Sunday, December 7, 2008

Web Comics!

I think that, compared to printed comics, I've ended up reading web comics a whole lot more. I thought I'd share some info with you guys about a web comic artist that I recently discovered.

A couple of weeks ago when I was at Borders, I found a graphic novel version of the first book of The Babysitters Club. Of course, like I know a lot of girls did, I read The Babysitters Club series when I was in elementary school, and I remembered reading an article about the new graphic novels online a while ago, so I bought the first book out of curiosity... and I thought it was actually pretty cool. I did a search on the artist, Raina Telgemeier, and come to find out, she also has a really awesome web comic! Also, I hadn't realized that she's the wife of Dave Roman, another comic artist who I've known about and talked to on LJ. Talk about a small world!

Check out Smile!. It's a really great webcomic. Right now it's on hiatus since she's planning on publishing the rest in book form, but hopefully when it comes out to print it'll be an awesome comic comic, too.

Also, here's a list of a bunch of other webcomics I frequent that you all may be interested in reading:

White Ninja Comics
Cat and Girl
Perry's Bible Fellowship
Thinkin' Lincoln
Ryan Estrada Comics
Kiskaloo (This comic is actually drawn by one of my favorite Disney artists, Chris Sanders, who directed Lilo and Stitch)
Bob The Angry Flower

And here's a short synopsis on web comics from a guy that I think some of you might find familiar. :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

MOEBIUS REDUX. documentary on moebius (2007)

Revel in the cheap CGI chapter divisions!

Be amazed by Alexandro Jodorosky's rage towards

Wonder at the French usage of wild gesticulations!

Watch as Stan Lee extrapolates from within his empire of paper based-entertainments business!

Be Hypnotized by the subtle emotions displayed in the tremors of Moebius' creased countenance!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Money for Comics

Here are links to some funding sources of interest:

The National Cartoonist's Society offers the Jay Kennedy Comics Scholarship for artists pursuing comics in their junior or senior year of college (next year). The deadline is February 6.

For the rest of you, especialy those of you graduating this year, apply apply apply for a Xeric grant. This grant provides funding to self-publish and distribute a comic, and has gotten many great comics artists off the ground running, including Jessica Abel, James Sturm, Scott Mills, Ellen Forney, David Choe, and so many more. There are two deadlines per year, one in March, and one in September.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Go bananas for APE!

Hey guys, it's around that time again. The bay area is having their 14th (technically 8th) comic convention for the alternative/ self-published/ and other presses. So, if you can afford a flight to the Golden Gate Bridge after a night of masquerading in spandex/ capes/ or no-clothes, feel free to attend. Also if you went to Comic-Con in July, you get in for free. Well here is a link if you want more information; possibly to even get a booth in the future.


P.S. There already is a link provided on the right. Also, please feel free to disregard both puns above.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Paul Pope "Animation"

I had mentioned this during my presentation but, couldn't come up with the goods during. So, below is a link to the downloadable PDF the video is embedded deep within. The PDF for the magazine "MGZN" is fully interactive and rife with hands-on potential. Pretty sweet for a free digi-zine. Enjoy?




Thursday, October 9, 2008

International Comic Arts Forum

SAIC will host the International Comic Arts Forum this week, October 9 - 11 in the Ballroom, hosted by the department of Visual Critical Studies. Want a detailed breakdown? Go to the ICAF website HERE.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

World Building Reading

Hi all, HERE is the McCloud reading on world-building for next Friday. I look forward to seeing all kinds of site studies in class next week!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


As a place worth visiting....
I've always wanted to go to Isotope if I'm ever in SF.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Robots Never Sleep blog

I discovered this guy's blog one day as I Google searched Abara - Tsutomu Nihei's most recent work in progress. He writes an alright review of that particular manga along with a hell of a lot of other comics work from the Japanese archipelago. He covers a wide variety of titles and artists; Kazuo Umezu, Osamu Tezuka, Taiyo Matsumoto, Hideki Arai + many more - a good range of different styles and subjects amongst this lot. Of his long list of works Ive only read Abara, BLAME! and The World is Mine. His BLAME! review bugged me a little. I guess he doesn't look for what I look for - which has me recommending this blog not necessarily for his opinion, but rather, as a great source for manga you may never have heard of before. He mentions what sound like interesting projects, check them out.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Other blogs

Here are some links to other blogs that might be interesting to search through...

Its a developing animation archive I volunteered at and they have lots to look at. Newspaper comics are aplenty there and have works by Pat Sullivan, George McManus and more. The director is a nice guy and would be more than happy to share the information he's gathered up over the years, just send him an e-mail.

Relatively high-res images of all types of comics and comic related things. Recently posted some pages for inking from the Famous Artists Course (1948).

Will post more as I find them, hope these will suffice.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Comic art show/expo

Hey class!

Here's some information you might be interested in. It's a small comic expo in conjunction with a big comic art exhibit opening in Champaign, IL. It is being organized by my friends/collaborators Damian Duffy and John Jennings that I mentioned in my little autobiography comic. This particular press release deal mostly with the expo, but the links at the bottom will point you to more information about the art show itself.

Also, if you get the time, check out the Eye Trauma Comix website for some of my previous work.

Krannert Art Museum Invites Comics Creators to The Next Panel Comics Expo

Champaign, IL – Comics creators are invited to show their art and sell their wares at The Next Panel Independent Comics Expo, taking place Friday, October 24 and Saturday October 25, 2008, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

The Next Panel expo will take place in the Link Gallery, adjacent to the University of Illinois Krannert Art Museum, and celebrate the opening weekend of the museum’s Fall 2008 exhibition Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics. The exhibition features 65 comics luminaries, including Dale Messick, Kyle Baker, Colleen Doran, Spike, Stan Sakai, and many more.

Out of Sequence is a ground breaking exhibition of diversity in comics, both as a community of artists and as a medium. “This show is a look at underrepresented demographics of artists and underrepresented forms of comics,” said co-curator John Jennings, “so it’s an incredibly varied mix of artists, styles, and formats.”

There are women creators, minority creators, gay and lesbian creators, webcomics, small press comics, gallery comics, educational comics and virtual reality comics,” added co-curator Damian Duffy. “It really is an historic collection of creators and comics that aren’t often acknowledged in mainstream conceptions of the medium. And, really, a big excuse to show people as many kinds of cool comics as possible, in a setting that recognizes them as an art form.”

The Next Panel Independent Comics Expo gives comics artists the opportunity to promote their work and sell art and books to attendees of Out of Sequence, an event sure to draw audiences from the university, the community, and beyond.

Tables are 6”x3”, and cost $20 for a full table and $10 for a half table. To register for the event, please contact Chris Schaede at the Krannert Art Museum at (217) 244-0516 with your name, address, e-mail, credit card number and expiration date, and preference of table size.

Registration will be open from August 11- September 26, 2008, and space is limited.

For more information on the Next Panel, including a list of local hotels, visit:

For more information on Out of Sequence, including a full list of artists, visit:

Questions concerning registration can be directed to Chris Schaede at the Krannert Art Museum.

All other questions concerning the exhibition and expo can be directed to the curators.

Damian Duffy:, (217) 355-8569

John Jennings:, (217) 419-1071

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Chicago Comics Artists

Chicago is a hotbed of amazing comics activity, and not surprisingly many communities have formed as a result. Some have formed into official groups, and others just hang out informally and draw in coffee shops together. Not a bad plan! Here are just a few Chicago-based artists and groups:

I know I'm forgetting some, so if you've got any to add, drop me a note and I'll add them to this post!

Chicago Comics Communities

The Holy Consumption:
Paul Hornschemeier, Anders Nilsen, Jeffrey Brown and John Hankiewicz
Click "This Week's Service" for sketchbook views, special projects, and more!

Shortpants Press:
a small-press comics site co-run by Chicago comics artist Sarah Becan. Showcases work by other midwest comics artists including Grant Reynolds, who co-runs the newspaper "Skeleton News" (not much of a web-presence for that one, but worth getting involved with!)

The myspace page for a whole slew of great area artists: Lilli Carre, Grant Reynolds, Becca Taylor, Lucy Knisley, and many more. Very inclusive group, also affiliated with the "Skeleton News," a paper-only publication with numerous contributors.

Chicago Comics and Quimby's Bookstore
both places where you can find a wide range of independent and foreign comics and other interesting small-press publications, as well as sell your own. Comics signings, zine events, and discounts for anyone who sells their work through the shops.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Comic Art Battles

Attention all comics artists who secretly harbor fantasies of being rock stars: Ezra Claytan Daniels' famous Comic Art Battles now have a website, so you can get involved. Find out about upcoming battles, contact members of the CAB community, view video footage of past showdowns, and check out others' photos of these fabulous multimedia events. I can't recommend them highly enough, as a participant and/or audience member. The very pinnacle of performative, competitive, collaborative, narrative drawing.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Whatever Happened to Victorine Meurent?

Former Narrative Ink student Victoria Morris has officially published her final comic, a graphic biography of legendary French artist/muse/model Victorine Meurent online for all to see. Check it out HERE.

Interested in other approaches to historical/biographical comics?
Try these:
Chester Brown's Louis Riel
Osamu Tezuka's Buddha
Ho Che Anderson's King
Art Spiegelman's Maus
and if you speak basic French (or Italian), Marco Corona's Frida Kahlo: A Surreal Biography is well worth seeking out.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Activism in the Sunday Funnies

Interesting comics coverage in Newsweek and Editor & Publisher: Darrin Bell and eight other minority newspaper cartoonists join forces to make a pointed comment about racism and the Sunday funnies. Keep your eyes peeled on February 10th for their protest on paper.