I leave the country for a couple of weeks and… Weird Al has a number one album?! What is the world coming to? Well genius marketing by Weird Al with his eight videos in eight days push to release it sure has a lot to do with it. I crack up at Word Crimes and may someday like Tacky (right now my brain has overheard that Happy song to the point where it’s just too much too soon).
I don’t think Joel knows what he wants to do with Hijinks Ensue. It feels like 3 different comics stuffed into one box. I like the ones where it’s (semi?) autobiographical.
A few quick thoughts on Christopher Baldwin’s One Way, his newest webcomic project and another story with a large group of characters in a science fiction setting. His last webcomic Spacetrawler had a similar mix of elements and quickly became one of my favorites (and a whole lot of other people too). For me, the biggest difference at the outset between these two comics is the unlikeability of the characters in One Way. Initially I really hated each and every one of them, which does make it hard to identify with the story. However, by now Baldwin has earned a lot of trust from his readers and for me, I stuck with it. I think this story is a much larger gamble than the construct behind Spacetrawler but now that I’ve seen a few of the twists and plot points (and we can’t be any more than halfway into the story) in One Way, I’m starting to to care about this dysfunctional crew and wonder what fate has in store for them.
I’m not feeling all that amazing today but conscious enough to read webcomics and maybe clack on some keys. I noticed that Sinfest actually updated it’s website design. Still simple but certainly cleaner and with the benefit of newer artwork in the logo.
Another thing looking at the Sinfest site reminded me of is that creator Tatsuya Ishida has kept his sparsely update “Notes from the Resistance” archives on the site all the way back to the first post in January 31, 2000 (not that far after the first comic was posted):
January 31, 2000Because man does not live by porn alonePosted by Tatsuya Ishida
While scoping out websites of like-minded artists, some very professional, some very not, I thought to myself: Funky cold Medina. Here survive the lost, unsung warriors of comic strip art, the Not-Ready-For-Syndication misfits and rejects, broke but not yet broken, peddling their labor of love like cheap whores (or, to use more delicate parlance, discount whores), in a grungy, backwoods subculture of freelance burnouts and dreamers. Sounds like my kind of place. Let’s tango and cash y’all.
Ishida has never shared much about himself online, he clearly is a private person with regards to his audience. No great lesson learned from flipping through a few of his early entries other than to remind oneself that the webcomic one makes earlier in life (2000) probably should evolve a heck of a lot if you are still updating it in 2014.
Dave Kellett’s Sheldon is still one of my constant favorites on the virtual comics page. This one is more of an inspirational poster, but a nice conclusion to his recent storyline on creating and art. Talking about creating and its value almost always has a personal resonance for me, given the twists and turns in my life regarding sitting down and making stuff (or not).
The other really strong entry in this series of Sheldon strips was this one that touched on the perpetual challenge of any artist who takes the art seriously — as you improve your knowledge and craft and work on your chosen art you increasingly appreciate the distance you still have to go. I think I am quoting Ira Glass closely enough but he said something like the very fact that you got into art is your taste and it is your taste that is judging so harshly your initial efforts to create. Or as Dave Kellett put it, ” Art is working harder to get better at feeling worse… or practice makes perfect.”
Really enjoyed reading what’s posted so far for Titan by François Vigneault. It’s a bit unfortunate that it doesn’t quite have the standard reader friendly website design we’ve all gotten used to but it isn’t too difficult to read. Vigneault has constructed an immediately interesting world with a tension building scenario. Workers on Titan are genetically engineered for their environment but can no longer survive on Earth. Their livelihood is now at stake and management in the form of João da Silva has arrived to try and accomplish a turnaround of the local factory. Call it a company moon, I guess.
It’s not clear what the update schedule is but it’s well worth reading and bookmarking to check in on.