For nearly 30 years, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo has set a high-water mark for creator-owned comics.
Stan’s wife, Sharon, has battled a debilitating illness for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is now back home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicines that cost more than their insurance covers.
Checks may be made out to "CAPS" or directly to "Stan Sakai" and sent to:
P.O. Box 656
Burbank, CA 91503
Also, original art and other collectible items being donated for the fundraising auction (the date of which has yet to be determined) should be sent to:
C/O TONE RODRIGUEZ
5740 Craner Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Woke up at 4am, after crashing early last night. Both from exhaustion and from 2 glass of wine with dinner. Now I'm up, and instead of tossing and turning until 6am and losing 2 hours sleep, I'm at the drawing board. If I can get a few hours of artwork in, maybe I'll take a quick nap at 7am before I have to leave for work… GRINDING! (edit - time shifted posting. Blogging wormhole!)
Listening to: This American Life - House Rules
To succeed you, must always have the humility to always seek improvement at your craft, and the hubris to practice that craft in spite of ALL the skill you still lack.
Nerdist Writers panel - Comics Edition #24: Mike Carlin
A sketch cover for Morningstar no. 1 done at Long Beach Comic Con this past weekend.
A friend getting into comics asked me for some resources to get him started in self publishing. I answered a few questions for him and compiled a list of things I've found useful. If you're an aspiring/beginning comic creator, maybe you'll find it useful too:
Diamond comics distributors submission package
(He asked about how to get comics into comic shops. I told him it's as simple as submitting your book to Diamond. If they accept it, they run a listing for it in the monthly Previews catalog that retailers order from.)
Now getting retailers to order said book, that's a whole other topic. Some might say you shouldn't even bother. It's a hottly debated topic among indie creators. There are comic retailers out there that are indie friendly and go out of their way to support self-publisher/small press, but it's still a business and they have to order what their customers buy. They can't stock every promissing new creators. Some may not be able to stock any. For more on that, Josh Finney's recent column at Broken Frontiers. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
"Please allow me to introduce myself," Larry Young began his series of columns on comic book self-publishing for the comic book criticism website Savant. TRUE FACTS was a how-to for self-publishers, written by "the Johnny Appleseed of Comics." Savant editor Matt Fraction called them "one part instructional guide, one part motivational, and one part awesome."
With step-by-step instructions, each column provides the nut-and-bolts information that you need to produce and publish your own comic book. From the execution of the concept, to definitions of pre-press and printing, from distribution and branding of your comic to the mechanics of the writing of effective press releases, every column is printed here in its entirety. For this 2002 edition, however, each column is expanded upon and updated with all-new information.
(I came across Larry Young's Loose Cannon column on http://comicbookresources.com back when I was first dipping my toes into self-publishing. I found it extremely informative and it made me immediatly seek out True Facts. One of the best comics self-publishing guides I've read. Some of the info it dated, as the publishing landscape has continued to shift. I believe it came out well before Comixology and other digital comic platforms, as well as the webcomics boom. Still, it's highly motivational.)
Address to Pro Con 93 by Dave Sim
(Dave Sim's speech to a room full of comic creators about what it means to be a comic creator, regardless of whether you're working for yourself of a publisher. This is what I read to get myself hyped whenever I slack off as a creator. I know some of the man's personal politics are controversial, but that doesn't belittle his massive contribution to the medium, both in Cerebus and and as a leader in self-publishing.)
Archives of some columns I referenced frequently.
Dirk Manning: Write or Wrong
Warren Ellis: Come in Alone
Larry Young: Loose Cannon
I'm a podcast addict. It allows my brain to be entertained and engaged during countless hours spent at the drawing table.
Jerzy Drozd is cut from the same cloth as Scott McCloud. There are few people I know who have dissected the comic creation process from soup-to-nuts the way this guy does. He and Rob Stenzinger do a fantastic show called Lean In To Art. It might be a bit overwhelming for a beginner, as it really feels like a graduate progam for comics. I would definitely give it a listen, but if you feel a little overwhelmed, you might want to work your way up to it with his other show Comics Are Great. Equally informative, but more of a "Guest of the week" format for a broader overview comics and creativity. The archive of an older podcast, Art and Story, co-hosted by Mark Rudolph and Kevin Cross, is still available online as well.
Lean Into Art Podcast
Art and Story Podcast
Scott Kurtz, Kris Straub, Dave Kellet, and Brad Guiger chop up news and topics relevent to comics, cartooning, and visual storytelling whether you're doing web or print.
Webcomics Weekly Podcast
I love Shawn Crystal's show because it's less about the business process and more about the emotional core of being a comic creator. The road of a creative professional can be brutal and he delves into extremely personal territory without the show feeling like a pity party. It's much more of a deep comics therapy session.
Ink Pulp Audio
John Siuntres show is much more of traditional comics journalism, covering both mainstrean and indie comic creators, as well as pop culture guests from film, TV, Animation, fiction and non-fiction writers. What makes this show special is the long form discussions. John's interviews feel like the conversation has room to breath and often are broken up across a few episodes, as he does multi-part chats with guests that can span a few hours. Among most episodes, there's usually a self-publisher, or a mainstrean creator who has or is currently venturing into creator-owned territory. It's a chance to see how the road of different creators varies.
Word Balloon podcast