I was a big fan of the webcomic Tune by Derek Kirk Kim. I just grabbed the print books – Vanishing Point (book 1) and Still Life (book 2) to re-read. The artist on book 2 was Les McClaine who does a faithful job with the template created by Derek. It’s a great premise and I enjoyed re-reading it.
I searched around to see if there was any talk about further updates — I recall the webcomic went kaput because Derek was focused on the print versions but really haven’t found anything that would clarify whether book 2 was enough of a success that First Second Books would be publishing a third volume.
I totally missed the existence of the video adaptation, Mythomania, which has a couple of seasons posted on youtube. I hope it’s well done — it would be nice to see the further adventures of Andy Go while waiting for Book 3 to arrive. UPDATE: And now I know why I missed it — it’s not really at all the same as Tune. Instead it’s a story about a cartoonist named Andy Go who (at least after 5 episodes) is living a pretty ordinary life for a cartoonist in LA with some standard sitcom complications. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying it (and cartoonist Jason Shiga was surprisingly good in his cameo) but it’s best not to think of it as having anything to do with Tune.
I don’t think Joel knows what he wants to do with Hijinks Ensue. It feels like 3 different comics stuffed into one box. I like the ones where it’s (semi?) autobiographical.
A few quick thoughts on Christopher Baldwin’s One Way, his newest webcomic project and another story with a large group of characters in a science fiction setting. His last webcomic Spacetrawler had a similar mix of elements and quickly became one of my favorites (and a whole lot of other people too). For me, the biggest difference at the outset between these two comics is the unlikeability of the characters in One Way. Initially I really hated each and every one of them, which does make it hard to identify with the story. However, by now Baldwin has earned a lot of trust from his readers and for me, I stuck with it. I think this story is a much larger gamble than the construct behind Spacetrawler but now that I’ve seen a few of the twists and plot points (and we can’t be any more than halfway into the story) in One Way, I’m starting to to care about this dysfunctional crew and wonder what fate has in store for them.
I’m not feeling all that amazing today but conscious enough to read webcomics and maybe clack on some keys. I noticed that Sinfest actually updated it’s website design. Still simple but certainly cleaner and with the benefit of newer artwork in the logo.
Another thing looking at the Sinfest site reminded me of is that creator Tatsuya Ishida has kept his sparsely update “Notes from the Resistance” archives on the site all the way back to the first post in January 31, 2000 (not that far after the first comic was posted):
January 31, 2000Because man does not live by porn alone Posted by Tatsuya Ishida
While scoping out websites of like-minded artists, some very professional, some very not, I thought to myself: Funky cold Medina. Here survive the lost, unsung warriors of comic strip art, the Not-Ready-For-Syndication misfits and rejects, broke but not yet broken, peddling their labor of love like cheap whores (or, to use more delicate parlance, discount whores), in a grungy, backwoods subculture of freelance burnouts and dreamers. Sounds like my kind of place. Let’s tango and cash y’all.
Ishida has never shared much about himself online, he clearly is a private person with regards to his audience. No great lesson learned from flipping through a few of his early entries other than to remind oneself that the webcomic one makes earlier in life (2000) probably should evolve a heck of a lot if you are still updating it in 2014.
Really enjoyed reading what’s posted so far for Titan by François Vigneault. It’s a bit unfortunate that it doesn’t quite have the standard reader friendly website design we’ve all gotten used to but it isn’t too difficult to read. Vigneault has constructed an immediately interesting world with a tension building scenario. Workers on Titan are genetically engineered for their environment but can no longer survive on Earth. Their livelihood is now at stake and management in the form of João da Silva has arrived to try and accomplish a turnaround of the local factory. Call it a company moon, I guess.
It’s not clear what the update schedule is but it’s well worth reading and bookmarking to check in on.
I strongly suspect people are going to look back on the hey-day of blogging like a strange fad that they won’t be able to fathom. As a form it’s shattered and reconfigured in so many ways — twitter; texts; social networking; medium and other community slash platform sites just to name what popped into my head right now.
Oh and I’ve been busy. I realize I’m talking to a relatively empty (okay completely) “room” but these Internet posts, they live forever don’t they? (Or until the hosts go bankrupt or the technology go obsolete I suppose).
So I got a review copy from Scholastic of Star Wars Jedi Academy Return of the Padawan! by Jeffrey Brown (noted as “New York Times bestselling author” Jeffrey Brown on the cover, which is true!) which is a sequel to Brown’s Star Wars: Jedi Academy. It’s got a quasi-comic, quasi-illustrated story format — sort of like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. It’s cute, adorable, and filled with fairly silly jokes. It’s a good grade school book, but even older kids can appreciate Brown’s comic chops. And it’s still just fun seeing Jeffrey Brown + Star Wars (Brown has now created 4 Star Wars comics including Darth Vader and Son, and Vader’s Little Princess.) Return of the Padawan! is due out in late July.