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8/31/2006

MT Interview: Jason Siebels

Filed under: — Shaenon @ 11:34 am

Today I’m talking to Jason Siebels, creator of the serial comic strip Anywhere But Here. ABH is set in a small, snowy Midwestern college town, where the nameless protagonist, his girlfriend Chris, and a large Greek chorus of ranch hands, jazz musicians, and demons all eke out a living. The current storyline is heating up, as Chris and the dude are thwarted in an effort to consummate their yet-unconsummated romance, prompting the dude to take a stand.

Shaenon Garrity: How did you come up with Anywhere But Here?

Jason Siebels: You live in North Dakota as long as I have and you’ll start coming up with some rather crazy stories to pass the time as well missy…especially after a three martini brunch.

SG: Are Chris and the dude based on anyone you know?

JS: Yes…No…er…mostly yes, with some no tossed in for plausable deniability.

SG: What are your biggest influences?

JS: Berkley Breathed and gin, in reverse order.

SG: Do you have any tricks for sticking to a daily schedule?

JS: Hemmingway always advised drinking heavily, and I’m not one to argue with Hemmingway, because even though he’s a corpse, the man’s got one hell of a right hook.

SG: You’ve gotten some great effects with spot color in ABH. How do you approach using color in a mostly black-and-white strip?

JS: I approach spot color very slowly and downwind, as it tends to spook easily.

SG: You’ve had the ending of ABH planned for a long time. Is everything laid out, or is the plot subject to change?

JS: No, what happens happens and could not happen any other way. Unless it happens differently. At which point that’s exactly how I ment it to happen.

SG: Are there any immediately upcoming plot developments you can reveal?

JS: Someone is going to have sex. Most likely Buddy, or maybe Robbie, or Amy. Most definitely Amy.

SG: Seriously, what’s the dude’s name?

JS: Stanley Kirk Burrell.

SG: Any final thoughts?

JS: You know, it’s customary to PAY me after I do these interviews…RIGHT?


Matt Bors profiled

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 11:08 am

Matt Bors, the creator of “Idiot Box” and featured in “Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists,” is profiled by the “Akron Beacon Journal.”

What is weird about this is that this newspaper’s article seems to ignore two elephants in the room: 1) Matt’s internet presence in favor of discussing his newspaper work, and 2) The fact that this newspaper printing this article doesn’t print his comics.

The former you can write off as a newspaper showing a newspaper-comics bias; the latter has always struck me as odd — the newspaper article about the cool comics you ought to read that they’re not going to publish.


Modern Tales Longplay Relaunches with “It’s About Girls”

Filed under: — Shaenon @ 2:33 am

SAN FRANCISCO—Modern Tales (www.moderntales.com), one of the Internet’s premier webcomics sites, is proud to announce the relaunch of its longform comics section, Modern Tales Longplay. Longplay will feature completed, self-contained comics of 24 pages or longer, as well as regularly-updating chapters of ongoing graphic novels. Like the Modern Tales Strip Lounge, MT Longplay will be free to all readers.

The first webcomic featured on the new Longplay is It’s About Girls, a serialized graphic novel by writer William G and artist Sahsha Andrade. A romantic comedy, It’s About Girls follows the protagonist, Icon, and his circle of friends, a group that includes a pro wrestler, a girl who runs a porn site, and a college freshman who sometimes fails to wear pants. Eric Burns of Websnark.com calls It’s About Girls “the kind of thing that makes me excited to be reading webcomics,” and the Webcomics Examiner notes, “G is building a body of work that promises to have enduring appeal.”

William G also writes and draws Bang Barstal on GraphicSmash.com, one of the Modern Tales sister sites. Sahsha Andrade is the cocreator, with Raymond Andrade, of Neko and Joruba (www.webcomicsnation.com/nekkoandjoruba).

“I’ve been a fan of It’s About Girls for a long time, and I’m thrilled to be able to feature it on Modern Tales,” says Shaenon K. Garrity, editor of Modern Tales. “It’s the perfect way to debut the new MT Longplay section. Look forward to more amazing additions to Longplay in the months to come!”

The newest chapter of It’s About Girls is available now at Modern Tales.


8/30/2006

The DivaLea Show #2: Part Two with Tycho Brahe of Penny Arcade

Filed under: — Lea @ 4:35 pm

In the second of a two-part interview, Tycho of Penny Arcade talks about the Penny Arcade charity Child’s Play, business manager Robert Khoo’s feet, and reveals how he and Gabe almost lost Penny Arcade forever.
Considering Jerry/Tycho had PAX just two days after we recorded this, and gave me so much of his time, I want to say, as he says to the PAX crowds, “I don’t know how to thank [him] with sufficient intensity.”

Click on the picture for the show!

iTunes Feed for The DivaLea Show HERE!

Want to hear outtakes from this show? DONATE! For every $100. (whether individual or cumulative) donated, I will add a link to a special outtake or blooper! (I’m still raising money for that much-needed relieve-the-carpal tunnel make-more-comics Cintiq.)












Webcomic on how to screw with the people that send you junk mail

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 1:39 pm

Tom Spurgeon sorta passes on this Packard Jennings Business Reply Packet:

“This small, sixteen-page pamphlet is produced to put inside the postage-paid, business-reply envelopes that come with junk mail offers. Every envelope collected is stuffed with the pamphlet and mailed back to its original company. ”

The pamphlet is a wordless comic telling the company how to totally fuck the man and get back to nature and stuff. I’m sure it applies to many corporations beyond those that send junk mail.


American Born Chinese

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 11:46 am

This is for the old-school Modern Tales fans. Remember Gene Yang’s brilliant American Born Chinese strip?

Well, two things about that.

1). It’s set to be released in print — in the form of a full-color (!) hardback — by prestige publisher First Second Books. Pre-order your copy here!

2). There’s now a Flash game based on the popular “Monkey King” character.

So, there. That’s all.

Link via Newsarama


8/29/2006

Manga Studio 3.0 Debut Full Version

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 8:47 pm

The new Manga Studio 3.0 “allows aspiring artists and hobbyists to create professional looking black and white manga and comic art. Debut combines all of the essential tools and features you need to create manga and comics from start to finish. … Debut simplifies the design process to make it easier and faster for you to create professional quality artwork.”

I’ve never used anything like this, and I’m not sure anything like this would be that useful for the comics I make. But any comments on this would be welcome — Tokyopop’s editorial director says that many of their artists use it.


A Question for Developers

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 5:45 pm

I am working on an open API which will allow developers to hook into information from the WCN database for use in their own applications. Examples of such applications might include:

– Sites like OnlineComics.net that monitor webcomic updates. These sites usually rely on spiders and bots to actually download webpages, “read” them, pull the necessary data, then put it into their own database. Providing the data they need in a more-direct form would help them, and help us (by lessening the strain on our server).

– Applications like third-party blogging tools that let people update their blog sites while offline (synchronizing later, of course).

– A researcher might want to try to correlate update frequency with popularity, for example, and the WCN database might be a good place to look for patterns.

– Um. I don’t know. Lots of other ideas out there, I’m sure.

Developers won’t have access to the full database, of course, nor will they be able to write their own sql queries against the data. Access to the database will be made available in a tightly-controlled form, using pre-defined SOAP or xml-rpc calls which can be made across the network. Data will be returned in pre-defined XML form.

Right now, I’m probably going to make the following automated queries available:

1. Updated today (includes series title, series byline, episode description if available, episode transcription if available, permalink to the update)

2. Updated on [given date]. Developer sends a date, the WCN engine returns which comics updated on that day, with all the info from above.

3. Series ID’s and etc. for all WCN comics. Developer sends a query, WCN engine returns the numeric unique ID numbers and corresponding titles, byline, update frequency, etc., of all series on the site. Can be filtered for updating series, finished/oneshots, or series from a particular genre (this last item will probably be requested after #4 see below).

4. Genre ID’s for all WCN comics. Developer sends a query, WCN engine returns the numeric unique ID and title of all genres in the directory, as well as how many comics are contained within that genre.

5. Complete permalink webpage url’s, plus episode description, transcription, update date, etc., for every page in the archive for a particular series (after the developer has performed # 3 above and has the series ID, of course).

(3, 4, and 5 will be used in conjunction by most developers, possibly in a loop or something).

6. (This one is a potential security nightmare, so I may not actually do it): access to the WCN control panel functionality, so that people can update their WCN comics from within other user interfaces — within desktop applications built for this purpose, for example (but only if the person using the application has an actual WCN account, of course).

7. Basic pageview data for individual series (but only if the cartoonist chooses to make this data available).

So, yeah. Developers: what other data, in what configuration, would be helpful to you? What other applications would you be interested in building on top of the WCN engine?

I won’t, of course, be delivering the actual comics files, or even deeplink URL’s to image files, by default, through the open API. That would irritate many of the WCN cartoonists, and it is by their mercy that I live or die. Just as I do with the tooncasting, and full-content RSS feed functionality, I will allow the cartoonists to determine just how much data they wish to make available about their comic. The default will be to provide the most restrictive set of data to the public — cartoonists will be able to loosen up the data available for their own comic at their own discretion.

If you are a developer, what other kinds of information from the WCN database would be useful to you? Obviously, private information about the cartoonists on the site will remain private. So don’t even ask about that.

Any help appreciated.


NACAE site reluanches, includes Tom Hart lesson

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 5:32 pm

Tom Spurgeon tipped me off to the National Association of Comic Art Educators re-launched web site, which includes a lesson plan for Chester Brown’s “Louis Riel” by Tom Hart. Tom is of course one of Modern Tales’ original artists, a Webcomics Nation contributor with Hutch Owen, and serializer’s editor.


This whole internets thing might catch on someday

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 11:23 am

You can buy Bryan Talbot’s Adventures of Luther Arkwright webcomic right now for just £5.00 ($9.49 US).

Tokyopop this month has begun to offer a ton of online manga including Dramacon, War on Flesh, Afterlife, The Dreaming, etc. ICv2 talks to Tokyopop publisher Mike Kiley about his plans to offer some manga titles exclusively through the company’s Website.


Long-awaited second Paradigm Shift graphic novel announced!

Filed under: — dirk @ 10:58 am

Chicago, August 29th 2006 – Dirk Tiede announces the completion of the artwork for Part Two: Agitation, the second volume of his series Paradigm Shift. This follows on the heels of moving the series to Modern Tales’ free section, the Strip Lounge, where the strip can be read in full without paying a subscription fee. He is now working to collect Part Two into a new printed edition and taking pre-orders for the book, which is expected to ship in September.

“It’s a big relief to have Part Two finished,” says Tiede, “The first book barely hinted at some of the major themes, so it’s great to finally get into some of the meat of the story.”

Paradigm Shift – Part Two: Agitation has been much anticipated after the self-published first volume, Part One: Equilibrium, made its debut at the San Diego Comic-Con in the summer of 2003. Tiede has begun to take pre-orders on his website, www.dynamanga.net, and is offering original artwork and free shipping in addition to personalized, signed copies of the graphic novel itself. Pre-orders are capped at 200.

Paradigm Shift chronicles the strange events surrounding detective Kate McAllister and her partner Mike Stuart in an intricately detailed comic version of Chicago. Part Two: Agitation has been featured on Modern Tales since its launch in 2002 and updates every Tuesday. It will continue to run new weekly online updates on Modern Tales until October 31st, after which the story will continue, as Tiede moves into the as-yet unnamed third volume.


8/28/2006

Graphic Smash Relaunch

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 9:31 pm

Graphic Smash has relaunched with a graphic design that may be … um … familiar. Tim and I will be coming up with a new design in the next few. I’ve found that graphic design is always a contentious point when you get a bunch of cartoonists together in one place, and I wanted to get this site running on the new server, using the new codebase, before delving into the inevitable conversation about design priorities. Ha! We’ll see how that works out …

One big note for cartoonists (I’ve sent this to the GS list, but I’m not sure if everybody’s on it): if you have a comic on Graphic Smash, please let the new editor, Tim Demeter know if you want it a). made free, b). left alone, or c). removed from the site. He has the power. He has the will to use it!

I’m sure there are still bugs in the new GS. I’ll work those out tomorrow.


Svetlana Chmakova previews Dramacon 2

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 4:18 pm

Over at Warren Ellis’ The Engine, Svetlana Chmakova (of Girlamatic’s “Chasing Rainbows”) has posted about a half dozen pages as a preview of her second volume of Dramacon.

Publisher’s Weekly called Dramacon 1 one of the best comics of 2005, and here is Amazon’s listing for volume 2.


Creating webcomics inspires man to create legume costume, become a chick magnet

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 1:49 pm

The Boston Globe brings us another webcomics success story of a webcomic artist following his dreams:

Have you seen the Bean? Tall and fuzzy, sporting a Beantown baseball cap and puffy maroon sneakers, waving a white-gloved hand at anyone he can make out through the whites of his huge mesh eyeballs? …

“He’s also a chick magnet,” joked Lizzie Pangborn , director of Boston Baked Bean, as the giant stuffed legume pranced outside the Back Bay Shaw’s Supermarket recently, posing like a rock star with four giggling teens. “The girls love him.”

Here’s how it went down. Hayes, who’s done stand-up around Boston for decades, met his wife, Inna Zhdanova , a few years ago and decided he wanted to do a Web comic strip


MT Interviews: Chris Shadoian

Filed under: — Shaenon @ 1:16 pm

Today I’m interviewing Chris Shadoian, creator of Popcorn Picnic, a comic-strip commentary on movies and all things movie-related. Longtime Modern Tales readers may remember Chris’s previous webcomic, Streets of Northampton, which was one of the original MT launch titles. He also drew the bonus story in the second print collection of my comic strip Narbonic. I paid him in rocks. But he was a good sport about it, and he was kind enough to let me chat with him about Popcorn Picnic and the siren call of the silver screen.

Shaenon Garrity: What made you decide to draw a comic strip about movies?

Chris Shadoian: I know this is going to sound too simple, but I love comics and I love movies. Bam. There y’go.

Seriously, I wanted to draw something a little more accessible than my old Streets of Northampton comics, and considering that I think, talk, eat and drink movies the way the characters in Questionable Content breathe music, it was pretty much the only choice I could’ve made. What remains to be seen is if I actually created something more accessible. I’m kind a of a movie dork, so I’m usually concerned some of the subtleties I sneak into the strips are missed by everyone but me. But as long as people get stuff out of it–especially a laugh or two– hen I’ll be plenty happy.

SG: Do you watch a lot of movies to get inspiration for the strip?

CS: Yes. Tons. Movie-watching is pretty much my leisure-time activity of choice. I’ll see ‘em after work when I can, when I’m going to bed…I used to put ‘em on while I was drawing, but it became clear to me–after experimenting–that I’m way more productive with the TV off. Even though I would only look up occasionally and watch a few seconds at a time, having movies on in the background was adding a lot of extra time to my production schedule. So I’m forcing myself not to do it anymore. Sucks.

If I ever have my ride pimped, I think I should probably ask the mechanics to leave the big screen TVs out of the mix. I’d crash on my way out of their garage.

SG: What are your current favorite movie and all-time favorite movie?

CS: No fair! That’s too hard of a question, Shaenon! I dunno. I usually fall back on Chinatown, ’cause it’s almost too good, but I’ve been leaning toward bizarre character-driven movies lately. Harold and Maude, The Royal Tenenbaums, stuff like that. I love stories about weird, unique people who try like crazy to figure out their place in the world without ever realizing they’ll never manage it.

SG: In addition to Danny and Jonesy, the strip has developed some other recurring characters, like roommates Marlon Brando and E.T. Did you intend for these characters to become regulars, or has it just happened naturally?

CS: First of all, I want to point out that the character you’re referring to as E.T. isn’t actually E.T. He’s the actor who played E.T., Roger Johansson. He got surgery in order to play the role and no one’s hired him since. Duh. Fortunately, E.T. was a big hit, so he’s super rich. Unfortunately, he spends all his money on booze. But he probably owns stock in Jack Daniels or Mad Dog or something, so it evens out.

SG: If he’s so rich, why does he have to share a place with a deceased actor?

CS: You’ll find out. I have more plans for Roger than any other character. He’s pretty much the embodiment of the Hollywood life, Popcorn Picnic’s own little Gloria Swanson (the washed-up, love-starved actress from Sunset Boulevard), and that just seems like it’ll never really get tired. There’s too much potential material. He’s kind of a perfect little metaphor for Hollywood, and honestly? I’m not sure how that happened. It just did. Plus, his name cracks me up. “Roger Johansson.” Hee-hee! The monkey’s name does that, too. “Barry.” Ha!

Anyway, the progression of character growth has been kind of natural. I try not to plan too much out, ’cause I don’t want to trap myself in a place where I’m trying to squeeze a planned character development into a strip about Cars or Mission Impossible 3. I think it’s much more fun to have my characters’ traits be influenced by the movies that come out. Jonesy’s little sister wouldn’t be “evil,” for example, if I hadn’t been trying to come up with an Omen-related strip.

I’m always sort of torn on the characters. Sometimes I love the Jonesy, Danny and friends ones, and the opportunities to write ongoing stories; sometimes I prefer solo-harshing on celebrities. I think if I can get to a certain level of readership, I’ll bite the bullet, quit my job and switch to a daily update schedule so I can do both without feeling like I’m neglecting one or the other. I hope I can do that. They’re both so much fun to do.

I do want to avoid being directly associated with the feel of Penny Arcade, though. Not because that strip’s bad–it’s great!–but because people have pointed out similarities to PA in my setup, which I didn’t plan in the least. I actually hadn’t read much PA before starting Popcorn Picnic; a lot of the gaming humor goes over my head, ’cause although I play plenty of video games, I’m not into ‘em the way Gabe and Tycho are. I’m much more of a movie geek. It wasn’t until after I’d done a few strips that I realized my two main characters–Danny and Jonesy–were sorta similar to PA’s, so although I want to keep them around, I’m trying to make sure I walk a different path than they do–which is hard sometimes, ’cause the two-character humor thing is a well-trod path. There’s usually a smart character and a dopey character who just might be smarter than the smart character: Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield and Odie. Gabe and Tycho are great cartoonists, but they hardly discovered the two-character-which-one’s-really-the-sidekick interaction. But I definitely don’t want to do Movie Penny Arcade. They cover movies Penny Arcade-style well enough already.

SG: You’re currently running a Samuel L. Jackson fill-in-the-blanks dialogue contest, inspired by Snakes on a Plane. Get any good entries?

CS: One really good entry. Ironically, it’s the only entry. I’m pretty surprised at the turnout, actually. I’m getting about 500 readers a day (prior to having the strip on MT), so I thought I’d get a bunch of entries. Maybe I still will–my deadline’s the 31st of August–but I’m wondering if I screwed up my supposed-to-be-easy PDF entry form and people can’t fill it out easily. I dunno! Can you tell people to go enter? It’d be pretty boring to announce that Joe Shmoe reader is the winner of both sections of the contest, and I’m TOTALLY looking forward to drawing people’s Sam Jackson characters of choice. Some of ‘em are so cool! (You can probably guess I’m secretly hoping for Mr. Glass, from Unbreakable.)

SG: I will tell them. Everyone! Enter Chris’s Samuel L. Jackson contest! Also, demand that he draw everyone from Unbreakable!

CS: Except the comic-shop guy who tries to kick Mr. Glass out of his shop by saying, “I gotta get some chicken in me, y’know what I’m saying?” Who talks like that? I mean, for reals? I was personally offended by that line, so I refuse to draw him.

SG: What movies are you looking forward to covering in the strip?

CS: ALL of them, and if I go daily, I absolutely will review as many movies as I can get my hands on. Of course, the bad ones make for much funnier strips. When a movie’s really good, and I still want to cover it, I usually have to rely on some other method of getting my point across. It’s also hard to cover some of the smaller, independent movies, ’cause I live in a pretty small town, and they take awhile to show up in our art theaters. So by the time I see ‘em, it’s usually stale material.

I know, I know, my strips aren’t usually reviews, and yes…I do strips about movies I haven’t seen. Guilty! But there’s no doubt in my mind that my best strips are about movies I HAVE seen, so I usually try to. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have enough clout to call up Universal and get myself preview copies of upcoming flicks. Maybe if Rotten Tomatoes decides to start running Popcorn Picnic or something.

SG: About how often do you see movies in the theater?

CS: Once or twice a week. More if I can manage it. Seeing movies in the theater is by far my number one leisure activity of choice. When I wasn’t working full-time-style, I’d go even more often. There’s nothing like seeing a movie on the big screen. Except maybe seeing a terrible movie on a big screen with a really good friend and you’re the only two people in the theater. That actually happened to me once. It was amazing. Francis Ford Coppola’s Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I’ll never forget it. It was the only thing that could have made that movie enjoyable.

Except maybe Branagh’s washboard abs, ’cause, y’know, scientists are pretty well-known for their washboard abs.

SG: Popcorn Picnic also runs on Flak Magazine. How’d you land that gig?

CS: Y’know, everyone always says it’s hard to break into something–and it usually is–but honestly, I just wrote to them and asked. The Flak guys were a bit hesitant at first, ’cause I’d only done two strips at the time, but when they saw my next strip, for Red Eye (which may still be my favorite strip), they brought me on board.

What’s been much harder is getting people to link to PP. I’ve tried all the usual outlets a bunch of times–AintItCool and whatnot–but no one big’s bitten yet. I’m still too small, I guess, and webmasters are starting to get super choosy about handing out free links since so much revenue is generated by webvertising. Smaller sites keep linking to the review I did for Serenity for some reason. I like that strip a lot, but it’s not my personal fave. But it’s by far my most-read strip. It’s so far in front of all the others it’s kind of ridiculous, actually.

Hm. Maybe I should follow the formula I used in that strip more often and see what happens.

SG: Your series Streets of Northampton previously ran on Modern Tales. Any chance of bringing it back?

CS: Probably not. Maybe. I want to do a longer version of one of the Streets stories, “The Deserted Ernest Giles.” But, y’know, it all depends on the amount of time it’d take me to do it. The 30-40 page version is just one tiny segment of Giles’ life, and he was a pretty interesting guy, at least to me. If I can manage to scrape together enough cash to keep me afloat for awhile, I could head overseas and do the research I’d need to do to get the story right. if I do, you can be sure I’ll run it online.

SG: Have you looked into publishing “The Deserted Ernest Giles” or one of the other Streets comics in print?

CS: Yes, but no one’s bitten yet. They’ve all been interested enough not to laugh in my face, but they invariably want a detailed breakdown of where I intend to go with the story. Which is perfectly fair! Except most of the information about this guy is pretty obscure and has been collecting dust for over 100 years. In Australia.

SG: Any final thoughts?

CS: Um, would you consider not ending Narbonic? Or at least keeping it going for a few more years? I’m a big fan of ending stories before they get old and tired and predictable, but I’m not sure Narbonic’s gotten anywhere near that point yet.

How ’bout it, Shaenon: for me?

SG: Awwww. No.

CS: Poo. I can’t believe you won’t alter your master plan for me. You’ve changed, Garrity. God, how you’ve changed.

Don’t you just love dialogue like that? I wish life were a great big soap opera, so lines like that would actually make sense.


T Campbell Responds

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 11:11 am

T Campbell responds to the deliberately pedantic, drama-averse review of his History of Webcomics book posted by Fleen last week. Irony of ironies: in the course of their review, which mostly focused on fact-checking and copy-editing mistakes, Fleen got the very title of the book wrong! Ha! (I don’t mean to fan flames here — all parties are well-intentioned in this conversation, and all have valid points of view).

The general sense I get right now is that the bar needs to be raised. Criticism and journalism about webcomics needs to be better (and that covers both sides of this conversation — the book, and the blog that writes about the book). Webcomics need to be better.

And everything needs to be better. Looking outside the context of this particular conversation, and these particular topics: we all need to do better than we’re doing. Things are getting serious. There’s real money flying around. We’ve built it; they’ve come; now what? I’m trying to raise my own game — to be more professional, both in public and in private, to be more diligent, to produce websites with more perfection and swing, and to get my back-end business crap in order, and to, well, take over the world and rule it with a cruel but elegant hand.

Not that last part. Calm down. That was just a joke. Settle down, settle down.


8/27/2006

Will Eisner: A Spirited Life Interview Series: Gary Chaloner podcast

http://www.aspiritedlife.com/blog/2006/08/gary-chaloner-interview-podcast.html

Bob Andelman, the author of Will Eisner, A Spirited Life gave me a call via Skype and taped the results.


Calling All Agents!

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 9:06 am

If you know of, or work in, a literary agency that does not turn away authors who work in sequential art form out-of-hand, please stop by this thread over at Warren Ellis’s forum site, The Engine, and add yourself or your agency to the list. We’re trying to compile a resource for young cartoonists seeking agents (or old cartoonists seeking agents, for that matter). So far, only two agency names have been uncovered. With the explosion of graphic novels in the big box bookstores, surely there are more agents working in this field? Thanks!


8/26/2006

Old ladies and eight-year-olds and newspapers comics pages

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 3:13 pm

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Reader Advocate says to a reader, “I agree with you that such a comic depiction [of men standing in line to view a periscope that is focused on a lady in a bathtub that confused the reader’s eight-year-old son] in the funny pages is over the line.” Also, the Atlanta Journal Constitution runs a story about some apparently hot buzz among newspaper comics readers:

“Mary Worth,” the comic strip your grandma used to love, suddenly is red-hot.

Is it because an extreme makeover took away her wrinkles and the junk in her trunk, turning a frumpy widow into a saucy senior?

Or is it the holy-cow story line, which has her being hounded by a Captain Kangaroo look-alike who may have offed his wife?

So, there you have it: Apparently newspaper comics pages shouldn’t confuse eight-year-olds, and if you want newspaper comics excitement, go read Mary Worth.


8/25/2006

On Getting Older

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 12:27 pm

You’re walking through a maze. It has clear walls. As you walk through the maze, you can see the people trying to navigate the parts of the maze that you’ve already figured out. Sometimes you see one of them turn down a blind alley. “Hey!” you shout to him. “You’d be better off turning left there instead of right.”

“Fuck you, old man,” says the person on the other side of the clear wall. “What do you know?”

At that point, because you weren’t paying attention to what you were doing, you run down a blind alley yourself. Some old codger who’s ahead of you in the maze sees this, and laughs at you.

Moral: watch where you’re walking.





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