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October 10th, 2011

Yo Adrian!

Happy Europe Meets America Day?  If you've never read Charles Mann's 1491 and 1493 books btw they are a really interesting, well researched look at the Americas before and after the collision with Europe.

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Danny Limor wrote asking us to check out his webcomic Neutron City Comix. He describes it as a humorous strip about a group of nerds who work in a comic book store -- the characters are all completely aware of the fact that they are in a comic strip to the point where I am a regular character in the comic with whom the other characters interact.  That looks about right -- it's a fairly cute strip with a lot of geek culture jokes, and kid-friendly as far as I can tell.

Gary Fetters' webcomic Hamster Tails is about kids, a hamster (of course) and  a couple of superheroes thrown in for good measure.  It's a newspaper style comic and looks to be pretty consistently G-rated.

October 7th

Comix Talk for Friday, September 7, 2011

Awhile back we reviewed a comic book from the UK collective, Whores of Mensa -- well they're back with a new project, The Strumpet, which will include UK and US artists.  This time they're running a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production of the first issue - they are already more than a 1/3 of the way there so check out the project and contributing artists, including Patrice Aggs, Jeremy Day, Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg, Kripa Joshi, Megan Kelso, Ellen Lindner, Mardou, Tanya Meditzky, Lucy Sweet, plus special surprise guests.

REVIEW: Forbidden Planet reviews James Turner's new all ages book, Super Animal Adventures.

MAKE A WISH:  Thanks to Tim Rocks for sending us a copy of his mini-comic, Peter Moss: The Kid Who Has Adventures.  It's about a dude misdiagnosed with a terminal illness... let the comedy hijinks ensue? I'm torn in trying to describe it -- it didn't really click for me, but Rocks has some talent. I wish he'd post the thing as a webcomic so he could get a lot more feedback faster.  

HOW MUCH FOR ONE RIB:  Ray Hayden's new graphic novel Agatha Crup and the Legend of The Olin, launches October 31st.  In Hebrew folklore, Adam had a wife before God made Eve from his rib -- her name was Lilith.  Supernatural character Agatha Crup secretly works against the destructive force of Lilith and her demon army. Lilith returns on "All Hallows Eve" when the dead walk the earth and unleashes an incurable mutating disease spread by genetically modified foods and animals that infects men. The widespread infection radically changes the world as we know it putting women firmly in control.

October 5th

One Full Year of Chris Cantrell's The Deadlys

Just in time for Halloween, the spooky and hilarious comic The Deadlys turns one year old! To celebrate, creator Chris Cantrell is holding contests and offering special content during the month of October.  He's kicked off things with a special Halloween story.

Final Issue of In Maps & Legends

The ninth and final issue of IN MAPS & LEGENDS, a digital-only comic illustrated by Niki Smith and written by Michael Jasper, is now available.  The comic which began life in 2009 on the now defunct DC Comics webcomic label, Zuda Comics, and then went independent, reaches its explosive, mind-bending conclusion after 200 pages.  A collected digital version of all nine issue launches next week on October 12th.

In Maps & Legends mixes together urban fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk.  Thanks to her grandfather, Kaitlin Grayson knows maps and legends. But Kait never would've dreamed that she would one day attempt to save two worlds at the same time, becoming both a map and a legend in the explosive conclusion to this storyline. You can read a free preview of Issue 1.

Congrats to Jennie Breeden and Obby

Congrats to Jennie Breeden (she gave the engagement away in a video blog awhile ago but here it is in comic form)!

October 4th

Comix Talk for Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I don't read MTV Geek regularly so I kind of lost track of it but Sean Kleefeld is up to 31 installments in his column on webcomics over there.  As the kids don't actually say anymore, "props" for a nice run there "holmes".

WE NEVER CLOSE: How many folks won at 24 Hour Comic Day this year?  Well not me, that's for sure.  Check out Derik Badman's effort here (while he says he's not happy with it, it's interesting nevertheless) and ComicAlliance has a round-up of more of the day's activities.

FRIGHT NIGHT: Robot6 links to Emily Carroll's new scary webcomic Margot’s Room (last year Carroll debuted His Face All Red).

BOOK 'EM DANNO: I had no idea, but apparently Dick Tracey has undergone a soft reboot this year with a new writer and artist.  The art reminds me of Funky Wienerbean actually.

EVERYBODY WAS ART FIGHTIN': Super Art Fight returns to Washington DC in November -- the fight takes place 11/5/11 at The Red Palace.

October 2nd

The Wormworld Saga on the iPad

The iPad app for the digital comic Daniel Lieske's The Wormworld Saga is now available for free in the iTunes App Store. An Android tablet version is currently in development. The Wormworld Saga is an episodic graphic novel designed for tablets. Unlike traditional graphic novels, each chapter is digitally painted on a seemingly infinite canvas, providing an immersive reading experience that draws the reader right into a fully realized fantasy world.

The Wormworld Saga follows the life and adventures of Jonas Berg, who at a young age enters a parallel world through a forgotten painting in a dusty attic.  “Inside the Wormworld, Jonas finds indescribable wonders, new friend, love and hate, good and evil and he reveals his family legacy, which makes him become a central figure in an epic conflict that shakes the Wormworld and drives it to the brink of it’s destruction” says Daniel Lieske.

Produced by digital publisher Robot Media, the app for The Wormworld Saga allows readers to experience it the way it was meant to be read: the app provides better image quality and scrolling performance than the web version, and uses a seamless touch interface for reading.  Keeping with the spirit of the web edition, the app itself and the main narrative are available to everyone for free.

September 30th

Comix Talk for Friday, September 30, 2011

BEATONMANIA: NPR interviews Kate Beaton about her new book. And it's a pretty good interview too!

iWEBCOMIC: ICv2 covers Amazon's announcement of $9.99 digital comic books for the Amazon Fire.

DEAD TREES TELL NO TALES: Chuck Whelon writes that he has a new book out, Drain of Chaos -- the fourth collection of his webcomic Pewfell. The world's most irresponsible wizard, is about to face his greatest challenge yet... fatherhood!  His wife pregnant and his home collapsing, Pewfell takes a job with the city sewer patrol. But with a zombie-mad dictator running the government and a bloodthirsty army of chaos outside the gates, this may not be the best time to start a family. The story features over 500 individual strips, revised and expanded from it's original appearance as a webcomic on ModernTales.com. Presented in a large-format, deluxe hard-cover edition with 160 full-color pages.

CAPTAIN CRUNCHTASTIC: Ed Piskor wrote that his recently completed Wizzywig graphic novel is still online for free, but will be going away when Top Shelf publishes it as a book in 2012.  It's an interesting tale through the worlds of hacking and phone phreaking.

HOLY KAW!: I got a press release on Frank Miller's Holy Terror comic book from publisher Legendary Comics. The book follows hard-boiled hero "The Fixer" and his cat burglar love interest, Natalie Stack, as they try to save Empire City from zealots determined to commit a horrific crime against humanity. The 120-page hardcover is Miller's provocative commentary on how society views its heroes in the era of modern terrorism.  You can catch Legendary Comics Editor-in-Chief Chief, Bob Schreck, and Frank Miller at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City on Friday, October 14 from 7-9pm for a signing and discussion. 

MAILBOX:  Rick Brooks writes that he's launched a new weekly webcomic, Mr. Morris, which follows the misadventures of a first year teacher and his students.  Brooks added that he is literally drawing upon his many years of experience as a classroom teacher to create this strip. Only a couple of strips in the archives so far, but not bad. Brooks' challenge will be to develop an authentic teacher's voice in the webcomic and get past the cliches of the classroom scenario.

HYPE: Robot6 flagged Little Guardians as a new webcomic to check out.  I would second that.

September 28th

Comix Talk for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

iWEBCOMIC: Sometime today Amazon is going to introduce a new color Kindle.  While earlier rumors speculated that it would be an ipad competitor, it now sounds like it'll be much closer to existing Kindle functionality.  I'm very curious as to how well it will support web/comics.

52 CARD PICKUP: I haven't paid a ton of attention to the DC reboot beyond some of the digital stuff because I don't buy monthlies (at least not on any regular basis).  But it is interesting to see that they've hired Nielsen to survey their readership.

Also, go buy Kate Beaton's book Hark! A Vagrant.  She cleverly skewers history, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew equally well -- if you're the last person to discover her comics please check them out.

HYPETY HYPE: Justin Hall is drawing webcomics about webcomics for Slacktory --  How Artists Draw Themselves is kind of funny.  I also saw another funny comic there called Grandpa's Guide to the Computer with art by Monica Ekabutr who has an awesome tumblr blog (see above for one of my favorites).

September 24th

The Last Mortician by Dean Haspiel and Tim Hall

The Last Mortician is coming to Tor.com in October.  Great story concept - looks like something Haspiel is going to knock out of the park too.