Posts Tagged ‘webcomics’

So, Why A Webcomic? -Part I-

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

It’s a complicated story, really, and spans more than a decade. It all started when I met amu. She was this fantasic girl whose hands were built to create. Her art was amazing to me. She was studying fashion design at the time and her style back then was this precise merging of fashion sketches and an alalgalm of her influences at the time.

You could see Gorey, Burton and Addams filling their respective textures and detail inside a clothes designer’s linework. It was fantastic and entrancing, and I told her she should be doing comics. She brushed it aside, claiming that her style was too similar to that of her influences, and maintained a fear that people would criticize her for being a copycat. This was a really crap excuse, mind you, but it kept her from wanting to embrace the idea.

I began doing research on putting together a comic strip, positive that I could convince her should I present enough data to support what at this point had become my begging her to do one. In a stroke of random luck, I managed to find Curtis creator Ray Billingsley on AOL and he was polite enough to chat with a stranger about starting a comic strip. I regretfully cannot remember what he told me, but I do remember that the next day I managed to convince amu to start a comic strip with me.

Together we created a story, she drew up character designs and I scripted the first few strips. Right then, things already started to die. During the creation process we both somehow got distracted. The art was too time consuming to do for what would likely be little to no payoff. We were going to do this for fun, but it immediately became work.

I kept writing and developing the story in bits and pieces on my own, but it was a lost cause. We both moved on to different hobbies and interests and the spark faded to a single, microscopic ember. Anime, and all things Japanese swept our collective attention span and we embraced a swiftly evolving internet culture. A comic was the last thing on our mind. But was it really?

Stay tuned for Part II when I explain exactly how it is we got here today.

Big Pimpin’!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The world of webcomics is a small one. Most people insane enough to get into it tend to know each other, and if they don’t they likely will. As I’m learning, this small world is also astronomically supportive when someone dares to be crazy enough, or lacks the mental faculties to otherwise resist temptations to enter into it. Two of the people who influenced me the most to get into webcomics have, during the course of this comic JUST getting started, retired one webcomic and started another one.

Nick and Marty, the creators of Dead of Summer, have moved on to their next big project. I’d like anybody stopping by to go ahead and check out Art Fight High School, a new webcomic by two of the people responsible for why I’m doing this little thing here. The comic updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so check it out often so you don’t miss out on all the awesome.

So, Why A Webcomic -Part 2-

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Last week I told you about how a decade ago, amu and I first entertained a thought of doing a comic. What I didn’t mention is how this ties into webcomics. At the time neither of us knew that webcomics existed. Granted, this was 10 or 11 years ago, and our interests were very different back then when compared with today. The internet DID come into the equation though, even if not in a traditional webcomics fashion.

When pitching the idea to amu, I mentioned that while we would have difficulty nabbing a published strip right off the bat we might be able to increase awareness of it by plopping the images online. Back then I was doing tech support for a local ISP, and subsequently got free, legitimate webspace. The plan was to grab a domain and plop the images up when they were available. I’d share the site with industry folk and then profit, right? Having given up before we started, that wasn’t a possibility.

While I do lament that we didn’t get quite so far as to test out my plan, I’m very glad that things have happened as they did to put us in a much better place with a much better perspective. So what did we do during the decade long distraction and hiatus? We consumed. We became one with our interests and hobbies, and were introduced to new interests and hobbies. We started going to conventions and talking to new people. We slowly, very gradually learned all of the things that would bring us to this point.

Speaking specifically on hobbies, amu turned to knitting. She picked it back up after a dipping into a lull years prior, when she’d put down the knitting needles in her youth. Finding solace in the yarn, and being aware of knitting trends in Japan at the time, she took to amigurumi naturally. It became an obsession. She’d spend hours trying to manipulate giant balls of yarn into tiny little creatures. It’s really astounding what’s possible with just some yarn, a hook, and your imagination.

Amu then began creating characters that she sold at conventions, mainly in cellphone charm form. That first convention we noticed that a fan item she started working on at the table was generating more interest than the things she brought with her to sell. We took commissions and a fever was born. We loved selling at cons. The other side of the table was too big a draw. Our one consistent problem was that the fan items still sold more than the original creations.

How does this tie into doing webcomics? Well there’s a Part 3, you see. Tune in to hear how the tale ends and how I got involved in turning amu’s hobby into a comic.

Now Headlining

Monday, January 19th, 2009

In my travels across the internet, I occasionally find some neat things. Sometimes some very awesome internet bits and bobs find themselves coming to me. The best case scenario is that I’M the source of all the awesome, but that’s going to be difficult to do now that there’s Headline DS.

Webcomic pal Jamie Noguchi, artist for Erfworld and blogger of the awesome, has been putting his Nintendo DS to work everyday as he illustrates a headline from a daily paper.

It’s daily art, done on a DS, that you get to watch unfold before your eyes. Jamie’s clever and witty sense of humor lend themselves well to this sort of project. You need to be checking it out all the time. Really.

So I’d been pestering Jamie to draw me some Headline DS Dr. Doom for a while now, and isn’t this timely:

That’s for MEEEEEEE!

Book Of Binja

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Checking my RSS reader one last time before heading to bed I see something that reminds me I need to start compiling ninja related stuffs. I’ll be listing and linking other webcomics involving ninja, and other sites that are ninja related. In this case, there’s a hint of ninja in a strip that is otherwise void of such things.

Today’s Book of Biff strip sees Biff suit up in full stealthy regalia. There’s a lot I like about this comic, and I think part of it is how easy it is to relate to Biff, despite the unrealistic situations he finds himself in. Pop on over and check it out, often, because it’s awesome.

Late, Late Katsucon Stuff

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

So Katsucon was two weeks ago, and I’d already made a promise to get my thoughts up. It appears I’m even more terrible at time management than I originally thought. I probably did more con stuff this year than I have in all previous Katsucon’s I’ve attended. There’s also a lot of stuff I DIDN’T do that I’d planned to. Either way, here’s some stuff from Katsu.

Spikey F-List

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

It isn’t often I consider the Celebrity F-List. It generally only pops in my brain when someone else mentions it, and then I am forced to stop, remember who was on it, evaluate and consider the status of the ‘elite’ (yeah, right) members of said list and revise. I don’t have it printed or listed anywhere, and I certainly don’t have it laminated.

I was forced into this ritual again just today by a local-ish webcomicker who I read and who has been friendly and helpful as I try and poke along with getting my own little comic going. Aulix is the creator of the webcomic The Glass Urchin. It’s a sort of biographical webcomic with an adorable twist. All characters, who I assume are actual people, are represented by cute animals. Aulix, herself, is represented by a hedgehog.

Incidentally, Amu is a gigantic fan of hedgehogs. In fact, Dylan, Amu’s first and favorite Blythe doll, wears this hedgehog dress all the time. So cute! Also, while you’re checking out The Glass Urchin, which you should absolutely do, be sure you look at this strip on the love of comics. It’s adorable, authentic, and so very true.

Oh, and my celebrity F-List? Yeah, that’s a secret.

A Comic About Ninjas

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I can’t say enough how big a fan I am of webcomic buddy Rosscott’s comic The System. I could go on about it, but mainly I’ll link it. The System hits comic #200 tomorrow, which is awesome. His comic for today is about ninjas, and portrays exactly the trouble people have believing Juan’s claims that Ecuador is full of them.

Re: Pick Of The Litter

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

In today’s comic we learn that there is a test to become a member of the Juan In A Million fan club. Kuno and Momo are the only two who could pass the test, proving their skill and prowess. In real life, I’m trying to pass some tests I’ve given myself, to get better at phtography, and the myriad other skills necessary to perhaps one day do this for a living. The baby steps have already started, and by next year I should be well on my way to getting some of my larger goals and projects together.

Speaking of next year and projects, if I play my cards right and get organized I’ll be doing a photography/webcomic experiment/project/thing. I’m keeping it cryptic for now, and for a while, but Amu’s World readers will be the first to know if and when I get moving on it. Keep in mind this will not effect THIS comic at all. It will continue as long as I keep having fun doing it.

Thanks for reading, and take care.

Photo Phriday 48 – Grouped

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Coming in right before the buzzer this week. I’ve been sick all week, and while I probably could have (read SHOULD HAVE) done this while home I was far too ill. Are you buying that? No? OK, so I was instead spending far too much time streaming things I’ve never seen before via Netflix and subsequently watching the first 10 minutes of TransMORPHers, which I’d somehow thought was TransFORMers. Way to go, brain.

At any rate, it slipped my mind and here we go. An old photo of Amu’s amigurumi that we never used for anything.

We were going to use this photo for Christmas cards last year. Now that this won’t happen I’ll share it with you guys. Enjoy?

Also, I want to thank a mister Bryan Prindiville, buddy and artist of the webcomic Hello With Cheese, for A) linking me, B) putting me in his comic, and C) Finally drawing something I’ve been asking him to draw since I’ve known him. Check it out RIGHT HERE.

Don’t see me? Look lower and lefter. The pug is me. Been asking for him to draw a pug for a while and when people cave I win. Thanks for letting my win, Bry. You are A (not THE) MAN!