Thursday, May 31, 2007
I went to the Star Wars Celebration IV this past weekend at the LA Convention Center. I was hoping to see alot of crazy people (which I did) but it was sort of a letdown compared to the ComicCon. The dealer's area was one fifth the size of the Con and it felt sort of empty. Oh well, at least Jack enjoyed it as you can see in the pics here.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
OK, these aren't authentic aether oscillators — there's no such thing. Sold by kiwi special-effects house Weta, they're expensive toys for geeks, crafted by the same people who designed props and miniatures for King Kong and the Lord of the Rings films. But there's no movie tie-in here. This line of toy laser guns started out as drawings by artist Greg Broadmore; they then were crafted by modelmaker David Tremont and cast in metal. (nicked from Wired)
Dr. Grordborts Infallible Aether Oscillators
These are AWESOME!!!! Unfortunately I don't have the cash to burn on these babies. I guess it's time to start working on that million dollar Hollywood script!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
This is nuts! I can only believe that they would have much larger sales if they brought the price down on their Cintiqs... I guess that can't keep up with that level of demand or something.
Why hasn't a competitor for Wacom appeared yet? Why haven't market forces brought the price down?!
I did find someone on the net who claims to have made his own Cintiq for $200 using a monitor and a discarded Wacom tablet or something...
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I'm in MA for the week to take care of a bunch of house-selling details and visiting with Sue and the kids, so I've had some access to my computer and I was able to finish up a project. What you see here is a panel from a comic "audition" that Tom and I have been working on for the Comic Challenge. Since these characters have already appeared on my website, I didn't think if would be a problem to show them here as well.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Cartooning and comic book creation have been working their way into the curriculums of mainstream colleges and universities, and there are now two (as far as I know) schools devoted entirely to the field.
Unlike the long-established Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, a three-year school in New Jersey which concentrates on preparing its students to compete in the market for mainstream comic books and graphic design, the relatively new Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont is a two-year school that focuses on preparing students for creating comics with an emphasis on the even riskier, but very worthwhile, path of independent creation and self-publishing, particularly in the “graphic novel” form.
The Center boasts an impressive roster of resident and visiting faculty, comprised of professionals in the field, and has been getting good press notice. Names associated with the school in various capacities include Steve Bissette, Denis Kitchen, Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics, William Horberg of Wonderland Films, Diana Schutz of Dark Horse Comics, Skip Morrow, James Kochalka and before his untimely death, Will Eisner. Visiting lecturers have included Allison Bechdel, Bill Griffith, Harry Bliss, Ed Koren, Jason Little, Seth, Brian Walker, and Chris Ware.
The Center for Cartoon Studies was founded in 2004 by James Sturm, an award winning cartoonist noted for his series The Cereal Killings and his graphic novel The Golem’s Mighty Swing, which was named “Best Comic 2001″ by Time magazine, and Michelle Ollie, who is experienced in the business side of art schools from her association with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the New York Institute of Technology.
There is an illustrated article by Sturm on Slate about the founding of the school. There in also an interesting recent article in the Christian Science Monitor that gives a nice overview of the school as well as a more personal picture of it from a student point of view.
Notice is expanding on the web and you can also find accounts of the Center from the point of view of students like Josie Whitmore (on Kochalkaholic), and visiting lecturers like Alec Longstreth. There is also a description of the center from Publisher’s Weekly.
The school offers a one-year and two year course of study that look as though they focus on grounding the student in some of the traditional basics necessary to understand and create effective works in the medium of comics, including some knowledge of graphic design and publishing.
The school has just released the first publication under it’s own auspices, Houdini: The Handcuff King by Sturm, Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi (more info here), the first in a series of graphic novels for young readers.
There is also a fascinating book called A Guidebook to The Center for Cartoon Studies by James Sturm and Kevin Huizenga, from which the image above has been cropped (review here on PopSyndicate), that serves as an introduction to the school and is, of course, in the form of a graphic story.
Addendum: Filmaker Tara Wray (”Manhattan, Kansas”) is currently filming a documentary called Cartoon College, about a year in the life of the school. There is a trailer online on the Center’s web site.
So how do you like my writing??? Nah I just figured a way to grab all of the links with one click of a buttion. "Borrowed" from Lines and Colors.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The geeky guy with all of the Star Wars toys was a former student of mine!!!
Sorry I haven't been around lately. I was in NY doing some Surf's Up promo stuffs. I did get a chance to do some sketching so I'll post those when work slows down.
AND where the hell is Mr. Buncakes???? Should he post a report of how his move went????