Tag Archive: Comics

Mar
24

Calvin and Hobbes & Cul de Sac at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library

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When I first got wind of an upcoming joint Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)/Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) exhibition at Columbus, Ohio’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, my immediate reaction was: I’m there. And indeed I was. Friday I met my friend, comics teacher/critic/writer Craig Fischer, in the wee hours of Friday morning and embarked from …

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Feb
01

Won’t Someone Please Make Comics For Kids?!

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Every time there’s some sort of kids’ comics-related kerfuffle like the recent Power Puff Girls cover thing, you can count on an appearance by one of the online comics community’s  perennial gadflies: the “kids’ comics denier.” Much like his brethren (and it is pretty much always a he) the climate change deniers, moon landing deniers, …

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Jan
24

Charlotte Minicon – Jan 25th

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Hey, all! I’ll be a guest at the Charlotte Minicon this coming Saturday, January 25th. Come on out and say Hi. As you can see here, there’s a pretty stellar array of guests this year. This is my first time attending and I’m really excited to be there. I’ll have originals, various minicomics, and handful …

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Jan
02

2013: The Year in Review

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(On my drafting table, Jan 1, 2014: half-penciled Oyster War page 110.) Here’re a few parting thoughts on 2013: Oyster War The bad: I’d vowed this time last year to have Oyster War wrapped up in 2013. That didn’t happen. I am though, fairly close. I just posted the last page of Chapter 9, all …

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Nov
25

Experimenting With Artrage: Paradax

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I’ve been experimenting a bit with the digital painting program, Artrage. It’s a piece of software designed to emulate natural painting media as colsely as possible. So far I’ve just been focusing on its watercolor-like effects. Here’s my second attempt at “watercolors” in Artrage: Milligan and McCarthy’s 80s superhero/media star Paradax.  

Nov
23

Recolored Kurtzman

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If you follow my comics ranting on Twitter, you probably know that one of my oft-ground axes is the horrible nature of most comics recoloring efforts. Given that, it probably won’t surprise you that I raised an eyebrow when I noted that the new (and excellent) Fantagraphics collection of Harvey Kurtzman EC war comics, Corpse …

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Nov
08

Commissions: Fantastic Four, MODOK

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  When it rains, it pours! I’m swimming in commissions these days… and I sure ain’t complaining about it. Here are some I just finished up today: The Fantastic Four and everyone’s favorite mental organism, MODOK. I had a lot of fun with the FF one in particular. They were one of my faves back …

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Nov
04

Kang The Conqueror Commission

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Here’s a commission I just wrapped up: Kang the Conqueror sitting on the “Iron Throne.” It was a lot of fun to do. That’s India ink and sepia wash on watercolor board. Live area is 10 x 15 inches. The person who commissioned the piece has a gallery of commissions with that same theme on …

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Oct
31

Oyster War: A Best American Comics 2013 Notable

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  I’m honored to have Oyster War make the 2013 Best American Comics Notable Comics of 2013 list. The full list is here and even a cursory glance should give you an idea of what tremendous company I’m in. More generally, though, I’m really glad to see so many webcomics on the list. I’ve had …

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Oct
03

Basic Hardware/Software Cartooning Setup?

I had a friend ask me recently for advice on putting together a basic hardware and software setup for comics-making–with budget in mind. Here’s my response to her: Software: Manga Studio is a great program (and reasonably priced). There’s some sort of licensing weirdness going on with the parent company right now apparently, so you …

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