June 23rd, 2011
Clifford Meth shares the details.
Gene Colan was one of my favorite artists in my early teen years, when I was first discovering comics.
The first full run of a comic book series that I read was Daredevil (lent to me by Kurt Busiek in middle school), including many issues drawn by Gene.
The first drawing I made of an established comic book character may well have been based on images he created for that series.
Gene Colan’s work was unique, personal, and always a joy to look at. May he rest in peace.
June 22nd, 2011
Our Bloodstained Roof is a new comic by Ryan A. It’s a substantial read, so wait until your coffee break or something, but it’s definitely worth your time.
Some of you might remember Ryan’s story “Nothing is Forgotten” which I plugged in January. I liked that story, but I think I like this one even more.
June 21st, 2011
The always-sensible Douglas Wolk offers a solid round-up of issues surrounding comics and tablets for Wired this week.
Long time readers may find mostly familiar ground here, but it’s good to have someone put it all into perspective once in a while.
And the illustrations are pretty great.
Meanwhile, the CBLDF alerts us to a truly awful Tennessee law worth fighting. And as always, the CBLDF could use your help.
Stop by their site for news and some great premiums and special events coming up.
June 20th, 2011
Here’s a cool-looking new webcomic: Decrypting Rita by Egypt Urnash.
According to my old pal Thomas Blue (a visually striking artist in his own right), Egypt has an animation background, did some work at Spumco, and she might include some NSFW scenes later so be warned [...or maybe not; see correction in comments].
I like the fact that Egypt does all her artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Haven’t seen many artists do that since Demian5′s legendary When I Am King.
I also appreciate the screen-shaped pages, but, y’know… We won’t go into that rant right now.
Just wondering, those of you who watch these things like me: Have we passed the point where new interesting cartoonists are now more likely to be women than men?
If the ranks of comics pros ever get to 50% is there any chance we might just keep going?
I, for one, wouldn’t mind a bit.
Update: Found Egypt’s personal site and at least one of her biographical details sheds an interesting new light on my crossing-fifty-percent comment above. Needless to say, Egypt’s case is not typical, though not unique either.
June 17th, 2011
Here’s a really lovely 3-pager by David Lasky from yesterday’s Bloomsday commemorations.
Also lovely: these people sketches by Lucy Knisley. Can you draw that well? Me neither.
The Interwubs are all abuzz this week with Colleen Coover’s super-adorable and very funny Lana Lang comic. (Oh if only the monthlies were like this…)
Finally, the legendary Eddie Campbell has sent along a link to another fine article tracing comics early origins, so check it out.
[first few links via Spurge, I think]
Have a great weekend!
June 15th, 2011
This looks kinda cool. And weird.
I also like the look of two relatively-recent Portland-based diary comics (both of which could benefit from a dedicated website): Natalie Nourigat’s Between Gears and Emi Lenox’s EmiTown.
Meanwhile, blog entries have been popping up about last weekend’s Comics and Medicine conference. Check out accounts by John P, Brian F, and Sarah L, plus Phoebe G’s Facebook page. Not surprisingly, I look like a dork in all the pictures.
June 14th, 2011
So here’s a picture of Patrick McGoohan and a telephone.
June 13th, 2011
Just a quick note this morning (’cause I wanna get back to drawing!) but just wanted to thank everyone who came out to Northwestern yesterday for the lecture, and all those who contributed to making this year’s Comics and Medicine conference such a success.
Porcellino's latest: A collaborative exploration of suicide, which I read on the plane back and highly recommend.
Had the great pleasure of finally meeting David Small and Phoebe Gloeckner, getting better acquainted with John Porcellino, Brian Fies, Ethan Persoff, “The Man at the Crossroads” Paul Gravett, the good folks at Quimby’s (the only store I know that’s so cool, they actually alphabetize their minis) and several new cartoonists and creatively-inclined scholars and medical professionals doing important work in an area of study that I’ll bet many of you hadn’t even heard of before last week.
One of these days, I’ll have to cook up some kind of grand unified theory of visual communication (hint: that IEEE conference in Norway from two weeks ago and the Comics and Medicine conference have more in common than you might think) but for now, thanks to the organizers for a lovely trip to the windy city.