Friday News Follies
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 7, 2006 - 10:43
In webcomics, The Pulse continues to give webcomics a platform to pitch themselves. The latest plugs are for Tom Floyd's Captain Spectre, and Scott Christian Sava's The Dreamland Chronicles. I don't have Pulse editor Jen Contino's contact info handy (but I'm sure it's available at the site somewhere) but basically these are plugs written by the webcomic creators and I understand if you're interested all you have to do is contact her. This seems like a great way to get some free advertising.
In newspaper comics are all basically webcomic now, we get differing reactions from big-shot newspaper cartoonists to the "sabbatical" prompted by the recent leave of absence by Boondocks cartoonist Aaron MacGruder.
Also of interest, Jonathan Barli is trying to save and scan historical newspaper comic strips. A lot of good stuff at this site already.
In good advice from amazing artists, Steve Hamaker posted a step-by-step guide to coloring Bone (part 1 and part 2). Also if you missed it, here's an interview with Jeff Smith, the creator of Bone (links from the Drawn! blog).
In life lessons, Keri Smith spells out how to feel miserable as an artist. I've unfortunately done most of those myself at one time or another.
Sort of related: This is cute? inspiring? Sort of both I guess: The Best Advice I Ever Got, by Penelope Dullaghan.
And last, in get your nerd on, shades of the Toonbot! Jared Tarbell is a programmer-artist who write computer programs to create graphic images. He posts his amazingly complex art at his website titled, appropriately enough, Complexification.
I believe all code is dead unless executing within the computer. For this reason I distribute the source code of my programs in modifiable form to encourage life and spread love. Opening one's code is a beneficial practice for both the programmer and the community. I appreciate modifications and extensions of these algorithms.