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Comix Talk for Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Computers blues baby.  My iMac is no longer the bright and shiny machine it was in 2008.  But we'll see how it runs after I do an erase and reinstall on it.  I'm still debating whether to upgrade to Lion -- the early 2008 iMacs are limited to 4 GB and I'm hoping that won't be an issue.

Oh comics? I should have a few reviews up this week, but I think I'm taking the month of August off.  It's been a tough year for me to find time to blog about web+comics already and I'm thinking a month off from it might help me recharge my batteries. 

In fact I just saw that Dave "Teen Astronaut Boat" Roman and Raina "Shine" Telegemeier will be in my neighborhood next month with an appearance at local book shop One More Page.  Unfortunately I'll be out of town that day and so won't get a chance to congratulate Raina on her very recent Eisner award for her graphic novel Smile.  But you totally should!

The Crosby Twins (okay not twins, but I've been reading Keith "Glimmer Twin" Richards autobiography lately and it's on the brain) announced at ComiCon that they'd struck a movie development deal for the director for the movie version of Last Blood, the zombie-vampire mashup webcomic.  [See Chris Crosby's comment below for more details]  ComixMix pitches this as the furthest a webcomic has gone to a movie but there's probably no there thereCowboys And Aliens, which is an actual movie coming out imminently, started off life as a webcomic.  Still that doesn't really matter -- the Crosbys have been pretty explicit about their plans and hopes to strike movie deals for their comics properties so they have to be pretty excited about this announcement.

And for more ComiCon stories thank Tom Spurgeon, who does another one of his fantastic efforts at linking to everything on the web about ComicCon in one place.

Comix Talk for July 19 Nnnn Nineteen Nineteen

Still having a lot of fun playing with Google +  It seems like there's a lot of comics folks on there. One of the most active has been Ryan Estrada who is not only posting on it full runs of various webcomics he's created, but he's also been creating infographic guides to Google + itself.

A few stories I highlighted on Google + that I really should have blogged about here:

  • El Santo catches that the Xeric Foundation is going to stop giving grants to people to self-publish their comics because of.... webcomics! I get it but I do think the grants served a critical niche that got people into print that might otherwise never make that leap. Read more at Webcomics makes the Xeric grant obsolete.
  • First I'd heard of this issue -- is there anything else to Amazon's Most Favored Nation pricing policy that Dave Wright is missing? I didn't find author Cory Doctorow's answer all that illuminating either... Read more at Does Amazon Allow Free Samples? Depends Who You Are. | Collective Inkwell.
  • When you ret-con a webcomics archives, should you label it as such? I'm not even really sure how many times this has been done in a webcomic. (The two examples Sean gives in this article are not really ret-cons as that term is used by the comic book community, these are more like reissuing a book with a couple of corrected pages). Read more atKleefeld on Webcomics #23: REAL Retroactive Continuity.

A story I just got in my inbox from Rick Marshall about a Comic-con photo scavenger hunt he's hosting on his blog and he's giving away some of the toys and comics I accumulated over the last few years -- as well as something cool from Hasbro -- to the winners (and maybe the runners-up, too).

Basically, I've come up with 50 things to take a picture of during the show, and people just have to upload any of them they find to a public Flickr group. It's pretty simple and could be a lot of fun. It also seemed like a cool way to bring the Comic-Con craziness to people like myself who won't be there. ;)

And what the heck let's dive even further into the ComixTALK mailbag.  Brian Delaney writes that he has a new webcomics site that features two serialized webcomics: The Silver Sparrow and Blood Machines.  Delaney plans to alternate the strips like television shows, in seasons. Each season is 12 weeks long and updates every Wednesday.

Serializing Superheroes on the Web: Over at GammaSquad they ran an article featuring webcomics creators pitching their versions of Marvel and DC characters. I would probably read anyone of these if they really existed.

Comix Talk: The Comics Blog That Lived!

Sorry for the summer doldrums here at Comix Talk. I have extra-neglected things here this month because of Google + which to be fair is a shiny new bauble. Can you really blame me? S H I N Y ! ! ! ! !   And for whatever reason there are already a lot of artists on G+ which has made it an interesting place to check up on and also potentially a more effective network.

MILESTONES: Seth Kushnar has posted a tribute to Harvey Pekar in comics form -- now up at Act-I-Vate.  Kushnar blogs at GraphicNYC and also creates the sort of regular CulturePOP comic series of which this Pekar tribute is part of.  Kushnar in the comments to the comic notes that he didn't know Pekar particularly well but he clearly has an appreciation for his work and does a remarkable effort with this comic.

HYPE: If you hadn't already heard, Greg Rucka has a webcomic: Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether written by Rucka with art from Rick Burchett.  What's it about? From the comic's about page: "Swords are cool. People fighting with swords are cool. Airships are cool. Cowboys are cool. Pirates are cool. Clockwork men are cool. Smart, savvy, witty women are very cool. Laconic gunslingers? Totally cool. Steampunk? Frosty."

PREQUEL SEQUEL REQUEL: Sorry, don't know what to call this category yet but it's become apparent that it's a hip trend to bang out a comic as an accessory to a media property.  We've seen this for several videogames and teevee series.  Out recently is a comic for Burn Notice which is first and foremost a basic cable teevee series. There is also a comic for the upcoming movie reboot of Planet of the Apes. Thankfully, sometimes this work has been really entertaining (no comment yet on Burn Notice or Rise of the Planet of the Apes as I haven't read all of them) as opposed to being just adjunct marketing for the main media property.

CRAFT: Delos rounds-up recent tips and techniques from webcomics creators.

ComixTalk+

So I've had some time sucked up by Google + the last couple of weeks and although I'm still not entirely sure how I'm going to use it, I have seen some creative comics ideas tried out on it already.  Ryan Estrada has posted some of his entire comics on his profile and also a "how to" for it.  I'm not entirely sure if these links to Google+ are going to work or not, including this one to my own profile there (it would be nice if Google+ added short urls for your profiles).  Everytime you post something there you have the option to share it with the "public" or a smaller number of people -- all the way down to one person if you want. It's also built around a one-way social relationship (so more like Twitter than Facebook) -- you add people to your circles which is pretty much "following" someone on twitter.  However it seems like if you follow someone who then also follows you that Google+ recognizes that distinction so maybe ultimately it will be a hybrid between one-way and two-way social connections.

Anyhow - the big positives for Google+ are that it seems like they are taking privacy more seriously (but time will tell), and the UI is slick and easy to use. If you want an invite let me know and I will get to it for you today.  Invites seem to go on and off so try again later if it doesn't work for you right away.

Comix Talk Is In The House Tonight

Some comics-related stories for your perusal this morning:

INTERVIEW: TalkProgress has a great interview with Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots.

ALL AGES: Ryan Estrada finished and posted his all ages webcomic Aki Alliance. Estrada's sense of humor works really well on an all ages title and this is a fun read.

CONVENTIONAL THINKING: ComicsDC blog posted that DC-area convention SPX announced that the Pizza Island collective would all be guests at this year's edition:Kate Beaton, Sarah Glidden, Lisa Hanawalt, Domitille Collardey, Julia Wertz and Meredith Gran.

HYPE: I really liked Jason Turner's True Love and True Loves 2He's serializing True Loves 3 online so be sure to check it out (if you're not already reading).

KICKSTART MY ART:  Diana Nock has launched a kickstarter project to fund a print version of her webcomic, The Intrepid Girlbot.  Winner of the Friends of Lulu "Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work" of 2010, Girlbot is the all ages story of a little-girl-shaped robot trying to find her place in a strange world of robots and woodland creatures.

FROM THE MAILBAG: Johnny Tay, a creator from Singapore, wrote in about his digital comic, Seven Years in Dog-Land, for sale on Graphicly. The black and white graphic novel follows the adventures of a little girl in an alternate world where dogs are the masters, and humans, their pets. Through her trials and adventures, Dog-Land explores humans’ relationship with nature and the human condition itself.

Comix Talk for July 5, 2011

I survived National Gunpowder Day with only slight burns so... yeah that's probably good!  Here's some interesting stories about web + comics I perused this morning: 

INTERVIEW: Guerilla Geek has an interview with Danielle Corsetto of Girls with Slingshots.

iWEBCOMICS: Warren Ellis on his Freak Angels/Avatar digital strategyDC Comics' digital strategy and Marvel's digital strategy.

TECHNOLOGY: Boing Boing points to a really cool Warren Ellis project called SVK.  It's not web or digital but it plays around with technology and comics.  SVK is a modern detective story, described by Ellis as “Franz Kafka’s Bourne Identity”.  

SVK is a collaboration between writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Crooked Little Vein, RED), artist Matt "D'Israeli" Brooker (Stickleback, Lazarus Churchyard, 2000AD) and London-based design studio BERG.  An experimental publication, SVK comprises the SVK object and a comic book.  Litho printed on 115gsm silk paper in tones of black and blue, SVK uses a third ink invisible without the SVK object. The object is a UV light source which unlocks hidden layers woven throughout the comic book. Reading SVK becomes a unique and strange experience as you see the story unfold through the eyes of Thomas Woodwind.

DUN DUN DUN DUN! Ryan Estrada posted online the entirety of his all ages Aki Alliance graphic novel (h/t FLEEN).

AWKWARD! Why Dora needs Faye around to provide the last word.

Pandora: End of Days, Volume 1 by Peter J. Ang and Jin Song Kim

Pandora: End of Days is a digital comic from Real Interface Studio available for download to your computer and also for most mobile e-reader devices, tablets, and smart phones with the barnesandnoble.com's NOOK App or on Amazon.com’s Kindle.  There's a short promotional website for the comic but unfortunately it plays music without asking (you can turn it off by clicking on "off" at the bottom of the page).

It's a zombie manga.  

Indigo Kelleigh Kickstarter Drive for Ellie Connelly Graphic Novel

 

Indigo Kelleigh has launched a Kickstarter campaign for 124 page graphic novel version of his Victorian adventure comic Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the VortexEllie Connelly, her friend Henry Button, and her Uncle Everett must race to discover the location of a legendary vortex of mystical energy, before the dark and mysterious Mystic Legion can take control of it for their own malevolent purposes! An adventure in the mold of Indiana Jones and Tintin, the first 32 pages have been published online.

Kelleigh's Kickstarter goal is to raise money to cover his living expenses for an entire year to complete Eye of the Vortex.  He will continue posting the newly completed pages on the website for free (in both English and French), and will also release the ebook issues when they're completed.

Box Brown Closing in on Funding Goal

Box Brown has a kickstarter campaign going to fund Retrofit Comics launch plans to publish 17 32-page floppy-style comics by 17 of the best comic artists in the business. It's specifically aimed at getting indie comics back into the floppy format and giving artists a chance to do smaller stories and experiment. The list of creators is awesome and includes folks such as Retrofit plans to release books monthly from September 2011 to January 2013. James KochalkaColleen FrakesJoe DecieTom HartLiz BaillieNoah Van SciverJason Turner among others.