Strip News 2/5/10 do we start this week?

Webcomic Overlook lead off with Raine Dog and Tall Tale Features reviewed Robot Beach and Rival Angels. Digital Strips promised to review Boxcar Astronaut (via podcast) and commended Atland. The Cool Webcomic List reviewed an ominous sounding comic entitled The Guns of Shadow Valley and Tangents covered Blip and City of Reality. Webcomics Critique apathetically featured Gunshow and Storming the Tower looked at February’s Zuda lineup.

Panel Patter reviewed Plain Janes and Northlanders. Optical Sloth looked at some comics by Edgar Castro, some old comics by Ariel Bordeaux and some by Robert Ullman.

♦ As you probably know by now, War of the Woods won the Zuda competition for January. Runners Universe gave a spotlight on Sunset Grill and go here if you want to know about the next Missile Mouse book. Which you do. Rosscott talked about Axe Cop and so did Superhero Nation, along with semicolons (and commas, too.) Actually, despite my lack of 100% success in self editing, I prefer to be grammatically correct when writing and I can appreciate this comic for its cleverness. Also, I find myself wondering if a few comics like these might help middleschool students grasp the rules of grammar painlessly. I suppose to fit in a school curriculum at that age level, the comics would have to be a little more uptight and rigid – but – I suspect it would help immensely.

Tall Tale Radio talked with Rick Kirkman. Rocket LLama interviewed Matthew Petz and you heard about the Bill Watterson interview but you may not have seen Line and Color’s supplementary information. Comics turned seven and celebrated with a true story about poop on the moon. Really. Who else could do that and get away with it?

♦ Comics are bigger than ever. They’re more than the paper, ink and screens we read them on. How do I know this? Comic Book Resources told me so. And Tom Richmond had the right idea about digital tablets. Work them for the strengths they have, not as a replacement for other media channels. Bleeding Cool had a nice roundup of iPad reactions from across the board, too.

♦ Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Webcomics Community critiqued the Sacred Grounds comic website. Digital Strips Links Galore that you don’t want to miss.

♦ I learned that Michigan J. Frog was created in 1956 and how to draw birds and whales believably from a six page interview with Chuck Jones on Cartoon Brew. Imagine what things you may pick up on once you read those pages and see the drawings.

♦ For some how-to, Manga Journey posted an intro to inking and Comics Comics talked about unintended image connections. And this article from Copyblogger made me wonder if we always know who we are making comics for? Is it for new readers? How about other creators or regular readers? Or even yourself? I’ve also been trying to apply the points from this article to comics and I am musing on how to translate numbers 5 and 6 into a practical plan for constant and consistent improvement. We do want to leave a good taste in our reader’s imaginations, right?

♦ Then, Science tries to explain the whoosh, as it has been shown over time. The whoosh is invaluable to scientists, too. It’s easy to think we know how a horse gallops but for years most didn’t know. Imagine trying to draw or paint a galloping horse without reference. Maybe you’d like some more reference?

♦ And then imagine what it will be when we look back in five or ten years and realize that not all webcomics had their own theme songs/jingles. This jingle creator will be well to do by then so get yours now on the cheap. What? How long will it be before Comic Press adds a theme song feature? After that, it will just be considered good sense to have a bit of music or sound component included in your web presence. How can readers do without it?

♦ And boy, oh boy I think it’s pretty short sighted to hire someone based primarily on their schooling. I’ve known a lot of skilled workers who were self taught and more importantly, self motivating – which far outweighed any actual schooling anyone received. I’ve worked in factory lines with those who have their Bachelors in Business and those with no schooling at all who are very successful in their fields. Now, I don’t know all the particulars in this specific case with NinjaX and I can admit that a graduate of (say) the Kubert School WOULD be a better storyboarding candidate. I see that as a RARE exception.

♦ Here’s an opportunity: The Escapist is looking for a good webcomic and even offers a comic about what not to submit.

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