UPDATE: Rick Marshall interviews David Willis of Shortpacked!
Joey Comeau from A Softer World interviewed Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics — sort of like webcomics own version of Interview magazine.
Rick Marshall has an interview with Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content.
TIPS AND TOOLS
JOURNALISTA points to an article by Ben Towles on artist supplies worth perusing.
Daniel Whiston has an interview with Alan Moore on writing that is awesomesauce. (also h/t to Journalista!)
AROUND THE WORLD IN A BLOG
FLEEN points to a strange website called mezzacotta that apparently Irregular Webcomic creator David Morgan-Mar has something to do with. Funny, cryptic or what: the website states that the asking price for the URL and the "idea" is €1 million prior to launch and €5 million afterwards.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
A few folks pointing to Capes and Babes a comic about comic book culture. A topic ripe for tackling (I like SubCulture which also hits this subject) and if anyone else has some sugested comics in this area fire away. (Thanks)
The Fragile Gravity crew did a week of strips at Sluggy Freelance recently. Go check it out!
Anyone been reading My Life In A Cube? Funny autobiographical (?) stuff from about first job (thereabouts) working in a cube farm.
ALSO – Melonpool creator STEVE TROOP has a new comic called CryptoZooey! He plugged it here last week but I don’t think a lot of folks saw it over the weekend. Full press release for the new strip — click "read more"
"A girl. A quest. And the monsters that help her."
So begins CryptoZooey #1, the new all-ages comic book from Steve Troop, creator of the long-running Melonpool. Troop had intended to return to webcomics earlier this year with an entirely different comic strip about a kid who believes his father is a super hero–simply because his father keeps telling him that he is one. That project was scrapped, however, when Troop’s sketchbooks filled up with drawings of the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and other creatures, in lieu of a father masquerading as a caped vigilante.
The death of zoologist Steve ("The Crocodile Hunter") Irwin in 2006 contributed to the change. Irwin died after a stingray attack in 2006, leaving his daughter Bindi to take over his hosting responsibilities. Around this same time, The Waterhorse–a movie about the Loch Ness Monster–-came out in theaters.
"I wondered what would have happened if Steve Irwin had been a cryptozoologist (a monster hunter) instead of a zoologist," explains Troop. "Maybe Bindi would have hosted a show about hunting monsters instead of animals. Once I started thinking along these lines, CryptoZooey practically wrote itself!"
CryptoZooey is a new comic book about a little girl who not only learns that her parents are the greatest monster hunters in the world–but that the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and other monsters are real! When her parents disappear, it’s up to Zooey and her monster friends to find them.
Steve Troop’s SciFi-comedy, Melonpool, premiered on the web in 1996 as one of the internet’s first webcomic series. Melonpool has spawned five books and accolades from Ray Bradbury (legendary scifi author of Farenheit 451), Greg Evans (creator of Luann), Mike Kunkel (creator of Hero Bear And The Kid) and Paul Feig (creator of Freaks And Geeks).
During his two year hiatus from cartooning Troop created short films, or "Quickcasts," with puppets he designed, built and performed based on his Melonpool characters for Kevin Smith’s Quickstop Entertainment. This quickly led to an apprenticeship with Puppetown Productions, home of the designers, builders and puppeteers behind Crank Yankers, Saul Of The Mole Men and musician Beck’s 2006-2007 tour.
Each 24 page full-color comic of CryptoZooey will be released four times a year and retail for $5.00 US. As a bonus, each issue will feature the real legends and actual science behind cryptozoology. A black and white 12-page companion volume, Finding CryptoZooey, featuring sketches and behind-the scenes info on the creation of this exciting new series is also available.
Both books can be purchased through the CryptoZooey Store at www.cryptozooey.com/store
- Text download of Press Release
- CryptoZooey #1 Preview PDF
- CryptoZooey #1 Cover Art
- Finding CryptoZooey Cover Art
CryptoZooey #1 Full Issue and Finding CryptoZooey are available for review purposes. E-mail us with your Press credentials and we’ll send you a link!