It’s nice to see things like this finally breaking into / becoming more established in the medium. Gail Simone is a brilliant writer, I’m very much a fan of her current run on Batgirl, but I’m now an even bigger fan of her attitude.
We’re very much still in the early stages of writing comics, learning a lot and exploring what we can do, but it’s all fairly straight forward so far, nice light stories which are fun to write. It’s always enlightening to come across people pushing their field, be it writing, film or gaming to do new things.
Which is when I came across this it was worth shouting about; That Dragon, Cancer.
This is a brave and difficult ‘game’ to create, which really shows the new and interesting ways that the gaming medium can be used to explore difficult and sometimes hopeless human realities.
I’m not sure I’d actually want to try it, but I feel I probably would and the creator, Ryan Greene, has my full respect for trying to create something that might give some peace or a positive message from the most personal of subjects.
Gaming has a unique ability, unlike any other medium, where you can become fully immersed in the experience, and it’s the sign of a maturing field that it’s starting to be used to properly explore aspects of the human psyche.
The article itself is also well written and you can tell the reporter Jenn Frank was genuinely moved by it.
Melksham Comic Con is a small comic con returning for its second event in August 2013 after a successful Kick starter campaign.
(by the way Melksham is in Wiltshire… yeah, I had to look it up!)
We didn’t go to the inaugural event simply but I’ve read nothing but good press about it am astounded by the guests that they have already lined up. Look at this list, and this just the writers that jumped out for me!
Kieron Gillen – Current writer of top Marvel comics Iron Man and Young Avengers. Recent writer for Uncanny X-Men and the Thor title Journey Into Mystery before the recent Marvel NOW! Launch.
Simon Spurrier – Writer who works mainly on 2000AD, Simon has also broken through to the US comic industry and writes mainly for Marvel. Currently writer on X-Men Legacy in the new Marvel NOW! series.
Rob Williams – Writer, working mainly for 2000 AD. He has worked for Marvel Comics on X-Men and Deadpool titles, as well as Ghost Rider and Wolverine. In 2011, Rob signed an exclusive contract with Marvel. He has also written for Star Wars and RoboCop comic books.
The full list is here.
And better yet, as a not-for-profit event tickets are just £5.
So stick 31st August in your diaries!
Lizzie Boyle is one of the two driving forces behind Disconnected Press and she’s recently written a rather excellent piece providing advice to comic writers. Highly recommended!
I’ve just stumbled on this very funny review of IDW’s Dredd issue 2 on Everything Comes Back to 2000AD.
It seems I’m not the only one with a poor view of this series.
A word of warning though, it’s very NOT for the kids, the review that is, and it is full of spoilers.
2000AD Prog 1823 arrived today, and in it were a number of writers who need congratulating.
Montynero has provided a Past Imperfect story. This is her/his debut in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, and gets to see it drawn by none other than Nikolai Dante co-creator Simon Fraser!
T.C. Eglinton has seen print in 2000AD before – if memory serves it was a couple of Future Shocks and a 3hriller – but today he gets his first Judge Dredd story! And Karl Richardson, also a fairly new face, does a great job of bringing T.C.’s story to life.
Living the dream! Now back to your cubicles before you get sent to Mek Quake!
Also congrats are due to Ian Edginton and Steve Yeowell. The Red Seas comes to a conclusion after 10 years and fourteen series. A very impressive run – both in terms of content and duration.
I don’t believe that great writing is restricted to Theatre or classical literature. I also don’t think that only Cinema as a modern medium stands up to those two. I think many mediums can challenge those three giants, but I’m not just talking about comics. Television can often fall a very long way short, but I do think TV drama can be ‘accessible theatre’. So I thought I’d quote a piece of telly. It’s not BBC Four high-brow, it’s a mass-audience police procedural, but this speech I liked, I liked A LOT (maybe because I secretly hope it could be written about me!)
I would like to propose a toast to my partner, Seeley Booth.
I know who he is but I forget sometimes because… because he never shines a light on himself. He shines it on other people.
Anthropology teaches us that the alpha male is the man wearing the crown, displaying the most colorful plumage and the shiniest baubles, he stands out from the others. But I now think that anthropology may have it wrong.
In working with Booth, I’ve come to realize that the quiet man, the invisible man, the man who is always there for friends and family, that’s the real alpha male. And, I promise that my eyes will never be caught by those… shiny baubles again. Happy birthday, Booth.
I thought I’d go ahead and add a few more links and make some recommendations.
Naniiebim I was lucky to meet at the Bristol Comic convention last year and pick up some of her work (Orange). The artwork is lovely and her blog gives a brilliant breakdown in the processes involved in producing and printing your own work!
One of the biggest problems with getting into comics, even small press, is the amount of effort and time it takes to produce physical products to sell. We submitted a story last week and it won’t see print for at least another 8 months, which is why web comics have become so popular. It might not be the same as holding the comic in your hand but for huge access, flexibility, low cost and creative control it can’t be beaten, so below are my recommendations to check out:
Penny Arcade – If you don’t already read this, the most successful web comic franchise of all time, I don’t even know what to say…
SMBC – Always funny and incredibly inventive
PVP – An absolute classic webcomic with brilliant characters
Those are all the classic big hitters that jump to mind, I’ll add some obscure comics and hidden gems soon.
The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel as mentioned before is a new publication the first issue of which is due out within the next couple of weeks.
The PJTT is open for script submissions (for issue 3!) and they’ve produced this brilliant set of guidelines.
If you ever fancy writing a comic you NEED to read this, but even if you don’t this is a very funny and clever piece of writing that will at least deter you from ever becoming a submissions editor.
2000AD – do I really need to say anything about this? It is the ultimate comic. I’ve been reading for more than 30 years and wrote paragraph after paragraph extolling its virtues before deleting them. They weren’t needed. It’s 2000AD: if you don’t know it, then go get a copy, you won’t regret it.
Disconnected Press – I discovered them at the Bristol Comic Expo (which is worth a post of its own some time!) and was so impressed with the professional standards that they produce their products to. I afraid I only picked up Disconnected Vol 1, but was so excited by it. That particular title focussed on short stories set in small towns: because stories don’t just happen in big cities! What an array of artistic and writing talent, and easily the best printing/binding of any of the small press that at I saw at Bristol. They haven’t posted that they’re going to Bristol this year, but I’m really hoping they are!
The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel – I guess to some this is a ‘replacement’ for Dr WTF! and maybe it is. But Owen who is behind both has, if his “promo rhino” (his words!) is to be believed, put together some amazing strips from some even more amazing individuals. The Journal hasn’t hit the streets yet, but the presses are rolling and the launch is imminent. I’m really looking forward to seeing issue 1. I should also say that I met Owen at the Bristol Comic Expo (yes, that again) and he seemed a thoroughly decent chap, and I think I’m now as big of a fan of him as I am of his comics – I hope he’s at Bristol in May too!
We would love to be associated with all of these titles, here’s hoping it can happen!