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 8, 2010 - 15:17
A clip from a teevee show covering Oregon's Periscope Studio where several independents, including Ericka Moen and Dylan Meconis, share space:
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 7, 2010 - 13:27
Hey one bit of SPX-related news I forgot to relay is that Dave Roman's all age webcomic Astronaut Academy will be a graphic novel from First Second -- scheduled for publication next summer. Very exciting -- Roman is a great cartoonist and I think this book is a great project for him.
Posting is going to be light to non-existant over the Columbus Day holiday here in the United States but I'll be back with more reviews next Tuesday. In the meantime here's some stories worth reading from around the Intertubes:
BUSINESS: Jason Brubaker of the webcomic ReMind writes up how he's been making money from his webcomic this year.
REVIEWS: CBR has a review of Dylan Meconis' Bite Me graphic novel (collected from the webcomic); Comics Alliance has a review of the webcomic Buttersafe; and Boing Boing praises Dan Goldman's Red Light Properties webcomic.
From the Mailbag: Sean O'Neill writes about a project he's working on -- a graphic novel for young readers called Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune. O'Neill describes it as "a classic adventure story about a 12-year-old boy traveling in Egypt who discovers a plot to steal a secret ancient treasure." I hope to get a chance to read more of it - a quick look at is is promising.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 6, 2010 - 09:56
A few new reviews from me this week -- thumbs up to Koko Be Good and Bone: Tall Tales.
- Comics Alliance has an interview with the Cyanide & Happiness crew on the release of their second book collection "Ice Cream & Sadness" which features a foreword from Randall Monroe of xkcd.
- PW has an interview with Dan Goldman, currently working on his webcomic Red Light Properties.
- Mike Rhode talks to Lauren Affe, comic colorist.
- Graphic Novel Reporter talks to Matt Madden about this year's Best American Comics anthology.
HYPE: Robot6 covers Steve Horton's forthcoming Spinning To Infinity webcomic -- a unique story serialized in one-page increments with each page telling a standalone story with a new artist on every story. Horton has over 30 artists on-board, with openings for a couple more. Interested artists can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 6, 2010 - 07:05
The world of Bone is back for a series of short stories in Bone: Tall Tales by Jeff Smith with Tom Sniegoski. Jeff Smith's creation has been told in the original black and white versions and now the full series is out in color from Scholastic. After the release of a prequel Bone: Rose, Smith has turned to a small sequel of sorts as Tall Tales concerns four stories that Smiley Bone tells to little Ringo, Bingo, Todd and the rat creature Bartleby during a campout.
This is a fun little addition to Boneland focused on the sillier, fun side of Jeff Smith's world with almost none of the serious side of the epic tale through the original series of books. Most of the tall tales center around a new character called Big Johnson Bone, a Paul Bunyan-like character who is constantly telling tall tales as he wrecks a patch of destruction in his adventures. There is also a wordy, somewhat timid monkey named Mr. Pip (who Big Johnson won in a poker game) who is a nice counterpoint to Big Johnson's bravado. Even though the book is set after the epic series, the tall tale about Big Johnson concerns an adventure before the story in the original series. It turns out Big Johnson serves a key role in the early history of the valley when he turns back the rat creatures and rescues the forest creatures.
While there is none of the epic quality to the original series or the prequel Rose, this book does have all of the charming humor. The Queen Rat and her gigantic son Tyson are two great characters who add a bit more to the basic rat monster template of the stories. The tiny dragon Stillman is also very funny - in fact there is a whole lot of "cute" in the stories with lots of baby animals and the type of scattered chatter that Smith has done before.