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February 27 2003

Why Team Comics is Still a Bad Idea, an article from the forthcoming Comics Journal #250 by Tom Spurgeon. While I use "Team Comics" as a term and probably am on board, I see where he's coming from. Comics fans cannot save comics. Discuss.


# Posted by Pete Ashton

The website for Stiro comics by Mardou and Fortenski is now open to vistors. Check out the sample stories..

# Posted by Mardou
February 25 2003

An article on how to arrange your holidays around comics on the Independent site.

# Posted by Mikal Dyas

The site of illustrator B. J. Johnson is rather good. It has a sort of Aztec-steampunk style.

# Posted by Mikal Dyas
February 24 2003

Paul J Holden has expanded his message board forums to incorporate a number of British small press titles and subjects.

So far we have subjects such as movies, art and creators, and comics such as BAM!, Class of '79, Violent, The Girly Comic and The Rainbow Orchid.

There's some interesting discussions starting up.

Get along to http://www.pauljholden.com/phpBB2/index.php

# Posted by Garen
February 23 2003

The Grauniad have archived Posy Simmonds's Literary Life strips from the Saturday Review section. They're a bit hit and miss to be honest but beautifully drawn, as ever.

# Posted by Dave Shelton
February 22 2003

This book has always been a good guide to the movers and shakers of the small press and indy world in the U.S. and, to a degree, elsewhere.
Non-U.S. creators do show up in the editions I've read, but, not many Brit small-pressers. So, why not give it a shot? Stranger things happen at sea.

"The anthology is an annual book that both serves as a showcase for creators as well as raising money for the Comic Book Legal Defense fund. The SPX anthology is one of the only major anthologies in the American comic market that takes outside submissions. Please read the submission guidelines closely. Failure to follow the submission guidelines will remove your submission from consideration.

Theme: The theme for SPX 2003 is travel. Avoid doing first person accounts of travel experiences you've had. However, there's no reason you can't use your experiences to tell stories. Exotic locations or funny stories about travel mishaps are very welcome.
Length: Submissions this year must be between 4 and 12 pages in length. No shorter, no longer. Please do not include title pages, fake covers, or any other sort of lead-in. Dive right into that comic.
Deadline: Submissions must be received no later than April 25th, 2002. Please plan accordingly as overnight delivery can be very expensive.
Format: Please send your submissions, if at all possible, in an electronic format. Art should be scanned in at 800dpi bitmap tiffs (unless your art has tones, then grayscale). If you do not personally own a scanner, many copy centers such as Kinko's now have scanning facilities. The dimensions of your artwork should be as follows:
* Page (trim) size: 6.625" x 9"
* Live image area: 5.375" x 8"
* Bleed image area: 7.125" x 9.5"

Delivery: Please do not send original art. Submission packages will not be returned. CD-ROMs are prefered over ZIP disks. You must also include a print-out of your submission with the package. Please send your labeled discs and hardcopy printouts to:
SPX 2003 Anthology Submission
c/o Big Planet Comics
426 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, VA 22180
FedEx, UPS, and the United States Postal Service all have package tracking abilities. Please do not call to check on the status of your mailing. (Stay tuned for FTP or e-mail delivery methods.) "

It says submissions "no later than April 25 2002", but I think it's safe to assume they mean 2003.


# Posted by Gary Northfield
February 20 2003

Fri 28 Mar 2003 at the ICA.

# Posted by Mikal Dyas
February 19 2003

As a self-publishing cartoonist I recently applied for and recieved an Arts Grant from my local Arts Council to 'develop my comic'.

At present there's no equivalent of the Xeric Grant but that doesn't mean that those Arts 'bods aren't necessarily 'Comics friendly' There's plenty of money out ther that the UK Small Press Scene could be utilizing, it's all a question of asking. Here's roughly how you go about it...

# Posted by Mardou

As a self-publishing cartoonist, I recently applied for and recieved an Arts Grant from my local Arts Council to 'develop my comic'.

At present there's no equivalent of the Xeric Grant in the UK, but that doesn't necessarily mean that those Arts 'bods aren't 'comics friendly'. There's plenty of money out there that the UK Small Press scene could be utilizing, it's all a question of asking.
Here's roughly how you go about it...

# Posted by Mardou
February 18 2003

Announcing the new British Anthology from Rising Trout
: Sentence - Test-Tube Comics Vol 1.
featuring new strips from Nick Abadzis, Matt Abbiss,
Patrice Aggs, Malcy Duff, Tom Gauld, Gary Northfield,
Dave Shelton and Mark Stafford.
Sentence is available at Gosh! comic shop in Great
Russell Street, London, W1 and mail order via the
Bugpowder Sentence mini-site

# Posted by Gary Northfield
February 16 2003

The Guardian reviews four new graphic novels the weekend. Only problem is three of them arn't new, and the one book that is, isn't a graphic novel. Nice try, I suppose.

# Posted by Jez Higgins
Colin Mathieson writes with news about his Zulu comics:
As part of The National Army Museum's special Zulu War event, M56 Comics creator Colin Mathieson has been invited to attend and exhibit his independent comic, Zulu: Water Cart Rescue on Saturday 22nd February 2003.

The museum is hosting a series of lectures and activities on the Zulu War, its peoples and cultures and Colin will be providing sketches and assisting the museum's education department in promoting the period through his comic strip rendition of the dramatic events at Rorke's Drift.

The National Army Museum is on the Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London . Visit the site for full details of the event.

# Posted by Pete Ashton
February 14 2003

Just off the grapevine: following lengthy negotiations, Clamnut Comix creator Bob Byrne has agreed to allow Diamond to distribute his comic, MBLEH! (In case of disruption due to war, read the first issue from the relative safety of your home at www.clamnuts.com.)

# Posted by John Robbins

Talented 2000AD and Warhammer artist (and Blogger)- Paul J Holden, has set up BAMBlog! dedicated to Jason Cobley's popular independent comic BAM! (also known as Bulldog Adventure magazine).

The latest issue is high on quality content, featuring not only the fine artistry of Mr Holden himself, but also the divine penwork of Paul Harrison and other marvellous contributions from Patrick O' Conner, Edward Traquino, Russell Ferguson, Jim Cameron and a beautiful cover by Kieran McDonald.

The Blog is at: http://bam.pauljholden.com/ - it's still young, but worth a regular peek.

# Posted by Garen
October 26th 2002: My first of several anti-war rallies -- this one in Seattle's Denny Park. It was exactly like I pictured it: folk singers; giant papier-mache globes; small groups of young "anarchists" mixed in with all the aging baby boomers...
Read it here. [via b0ing b0ing]
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February 11 2003

Andy has added to the Dachshund info-base with a collection of examples of speechballoons in sequential cartoons ranging from the 13th century to the 19th. Fascinating stuff, as ever.

# Posted by Pete Ashton

No, not what you think. There's an interview with her in Bitch magazine from last October, where she talks about La Perdida.

While Abel based parts of her work on observations and experiences she had while living in Mexico City for two years, she is careful to note that Carla's experiences aren't hers.

"People have always assumed that my stories are autobiographical," she notes. "I'm not sure why. With this book, too, they sort of assume I'm writing about myself, although I'm not -- not in any direct sense. They see Carla and they want to think she's a stand-in for me, but they start reading the comic and it just gets harder and harder to do so. [...] It's not very flattering for people to look at her and say 'Oh, that's Jessica, that must be Jessica.' So people sort of shy away from it a bit more than before. In person, people often kind of venture, 'So, is this based on what happened to you...?' I think it's really interesting that it's happening that way."
[also via Reenhead, sort of]

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"The art of caricature -- the distortion of the face or figure for satiric purposes -- claims a long tradition in Western art. For centuries, comically exaggerated portrayals served the purpose of ridicule and protest, probing beneath outward appearances to expose hidden, disreputable character traits. In early twentieth-century America, however, caricaturists deployed a fresh approach, inventing a form of stylized portraiture that responded to the new preoccupation with mass-media-generated fame. They chose for their subjects colorful personalities rather than the corrupt officials. Their epigrammatic likenesses, transformed by a modern aesthetic and a detached, sophisticated wit, appealed to an audience hungry for emblems of the emerging celebrity culture."
Interesting overview, and some delightfully lively work, here. [via Reenhead]
# Posted by
February 10 2003

Can I get a "Yay!"?

Details from the Caption mailing list follow...

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February 9 2003

Comixpedia is a web mag/zine qbout online comics. Worth keeping tabs on. (Via the J)

# Posted by Pete Ashton
February 5 2003

In Variant #16:

"Another bumper crop of print creations this time around, and as thereís lots of small publications it seems logical to review everything in size order, biggest first, leaving the little ones for last. Next issue Iím planning a whole column of free publications, all contributions and suggestions of publications to include will be gratefully received."
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Because Hunt Emerson is drawing Little Plum.

I mean, all the best to him and I'm smiling at the news, but what the hell is going on here?

# Posted by Pete Ashton
February 3 2003

Eddie Campbell is to cease self publishing "for the forseable future" and is working on a Batman book. Hmm. Not sure what to say about that really. Full statement follows:

# Posted by Pete Ashton

Apocamon - The Final Judgement. It's like, the bible only done all Manga-ey, but with modern parody and stuff. Oh, just see for yourself. Very odd.

# Posted by Pete Ashton

As part of the Animation Exeter Festival 2003, there's a Comics Convention on Friday 22nd February, 1pm at Exeter Library. As well as a chance to meet local comics creators, there'll be a lecture on sequential art by Ron Tiner.

# Posted by Mardou
February 1 2003

Underground cartoonist, Derf, has hit the nail on the head once again with yet another superb visual comment on America and 'The West' with his Map of the Muslim World.

# Posted by Garen

There are a few UK cartoonists who have their works available to download as PDF files. These include

Ben Oakes' 'Johnny Crucifix ('Agent of God pt.2 unavailable), and John Cake's 'The Bruising pit' (part 1 only)

Simon Perrins 'Hope for the future'

Garen Ewing's 'Umbra'

Also, US I think, but worth checking out is the work of Justin Ward

Slightly dated now, but mentionable, is J. Talbolt's The Potential of Online Comics

And of course, there's always Borderline!

# Posted by Andrew Luke