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Comix Talk for Wednesday, January 27, 2010

So today is the Second Coming?  The rumored debut of Apple's oversized iPod has sent the newspaper business into a tizzy but it is potentially VERY interesting to the world of comics.  I doubt the first generation of it (if it exists!) will be affordable enough but eventually this could become a serious platform for comics.  IF IF IF IF....

In non-rapturous news of the day, congrats to Ben Costa for winning a Xeric Grant for Shi Long Pang. I look forward to buying that book! (h/t Paperless Comics)  And in a true spirit of public service, Gary reads Platinum Comics Licensing's press release to decipher the latest business plan: "an in-house version of CafePress."

INTERVIEW: Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots.

REVIEW: Delos reviews Insert Comic by Zack Holmes.

And how about some links to fill-out your morning read -- here's the list of webcomics the readers of the Washington Post nominated for its Comics Riffs poll on "Best Webcomic of the Decade": "Devil's Panties" ; "Devin Crane" ; "Eric Monster Millikin" ; "Girl Genius" ; "Girls With Slingshots" ; "Hark! A Vagrant" ; "Jesus and Mo" ; "Kevin and Kell" ; "Least I Could Do" ; "Navy Bean" ; "The New Adventures of Queen Victoria" ; "Order of the Stick" ; "Penny Arcade" ; "Perry Bible Fellowship" ; "Pibgorn" ; "PvP" ; "Questionable Content" ; "Red String" ; "Schlock Mercenary" ; "Sinfest" ; "UserFriendly.Org" ; and "xkcd."

All The News

The new TCJ.com looks really interesting (temporary URL here) and it's a great list of bloggers they're going to host including two names familiar to webcomics: Eric Millikin and Shaenon Garrity.  It also lists Gary Groth (owner of TCJ and Fantagraphics) who apparently will get over his previously expressed aversion to writing online.

INTERVIEW
CBR had an interview with Gary Phillips about his new webcomic Bicycle Cop.  I checked out the comic, I'm hooked.  So far an intriguing mystery with sharp art and cracking dialogue.

CRAFT
Onezumi has a video tutorial on how to get super-clean lines with the Photoshop pen tool.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
The publisher APE Entertainment has a new webcomic anthology centered around UFOsYou can read it online here.

Webcomic Artists and the Obama Inauguration

Over at Talkaboutcomics, Eric Monster Millikin writes:

So today’s the big Obama Inauguration Day, so I thought I’d take a look at what unusual things some of my webcomic-making compatriots and I are up to.

Chris Yates (reprographics) is auctioning off the third and final edition of his Obama-styled hand-crafted wooden art puzzles. The first debuted at Comic Con International this summer and sold instantly. The second was commissioned by the Manifest Hope Gallery (curated by Shepard Fairey, MoveOn.org, Moby among others) and auctioned for charity during the DNC in Denver. It’s starting at just a buck! Over on eBay.

I did a big Inauguration/MLK Day painting with Obama, Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and others and then sold it to a group of about 80+ newspapers with a total circulation of like 7+ million. At least one paper ran it huge on their back page, as you can see in this glamour shot of me relaxing inside the dark mansion of forbidden love.

It says “Reaching the Dream” up in the upper right. You can see Thurgood Marshall right in the middle, Shirley Chisholm below him, and Jesse Jackson partially obscured by my kung fu grip.

Randy Milholland over at Something Positive is doing a series of strips about the inauguration. This is unusual because this is probably the most attention Randy’s ever given to politics. It brings a tear to my eye!

So there you have it. If you spot any other unusual Obama festivities from the world of webcomics, feel free to post them in comments.

And then continue to party.

Eric Monster Millikin Talks Fetuses, Zombies and Monkeys

Eric MONSTER Millikin has a new website headquarters at ericmonster.com.  I caught up with him via email to talk about the new website, painting zombie portraits and other comics projects, and of course, Monkey Day.

Eric MONSTER Millikin

Monkey Day Alert

Created by two comic creating folks,Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin, Monkey Day takes place on  this Sunday, December 14th.  What is Monkey Day you say:

Monkey Day is an annual celebration of all things simian, a festival of primates, a chance to scream like a monkey and throw feces at whomever you choose. Or perhaps just a reason to hang out with your friends while grunting and picking fleas off each other. (note: for legal reasons, the publishers of the Monkey Day website in no way endorse throwing feces in any manner at any time.)

Bevery Hills Webcomic II: Botox In Da Haus

20 PERCENT
A Distant Soil blog has a list of literary agents accepting graphic novel representation. (h/t Journalista!)

BOMB SHELTER WEBCOMIC IDOL
Talking about Webcomics Idol 2008, Gary says Brad Guigar is Simon.  I'm guessing D.J. Coffman, who usually doesn't worry about telling people what he thinks, has an equal claim to that seat  Maybe with a few more "dawgs" Brad can take the Randy role.  I guess that makes me Paula?  Bomb Shelter encouraged us to throw up some initial critiques -- I was sweating a cold+ all weekend so I'm hoping to throw some more constructive feedback up there as the contest goes on.  Brad and D.J. are successful practicing cartoonists.  I'm not, of course.  So I won't be trying to break down craft, but trying to offer impressions as a reader and perhaps observations based on webcomcs as a whole.  We'll see what I come up with!

FRIGHT NIGHT
Eric Millikin is part of a big scary art show in Detroit on October 30th called Damned.

Jennifer Contino has an interview with Sam Costello of the webcomic Split Lip.

Tomorrow a new webcomic Werewif debuts.

Graham Annable has a Halloween cartoon for your enjoyment.

Not comics, but Entertainment Weekly has a list of the 20 Scariest Movies of all time.

Was Pulling the Genre Categories From the WCCAs A Good Idea?

Here's a pretty intense discussion of recent changes in the WCCAs at Eric Millikin's livejournal with Meaghan (Ocarina) who is actually married to current WCCA chairman Frank Damonk. Forewarned - lots of "drama" in there but I link to it mainly because I've seen almost zero discussion of the big change to the WCCA this year -- no genre categories.

Updates On Entries in the Ill-Fated Webcomic Directory Project?

I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.

Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?

Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday!

INTERVIEWS

COMICS CONVERGENCE

  • I'm not sure what this story has to do with comics but it is interesting: book publishers are rethinking the value of audiobooks -- in particular this article is about an author who rushed out the audiobook well in advance of the hardback in order to capitalize on an Oprah Winfrey Show appearance.

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