Submitted by Ben Gamboa on September 7, 2010 - 14:50
There's a well-known (in certain circles ...) doodle by Bill Watterson wherein he shares his writing process, which pretty much consists of staring blankly into space, waiting for inspiration. I imagine this holds true for a lot of cartoonists – it does for me, at least. Which makes writing about Writing a bit of a challenge, as I can't give a simple set of directions and send you on your merry way. I think the most I can manage is some random observations, which I'll try to tie together as best I can.
Submitted by Brian Moore on August 18, 2010 - 09:00
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District
Pantheon Books, 2000
The Jew of New York
Pantheon Books, 1998
The central joke in "The Beauty Supply District" is neatly summed up by this gem from Carol Lay‘s old Frequently Asked Questions page:
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: I buy them in enormous rolls from Hammacher Schlemmer.
The Beauty Supply District—another picturesque corner of Ben Katchor's New York-like city—is a little warren of shops where art and design ideas are sold over the counter. Towering geniuses of the art world make furtive visits to punch up their paintings, atonal compositions, and what have you. Commercial manufacturers stride in with less trepidation, aiming to put a new gloss on their line of olive products.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on August 18, 2010 - 01:57
“Write What You Know” is probably the most common advice writers receive, so much so that it is accepted wisdom; and yet this is quite possibly the worst advice ever given to a writer. Here is what I understand this advice to mean: writers should be lazy and ignorant, and we should never, ever challenge ourselves to try to understand people who aren’t ourselves.
Submitted by Alexander Danner on August 18, 2010 - 00:46
One of the standard bits of advice that gets trotted out for writers, whether in writing workshops, or seminars, or just at author Q&As, in response to the inevitable “what advice would you give a young writer” question is this: write very day. Set aside a particular block of time each day, during which you will write. Even if you have no ideas, you will write. Even if every sentence you type is worse than the last, you will write. Treat it like it’s your job, because it is, and if you give into letting yourself off the hook because you don’t have an idea one day, you will inevitably do the same the next, and the day after that, and so on, ad infinitum.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 16, 2008 - 16:43
The June issue continues here at ComixTalk: an Interview with the creator of SPQR Blues -- Carol "Klio" Burrell; an interview with Faith Erin Hicks who just won the Joe Shuster award for Canada's Favorite Comic Book Creator, an interview with Dylan Meconis, the creator of Family Man; and Dr. Haus reviews Gun Baby.
Digital Strips blogs about the release of Jerry Stephens' new webcomic management system - BitArtist. If anyone gets a chance to test this out please let us know what you think of it.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Jim Zub has written a story for the Pop Gun 2 anthology with artwork by Chris Stevens. It looks awesome!
Could it be? Is Caleb coming back to webcomics?
Funny -- Webcomic Warrior Action Figures!
THAT'S HOLLYWOOD JAKE
Lots of superhero movie casting rumors at Blog@Newsarama including this interesting bit that Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in DreamWorks/Universal’s Cowboys & Aliens, based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel by by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, from an idea by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 15, 2008 - 10:24
Evan Dham has finished his webcomic novel Rice Boy.
Microsoft has Steve Niles, Dr. Revolt; Kime Buzzelli; and Gary Panter working on a graphic novel for the Zune called The Lost Ones. Wow... I guess Microsoft tries a lot of things but turning the Zune into a comics reader is surpising to me. (h/t Journalista!)
Submitted by bobweiner on January 22, 2008 - 12:20
Writing for both is vastly different and I explore how I approach both formats. Thoughts and comments appreciated.
Submitted by DAJB on August 3, 2007 - 11:05
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 14, 2007 - 13:13
Talented scribe o' comics Matt Shepherd looks at screenwriting software and finds it lacking for writing comics. Does anyone have any suggestions on if there is a program that takes care of Matt's needs?
Submitted by geotraveler on May 31, 2007 - 12:35
Currently promoting my comic - Office Supplies - http://www.officesuppliescomic.com
Office Supplies(c) is a comic strip centered around everyday items used in the office and their personal take on life!