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COMIX TALK FOR MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY

I'm in kind of a world wide mixed wrestling NASCAR mood this morning (already thrown a couple chairs down the hallway) but let's see if comics soothes the savage beast.

PEOPLE THAT LIKE PEOPLE: Laura Hudson has an interview with Nick Gurewitch of  Perry Bible Fellowship fame and Michael Fiffe over at The Beat has a really good profile on artist/creator Kyle Baker.

AWARDS: Time to send in nominations for next year's EISNERS.  Seriously wouldn't it be great to have lots of worthy nominations from webcomics for every Eisner category?  

CONVENTION 'VENTION WHAT'S YOUR INTENTION: The Beat reports that the Stumptown Comics convention in Portland, Oregon will "curate" the list of exhibitors due to the huge demand for tables.

FREE MONEY: The Drawn blog with this timely reminder for aspiring comics-making students -- don't forget that the deadline for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship is December 15th. More details at the National Cartoonists Society Foundation.

DEAD TREES: Fleen flags the forthcoming book edition of Evan Dahm's Order of Tales Book 3: The Tower of Smoke.  Pre-ordering now in effect.

MILESTONE: The comedy webcomic Troops of Doom reaches 300 episodes this week. TOD uses GI Joe, Star Wars, Lego and other toys for props. The webcomic is running a contest where readers can have an a recurring character in the comic named after them.  

TOOLS: I think I saw Spike link to this on Twitter this morning - a great website for working with colors together: Color Scheme Designer.

BLOGGITY-BLOG BLOG: Covered has a post just like the one I put up last week - links to like-minded "cover song" comics blogs. Another blog in this vein that is often quite good is the Comic Social Club.

Guest Comicking: The Daily Cross Hatch with another "guest comic" - this one from Erich Fletschinger.  I kind of like the idea of a blog about comics having "guest comics" -- anyone interested in doing something for ComixTalk?  Maybe I'll try to create a recurring thing next year...

Comix Talk for Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Order of Tales by Evan DahmMILESTONES:  Evan Dahm finishes his second major long-form webcomic Order of Tales and already has announced a sequel, Vattu, to begin on July 26th.  Congratulations to Dahm on finishing another story from his fantastically imagined world of Overside.  Click here for ComixTalk's review of Order of Tales and the earlier  comic Rice BoyUPDATE: Lauren Davis has a good review of Order of Tales at io9.

DEAD TREES ON THE HORIZON: Writer/creator Darryl Hughes and artist Monique MacNaughton, the creative team behind the 50's style alien invasion adventure webcomic G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures, have negotiated a book deal with Anthony Coe, publisher of the independent small press book publisher First Run Publishing, to collect and publish GAAK as a graphic novel.  First Run Publishing will be releasing the GAAK graphic novel into bookstores in September.

BUSINESS:  I got an email from Travis Legge who is trying to raise funds to create a video series on the web using public domain superheroes (the first one planned is The new adventures of Miss Masque: Scourge of the Underworld). 

The site he's using to raise funds looks like a Kickstarter competitor -- it's called IndieGoGo. I hadn't heard of it beforeFrom it's FAQ page:  "IndieGoGo charges a 9% marketplace fee on funds raised.  Projects are also responsible for 3rd-party payment processing and international wire fees.  If you reach your goal, IndieGoGo pays you a 5% cash bonus on every dollar raised.  Your net cost is just 4%."  In contrast, Kickstarter states that "If a project is successfully funded, Kickstarter will apply a 5% fee to the funds raised. If funding isn't successful, there are no charges."  The other major difference is that Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing fundraising model whereas IndieGoGo looks like you collect the money as you go whether you reach your goal or not (although you pay more to IndieGoGo upfront, 9%, until you hit your goal).  Has anyone used both and can offer perspectives on the differences?

FROM THE MAILBAG: An email from Francsco Disa, about a new webcomic, called "I" which features images found by Disa from around the web by googling simple tags. Disa also mentions that he is only using images under a public domain or creative commons license.

Comix Talk for Monday, March 29, 2010

So here's a good question worth a think. Salon just let Reuben Bolling know it's canceling it's contract for Tom The Dancing Bug (which apparently means This Modern World is the last comic at Salon?)  Tom the Dancing Bug is a smart, funny comic and the question now is -- what's the business plan for Bolling going forward?  Seriously, if there's one cartoonist who I would volunteer time to help brainstorm and execute a new business model for, he'd be on the short list. 

Penny Arcade - Penny Arcade Expo: Hope PAX East was awesome.  I'll jealously read the reports trickling in today as attendees tell their tales of brushing against the PA crew and breaking into spontaneous nerdcore beatboxing in the hallways.  In honor of the recent PAX East here's a link to Geekosystem's Top 10 Most Obscure PA characters.

Also, the Penny Arcade crew announced they would not be making a third installment in their videogames series but you can still read Macgasm's refresher review of the first two episodes of On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness here.

OTHER CONVENTIONS: In other con news, I'm still trying to make sure my schedule allows me to attend, but it looks like Rob Balder of Erfworld will definitely be there.  Where? At Intervention of course. And don't forget the Comics Events calendar for dates for comic conventions and other events

Milestones: Gordon McAlpin finished Book Four of his Multiplex webcomic.  This comic has gotten better and better -- McAlpin does the character-driven material as well as the movie-driven stuff.

REVIEWS: El Santo reviews Evan Dahm's Rice Boy - it's another example of why El Santo is one of the best reviewers in comics right now.  (My review of Rice Boy is here.)

INTERVIEWS: Sequential Tart has an interview with Rene Engstrom, creator of the completed webcomic Anders Loves Maria.

Opinion: I'd rather have Tatsuya Ishida on the editorial pages than most working editorial cartoonists.  Ishida is at least as opinionated as 3/4 of them and his art runs laps (MULTIPLE FREAKIN' LAPS) over all of them. 

iWEBCOMICS: Johana Draper Carlson talks about Alex de Campi’s Valentine comic, particularly the effort de Campi's making to bring it to multiple platforms simultaneously.

AROUND THE BLOGS: Last week, Howard Tayler had a great post on ideas and their value in the world - worth reading still.  And Tom Spurgeon lists the webcomics suggested by readers of his site, The Comics Reporter.  Not a bad list...

THE MAILBAG: Jason Whitley wrote to alert us to the return of Sea Urchins, which apparently used to be a newspaper-only comic (there's a book collection of these available here).  The comic is by Whitley and Scott Eckelaert, but so far there's not much in the way of comics up on the website.

NOT WEBCOMICS: I've still only read one Scott Pilgrim book, but the trailer for the movie looks like great fun.  

Comix Talk for Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Short post today -- I recommend the following three things:

PODCAST: An interview with Jon Rosenberg of Goats in this edition of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.

CRAFT: Wow, John K has an excellent and extensive tutorial on facial expressions, well worth reading.

REVIEW: El Santo praises Evan Dahm's epic fantasy webcomic Order of Tales.

Evan Dahm's Overside: Rice Boy and Order of Tales

Here's a fairly short review: Rice Boy is a good comic and you should read it.  I actually think the book version might be preferrable to the webcomic as it's a hefty story that lends itself to sitting down for a long stretch with it.

Order of Tales by Evan Dahm

Sometimes You Just Gotta Rampage!

So there was this video playing at the Cartoon Art Museum during my visit last week where a woman was drawing a comic by painting on panels.  The gimmick was that she had four panels on the wall where she'd draw the next scenes of the comic and then after finishing she's repaint the same four panels with the next scenes.  The story was a cute one about monsters rampaging through the countryside.  Anyone know the name? Is it on the web?  Thanks to Ben Gamboa for identifying it as Lark Pien's Small Destructions, something she actually created at the Museum in 2007.  And here it is:

JUSTIFY THE WORLD's HYPE
Just finished reading the first volume of Scott Pilgrim - I hadn't been avoiding it so much as just never got around to it.  Cute story, kind of funny but I was a bit underwhelmed given the love this comic has gotten.  Maybe my expectations were too high or does it get better as the series goes on?

JUSTIFY MY FORTHCOMING HYPE
I am working on a review/overview of Evan Dahm's Overside comicsRice Boy and Order of Tales.  There's a reason why comic legend Jeff Smith picked Rice Boy as one of his comics of the decade.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Cool - Websnark is back.  While Wednesday is working on an overhaul of the site, Eric writes about the return of T Campbell's Faans.

Webcomics.com new members-only approach evolves again.  The old forums are now available for free to read but only members can start new threads or post replies to existing threads.

TOOLS
Anyone familiar with ComicFury?  It's advertised as "a free, easy to use and advertisement-free tool that will help you set up and host a website for your webcomic, which you can elegantly manage without any technical knowledge. All you will have to worry about when using ComicFury is actually making the comics, the rest is provided by us. It also offers you free exposure on the site and excellent support on the forums."

Rice Boy by Evan Dahm

NCWCCC Important (Anthology 3 - Final Deadline Extension)

Hi all,

I'm extending the NCWCCC deadline one final time. The new deadline is December 13th.

Below are all the specs for the NCWCCC Anthology 3 Book. I have offered two versions. The short version goes over stuff you NEED TO KNOW. The long version includes greater detail.

Short Version (Stuff you NEED to know)

1. The theme is Religion.

2. The anthology will be juried. Submitting work will not guarantee a spot in the book. (may need to rethink this due to deadline extensions)

3. There is no strict deadline for participation this year. Just get it to me before the deadline.

4. Deadline for all work, covers and biographies is Sunday, December 13th. Biographies cannot exceed 100 words and must begin w/ your name or handle of choice. Please include your URL in your bio.

NCWCCC - Anthology 3 IMPORTANT (Deadline Extended)

Below are all the specs for the NCWCCC Anthology 3 Book. I have offered two versions. The short version goes over stuff you NEED TO KNOW. The long version includes greater detail.

Short Version (Stuff you NEED to know):

  1. The theme is Religion.
  2. The anthology will be juried. Submitting work will not guarantee a spot in the book.  
  3. There is no strict deadline for participation this year. Just get it to me before the deadline.
  4. Deadline for all work, covers and biographies is Sunday, November 29th. Biographies cannot exceed 100 words and must begin w/ your name or handle of choice. Please include your URL in your bio.
  5. Work must not exceed 8” x 8” in dimension. All art must be B & W or grayscale, at least 300 dpi and in TIF format. You may submit work in PDF format, but please export to high quality print settings, or use equivalent dpi (300). note - You may send in larger sizes, but they must be reducible to 8” x 8” with the fonts still being legible.
  6. FTP information will be provided via email.
  7. I encourage you to read the long version.