Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 9, 2011 - 22:19
GET YOUR SWAG ON: Jamie Noguchi is going to be remembered in history not for his amazing art on Erf World but for Puppy Cow! Seriously - count me in the slightly disturbed camp when I see this Doctor Moreauvian mix of cute and cow. Read this interview with him all about the cow-puppy plush toy he's selling after a successful kickstarter drive. Intrigued? Buy your own plushy hybrid here.
DEAD TREES WALKING: I was looking through the First Second publisher catalog for 2011 again and there's a lot of good stuff coming. Beyond Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost, there's a collection of Ben Hatke's Zita The Spacegirl, MK Reed's Americus (illustrated by Jonathan Hill), Sara Varon's Bake Sale, Level Up from Gene Luen Yang, a collection of Zahra's Paradise by Amir and Khalil.... there's also another edition of Derik Kirk Kim's Same Difference. There's also a huge anthology of comics by all kinds of people you'll recognize called Nursery Rhyme Comics. I'm not even mentioning everything here - it's just the ones that struck me first as ones I want to read. Also don't miss our review of Dave Roman's Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity today.
GOOGLE IT: Google celebrated Roger Hargreaves 76th birthday yesterday with special logos incorporating Hargreaves' childrens characters. My friend down the street had those books when we were kids and I always enjoyed their simple drawings and humor.
Month of Webcomics: Brian Cronin over at the Comics Should Be Good blog is spotlighting webcomics this month. So far he's written about MAX OVERACTS, THE LINE, AMERICAN BARBARIAN, REGISTERED WEAPON, EVENTY-SEVEN, MOON FREIGHT 3, BIRTH OF VENUS, and 99 REASONS TO WIN. If you want him to spotlight your comic, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL HAIL SHAENON: TCJ has Shaenon Garrity writing a column for them again -- this time she says her focus is on webcomics. A nice summation of here and now on TCJ's approach to webcomics; plus Garrity's take on TCJ's possible coverage of the Covenant of Abraham is spot on.
Team United Kingdom, Bloody F'ing Yeah! Blank Slate Books' planned collaborative graphic novel Nelson looks interesting - even promising. Scheduled for publication this fall, it's billed as 50 artists (including John Allison!) tellng the story of Nel Baker from her birth to the present day.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 9, 2010 - 08:54
Gary has your New England Webcomic Weekend 2 wrapup. Also Faith Erin Hicks is posting on the web a comic called The Adventures of Superhero Girl she's been doing for her local free weekly alt-paper (h/t Journalista) That's like a holiday present early!
HYPE: Do you think you would laugh at a single panel comic about a serial killer? Lee Adam Herold's Chopping Block returns with new comics to show you that in the hands of a talented creator, you'll laugh, dabnagit. The webcomic ran pretty consistently from 2000-2004 with some more limited runs of new comics since than. It really is amazing how Herold can put the most disturbing and creepy scenarios into the comic and still grab you for that laugh.
iWEBCOMICS: Hanvon Technology, a Chinese company, is debuting this week a color e-reader that uses e-ink. Up until now e-ink has only supported black and white display. E-ink has key advantages over LCD (the current method for displaying color) including less battery power consumption and that it is readable in direct sunlight. Sounds promising -- I hope we get to see some examples of how this device handles comics soon.
INTERVIEW: Mike Rhode interviews Jamie Noguichi -- creator of Yellow Peril and artist on Book 1 of Erfworld.
REVIEW: El Santo reviews Newton's Law.
MILESTONE: Peter Tarkulich's webcomic Bardsworth turned five years old this past Sunday (November 7th). Bardsworth is a fantasy story about Mike Cosley, a high school nobody who finds a doorway to another world -- in his closet of all places. In this world exists Bardsworth University, a college where magic is taught. Mike enrolls and finds himself amidst elves, fairies, a demon who loves to bake, and a host of usual (and unusual) teenage problems. With about 600 strips in the archives, now is a good time to check it out!
MAILBAG: Troops of Doom features photos of action figures acting in comics. Kraig Furtado's webcomic has almost 300 installments in the archives so give it a look!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 12, 2010 - 16:09
Photos of creators from this year's SPX (part 1)
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AWARDS: The Hugos now include a regular Best Graphic Novel category -- which is really pretty fantastic. This year's nominees include two webcomic entries: Girl Genius, Vol. 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm -- Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment); and Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse -- Written and illustrated by Howard Tayler. (h/t Robot6)
INTERVIEWS: I missed this in my mailbag last month, but Public Radio Kitchen interviewed Franklin Einspruch about his painted comics which he posts online at The Moon Fell On Me. Einspruch is creating a kind of comic tone poem with his work; I found myself liking it more than I would have expected. It's largely a very peaceful experience reading through his comics.
FROM THE MAILBAG: I got a nice email about a comic called Indestructible Will which is about a character who doesn't feel pain (apparently a real medical condition). Unfortunately the comic is only available in pdf format, so you have to download each chapter before you can read it. There's just no reason to do that. Most readers aren't going to go to the extra step of downloading your unknown work when they could just as easily read a jpg, png or gif in their browser.
I got an email about FR33, self-described as "a webcomic about a drug abusing self-proclaimed artist, seeking his place in a near-future world of free culture" which is another photo comic. Since I'm giving out practical website advice today, I'd redo the "about" page to tell readers a bit more about the comic, maybe even try to pitch the longer-term arc of it to try and sell the comic.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 10, 2010 - 11:04
OMFGUIHAJB!!!! It is snowing again in Washington DC. IT IS SNOWING... AGAIN. I have a review of Smile up today. In addition, be sure to check out the bonus comic Raina Telgemeier did. I saw this funny comic about one of the downsides of the Internet today (see above) - Gemma Correll has lots more great illustrations on her Flickr page.
Weird, but something I suspect many readers here might be interested in checking out -- MyWebWill purports to be a service for managing your digital identity after death. Think about it -- you're going to create a ton of stuff online in your life, some of it at least as important as any physical stuff you'll leave behind.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE: Jamie Noguchi has a new webcomic called Yellow Peril. Jamie was the original artist for Erfworld, is a heck of an artist and part of the Super Art Fight crew. Jamie also runs Monster Cutie which is a great source of tips and craft for illustrators.
Last, not comics but this Oscar nominated short, Logorama, is all kinds of weird-cool. Language is very NSFW btw.
Erfworld is a hilarious adventure comic set in a world that seems to operate according to the laws of a role playing game like Dungeons and Dragons. The main character Parson is from our world and he is suddenly thrust into the world of Erfworld in the midst of a titantic battle between various factions. It's funny on a lot of levels. Yes you will probably laugh more and longer if you've ever played a role playing game but even if you haven't Rob Balder's wordplay and Jamie Noguchi's artwork will still entertain you.
Rob Balder is well known to many webcomic creators and readers for his work on Partially Clips, a satirical comic that uses clip art. He's also a musician and an associate editor of the fiction and fandom 'zine Nth Degree. We interviewed Rob for ComixTALK once before back in 2004. Jamie Noguchi currently has a day job as a self-described "multimedia monkey" for NASA and used to work as a colorist with UDON Entertainment. He also illustrates various things including Erfworld and hopes to someday move into doing full time illustration.
I've known Rob and Jamie for years now - I met Rob initially at SPX and have hung out with both at local Washington Webcomics meetings. They both strike me as passionate about comics and story-telling and I was not at all surprised at the success of Erfworld. I got a chance to interview them by email about the state of Erfworld and plans for 2009.