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Comix Talk for Monday, July 26, 2010

Magpie Luck by Katie Sekelsky


AWARDS: Congrats to Cameron Stewart for his webcomic Sin Titulo winning the Eisner for Best Digital Comic this year.

HYPE: The prequel comic to the movie Inception is pretty good actually.



Steve "Fabricari" Harrison writes "After taking a couple years on hiatus upon completion of my webcomic Fabricari: Ad Hoc, I've decided to cull together all of my Fabricari related comics and art in preparation for some sort of omnibus thinger. I've re-lettered and posted issues one and two online.  As a bonus, I found a fifteen year-old uninked short story, the very first Fabricari comic; I inked it and also posted it on my site. It's a weird collaboration between my 19 and 34 year old self. It's a bit weird, but I couldn't be happier with the results.  And coming soon: The re-scanned, re-lettered pages from issue three!

Sam Costello writes:  I've got a new Split Lip site - now on its own domain at  The main benefits of the new site are that the art is much bigger (about a third bigger), which makes for a much nicer reading experience. It also has a blog from me. It's got all 31 Split Lip stories - nearly 500 pages of free horror comics.

Christopher Baldwin writes about his wonderful (not just my opinion - check out the io9 review) new science fiction webcomic, Spacetrawler which has been running since January of this year.

I am planning it to be a 3 year project, with one book per year (it runs twice-weekly, so approx 104 pages per book). It is full color. The books will be divided similar to the Star Wars movies, where each stands alone but there is also an over-arching plot.  Although a gag strip, there is a lot of depth in character and plot. And the cast is large enough that it took me about 5 months just to fully introduce everyone. Now that I have, things have begun happening en force, and judging by the comments on my page, people are loving that.

Sweeping up after the partys over

Worked up a new song the other day and [info]fabricari has emboldened me enough to try and throw down a rough version, in the interest of trying to post at least once a week here you go:

(Ignore my rambling at the beginning and the sharp edges, I should smooth them off after playing it for a few weeks)

it's a music update of sorts.

Thanks to you al for all the good responses on the the Scout mural, it really was a great and fun job for us.

Red Eyed Johnny Helps Rehabilitate Burnt-Out Webcomics Artists

Red Eyed JohnnyRed Eyed Johnny is America's first nationwide webcomic rehab program, working on building a musical skillset as a means to curb the depressing future of constant feelings of inadequacy for not updating enough or writing witty blog posts to keep readers interested.

Inbound: The Boston Comics Roundtable Anthology

The Boston Comics Roundtable, of which I am a member, has just released the first issue of its new anthology, Inbound. We debuted at MoCCA, where it sold very well, and the first issue is now available for online purchase.

Lending Can Openers, my collaboration with Steve Harrison, appears in this issue, along with another short piece Steve and I did, which has not been published online. Plus, lots of other cool folks.

Introducing the My Life in Records Mixtape

Fabricari saw my last post about the music that inspired the first chapter of My Life in Records and suggested I try out this little mixtape widget.  So here's a mix with all the music alluded to in the Prologue.

Webcomic News & Views for May 19, 2008

New column from Derik Badman - this month he reviews the comic Parade (With Fireworks).

Also a big thanks to our current sponsors: the Laugh Factory, the Learn to Draw course, the new children's novel Chessie Bligh and the webcomic The Asylumantics.

Top Shelf's webcomic portal is live.

Scott Kurtz writes that the initial press run of How To Make Webcomics is (almost) sold out. 

Alan Gardner reports that Michael Jantze, the creator of the The Norm has an animation short “Mr. Lux: At Your Service” in the Short Film Corner at this year’s Festival de Cannes.

Randall Monroe (xkcd) invents midnight underwater speed chess.  "A nice feature is the naturally-enforced clock.  You have as much time per move as you have air in your lungs."

Fabricari writes about spring cleaning and I guess I missed his post that he was selling off - cheap! - copies of his graphic novel Fabricari: Ad Hoc.

Happy birthday to Brandon J. Carr.

Projects Update

I haven’t done a projects update in a long time, mainly because there haven’t been any projects to keep folks updated on. As I may have mentioned, I started teaching this past September. And one teaching job quickly snowballed into four teaching jobs, plus occasional speaking engagements. Which is great—I love the work I’m doing now. I love teaching, I love speaking to audiences, and I’m always happy to be in a classroom, regardless of which side of the big desk I’m on.

But, I’m discovering that teaching does eat away at my creative energy, not to mention my time.

A Conversation with Cat Garza

Cat Garza is the man.  He's got this inventive, imaginative art style that both references classic comic styles of old, but brings a new twist on it.  He has experimented with mashing up music and comics.  He's also been making webcomics before we called them webcomics.  Scott McCloud pointed to him as a pioneer in this world of 0s and 1s we inhabit (McCloud has consistently linked to cat on his website). 

Most recently he's living in Comics Town USA and working on a new comic The Year of the Rat. You can find the Year of the Rat comics at his site The Magic Inkwell and older comics and music at his webcomicsnation site.  I caught up with cat in an interview over email this month.

Catching Up With Jon Morris

There's an incredible wealth of articles in the ComixTalk archives: features and columns on craft, theory and business, insightful reviews and interviews with some of the most interesting folks in webcomics. We'll be taking a regular look back at past issues and catching up with creators we've previously covered.

Leah Fitzgerald interviewed Jon Morris for our October 2003 issue. Morris is the creator of the Ignatz nominated webcomic Jeremy. It turned out to be a great time to catch up with Jon as he's just recently switched to a full time illustration-based career.