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Comix Talk for Friday, October 22, 2010

Kate Beaton's Kraven the Prom Hunter

Friday! Awesome! Woohoo!  I hope everyone saw that the Comics Alliance blog has a great interview with Kate Beaton -- lots of charming anecdotes in there.  She did in fact have the longest lines of fans at SPX this fall.

REVIEW: El Santo reviews Lovecraft Is Missing. He reviewed a bunch of horror-themed webcomics this week.

CRAFT:  T.J. Kirsch shows off his work process on the webcomic he draws -- She Died In Terrebonne (written by Kevin Church).


Nina Paley's Copying Is Not Theft

Hopefully you've heard about Nina Paley's epic struggles with copyright issues in releasing her amazing animated movie, Sita Sings the Blues.  That experience has somewhat radicalized her to issues of copyright more generally (although radical is really a relative term).  Anyhow - here's a video she had a hand in starting with a simple message about the differences between theft and copying:

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.

Nina Paley Discusses State of Sita Sings The Blues

Nina Paley's Sita Sings The Blues is an amazing animated movie that almost never got released due to copyright issues.  Paley has embraced a business strategy for it not unlike the typical webcomic approach.  To paraphrase Paley: "the content is free; fans buy containers." (h/t to TechDirt)

Nina Paley's The Hots Going Creative Commons

Nina Paley is released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license a comic strip called The Hots that she and Stephen Hersh did for King Features Syndicate in 2002 - 2003.  She also is enlisting fans to help her load all of them to the Wikimedia Commons. Read her blog post for more details

Sita, Akihabara, Etc.

Holy crud, everybody needs to see Sita Sings the Blues. Like, right now. I just saw it at the Red Vic here in SF, but if it's not coming to a theater near you, Nina Paley has generously made the whole thing available online. And there will be DVDs soon!

Also, I have a new Comixology column up about my trip to Tokyo. My editor pointed out I should be advertising these more. He's so right. So, yeah, go read.

Copyright Or Wrong

New TeeVee has an article explaining recent research asserting that copyright as we know it is basically over.  Almost all copyright discussion happens in the context of music or film or television because that's where there's so much more money for current stakeholders to lose.  Comics in total is just a much smaller ecosystem than music and video.  BUT no doubt changes there will impact comics.

Also in the arena of copyright issues, cartoonist Nina Paley made an awesome looking animated movie called Sita Sings the Blues she can't get released because of copyright issues. I wrote about this early at my blog+training wheels comic site Altertainment, but COPYFIGHT has a nice round-up on the issue worth checking out.

Sita Sings the Copyright Blues

Nina Paley's animated Sita Sings the Blues looks amazing (all I've had a chance to see is the trailer though) but who knows when any of us will get to see due to copyright issues with the song compositions (not the performances - they are in the public domain).  Check out more details on Nina's blog here and watch the interview below to get the whole story.  Actually click here for Ninia's post on her current effort to get the film out to the public -- she still needs to raise about $50,000 dollars to pay off rights holders.

Just when I think I can't love Roger Ebert any harder...

...he calls some much-needed attention to the plight of Nina Paley's amazing animated film Sita Sings the Blues, currently in distribution limbo.

2005 MoCCA Con Report

MoCCA – the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – holds an ART FEST every year and has since 2002.

This year the Fest was held on Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th from 11am to 6pm each day.

Given that I live only about 4 to 5 hours north of New York City, where the Fest is held, I finally decided to actually get off my tuchus and attend the thing.