Archive - Mar 2003 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 24, 2003 - 13:21
The reclusive Lee Adam Herold, rumoured to be working on a CB book, has returned to post two new webcomics (here and here). This is a big deal to Chopping Block fans currently in deep freeze during Herold's hiatus.
Submitted by kdreger on March 24, 2003 - 12:09
An article called 'Hate Mail: Comic Strip Controversies',in the Amarillo Globe-News, looks at those comic strips that 'pushed the envelope'.
"'Hate Mail: Comic Strip Controversies' is an attempt by the 16-year-old museum to illustrate the often anachronistic relationship Americans have with the funnies. The show features reader responses and inflammatory debated cartoons by seven artists, ranging from Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, who is in his 33rd year as a comic strip rebel, to such young muckrakers as Frank Cho, creator of the racy 'Liberty Meadows,' and Aaron McGruder, the satiric mind behind 'The Boondocks.'
"Dietzen said the public's image of cartoons as a purely G-rated medium recalls a time that never was. Early versions of "Brenda Starr" showed a reporter as buxom as Cho's latter-day heroine, Brandy, while "Dick Tracy" fans were treated to a steady diet of violence. Harold Gray used "Little Orphan Annie" as a platform for blasting Roosevelt's New Deal politics, and "Pogo" openly lampooned communist-baiting Sen. Joe McCarthy."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 24, 2003 - 12:07
"Superheroes & Pretty Girls," an exhibit of work by Kenn Minter, started today at the Gallerie Soleil in Lexington, KY. It runs until April 11th. More details can be otained from Kenn Minter.
His online comic, "I'm Not From Here" is an auto-biographical work and can be read at http://www.geocities.com/kennminter.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 24, 2003 - 12:07
A graphical approach to Google results can now be obtained with the Google Browser. It's actually pretty interesting to see the web of links around a site.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 24, 2003 - 11:58
The Montreal Comix Jam is holding another session this Wednesday, March 26th. This is a pretty cool idea - any other cities holding regular comic-making sessions like this? More info from Max of the Montreal Comix Jam is below...
Submitted by kdreger on March 22, 2003 - 17:34
From an article at TheJournalNews.com, Drawn & Quartered.
"The comics page is usually thought of as a refuge from the rest of the newspaper. But throughout the Iraqi crisis, two comic strips in particular have offered voices of dissent â€” or at least sharp-edged satire â€” that have stood out on the comic pages like prickly pears in a petunia patch.
"In Garry Trudeau's 'Doonesbury,' published in more than 1,200 newspapers around the country (including this one), darts have been tossed at, among other things, President George W. Bush's budget policies, the run-up to war and what they see as an American sense of empire.
"In Aaron McGruder's 'The Boondocks,' a three-year-old strip featured in 275 newspapers nationwide, McGruder's tart-tongued African-American characters have made sport of national jitters about the war on terrorism and the policies of Attorney General John Ashcroft, among other topics.
"Curiously, at a time when boycotts are threatened for any celebrity who dares question America's Iraq policy, little has been made of the two strips that state contrary opinions. Editors at Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes 'Doonesbury' and 'The Boondocks,' say they've had few complaints from editors at the newspapers that carry them."
Submitted by kdreger on March 21, 2003 - 16:50
Marvel has added two new and interesting additions to their DotComics lineup: 411 and X-Men Movie #2.
411 is another series put out by Marvel as a result of the events of 911. Marvel has received a lot of grief lately from CrossGen's CEO Marc Alessi as a result of those series, that they are in fact cashing in on 911.
X-Men Movie #2. X-Men Movie #1's success caused the huge interest (Spider-Man added to it) in adapting comic's for the big screen.
Submitted by kdreger on March 21, 2003 - 14:35
Fascinating article at Washington Times.
"In the fictional village of San Gumer, an impoverished young man's thoughts are candied by images of U.S. dollars, the Statue of Liberty, hamburgers and blondes posing with brand-new cars.
"'It's a paradise, brother,' a veteran migrant named Checho devilishly tells Berny, the naive country youth who has lost his factory job and is tempted to migrate illegally from Mexico to the 'Yunaites Staites.'
"From this scene forth, an unhappy tale of dashed dreams unfolds on the pages of a new comic book designed to show that illegal migration is no laughing matter. The 20-page comic features heroes and villains, tearful mothers, grieving widows and sage village elders.
"The comic is a popular attempt to reach people in a state where migration has emptied some villages of all their young men and some of their young women. Journeys over the border are claiming more and more lives."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 21, 2003 - 13:34
Here's an advance review of the Wallace and Grommit game which will be released to tie in with the 2005 movie. The game's premise is that an evil penguin, Feathers McGraw, has taken over the zoo that's imprisoned him and enslaved its inhabitants as part of his jewel-smuggling operation. Wallace and Gromit (mostly Gromit, who the player controls throughout the game) have to free 24 levels worth of imprisoned baby animals in order to free the zoo from the penguin's domination.
Submitted by kdreger on March 21, 2003 - 12:54
As per an interview @ Anime News Network, Comics One stopped using ebooks due to low sales. They felt they were ahead of their time... would things be different now? If not, when will ebooks be a viable form of distribution?
ANN: Comics One when it started, was only releasing manga titles over the web using software from Adobe. Can you tell us what led to your company originally doing this and then moving away from it?
Nicole: We originally felt ebooks were the next big thing. They had many benefits: portable, easy distribution, no warehousing issues, cheap sales, price, etc... Unfortunately, after a few months of low sales, we knew we were ahead of our time and we began publishing hardcopy books. We now only use ebooks for promotional purposes.
Read more at Comics One Profile