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Comix Talk for Thursday, October 7, 2010

Doug Hiro from Astronaut AcademyHey one bit of SPX-related news I forgot to relay is that Dave Roman's all age webcomic Astronaut Academy will be a graphic novel from First Second -- scheduled for publication next summer.  Very exciting -- Roman is a great cartoonist and I think this book is a great project for him.

Posting is going to be light to non-existant over the Columbus Day holiday here in the United States but I'll be back with more reviews next Tuesday. In the meantime here's some stories worth reading from around the Intertubes:

BUSINESS: Jason Brubaker of the webcomic ReMind writes up how he's been making money from his webcomic this year.

REVIEWS: CBR has a review of Dylan Meconis' Bite Me graphic novel (collected from the webcomic); Comics Alliance has a review of the webcomic Buttersafe; and Boing Boing praises Dan Goldman's Red Light Properties webcomic.

INTERVIEW: Daily Cross Hatch posts the first of a 3 part interview with Drew Weing on his new graphic novel Set to Sea.

From the Mailbag:  Sean O'Neill writes about a project he's working on -- a graphic novel for young readers called Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune. O'Neill describes it as "a classic adventure story about a 12-year-old boy traveling in Egypt who discovers a plot to steal a secret ancient treasure."  I hope to get a chance to read more of it - a quick look at is is promising.

Review: Family Man, by Dylan Meconis

I’ve never bought into the notion that “the eyes are the window to the soul.”  Sure, they play a role in reading a person’s mood or opinion, but if one were to ask me what facial feature is most revealing, I’d say the mouth, no question.  There’s a treasure of information to be read in the tension of a person’s lips, the crook of a smile, the skewing of a jaw.  By comparison, I just don’t think eyes have that much to say.

Dylan Meconis is working hard to change my mind.

Comix Talk for Friday, June 25, 2010

Hey it's Friday -- let's do this thing and then blow this popsicle stand!

Lost in Comics by JJ Harrison

HYPEY MCHYPE: I've been meaning to link Lost in Comics for awhile now -- a very nice comic inspired by the now-ended teevee series Lost. I really like the art from JJ Harrison on this.

DEAD TREES: Dylan Meconis shows off the book version of her webcomic Family Man.

CODE:  Frumph, the lead programming developer for ComicPress is going to appear at the Intervention convention to host panels and hands-on workshops for CSS, WordPress, and ComicPress set up and tweaking.

BUSINESS: The Daily Cartoonist reports that 8 newspaper cartoonists have created a website together.  The eight cartoonists are: Tom Batiuk (Funky Winkerbean), Dave Coverly (Speed Bump), Greg Evans (Luanne), Peter Guren (Ask Shagg), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues), Mike Luckovich (editorial cartoonist/Atlanta Journal Constitution) and Jerry Scott (Baby BluesZits).

FROM THE MAILBAG

  • Paul Dwyer writes that he has two new books coming out collecting his experimental comics. Full previews of both books (and links to where to purchase) are available at Comex BooksComics Experiments features various short comics stories, ranging from one page abstract pieces to the thirty-page "Omega", a comic based on images from old public domain movies; and Codex Optica, volume 1 collects the first arc of Dwyer's ongoing webcomic which consists of a progressively changing five-by-five grid of photographic images.  Dwyer is also the creator of the webcomics I Shot Roy!.
  • Chuck Whelon writes that he's been illustrating board and card games for Minion Games including: Those Pesky Humans, Nile, Sturgeon, and Legitimacy. They'll be available for purchase in late July 2010.  Lots more details at Chuck blog here -- including a way to get a 10% discount.  Chuck is the creator of the very funny, fantasy webcomic, Pewfell.
  • Shaun Gardiner writes that the next part of The Boy with Nails for Eyes is available online. ComixTalk looked at the first chapter of this webcomic back in April.
  • Sam Costello writes that Departing for the Third Heaven is now up at the Split Lip website.  It tells the tale of a cat given by one friend to another and the strange bond that cat develops with his new owner - one that extends beyond the grave.  The new webcomic in the Split Lip horror series was written by Sam Costello and drawn by Providence-based painter and illustrator Josie Morway.

The ComixTalk 2009 Roundtable

It's the end of the year and what better time to talk webcomics with a great group of interesting creators and commentators.  For this year's roundtable we talked about favorite and new webcomics from 2009; iPhones and iTablets; developments in the business of comics; developments in the subject matter of comics; webcomic awards; and predictions for 2010!  I'm joined by Gary Tyrrell, Delos Woodruff, Shaenon Garrity, Fesworks, Derik Badman, Larry Cruz, Brigid Alverson and Johanna Draper Carlson.

This Day in ComixTalk: November 24th

Man, in years ComixTalk is like a tween now... OMG!

2008
We had an interview with Evan Nichols of the webcomic Dr. Eldritch.  Plus, wow! Jon Morris' comic,  Star Wars Versus The Batman.  And Bomb Shelter's Webcomic Idol contest was down to the final three.  (Doesn't look like Webcomic Idol is happening this year...)

2007
Von Allan's The Road To God Knows began its serialization over at Girlamatic.

2006
Scott McCloud's Making Comics was making the rounds; Neil Babra drew an awesome turkey; and another installment in the Most Read Webcomics Measurement Project.

2005
Nada!!!

2004
A great thread on how much to spend on making a webcomic -- how times have changed (or not) since then!

2003
Dave Wright's Todd and Penguin hits it's third anniversary milestone; an interview with Brad Hawkins and a review of his webcomic Monkey Law; and Dylan Meconis wrote a column on webcomic creator burnout.

Flight Volume I: Where Are They Now?

Kean Soo has a cool retrospective post on what the creators involved with the first volume of the Flight comics anthology have done since it's release and where they are now.  Interestingly, only three still have regularly updated webcomics: Erika Moen, DAR!; Dylan Meconis, Family Man; and Derek Kirk Kim, TUNE.

El Santo vs. The Vampire Women: Wrap Up

Well, folks, it’s time to wrap up “El Santo vs. The Vampire Women” month. I reckon that, by now, you’re downright sick of any ladies with pointy canine. You are very tempted to wash out your mouth with listerine because you can almost taste the hemoglobin. You are tempted to say, “Santo, vampire women suck! And that is totally not a pun about them being vampires … or a double entendre, for that matter!”

Such is the menace of the vampire women. Their powers warp the minds of mere mortals.

In case you’re just tuning in, here’s a list of webcomics featuring vampire women that I covered in the month of October:

  1. Eerie Cuties – vampire schoolgirls have all the fun!
  2. School Bites – vampire schoolgirls are on the run!
  3. Annyseed – vampire schoolgirls …um … need some sun?
  4. Juliette: Worst Vampire Ever – vampire schoolgirls something something hot cross buns.
  5. Abandon: First Vampire – the vampire Lara Croft.
  6. Blood Bound – a vampire girl and her dog.
  7. Danielle Dark – real vampire women of Indianapolis!
  8. Last Res0rt – space furry vampires.
  9. My Immortal – vampire schoolgirls being handed a gun! By Lord Voldemort!

APE Party: Monsters and Mayhem! Saturday, October 17

As mentioned previously, I'm going to be at the Alternative Press Expo, where Skin Horse Volume One will be making its convention debut. (Want to buy it online now? Here!

Also, I'll be at this thing:

CAM Alternative Press Expo Party:
Monsters and Mayhem

Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:00-11:00 pm

Sliding Scale: $5 - $20

APE! APE! APE!

I'll be with the Couscous Collective at this year's Alternative Press Expo, October 17-18 in San Francisco. Check us out at table 347 on the ground floor.

The Couscousians are all over the programming this year. Panels behind the cut...

On Saturday, the lovely Andrew Farago will be on this panel:

Cartoon Art Museum Call for Webcomics

The Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco (www.cartoonart.org) is organizing "Monsters of Webcomics," a showcase of cutting-edge webcomics work. The show's ten spotlight artists have already been selected. However, the museum also wants to include a virtual gallery of as many other webcomics as possible. If you're interested in having your art included in the virtual gallery, email curator Andrew Farago at gallery@cartoonart.org.

Feel free to spread this information around the webcomics community. The museum wants a wide range of comics included in the show.