Periphery is an anthology comic published by Omaha Perez Press, the first issue of which came out in 2004. Which doesn’t stop Tim & Mulele from digging it up and critiquing all the stories in it!
This week we tackle a couple of recent mini-comics: Chafed by James Mitchell and Evan Spears, and Kid with a Cape by Dave Castro. We also touch on how to pull off a successful first issue, and one possible future for US mainstream comics.
“Chafed” on Deviant Art (registration required to bypass adults-only filter)
“Kid with a Cape” (info on issue 2)
A comic about teaching English in Japan, discussed by two English teachers in Japan! Fried Chicken and Sushi by Khalid Birdsong!
This week’s submission: “Camp Sleep Over“, a near-dadaistic comic from Josh Quick.
Womanthology participant Adriana Blake’s “Fall On Me“, a cute, well-drawn relationship comic. What’s missing from this picture? Tim and Mulele critique.
Just starting your comics career? Got a story to tell? Are you starting big — maybe too big? Or are you starting really, really small — say, a comic about guys who like to get small?
UPDATE 6/2/11: Here’s a PDF with selected pages from City of Walls. Thanks to Shaun Noel for providing!
Not wanting to leave Emerald City Comicon behind without giving a closer look to at least a few of the creators he met there, Tim chooses Web comics by two of those creators to critique with Mulele: Hominids by by Jordan Kotzebue, and Over the Surface by Natalie Nourigat. Plus: Panels for Primates (link is to Tim’s favorite selection), and the Web comic creator Tim regrets overlooking at Emerald City!
More critiques of self-published comics! Tim and Mulele discuss getting the reader involved in your story, and your characters, from the get-go. If the first issue reads like a cliche, don’t expect the reader to come back for issue two.
Also, in case you needed us to tell you this: Show, don’t tell.