I 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:
- Scott McCloud (author or a trilogy about the world of comics and its creation.)
- Frank Espinosa (the artist of Rocketo)
- Guida nel fumetto (a guide to Fumetti, the italian comics)
- BDParadisio: le portail de la bande desinée
- Coconino world—“un monde d’images au beau milieu du web”
- Les rencontres de la BD: video interviews, news...
- Read-box: Bibliothéque d’extraits de bandes desinées.
- La guide BD. Interesanting Flash application to discover the world of the bande desinée.
- Casterman Ed.
- Dargaud Ed.
- Vents d'Ouest
- Dupuis Publ.
- Le Lombard Ed.
- La boîte à bulles
- Humanoïdes associées
- Editions Mosquito