Drawing a comic might seem difficult to do, but it can actually be easier than you think with the right practice and education. When it comes to drawing a comic, you need to make sure that you come up with a good idea for the storyline. You need to choose the characters and the plot, but you also need to make sure that the characters look the same in each comic. Once you’ve chosen the characters and plot, you will (more…)
If you have direct tv, then you probably have AMC and if you have AMC, you have probably heard about The Walking Dead. Based on the ongoing comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead follows the exploits of a group of survivors in a zombie-infested world.
If this sounds like something you’ve seen before, you will be delighted to know that both the comic and the TV show are not your run-of-the-mill zombie stories. In fact, they are quite human stories told within the trappings of a zombie outbreak.
However, while the television show has been well-received for its special effects and story, it still lacks some of the genius present in the source material:
- For one thing, the television show, while hard-hitting, is not nearly as bleak as the comic. Part of this has to do with the pacing, another part has to do with that acting, and a small portion has to do with the color scheme (there’s nothing starker than black and white).
- Delivery and execution also take a major hit in the TV show. When something horrible or dramatic happens, you aren’t sure whether to laugh venomously or incredulously – the actors aren’t sure what they are doing. In the comic, because it is written word, everyone acts and sounds the way they are supposed to – the way your mind interprets it.
- While the focus in the TV show gives plenty of airtime to character development and story, it’s not nearly enough. Whereas the comic is more of a story of human triumph and survival, the TV show manages to carry those elements merely as an aside – choosing to focus on the gore, instead.
You’re familiar with serial comics and trade comics. And more than likely, you’re acquainted with albums, mini-comics, manga books, strip collections, and manga anthologies, too.
While people who don’t read comics might not think so, you’re a sophisticated reader. You’ve moved beyond the simple, somewhat conventional comics you can buy off the newsstand. Those floppies and pamphlets just don’t cut it. Graphic novels are appealing, but even those are becoming mainstream as they migrate toward retelling Hollywood movies and big publisher best-sellers.
While some webcomics tackle highly unique subjects (such as the talking-dinosaur-comedy of Dinosaur Comics), not all of them stray from the classics. User Friendly is one such example: a (mostly) traditional workplace comedy which has been running since 1997. With progenitors such as Dilbert and Office Space, User Friendly is in good company. It also usually manages to put its own unique spin on the model. For instance, there are two sentient creatures known as the Dust Puppy (a living lint ball) and the Crud Puppy (a creature composed of keyboard crud). There is a computer geek who hangs out with Hastur and Cthulu. And there’s a programmer who’s addicted to hot ramen from a cup (okay, that’s not so unique). (more…)
If you’ve never seen a rabbit samurai before, you’re not alone. Stan Sakai’s comic creation Usagi Yojimbo (“rabbit bodyguard” in Japanese) doesn’t have the mainstream recognition as Superman or Spiderman, or even a similar anthropomorphic warrior comic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, you can get acquainted with the character at publisher Dark Horse’s website, which features four unique animated comic strips.These comics advance panel-by-panel as you click on them, with animations taking place within the panels themselves. There are currently four episodes, which follows Miyamoto Usagi (a walking, talking rabbit trained in the ways of the samurai) as he encounters an assassin with a unique penchant for folding cranes. (more…)
In the 1980s and 1990s, Dark Horse Presents was one of the pinnacles of the independent comics industry. Each month, it featured a variety of talents who would grow into recognized masters of the art form. The first of these was Paul Chadwick, whose character Concrete (a realistic look at what life would be like for a man whose brain is trapped in a concrete body). Later, Frank Miller’s hardboiled Sin City was serialized within the anthology’s pages. When the book ended in 2000, it was mourned by many. (more…)