When Scott McCloud tries to explain Understanding Comics to people, he invariably gets asked if it is a “how-to” book because the overview “[a] comic book about comics that explains the inner workings of the medium and examines many aspects of visual communication along the way” may not resonate with too many people not already interested in the inner workings of comics.
Since the release of his first book, McCloud has kept busy in the lecture circuit, with seminars and workshops on comics & technology and the art of comics storytelling. These visual lectures have culminated in a new book, Making Comics, his answer to the “how-to” manual for creating comics. Continue Reading
The 2004 Web Cartoonist’s Choice Awards were announced July 25th. Big congratulations are in order for newcomer Adrian Ramos who picked up 6 awards for Count Your Sheep. Penny Arcade remains a favorite with 5 more awards to put on their mantle, including Outstanding Website Design. Both these titles share the coveted Outstanding Comic award this year.
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It seems that the Crosbys can’t get enough education. The KeenSpot pioneers have moved to a school building in Cresbard, SD for new office space, warehouse, and living quarters. The move was prompted by Keen’s tremendous growth over the past year, making space in their Temple, CA home-based business a precious commodity. Southern California’s high operating costs couldn’t compete with the value to be found in The Mount Rushmore State, as the 41,440 square-foot building was purchased for $36,000. The vast amount of space will allow for more employees and inventory, hopefully freeing up some time to get the KeenToons animation site underway. Continue Reading
According to a recent Newsweek article, newspapers are trying to put the squeeze on the funny pages once again. Due to media company consolidation, the companies that publish the newspapers now have enough clout to place demands on the cartoon syndicates, or force them to suffer over $100,000.00 in losses resulting from cancelled business. Continue Reading
From a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) news post:
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund applauds yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), a federal law which would have banned content providers from posting First Amendment protected “harmful to minors” materials online.
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The Harvey awards were handed out at this weekend’s MoCCA Art Festival in New York. Derek Kirk Kim won Best New Talent for his Same Difference and Other Stories collection. Craig Thompson’s graphic novel, Blankets, garnered him a whopping three Harveys. For a full list of categories and winners, see below. Continue Reading
Selena “Kitsune76” Ulrich of England passed away, after battling with acute leukemia. She had just turned 28.
Ulrich was the creator and writer of C. Ulture Shocked, a webcomic with a modest cult following that lasted from 2000-2002. She was a dear friend to many in the webcomics community, and though her comic had been put on indefinite hiatus near the end of 2002, she had always wanted to start again. Continue Reading
According to a Newsarama post, CrossGen Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in Florida courts last Friday. A total of over three million dollars is owed to their top twenty creditors, which include such entities as their printing company (Quebecor World), Wizard magazine, and their staff (Luke Ross, Fabrizio Fiorentino), among others.