Thursday, June 25, 2009
Per J. Scalzi, a science person:
The vast majority of blogs, in fact, have nothing but the following three posts:
Post One: “Here’s my blog! This is where I’m going to share all my thoughts about life, the universe and everything! It’s going to be great and I can’t wait to tell you all what I’m thinking about everything!”
Post Two: “Hey, sorry I haven’t updated in a while — life’s been crazy. But I’ll be back soon.”
Post Three: “Here’s a picture of my cat.”
And then it’s done.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I was shocked at the level of dislike the fan base poured out on their movies this year. Listing from most deserving of dislike to Least deserving: "Watchmen" (there where whole blogs devoted to hating some of the scenes), "Wolverine", and last, "Dragonball Evolution". Sure, they were all bad. But, the only reason that "Dragonball" failed is that it replaced the fan-loved story with another not-as-good story. "Wolverine" was just slightly worse. Apparently super-strong adamantium is no match for super-weak-scriptium.
When a hero movie is made, there is a large group who want to see the hero. But, the movie has immature-adult-elements which remove the larger chunk of the built in audience from participating. For the remaining small group, the story is re-written in a way to directly annoy the fans. Many drop away. Finally, for the remaining small group, the story is re-worked so that it is odd enough and long enough and scattered enough to be practically unwatchable. The movie fails in many ways.
Oddly this does not matter to "Wolverine" which people rate, "pretty good" and pour millions of ticket sales into.
On the good side, "Star Trek" is up this Friday. Also on the good side: the Atomic Robo free comic was Tesla humor at it's best.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away several select comic books absolutely FREE (with few stores that are exceptions) to anyone who comes into their stores. Linky with FAQ and a comic store locator here.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Erik Thompson who has a style that I love - sat across from me all weekend, sometimes making faces and sometimes giving me some good ideas on process. A good man.
Bruce Timm who saved Batman from obscurity in the 1990s - sat just a few feet away from the CNW booth both days
Stephen Silver is the great character designer who sat next to me, his booth was partially obscured by the huge line that was there to see Bruce Timm, so I was able to talk to him more than I would have otherwise. He is a great person as well as a great character designer, very dedicated to being a dad, I was a fan before the comicon and a bigger one after having him to myself at the comicon.
There was a crowd of people from the cartoon club (Cartoonist Northwest) there (many with their own booths) and I promoted the club with Donna, Elizabeth and Roberta.
His crowd was too large for me to talk to him, but at least I was able to see what Humberto Ramos looked like. I rabidly consume his early work with "Impulse".
Have to mention my other favorites Phil Foglio and Aaron Williams who were there and I have linked to for over a year at Girl Genius and Nodwick. Greatness in stories.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I have been doing some illustrations for my friends who are suddenly job hunting and the recession. Bubbles popping, flooding, crashing and such I can use. I cannot use the slug in the Beer, too obscure. Do people still put cans of beer out for slugs? I remember the slugs loving the stuff.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The point of the exercise is to stretch artistically and improve storytelling. It takes about 2 1/2 weeks doing 3 panels a day.
Step one - do a fairly good reproduction of the original Wally Wood example.
Step two - do a parody with a character from your stable.
You can see the original Wally Wood collection in hi res from the owner here.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Bill Whittle had an essay a while back that inpired some sketches: I do not think that there are enough Sheep Dog cartoons in the world.
Someone at the Belmont Club summarized Bill's ideas nicely:
* One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: "Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident."
* The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. ... Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land.
* Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. ... The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day.