August 23rd, 2011
When was the last time a comic surprised you? Really surprised you?
Neat trick, hunh?
This is one of those interesting cases where the insertion of motion (or the illusion of it by hijacking the scrollbar) doesn’t automatically tear at the fabric of the medium. It still feels like comics, because that static juxtaposition is maintained (a bit like comics that use looped motion).
Hope others will give it a try. Adding the ingredient of reader presence to the mix could open up a lot of interesting possibilities, especially for genres like horror which thrive on keeping the reader at least partially in the dark.
[via reader Noah Easterly, reddit, and others]
August 12th, 2011
Do you live in LA, Ventura, Santa Barbara or Kern County? Willing to drive to Thousand Oaks, CA this Sunday afternoon (Aug 14)?
I’ve got a difficult page coming up that requires an unusual crowd shot and I’ve decided I need photo reference. Aiming for 2-3pm. If you’d like to participate, please email me and I’ll send more details.
Thanks and hope to see you this weekend!
August 8th, 2011
Lucy Knisley knows how it feels.
My family and I are still unpacking from our recent move. I’ve spent a big chunk of my adult life in a sea of partially unpacked boxes. And worst of all is my email inbox.
I’m going to be updating this blog a bit more infrequently moving forward as I chip away at that inbox and continue work on my GN, but you can always follow me via rss, and be sure to keep an eye on my Google+ and Twitter accounts.
August 5th, 2011
Haha, look who I’m tied with. Also being on this more personal list made me smile.
Been looking for an excuse to link to Cameron Stewart’s beautifully rendered Sin Titulo. This news seems reason enough.
Finally, in keeping with last week’s post (and Google+ mini-meme) on art we did when we were 15 years-old, here’s an interview with talented cartoonist and entrepreneur, 14 year-old Emma Capps. The girl’s reading Asterios Polyp, People. This next generation will be something to see.
August 3rd, 2011
Okay, this has nothing to do with comics, but it’s on my mind, so…
Sky and I have noticed a difference between bands of my generation, and more recent bands we like.
Whereas old bands like Boston, Chicago, and Kansas all formed in the city or state they’re named for, check out these geographically baffling examples from recent years…
Of Montreal: From Athens, Georgia.
Architecture in Helsinki: From Australia.
The Middle East: Also from Australia!
Beirut: From Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I’m From Barcelona: From Sweden.
So what’s up, global music scene? Why are you messing with our heads??
August 2nd, 2011
My old pal, Steve Bissette lays down the law after the recent Kirby heirs court decision.
I’m too busy with my GN to look deeply into the specifics of this case, but I did offer a brief general comment on Google+.
Jack and Roz Kirby are buried just a few miles from here. Maybe I’ll swing by this week to pay my respects.
Like so many of his generation, “the King” deserved better than he got.
August 1st, 2011
…because they got more help than anyone expected!
(Though you’re welcome to buy the book when it comes out, of course.)
In the Independent Pavillion at San Diego, one of my former workshop students, the talented Jean Kang, told me about Womanthology and how their Kickstarter had rocketed past its goal.
Phenomena like Kickstarter are among the many reasons I understand and support Peter Laird’s decision to wind down the Xeric Foundation grants. This massive network of talent that we interact with on a daily basis has plenty of homegrown solutions for hungry artists up its sleeve. The days are gone when lone cartoonists had to turn to a lone source for help in entering a single door.
I’m glad Xeric was there all these years, but I’m happier still that there’s still so much more potential on the horizon.
Update: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WINTER! Our little girl is 16 years-old today, and visiting NYC with her Mom (Sky got Shanghai with Dad, so Winter asked for Broadway and there’s no way Ivy would pass up that trip!). They’ve already seen Catch Me if You Can and Billy Elliot. Wicked and The Fantastics, still to come.
July 29th, 2011
Drawn when I was 15 years-old [larger version] with an obvious Neal Adams influence (though the borderline disco pose was my unfortunate invention).
Kurt and I made these comic book character drawings in high-school for a role-playing game we never really finished.
I’d been drawing these things for exactly three months (Feb 16, 1976; yes I dated them) but wouldn’t do any actual comics pages until that summer.