Galaxy Express 999 is one of my all-time favorite manga. Some day we are going to cover it on the podcast, I swear.
When you are not listening to Deconstructing Comics, I highly recommend you check out Gary Groth’s interview with Todd McFarlane from the early days of Image. Hilariously and predictably, within months of this interview McFarlane began engaging in various business practices which contradicted much of what he states here. He did, however, stand firm by his word that there was no point in him trying to improve as an artist:
Comics are increasingly read as bits and bytes, on PCs and handheld devices.
Blank creators Brothers of the Silence are publishing the comic in Flash on their site, and as image files on Facebook and several other sites. “Brothers” Ian LeWinter and Don Richmond talk about creating the comic and promoting it via social media sites.
Remember “Yon Kuma”? Tim and Mulele reviewed it a year ago. It’s now called “Bear Beater Bunyan,” and it’s an iPhone app. Artist Jorge Munoz talks about the path he and writer Josh Hechinger followed in making the comic available for handhelds.
“Bear Beater Bunyan” is just one of many comics available from Robotcomics.net. Robot Comics Deputy Director Dave Baxter fills us in on the state of the growing comics market for handhelds and how Robot does what it does.
Finally, Tim and Mulele review some of Robot’s output.
For the past few weeks, every time I stumble across any interesting links in my comics website lurking, I’ve been emailing them on to Tim and Mulele (I’m guessing they don’t visit the same news websites I do). Tim has been encouraging me to post these on the Deconstructing Comics site, but I have been reluctant because I would just be regurgitating links I stole from other people’s lists of links. So, I’ve finally conceded, and in a flagrant abuse of administrative power will post a link to a video completely unrelated to comics in any way, and stolen from Tom Spurgeon’s www.comicsreporter.com —
Star Trek Convention 1975. If you love Star Trek in any way, this will take your breath away:
Publishing online opens your comic up to a worldwide audience. But if the major players in print comics start publishing online, will they stamp out all the one-horse comics out there? Is there room on the Web for all of us?