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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.

8 1/2 by Eleven returns

8 1/2 by Eleven is returning to it's regular Monday thru Friday publishing schedule after a week off. Enjoy.

Monday News Update

Is anyone else really happy that Sluggy Freelance has finally moved on from its Oceans Unmoving storyline?  That's the first time Pete Abrams has completely lost me with the strip.  I kind of like the new shockjock characters too.


MARKETING: Martiza Campos notes the recent First and Last post on CRFH!!! on her livejournal.  One other interesting tidbit from that thread is Campos note that she picked up a 1000 extra readers from her most recent Keenspot box.  Even for a relatively big strip like CRFH!!! I think that's a fairly large number and it shows how powerful the Keenspot network is.

CRAFT: H.S. Kim, creator of Kung Fool X and Kill Harry has a page full of art criticism and some video tutorials on drawing -  definitely worth checking out.

NOT WEBCOMICS: Tom Truszkowski of Station V3 is talking about record-collecting and drew some sketches of his characters with 45s. 

Webhead # 9: Is This the Golden Age?

Jen just posted this week's webhead column at Comicon Pulse. In it, I ponder whether or not this is the Golden Age of webcomics, and, if so, what that means. I also talk about dicks. And farts.

Read it now

ARTnatomy: Great Art Tool

This flash-driven site is designed to help explore human anatomy from a fine arts perspective.  Very useful looking from a a quick run-through of it.

Livin' For the Webcomics

Yirmumah tackles the most important issue facing America today: the next American Idol.  (I'm rooting for crazy grey-haired guy too)

And apparently, the nasty feud between west coast toonist Boxjam and east coast toonist Case Yorke has ended.  Peace out y'all!

And lots more webcomics news after the jump!

Did I cross the line? Art theft the silent killer

I was sitting there and working on the update for my webcomic and it just wasn't working. I was trying to draw a bottle, that's all. Just a bottle, but I just wouldn't come out the way I wanted it too look. I've drawn plenty of bottles before, but mostly just for backgrounds so I've never spent much time on them, but this one was supposed to take up the left third of the "strip row" I was working on. The really big problem here was that I knew how I wanted it too look and I knew where I could find the visual reference for that look. Eric Powell's Goon. Goon is published by Dark Horse and I have all the Trade Paperbacks sitting on my bookshelf. So I bring out "Nothin But Misery" and look at the page with the bottle and sure enough it's just the way I envisioned that I wanted it in my panel. So I draw it and finish up the rest of the update, add text and so on and post it on the webpage.

Vlog.It - Featuring Video Fabricari

Marco Rosella scours the web for video blogs that interest him, and today he featured Video Fabricari! I've been checking this site out, it's a great gallery of videos that you'll want to add to your bookmarks. Vlogs are more than just a gimmick or techy buzzword, people are making an artform out of it. Check it out:

Working With A Wacom

K. Thor Jensen has a slight change of heart towards the WACOM and digitally-drawn art. In the comments there some discussion of what's the best software to use with a WACOM. I've only used Photoshop with it myself so far - anyone want to make a pitch for why I (or anyone) should spend the money for another piece of software?