- 1 month ago
One of my students from Seneca College (where I teach Animation courses) sent me two finished comic scripts for feedback. I don’t normally have time for this kind of critique, but we’ve talked quite a bit in the class about his desire to create comics and I wanted to encourage him to continue…
Reblogging this since the advice can be used by anyone who wants to write comics (myself included).Source: jimzub
Holy Mae Jemison! Lumberjanes #2 is going back for a second printing! Congratulations to all the creatives involved!
If you haven’t read Lumberjanes yet, I think issue #1 is still free on Comixology for a little longer.
- 2 months ago
INTERVIEW: KEL MCDONALD TALKS ‘MISFITS OF AVALON’: ‘THEY’RE MAGICAL GIRLS WHO ARE ALL JERKS’
By Chris Sims
I’ve been a fan of the Magical Girl genre ever since I first saw Sailor Moon make a monster explode with the power of love and justice, so I’m pretty sure I’m right in the target market for what Kel McDonald is doing with her new series, Misfits of Avalon. Inspired by the legends of King Arthur and Irish Mythology, Misfits finds four teenage delinquents who are recruited into a life of battling monsters with magic words and super-powers in the classic style. There’s just one problem: They don’t know that they’re actually the bad guys.
To find out more, I spoke with McDonald about publishing her graphic novel through Dark Horse while also putting it online, the appeal of terrible teenagers, and just what it was that inspired her to take on a group of jerks.
Kel McDonald: I was watching the anime YuYu Hakusho, which is my favorite shonen anime, and I thought “I like how much of an asshole all of these teen boys are, but I wish there were stories about girls that were like this.” That was kind of the beginning steps in the process of making Misfits of Avalon, and the guy who made YuYu Hakusho happens to be married to the creator of Sailor Moon. It all connects.
ComicsAlliance: Was it a difficult pitch? It seems like a comic about these really awful teens would be hard to sell someone on.
KM: I was originally going to do a short story, and I was going to pitch it to Dark Horse Presents as a one-shot short, and then it quickly ballooned into being too large for an eight-pager or 20-pager. I think what also helped was that the overall plot is that they’re trying to stop King Arthur and are unaware that they’re the bad guys, and that gives the story some focus, rather than just being s**tty for being s**tty. I don’t keep that close to the chest. It’s pretty clear at the halfway point in the first book.
That was a key part of the pitch, that it was a twist on Mists of Avalon, which is where the title comes from, which was the King Arthur legend told from women’s point of view. So having them be fighting King Arthur and being unaware of the fact that they’re the villains of the piece also helps justify their asshole-ness.
Didn’t know this was going up online now. I’ll have to check that out.
(via tights-and-capes)Source: comicsalliance.com
Somewhere there is an alternate reality where Bruce Timm made a Star Wars comic. I am devastated that I do not live there.
- 3 months ago
- 4 months ago
Come visit me, COREY LEWIS THE REYYY THIS WEEKEND at Emerald City Comic Con 2014! Table X-06!!
I’ll have copies of AREM, a new 32-page 1-shot comic book space adventure tribute to the video game METROID!
Read about Arem, and see a preview of it here on Comics Alliance!
I’ll also have OPTIMUS RHYME and SPIDER-BRAH 11x17 prints!! (AND MORE, YET UNNANOUNCED! — SPECIAL BUY 2, GET 1 FREE PRINT DEALS!)
Also both volumes of the pulse-pounding action digest SHARKNIFE and SHARKNIFE DOUBLE Z!!!!
Along with self-published projects like Layered Jacket, Sharknife vs A Poop, Rufyo and We Are the Broken Ones!!
Basically a lightningbolt of comix energy at TABLE X-06!!!
(Near Brandon Graham, Farel Dalrymple, Simon Roy, etc)
Just look out for these banners:
Just heard about the tribute comic. I’ll have to check that out online since there’s no way I’m getting to ECCC (though I wish I could).Source: sunbakerey
- 11 months ago
Hey guys, guess what today is? Today is the weekend before Labor Day weekend, and thus is the 14th anniversary of the beginning of my very first online comic. This weekend, in 1999, I posted the first chapter of my webcomic Demonology 101 online, on a website I made myself using a terrible html editor! Back then there was no social media, and webcomics were just becoming a popular thing. I was new to drawing, and horribly new to drawing comics, but I saw what people were doing online, and wanted to join in. So I started making comics.
I wrote and drew Demonology 101 from 1999-2004, while I was in university & college (I went to university before going to animation school). When I finished it (yes, it ended, I didn’t abandon it, like Ice), D101 was over 750 pages long, with five separate “episodes” (I thought of it like a TV show; each episode has a beginning/middle/end, although plot lines & characters carry over from episode to episode), and I had fallen in love with making comics.
For those those that don’t know D101, it started out as a Buffy the Vampire Slayer ripoff, because I really liked Buffy at the time. It was basically supernatural hijiinks + high school. The main character, Raven, is 15 going on 16, newly moved to an unnamed town (a thinly disguised version of my small hometown, Milton, Ontario). She makes two new friends at her new school, Mackenzie and Malcom (I was deliberately aping the Buffy/Willow/Xander relationship). Unfortunately, she’s also a demon (lol), her adopted dad (Gabe) is the prodigal son of an extremely evil family called the Jenners (named, weirdly enough, after the villain from the Secret of NIMH. Great movie!), and his younger brother Isaac is out for blood after their dad committed suicide. And then various stories about demons, God, high school and giant killer kitty cats happened.
It’s hard for me to judge D101’s lasting impact. I am often surprised/impressed/shocked/blown away by how many people approach me at comic conventions to tell me they read it, back in the day. In the late 90s and early 00s, I don’t think there were many story-based online comics, so maybe it filled a niche. I’ve even had a young creators, male and female, tell me it was the first online comic they really engaged with, and it made them want to do comics. It’s really cool, and really makes me curl up in a fetal ball of embarrassment! XD
I look back on D101 with a mixture of pride and shame. It’s hard for me to look at it at all, because the art is very old and I’m capable of so much more now. But I also think it’s possibly the best thing I’ve ever done. There are many things that are problematic about it; I was learning throughout all of the 750+ pages, learning to draw, learning to write, learning to tell a good story, but there are lots of bits of D101 that I still like, and the sheer volume of it is stunning to me. I drew this comic when I was in animation college! When I was dealing with a million deadlines and struggling to transition into adulthood, and dealing with horrible personal stuff like my parents breaking up (and then getting back together, which was its own trauma).
And then, oh man, there was the learning to draw comics thing. The actual sitting down to draw a million pages and learn it all from scratch. Drawing is so hard, you guys. It’s like digging a hole to nowhere, scraping and scraping away at dirt and shale and thinking you’ll reach the bottom at some point, and finally be done. But every day brings another thing to learn, some new discovery, and it’s wonderful and challenging and I’m so excited to still be learning after making comics for 14 years (nearly half my life!), but it’s so hard, you guys. I’m still learning. Every day I see how far my skills have come. I see how far I have to go.
I really wanted to do something for D101’s 14th anniversary, because I haven’t really done much in the nine (NINE!!!) years since I completed it. I’ve been working on a poster of all the characters, but I wasn’t able to finish it in time for today. So here’s the consolation prize: the top image is a page from D101’s Episode 4 (otherwise known as We Find Out Who Raven is & Meet Her Biological Dad), the bottom image is the page redrawn. There are eleven (ELEVEN!!! I am old) years between the two pages. First page was drawn in 2002, the second yesterday. And there we have it, eleven years of skill development and thousands of comic pages, drawing drawing drawing.
I actually like the 2002 page. Artwork aside, I think the emotional beats are quite nice. Aaron (guy) blankly telling the daughter he thought was lost that he can’t be with her, he’s got responsibilities, his quick “no” when Raven asks about her mom, and then the tiny bit of humorous banter. I like the flow of the page, and the conflict of emotions. I have never felt comfortable with drawing, but writing comes easier to me. It was fun to re-draw the scene. Back when I was making D101, I drew on 8 by 11 inch printer paper, so I drew the 2013 page on 8 by 11 inch paper too. So tiny! Now most of my comic pages are 10 by 13, or in the case of The Last of Us, 11 by 17.
So anyway, happy birthday Demonology 101. And thank you everyone who read the comic when it was ongoing. I’ve never had a mentor, but looking back on the time when I made this comic, I’ve come to the conclusion the internet was my mentor. Thank you to every reader who encouraged me and sent me emails or posted about it on Livejournal (ahh, so long ago). I probably wouldn’t be making comics without you.
I’ll post that poster when I get done with it, but it might be a little ways off.
Thanks everybody! … whew, this was long! XD
oh, wait, one final thing: You can’t see the original D101 pages that I did in 1999, because I redrew them, probably around 2002 (yes, all 76 pages of Episode 1 were redrawn, ugh), but here is the original page 1 from 1999. Enjoy! XD
- 11 months ago
In light of recent nonsense that I was dragged into because I’m “a girl” and I make comics for a living, I thought this older comic was worth re-posting.
Women make and read comics, and we’re doing so in ever-increasing numbers.
(Oh, and the “Comics are a man’s world” quote was taken from the comments section of an article on Wired. That is literally what a dude said, “comics are a man’s world.” I mean, what?)