Tag Archive: Comics

May
26
2015

MagnEmo!

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One of the many concepts discussed on a recent Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast was that of “MagnEmo”–Magneto when he’s moody or emotional. Despite being just an offhand gag that was mentioned once then quickly forgotten on the show, it struck me as hilarious… so I had to do a visual interpretation. So, here he …

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May
18
2015

Care and Feeding of the Leroy Lettering Set

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Background You may not know exactly what a Leroy Lettering Set is, but if you’re interested in comics, I’ll bet you’ve seen the results of one in action. Leroy lettering was used most notably by publisher EC Comics in books like Tales From the Crypt and Vault of Horror. (Harvey Kurtzman’s EC war stories in …

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Mar
25
2015

My Schoolism Digital Painting Class Experience

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As Oyster War neared completion toward the end of last year, I wound up doing some soul-searching about where my current cartooning skill set was currently and where I’d like it to go in the future. While I could have compiled a pretty extensive list of deficient areas to address, I came up with three that I wanted …

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Feb
16
2015

On Comics Sound Effects

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I–along with writer/cartoonist Ryan North and visual linguist Neil Cohn–was recently interviewed by Greg Uyeno for Slate‘s Lexicon Valley  language blog. The subject of the article was how sounds and sound effects work in comics. You can read the whole article here: KATCHOW! How to Write Sounds in Comics Greg wound up highlighting parts of our discussion …

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Nov
24
2014

Books about Comics: Some Short Reviews

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Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner I’ve been pretty vocal on my Twitter about the lack of a solid English language history of Franco-Belgian comics, so I was delighted when I caught wind of this book. It actually bites off a significantly larger geographic chunk than just French language comics, …

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Nov
01
2014

Marvel’s 25th Anniversary, 20/20, and Jim Shooter in the Letters Page

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I’ve been reading Michael Golden’s great 80’s Marvel Vietnam War comic, The ‘Nam–something I should really devote a whole blog post to when I’m done–and I’ve been fortunate enough to get a hold of the actual issues, rather than the collected edition. In addition to having the original coloring, the issues also obviously include non-story …

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Sep
17
2014

SPX 2014

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You’d think with me now being pretty much done with Oyster War I’d have time for a big, extensive SPX 2014 wrap-up, but I’ve actually got to jump right into several other comics (and other) projects pretty quickly. But, I did want to do just a quick post–mainly just to show off some of the …

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Sep
14
2014

Think of a City

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Here’s my contribution to the wonderful Think of a City collaborative project. The idea behind the project is that each artist participating draws a cityscape or scene that takes place in a city with his or her contribution containing one drawn element and one color from the previous artist’s submission. There’s some pretty amazing artwork …

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Sep
11
2014

Talking Comics Terminology on the Deconstructing Comics Podcast

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I was recently a guest on the Deconstructing Comics podcast discussing my recent (and surprisingly controversial?) blog post about using film terminology to discuss comics. I’m hoping that the hour-long conversation here gave me a bit more room to make my case in a more nuanced and thorough way than in the original post. One …

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Aug
29
2014

A Grid of Monsters

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Here’s a grid of monsters I drew as a pinup for Jess Smart Smiley’s Kickstarter book, Spooky Silly Comics: I really love bestiaries and things of that ilk so (after a bit of machinating about other possibilities) I decided that’s the route I’d go here. For projects like this, I like to introduce some randomness–just …

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