It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday season is fast approaching, yet every day is a holiday on the internets.
If you were going to cast the Doctor Strange movie, and want to argue about it, you could do that at Longbox Graveyard where Paul O’Connor, Chris Ulm and I layout a scenario.
JT Lindroos at Bookgasm looks at a chunk of UK graphic novels to add to your holiday shopping list: Tank Girl, Rogue Trooper, and Torpedo.
Back again with more cool stuff from around the internet. Whether your tastes run to Ralph Bakshi’s version of Robert Crumb’s Fritz The Cat, webcomics, E-Man or inappropriately sexual licensed Batman products, the internet proved a bounty of great stuff this week. Let’s take a look.
Webcomics: I love webcomics - and some day we’ll all just call them comics, right? - and I love the sites that cover them. Which means I love Floating Light Bulb. In addition to coverage of webcomics, there are lots of great insights into using them as a business, plus stuff on Google, Twitter, and more. Also, this person is smarter than me. A highly recommended site to bookmark.
Here’s a taste from a recent post. This past week featured an interview with Kez who does the webcomic War of Winds. The interview’s focus is all about webcomic creators attending conventions, hand-selling, meeting fans and making fans. It’s about the “creator as small businessperson” model. Kez also breaks down how much money can be made via her website v. conventions. “I completed one short 54-page comic as a printed side-story, which has sold well. While I didn’t start out with that story from a business stand-point, I ended that way. Out of the 50 copies I had printed, I have sold 42, gave away 2, have 3 left to sell, and 3 that were mis-printed. I bought each for about 7 dollars, sold them for $10 each, and made a profit of over $100. I will be printing more books shortly, as books sell the best at conventions.” It’s great to see someone talking hard numbers like this, instead of theory. Much, much more at the link.
Lots of great stuff popped up on my radar this week. It was tough to narrow it down to just four. But this stuff should keep you busy through the weekend. Happy clicking!
WALLY WOOD: Steve Thompson of Booksteve’s Library has launched a new blog about the late, great and tragic Wally Wood. Wood was a regular at EC Comics and his work popped up everywhere in the 1950s and 1960s: MAD Magazine, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Sally Forth, Cannon, The Spirit, Witzend and others. He worked as a penciller and an inker and did humorous stuff, super-hero stuff, sci-fi stuff and even stuff for adults only. He was also one of the first comic book artists to start publishing his own stuff. His illustrated “Wally Wood’s 22 Panels That Always Work” is a mini-masterpiece of story-telling techniques that’s been passed around since the age of the photocopier. He led a sad, unhappy life and ultimately took his own in 1981, but his art is still beautiful to look at years later. Favorite posts from Steve so far include sample art from the proposed Wizard King animated feature and a brief overview of his Thunder Agents comic, Noman. There’s lots of great artwork up so far and the promise of more. This is a blog to bookmark and come back to often.
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