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Comix Talk for Thursday, July 15, 2010

In the last issue of Dark Horse Presents on MySpace, there's a new Bee story from Jason Little; a comic based on the video game Mass Effect, a comic written byLeVar Burton plus a funny riff on a scene from Star Wars by Frank Stockton.  Future issues of DHP will be at Dark Horse's own website. (h/t Scott McCloud)

I also point you to a comic on digital civil rights in Europe that is pretty interesting, particularly if you're interested in the topic. (h/t BoingBoing)

CODE: The new convention Intervention will be hosting a workshop on Comicpress for Wordpress run by one of the developers, Frump.  This is a great idea, one that I'm surprised I haven't seen at other webcomic-friendly conventions.  Attendees to the workshop will get a bonus -- a free download of the automated Cast addon for ComicPress. The Cast addon displays cast members in a totally new way, showing when they first appeared in the comic, how often they have been in the comic, all of the comics they were in with links and other statistics as well as individual biographical information.

CONVENTION: Gary reports that Jorge Cham is organizing another Webcomics newspaper-style handout for this year's San Diego Comicon.

REVIEW: Roya Grinstead reviews the webcomic Romantically Apocalyptic with which the reviewer "was floored by its miraculous visuals, its marvellous concept, and its delightfully dark, whimsical, and twisted humour."

MILESTONE: Spwug notes that the webcomic Dreamless by Bobby Crosby and Sarah Ellerton has only one page left to post.  A review of the comic by Spwug is here.

DEAD TREES:  Scott Kurtz announced that he is leaving Image to return to self-publishing his comic books

The Queen's Hype: The Independent newspaper hypes some webcomics including The OatmealHyperbole and a HalfCyanide and HappinessThe Perry Bible FellowshipCtrl+Alt+Delxkcd, and Girl Genius.

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Tales of a Checkered Man by Denver Brubaker

Well it's a three day weekend here in the 'States so we'll pick things up again on Tuesday of next week (anything on the weekend is pure bonus, baby). Also picking things up next week is Dirk Tiede’s Paradigm Shift which returns from hiatus on Tuesday (h/t FLEEN).

INTERVIEW:  Playback has a nice interview with Raina Telgemeier about Smile and the X-Men: Misfits comic.

DEAD TREES: Robot6 reports that Jason Little's second Bee comic, Motel Art Improvement Service will be published by Darkhorse this fall.

MAILBAG: Denver Brubaker writes in about his webcomic Tales of a Checkered Man, a comedy take on a Batman-like crimefighter.  Brubaker writes "Fans of superhero satire and parody as well as classic adventure pulps and traditional newspaper strips will enjoy this all-new comic strip adventure; think Charlie Brown as a masked-vigilante."

Comix Talk for Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Motel Art Improvement Service by Jason Little

Scott McCloud endorses the E-Sheep Kickstarter driveHelp Patrick Farley make more comics, folks!


LEGAL:  CBR has an interview with Nina Paley with some good discussion about copyright in the digital age.  Paley had epic copyright battles in getting her fantastic animated film Sita Sings the Blues released.

REVIEWS: Charley Parker talks about Asaf Ahanuka's effort to serialize an english language webcomic version of his Hebrew language comic, The Realist.

Conventions: Gary had the first part of his PAX East round-up yesterday, more to come this afternoon.

AROUND THE BLOGS: An amazing series of ABC driven artwork from Neill Cameron.

NOT WEBCOMICS: James Kochalka has a supporting role in a new movie Mars, that looks pretty interesting.  Shot entirely on greenscreen, it has a rotoscoped animated look not entirely unlike the videogame Borderlands.

In this Post! D.J Coffman, Jon Rosenberg, Jason Little, Amy Pearson and Matt Madden

Shaping up to be an interesting week in comics:

Jason Little's Motel Art Improvement Service wrapped up today.  It was a very well done sequel to the first Bee story.  The somewhat sudden ending is still surprising to me but the middle three panels of the last installment are masterfully done.

D.J. Coffman writes about warning signs that Diamond may be in trouble and speculates on it's implications for the future of the direct market for comic books.

Johnanna Carlson writes a negative review of Jon Rosenberg's new Goats book and then the two of them exchange polite remarks in the comments.  Always nice to see a little civility on the Internets.  I haven't read the book so I can't offer a contrasting view I'd like to offer up a quote from Carlson's review that was meant critcally, but that I think is actually a pretty good way of describing Goats positively:

The point seems to be the dialogue more than the events. The characters talk a lot. The art is serviceable but not particularly attractive, and it’s often pretty static

That's always been the case with Goats - even more recently when the comic has had actual plot and science fiction trappings.  Rosenberg is the Kevin Smith of webcartoonists.

An interview with Amy Pearson of the comic Mathema which started off on Zuda but now appears on Pearson's own site.

Matt Madden recently offered up an exercise in comic improvisation you might want to take a crack at.

Off the Radar: Catching Up with Past Luminaries

This article was originally published on in 2008.

Webcartoonists disappear every day. Not off the face of the Earth, of course, but certainly out of the collective conscious of the webcomic community. Creators may take a hiatus, or decide to focus on print projects, or complete a well-loved work and move on to something less wildly popular. Or they may simply not bother with self-promotion, so that when the initial buzz surrounding their work calms, they are not active in maintaining the level of attention that was briefly paid to their work. And fickle as the Internet is, it’s easy to go from famous to forgotten at any given moment.

Of course, just because a creator isn’t dominating the critical sites or public discussion forums the way they once did doesn’t mean they’ve stopped working, or publishing, or playing some other role in the comics community. Presented here is a survey of the current projects of four of those creators whom we haven’t heard much about over the past year or two, despite their notable accomplishments of the past.

NYCC was good.

NYCC was good. It's very rare for me to attend a convention without actually exhibiting, and I kinda cheated on this one by sharing a bit of Josh Elder's space at the Kids Love Comics booth (thanks, Josh!) and thus having a place to stand, put my books, and stash my stuff while I was there.

But I think it was the right choice. NYCC is too big, too exhausting, too loud, too expensive, and too much at the Javits Center for me. I get overwhelmed very easily when I am there.

I'll sort of be at the New York Comic Con this weekend.

Comics Bakery isn't exhibiting this year. For a variety of reasons, one of which is that I have too much work to do and can't spare 3 full days away from my desk. However, I'll be at the show for a few hours each on Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday, February 7

Del Rey Manga Panel
11:15 AM
Room 1A06
Come see the unveiling of some pages from my forthcoming X-Men: Misfits manga! Dave and I will be on hand to chat and answer questions.

Sunday, February 8

Coming of Age Comics Panel
11 AM
Room 1A18

Panels & Pictures: Constraint

In this month's Panels & Pictures, Derik A Badman discusses the idea of constraint in creative work and a number of comics examples in print and around the web.

MoCCA Has Big Exhibit on Webcomics

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is proud to announce its upcoming exhibit: Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomics, set to open on Sept. 13.

"Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomics” brings comics from the web page to the MoCCA stage. The exhibit explores three aspects of online comics: the unique format and design of webcomics, their appeal to niche audiences, and the transitions between web and print comics.

Curator Jennifer Babcock, who also draws the syndicated webcomic C’est La Vie, explains that webcomics are free of the space constraints and editorial censorship to which printed comics are often subjected. Webcomics also provide an outlet for a greater diversity of creators and audiences, she says, resulting in numerous niche-specific features.

This exhibit incorporates original artwork, prints of finished art, and digital displays. Featured in the exhibit will be the immensely popular Penny Arcade, PhD, Sluggy Freelance, User Friendly, Diesel Sweeties, Mom’s Cancer, Finder, Supernatural Law, Something Positive, Scary Go Round, Young Bottoms in Love, Narbonic, Goats, and “My Obsession with Chess” by Scott McCloud, among many others.

Interstitial Comics at MoCCA

The Interstitial Arts Foundation in collaboration with the MUSEUM OF COMIC AND CARTOON ART's MoCCA Mondays presents a panel on COMICS AND THE INTERSTITIAL:

Monday, 30 April, 6:30 pm

Interstitiality and the Comic Book Industry

MoCCA * 594 Broadway, Suite 401

New York, NY 10012 * 212-254-3511