After yesterday’s bucket of cold water dumped over our heads by Jim Zub, we were toying with the idea of making a “resource page” with links to facts and figures on the industry but former Flash Gordon artist and current MCAD teacher Jim Keefe has done it for us! Keefe collects various pages and post on contracts, horror stories, rates and other things everyone should know. We recommend that young creators (and maybe some old ones as well) check out all the links.
TweetSteven Sanders was one of the first people I ever interviewed. An artist and designer who has worked on books such as Five Fists of Science, SWORD, and Our Love is Real, I’ve always been struck by the amount of thought he puts into his character and concept design. When I think about design in [...]
Here’s what our first 24 hours looked like:
5 am – Coffee. Lots of Coffee. Hit the launch button. Create bitly link (bitly.com gives great analytics and allow you to track the reach of your link outside of Kickstarter). Text, email, and Facebook message friends on EST and CST. I made sure to message people individually and not as a group, as I thought this would better my chances of getting them to repost our campaign.
In response to a reader, Warren Ellis passed along the following notes for writing dialog which strike us as very useful. With apologies, here’s the whole thing:
TweetIt’s getting tougher all the time, as Paul McCartney would’ve likely sung if the Beatles had reunited for a jaded comeback tour in the 1990s. All you want in life is for Stephanie Brown to get just one bit of respect, but time and time again your dreams are shatteringly recoloured at the last moment. And [...]
TweetDean Haspiel went off with a specially selected group of artists and cartoonists to Florida a few weeks ago, as part of a comic-arts residency at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts. As part of the mentoring scheme, he tried an artistic experiment, which yielded some pretty interesting (and, well, pretty) results. Haspiel wrote a small [...]
Over the last ten or so years, one thing has been guaranteed: where there are new ways of developing and progressing digital comics, there you will find David Gallaher. Writer for a variety of comics including High Moon, Box 13, Darkstar & The Winter Guard and Deadlands, Gallaher has been at the forefront of digital comics for years. Amongst others he was involved with the DC digital project Zuda, had the first original content published by ComiXology, and has recently successfully brought his new graphic novel Only Living Boy to Kickstarter.
TweetThe final Marvel phonecall of the week was for Rick Remender and John Romita Jr’s Captain America relaunch. More than the other calls, this was perhaps the conversation most centred on craft and design, although we did at one point get a vivid description of Remender’s love for taking his trousers off in public. Fun [...]
Colleen Doran is rightfully horrified by the above photo of a work area—that belongs to an unnamed cartoonist. As a prescription, she offers a list of declutterizing resources, which I’m sure we could all do with a look at.
TweetSomething which totally skipped me at NYCC, presumably due to being a thousand miles away from it, was the reveal of some Cliff Chiang’s concept art goodness for New God Orion. Unveiled at the “DC: From Concept to Page” panel. Orion’s appearance in Wonder Woman #12, completely unexpected by everybody, was perhaps one of the [...]
TweetIf you’re a fan of the X-Men, then you should thank editor Jordan D. White for handling them so well. Marvel’s finest moustache has been busy working within the X-Men office for several years now, editing titles like Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine & The X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, and many others. Before then, he worked on a variety of [...]
TweetAmong other similar triumphs, letterer Joe Caramagna has recently become the most prominent letterer in Amazing Spider-Man history, having now worked on over 100 issues of Marvel’s flagship title. Not just content with Spider-Man, however, Caramagna also works on Marvel titles as diverse as Avengers Academy, Daredevil, Captain Marvel, Uncanny X-Men and New Avengers. Simply [...]
TweetBy Steve Morris As spotted by Jarrod on the CBR forums (hi Jarrod!), a Mike Perkins fight sequence from next week’s Astonishing X-Men #55 clearly pays tribute to a previous fight sequence drawn years ago by Alan Davis for Uncanny X-Men. As you can see in the images below, Perkins has taken aspects of Davis’ [...]
TweetSince 2002, Matt Smith has been the editor for 2000AD, the mostly-crazed British sci-fi anthology magazine which first appeared on shelves over 35 years ago. Since coming in as editor, he’s watched writers and artists like Frazer Irving, Si Spurrier, Jock, Henry Flint, Rob Williams and Leigh Gallagher take the book and continue to push [...]