In our domain, many a hobbyist has found their creative outlet to remove themselves from their work a day world in this vast internet of comic virtue. For most it is all that is required and certainly all that can be handled, but there are a precious few who have found that not only can they handle their Web Comic, but the comic itself is not outlet enough for them.
Nate Peikos, is such an individual. Most of us know him as the founder of Blambot.com, where he creates premium quality comic fonts, but our dear Mr. Peikos has found a way to be much more. Continue reading
Welcome back one and all! I know you had fun in San Diego, your Convention Updates told me so. Told me all about the sites the sounds and the cool people you met. That’s terrific, really it is, but now you can all get back to your usual grind at the drawing board. You can all go back to placing your characters in cleverly outlandish (or even more cleverly INlandish) positions and you can continue to fill me in on the specifics of your everyday mundane (but amusing) lives.
Kazu Kibuishi is an accomplished creator of print and web comics alike. His print work includes Daisy Kutter, the up and coming Amulet, and his most lucrative project yet, the Flight anthologies. His online endeavors (hosted on his web site: boltcity.com) include Clive and Cabbage and the ever gorgeous Copper.
Kazu’s creativity, observant imagination, and clean sense of craft have recently won him the Web Comic Choice Award for “Outstanding Environment Design”, and has proven himself one of the great rising stars of the medium of comics (both web based and otherwise). It was then to my great pleasure that I found two lovely and very tasteful interviews with him concerning his work schedule and process.
High and low upon these Nets of Inter virtue have I scoured looking for things to buy with the money I don’t have, but sadly my list of items is limited to wearable wisecracks in the form of T-shirts. Now, let it be known I am no stranger to these items of cloth and color nor am I philistine enough to denounce their good qualities, but I am still left a bit miffed in their abundant presence.
They are the mass product of choice in online stores of every comic of every nature. They come in all sizes, styles, colors, and designs and their supply never does seem to run low (much unlike my patience).
Posted recently on The Web Comic Examiner is a lengthy interview with comic creator, connoisseur, pioneer, and hippy-sherpa-figurehead Scott McCloud on his new book “Making Comics”. Everyone has their opinion on Scott McCloud and his ideas (I am no exception) and usually they are very polarized. Some people think the guy is a genius while others view him as a bit of a hack, but certainly everyone is united in owning a copy of his first book, “Understanding Comics” and loving it.
I’ve been up and down this internet persuing and perusing comics of all natures, kinds, and designs and I have found a fundamental truth among all of them. The 3/4 view of any given character is the angle supreme.
Being a cartoonist myself, I can understand that. Not only is the 3/4 position fun as hell to draw, but in terms of staging, design, and expression it is the most universal.
I’m a fan of the F-word. BIG fan. I love it almost as much as I love the S-word. I also like lewd and/or tasteless humor as well as horrific violence. Thankfully there is no shortage of any of these things in our beloved uncensored land of web-comics, but what about the people who don’t like bad language, naked parts, or bloody decapitations? And what about the little kids whose parents have blocked all of those things? The Internet has comics for them too.
I am of course referring to the family friendly comics of: Acorn Place, On the Rocks, Ugly Hill, and many more I have failed to mention here. Continue reading
There is a comic out here on our vast internet that has secured a fond place in my heart, but yet fallen to the way side of many web comic discussions. I am referring to Blank Label’s, Ugly Hill by Paul Southworth. In his strip Mr. Southworth has created a loveable cast of characters in a familiar made up world where all the basic rules of our own apply. The format he has chosen is that of a standard gag strip three to Five panels long (horizontally). All Strips are drawn with just the right amount of detail and design for the level of seriousness he attempts to achieve, Continue reading
As long as web comics have been around the print industry has been thumbing its nose. They have become a grumpy old giant scoffing at our online triumphs, bashing our artistic styles, our approaches, and the varying degrees of craftsmanship. We can read such things on any forum we wish to peruse concerning the glories of our comic medium. Yet on those same forums the web comic folk have been doing the same. We have been nose turning, scoffing, and finagling the print industry for its archaic ways, its smothering qualities, and its out dated practices. Most of all we web comic folk trash the print’s lack of variety and on our own forums no less.
Have you seen those commercials about the Mac using the PC operating systems? I have. I don’t like them. In these commercials we see the Digital Diablo holding hands with an upstanding PC. On top of this blasphemy, the Malicious Mac informs the audience that he is still superior to PC. LIES!!! That has never before been true nor is it true now. I prayed to the comic gods that one of my favorite satirists would draw a comic on this travesty against all righteous and good PC users. The comic gods responded in a way that reminds me, they have a sense of humor.