Strip News 1-9-9

No time for fancy words today because there are a million things to see. On to the news:Mice Templar

  • The Kurgan in Highlander is one of the better villains in movieland. I wonder how this comic based on him will fare? We already know how this comic turned out, but You’ll Have That has posted it’s last, especially fitting update. Also, it looks like Casey & Scotty (and Dub) will be on an unfortunate and hopefully temporary hiatus. Johnny Saturn goes six days a week and the Weblog Awards finalists have been announced.
  • Some might wonder if it’s possible to have a truly interesting eight page, black and white mini comic. That doesn’t seem like a lot of pages, does it? Here are three reviewed for your convenience. And you’ve probably already seen the critique of xkcd.
  • You know how they say no one can hear you scream in space? That’s not exactly true. This means that the Thundercats, Silverhawks and Superman (who once listened to the “music of the spheres” on his walkman while he flew in space in a comic I once read) is not so far fetched after all. I stand corrected. While we’re clearing the air, here’s the story behind some of your favorite Muppets.
  • What do you call your work? Comics or cartoons? Then, do you think those self employed artists have it mythically easy? This was an interesting discussion about the needs of comic editing from MPD57. (I have some comments below the article which rehash my viewpoint I stated here, fourth point from the bottom, but the other commenters have interesting things to say.) Helpfully, Mark Waid weighs in with how to deal with critics and the call goes up from the crowd: “Kill the monthly comic!” Maybe we could use this handy flash comic viewer instead – the creator wants feedback, too.
  • For a bit of how-to, here’s one easy way to check your composition and another way to look at cartoon faces. How about some effective comic covers to analyze and copy? And why do some characters really make an impact on readers but not others? And drawing good cartoon fur is not as easy as it first seems. Another important thing I want to try is found here, in point number one.
  • And this is a brand new article asking who you are advertising for? And here’s a good reference work on creating banners. We also have the advice of a veteran illustrator about dealing with clients who have vague artistic expectations. (And how to get hired for artwork at MAD magazine – or – what not to do to be considered.)
  • Gary Rodrigue has some good goals for the big comic pubishers.
  • If you haven’t yet heard, Commisioner Gordon (from the previous string of Batman movies) has died. Our condolences to friends, family and fans – he was on Hawaii Five-O, Magnum P.I. and several other very famous TV shows and movies.
  • This Round Robin idea sounds like an interesting project, especially among artists who are friends or in a collective, which would offer a nice creative improv. Of course, you could always use these suggestions to jump start you creatively, too.
  • ComixTalk needs a cover image for this month and in the same post, there’s some great advice about what dpi to scan your artwork in. And this color is the new black. You’ve been warned.
  • I’m not sure if it’s ironic, I am linking to the enemy of comic bloggers. Read the manifesto.

Okay, that exhausts my bookmarked entries for this week.


  1. I usually feel like a cartoon but I make comics. :) Confusingly, I have always referred to animated works AND single panel comics as ‘cartoons’ and everything else as ‘comics.’ American Otaku is a comic, to me.

    I think most people (in the US) consider ‘comics’ to refer to superhero story booklets and are entirely unaware (or shocked) that there are non-super comics in print and on the web.

    The word cartoon is also confusing for most people because they equate cartoon with funny – likely due to Bugs Bunny and related tv shows. So Akira isn’t a cartoon to them, but it is. Kind of.

    And when they read the paper , they often refer to them as cartoons on the comics page. To echo the conversation on the Floating Lightbulb; what a mess.

    So, because of all this cross-word pollination, I am attempting to train myself to use the word comic to refer to non-animated works and cartoon for the animated.

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