Saturday, February 27, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 252

Cubby, the boy astronaut -- another minor character from The Screaming Limping Demon Leeches from the Grave at the Castle of the Sinister Cosmic Zombies from Mars, the "movie" within my work-in-progress digital comic, Invasion of Fear.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 251

More artwork from the as-yet-unreleased 2nd part of my digital comic "Invasion of Fear" (first part is here).

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 250

Another minor character from The Screaming Limping Demon Leeches from the Grave at the Castle of the Sinister Cosmic Zombies from Mars, the "movie" within my digital comic, Invasion of Fear.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 248

Back in November I reported on Monster Comics' efforts to generate money to pay for getting a web comic collection printed. Well, Daniel (the man half of Team Monster Comics) has posted a fairly detailed and interesting report of the money drive's conclusion (he shares order numbers and dollar amounts) -- basically, a must-read for any web cartoonist. In fact, readers of web comics might find it interesting as well. You can find it here. My biggest takeaway from this is that in addition to the (enjoyable) work of creating comics, squeezing money out of readers is a hugely time-consuming beast (and in this case, a respectable 78% successful). Daniel is one hard-working guy. It's good to know that there are folks out there willing to help support his work. Many thanks to Daniel for sharing the info.

Daniel also has a web site of interest to digital cartoonists, Webcomic Marketing. I haven't read all of it yet but haven't stumbled across anything with which I'd strongly disagree. Basically, it's got lots of common sense -- but often ignored/forgotten -- hints/tips/advice of use to independent creators.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 245


A couple of minor characters from the upcoming installment of "Invasion of Fear." The first part of this Java Town story can be found here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 243

The Java Town story that I'm currently working on, "Invasion of Fear," is my first sustained effort to create comics digitally. I'm a bit unconventional in how I work I guess, drawing with a mouse rather than a stylus. There's a lot I like about the process but I feel I'm still in a learning mode rather than an I've-got-this-nailed-down mode. Above is a "comminaut" from an upcoming part of the story as one of the stars of the movie, The Screaming Limping Demon Leeches from the Grave at the Castle of the Sinister Cosmic Zombies from Mars.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 240

Some web comic links of interest:

RELIABLE COMICS: This is the kind of thing I like to see, David King's latest web comic has a link to a photo of that day's original art. Lots of excellent cartooning.

ANDERTOONS: Mark Anderson has to be one hard-working cartoonist. His art (of which there is a constant stream) is very much in a classic/conventional mode but he has embraced the web in an aggressive (and I hope beneficial to him) way. Worth checking out.

WHAT THINGS DO: Gorgeous web comics by Jordan Crane, John Porcellino and others. No merchandise available as yet so I'm not sure how they're all paying for this. Still, beautiful, beautiful stuff well presented.

ADDMERCH: Looks useful and easy, haven't tried it out yet. 

THESIXTYONE: A music discovery site with a very slick interface. Something similar could make a nice web comic related site (hint, hint to any clever programmers/web comic fans out there).

Friday, February 12, 2010

Graphic Novel Contest Poster

A poster I recently designed for the San Jose Library's annual Graphic Novel contest. The contest is open to San Jose, California residents of all ages. More info here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 235

I'm a bit late on this but it still may be of interest: Artist and designer Kevin Cornell, creator of the the extremely attractive Bearskinrug, shares his thoughts on wanting to profit from creating web comics after two years of effort. Of interest is the civil response from his readers (basically, "I like what you do but I won't pay for content on the web" and "sell more merch"). You can read it here (and check out Kevin's work while you're at it).

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 234

In yesterday's post I mentioned how I've reworked my Java Town comic, putting it out in a different format than previously available (get it here). I decided to make the change because, if nothing else, this Web Comic Project has been a learning experience. And one of its main lessons has been this: I don't have the temperament for web comics, at least not how they are most popularly produced. That doesn't mean that I'm giving up on creating digital comics (or finding ways to support their creation). I'm just recognizing a personality trait (or failing, depending). I'm a tinkerer. I think and re-think, write and re-write, draw and re-draw. Putting out bigger chunks of story is a more optimal and natural way for me to work. And creating the digital publication was fun for me. Hopefully, the end result will justify this approach.

I'm also in the process of changing the design of the blog so things will be a bit out of whack for a few days. Your patience is appreciated.

A Quick Word About My 80 Day Absence: I'm sorry to say I was sick during a good chunk of the time I wasn't posting. I'm fine now and getting back to business, life, and related activities.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Web Comic Project: Day 233

Sorry for the long absence. Much to talk about but I'm tied up at the moment so I'm presenting the above clip from SLG (superbly put together by Shannon Coffey) promoting the upcoming Java Town collection.

In other news: I've reworked and rewritten some of the previously presented Java Town material, added new pages and put it all together in a digital comic book format which you can download from here.