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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Stay Tuned...

Bear with us, the site is undergoing some maintenance so the player is momentarially down.  Things'll be back up and running before you know it!

Here are some fun links in the meantime:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Write Club Funnies!

via Stripgenerator

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Write Club: Episode 10- “We Need Your Balls!”

Join Tim Mucci and Kurt Christenson as they ramble on about their writing processes—how they write and why— and pretty much anything else that comes to mind; which includes Kurt's Alan Moore impression.

Intro: “1984” David Bowie

Outro: “Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You” Ookla The Mok

Links and Such:

We didn't mention them in this episode, but we went there after recording and they just proved how awesome they are, so:

Oh, and Moore and O'Neill's LOEG Century is three parts: 1910, 1968, 2008. Write Club, self correcting since 2009!

I'm just acting tough, Ed Brubaker, you don't really taste like pork rinds.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Warren Ellis Must Die! a Write Club! Manifesto

I'm openly mocking Bendis on Twitter, correcting his spelling mistakes, sarcastically snipping at his grammar. Our inside man is working his way next to Ed Brubaker. Grant Morrison in our sniper rifle scopes, with the Maniacal Alan Moore running the whole puppet show.

The companies skim a little off the top so they can line their pockets post printing costs. The magic warps our minds and we learn things about the future, mankind, and ourselves. An energy blast to the frontal lobe, triggering mass hallucination that prepares the masses for Reality: the Sequel. ®

Our heroes must be stopped. The generation stems the tide of renegade imagination, as a wave of new blood washes up upon the shores of the collective unconcious. We are changing things by changing ourselves. Some are half-aware, some know what's what, then there's us.

Write Club! is for those of you who see beyond what is right here, what's been done. We're aiming to show what is left to be discovered. The imagination, the storytelling, the new way of life, Twenty First Century Humanity reconnecting with Primal Artistry. Write Club! will unite artists with writers with painters with journalists with sculptors with actors with filmmakers, with you.

Participate, congregate, commisserate.

Best of all, let's Propagate. Here's to creating!

Come join us.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Write Club: Episode 9- “Rappin’ With Reilly”

Join Tim Mucci and Kurt Christenson for an in-depth discussion with Marvel Comics artist Reilly Brown. We discuss Reilly’s stint on Cable & Deadpool, what got him into comics, and what he loves and hates about the medium.

Want to know more about Reilly?




Riley’s Comics Picks:


Blade of the Immortal


Discuss the Podcast HERE!

Intro: “Know Your Rights” The Clash

Outro: “Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You” Ookla The Mok

One of these days I’ll get the audio right, let’s just pretend we don’t notice for now.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mobile Comics

As a freelance writer looking to break into comics, I've been trying to think about where I can possibly push my ideas in order to gain publishing experience, and so, seeing as Marvel and DC Comics seem a bit daunting, I've started looking at independent publishers. Not a lot of work around there unless it's selling to the same crowd looking for similar material. So where can a budding comics creator make their mark in this tough market?

Cell phones. Or rather the iPhone (or something compatible like my own G1).

So I began to research these "mobile comics". First up, GoComics. Some of your mainstream comic strips including Doonesbury, Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes, as well as editorial cartoons by the likes of Ted Rall. It comes up on the browser of my G1 and isn't too rough of a download time. It formats okay but I need to turn the alignment sideways in order to see it in detail. There's a link to send comics to your phone but it doesn't seem to work.

Looks like they have manga, IDW Publishing, Devil's Due, Jeff Smith's Bone, PvP, Too Much Coffee Man, Virgin Comics, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as a comic strip?!). I can't seem to click on the links on my laptop or my G1. Hurm. Here's a video showing how uClick (their comics viewer for iPhone & iPod touch), which looks really clean and functional.

So I pull up m.gocomics.com on my G1 and it gives me a list of links for comics. I click IDW, get a list of titles, pick Clive Barker's Thief of Always, get a summary, a link to creators, and a link to issues. Finally I see the comic, which looks pretty low res, and the navigation is previous and next links. Not really too slick looking and there's an ad for PapaJohns.com up top. Hurm. Yeah seems all their comics look that way, on my G1 at least.

More info regarding GoComics can be found at this Newsarama interview here.

Next up is the very odd Comicz.com which has some low budget site and a super weird comic strip called Quadroids. Weird.

Moving on, next is a site for Mobile Comics Creators which looks like it could be a decent hub for mobile comics news but not a ton of updates over the last few months. Could be better as a forum, which means you do have to sign up for it. Looks like you have to be approved for membership. Damn elitists.

Here's a site with Marvel comics with interactive sound, if you live in Sweden, Denmark, or somewhere else far, far away from America. Sigh. Always with the awesome in Europe. Here's some more info on the deal which could represent the future of mobile comics as a more interactive experience.

I'm also seeing news about Mobile comics in India, Taiwan, and Singapore on a basic google search. Probably a whole huge untapped market for good original stories out there in the world, where people might still appreciate words and pictures, even if it is on their high tech digital cell phone. Here's an article about Japan's Mobile Comics industry pulling in over $204 million US.

Also Paramount is going to produce mobile comics based on its movies. If there's a job that I should really have it's that. Movies AND comics?! By Odin's beard...Can't say I've heard of the movies but that's still pretty cool. And I think Joe Kelly, my good friend, is still working at Paramount.

If you have an iPod or iPhone RokComics seems like a cool thing to check out. There's an app for that.

Robot Comics has provided some interesting content for my G1, and now partnering with Alterna Comics, it looks like there might be even more good stuff on the way. Available through the Market, they have some good, quality comics that read really smoothly on the G1. As they add more content it seems the functionality tends to be lost a bit as I can't seem to get their Jesus Hates Zombies book (which looks awesome) to fit correctly on my screen. They're also trying to put together a CBZ & CBR format comic reader out for the G1 but I have yet to successfully open a comic on it. But as they evolve I think this will be a major provider for quality mobile comics.

Well, that's enough for now. Can someone lend me their iPhone or iPod touch so I can test some more of these things out?


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Write Club: Episode 8- “There Really is No Excuse”

Join the boys as they discuss comics to film, t.v. and various other media while getting sidetracked with Elvis impersonations and everyone’s favorite faery-killin’ Uncle Tom.

Also, apologies for some slight technical difficulties again, but I’ve ironed out the problem and we’re good to go.

Intro: “Chocolate Jesus” Tom Waits

Outro: “Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You” Ookla The Mok

Discuss the Podcast HERE!

Don't hate me Scarlett, I didn't mean those things I said.