Busy time of year and yet there are still many things that caught my eye over the last week.
- The Webcomic Overlook reviews Grim Tales Down Below. Fantasy Story gets reviewed and you can discover This Week in Webcomics‘ favorite comics. Jemma Salume gets interviewed, and so does Joe Jusko. And check out the awesome Skexis toy diectly below it.(You can see the creator’s page here.) After that, feel free to click around and see Orchard’s artwork. And here is one more Pogo fan’s experience.
- And on to company news bits: Ripleys Believe It Or Not has been around 90 years. And it all started with a cartoon from a noname kid named Sparky. And you’re probably wondering what happened to Aquaman and I’m sure you’d like to pick up good copies of the early Superman cartoons.
- Creative layouts can be difficult to …um… create. Ever thought about applying the golden ratio to your comic layouts? Want to see an example? It might be an interesting experiment to apply the technique to individual panels in newspaper style strips, among other layouts. Whatever your layouts look like, be sure your writing is well paced. Those who want more tips can Stay Tooned or take some online lessons.
- This bitmap to vector service might be a useful tool to have in your arsenal for emergencies, at least. Another useful technology which may bring comics to a hand held gadget looks promising. And then there’s a handy way to get your Oh No Robot text to pop up on demand but not clutter your page. Speaking of your webpage, you can visit the forum for Inkblot or try out Manga Press. And don’t miss Keyword Optimization Part Two.
- At some point you may decide to go pro and then you’ll find yourself considering getting an agent. I’m sure you’d like to see Gaiman’s advice… Actually, he defers to the advice of someone he knows will know, but now you know. That’s all about writing agents but I’m sure the advice will still be useful. I’m sure you’d also like to know about graphic novel agents for artists, just to round out your knowledge. (This is part four, so be sure to look over the first three parts too.) I also found a fan who would like to get digital comics from a digital store, not just from Marvel or DC. (That would be cool, wouldn’t it? A website set up like an actual comic shop where you could browse the first few pages of comics from various publishers.) The Beat analyzed this a little further, but the same fan created a breakdown about the dollar enjoyment value one gets out of comics. One last thing about business; even reviewers are feeling the economic crunch.
- I always enjoy seeing how other comickers create their strips. I like the drawn lines instead of text in the layout sketches. Also, I found this Youtube video pretty useful and fun to watch. That’s a great colorist.