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26.1.07

30 hand-picked sequential art links

building stories, de Chris WareI will share a few selected links about comics that I visit frequently. If you are a fan of the sequential art too, you will enjoy each of them.

Let’s start with the weekend supplement of The New York Times. In its Funny Pages section we find first-rate comic artists with exclusive series, such as Chris Ware with his Building Stories (yep, a clever title.) The ongoing series is Seth’s George Sprott (1894-1975).
The series are usually accessible only while they are going on. In the case of Ware’s Building Stories, the nice people at Drawn! has put together a single zip file with the whole series, in PDF format.

ComicVine.com is a new encyclopaedia about comics, done in the wiki fashion: permanently editable by users. The idea being “A social encyclopedia for comic book lovers that everyone can edit”.

GOComics “toon in daily” (nice wordplay) is a directory of strips and cartoons, webcomics and other graphic stores in the net. The stories range from some well-known examples to some obscure ones.

Comics.com claims to be the home of comics on the web. At least they have the domain name. They have a huge directory of comics resources. Some features of the site are for pay users only.

The Daily Drawing gathers movies where you can follow the creation of an original illustration, much like a comic-oriented Youtube. Eye candy for the serious illustration fans and aspiring artists. There is a good section with tips and practical ideas.

If you create comics yourself, or if you just need comic fonts for a project, in Typephases Design we offer several font families especially suited to letter your balloons. Some are freeware, like Sinky and CU-TBO. Other fonts at the site may be also useful both for the comics creator or the designer (Scroonge, Pero Jefe..., Plantiya, etc.): you can either download them or purchase them at the Typephases website:

Finally, this is a good list with some of my favourite comics publishers and a few authors and resources. Some of these links are worth a frequent visit to keep up to date with new releases, to get digital previews and even in some cases read whole works online:

Blogs, authors, portals:

The world of franco-belgian comics, La Bande desinéee:
European publishers (which is to say, French and Belgian!):
Anglo-saxon publishers:

23.1.07

A bunch of online vector drawing videos

These days in Youtube you can find anything you can possibly imagine. And, yes, there are quite a few vector drawing instruction videos and tutorials. Some demonstrations by Bob Hahn are remarkable, including an unorthodox approach to colouring vector art that creates rich, natural-looking textured artwork:


Hahn has a growing selection of his videos posted in Youtube. If you take a moment to watch them, you’ll see peculiar ways of using vector drawing applications, in this particular case it is Xara Xtreme.
There is a whole section in Youtube devoted to Arts and animation, where you may find interesting tutorials and demonstrations.
Another website, this time dealing with pencil drawing, which has been commented a lot elsewhere is The structure of man, with a lot of step-by-step videos.

Angoulême 2007

Very soon (january 25-28), Angoulême in France will host its celebrated Festival International de la Bande Desinée, one of the most important events in the world of comics.

Even if one isn’t going to visit Angoulême these days, it is a good moment to remember the posters of past editions, starting in 1974.

The official website also contains lots of information of everything related to the event, for example the official selection, and the selection of alternative publications, both available as a detailed, 40-page booklet in PDF, the history of the festival, and more.

21.1.07

A compendium of public domain image resources

Silhouette from Karenwhimsy.com
You will find an excellent compendium of open source image archives, listed and commented in the Wikipedia. A perfect reference file for your illustrations, drawings, comics and other design projects (via Lifehacker.)

20.1.07

Readymechs

A Readymech (Tentaclopse)Readymechs like the one in this picture are free, flatpack toys for you to print and build. They are designed to fit on an 8.5'x11' page and printed with any printer.

This is the list of all you’ll need:

  • double-sided tape (or regular one-sided tape, folded)
  • thick matte paper
  • 10-15 minutes for build time.

Of course, you can try printing empty models and colouring them afterwards; or start a fresh 3D model with some discarded cardboard elements, such as tissue rolls, boxes... Now this is something easy, creative and funny you can do at home with your children (or by yourself) on a winter evening or a bad weather weekend.

16.1.07

Switching to the new Blogger

I have just switched to the new Blogger Beta. I first hesitated to take the trouble, but it seems to work fine and the posts have been transferred smoothly.

One of the main reasons of the switch is the ability to add new functionality to the Blog with relative ease. One of the most asked features is adding categories to the posts right within Blogger. Until now, it was up to the writer to figure out how to include labels, in most cases taking advantage of del.icio.us or Technorati.

5.1.07

Bill Sienkiewicz: new improved website

Bill Sienkiewicz, extraordinarily talented comic artist and illustrator, has a new website, with more contents and improved design. Make sure you visit his Galleries, for example the Watercolors section. There is a lot to see. And you can even buy his originals (not what you'd call cheap, though.)

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