The October issue of Wizard magazine recommended five comic art schools in GA, MN, NJ, NY and VT. They were the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, the School of Visual Arts and Center for Cartoon Studies. The article gives the tuition, famous almuni, instructors, how many students are enrolled, lessons and technology, what you’ll graduate with and what each of them is ideal for. The rest of the magazine is about the other Hot 50 things going on in comics. Two things that may give you pause in this hot 50… Three webcomics made it in at 33rd: SMBC, Chainsawsuit and Least I Could Do. And further down the list in Amazing Spider-Man, it appears that JJJ and Aunt May are an item. A serious item – which is not a selling point for me. Ugh.
It escaped my conscious notice that Brom is also an author but now that I’ve been reminded, I do recall seeing book covers with his name of them. A Nickel’s Worth interviewed Terry Libenson and Aaron Johnson while This Week In Webcomics pointed us to interviews with Paul Taylor and Gisele Lagace. Dark Horse had an interview with Evan Dorkin, creator of Milk and Cheese. Thought Bubble talked to Hugh Raine and Marc Ellerby while Trouble With Comics asked Erik Larsen some questions that focused mostly on the comic business. I have a lot of respect for what Mr. Larsen has been able to accomplish but I think he and the interviewer should realize that the rules are changing – most entertainment is going digital and it’s not going back. He does make a good point that good comics definitely sell (in some form or another,) so the demand is there. We just have to supply it. (Also, one of my kids brought home a Scholastic News (click here and scroll down to the September 7th, 2009 cover image – you’ll see a boy with a textbook and another kid on a computer behind him. California public schools are switching over to digital textbooks. Schwarzenegger is all in favor of the switch so kids can be up to date on things.)
I figure that this Astonishing X Men motion comic would probably be interesting to watch on a handheld screen but it doesn’t hold my attention on a regular screen. Also – I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this opinion – I don’t need to see screens of credits like I’m watching a movie.
Ulysses Seen has a new update schedule starting October 5th and Dovecote Crest hit the one year milestone.
And I found the Comic Reporter’s request to stop pushing him to review your comic interesting to read. It may come off a little harsh upon first read but it’s really just a plea for those making requests to be reasonable. After all, there’s only so much time in the day and there are other things that need to be done too. Say Tom gets ten review requests a day – there’s no way he’ll ever meaningfully get to all 3,650 requested comics during the year – or even half that many.
Comics Worth Reading gave us some pointers on what to do with our damaged print copies and Comic Book Resources talked about iPhone comic apps. You may also find the Toonopedia fun to browse or research and we finally get an answer to the question many have had to confront: is it or is it not faster to work digitally than traditionally? We got some pointers on sharpening our two sentence comic synopses and then even more pointers, which included how to work large casts like super teams in the synopses. And, of course, you already saw mpd57′s thirty golden rules for Zuda submissions.