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Monday, October 31, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/31/2005 04:12:00 PM :

      

Pictures from Gijon

Artist Steve Lieber, of Mercury Studios, posts pictures from his trip to the Gijon Comics Art Festival in Spain. Other Anglophone guests attending were Jim Starlin, Igor Kordey, and Mike Oeming.

Some funny comments by Steve regarding the pictures, by the way. "It was a clothing store. The sign was a fucking lie," and "Wipe your ass, with Manga!" (no, the latter isn't a knock at manga...it's what it says, literally)


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  Posted by Dara on 10/31/2005 11:41:00 AM :

      

Happy Halloween!

As a treat, here's an awesome set of photoshopped pictures from Worth1000.com's latest Halloween contest:
"This contest askes a simple question: If the renaissance took place in more recent times, and the models were famous movie monsters/aliens, what would the artwork have looked like? The rules of this match are thus: You are to submit an entry in which you depict a hollywood movie monster/alien as the subject of a work of fine art."
I love the portrait of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" with E.T.'s head, not to mention Swamp Thing by Monet.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/31/2005 10:17:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Special All-week Birthday Bash with Batman Pinups edition!

Welcome to a slightly retooled version of the game we play every Monday morning, wherein you the blog reader have to guess the artist from a sample of their early work. This week, however, I'm shaking things up a bit for my birthday (Thursday). So I'm going to put up artwork every single day in the form of pinups. And since Batman is one of my favorite characters, that's the theme.

As always, use the comments section to share your guess. All answers will be posted by the end of the week.

Oh, and just a note: unlike the regular edition of this game, these aren't necessarily "early" works by the artists. In fact, most were done when the respective artists were in the prime of their popularity and style.



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005)

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Sunday, October 30, 2005
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/30/2005 12:06:00 AM :

      

2005 S.N.A.P.! connies

We're back byotches. S.N.A.P.! was a swinging success! No official head count for the show but reports from one of the organizers said that sales were pretty good all around. Lots of traffic in a tiny but cozy space. It's a shame they didn't light the disco ball. My camera's batteries died when we got to the show so no pics from me. Though the event did sport a documentary guy as well as someone from Wizard floating around (?) I'm sure something will surface here shortly. Thanks to Sean McGurr for getting us there. Since Mr. Goins couldn't make it I'm get things rollin' on this. Let 'er roll fellas....

Can't kick a Dead Hooker for tryin' Award
- Goes to the Subway close by the convention center. Jesus! It was ran like a bad sketch comedy in there. 'Do you have Pepperjack Cheese?' 'No'. 'Alright do you have veggie paddies?' 'No'. Then there was confusion as to who's sandwich was who's with three people behind the counter. WTF???

What's the Frequency Kenneth Award
- Goes to Phoebe Gloeckner and her Von Trappe family err.. students. Great cartoonist/author graced S.N.A.P.! Their bus broke down thereby making them late and broke. Later in the day I purchase a copy of Gloeckner's Diary.

Balls of Steel Award- Here's to you Rich Watson, oh internet journalista. Riding the bus for 15 hours from NYC to come out to the show for a day: that takes balls. Thanks for coming out man.


Color me Shojo Award
- Joanna Estep. One of a few Americans who do manga for Tokyopop. It almost makes one want to forgoe their style and draw big eyed girly boys . She get's a real advance and gets to work with a real publisher (w/an actual budget for promotion). Not the fake advance where you have to turn in all the art then get paid. Maybe you score a royalty check. Keep it up Joanna. Tokyopop, Scholastic, and Pantheon- it's where its at yo!

Dave Sim is a paranoid Poohead Award- Phoebe Gloeckner- 'Who is Dave Sim?' So a woman who is idolized by feminist zinesters doesn't know or care who Dave Sim is. She's been doing comics since the late 70's folks. Proof positive that the feminists don't really care or know who this Dave Sim person is. Or maybe Gloeckner is more Artforum than Comics Journal. Who's to say.

Dewey Decimal Award- University of Michigan Library are now the proud owners of both my work and Panel. Awesome that the University library turned out to pad their collection with work from the creators at the show.

But does it play Pong? Award- Matt Feasall. Who sported and old old school mac at his table. Featured a b/w 4x6 screen with the computer inside it. I'm no techie but it was pretty damn cool.

Any other nods fellas???


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Saturday, October 29, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/29/2005 06:23:00 AM :

      

See you at SNAP!

We're off to SNAP!

In the meantime, Mr. Sulu is gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.


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Thursday, October 27, 2005
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/27/2005 10:47:00 PM :

      


< Lola cover by former artist- R'John Bernales.
Here's an article about the next Oni book I'll be working on. One of two upcoming projects with J. Torres. Can't really figure out what happened with the last artist. Kinda awkward situation for me but a good script none the less. Formerly slated for an August release (It was in June's Diamond), Lola now will come out next year.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/26/2005 10:43:00 AM :

      

Google knows the score

This is funny:
  1. Go to Google
  2. Enter the word "failure"
  3. Click the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button

Good times.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/25/2005 10:40:00 PM :

      

Come meet your favorite PANEL creators at SNAP!

Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan is organizing a new (hopefully) annual mini-comics and small press comics convention this weekend. SNAP! The Comic Arts Festival will be held Saturday, October 29th, 2005 at the Al Matta Hall in Dearborn, MI. Hours are 11-6.

Here's a short article from the Detroit News covering the show. Cartoon by the always funny Sean Bieri:



Ferret Press and PANEL members (from this very blog!) attending the show are Dara Naraghi, Andy Bennett, Tom Williams, Sean McGurr, Steve Black, and Tony Goins. We'll be joined by about 35 other self-publishers and mini-comics creators. Here's the proposed Panel/Workshop schedule for the show:
  • 12-1pm Special presentation by Phoebe Gloeckner on teaching sequential storytelling.
  • 1:30-2:30pm How to silk-screen mini-comic covers using Print Gocco with Sean Bieri.
  • 3-4pm How to make a mini-comic with Matt Feazell.
  • 4:30-5:30 pm Cartoon Carousel with Bob Corby, Kel Crum and friends.


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  Posted by Tom on 10/25/2005 07:37:00 PM :

      


Here's the new cover to Telgemeier's GN adaptation of the Babysitter's Club. Slated for next spring. Belated congrats to Raina and Dave(Roman's) engagement. Her dude proposed to her in a comic. (Who does that?...oh yaaah)


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Monday, October 24, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/24/2005 12:15:00 PM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

We may be back to a difficult one this week. The artist festured below isn't a "hot name" superstar right now, but he is definitelly known and worked on some very high profile projects.

As always, use the comments section to share your guess.



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005)

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Saturday, October 22, 2005
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/22/2005 01:48:00 PM :

      

One Off Clothing!

Here's the site I was talking about at the meeting. Sounds like a better deal than Cafe Press. It's an outfit that will do low runs of t-shirts in silkscreen. No set up fee. If I'm reading this right you can get a shirt done with your design for $12! You pick the (1)color ink, style and shirt from their selection. There are discounts in bulk as well. Sounds like a great deal for the small press person dipping their toe in merch.

+see Elizabeth, I do look at the links you send me. Hah!


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  Posted by Dara on 10/22/2005 12:28:00 PM :

      

Dubya campaign against jesus

It's an old link, but still funny. What if W was running against Jesus himself? See the campaign ad, courtesy of Mad Magzine.
"Jesus - Wrong for America."


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Friday, October 21, 2005
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 10/21/2005 03:58:00 PM :

      

Watchmen
The glut of 20th anniversary Watchmen articles reaches the mainstream with a five page article (including Alan Moore interview) in the latest Entertainment Weekly (which I believe is part of the Time-Warner corporate empire which owns DC Comics). Of note is the quote "Watchmen is the greatest piece of popular fiction ever produced" by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.

By the way, where's our Lost weekly update? I watched it in a haze late Wednesday night and only remember fleeting details.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/21/2005 01:16:00 PM :

      

Holy crap, it's Gib Bickel

It is him, right?

(with apologies to all our non-Columbus resident readers)


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  Posted by Dara on 10/21/2005 10:04:00 AM :

      

Physics and Comics

It's a very short article light on details, but worth a quick look. James Kakalios, a physics professor at the University of Minnesota, teaches a seminar called "Everything I Know About Science I Learned from Reading Comic Books."Quote from Kakalios :
"It’s a very sneaky class," Kakalios said. "It’s getting you to eat your spinach by hiding it in a lovely superhero sundae"


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Thursday, October 20, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/20/2005 05:00:00 PM :

      

Halloween

Aw, how cute is this? Or this? Or these?

Ok, that's enough of that.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/20/2005 03:44:00 PM :

      

Hey kids, boobies...er, comics

In what is fast becoming a tradition here at ferret central, we take a look at DC Comics solicitations for the month of January, not with an eye for the latest crossover or creative team, but rather the lifeblood of comics marketing: boobies. And I'm pleased to say that after a disappointing month last time around, this one is (ahem) stacking up quite well.

Criminal Boobies
Law Enforcement Boobies
Amazon Boobies
Big Tiny Boobies (it's a paradox!)
Alien Boobies
Boobies, all lined up for your convenience
Elf Boobies

And let us not forget the A in T&A:

Amazon A
What, no thong? A


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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/19/2005 04:13:00 PM :

      

Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes

The Onion AV Club's Underrated list includes one comic book creator, Paul Chadwick, and one character, the Martian Manhunter. Yes, the Manhunter -- the Sammy Davis Jr. of the DCU.

http://avclub.com/content/node/41706/2

(Yeah, I initially wrote "overrated." I regret the error.)


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  Posted by Dara on 10/19/2005 11:38:00 AM :

      

Funny: Saddam plays Rock, Paper, Scissors

A coworker just sent me this link. It's friggin' hilarious: Rock, Paper, Saddam.
"Aziz: Tiger Hand always beats paper.

Saddam: I'm sayin', bro!"


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  Posted by Dara on 10/19/2005 10:39:00 AM :

      

Ultimate Halloween costume idea

Check out this sweet home made Doctor Octopus costume:



Step-by-step instructions on how to build one can be found here.

(via boingboing)


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Monday, October 17, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/17/2005 11:37:00 PM :

      

Music break

Just wanted to let y'all know about a Columbus band that's made it big: The Sun. They've debuted their latest album, Blame it on the Youth, on the Warner Brothers label. I'm totally digging the track Justice, which is getting a lot of air play on CD101.

I'm no music critic, so I'm not going to try and describe their sound to you. Instead, you can listen to all the tracks from the album on their website. Plus they feature some cool album cover art.



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  Posted by Tom on 10/17/2005 06:38:00 PM :

      

If y'all haven't yet go check out Warren Ellis' Engine forum. A wealth of industry info can be had there. I just read a thread on marketing that blew my mind (check out the thread on Salamander Dream). This one's getting bookmarked!


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  Posted by Tony on 10/17/2005 04:23:00 PM :

      

Alan Moore hearts pirates

Postmodern Barney takes on DC's shameless attempt to ruin beloved old characters using cheap sensationalism. You know, "Watchmen."

http://www.postmodernbarney.com/2005/10/reading-watchmen.html


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  Posted by Tony on 10/17/2005 02:37:00 PM :

      

At least it's not just us

From "The Blogger Who Loathed Me" by author Steve Almond, Salon.com, 10-13-05.


I said before that few of these lit blogs actually discuss literature in a meaningful way.

Why, then, do so many people read them?

To begin with, not so many people read them. Instead, a very concentrated population of people read them over and over. Namely, other bloggers. They all read one another, in the hope something they mentioned on their blog will be cited on another blog. It's a kind of Ponzi scheme in which the object is attention, and the shared illusion is one of relevance.

That said, plenty of aspiring writers and publishing folks also read blogs. With coverage of literature all but disappearing from corporate media, lit blogs serve as instant clearinghouses for news items, local readings and reviews. Many (Sarvas' included) advocate for favorite writers. They allow people to feel connected to the world of letters. All this is perfectly commendable. At their finest, blogs contribute to a serious discussion of literature and the culture at large ...

But lit blogs also have a tendency to boil that world down to a series of conflicts and controversies. Reading them often becomes a legitimized form of scandal mongering. (It's a lot easier to read about Philip Roth's angry ex-wife than it is to read one of his books.)

Most writers perceive themselves as failures. They suffer rejection and disregard on a daily basis. Even the lucky few who get published can't get the New York bigwigs to return their calls. The modern writer is engaged in an enterprise almost guaranteed to crush her spirit. And certain blogs -- like other forms of modern media -- serve as bulletin boards for the resulting feelings of despair, spite and rage. Their chosen topic happens to be literature, but it could just as well be politics or sports. Their deepest allure resides in the gratification of primal negative emotions.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/17/2005 09:25:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

I thought last week's page was going to be easy, but it turned out to stump most folks, with the majority guessing incorrectly that it was Alan Davis. So this week, I'll try a page that's got to be easy. I mean, it's fairly obvious who it is, right? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Hint: that's not an X-Men related uniform, despite the big "X".

As always, use the comments section to share your guess.



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005)

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  Posted by Dara on 10/17/2005 09:24:00 AM :

      

Hey kids, beer!

No, really. Kidsbeer.

Say it with me: Worst. Idea. Ever.


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Sunday, October 16, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/16/2005 11:40:00 AM :

      

Your moment of pure WTF zen

So there's this USAToday Weekend insert on my Sunday paper that I occasionally flip through. The first page is one of those "write in with your celebrity question" columns. And what do I see (aside from the picture of Kelly Monaco looking like a porn star...who the heck is this woman anyway? Some soap opera actress? It seems like she's all over the "entertainment" landscape these days, because she learned to dance on TV with Mr. Peterman from Seinfeld or something...oh sorry, got sidetracked there)? The following question from one Mary Anderson, from Visalia, California:
"What is the real scoop on why Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton aren't on speaking terms anymore? Do they realize they are acting like spoiled little girls?"
I'll give you a moment to digest that.

Do they realize they are acting like spoiled little girls? That's comedy gold. So not only is Ms. Anderson about 3 years late to the party, but she's actually so worried about the image these poor girls are unwittingly projecting that she's going to take the time to write to a gossip column about her concerns.

Comedy. Gold.

(On the other hand, I'm wasting time actually blogging about this, so I probably should shut up now...)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled comics blog.


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Friday, October 14, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/14/2005 05:06:00 PM :

      

Gaiman wins first Quill Book Award for graphic novel

It's kinda old news, but then again, the "gala awards ceremony" won't be telecast on NBC until October 22nd. Gaiman's work on 1602, of all things, was the "graphic novel" that beat out the other competition. And look who presented the award: Jonathan Lethem. Mere coincidence that Lethem has a comic book project in the wings at Marvel, the publisher of 1602? Unleash the conspiracy theory hounds!

By the way, check out the qualification requirements for nomination:
"To be eligible for the long list of Quills nominees, a book must have been published in its original format in North America between August 1, 2004, and July 31, 2005, and marketed in the United States. It must also have met one of the following criteria: a starred review in Publishers Weekly, a Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program selection, one of the American Booksellers Association's Book Sense Picks, a Borders Books & Music Original Voices title, or an appearance on the bestsellers lists of Publishers Weekly, Book Sense, Barnes & Noble, or Borders. "
(via The Beat)


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  Posted by Dara on 10/14/2005 09:58:00 AM :

      

Steven Grant reviews Panel: Myth

It's good, it's bad, it's all of the above. Here's the super short review. Warning: Matt Kish dissing ahead, which I consider blasphemy.

Speaking of which, I'm so gonna' use this line in promo material: "Any anthology that begins with a little lighthearted blasphemy warms my heart."



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Thursday, October 13, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/13/2005 12:24:00 PM :

      

Thursday Lost recap

So here I am, starting up a new weekly feature, and not much actually happened in Lost last night to talk about. I mean, am I wrong, or were the only real big developments the confirmation that there are survivors from the tail section of the plane, and that there was only enough food in the hatch to feed Desmond for 3 months? The former most people had already guessed at from last week's episode, and the latter was pretty obvious too. I don't think anybody really believed Desmond had been down in that hatch for 3 years with absolutely no contact from anyone.

The big letdown was the whole "Jin is speaking English" teaser that they gave us last week. As I suspected, it was a dream sequence. Not that it won't bear fruition down the road, as there's definitely something in the mix about Hurly and Michael suddenly knowing Korean in future episodes. But it was a lame way to tease us.

Speaking of Hurley, the flashback focus on him was probably the best part of the show. He's easily one of my favorite characters in the show; easy going and laid back with a dry sense of humor and lovable mannerisms, yet an integral piece of the puzzle due to his first hand experience with the "numbers". Ever time he starts a sentence with a monotone "dude..." I crack up. They cast the perfect actor in that role.

Ok, some wild ass guesses:

Eventually when the two different survivor groups hook up, they're going to play up the love triangle (rectangle?) between Kate, Jack, Sawyer, and Ana-Lucia. The end result will be Kate and Sawyer hooking up, much to everyone's dismay.

Desmond is part of the "game". He's not who he claims, an innocent person caught up in the madness when his boat crashed on the island. He's been working for the Hanso Foundation from day one. Although that doesn't explain how he genuinely seemed to not remember Jack at first. Then again, that could be chalked up to "just part of the act to make it all believable," or maybe he truly did get abandoned by his corporate masters and ended up going stir crazy in the hatch.

And one thing that's got to stop: the "losties" just going along with all the vague explanations and answers that Desmond and the tail section survivors have been giving to their questions. I mean, come on, wouldn't they press them more for details on some of this stuff?


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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/12/2005 05:13:00 PM :

      

For comic book creators

Check out this ambitious new collaborative blog: Make Comics Forever.
"Make Comics Forever is a forum for cartoonists dedicated to improving their productivity. This is not a forum for wimps! This is not a forum for flakes! We are here to share tips and techniques on how to produce more work and better work. Become a comic-making machine!"
I especially like the post titled "Fail better".


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  Posted by Dara on 10/12/2005 11:48:00 AM :

      

Komikwerks to produce comic book eBooks

Speaking of my new webcomic home, check out this press release from Komikwerks.com.
"Komikwerks is working with a variety of ebooks distributors and digital distribution channels to publish a series of comics in a purely digital format...Komikwerks first foray in ebook distribution will be in the libaray and educational market..."
Aside from the library market, it looks like their plan is to eventually target the PDA, cell phones, and PSP arenas. It's hard to say at this point if this is a viable market, but it's definitely an exciting venture. Think of it this way: unlike us old farts who grew up reading pulp books and comics printed on paper, today's kids are used to seeing everything on a computer or TV screen. So there isn't that built-in aversion to digital formats that most of us have. I can't ever see a day where a computer screen would replace the printed book or comic for me, but I don't think Hanna would have much of a problem with that.

Oh, and one of the comic publishers that Komikwerks is partnering with? Moonstone Books, current home of Andy Bennett's work. Coincidence, or just another step in Panel's goal to take over the world!?! U Decide!


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  Posted by Dara on 10/12/2005 10:31:00 AM :

      

Lifelike is back!

My webcomic has made the transition from MoviePoopShoot.com to Komikwerks.com. It's now part of the Stan Lee's Sunday Comics banner. You can read Lifelike here. Initially it will reprint the strips that ran at MPS, and will update every Wednesday and Friday. Once we're caught up, the new strips will go up every Wednesday. (PS. While you're there, please click on a couple of the banner ads on the site. That's how pappa makes his money, kids.)



I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Ryall, the webmaster of MoviePoopShoot, for believeing in the comic and giving me my first break into the world of webcomics. He was a big supporter of the strip, and we've already talked about some possible future projects for MPS. Thanks Chris!


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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/11/2005 10:25:00 AM :

      

NaNoWriMo!

National Novel Writing Month kicks off in November -- who’s coming with me?

It’s an international challenge to write 50,000 words within 30 days. You don’t win anything except a pdf of a certificate you can print out and write your name in, but there’s also the satisfaction of getting it done.

I did it last year and enjoyed the heck out of it. They have weekly write-ins during the month, as well as other events. Word-types, this is your month.

More info: http://www.nanowrimo.org


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  Posted by Dara on 10/11/2005 09:49:00 AM :

      

One of my favorite new comic blogs: Dave's Longbox

"I'm going to review my comic book collection and you're going to like it!" So proclaims the masthead of David Campbell's blog. And let me tell you, I like it. These are funny, funny reviews. Snark aplenty. Check out such quality fare as NFL Superpro or the Star Trek/X-Men crossover. And of course the top notch "Boob War" week, the (ahem) climax of which is found here.

Of course it's not always snark and cynicism. Dave drops some love on quality books too, such as his ode to Bill Sienkiewicz's brilliant early work in The New Mutants #18.


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Monday, October 10, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/10/2005 08:14:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Ok, by now you should be familiar with the format of this little game. I provide an example of the early work of a well known artist, you use the comment section to share your guess.

I suspect this week's artist will be easy to identify, but I highly doubt anyone but the geekiest of indy comics fans will be able to guess the book that this page is from. In fact, if you can guess the book, I'll send you a free comic (of my choosing) in the mail!



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005)

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Saturday, October 08, 2005
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/08/2005 12:38:00 PM :

      

Why I don't blame anyone for moving to Pantheon.

While small publishers offer unlimited freedom it almost makes one want to
self publish or take on Carla Speed McNeil's movement to webpublishing. Here's the Madden interview that I mentioned to the fellas in Panel. I caught the link off of the comicsreporter.

Madden on Indy Publishers...'The goal is to get the book published well and on time and to see it distributed all over the country and get well-promoted. My experience with smaller publishers is that they have the commitment to make the book look great -- which is not something to take for granted -- but they often fail under all the other criteria to various degrees. I’ve never seen a sales statement or received even a token royalty check for any of my independently published books.'


It's a pretty telling commentary on the scene and echoes Brian Wood's comment from an earlier newsarama interview on DMZ..

NRAMA: Why did you decide to bring this project to DC/Vertigo?

BW: Besides money? [laughs]

It's true - a few small press companies expressed interest in the book, but for something that would be such an investment of time and energy, I really needed a publisher with a support system, editors, letterers, and yeah, a deal that would pay my rent bill. I started talking to Will Dennis about it, and his honesty and support and enthusiasm for the project have really made it something I could never have done on my own. Plus, both he and (assistant editor) Casey Seijas are fellow Brooklyites, so we're all on the same page.


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  Posted by Dara on 10/08/2005 10:22:00 AM :

      

Bud Light presents Real Men of Genius. (Real Men of ge-nius!)

Today we salute you, Mr. Opinionated Comic Book Website Blogger Man.

(Mr. Opinionated Comic Book Website Blogger Man!)

While other 30 year old men your age are out playing football, drinking beer, and having sex, you're typing away furiously in your basement for your blog's 4 readers about the shameful retcon of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol by John Byrne.

(Stop inking your art with your cock, you cranky old bastard!)

You hate the wretched writing and awful art on all the X-Men series, yet you still buy all 47 monthly titles and limited series in order to rant about how Joe "Fatty" Quesada's "NuMarvel" sucks Galactus-sized cosmic balls.

(Kevin Smith called, he needs his pole felated, fatty-fatty-boom-ba-latty!)

What's killing comics? Nobody asked you, but you sure as hell aren't goiong to let that stop you from writing a 1500 word essay on the topic, O' Harbinger of Hyperbole.

(Manga is just a fad, gaywads!)

So crack open an ice cold Bud Light, O' Mr. Opinionated Comic Book Website Blogger Man, for when it comes to explaining the nuances of the silver age Aquaman books, you're our hero, Captain Craptacular.

(Bud Light Beer, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, Missouri)

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Friday, October 07, 2005
 
  Posted by Tony on 10/07/2005 03:03:00 PM :

      

Why I shop at the Ogre

I was at the Laughing Ogre last night when I spied the first issue of the new Garth Ennis "Ghost Rider" series. I asked Gib how it was, and he told me flat-out he wasn't a fan of it.

I bought it anyway, on the thinking that Gib and I have different taste. Gib was absolutely right. Most of the issue is these two whiny angels talking about some vague threat that I couldn't quite figure out. Not that Ennis should reveal his plot in the first issue, but this didn't even give me a reason to care what the plot is.

So there you have it. Not only does Gib have better comix sense than me, he's also willing to forgo $2.99 in green American money rather than endorse a book he doesn't like. That's integrity, kittens. And that's why he'll get a lot more of my money in the years to come.


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Thursday, October 06, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/06/2005 05:20:00 PM :

      

Your political moment of the day

"Missions from god..." not just for the Blues Brothers anymore. Apparently, there's an interesting new documentary on BBC about our esteemed president...
"President George W. Bush told Palestinian ministers that God had told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq - and create a Palestinian State, a new BBC series reveals.

[Palestinian Foreign Minister] Nabil Shaath says: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did, and then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …" And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it.'"
(via boingboing)


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  Posted by Dara on 10/06/2005 01:03:00 PM :

      

Any Lost fans?

So in a post last year (which I can't find now) I explained why I wasn't going to watch the new series on ABC called Lost.



Well, so much for that plan.

Late in the show's first season, I got sucked into watching it, and now I'm irrevocably hooked. It really is a damn good show; well thought out, well written, with a ton of great characters and great hooks. So anyway, I was wondering if any of the regular readers of the blog here are also fans? If so, any interest in starting a "Lost Thursday" post every week to discuss the previous night's episode and new theories and discoveries regarding the mysteries of the island?

So here's a spoiler for an upcoming episode: a page of the script for episode #206. To view it, go to the offical website at OceanicFlight815.com, click on the little "barcode" graphic at the bottom of the page, and enter this code: theislandiswaiting


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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
 
  Posted by Tom on 10/05/2005 06:19:00 PM :

      

So being born in September doesn't suck...

In catching up on my Spurgeon, I wanted to wish a happy belated birthday to Paul Pope (September 25th) and Craig Thompson (September 21st).


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  Posted by Dara on 10/05/2005 01:41:00 PM :

      

Last Lifelike...for now

Today marks the last episode of my Lifelike webcomic at MoviePoopShoot.com. I want to thank Tom Williams, mpMann, and Tim McClurg for providing the artwork for the various stories that ran there for 18 weeks.

But this isn't the end of Lifelike. The strip will be making the move over to Komikwerks.com in the next few weeks, as part of their Stan Lee's Sunday Comics banner. I'll let you all know when it's up and running.



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Monday, October 03, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/03/2005 05:47:00 PM :

      

*cough* *cough* Dork *cough*

Ok, we all know what a huge comic book geek Nicholas Cage is. But naming your newborn baby boy Kal-el? That's world class dorkism.

And being twice as old as your wife? Well, that's just par for the course in Hollywood...


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  Posted by Dara on 10/03/2005 12:05:00 PM :

      

He-Man does 4 Non Blondes

No, not like that. I mean he sings a 4 Non Blondes song.

Oh, just click the link and see for yourself (fast forward through the slow song intro to get to the funny parts).


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  Posted by Dara on 10/03/2005 08:28:00 AM :

      

Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

This week on Guess the Artist, we're offering a two-fer. Two examples of the early work of two well known artists. I'm thinking most people know the book that the black & white art is from, so they'll be able to guess the artist. The Green Lantern one might be a bit tougher, though you never know. Some of you guys are good at this game. As always, use the comments section to share your guess.



(click images to gigantify)

(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005)

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Sunday, October 02, 2005
 
  Posted by Dara on 10/02/2005 06:23:00 PM :

      

Quickie review: Fell

Fell #1, by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith (Image Comics) - This book is Ellis' experiment in creating comic book "singles," a stand-alone story told in 16 pages, plus another 4 pages of production art and background notes, all for $2. It's a worthy endeavor, and for the most part it works. But it didn't do too much for me, perhaps because I'm getting a bit tired of the typical Ellis "hard-luck bastard cop in a shitty situation" shtick.

Loner cop Richard Fell (get it?) moves into the mysterious Snowtown, gets branded on the neck, solves a murder involving alcohol enemas, and meets a tough as nails bartender chick. The story is told for the most part in a 9-panel grid, is fast paced, and sets up the characters and settings for future issues, while still managing to tell a complete tale in one issue. I had a hard time getting through some of the really unnatural, stilted dialogue ("Miles from anywhere, colder than eskimo nipples, and if you breathe in, you die,") and trademark Ellis descriptions like the precinct smelling like a "leper's cesspit". As for the art, it's not that I hate Templesmith's work. It's pretty. But once you get past the gorgeous colors and moody rendering, you kinda realize that he's a lot of flash and not a whole lot of substance. Bare backgrounds, odd facial expressions, etc. And the worst example is a panel that Ellis himself spotlights in the commentary in the back of the book as an example of how talented his artist is. The description for page 3, panel 3 is a paragraph long, explaining a flashback shot from the POV of a young boy looking up at his dad, going into detail about the wedding band on the grown man's hairy hand, the camera, the metal-band watch, etc. What does the actual panel focus on? Mainly the camera and the man's belt, with the composition and coloring detracting completely from the wedding ring and watch band.

If you're a hardcore Ellis fan, this will probably be right up your alley. If, on the other hand, you're like me and find Ellis to be a 50/50 proposition, you probably won't think much of this book other than it being a competent crime story and a worthy experiment in format. But heck, it's only $2, so maybe that's good enough.


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