Submitted by djcoffman on June 20, 2006 - 10:10
A little tight deadline here, but Platinum Studios and NBC are having a COMIC BOOK CHALLENGE wherein you submit a pitch for your comic along with a sample page. "GRAND PRIZE:The Winner's Idea will be Fully Produced and will debut to the public at one of the major comics conventions of 2007! NBC 7/39 TV will showcase the finalists on the air. "
[Xerexes: I got a press release on this which had a link to a commercial on it. I'll post the full press release as a comment to this post.]
Submitted by Clay on June 19, 2006 - 14:56
Hello, everyone! My name is Clay Gardner and I'll be a guest-blogger for you this week. My comic interests (if xerexes apt introduction has not made it obvious) concern mainly manga-style comics, and as such, that will probably be the topic of this and future blogs.
It cannot be denied that Japanese manga is taking the world of comics as we know it by storm. A quick look at the local bookstore will reveal that the superhero and indie comics that have shaped and cultivated the American graphic novel have been shoved aside in favor of countless shelves of manga, manwha, and OEL -- that's original english language manga -- titles. Characters with huge, expressive eyes and technicolor hair have dominated all matters of pop culture. It is not hard to understand why young comic authors have taken to mimicking the style of manga in their attempt at emulating the Japanese stories they've grown to love. Even bigwigs like Marvel have made stints in emulating the Japanese. The problem: the style of manga is not the real reason manga has become so popular.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 7, 2006 - 21:31
Blank Label Comics is having a contest -- the winner will receive a signed book from every BLC member that currently has a book out. The drawing will be open until 11:59 PM on Thursday, June 8 and the winner will be announced this Friday. To enter, just send an e-mail with your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A nice post from Debbie Ridpath Oni on writing journals - she includes a lot of links to good resources on writing.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 2, 2006 - 13:02
Two notable bits of book news this week:
John Allison reports that his fourth print collection of Scary Go Round is headed off to the printers. He'll also be crossing the pond for New York's MoCCA this June.
Howard Tayler reports that he's started working on the NEXT Schlock Mercenary collection. This one will collect episodes published online from August 2003 to March 2004. Fleen has a review of the current SM collection - "Under New Management" which I'm still waiting to get in my shiny maibox!
Some convention appearances to note:
Blank Label dude Brad Guigar is at his hometown convention, Wizard World
Cheesesteak Philapdelphia. I don't have the details here on the WizWorldCon but I hear it's in Philly!
Plus several reviews and blurbs for webcomics:
The Webcomicker has a review of Banished and in it argues that the web has been key to the success of a number of science fiction comedy titles. I don't know if I agree with the assertion, but regardless, Gilead links to many of the best sci-fi ha-ha webcomics I'm aware of.
T Campbell drops that he's bringing back Search Engine Funnies on September 1st. No word on the new artist(s) though.
Here's a business bit of news:
Gary Tyrrell has an interview with Chris Baldwin who recently signed a "web syndication" deal with United Media for his other comic Little Dee.
Some other interesting webcomic-related stories include:
The Penny Arcade duo taught a class on comics to grade schoolers. They've done this before and it's good to see them at it again. Gabe mused aloud about creating some resources for school teachers to download - he should do that. (He might also talk to Brad Guigar who did a similar project with comics in schools a few years ago.)
The blog Filth Hole (which is sometimes NSFW) got linked to by Warren Ellis for a funny sketch (which is probably NSFW).
The Writer Response Theory blog has a post on the history of fiction on the Internet which of course includes webcomics. A project along these lines would probably be able to use T Campbell's book as a jumping off point for a chapter on webcomics - I'm not sure what has been written about other fiction forms on the Internet. More interestingly would be to take a look at any interplay between different forms (and their associated communties of creators and readers) in their development on the internets.
Webcomics In Print blog is having a competition - send in a picture of yourself wearing a webcomic t-shirt before June 10th. Winners will win fabulous prizes no doubt!
We're also happy to report:
Zoinks reports that it's latest issue is going to press and will be available later this month.
And in Not-Webcomics news:
Lore links to this video of "superhero war re-enactors" which is both a spoof of civil war re-enactors and a total geek-out on Marvel's Secret Wars comic books.
Combining our last two month issues (Superheroes and Movies) in one long post, Phil Kahn geeks out on X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Geeks out in a good way of course!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 21, 2006 - 21:32
Scott McCloud plans to visit all 50 states in the union to promote his forthcoming book Making Comics. The madness begins September this year.
Warren Ellis links to some webcomics without comment. I suppose he's implying "go check them out" but one can never assume to much with the old man.
Speaking of print comics, Joey Manley reviews a recent graphic novel from Howard Chaykin titled Challengers of the Unknown.
Also from the Comixpedia blogs:
- Arthur, King of Time and Space hits the two year milestone with its 731st daily update;
- A new podcast from Onezumi.com; and
- Bang Barstal is having a guest art fortnight.
John Allison has been drawing past American presidents for potential (hypothetical?) t-shirts. They're all awesome - although I'm curious as to what he might do with earlier presidents like Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson.
And I can't remember now if I linked to this post from Bob Byrne from back in January 2006. Titled "Everything I've learned over the past 5 years...." it's a hodgepodge of tips and mantras to keep making comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 25, 2006 - 06:52
Paul O'Brien at NinthArt writes about product placement in comics. Of course he's talking about placing other people's products in the work, not creating products out of the work, like Jeph's Bomb the Blogosphere t-shirt.
There's a new blog about webcomics in print. Wow - it's getting to where there's so many webcomic blogs that you almost have to focus on a niche now. This blogger,
Mike Hull, Mike Rouse-Deane has some good entries so far - check it out.
I think this guy is basically saying, "graphic n0v3ls are teh c001!" but in any event it's a short read.
Notwebcomics, but hey it's R. Crumb - a loooong interview with Terry Zwigoff that focuses a lot on his experience shooting the documentary on R. Crumb some years back. Apparently a special edition DVD is coming out.
Warren Ellis posted the script to Fell #1 in case you want to see what a script looks like.
I don't even know what this webcomic is about but how can you go wrong with a title like "Pre-history of the Wang."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2006 - 07:03
A little whining first - after seemingly getting my server issues resolved my home router dies last Friday. I've tried a couple but both have had issues with the equipment I need to connect to it. Anyone have a good experience with a recent brand/model of wireless/wired router?
Culture Pulp has an interview with Jeff Smith, creator of Bone, in comic format.
Comixpedia member Compugasm writes a blog post about liking the webcomic I Am A Rocket Builder.
Looks like the first Beaver and Steve book is finally out.
Onezumi.com is doing a podcast now (you have to sign up for their mailing list to get it though)
Joystiq is still doing it's weekly webcomic roundup which focuses on gaming webcomics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 21, 2006 - 14:29
DC and Marvel have dominated the comic book marketplace for decades with tales of radiated, atomic, DNA-scrambled, mutant superheroes. Can they dominate the web as well?