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Backlog O’ Topics

Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

  • Happy anniversary to A Girl And Her Fed. Wait? Eyes? Freakshow!
  • Want to know where webcomics are now/are going? R Stevens has some thoughts.
  • Fleen fave Ugly Hill is now visible at Viper Comics, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Wes Molebash, Bryan! Chojnowski, Josh Howard, and Kazu Kibuishi
  • Emerald City Comi-con is starting now-ish, with a healthy webcomics component; check out most of Blank Label, PvP, Penny Arcade, Unshelved, Girl Genius, Scene Language, and more, including a Sunday afternoon panel on the bid’ness of webcomics.
  • Speaking of Scene Language, Corey Marie wrote a while back to tell us this:

    As you may or may not know, John K of has a blog that he writes a bunch of stuff for animators in. A lot of it is animation specific, but there’s also the occasional bit that applies to comics, too. Today he’s got a bit about scene planning that I found really interesting. He’s talking about making cartoons for TV on a budget, but thinking things through to this level for some of us web cartoonists would save a lot of time and headaches, and give us a better final product.

    Good call, Corey Marie!

  • As long as we’re in the mailbag, Tyler Page wrote us the other day with The Big Announcement:

    Nothing Better has been running online for over a year and many of you have asked when the first trade would be available. The time is now — to bring the story back to print so you can hold it in your hands to read it and store it on your bookshelf like it was meant to be. The thing is, it costs a lot of money to print a book. Money that I just don’t have sitting around so I’d like to do something that could end up being thoroughly embarrassing.

    I’d like you to consider buying a copy of the book now. Nothing Better Volume 1: No Place Like Home will be 200 pages in black and white, 6×9 inches, and contain chapters 1-7 along with bonus development materials and sketches not available online. The quote from the printer is around $3000 and I’m going to charge a paltry $15 cover price for the book. That translates into 200 books in order to pay for the printing.

    Please consider pre-ordering the book now and support independent, home-grown comics.

    Also, beginning Tuesday April 10, Nothing Better will begin updating twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

You heard the man — get pre-orderin’, and enjoy the hell out of your weekend.

John K’s blog is a great resource for learning about things like construction, framing, posing, and even colouring.

It’s also a great resource for learning about how much John K hates everyone and everything you have ever loved.

Yeah, Sam, he might hate everything, but that’s half the fun of reading John K.’s blog. At least he has a sense of humor about it.

Oh he DEFINITELY hates everything. But there’s definitely some nuggets of wisdom tucked in between all of the SEETHING HATE. :D

[…] Animator John Kricfalusi argues in favor of simple staging, and while he’s talking about animated cartoons, there are surely creators of non-moving cartoons out there that might find it interesting. (Above: sample storyboard layout provided by John K. as example, copyright unknown; Link via Gary Tyrrell.) […]

John K pisses me off and educates my sorry ass on a daily basis. I thought I was the only one!

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