Archive | August, 2008

PODCAST 32: NEWS, THE RINGO, COMIC INFLUENCES, & MUST READS

Posted on 31 August 2008 by admin

Join SEQALAB for industry news, information about the Mike Wieringo Scholarship, our panel discussion on artistic influences, and this week’s “must reads.”

PRODUCER’S NOTE:  What does Cher have to do with comics?  Listen and find out!

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PODCAST 31: JENNIE BREEDEN, BIG MINIS

Posted on 27 August 2008 by admin

Today we talk to Web-comic creator Jennie Breeden about her work on The Devil’s Panties. Jennie shares her merchandising strategy and convention advice. After our talk with Ms. Breeden, stick around for this week’s “Big Minis.”

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MIKE WIERINGO SCHOLARSHIP “THE RINGO” ANNOUNCED

Posted on 27 August 2008 by admin

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When Mike Wieringo abruptly passed away last August, the comics industry lost more than a great artist and creator – it lost a friend.

Now, Mike’s family has teamed with the Savannah College of Art and Design to create The Mike Wieringo Scholarship or “The ‘Ringo” to help keep his spirit of generosity alive.

Created by Mike’s brother Matt and his sister-in-law Suzanne, the ‘Ringo is designed to help provide similar help to artists at the Savannah College of Art and Design or SCAD. Domestic and international students with have a minimum 3.0 grade point average who demonstrate financial need and display a serious interest in pursuing comics as a career are eligible. The scholarship will take effect in the artist’s second year of classes, and is renewable for up to two additional years, provided the student continues to meet the criteria.

The recipient will be chosen from three finalists determined by the college in a portfolio review by Matt and Suzanne Wieringo, along with a rotating group. The ultimate goal for the ‘Ringo is to raise enough funds so that it can cover a full year’s expenses at SCAD, approximately $30,000.

“SCAD is one of the most impressive programs in the world to focus on the medium of comics,” says Jeff Parker, creator of The Interman and Agents of Atlas, who worked with Mike at Artamus Studios. “I’m pretty sure Mike would have loved to have attended such a place in his student days. It would make an excellent legacy for him if we can grow the Ringo scholarship into a launch pad for the future greats of comics.

”Despite his success on such books as The Flash, Fantastic Four and his own creator-owned Tellos, Mike Wieringo never forgot what it was like to be a struggling creator. For many up-and-comers, Mike served as a mentor and friendly voice, whether it was providing free covers, advice, or just the encouragement to keep going.”

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PODCAST 30: CREATOR CHALLENGE, INDIE-PUBLISHING INSIGHTS, & MUST READS

Posted on 24 August 2008 by admin

Today on the SEQALAB podcast, professor Jeremy Mullins issues a comics creator challenge and the panel offer many indie-publishing insights.  Join us also for the weekly industry news, our “must reads,” and call-ins from Kevin Burkhalter and Nat “MoneyBox” Landry.

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PODCAST 29: DEBBIE HUEY, BIG MINIS

Posted on 20 August 2008 by admin

SEQALAB welcomes rising indie-comic creator Debbie Huey! Listen today as she shares her knowledge about the do’s and don’ts of independent publishing, conventions, and hand injuries! After our conversation with Huey, stick around for our review of this week’s “Big Minis.”

PRODUCER’S NOTE: Here’s an image of the front and back cover of Naughty-Nice, by Jon Chad, reviewed on this week’s ‘cast.

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PODCAST 28: NEWS, STORYTELLING ROUNDTABLE, & MUST READS

Posted on 17 August 2008 by admin

On today’s SEQALAB we’re proud to deliver comic book industry news, a roundtable about visual storytelling, and our “must reads.” Listen as Rashad Doucet, D.J. Kirkland, Jeremy Mullins, Jarrett Williams, and the illustrious Kevin Burkhalter discuss the visual storytelling strategies that had the most profound impact on their personal work.

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PODCAST 27: DAVE KELLET, & BIG MINIS

Posted on 13 August 2008 by admin

Tune in today as the SEQALAB Thursday team talk to Web-comic creator Dave Kellet! Kellett is the creator of the all-ages Web comic, Sheldon, and is one of the authors of How To Make Web Comics, an indispensable guide for aspiring Web cartoonists, now available through Image Comics.  Kellett shares the ins and outs of his creative process, provides insights on how to monetize your Web-comic content, tells us about his days as a toy designer for Mattel, and more!

Stick around after the interview for our new segment “Big Minis” where the Illustrious Kevin Burkhalter and the young and talented Pranas T. put mini comics under the SEQALAB microscope!

EXTRA BONUS: Check out video of  Kellett as he works on a Sheldon strip here.  . . . and as promised, here’s a sample of art from the Clutch/Invisible Summer mini we reviewed!

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WORKING METHODS BY JOHN LOWE

Posted on 13 August 2008 by admin

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Check out Working Methods by John Lowe! Unlike any other “how-to” book, Working Methods puts the minds of comic artists under the microscope, highlighting the intricacies of the creative process step by step. For this book, three short scripts are each interpreted in different ways by professional comic artists to illustrate the varied ways in which they “see” and “solve” the problem of making a script succeed in comic form. Working Methods documents the creative and technical choices Mark Schultz, Tim Levins, Jim Mahfood, Scott Hampton, Kelsey Shannon, Chris Brunner, Sean Murphy and Pat Quinn make as they tell a story, thus allowing comic fans, artists, instructors, and students into a world rarely explored. Hundreds of illustrated examples document the artists’ processes, and interviews clarify their individual approaches regarding storytelling and layout choices. In Working Methods, the exercise may be simple, but the results are profoundly complex.

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PODCAST 26: PREPARING FOR A MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW, COPYRIGHT, NEWS, & MUST READS

Posted on 11 August 2008 by admin

On this episode the SEQALB team looks back on various panels and workshops from the San Diego Comic Con and share what they learned about presenting a comics portfolio to Marvel, and more information regarding copyright and trademark.  Rashad hooks us up with industry news, the crew provides their “Must Reads”, and Nat Landry clues us in on a disturbing recent occurrence that may upset manga fans.

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PODCAST 25: MUST READS, CALLING NAT “MONEYBOX” LANDRY, & MAILBAG

Posted on 07 August 2008 by admin

Today we continue with Part II of Monday’s extra-long session with the crew’s “Must Reads,” a long-distance call to Nat “MoneyBox” Landry, and a dive into the SEQA Homie Mail Bag! Special shout out to Brandon and Equinox for listening!

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