Check out this sweet Fan Comic that SC reader Matt Rizkallah assembled from 100% post-consumer comic strips! I like how in panel 3 I am suddenly sitting on a stool.
Increasingly, I’ve been abandoning the single-player version of Minecraft to build cooperatively with my internet friends. Gryfft has set up a server and named it “Zomboland,” after a certain webpage where you can do anything. And indeed, you can do anything in Zomboland! You can explore the mountains and caves, build towers, mine for gold, fight zombies and giant spiders, or whatever else you imagine. In Minecraft, you define your own experience, and it’s so much more fun to do so with friends.
A month or two ago, I undertook a new building project, the Zazzerpan the Learned Memorial Library. Named after a certain fictional wizard, it was going to be a symbol of the ceaseless joys of bewonderment. Unfortunately, a server crash eradicated several days’ worth of work, and when I saw the setback, I lost all motivation. The half-finished husk of the Libe remained, incomplete and vacant.
But then I got to work. Deep underground, I began building again, harvesting reeds in an underground reed vault. Caverns were excavated, trees felled, reeds pressed into pages and pages of books. And Friday, April 1st marked the Grand Opening of the Zazzerpan the Learned Memorial Library Memorial Library.
Check it out, guys!
I did a guest strip for Another Videogame Webcomic!
Another Videogame Webcomic has a unique premise behind it: the cast of AVW literally works in video games. It’s not 100% clear whether they’re actors and producers “filming” the video game, or whether they’re actually performing the actions that game players input through the controller, but somehow Player One and Player Two are the guys who bring Mario and Street Fighter to your screen. AVW is brought to you by the indomitable webcomic juggernaut team of Joe Dunn and Phil Chan, and it is awesome. Go read it now.
This past Saturday, I attended SPACE, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo in Columbus, OH. It was a great chance to meet new cartoonists and talk about the trade with a variety of cool people. What cool people might those be? Well, I’m glad you asked.
I was first introduced to Denver Brubaker through my blog This Week in Webcomics when he shot me an email to tell me about his webcomic. When I saw his booth listed in the SPACE program, I remembered his email and decided to swing by. We talked a bit about his strip “>Tales of a Checkered Man, a newspaper-style strip whose protagonist is an unorthodox, acrophobic superhero. We discussed Tom Dell’aringa’s excellent webcomic Marooned (Tom, sadly, wasn’t in attendance at SPACE this year), and about the business of doing a webcomic in general. Denver also introduced me to his fellow cartoonist Chad Sell, who creates the superhero serial comedy Manta-Man.
E.J. Barnes, Illustrator
EJ Barnes is a multitalented individual. She had a number of comics, artworks, and humorous greeting cards available at her table (I bought this one, because I love terrible puns), but what most impressed me was her three-minute animated short “Leatherwing Bat,” set to a traditional folk song which she and a colleague performed together. Each of the frames was drawn and painted by hand and filmed frame-by-frame in 16mm! You can check out the whole gamut of her works at her personal site (linked above).
Eric Glastetter, writer, G2 Comics
I feel bad for Eric, because even though he was one of the most interesting guys I talked to at SPACE, I can barely remember the topic of our conversation at all. He’s the writing half of the creative team at G2 Comics, who have launched two comic series in the past three years: Antic, a story of gods and god-slayers, and The Triad, an angels-and-demons epic spanning heaven, hell, and everywhere in between. We talked about the mythological themes in his comics and about G2′s upcoming series Raptor Sniper, which branches out into action-comedy. Raptor Sniper looks like it will have a Dr.-McNinja-esque feel to it, and I look forward to finding out more about it. You can check out G2′s comic offerings at their site, G2comics.com.
Joe Pruitt draws for Twilight Star Studios, which you can check out via the links above, but he introduced himself to me in connection with the Comic Book Connection Initiative, a small non-profit organization that takes donations of comic books and distributes them to homeless shelters, food pantries, after-school programs and hospitals. I’d never heard of any comic-book program like this; the only similar initiative I could think of was Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play. Comic strips and comic books were a huge part of my childhood, and they’re great for stimulating children’s imagination and desire to read. Check out their Facebook page, and if you’re a Columbus resident, consider making a donation at their pickup spots at Comic Town (Morse Rd.) or Packrat Comics (Hilliard).
I have a guest strip up at Real Life Comics! Go check it out. Real Life is pretty cool, and it is at its pretty-coolest when it has alternate dimensions. Sometimes it is just an autobiographical slice-of-life comic, but that’s cool too.
I’d also like to extend a big welcome to the visitors stopping by from Real Life. Sketch Comedy is a lot like RL, in that it features the cartoonist as a character and makes metacomic jokes with ridiculous frequency. Unlike RL, however, the cast also includes a wizard and a football player who competes in chess tournaments. Perhaps this is a plus for you.
Sketch Comedy updates with new comics on Tuesdays and Fridays. Sometimes it updates on other days too, with extra strips, movie and media reviews, and other bonuses. The RSS Feed is a great way to keep up, as is my Twitter.
The beginning, as The Sound of Music tells us, is a very good place to start. Peruse the archives, have a look around, and enjoy your visit to Sketch Comedy!