Return of the Independent Comic Book

Return of the Independent Comic Book

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Self-Publishing

First, I want to apologize. This is a brain dump post. I’m going to move all over the place. But I’m buzzing with the sound of comics in my head and I need to get it out there. I want to talk about the independent comic book. This weekend I read through the first volume of The Complete […]

Mobile Creation On The Go

Mobile Creation On The Go

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Tools

I worked at a small design firm early in my career. One of the owners possessed the object of my desire: a titanium PowerBook G4. He would bring it to the office on his motorcycle. Worked on it all day in his corner office, doing everything from programming to design work. And at the end […]

Transitioning from Traditional to Digital Process

Transitioning from Traditional to Digital Process

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Process

Christian Ward is the artist and co-creator of ODY-C with Matt Fraction at Image Comics. He recently wrote about how he is transitioning from traditional materials to an all digital workflow for creating his pages: Insecurity in art isn’t a bad thing, though. Far from it; it’s what pushes me to be better. To take […]

Writing Comics with “The Walk”

Writing Comics with “The Walk”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Process

My writing process is always in flux. But I have hit on a method that works for me. I’ve been writing this way for several projects. Most of the bugs have been worked out. This is how I work. I hope someone can find something useful for their own work. This is the second post […]

Design Is A Service, Unless It Isn’t

Design Is A Service, Unless It Isn’t

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Design

I’m not just writing here. I’m also contributing to the B² Interactive blog on a regular basis. I’m passionate about design. In the future, I’d like to write more about why graphic design as a “day job” (I hate that term) is an excellent choice for an aspiring cartoonist. You learn deadlines, production, and conceptualization. You […]

The Start of a New Comic Creation Process with “The Walk”

The Start of a New Comic Creation Process with “The Walk”

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Process

Last week, I posted two pages, side by side. One had been done in 2013, and the other was done at the time of the post. They were two different versions of the same page. They were also two different points in time in my life. What I didn’t share was the original version of […]

Capturing My Days with Day One

Capturing My Days with Day One

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Writing

  We’ve all been there. You are in a bookstore or a coffee shop and something catches your eye. A row of blank journals. You pick one up, admire how it feels. The imagination kicks in. You see yourself drinking coffee and staring out at the summer morning. A pen is in hand but you’re […]

Keep Working on Comics

Keep Working on Comics

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Advice

I love starting my morning catching up with Tom Spurgeon’s excellent site, The Comics Reporter. He just published a great interview with Sammy Harkham, and one part in particular really hit home for me: I am genuinely in awe of anybody in the comics industry who makes their living from making comics. That’s a wonderful […]

Quality Control: An Analysis of Pogo and Walt Kelly

Quality Control: An Analysis of Pogo and Walt Kelly

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Business

Walt Kelly debuted his comic strip POGO in the pages of the New York Star on October 4, 1948. The strip ran for the rest of the Star’s publication, which ended on January 28, 1949. But POGO returned, this time in syndication, on May 16, 1949. The early syndicated POGO strips seem familiar. Kelly took […]

How I Create Comics in Adobe Illustrator

How I Create Comics in Adobe Illustrator

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Process

Create comics in Adobe Illustrator? Yes, it can be done. I originally wrote about my process of how I create comics in Adobe Illustrator in November of 2005. It was one of my more popular posts from my previous site. Probably because it had something useful in it. I would use the same process in 2015. But first, […]