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Super Art Fight X Coming April 22nd

On April 22nd, 2011 - SuperArtFight returns to the Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland.  Super Art Fight X will feature four amazing bouts, each with unique pairings and their own ramification on shows to come.

Main Event - Super Art Fight Championship Bout
Michael "Spaghetti Kiss" Bracco (Champion) vs. Bryan "Silent But Violent" Prindiville (Challenger)

#1 Contender's Bout - Winner Gets A Shot At The SAF Championship At SAFXI

The Charm City Roller Girls Own Chelsea "Grose Misconduct" Grose vs. Kelsey "Killer" Wailes

"High Stakes" Grudge Match - Rematch From SAF's DC Debut!
Nick "Ghostfreehood" Borkowicz vs. Brandon J. Carr

Tag Team Battle - Winners Advance To Tag Title Finals At SAFXI

Jamie "Brawlin'" Baldwin & Caldwell Tanner vs. Jami "Angry Zen Master" Noguchi & A Mystery Partner!

Moses: A stranger in a strange land

Sara Ivry writes from the Jewish online magazine, Tablet, about a collaborative comic by Etgar Keret and Asaf Hanuka that their website posted today. The comic is about Passover, imagining how the story of being a stranger in a strange land (as the Jews were in Egypt) would play out today.

We just recently reviewed Asaf Hanuka's webcomic The Realist.

Comix Talk for Friday, April 15, 2011

New Webcomics

John Kovaleski has a funny new webcomic called Dadding Badly.  It's an autobiographical comic from a new dad and so far pretty funny stuff.

MetaFilter linked to a really cute sketch blog titled Zoopreme Court.  Dan Schofield and Alice DuBois enjoy animals, justice and puns and plan to illustrate all 112 justices of the Supreme Court, as well as some landmark cases.  Their Otter Stewart reminds me a bit of my Perry Otter - otters are just kind of fun to draw!

Good Causes

It's been awhile since I linked to the Team Cul de Sac blog which is raising money for the Fox Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today. Non-cartoonists who want to support Team Cul de Sac, can contribute money directly online to the Fox Foundation's website for Team Cul de Sac.  The project will result in a book from Andrews McMeel Publishing.  I don't know if they are still looking for more cartoonists to donate original art to the project but the deadline posted is May 15th.  The theme of the book is other artists' take on Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac characters. More details are available at the Fox Foundation page for the project.

Lost Causes (?)

Did I miss a press release or something? The ComicSpace website looks like it was bought by a discount merchandise company from Thailand.

Comix Talk for April 14, 2011

WEBCOMIC: Found a new webcomic today. I really liked the archives for My Boyfriend Is A Monster by Evonne Tsang and Janina Görrissen.  It's actually a graphic novel coming out this Spring from publisher Graphic Universe, but they're posting it online -- one new page daily -- until the book is out.

WEBCOMIC: Dov Torbin writes that his The Revolution Will Be Televised webcomic is now publishing weekly at ACT-I-VATE.  It's a first hand account of the recent Egyptian revolution and tells the story of two American travelers who, through clouds of tear gas, watch a country evolve and find themselves altered by the experience.

CATS: Emily K writes that she's "been in a dead end job for a year, and before that was unemployed. Though it's nice to have a job, my education as an artist is utterly unneeded there. So I decided to start a webcomic."  I can get behind that.  Her goal? "To post one drawing every single day for 1 year. By the end of the year, I'd have enough to make a calendar."  Hmm - well that's actually interesting as a print artifact, I'm not sure I've seen a webcomic turned into one of those 365days-style desk calendars.  Emily explains that she's been posting for 100 days to her webcomic, Places You Find Cats: Where Every Day is Caturday.  They're actually cute drawings and they do have text so they're probably comics, but they don't really feel like comics, more like illustrations.  Either way if you like cats you'll probably enjoy checking it out.

Comix Talk for Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I have too many online projects this year and with some web work now in the mix for my day job, I feel ComixTalk slipping a bit.  My apologies.  I really appreciate everyone who reads this site, whether you have for years or just found it recently.

HANG IN THERE: I had heard the touching, inspiring story behind the publisher of the print collection of Dustin Harbin's journal comic but Dustin's comic of it is a great tribute to Anne Koyama.

CRAFT: I've been meaning to link to Austin Kleon's How to Steal Like An Artist presentation for awhile.  It's good, entertaining advice.

TO THE BOOK CAVE!:  Lauren Davis reviews the mainstream publishing industry dropping several comics creators and then turns to plugging Meredith Gran's new self-published collection of her webcomic Octopus Pie.  The cover for Listen At Home with Octopus Pie is perfect for the strip -- pre-orders are going on now.

TO THE MINI BOOK CAVE!: J.T. Yost has a new mini-comic out worth checking out - Losers Weepers #3, which continues Yost's project to create a fictional narrative woven around actual found letters, journals and notes.

MILESTONES:  Dolby von Luckner, the co-creator of the webcomic Frederick the Great: A Most Lamentable Comedy, wrote to let us know it just hit its 400th episode.  Unfortunately Dolby forgot to include the URL for the webcomic when writing. Luckily for Dolby I noticed that the URL was probably part of his email address.  Congrats on knocking off the first 400!  I could have left it at that but I think this is a comic where the creators are young (or young at heart?) and maybe some feedback would help.  I only had time for a cursory look, but art-wise, the creators need to keep practicing, take some life-drawing classes, bust out a copy of Scott McCloud's Making Comics (or similar useful advice books), look for some tips on scanning and prepping your images for the web.  There's obviously a lot of enthusiastic plotting and cramming in of ideas and references into the strip but without improving the art, it's not ready for prime-time.  All of which is to say don't give up.  Making 400 episodes of something is GREAT practice and hopefully you've already seen some improvements in your work.

Comix Talk for April 11, 2011

A smattering of newsy bits for the afternoon:

Reminder: Bad Machinery is a Great Webcomic

The cast of John Allison's Bad Machinery.  John has been talking about publishing these stories as All Ages-style graphic novels.  I've read a lot of those in the last 2 years or so and he's on to something.  This would make a great book for kids and someone in that market (cough cough Scholastic cough) should get in touch with John ASAP.

A Quick MOCCA Weekend Update

Man what a week.  Well I almost got furloughed by the elected representatives of these ol' fifty states and a district yesterday.  I woke up this morning to learn that they had figured something out so back to work on Monday. While this is probably for the best part of me was looking forward to stories about the one dude left working who was going to have to answer the phone for the whole federal government of the United States.

So mea culpa but I never got around to posting about MOCCA which is GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN New York City! It looks as usual to be a great show with a lot of the local comics talent (including the very talented members of Pizza Island) exhibiting or paneling.

Charles Snow is debuting his new graphic novel Road  at MoCCA this weekend. Snow describes Road as "a story of sex, faith, music, and adventure a long way from home. Local indie rock band Owns Big Mecha are hitting the road. They’re dedicated to rock & roll, but are they ready for what lies ahead?"  I reviewed a preview copy at the end of last year.

Astronaut Academy Coming From FirstSecond Publishing

Nice promo video for the almost around the corner end of next month arriving print collection of Dave Roman's excellent webcomic, Astronaut Academy.

Also there is a give-away contest for the book going on over at Good Reads.  I will post a real review this month but needless to say, an excellently produced book (the cover is perfect) and a great showcase for Dave's kid-friendly but smart and slightly ironic sense of humor.  The x-girls both loved the book too.

2011 Eisner Nominations

Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl

The nominations for the 2011 Eisner awards are out and the nominees for Best Digital Comic are: