Voorwerp, E.K. Weaver, Class, and Crackdown 2

Once again the Inbox is flooded and my life is keeping me from getting you the juicy news on time. Painting your place can take forever if you’re not taking time off. Guess that’s why I’m giving it until the end of August to do everything.

Found this Voorwerp project going on. In the summer of 2007, a young Hanny van Arkel was classifying galaxies for the Galaxy Zoo project when she saw a strange colored blob of gas. ”What is the stuff?” Her simple question started her and a global team of astronomers on an adventure of discovery that would take them around the world and even into orbit. Beyond simply dates and data, a proper story needs a story teller to weave the content into something compelling to read. This is where you come in. This project wants to take the facts and figures of finding the Voorwerp, and in collaboration with a community of writers, create a webcomic.

Every once in awhile we come across a new webcomic (The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal) that shouts to be notice. I haven’t had a chance to read through the strip but I did scan the art, and I was truly impressed. I haven’t seen a comic this well illustrated since Templar, Arizona. How did I come across it? An interview with it’s creator E.K. Weaver. The interview doesn’t do more than give talking points but it’s nice to know one can create beautiful art with a simple mechanical pencil.

I completely dropped the ball on this one but it needs to mentioned. Back on June 6th the Brooklyn Artists Gym offered a Webcomic Class. It was on June 6th, enter the ever-expanding world of webcomics. Bring your vision to this one-day workshop and create a one- to two-page comic designed to go online. You will learn the history of this complex new genre, plus the tools and tips to get your comics seen by the biggest audience in the world.

In this ongoing series of one day workshops, writer Zane Grant and artist Deepak Ananthapadmanabha (I actually think I worked with this guy…) gave a crash course in the world of graphic novels. I don’t know if this is a series of workshops or all in the three hour 2-5pm time slot. It was supposed to focus on graphic fiction: hero books, autobiography, novels, cartoons, webcomics, etc. Learning how to think in terms of sequential art, plan artwork, and weave a compelling narrative into the images. Touch on pitching work to publishers, and discuss what it means to be a professional cartoonist. Wonder what the results were?

My alerts have been buzzing about this new ‘web comic‘ from G4 about Crackdown 2. First, how in the world are these webcomics? It’s a video! and there’s not a still frame anywhere. Second, they’re awful. They’re basically delivered in the form of service announcements to the ‘people’ still living in the Crackdown world. Reminiscent of WWII commercials, except with this snarky deep voice narrating. I think If I had to imagine how to spend the most amount money to create the worst product possible, this would be it.

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