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5/29/2006

Courtly Manners now free at Webcomicsnation

Filed under: — Reinder Dijkhuis @ 12:57 pm

As of today, Courtly Manners and Courtly Manners 2: The Unicorn Race are free for everyone to read. These were the last of the comics I’d originally created for Modern Tales that were still behind a subscription wall, so this represents my farewell to subscriptions as a business model. Not that I rule out working with Modern Tales again, but I’ve tried subscriptions and found that they weren’t it, at least not for me.

The comics themselves are light romps; Geir Strøm, who wrote the second story, sees them as the comics equivalent of summer popcorn movies, which works for me. See Kel and Krakatoa cause maximal embarrassment to themselves and others in the genteel setting of the Witch Queen’s castle, and see the Queen not be amused!

Kel by the pool with Fieffelfalsfaffel
The Unicorn Race!


5/28/2006

GNR Update: East Coast Rising by Becky Cloonan

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 10:17 pm

I’ve just posted my review of the first volume Becky Cloonan’s TokyoPop OEL project, East Coast Rising, over on GraphicNovelReview.com. Excerpt:

More than anything, the story structure reminds me of a videogame — not the two-dimensional fighting games that inform, say, Sharknife, nor the coin-collecting platformers that provide the underlying metaphor for Scott Pilgrim, but rather the lavishly-produced, heavily-scripted, so-called role playing games (”so-called” because the role the player gets to play, unfortunately, is almost always fairly cut and dry) of the Playstation 2 era. Like those games, the widescreen action sequences are separated by a series of quieter, introductory “cut-scenes,” wherein our protagonist (the stowaway I mentioned earlier — name of Archer) explores his new environment, is introduced to the rest of the cast, one or two characters at a time, and figures out what his next objective will be, in incremental stages. You’ll even find a couple of “mini-game” sequences, like when Archer goes fishing off the bow of the ship with his soon-to-be love interest, or when he chases “seachix” across the deck, for their eggs, so he can help the galley cook make omelettes for dinner. Like most of those kinds of games, the story itself isn’t particularly original. In fact, in this case, it’s completely derivative (of Pirates of the Caribbean, of Waterworld, of Robert Louis Stevenson, of a million million other high-seas and/or post-apocalyptic adventures), but not offensively so, in large part because of its sheer, unadulterated charm. Wherever a lesser modern pulp creator might go for the high-pitched insincere squeal of melodrama (in the final monster battle sequence, for example), Cloonan deftly cuts in light, easy sub-scenes, warm and strangely non-urgent personality bits between the characters, while the climax rages around them. “Hey, I found your leg.” “Sweet! I was wondering where it went!” These moments live in a sort of calm bubble of time, almost separate from the main storyline, and are often drawn that way, over in the margins, with deliberately scribbly renderings of the characters. The banter between the heroes and the villains, who are obliged to work together to defeat the final “boss,” comes off as almost affectionate chiding, more like the fans of rival local bar-bands shouting at each other across an East Village avenue at closing time than like the usual seething cliches of high adventure back-and-forth. “You guys so suck!” “I said we gotta work together!” “Pork forever? Joe, you’re not making any sense.” In the context of the book itself, that stuff is a lot of fun, and not (I feel compelled to add) lame, or Stan-Lee-like, in the least, though it probably comes across that way, reading it here in prose form. This kind of charm goes a long way toward fending off the dreadfulness of cliche.

… read more


5/27/2006

Alex Toth R.I.P.

Filed under: — Gaz Chaloner @ 10:41 pm

Alex Toth passed away yesterday, leaving behind a masterful and unique body of work.

He was a great inspiration to me. One of perhaps five creators in the comic art field that made me want to draw and tell stories in this medium.

His crusty, blunt but honest approach to life — and the art and business of comics — will be missed.


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


5/26/2006

VIGIL:Jackie Chapter 3!

Filed under: — navarro @ 2:39 pm

VIGIL is back!

VIGIL is back this Saturday, the 27th of May with the final installment of Jackie and the Beanstalk! Previous Chapters remain free to read up to the current story!
Now we know who the mysterious Jackie is, can the Godz (Meathook, Pug, GhettoBlaster and Skin) stop her from using what could be a magical ticking time bomb? Also, what is the outlawed former team mate Miron have to do with all this? And what does Mime do, being trapped in a hospital for Superpowered folks? And why is it the Federal Government has now stepped in on the investigation?
All this and more, in the latest chaper of VIGIL, a story Love, Life, and Invulnerability.


5/24/2006

La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Part Deux!

Filed under: — Neil Cohn @ 7:29 pm

I am now posting of another version of the John Keats poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci at my WCN site. After I had done the initial version, I was reading through and old poetry book of my father and aunt’s which featured the poem, and along the margins I saw notes interpreting the poem in a different way than I had. So, I thought it would provide the perfect opportunity to draw another version in contrast and relation to the first.

I initially enjoyed the creative experiment of illustrating an existing poem (inspired by a statement from either P.Craig Russell or BWS – can’t remember which – that they would just grab a poetry book and illustrate the first poem they saw as a creative exercise). However, I particularly like how having two versions shows the ambiguity of words and the power that images can have towards an overall expression of meaning. I think making two versions of the same verbal work provides a nice creative experiment too.

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Studying the Visual Language of “Comics” - www.emaki.net


5/22/2006

Sparkneedle goes free! And daily!

Filed under: — Spike @ 3:57 pm

Well, WEEK-daily, anyway. As long as the archives hold out.

Sparkneedle is an experimental comic, previously available exclusively on Girlamatic. Don’t read it at work or in front of your poor old sainted grandmother, for reasons that should be very, very obvious from the first installment. Consider yourself warned.

Oh, and turn on your Javascript. Don’t worry, it won’t be annoying.


Just a Quick Notice

Filed under: — B. Zedan @ 12:23 pm

After a lovely guest comic, Space Goth has gone back to its regular programming and Thursday updates.


Indie Spinner Rack Podcast

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 10:52 am

I haven’t listened to it yet (just found out about it this morning, and am downloading all the episodes now), but Indie Spinner Rack looks like a great idea — a podcast featuring only non-corporate comics and their creators. Recent guests include Matt “Pistolwhip” Kindt and R. Kikuo Johnson (whose debut graphic novel, “Night Fisher,” I reviewed last week over at GNR). I enjoy the more established comics podcasts as much as anybody else, and I don’t necessarily believe that “non-corporate” always means “better” — but there’s only so many times you can listen to Joe Quesada and Brian Michael Bendis going on about their latest megacrossover event … surely?


5/21/2006

Terminology Watch: “webcomic” pulls away from the pack

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 9:39 pm

“Webcomic” as a term (versus, for example, “web comic” or “digital comic” and so on) is getting more entrenched than it used to be. Here’s a graph from Google Trends for sort-of proof. Notice how all the terms sort of start out close together, in 2004, but webcomic pulls away from the pack over the course of 2005.

Not terribly important — maybe useful information for people using Google Adsense, or looking to add keywords to their meta tags or something. Just idle statistical stuff.

Can you think of any synonyms for “webcomic” that I left out? If so, does plugging them in change the chart in any interesting way?


GNR Update: Challengers of the Unknown

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 8:41 am

Howard Chaykin is a master storyteller and an illustrator of the highest order, whose lines may be wobbly, and whose draftsmanship may seem unwieldy when individual figures are contemplated in isolation, but who knows how to lay out a page, establish an evocative setting, introduce an “actor” with a couple of quick, uniquely human and distinct facial expressions or gestures, and (in the meantime, with his left hand tied behind his back) cut seven different, tangentially-related scenes together in alternating beats, using powerful graphic design and even more powerful chutzpah to hold it all together. Watching him do his thing takes your breath away. When it comes to technique, Chaykin makes the work of run-of-the-mill action/adventure comic book creators look like those slow-footed oil paintings by elephants. But all the storytelling mastery in the world cannot salvage a deeply unworthwhile story, which is what Challengers of the Unknown : Stolen Moments, Borrowed Time ultimately turns out to be.

… read more


5/17/2006

WAHOO MORRIS now Daily!

Filed under: — CraigTaillefer @ 11:16 am

Starting May 15 WAHOO MORRIS begins an every-weekday re-run. The archives are free .

The strip can be read at ModernTales and at WahooMorris.com where the full archives are also available.

This is being done as a lead up to the release of the first WAHOO MORRIS Trade Paperback later this year. More on that in a few weeks….

For those who are unfamiliar with WAHOO MORRIS, it initially began as a self-published comic with a run of three issues in ‘99. It then moved to IMAGE COMICS for a one issue run. After relaunching it as a webcomic I am gearing up to bring it back to print in a series of three 6×9 graphic novels.

WAHOO MORRIS in it’s initial run got a lot of favorable comparisons to STRANGERS IN PARADISE and LOVE AND ROCKETS.

What others have said about WM:

“Read this comic by Craig A.Taillefer (published by his Too Hip Gotta Go Graphics) or die…The art is beautiful and the slightly off the beaten path story is shitloads of fun. Put down that superhero book and pick this up!”
-Katherine Keller, Sequential Tart

“…the next Strangers In Paradise.”
-Cliff Biggers, Comic Shop News

That’s all for now. Hope you enjoy!

Craig A. Taillefer
Writer/Artist of WAHOO MORRIS
Read Wahoo Morris free at WahooMorris.com


5/16/2006

Filed under: — dale_ingram @ 3:58 pm

For the past month or so, Hold My Life has been featuring a soundtrack, in the form of an mp3 embedded within the comic itself. This week is a special one for me, as this week, the featured song is Long Shot, by the Longshadows.

While the name of the band may not be familiar to you, vocalist Robin Wilson’s voice is unmistakable. Robin is best known as the vocalist for the Gin Blossoms.

He’s also one of my favorite singers in all the land.

His collaborator in the Longshadows is guitarist/songwriter Steve French, who was in the English band Star-Club. He and Robin met 12 years ago when their respective bands were touring the States together. Steve’s an incredibly talented musician, producer and songwriter.

He’s also a very cool guy who graciously allowed me to use his songs in my little comic.

You can read Hold My Life onGirlAMatic, where it publishes every Monday.

Check out www.thelongshadows.com and www.myspace.com/longshadows for more information on the band, where you can see them play live, and how to purchase their CD if you like what you hear.


5/15/2006

Graphic Novel Review Update: Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 2:46 pm

I’ve just posted a new review over at GNR, this time on R. Kikuo Johnson’s literary debut, Night Fisher:

“I get enough of the everyday every goddam day,” a friend of mine (not a superhero fanboy, by a long shot) told me recently, in the course of griping about the “self-masturbatory” (his word, not mine) American Splendor movie and the comics that inspired it. “When it comes to comics, I want bigger-than-life!” So, yeah, he probably wouldn’t like R. Kikuo Johnson’s debut book, Night Fisher, which is just about exactly life-sized, and not one inch taller or fatter than that. If it had been a prose novel, it would be called “mainstream” — but this is comics, so it’s fairly unusual in its focus on the ordinary, even on the highbrow end of the graphic novel bookshelf.

Read more …


5/14/2006

Test

Filed under: — Fallen_Mafia @ 9:23 pm

this is just a test to see how this works.


5/12/2006

Will Eisner’s JOHN LAW now daily!

Filed under: — Gaz Chaloner @ 10:43 pm

I’ve decided to launch the daily LAW series before the ModernTales relaunch. So be sure to check out the two places where you can read the entire free archive, plus new material that’s been posted there over the last week:

At the new Crossroads Crime Comics site:

http://crossroads.garychaloner.com

or at

http://moderntales.com

The Crossroads site will also feature remastered golden-age adventures of two other Eisner characters that feature in my new stories: LADY LUCK and MR. MYSTIC. These will be updated as I can, as I’m coloring them as well.

http://ladyluck.garychaloner.com

http://mrmystic.garychaloner.com

Enjoy!


Reckless Life on iTunes and Second Animatic Available

Filed under: — timdemeter @ 2:53 pm

You may noticed, earlier this week that Clickwheel has launched some of their features on the iTunes music store.
After a little bit of nit-picking, Reckless Life has joined them on the iTunes store both with the existing episode and the brand-new second part to Locke and the Las Vegas Ninjas.

Phil Kahn (quickly earning himself the title of ‘director of Reckless Life’) outdid himself with this second installment. It’s not quite a comic, it’s not quite a cartoon, and doesn’t try to be either. It’s almost an entirely new thing unto itself, and I am glowingly proud of it. Please check it out on iTunes or Clickwheel.

Also, currently running on Clickwheel, is Reckless Life: Dinner and a Robbery. This arc ties directly into my currently updating material, and if you’ve never read it online, it is available for download, for free. You don’t even need an iPod, the downloads are perfectly readable on your computer too.

Check it!


5/11/2006

Change in Reading Schedule

Filed under: — Alexander Danner @ 3:50 am

The public reading of my play Cubicles, previously announced here, has had a slight change of schedule: The reading will still be on Friday, May 19th, but will now be at 6:00, instead of the previously announced 8:00.


5/10/2006

It’s Roy Nixon!

Filed under: — achim @ 8:59 pm

Faster than a speeding tricycle…
Faster than a speeding tricycle

More powerful than a cardboard cutout…
More powerful than a cardboard cutout

Able to leap really tall walls…
Able to leap really tall walls

It’s Roy Nixon!!!

Check out adventures of today’s greatest superhero of all times in a 7 page story on Square Root Comics.


5/5/2006

ELF `n TROLL #4 Begins!

Filed under: — AP Furtado @ 1:23 pm

Elf `n Troll #4 “Temple of the Dwarf” has begun serializing online over at 01Comics.
The adventure grows a bit darker as Perri the Elf has gone missing and Angus steps in to the Silent Wood to hunt for his missing friend. During his search, Angus happens upon an ancient Dwarf temple where something sinister is lurking within.
Elf `n Troll is updated every Monday and Wednesday at 01Comics. Full Color print editions are also available at Indy Planet.
Also…The Elf `n Troll forum has officially opened and I hope you all stop by and let me have it!
copyright 2006 AP. Furtado





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