Coming to the end of April — there’s a great cover from AP Furtado coming up for May. The sponsorship slot (upper left hand corner of every page here) is open and cheap. I’m tweeting at twitter.com/xerexes and in my backyard. Remember anyone can post here at ComixTALK — just log-in to your account here and post a "talk post" — well-written and interesting posts will get promoted to the front page. If you’re already blogging somewhere else about comics it’s easy to set-up an auto-import of those posts to your account at ComixTalk (log-in and click on the "add a feed" link). And now the newsy stuff:
COLLECTIVE ‘LECTIVE WHAT’S YOUR… WHAT RHYMES WITH THAT ANYWAYS?
Over at webcomics.com Brad Guigar answers a question about artist collectives. I think the most critical thing to remember is that a group is no more than the sum of the people involved. Make sure you can work with everyone before you commit time to a group.
JUSTIFY SOMEONE ELSE’s HYPE
A comic from Maira Kalman covering a visit to the U.S. Supreme Court titled, May It Please the Court. (h/t to Journalista! and Scott McCloud.)
Journalista! linked to a recent video tutorial by Mark Crilley on "how to draw a manga-style eye" and Crilley’s series of video tutorials is a nice free resource.
Dylan Meconis’ BITE ME is now available in a single edition printed object you can purchase. Great, funny story about vampires in the French Revolution
Copyright is a really interesting topic in these days as technology allows for more and more creative re-use of material that seems to be remain under perpetual copyright (see this Techdirt post for a discussion of some copyright holders view that copyright should last forever minus one day). While I’m sure many creators instinctively support copyright, I think many webcomic creators also now deeply understand how a more flexible approach to utilizing their copyright rights actually works to their benefit. And then of course there are those webcomics that are built on someone else’s copyrighted material, although in some cases the webcomic goes so far beyond the original work you wonder if they could make the argument that it’s transformative (which btw is the crux of the current copyright dispute between the A.P. and Shep Fairey over his iconic Obama/Hope poster.)
This is weirdly interesting – Wikimedia (parent of Wikipedia) is suing a group of artists who were using Wikipedia for their art project. Maybe some webcomic should have thought of this!
GI JOE Resolute – scripted by Warren Ellis himself was pretty nifty for it’s less stupid take on G.I. Joe than the original 80’s-ish era saturday morning cartoon series. Ellis points to the finale on youtube.