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Tymothi Godek

Experimental Comics Roundup

Exciting, boundary pushing comics, particularly webcomics don’t seem to be as common as they once were.  Some experimental creators have moved on to more mainstream projects, some have stopped making comics.   And some comics that once were daring in their format, like Dinosaur Comics, have just ceased to seem experimental as they’ve become mainstays of the webcomics scene.  That last is a good thing, of course—normalizing ideas that were once bold is how the doors to further new ideas are opened wider.

Of course, unusual projects do still come along, so here are a few that have caught my notice recently.

Updates

My semester is officially over, which means that, aside from finishing up my grading, I have the next few weeks off. I expect to get lots of comics related projects done in that time. In fact, I’ve already started, and will have a few minor announcements to make in the coming days. Here’s what I have in the works for the coming weeks:

  • Launch a new website. This will happen in the new year, but I’ve been busily developing it for the past few weeks. More on that when the time comes.
  • Plan a series of print minis for Gingerbread Houses. The first one is already done, but I haven’t put it up for sale yet. That’ll probably happen this weekend.
  • Complete final revisions on Trouble Is, Book One. This is my top priority after finishing up my grading. It will still be a while before anyone other than Shelli sees the results of this, but I’ll feel very good about having it done nonetheless.

A Survey of Digital Comics Readers

This article was originally published on webcomics.com in 2008.

Every few years, a traditional comics publisher makes a renewed plunge into the webcomics market. And each time they do, they feel the need to introduce some “revolutionary” new piece of comics presentation software, as if this is what some purely hypothetical online comics industry has been waiting for. “Finally,” we are meant to exclaim, “we can actually read comics online!”

Given how the vast majority of webcomics do just fine as a succession of image files on web pages, it is a curious phenomenon.

"Uncertainty" Process Images

Tym Godek shares some process images from our upcoming collaboration, "Uncertainty."

Tym Godek's "!"

I'm Surprised that almost nothing has been said about Tym Godek's "!" since it was finished about a month ago.

You can read the comic in it's entirety here.

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.

Integrating Text And Images In Comics

I’d like to take a little time to talk about creative ways to integrate text into comics. When I first started making webcomics, I didn’t give much thought to how the text would become part of my images. I drew the art, scanned it and typed in the words in the last stage of the production. This led to some very awkward passages in my webcomics.

Usually, text is used in speech balloons; sound effects; narration boxes and in very rare cases, the words become part of the image themselves. But sometimes artists stretch these standards to make something truly innovative in their work.

News & Views for Thursday, April 26, 2007

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  • Reinder Dijkhuis has an interesting essay on Project Wonderful. My take on Project Wonderful is that it's a wonderful platform for a web-based advertising system but what remains to be seen is whether it turns into an advertising service. A service needs some entity interacting with traditional media buyers (usually advertising agencies) to sell them ad space on the platform. Whether that's PW creator Ryan North who takes that on or some other arrangement, it's a piece of the puzzle necessary to the long-term success of PW. Don't get me wrong though - I'm a big fan of PW right now and I'm optimistic about it.

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Comic Theory 101: Loopy Framing

In another installment of Neil Cohn's continuing series Comic Theory 101, Cohn puts word balloons, thoughts balloons and panels under the microscope and concludes that they're all essentially the same animal -- one that has the function of encapsulating other information.