Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Creator Roundup

This week, Dan Hipp remembers memorial day, Charles Soule goes on TV, Peter David struggles to find words, Bryan Lee O'Malley answers more questions, Mike Mignola get's foxy, Skottie Young invades, Templsmith draws another Tusken, Eric Canete's work is beautiful, David Johnson cures cancer, Mark Waid talks piracy and Matteo Scalera and Coleen Coover are under Marshall Law.

Dan Hipp:

Charles Soule and Jon Benjamin were on Comic Book Club, live from NY:

Peter David struggles to find words:

See, I want to write all this effusive stuff about Kathleen because it’s our wedding anniversary today. We’ve been together eleven years and I want to write about how much she means to me and how I wouldn’t be able to get through days without her, and how my life only makes sense when I’m with her.
But I’m having real trouble doing so and for a while I wasn’t sure why. I mean, normally writing about stuff isn’t difficult for me at all. It’s kind of, y’know…my thing. But I found myself stymied, and especially after reading her lengthy testament to me over on her own blog. Why would I have trouble with writer’s block over something like this?
After giving it some thought, I think I’ve determined why.

I think it’s because I’m Jewish.

Mike Mignola offers a new print:
Skottie Young threw up a few new pieces on his DeviantArt:

Bryan Lee O'Malley answers more questions:
Q. in lost at sea and some of your shorter comics there’s strong language pretty much throughout. in scott pilgrim and some of your other other comics it’s fairly moderate. is this like a conscious decision you make after you come up with the story but before you start writing dialogue? also are you not cool with depicting nudity?
A. hi… um, so, in Lost at Sea and my earlier stuff there is definitely more swearing. After Lost at Sea came out, i read it and heard back from people and saw it through new eyes i guess and realized it was a LOT of swearing. i mean, me and my friends certainly swore a lot in our late teens and early twenties, it’s not like i was just storing all my swears to put in writing. It’s just how i talked and how i thought.
But anyway, as a personal challenge to myself, i decided to drop the swearing to like a “PG-13” level in Scott Pilgrim book 1. It was really hard at first, but i came to feel that it can be a crutch to use ‘fucking’ all the time instead of the whole rest of the dictionary. Swearing can be creative and fun but other words are important too.
am i not cool with depicting nudity? wha? I don’t see how there would have been a place for nudity in SP or Lost at Sea. But yeah, since you ask, i guess i’m not that cool with it. I like nudity just fine but i don’t like drawing it that much and I will probably refrain from using much of it in my work for the foreseeable future. maybe it’s because i was raised catholic or maybe i’m just bad at anatomy.
Q. Do you read any webcomics? What are your favorites? Also I love you
A. yeah, i like lots of webcomics, and I read these ones regularly:
octopus pie (Meredith Gran)
bad machinery (John Allison)
hark a vagrant (Kate Beaton)
pictures for sad children (John Campbell)
homestuck (i’m kinda 800 pages behind on it right now though which isn’t even that much if you know homestuck)
i also have been reading Achewood since like the very beginning and i still enjoy it whenever he updates. A true modern classic. Also i love you.

Templesmith draws another Tusken:

Eric Canete posted this beautiful piece:

Mark Waid discusses piracy and fileshare:
It came as no surprise to me that, about 24 hours after we posted the first installment of INSUFFERABLE over at Thrillbent, the pages had been downloaded, zipped into a .cbr or .cbz file, and uploaded to various torrent and filesharing sites. The only thing that startled me was that it took 24 hours. Sure enough, installments two and three were similarly webripped, converted and uploaded with increasing speed. By week three, they were available for download around the world within hours. Taken straight from the Thrillbent site.


I am not being the least bit sarcastic when I say that I WAS OVER THE MOON ABOUT THIS.

Your mileage may vary but, me, I'm okay with torrenters and "pirates" sharing INSUFFERABLE. Not just because, what the hell, it's free anyway, Mr. Cynic...my hand to God, even if we were charging for it, I'd still be happy because the exposure and promotion is worth more to me at this point than dollars and cents. But more than that...more than that...after having been hip-deep in the research for the past three years, I have seen zero conclusive evidence that, on the whole, "piracy" removes more money from the system than it adds to it. Are there readers who would be buying my print comics who download them for free instead? Sure. Are there, conversely, potential readers who download one of my print comics, sample it, and then become a paying customer if they have access to ensuing print copies? Absolutely, and I've personally sold books to hundreds of them at store signings and conventions. Do the latter outweigh the former? (a) I don't care, because I can't stop the former, and (b) I believe, if you build up enough of a loyal fanbase, that potential exists; certainly, every meaningful* study undertaken on how piracy affects CD sales, DVD sales, etc. shows repeatedly that "pirated" content of quality material can actually act as an effective marketing tool and lead to increased sales. (*meaningful = not bought and paid for by the MPAA or the RIAA. Listening to them talk about piracy is like getting your cancer statistics from Big Tobacco or nutrition info from McDonalds.)

David Johnson unveils his cover for Deadpool #55:

Matteo Scalera and Colleen Coover do Marshall Law for the Sindicate:

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