Archive - May 2008 - Article
Joe Infurnari's The Process is an ambitious bit of work. It's not clear how long or big its scope will be (Infurnari has posted two chapters and at least a third is indicated as "coming soon") but from what we can read of it so far, it is nothing less than Infurnari's attempt to dramatize the creative process.
Dr. Haus returns with a monologue on how to create the perfect fantasy webcomic, using Wayfarer's Moon by Jason Janicki and Leigh Kellogg as an example and abusing the fourth wall in the process. Read on to find out how to create your own great fantasy world.
PX!, the Eisner nominated comic by Manny Trembley and Eric A. Anderson, is about as satisfying as the cotton candy the very pink website resembles. It looks great but can squish down into a tiny sugary wad pretty easily.
In this month's Panels & Pictures, Derik A Badman takes a look at Parade (With Fireworks) by Mike Cavallaro. Nominated for an Eisner in "Best Limited Series," the comic originally appeared online.
Dean Haspiel's Eisner-nominated story Immortal is a sprawling little tale about Billy Dogma and Jane Legit, their violent love, and what that love has wrought. It's full of weird energy and very good.
Most people, like me, are not very good at selling things.
But according to what I've learned, there's really only one true thing about selling your book: You have to do it - one on one, one at a time.
Unless you're John Grisham, you're not going to get a marketing budget, a promotional manager or personal assistant. You'll have to do it all on your own.
First things first - you've got to track your money. Only you know how much it makes sense to spend on things like conventions or advertisements, but to know that you have to have hard data. That means get in the habit of saving your receipts and maybe even setting a budget. Purchase a financial program. But know how much you're spending - you can use that knowledge to test what works and what doesn't.
Here's where you'll spend that money:
When ComixTalk head honcho Xaviar Xerexes (a.k.a "Tha Tru Triple X") mentioned that he wanted to see articles on the Eisner Award nominees, I slobbered at the chance to review one particular title, SugarShock! Why, you ask? It's because this little series is written by a somewhat popular guy by the name of Joss H. Whedon.
Clay and Hampton Yount are the co-creators of the weekly-updated comedy comic Rob and Elliot. Clay is also the creator of the now on hiatus Cosmobear as well as the creator of "Bikini Frisbee Suicide Days", the former Saturday-only series at Sluggy Freelance.
Rob and Elliot is one of those "wacky roommates doing crazy random things" comics that is a lot stronger than its thin premise would initially suggest. As a comedy comic it scores on the most crucial criteria -- it's funny. And it does so through both the writing and the artwork.
Read on for my interview with the brothers Yount.