Derik Badman's blog
Submitted by Derik Badman on November 22, 2009 - 10:27
Yesterday, I put up the pdf of Book Three of Things Change: The Metamorphoses Comic. That's a single 130 page story for free! Check it (and the downloads of books one and two) out.
I'd also like to point out a project I've been working on. I've been calling it "30 Days of Comics," and it's a kind of comics response to NaNoWriMo. I've been writing a short comic (a strip, a page, or a spread) for every day in November. Due to time constraints (ie a full time job) I've not always been drawing them the same day I write them, so the posting schedule is a little behind. You can see the current list of posts here.
Submitted by Derik Badman on September 1, 2009 - 11:25
The latest chapter of Things Change: The Metamorphoses Comic went up today. (Reminder note: I’ve switched to longer monthly updates.) It’s a hypercomic where you click on panels to move through the pages. I’d appreciate any comments on it.
Submitted by Derik Badman on August 24, 2009 - 11:02
I recently started following the webcomics site GrandPapier, which is primarily in French, but has a number of mute or English strips too. Lots of comics to read there, with a variety of styles that are pretty unusual for webcomics. A few recommendations:
- Éclosion by Gaspard Ryelandt: Lovely blue art.
- Surface by Sacha Georg: I've written about Georg's work before. This is an ongoing story. The artwork, particularly the colors and the landscapes are really attractive. Even if you can't read it, you can just look. Here's a great page involving the protagonist entering some kind of weird structure (the purple).
- Robin Hood by Simon Roussin: The marker art is great.
- Punk is Dead by Max De Radigués: A 24 hour comic. Lots of other work by him on there too. Kind of teen slacker type stories, as far as I've seen.
I should also point out that they have a really effective and easy to use interface.
GrandPapier is a project of the Belgian publisher L'Employé de Moi who have a number of interesting looking books. For instance, the anthology Polyominos contains works by 20 cartoonists. Each of them made a single page, wordless comic, of 20 panels, and then created a second single page comic by reordering those 20 panels. The examples (at the link above) are pretty interesting, particularly the Max de Radigués pages.
Submitted by Derik Badman on August 11, 2009 - 17:34
Things Change: The Metamorphoses Comic just passed its 3rd anniversary, 321st page, and the end of the latest chapter. As things are always changing, I'm changing the schedule of publication. For the time being, instead of publishing 3 strips/pages a week, I'll be publishing an equal (or greater) number of pages all at once at the beginning of the month. Effectively, this is a switch from a comic strip model to a comic book model.
Submitted by Derik Badman on January 7, 2009 - 13:41
After a short December hiatus, Things Change: The Metamorphoses Comic is back with Book Four today. Once again I've switched format to a comic strip four panel format (Book Three was a convention portrait oriented page, while Books One and Two were landscape oriented pages). I've also switched tactics a bit with art style, color, and the way I'm putting panels together.
Check it out, every Sunday and Wednesday.
Submitted by Derik Badman on January 4, 2009 - 10:56
I posted a best webcomics list of 2008 on my blog yesterday, that I thought I'd share here too.
Webcomics picks in no particular order:
Submitted by Derik Badman on August 19, 2007 - 22:18
After just more than a year of publishing, Things Change: The Metamorphoses Comic by Derik Badman, has finished up Book Two. Through the course of Book Two, myths such as the stories of Phaethon, Europa, and The Raven were loosely adapted into short stories using a variety of styles and genres. Now is a good time for 65 straight pages of content (106 is you missed the Prologue and Book One).
Submitted by Derik Badman on December 27, 2006 - 17:51
Things Change: The Metamorphoses Comic, my twice weekly webcomic, has just wrapped up Book One. In just under 40 strips, taking a cue from Ovid's epic of myth, I recreated the myths of Ages of Man, The Flood, Deucalion and Pyrrha, Apollo and Daphne, and Jove and Io in a rather obscured way -- not direct recreations but borrowings and transformations of the original material. Book Two starts this Sunday with the story of Phaethon. The original Metamorphoses has 15 books, so I've got some ways to go. You can start reading the first page here.
Submitted by Derik Badman on December 21, 2006 - 11:34
Since I never see it mentioned around here, I wanted to point out the slew of beautiful abstract comics that Andrei Molotiu has been posting on his BlotComics blog.
Molotiu combines the comics form with the design and style of abstract painting. Amorphous shapes that hint at something more seem to move and undulate across panels.
Submitted by Derik Badman on August 13, 2006 - 20:14
To write Things Change IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m using OvidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MetamorphosesÃ¢â‚¬â€œin a few translations though mostly the translation by Horace Gregory (because it is a pocket paperback and is easy to take with me for reference and rereading) with supplemental reading of the Allen Mandelbaum translation (the version I first read of the poem)Ã¢â‚¬â€œas a generative text. I am not directly adapting OvidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s work, rather I am using his stories as a jumping off point for characters, events, themes, images, words, or whatever else seems useful for the particular story. You probably wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see gods and goddesses or mythical monsters (at least not in an obvious sense), but certainly the theme of change will be prevalent (hence the title).