|Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under comics industry||18 Jan 2008 7:36 PM|
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The latest Inkstuds interview features a fine talk with three fellas I consider friends but also have great respect for as writers and thinkers about comics: Jeet Heer, Tom Spurgeon, and Dan Nadel. It starts off a bit shaky - the show doesn't even start until ten minutes in, and then Dan and Tom are both late and the dialogue kind of stalls all over again when each one joins. But once they get going it's a great, thoughtful listen.
Since I started as a book designer here at Fantagraphics, one of the most common questions I get is "Where can I find a good comic book font?" And usually I just say "Look Chris, you've been bugging me about that every month since about Acme #3 and I just don't know!"
But now I finally have that answer: Comic Book Fonts from the REAL pros!
Okay but obvious jokes aside: I really DO get that question and I guess that's my answer now. I can only think of one of our regular artists who doesn't hand-letter his/her own work. We do use computer "comic" lettering on all of our translations except for the rare artist who will re-letter the translated work. (For example, Jordan Crane and Dan Clowes do that for their foreign editions.) And, generally, we don't use pre-fab typefaces but create the font in-house by scanning in the artist's hand-drawn alphabet.
I recently spoke at my alma mater and my only follow-up email after the event was a kid asking me if there was a reason everyone uses Comic Sans. The answer is Yes. Those people's parents need them to mow the lawn or start paying rent which leaves no time for lettering their comic AND watching "Heroes."
Jacob Covey emailed myself, Adam Grano and Mike Baehr a few minutes ago with THIS link to an eBay auction that ends in 22 hours, promising to wear this item to work EVERY DAY if we buy it for him. We don't make enough to go in on $4K three ways, but if there's a wealthy benefactor out there with a sick sense of humor, we would really like to call his bluff. You have no idea how much this would improve office morale (for most of us, anyway).
P.S. Adam said he'd go $100 easy, as would I, and possibly as high as $300. So we really only need like $3500. As of now no one has bid, maybe the seller will even come down on the price if no one does.
P.P.S. Kevin Eastman should buy this for us just to have a ninja turtle walking around in Gary Groth's office every day.
UPDATE: Auction ended with no bids and was re-listed at $3,299. Hope is not lost.
I honestly can't decide what to make of these "Lasagna Cat" live-action Garfield strip re-enactments and music videos that have been blogged about all over the place lately, but I've watched just about all of 'em and a few made me laugh out loud. I don't have the heart to embed one, but, well, watch this one. The laugh tracks at the end are brutal. And then? Garfield and Odie rockin' the Taxi theme? The music chosen for each video is usually inspiredly insipid or cliched. The Van Halen and MASH theme ("Suicide is Painless") videos were pretty funny. This one is like a Bizarro Jim Davis trying to steal Garfield back from Paper Rad. Tread at your own risk, though, you might think it's as stupid as Garfield itself.
CBR has a feature up on our fair city's biggest comics event, the Emerald City Con. The ECC continues to grow every year, it's become a pretty big show. I wanted to mention this story because all of you conventioneers out there should consider coming out for it. It's still a fairly mainstream show, but the organizer, Jim Demonakos, is a fine fellow who is actively trying to make a diverse show and we're working with him to cook up some good stuff for this year (which we'll divulge later). The show takes place May 10-11 in Seattle.
Presenting: a chance to win prizes! A way to familiarize yourself with the new Fantagraphics.com website! A fun time-waster! Everyone who's registered on Fantagraphics.com (do it here) has a chance to earn a 20%-off coupon good toward any online order by correctly answering ten Fantagraphics-related trivia questions (all of the answers can be found on Fantagraphics.com), and one randomly-chosen winner will receive a coupon for a whopping 50% off! Contest ends February 15, 2008. For the list of questions and complete rules, make sure you're logged in and then click here (or click "My Account" and select "Win 20% Off!" from our navigation menu at any time). Good luck!
Fantagraphics Books & Rocketship Brooklyn are proud to present:
A HOTWIRE COMIX RELEASE PARTY & SIGNING!
WHO: Jonathon Rosen, Glenn Head, Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, Mark Newgarden, David Sandlin, Chadwick Whitehead, Craig Yoe, R. Sikyorak, Doug Allen, Marc Dean Veca and other guests t.b.a.!
WHAT: HOTWIRE COMICS Vol. 2 Release Party & Signing
WHERE: ROCKETSHIP, 208 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, at 8PM
Insanity, dementia, stray bullets, hangovers, hillbillies, sci-fi, candy-rods, carnies, Wilhelm Riech, PCP, decayed portraits, Tijuana bibles, gags, mobsters, Mick Jones, zombies, paranoia, orgones, and psychedelia... it's all here!
HOTWIRE COMICS Vol. 2 weighs in at 136 pages, 64 in full color, with an eye-popping fold-out and big 9x12 format. Edited by Glenn Head (Snake Eyes). Featuring all new work by these GREAT talents: Tim Lane, Jonathon Rosen, Mark Newgarden, R. Sikoryak, David Sandlin, Mary Fleener, Johnny Ryan, Matti Hagelberg, David Paleo, Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, Glenn Head, Carol Swain, Mark dean Veca, Stephane Blanquet, Mack White, Onsmith, Lorna Miller, Chris Estey, David Lasky, Ivan Brunetti, Tobias Tak, Craig Yoe, and Christian Northeast....
HOTWIRE puts the kicks back in comics! Yes, the Eisner and Harvey award nominated comics' anthology is back for another mindbending, madcap, mash-up of thrills, spills, and glorious cartoon mayhem!
FOR A FREE PREVIEW OF HOTWIRE #2, GO HERE.
I don't link to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive site nearly as often as I could -- they seem to post absolutely stunning historical work on a daily basis and I highly recommend adding the site to your RSS feed. Today they added some classic comics from Virgil "Vip" Partch's greatest collection of cartoons, The Wild, Wild Women. You can never go wrong with some VIP. Why hasn't anyone (okay, us) done a VIP coffee table book yet?!
If you like what you see at the ASIFA site, you might consider supporting it.
Scientists discover a new material promising to be the blackest on earth; contrary to initial reports, it was not discovered in the inkwell of Charles Burns.
Speaking of Charles, he's about to head out on tour to promote the softcover edition of Black Hole.