Deconstructing Comics #422: A Friendly Sketcher and an Evil Diva

sketchfroWhile Chris Taylor goes by the pen name “Sketchfro“, he no longer has an afro and he does a whole lot more than sketch. An American living in Tokyo, he does freelance art, his own comics, and pro-level digital coloring.

In this episode he talks about getting digital coloring right, drawing women with sex appeal, and the work he’ll be promoting at Tokyo’s International Comics Fest later this month.

 

evildivaWhen last we checked in on the Web comic Evil Diva, an artist needed to be paid and fans were being asked to cough up cash before the next page could be drawn. Now the comic is being published as a graphic novel, and will even get a cameo in an upcoming movie. Are the comics gods finally smiling on Evil Diva? Let’s ask the strip’s creator, Peter Menotti, and see.

 

#421 Graeme McNee: Minimal comics, maximum impact

mcneeSometimes simplicity is best. Just take a look at the work of Graeme McNee, a Scottish/South African who makes his home in Kobe, Japan. With just a few lines, sometimes a complex idea or story can be communicated. This week Graeme talks to Tim about how he got into doing comics and developed both his simple style of drawing and his distinctive way of publishing them.

Deconstructing Comics #395: Zander Cannon’s journey through “Heck”

zandercannonTim Across America pt 5! In Minneapolis, Tim visits the studio of Zander Cannon, author of Heck (discussed in episode 381) and layout artist for Alan Moore’s Top Ten and Smax. He talks with Tim about developing Heck, working with Alan Moore, whether going to San Diego is all that essential for a newbie to the comics business, and — Hey, Kevin Cannon’s your brother, right?!?

Big Time Attic (Zander and Kevin’s studio)

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Deconstructing Comics #391: New Yorkers and Comics!

From HellTim Across America, pt 1! Tim visits with the New York Aspiring Comic Creators Club, a networking group for some guys who are trying to get their comics made and seen while they earn their livings doing other kinds of art. What story points do they find is easier, or harder, to get across in sequential art form? How are they publicizing their work? That and more.

Also, in Ask a Retailer, Tim talks to Matt Seneca at Bergen Street Comics, where they’ve announced that most Marvel and DC books will no longer be shelved. Why not?

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Critiquing Comics #059: Twisted Dark

twisteddarkWe all know the appeal of stories with twist endings. But what exactly constitutes a twist ending? And what other factors do you need to make it work? Brandon joins Tim and Mulele to discuss Neil Gibson’s Twisted Dark, vol 1.

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Deconstructing Comics #368: Sweating the details with “Cursed Pirate Girl”

Cursed Pirate GirlWaaay back in episode 250, Tim talked to Thomas Negovan about the Kickstarter project for a comic called Cursed Pirate Girl. Negovan was the publisher of the single issues of the series, and was handling media inquiries while the comic’s creator, Jeremy Bastian, put all his time into the comic’s insanely detailed art.

The first three issues are now out in a fancy hardcover from Archaia, and this time Jeremy himself comes on the show to talk to Tim about what’s happened since the successful 2010 Kickstarter project, and what to expect from here.

Plus, Tim and Brandon review the book!

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Deconstructing Comics #315: Catching up with Rashad and Jarrett

It’s been a while since we caught up with Rashad Doucet (“My Dog is a Superhero”, “Nadia’s Jewelry Box”) and Jarrett Williams (“SuperPro K.O.”, “Lunar Boy”), two graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design who have been on the podcast several times apiece. This time Tim takes them on together, and hilarity — not to mention some great conversation about building a comics career — ensues!

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Deconstructing Comics #312: Ryan Cecil Smith: The Interview

SFSFA few weeks back on Critiquing Comics, we discussed the work of science-fiction creator Ryan Cecil Smith; we liked it so much, we decided to have him on the show! Kumar talks with him this week about his influences, producing and promoting his books, and more.

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Deconstructing Comics #045: “99 Ways” and Character Design

99 WaysEarthFLASHBACK! Discussion of Matt Madden’s 99 Ways to Tell a Story and Tim’s character design process for the Boogie Knights! (Originally published October 16, 2006)

Boogie Knights sketches

The finished page

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The PKD Black Box – Episode #38: The Warrock-M.A.S.K.-Eliopolous Super Show!

This weeks “massive edition” of The PKD Black Box starts off with Shawn having a conversation with MC Adam Warrock (aka Eugene Ahn) about his new album “The War For Infinity,” the “West Coast Avengers Mixtape,” hip-hop & geekdom and even rappers that can communicate with dolphins. Then Jason Wood from the 11 O’ Clock Comics podcast stops by to talk about college life, Busta Rhymes, and everything you need to know about M.A.S.K. as he and Shawn go all nostaligic. Last, but definitely not least co-host Jon Carroll stops by as he and Shawn have a solid interview with talented creator Chris Eliopolous (Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers) as we discuss all-ages comics, the art of lettering, why having talent at times can be overrated, and the hard work that’s necessary to make comics.

This episode is so massive that the next PKD Black Box will not air until November 10th. In it’s place for the next two weeks will be the Tales From The Attic podcast.

Shout-outs to DJ Ruckus Roboticus, Cookiehead Jenkins & the Pontiac Fiero.

Enjoy! (The PKD Black Box is a explicit podcast because at times we cuss, FYI.)

SHOW NOTES

Adam Warrock http://www.adamwarrock.com/

The War For Infinityhttp://adamwarrock.bandcamp.com/

M.A.S.K.http://matt-trakker.com/http://masksite.com/

11 O’ Clock Comicshttp://bullpenbulletins.libsyn.com/

Chris Eliopoloushttp://www.miserylovessherman.com

Oceanverse https://www.dcbservice.com/search.aspx?search=oceanverse

Wonder Woman Dayhttp://amberunmasked.com/?p=3205

The PKD Black Box – Episode #37: Oceanverse and Evil Money Comics.

This week Shawn talks with artist/webcomic creator Michael Schwartz of Oceanverse as they discuss his comic, some comic strip inspirations & history, attempting to reach audiences on the web, Seaquest, and the power of the Centurions cartoon. Later in the show Shawn has a conversation with Mike Pampinella & Monnie Aleahmad of Evil Money Comics as they talk about the road to indie comic creation, their first Anthology Comic Book, building books from the ground up, and old school arcade games.

Enjoy, and always know that Pit-Fighter is an awful video game.


SHOW NOTES

Oceanversehttp://www.oceanverse.com

Eisner/Millerhttp://www.amazon.com/Eisner-Miller-Will/dp/1569717559/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286328653&sr=8-1

Evil Money Comicshttp://www.facebook.com/aka.monnie?ref=ts#!/pages/Evil-Money-Comics/121383146882

Evil Money Comics Anthologyhttp://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3638

The PKD Black Box-Episode #32: Panda-monium and The Black Avengers.

This weeks episode is “Panda Packed” as we have a conversation with Panda Dog Press founder & creator of “Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit” Rob Anderson as we discuss the creation of his comic, storytelling, licensed comics, and his involvement in the “Comics Experience,” which is headed by IDW Senior Editor Andy Schmidt.

Then we go all out as we discuss the “Panda Force Summer Shorts” webcomics with “Panda Force” creator Sean Causley & the Glyph Nominated artist Julian Lytle, creator of “Ants.” Get familiar as we go all out and discuss their comics, webcomics, the end of Zuda, Doctor Who Anime, the fall of radio, Rick Ross, “The Expendettes” and a few comics that we think would fly off shelves but the big two would never publish.

Enjoy.

SHOW NOTES

Panda Dog Presshttp://www.pandadogpress.com/

Panda Force http://pandaforcecomic.com/

Antshttp://ants.julianlytle.com/

Comics Experiencehttp://www.comicsexperience.com/

PKD Mediahttp://pkdmedia.com

Free Digital Comics From PKD Mediahttp://pkdmedia.com/pkd-media-announces-%e2%80%9cdownloadable-free-comics%e2%80%9d-promotion-with-mydigitalcomics-com/

Doctor Who Animehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqR8A8ecKWo