♦ Down the Tubes looked at The Bluecoats: The Skyriders and Poisoned Rationality encouraged us to wait for Linger. Panel Patter liked The War at Ellsmere, Salt Water Taffy and Nana 3. Forbidden Planet looked at Moon Lake and The Daily Crosshtach was more or less pleased with Sad Animals. Kleefeld marveled at the magic of Crogan’s March while Pink Raygun appreciated Ball Peen Hammer without liking it too much.
♦ Warren Peace talked about some manga coloring techniques that gave me pause. Only parts of the comic have any real ‘visual based ’emotional impact and the others leave you feeling more stand offish and introspective. For those who’d like a non manga example, Mumblier has a similar effect when I read it – which might be for some of the reasons that Art & Story mentioned in this Your Comic article.
♦ Optimum Wound talked with Tony Dezungia
You can also read the Occasional Superhroine’s Memoirs if you hurry. It’s quite a story and I should take some time to read the whole thing before I offer any comment.
♦ Asterisk Animation shared a lesson in storytelling with us. Sometimes it’s the little things that sell the subtext with great clarity. And for goodness sake, don’t let the villain beat the heroes and just let them go. And then Superhero Nation explained that is a drama fail. One can see how that applies to the challenge in any story, not just the Batman and the Penguin.
♦ The Webcomic Beacon has some potential topics to talk about in podcasts. I like the thoughtful angle they are taking.
♦ Maybe you’ll think I’m crazy (or crazier than your last assessment) after you read about hunters and farmers. I think we can classify ourselves and hunter-readers or farmer-readers and hunter-creators and farmer-creators. Further, some comics lends themselves to one kind of reader and we can make practical use of our intended audience type, can’t we? Hunter readers might like surprise content like sketches and visual bang while farmer readers might like encyclopedia entries on the setting details, for example.
♦ And then thanks to Comics Worth Reading, I now find myself wondering who was Wolverine’s Daddy? And I’m not talking about Sabertooth. Interesting to me, Wolvie first appeared in October 1974 as a minor character which explains the costume AND why I have the preferred mysterious impression of the character that I do. Not too long after that was when I was reading comics. I want Wolverine’s history to remain unrevealed and we just get to see cool stories about when he was a Samurai or pirate mixed in with him doing his best-I-am super bit. And no bone claws – but this is supposed to be about comics, not about me.
♦ Anyway, I am pleased to announce a new line of products that you may want to offer your readers. How cool would Voltron or Bill the Cat or Hobbes or one of your comic characters be on one of these? (Thanks to my brother for pointing this out to me.)
♦ There are already countless other news posts and interviews about iFanboy, but ICv2 is where I saw that news first. As of this writing, the major part left unknown is about Graphic.ly’s product still being in beta and whether or not it will remain that way.
♦ The Daily Cartoonist mentioned that the Dallas Art News will be starting a webcomic section in April. There are already about eight webcomics signed up but you can probably still sneak in.
♦ War of Winds urged us to get the filler out of our comic archives. URGED is maybe understating it though. And that’s good advice. Maybe between storylines or once in a while in a gag comic you could leave it but … take it out already.
♦ And did you like the pink elephants on parade? I always did get a little story disconnect (due to the art difference and the length) but the animation is greater than the sun of its parts.