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Chapter 2 of The Vanguard is done

Filed under: — Victor Daniel @ 5:27 am

This is a couple of weeks late, especially since I’ll be putting up the cover page for chapter 3 in a day or so, but I’m letting everyone know that Chapter 2 of the Vanguard was completed… about two weeks ago. I took a week off and am now beginning Chapter 3. The last page of Chapter 2 is here and you can read the chapter all over from the beginning starting here.

This is something of a milestone for me, as when I first started this comic in April ‘06 I wasn’t sure I could get it past chapter 1, never mind this far. I’ve had the idea for this superteam comic kicking around in my head for years, but had doubts about my artistic abilities, my writing skills, I wasn’t even sure I could finish it even if I started. But it turns out that I underestimated myself-I’ve got more than 50 pages up so far and more storyline ideas keep coming. The hard part is going to be writing and drawing them out in a sequential form!

In any case, I hope you enjoy reading this comic as much as I enjoy writing and drawing it. Feel free to tell me what you think, either below this post or in my comic’s brand-spanking new forum.


The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2007 Edition

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 11:40 am

“Every year [The Beat] invite[s] a selection of creators, publishers, retailers, commentators and other comics observers to give us a quick look at the year that was, and a hint of the year that may be.” The first half is over on Publisher’s Weekly’s site, and features such friends of TalkAbout Comics as Nick Bertozzi (former and future serializer), Tom Devlin (former serializer), Jeffrey Brown (former serializer), Dylan Meconis (former girlamaticer), James Kochalka (American Elf), and Jackie Estrada (edits Supernatural Law on WCN).

- Eric



Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 12:32 pm

Jen Contino over at The Pulse has a brief interview with Shaenon Garrity about the story she co-wrote with her husband Andrew Farago. There are wonderful Ron Lim drawn pages to look at.

I’m not sure which emotion to feel after realizing that I can still pick MODOK, Arnim Zola and the Super Adaptoid out of a crowd but can’t be bothered to learn the names of my next door neighbors beyond “Dude who plays airdrums in his car to Phil Collins songs” and “Chick with lots of festive blinky shit in yard.”

- Eric


Women’s Work Creator’s Collective

Filed under: — L_Jonte @ 2:33 am

Women’s Work Creator’s Collective

Filed under: — L_Jonte @ 2:31 am

Because a woman’s work is never done, we are pleased to announce…

Women’s Work: a brand-new website for a brand-new collective of women who work in and around the visual and literary industries.

Leigh Dragoon
Shaenon Garrity
Rachel Hartman
Lea Hernandez
Lisa Jonté
Karen Krajenbrink
Layla Lawlor
Karen Luk
Carla Speed McNeil
Rachel Nabors
Leia Weathington
Stevie Wilson

We are creators and storytellers. We’ve banded together and built ourselves a fort in our internet back yard and we invite you to come see. We have a database in which all creative types might take part, and a forum in which anyone might join the conversation.

Art before housework. In a hundred years, no one’s going to care how clean your floors were.


Attitude Books reviewed in The Comics Journal

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 12:57 pm

It’s actually in some ways more of an essay on the current state of alternative comics using all three Attitude books as a jumping off point than it is a traditional review. Above is the part where The Comics Journal talks about what a misunderstood genius I am. That’s right, I’m gonna knock your eye out, kids.

You can also find all of the Attitude books on this Amazon page called “So you’d like to… beat your family to death“:

“Does your family understand you ? No ? Then you should put them out of their misery. … Read some Ted Rall. Better yet, read some of the new, provocative [Attitude] cartoonists being published today. They’ll get you nice and angry, so you can burn down the government after beating your family to death.”

Thanks to Ted for the TCJ tip-off — my copy has been sitting on my coffee table for weeks, under stacks of mail I haven’t read. Busy, busy, busy …

Now that I crack it open, I see the TCJ Attitude review is right in front of their American Born Chinese review. For some reason I missed this under the twenty copies of the Frederick’s of Hollywood holiday catalog.

- Eric


Issue #1 of The Vanguard is Complete!

Filed under: — Victor Daniel @ 10:58 am

Today’s page of The Vanguard marks the conclusion of Issue 1! Check out the beginning of this classic superhero sci-fi adventure right here.

Victor Daniel aka The MacNut
Creator/Writer/Artist, The Vanguard


Ralph Steadman on the birth of Gonzo

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 1:22 pm

The Independent: ” … The meeting spawned the birth of Gonzo journalism as [artist] Ralph Steadman, who had travelled to America after giving up his ambition of being a banker, struck up a drink- and drug-fuelled relationship with Hunter S Thompson, author of iconic books such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Now, for the first time, Steadman has given his account of the relationship between the pair, who shocked the world with their dark, drug-crazed stories of life, politics and arts in 1970s America.”

Eric says: Stories about the inner workings of the collaborations between artists always interest me. I spent years working with Feral Calf artist Casey Sorrow on various projects. We were both art and English students when we met, meaning since we could both write and draw we didn’t really need each other to make comics. The only real reason we worked together was because it was a total blast. Our working methods were all over the place, from planning comics together, to me sending him detailed scripts with excruciating Alan Moore precision, to him surprising me with artwork that I then had write a story for, Steve Ditko/Stan Lee style. We also had the occasional knife fight.

Anyway, stories about the ways, the hows, and the whys of comics teams working together always interest me; go ahead and share yours in the comments.


The Vanguard #1 is Up and Running

Filed under: — Victor Daniel @ 5:32 pm

Issue #1 of the Vanguard is up and running on Webcomics Nation. The series about a team of superhuman adventurers exploring and defending the galaxy of the 24th century is now up to page 19. Check it out from the beginning here, where the leading team member runs into…difficulties…while trying to get back to the team after a brief absence. 56K Warning: this link loads the first 10 pages at once-some patience is needed if you’re on a dialup connection.

Part of the Cover Page of The Vanguard #1

Victor Daniel
Writer and Artist
The Vanguard


Creative Screenwriting Podcast with Dan Clowes

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 10:03 am

Jeff Goldsmith from Creative Screenwriting magazine interviews Dan Clowes — obviously, given the venue, there’s an emphasis on his work on the film versions of Ghost World and Art School Confidential.

Download the MP3

The Creative Screenwriting podcast generally looks like a worthwhile resource for anybody writing scripts for visual-based narratives, even when Goldsmith is not talking to “comics people” like Clowes or Whedon.

Link via BugPowder


About The Press

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 12:57 pm

Every time there’s a big story about webcomics in some mainstream newspaper — or, heck, on some comic-book website — you’ll find moaning and groaning in the webcomics forums and blogs. “Oh, they interviewed all the usual suspects,” you’ll hear. By which they usually mean Modern Tales and McCloud. “Why are reporters so lazy? Wah, wah, wah.”

I was just talking with a reporter today. She tells me she’s been trying to get information from several webcomics people — including the top portals and collectives — for quite some time. Easy information. This isn’t a hardball investigative article she’s writing. Just an opportunity for an in-depth plug.

She sent her query to lots and lots and lots of people in webcomics. All the sites you’ve heard about. The ones that are more popular than mine, as well as the ones that are less.

And the only people who wrote her back are people from Modern Tales, WCN, girlamatic, and Graphic Smash.

Sometimes it’s not just the press who is lazy. Some people, it seems, would rather wait until articles have already come out, and bitch about how they weren’t included, than do the legwork it takes to build a relationship with a key reporter.

Their loss!

You don’t just get press for your website — or for your individual webcomic — by sitting back and waiting for the world to realize that you’re a genius who needs to be discussed. You get press by hustling your ass off and trying to get press. Period.


new “webhead” column at comicon

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 10:45 pm

As promised, there’s a new “Webhead” installment at For now, it’s on the front page (fifth or sixth item down, because I was out of town when Jen posted it, and a few more things have been posted since).


New Publisher’s Weekly article on “web comics”

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 3:43 pm

The latest “Hey! Who’da Thunk? Comics on the Internet!” article in the mainstream press comes from Heidi MacDonald, who writes regularly on comics for PW (as well as running one of the most prominent blogs in the comics world). It’s pretty good, as these things go. Given the target audience (PW is a trade magazine for book publishers), there’s obviously a certain necessary angle she had to write from, which may or may not be of interest to the average webcomics fan.

Read it now!


GAM Press Release – October 1st 2005

Filed under: — L_Jonte @ 12:57 am

GAM Press Release – October 1st 2005
by Lisa R. Jonté

It’s done. Two months of ninja-in-the-shadows editorial work, some impressive acting where folks could see and here we are. GirlAMatic has a new Editor, seven fantastic new series and is well on its way to having a complete visual overhaul.

After two and half years, Lea Hernandez, the originator, Founding Editor and driving force behind GirlAMatic has decided to step down. It’s been a long and successful run, but it seems she felt it was time to shake things up and, at the same time, find more time to actually make comics herself. I would not deny her. As if I could. She hit me with the idea one day like a bolt from the blue. During the chaos that is Comic-Con International, while chatting with Spike and I, Lea casually asked,

“Hey Spike, if I stopped being the Editor, you work for Lisa?”

Spike’s response, though surprised, was a decided,“Yes.”

My own response was far less articulate, involving a great deal of stammering and repeated uses of, “WHAT!?”

Within two weeks the deed was done and I was in charge. Since then I have been working furiously while Lea continued to be the public face of GirlAMatic. The result is our new line-up of creators and their series.

1. By the Wayside by Leigh Dragoon
Wherein an exorcist with job performance issues, and a mystically sensitive runaway with lots of other issues, collide.

2. Carnation Grows Up by Sushu Xai and Isaac Hoffer
Described by its creators as, “Magical girl lesbian comedy family drama romance hijinks ensue.” Seriously, what’s not to love?

3. Claviger by Ronnie Casson
The story of Wishkeepers, and what happens when one of them misses a call.

4. Gypsy by John Peters, creator of Forty Winks
Show tunes, quackery and brains that are just too damned full. The rest you wouldn’t believe me if I told you.

5. Hold My Life by Dale Ingram
Heartbreak and hard rock combine in this modern-day fable of revenge and self discovery.

6. Return of the Mad Bun by Rachel Hartman, creator of Amy Unbounded
Rachel comes back to comics and to the internet for the first time with some fabulous Pau-Henoa fun. There will be antics!

7. Ironclad Petal by Lea Hernandez, creator of Rumble Girls, Cathedral Child, Clockwork Angels, co-creator of killer Princesses, and creator/founding Editor of
Lea stays on to bring her own brand of magic to GAM with this all new Texas Steam-punk tale.

Each and every one them is brilliant, quirky and gorgeous and I hope that you will love them and their work as much as I do. Together we will do our best to give you the entertainment you have come to expect from GirlAMatic, and much, much more.

In the coming months, there will be even more changes, as we tailor our look to fit our newly energized atmosphere. Watch for it, I think you will all be pleased.

2 years, 6 months, 1 day, more than 30 creators, numerous series, incidents, arguments, experiments, discoveries and one damned fine ride, it’s all good. It’s all GirlAMatic. Get ready for more.


Animation World Magazine on Digital Comics

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 12:39 pm

Eisner nominated webcartoonist Steve Bryant, co-creator of Athena Voltaire on Graphic Smash, is interviewed and profiled, along with numerous other webcartoonists (mostly other Eisner nominees in this year’s “Digital Comic” category, but a few others as well), in this Animation World Network feature article on Digital Comics:

Digital Comics: A New Breed Comes Into the Fold


Wired News on Modern Tales, Girlamatic

Filed under: — Fetus X Eric @ 9:00 pm

From over here:

“It’s easy to draw a comic, stick it up on the web and have it read by thousands of people,” said Shaenon Garrity, a San Francisco editor who draws several webcomics. “I like doing daily comics strips, and the market in newspapers is very hard now. It’s hard to get in and make a living on it, and the material they want is limited.”

Faced with the difficulties of the comics market, Garrity turned to Modern Tales, a 3-year-old network of comic-subscription sites. Each day’s comics are free, but users must pay $3 a month or $30 a year to get access to archives. A cut of the fee goes to the artists, including several who make a living working for established comic publishers, like Ted Slampyak, the guy who draws Annie (the tyke formerly known as “Little Orphan Annie”) and Raina Telgemeier, the artist behind an upcoming graphic novel of the teen book series The Baby-sitters Club.

Modern Tales artists aren’t getting rich, however. They make “gas money,” said webcomic creator Lea Hernandez, while fellow artist Dave Roman said, “You’d be lucky to make $100″ a year.


Girlamatic’s Svetlana Chmakova in USA Today

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 1:05 pm

Svetlana Chmakova, creator of Chasing Rainbows over on GirlAMatic, nabbed some major (and well-deserved) attention this week from USA Today, with the debut of her new monthly strip in the Cosmo-for-youngsters spin-off magazine “CosmoGIRL”.


Both Girlamatic and the non-MT-family subscription site WirePop (where Svetlana also has a comic) got mentions, too! Nice!


Amber “Glych” Greenlee makes print comic news.

I googled myself and found this link: Sonic News, a sub-feature of

It made me feel squishy inside. I actually made “print comic news”… somehow.



Amber “Glych” Greenlee’s online work spotlighted on

Filed under: — glych @ 2:47 pm

Sarah Haslett of Hero Realm spotlighted my work in an Independent Focus article located here.

It’s runs like an interesting synopsis of No Stereotypes for mostof it, but all very positive…Reminds me to that I have to finish NonPersons though O_O

Check out the article! I hope that ou all enjoy.

Oh, and in other news, I found out that the Drunk Duck: Drunk and Disorderly Anthology is available on Barns and Noble’s website here.




Talkin’ Smash

Filed under: — T Campbell @ 9:47 pm

The DIGITAL STRIPS folks review Fans, Sorcerer of Fortune, The Jaded and Crossroads in their latest podcast.

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