Archive for the ‘Comics’ Category
I'm sure everyone has seen the comic Scott McCloud did for Google Chrome by now? It's rather entertaining and does a decent job at explaining what's good about Chrome even though it's not entirely succesful at making a complex, nerdy subject seem simple. It's definitely a sign though that Scott has arrived... though when Jim Woodring did work for Microsoft, it didn't quite manage to make him a household name.
I do wonder if Google are going to need it translated into other languages, and if so, whether they will be working through their normal channels
I've added 11 character drawings made in preparation for Feral to my Comicspace galleries and put price tags on them. These were some of my most popular postings on my DeviantArt space at the time. Prices range from $ 15 to $ 30, with shipping free if you also buy an original from the Feral or Invasion gallery. Sorry, the Devil originals are sold out. All originals will come with a print of the finished digital artwork as published.
One thing that's different about this new gallery is that it contains no NSFW images, and so can be seen by all visitors even if they don't have a ComicSpace account. With the other ones, I probably lost business as a result of the galleries being blocked to visitors who weren't logged in to Comicspace. I would encourage everyone who wants to buy one of my images from the older galleries to sign up; it's easy, free and painless, your data will not be sold or given away, and it'll allow you, if you want, to boost my profile within Comicspace by adding me to your friends list and marking the galleries as your favorites.
However, I'm looking into ways to host the sale of art on my own server, which should resolve the problem of people being blocked from seeing the images for good.
I'll be taking part in 24 hour comic day on location at the Stripmuseum in Groningen on Saturday, October 20, into Sunday, October 21. The event will be blogged at the 24-hour comic day Groningen blog, with updates showing the latest work from the participants. There's even ominous talk of a webcam, so there's a chance you'll not only get to see what I look like, but also to see me and the creme de la creme of Groningen's cartooning subculture get completely zonked out and worn away to a pathetic stub of a human being over the course of 24 hours.
There's an impressive roster signed up already. Calvin is taking part, as is Jelena, but Jeroen, while listed, has mentioned that he might not have the energy this year as he's in the midst of moving house. But he might change his mind...
Well, I'm back from my holiday, and really should do the rest of that 75% finished Baraminology post. It even has nevw illustrative material. But first, the visit to co-bloggers Reinder, Jeroen, and Secret Guest Co-Blogger who May or May Not post.
It was a fun, if somewhat subdued trip, due to me recovering from a rather long illness. Got quite a lot of Dutch comics at the Stripmuseum, got enough liquorice to be sick of it for a while, practiced drawing and finally finished some old art and generally had fun with friends.
But the reason for this weekend in particular was to make fun of Eurovision, so, let's begin. I type up my notes as taken on the day, without much commentary. It's much more fun that way.
Bosnia and Herzegovenia: Very poor visuals, but a good, well-written Eastern European folksong. The lead singer was wearing a dress like a cabbage, surrounded by women staying perfectly still in odd poses and some idiotic-looking fellow with some folk-guitar - probably a balalika - serenaded her.
Spain Endlessly repetitive, but energeticly agressive song. Four posers in white suits dancing quite well, but over-choreographed. Terrible background.
Belarus At first, I thought this might be alright, then they started singing.Nice visuals, good effects with people seeing to become attached to walls.
(This was followed by a transition featuring a particularly ugly man wearing almost nothing diving into a hot spring.)
Ireland It was something like a stereotypical Irish song sung by a woman who was... either panicked or on drugs. I suspect there will be more blogging on this entry over the next few days.
Macedonia Pure crap.
(This was followed by a transition which involved making an ice sculpture, then setting it on fire. What the hell?)
Slovenia Gothic music meets Eastern European folk music with a snappy disco beat. It... kind of works.
Hungary A pretty good blues song by a person with a good voice and a pleasant girl-next-door appearance. Probably the best so far by a long ways. One of the few I'd happily listen to again, though, admittedly, listening to it again as I type it up, it's still pretty good, but not as good as I remembered it. Singer's great though.
Greece Music to film porn to. If the lead singer's involved, gay porn.
France Flaming homosexuals do country and western. Badly.
Latvia Very... old-fashioned song, in Italian. That will not end, Augh!!!!! [Last four words underlined repeatedly]
Russia Five strong, agressive women's group singing a 1980's / 90's song with a strong, rocking beat. [I didn't write much on this one, probably because it was the best of the songs, and so I was distracted actually listening to it]
Germany 1940's cabaret, very well done.
Serbia Butch girl dressed as a man surrounded by beautiful women. Awfully like a bad Cher song, but far better sung.
Ukraine Bad transvestite. No further information too drunk from keychange dinking game. Keyc hanges every few seconds. At least 12. [This one's very poorly written. I was pretty drunk by then]
U.K. Stewardesses [spelt Stueurdesses - I was drunk] and stewards with inuendo by "Are You Being Served". That's about it. Done in the most awful, boriing manner, but while looking for the video, I found this version which is... far, far better, if still very silly. I suppose humour really is all in the performance, and the Eurovision performance... sucked mightily..
Romania: What the fuck? This cheesy song about love is like a children's program's theme song. Lots of key changes.
Bulgaria ...the Hell?
Turkey To quote what I wrote at the time: "I'm oo drunk to comment on this... thing. See 'Ukraine'." I'm too scared to watch it again to find out what I meant.
Armenia See Reinder's comments. At the time, I was only able to write "Can't stop laughing. What the hell?" I did laugh the entire time it was on, and could not stop. Sadly,. it still has that effect on me.
Moldova For some reason, I never wrote anything on this at the time. Watching a bit of it, I think my brain may be trying to block the memory. Nice use of classical modes, though. Pity they forgot about giving the singer a melody.
Conclusions: Russia by far the best. Hungary and Germany pretty good, a few others are alright. Several total clunkers. Don't know why Serbia won. Maybe people really like Cher and girls that look like fat 16 year old boys.
If Chris Muir drew Charles Schulz's Peanuts, for example, he wouldn't have bothered drawing a panel showing Lucy pulling the football away at the last minute when Charlie Brown tries to kick it. That would be too Old School for him. Instead, Muir would just have Lucy say, "Democrats always pull the football away at the last minute when you are trying to kick it, Charlie Brown." Lucy and Charlie Brown would also probably be in their underwear.
Internet meme in 5... 4... 3....
From IRC, just now:
reinder: http://comics212.net/2007/04/19/afraid-of-cock/ M___ is not going to follow that link from a work PC M___: In fact I think I'll go crash the server to corrupt the logs just in case reinder :As far as I've read it, it's safe for work reinder: Except if you're afraid of cock, I guess. M___: See, that word ... it's not safe for work M___: I think you're confused because of being self-employed
He's got a point. I make a point of taking full advantage of my self-employed-ness: I may be permanently stressed-out and one month away from eviction, but at least I can set my own hours and I can read the word "cock" on a computer I also work on.
The article with the word "cock" in it is a hilarious look at cock, specifically, cock appearing in an Alex Ross-painted cover sollicitation for Justice Society of America # 7 and the fanboys' reaction to it.
First and foremost, there's a reason that "Comics Should Be Good" isn't linked from my site, and the above is a good indicator of why. Second, that's what "Queer Fear" is, in case you were wondering. Brian and his 'buddy' Jake are 'creeped out' by a bulge in another guy's pants (artistic or otherwise). The idea that an artist chose to give a character an impressively-rendered package is actually frightening to these fellas, and the idea that his model might've had a good-sized package in real life? And Alex Ross decided NOT to neuterhim for some insane reason? Equally as creepy.
Needless to say, I'm pro-cock. Even as a kid, I found it vaguely annoying that so many comic characters had nothing whatsoever in their pants. It wasn't a showstopper of a flaw, but it did make many characters look more than a bit freaky. And in today's more adult-oriented comics culture, there's clearly been a double standard for some time. Read the article, which is lovingly backed up by reference pictures of male underwear models. Who have cocks. Cock-cock-cockkity-cock cocks. (Via Journalista!)
In 2006 I hardly drew any comics being rather preoccupied with making money. I've recently taken it up again with renewed vigor and one of the consequences is todays return of terribly weird sci-fi epic Cap'n.
The stats reveal there still has been a steady flow of visitors taking a peek if perhaps Cap'n hadn't secretly returned. I'm glad to say that it has and will be updating on Fridays for the time being. You may have lost track of the storyline after the one and a half year hiatus: the current storyline starts here.
I hope one day to be recognized for the bold and daring lack of unity in style, lazy artwork and unintelligable storyline. If anyone knows about such an award, please let me know.
In any case: hope you enjoy the return of Cap'n!
I guess now would be a good time to mention that there's a series of webcomics Crossover Wars going on involving several dozen webcomics, including Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan. The hub site has been live for a couple of weeks and has a very thorough overview of everything that's been going on so far. Core comics are CameoComic and Evil Overlords United, both of which were created especially for the event.
After the FRAMED!!! Great Escape, I told myself and others that it had been great fun and let's not do it again. But I got myself suckered into doing another big mega-crossover. And it's fun. And hair-raising. Again. Once it's over, I'll never do it again.
I've been a fan of Girls Reading Comics for a while now. However, today, they pointed out a review of Spiderman showing the hands-down the worst idea I've ever heard of: That whole radioactive spider biting him thing leads to him killing his girlfriend through radioactive semen. And, no, it's not a fanfic, this is an official Marvel comic.
"Oh God, I'm sorry! The doctors didn't understand how it happened! How you had been poisoned by radioactivity! How your body slowly became riddled with cancer! I did. I was... I am filled with radioactive blood. And not just blood. Every fluid. Touching me... loving me... Loving me killed you! Like a spider, crawling up inside your body and laying a thousand eggs of cancer... I killed you."
...See, this is why I avoided comics for decades, and only finally started reading webcomics, Castle Waiting, Sandman, Cerebus and The Goon in my 20s. For God's sake, Marvel and DC, hire people who can write! Stop giving all comics a bad name.